The pictures displayed in the Loser's Bar include: the Hindenburg, the R.M.S. Lusitania sinking, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Ford Edsel, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Hubble Space Telescope (considered a failure at the time), Neville Chamberlain, and Michael Dukakis.
"Weird Al" Yankovic had a brief role as a thug who holds the police at the precinct at gunpoint. In the scene, he says, "Okay, Pigs, say your prayers!" followed by Frank slamming the door open and knocking Yankovic's character to the floor. Yankovic said it took more than twenty takes to get the scene done, and that after about sixteen takes, his leg had turned "a nice shade of purple." The stunt coordinator asked Yankovic at that point if he wanted to wear some padding. Yankovic also recalled that O.J. Simpson felt sorry for him.
Lloyd Bochner spoofed his own performance from The Twilight Zone: To Serve Man (1962). In a panicked crowd scene late in the film, Bochner can be seen carrying a large book with "To Serve Man" on the cover, and shouting to passersby, "It's a cookbook! It's a cookbook!", which was the shocking reveal in the episode.
The nuclear device that Lieutenant Frank Drebin trips over towards the end of the movie is a similar device used in Goldfinger. There are additional lights in the cabinet, and the display is made up of numeric LEDs (LEDs were not available when the Bond movie was made; they used vacuum tube displays).
The paper that Frank hands to Hapsburg during the dinner party which shows the photo of Hector Savage (Anthony James) is a page taken from the 1960 yearbook of Myrtle Beach High School, South Carolina. Anthony was a member of that graduating class. Although his picture was a picture of Anthony at the time of this movie, the rest of the photos were actual classmates of his back in 1960.
The book passed to Dr. Meinheimer (Richard Griffiths), "Strokin' the Love Muffin", is in fact the original "The A-Team" book by Charles Heath. While the two pages are clearly visible, only the top paragraph of the second page (191) is edited to tailor that particular scene, which is read by Dr. Meinheimer word for word. The remainder of the pages are accurate to the rest of the book.
The ship "Hapsburg Valdez," and the television commercial making fun of the hiring process of tanker captains (breathalyzers, urine tests, et cetera), are references to the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which took place on March 24, 1989. The spill resulted in eleven million gallons of crude oil being dumped into the sea. Exxon Valdez was the original name, followed by Sea River Mediterranean, and eventually just Mediterranean of the tanker owned by the former Exxon Shipping Co., a division of the former Exxon Corporation. It gained widespread infamy when the tanker, bound for Long Beach, California, Captained by Joseph Hazelwood, hit Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled an estimated eleven million U.S. gallons (forty-one million liters) of crude oil. This has been recorded as one of the largest spills in U.S. history, and one of the largest ecological disasters.
When Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and Captain Ed Hocken (George Kennedy) are talking to Ted Olsen (Ed Williams) about the clues found at the crime scene, the glass door behind them has "Squad" shown backwards since it's facing out into the hallway, but the upper labeling of "D.C. Police" and "Room" are written in reverse.
Headlines on the cover of the Weekly World News tabloid the thug reads while guarding Drebin & Meinheimer are: "Legless boy somersaults 2 miles to save dad!", "STRICT PARENTS! Father sells his teen girls into slavery -- to make them behave!", "Militant anti-smoking group blamed after... TRICK CIGAR BLOWS MAN'S HEAD OFF!" (Subtitle: "He took two puffs and then BOOM!" says restaurant manager.) "Squabble over lottery ticket shatters family", "Pitbull eats mobile home", "Ancient dinosaur attacks and levels native village!", "DON'T EXERCISE: take it easy and live longer", "THE LONELY HEART: man goes shopping for a new bride", "It's a miracle! Rosary beads turn to gold after church pilgrimage" and one more that was illegible.
The second issue of Weekly World News the thug guarding Drebin and Meinheimer has the following stories: "CORPSE EXPLODES IN THE CASKET: Horrified family flees funeral home after bizarre blast", "Hubby's suit charges: wife's chain-smoking makes our kids sick", "Incredible new medical discovery! SNEEZING INCREASES YOUR BUST SIZE", (Subtitle: 800 women grew by several bra sizes says doctor after...), "REINCARNATION: my dead wife came back -- as a goose", "She eats like a queen on $15 a week".
In the theatrical release, when Robert Goulet fell out of the window at the end of the movie, while he was screaming you hear his scream turn into him singing "on a clear day," from his song "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)," followed by his landing unscathed only to be attacked by a lion. In the video and television releases, he does not sing during the fall.
In the scene where the bad guys were talking about the bomb they had sent to Meinheimer, a newspaper headline read: "Elvis Spotted Buying Condo in Aspen." Priscilla Presley is the former wife of Elvis Presley.