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Scientist: Humans Have Been Getting Stupider for Thousands of Years

Idiocracy wasn’t a movie, but a documentary. Gerald Crabtree, the leader of a genetics laboratory at Stanford University, argues that humans evolved to be hunter/gatherers–a high risk occupation that tended to keep the gene pool tidy. We have departed from that self-correcting lifestyle: Life as a hunter-gatherer was probably more intellectually demanding than widely supposed, he [...]

Feed My Frankenweenie

Just in time for Halloween, Frankenweenie is hitting theaters today, giving viewers a chance to enjoy all the campiness of black-and-white classic horror films while still offering them something delightfully new and unique. In honor of the movie’s release, here are some things you should know about the development and creation of Tim Burton’s newest [...]

8 Sounds That Are Trademarked

Most of us are aware that you can trademark a slogan, a logo, and a name, but did you know that it is also possible to trademark a sound? Of course, in order to get approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, said sound must “uniquely identify the commercial origin of the product [...]

11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People

You’d expect famous people to know other famous people. But maybe not these famous people. 1. Nikita Khrushchev & Marilyn Monroe PA Photos /Landov In September 1959, during Khrushchev’s American tour, he visited 20th Century Fox Studios. At a lunch banquet with hundreds of stars (including Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Gary Cooper), he was [...]

Attack of the Killer B-Movies!

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, big-budget movies were classy affairs, full of artful scripts and classically trained actors. And boy, were they dull. Then came Roger Corman, the King of the B-Movies. With Corman behind the camera, motorcycle gangs and mutant sea creatures filled the silver screen. And just like that, movies became a [...]

Elizabeth Taylor’s Obituary Writer Died Six Years Before She Did

New York Times theater critic Mel Gussow died six years ago, but that didn’t stop him from writing his paper’s obituary for Elizabeth Taylor, who died earlier this week. Of course, newspapers keep obituaries ready, on file, for famous people. But I think that outliving your obituary writer is a special accomplishment. Link via The Agitator [...]

26 Science Fiction Weddings

Evan Hoovler of blastr compiled images from 26 weddings depicted in science fiction and superhero television and movie weddings. Actually, he identifies them as science fiction. But I suppose that superhero fiction could be considered a subgenre of science fiction, as it involves a focus on the laws of nature or the distortion thereof as [...]

Men Set Couch Potato Record by Watching TV for 86 Hours

Victor Lopez, Farris Hodo, and Kevin Coon set a Guinness World Record by watching television for a full 86 hours, 6 minutes, and 41 seconds. They were allowed a ten minute break every two hours, but otherwise had to stay awake watching TV the whole time. These three men were the only successful contestants among [...]

The Late Movies: Star Wars Music

Tonight’s Late Movies celebrate the incredible music of Star Wars in some unexpected ways. From classical examples to geeky tech renditions, here are a few of my favorite clips. Starting off tonight, we have the Imperial March played on classical piano. Here is the Imperial March played by the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. In this clip, we have [...]

Men Lie 6X a Day, Twice That of Women

Congressman Joe Wilson – you know, the guy who skyrocketed to fame for yelling “You lie” during a speech by President Obama – is technically correct. Kind of. According to this new “study” by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It finds that men lie an average of six times a day – twice as much [...]