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The Quick 10: 10 Strange Christmas Songs

It won’t be long before you’re totally sick of jingling bells, angels on high and drummer boys. But how about Wookiees? There’s a bunch of Christmas songs out there that don’t get ridiculously overplayed at the holidays – here are a few of the stranger ones. I’m sure you have your own favorite weirdo holiday [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Mascots That Don’t Seem to Make Any Sense

I went to a university with a seemingly-perplexing mascot. How do you get a small red bird from a large, destructive force of nature? It turns out there’s a perfectly good explanation – for Iowa State and for these nine other schools. 1. The College: Iowa State University The Team: The Cyclones The Mascot: a cardinal bird What Gives: [...]

The Late Movies: The Wonderful World of Lego

Ah, the wonderful world of Lego. There’s something nostalgic and captivating about their simplicity, something that reminds us of a simpler time, of exploring creativity, of building whatever our imaginations could conceive. Tonight for the Late Movies, we have a few clips from Legoland that have taken that childhood delight and transformed it into some [...]

The Late Movies: How Musicians Would Fix the Music Business

The music business is a baffling vending machine. Kick it and yell, but it’s not giving your dollar back. What’s that squeaking noise and red blinking light? Do you smell smoke? If musicians were in charge, could they get the danged thing fixed? Let’s ask them… Remember that cute little song called “Happy Together”? Vocal duo [...]

The Quick 10: Why Betty White is Awesome

Between her Snickers Super Bowl ad, the petition to have her host Saturday Night Live and just because she’s awesome in general, Betty White has been getting a lot of press lately. She’s been in the business since the 1940s, so you can bet Betty has a few interesting stories up her sleeve. Wouldn’t you [...]

The Secret Cities of Yemen

Yemen has been in the news a great deal recently and if the media is to be believed then it is a hotbed of terrorist training camps and munitions trading.  However there are many people who could not -if asked- name the capital city of this republic on the Arabian Gulf.  What is exceptional about [...]

I’ll Take Long-Running Quiz Shows with Punctuation in the Title for $1000, Alex

I like to think that I’ve picked up a lot of random trivia as a writer. I often blurt out trivia at really inappropriate moments in casual conversation. I like to think that I would rock on Jeopardy!, but I have taken the show’s sample audition quizzes before, and the fact is… I suck. However, [...]

Al Farrow’s Guns & Ammo Reliquaries

Trigger Finger of Santa Guerra When I die and become Saint Neatorama, I’d like sculptor Al Farrow to make me a reliquary to treasure one of my body parts. Presumably my blogging pinkie. Al has made some 40 unusual reliquaries, mausoleums and monuments out of guns and ammo parts, dedicated to preserving the body parts of [...]

Dirty Campaigning in the Roaring Twenties: Hoover vs. Smith

One year ago today, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. If you thought last year’s campaign was dirty, Joseph Cummins, author of Anything for a Vote, has a story for you. In an article we first posted last fall, Mr. Cummins explains what passed for mudslinging in the Roaring Twenties. The Election [...]

The Late Movies: The Bo Diddley Beat

The Bo Diddley beat, counted out as a two-bar phrase, goes a little something like this: “One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and, etc.,” but you might know it better simply as an incessant, earth-shaking “Bomp, bomp, bomp…bomp, bomp” that gets pounded out through a song [...]