Trivia: The "shemale" who frightens away Raymond was a friend of John Waters who was transgender and was about to have reassignment surgery. Waters put them in the film because they had developed female characteristics such as breasts and looked like a woman, but still had male genitalia. They subsequently had the surgery one week later and appeared in Waters' next film as a fully female character.
Trivia: The infamous closing scene in which Divine eats dog feces was completely real. The dog was fed steak before filming, and his owner wouldn't let it outside to "go" until they were ready to film. Divine later called a hospital to see if he could get sick from the stunt, pretending to be a concerned parent whose "retarded child ate dog poop" because he was too embarrassed to admit he did it.
Trivia: Director John Waters provides the voice of the narrator. He attempted to get a local Baltimore media personality named "Mr. Ray" to do the voice over, but he refused. Mr. Ray was notorious in the area for producing commercials that came across as clueless and even racist at times, and Waters thought it would be hilarious to have him do the voiceover.
Trivia: John Waters tried to get Mink Stole to let him set her hair on fire for the movie, but she (wisely) declined. Waters has since admitted that it was for the best, as it would have likely ended in disaster. Waters did eventually get the gag of a woman's hair being set on fire accomplished in his film "Cecil B. Demented," albeit using special effects.