There's no denying it: Bones is weird. How else would you describe an oddly humorous show about gruesome deaths? As expected, the writers, crew, and their on-set antics are pretty darn strange as well. Read on for 10 off-the-wall facts about the making of Bones.
1. The writers collect stories of bizarre real-life deaths.
2. The writers have killed multiple writers' assistants and interns (meaning they used their name and/or likeness) on the show.
3. The Bones writers have an eerie ability to predict the future. A Santa robbed a bank shortly after "The Goop on the Girl" was written; a human body part was found in a chicken nugget shortly after "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken" was written; and a real life murder in the world of Midget Wrestling occurred shortly after writing "The Dwarf in the Dirt."
4. Although Zack was the youngest member of the team, Eric Milligan is actually older than Emily, TJ, and Michaela.
5. There are approximately 1,520 bones in the "bone room."
6. Executive Producer Stephen Nathan is fond of writing in his pajama bottoms.
7. The production and writers office spends at least $500 a day on lunch.
8. The crew has "Five Dollar Fridays." Anyone on set can put in $5 with their name on it into a bucket. If your $5 gets pulled out of the bucket at wrap, you get to keep all the money.
9. The crew has a pet squirrel named Dr. Sweets (after John Francis Daley's character) who begs actors for food and has been known to cling to the legs of some female actors. They also have a pet cat named Camgela (after Tamara Taylor and Michaela Conlin's characters) who is widely known as the prettiest and friendliest cat on the FOX lot.
10. When a scene is set in a car, the crew uses a technique called "poorman's process," which involves projecting images onto screens just outside the car windows. This is how Booth and Brennan can drive through D.C. streets without ever leaving the L.A. sound stage.