In 2006, Stephen encouraged his viewers to go online and vote for a new bridge in Hungary to be named after him. Stephen won both rounds of voting for the bridge, with over 17 million votes, but Hungarian law prevented the bridge from being named after a living person.
On August 25 2014, during The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014), Jimmy Fallon joked that people should go to IMDb and add themselves as "creative consultant" to The Colbert Report (2005), that he would support their credit. IMDb subsequently received several thousand credit submissions for "consultants" to the show, including "torture consultant" and "wardrobe malfunction consultant".
Colbert keeps a collection of pictures of his "Enemies" on the set of the show. Among the pictures is House (2004)'s Hugh Laurie, due to the fact House won an Emmy Award over Colbert's show. Laurie found this to be very funny, and in an episode of House's fifth season a picture of Colbert can be seen on House's desk.
On March 12, 2007, shortly after Colbert reported on the in-universe death of superhero Captain America, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada sent Captain America's shield to the show, saying he had left it to Colbert in his "will". It has appeared as a prop on the set ever since.
In 2006, the San Francisco Zoo contacted Colbert, asking his permission to name an unhatched bald eagle after him. The bird was named "Stephen Jr.", and his birth was celebrated on the show on April 17, 2006. Colbert still gives updates on the eagle's whereabouts.
The word Truthiness, which Stephen debuted during the first episode of the show, was entered into the official Websters Dictionary in 2006. It was also named "Word of the year" by the American Dialect Society, also in 2006.
On the set, there is an artificial fireplace with the engraving "Videri Quam Esse," meaning, "to seem to be rather than to be"; it is a play off of the traditional Latin phrase "esse quam videri," or, "to be, rather than to seem to be," reflecting Colbert's mock right-wing personality.
In March of 2011, hundreds of cities across the United States stopped publishing the residential "White Pages", as most of the information in the White Pages can be found online. Colbert honored the parting of the White Pages on the show by placing a copy of the White Pages on his bookshelf, located on the show's set.
Despite the Right wing-to-Libertarian-leaning views that the "Stephen Colbert" character often espouses on the show, in his private life, the real Stephen Colbert considers himself a Democrat: "I'm a Democrat. I'm not asking anybody to vote for Democrats or Republicans. I say everyone should vote for both candidates -- except me. Just let me vote for (2004 Democratic presidential nominee John) Kerry. Then we'll be fine." Colbert has also called his "Colbert" character a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot."
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Toward the end of the final episode, Stephen Colbert sang the song "We'll Meet Again" with a large number of his show's previous guests. The song, which was first made famous during World War Two by Vera Lynn, memorably also played over the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Colbert guests who appeared on the show's set for the sing-along included: Jon Stewart, Randy Newman (on the piano), Willie Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Doris Kearns Goodwin, genetic scientist Francis Collins, Tom Brokaw, Mandy Patinkin, Lil Buck, Yo Yo Ma, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Cyndi Lauper, Big Bird, Trevor Potter (Colbert's lawyer), Keith Olbermann, Andrew Sullivan, David Hallberg (a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre), Katie Couric (who danced a bit with Hallberg), Ken Burns, Ric Ocasek, Gloria Steinem, Charlie Rose, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Michael Stipe, James Franco, Cookie Monster, Toby Keith, Dan Kamen (inventor of the Segway), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, General Raymond T. Odierno, Barry Manilow, David Gregory, Jeff Tweedy, Christiane Amanpour, Patrick Stewart, Andy Cohen, Stone Phillips, Peter Frampton, Arianna Huffington, Alan Alda, Senator Cory Booker, George Lucas, Alexi Lalas, Jon Batiste, Henry Kissinger, Elijah Wood, Mike Huckabee, Bob Costas, Tim Meadows, Jake Tapper, Lesley Stahl, Terry Gross, journalists Emily Bazelon, David Leonhardt and Matt Taibbi, former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Thomas Friedman, New Yorker editor David Remnick, economist Paul Krugman, Jim Hoskinson (the show's director), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), economist Grover Norquist, syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, Mark Cuban, and others. Included in video segments were: Colbert Show staffers, two members of the dissident punk band Pussy Riot, Vince Gilligan (creator of the TV show Breaking Bad), U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, President Bill Clinton, an astronaut on the International Space Station, J. J. Abrams, and Smaug the Dragon.