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15 Things You (Somehow) Never Really Knew About The Ninja Turtles

For most kids that grew up in the '90s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a Saturday morning touchstone that informed the way they spoke, the food they ate, and their thoughts on ninjas in general. But there are a lot of Ninja Turtles behind-the-scenes facts that true fans may find very frustrating, and maybe even a little disheartening. Some of the surprising Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles facts are interesting pieces of lore that go back to when the turtles were first created in a cramped apartment in Massachusetts. Below, you'll find out which kitchen utensil Shredder was based on - and it’s not the one you think it is.

In the early days of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s now-iconic comic book, Ninja Turtles Easter eggs were all over the place, and most of them made very on-the-nose references to some of their favorite comic book artists and characters. This compendium of TMNT facts will take you on a journey from page to screen and include the thoughts of the creators of the series, as well as fill you in on what the turtles were up to in the comics while you were at home eating pizza and shouting “Cowabunga!” If you like your Ninja Turtles trivia to be nice, nice, baby, then you’re going to love reading about these Ninja Turtle facts.