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The Silent Marx Brother

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Was there ever a stranger, more unique, or more lovable movie star than Harpo Marx? Adolph Arthur Marx (later Harpo) was born in New York City in 1888. He got his famous nickname in a casual poker game [...]

Jon Ronson’s “Psychopath Test”

In this decidedly spooky TED Talk, Jon Ronson explains his journey to understand mental illness, which brought him to a prison for the criminally insane to interview a very sanely-dressed possible psychopath, then brought him to “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap, whose house was “like Narnia.” The whole thing is engaging, challenging, and makes me really [...]

The Late Movies: Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, 21 Years Later

Twenty-one years ago today, Paul Simon put on a massive concert in Central Park. The performance on August 15, 1991 focused on material from his albums Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints, plus an assortment of Greatest Hits of his previous work, including Simon & Garfunkel material…but without Garfunkel. The resulting double-album has been [...]

4 Cases of All-Star Voter Fraud

When Major League Baseball announced its All-Star rosters, there was the usual brief outburst of indignation about how certain players got left off of the Midsummer Classic squads. As usual, these fierce, ultimately trivial debates lasted for around 36 hours. At least these snubbed players weren’t the victims of voter fraud, though. Although the [...]

The Hidden Haunted History of 7 American Landmarks

The stories of presidential ghosts in the White House are pretty well known. But plenty of other landmarks have their own ghost stories. 1. The Ghostly Curators of the Smithsonian Institution quantabeh / Shutterstock.com With so many items and artifacts – let alone mummies and skeletons – it should come as no surprise that many consider the [...]

What is the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for NCAA rules violations, announced Tuesday that he will enter the NFL’s supplemental draft rather than return to school. Here’s a brief history of the event. What is the supplemental draft and who is eligible for it? The supplemental [...]

Predator: The Musical

(Video Link) Relax, relax! There’s no actual Predator musical in the making. This is just a parody by Jon and Al Kaplan, who have made several fake Schwarzenegger musicals, from Conan the Barbarian to Total Recall. This one, the last in the series, is a far superior production compared to the early musicals. Warning: foul language. via [...]

Christina Aguilera Steps on Lines, Weird Al’s Toes

Yeah, so Christina Aguilera’s interpretation of the National Anthem was a pretty surreal moment. I actually enjoyed the show, as did will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who tweeted “Xtina sing’n wonderful”, a sort of preemptive show of support in anticipation of the Internet exploding. But one man wasn’t pleased – and that man is Weird. Weird [...]

NanoSail-D Solar Sail

When rocket scientists decide to fly a kite in space, it kind of looks like this. Depicted in the artist’s concept above, NASA’s NanoSail-D spacecraft has unfurled its sail to become the first ever solar sail to circle our planet. “We’re solar sailing!” says NanoSail-D principal investigator Dean Alhorn of the Marshall Space Flight Center [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Songs

I decided to put together some unusual, funny, off-the-wall Christmas songs because, you know, ’tis the season! Starting things off, here’s one of my favorite old Tom Waits songs, Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis. If it sounds like he’s had a few, he probably has — but it’s part of his schtick. Here’s another [...]