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Doritos to be Sprinkled Over Creator’s Grave

Sad news for snackers: Arch West, creator of Doritos, passed away last week. He was 97. West, of Dallas, Texas,  is credited with creating the iconic snack chip after a family trip to San Diego in 1961. The inventor of the super-cheesy tortilla chips will get a memorable nod for his junk-food innovation, though: According to West’s [...]

How Abraham Lincoln Argued a Murder Trial

This week we’re running a series of posts by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln’s foray into forensic meteorology. If you missed the first or second installments of the series, check them out. May 3, 1858. Cass County, Illinois. The Circuit Court of Cass County convened on Monday May 3rd, 1858, to begin Armstrong’s trial. Abraham Lincoln [...]

Plush Sleipnir

In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is Odin’s eight-legged horse and the son of the god Loki. Susan and Allen Crawford made this adorable plush of him for the infant son of a friend. Link -via Super Punch

Ten Incredible Perfect Moments in the History of Editing

Novels, movies, cartoons, tattoos… everything is better on the second draft. 1. THE CATCH IN CATCH 22: The Edit that became an idiom In 1961, author Joseph Heller finally submitted his manuscript for Catch-18 to his editor, Robert Gottlieb. Although Heller had spent seven years perfecting the story, Gottlieb saw room for improvement. The editor taped the [...]

The Voices of Pixar

How well do you know your Pixar films? Do you know who did the voices? Of course, you know Tom Hanks did Woody and Tim Allen did Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story movies, but other celebrities provided voices you might not know about -unless you recognized them. Test yourself in this Lunchtime Quiz at [...]

Bronies: Adult Men Who Like to Watch My Little Pony

A “brony” is an adult male fan of the children’s cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. These are not rare men, but a legion of dedicated fans with websites and news services devoted to the cartoon: Each day, out-of-work computer programmer Luke Allen self-medicates by watching animated ponies have magical adventures. The 32-year-old, who lives in [...]

The [adjective] History of Mad Libs

Leonard Stern, the [adjective] creator of Mad Libs, the wacky fill-in-the-word game we all [past-tense verb] as kids, died this week at the age of [number]. OK, I’ll give you that on: he was 88. Stern was a writer for shows like The Honeymooners, Get Smart and Steve Allen’s Tonight Show. Like all writers sometimes [...]

Slow Motion Video of Hummingbird Feeding

This one is pretty cool: a slow-motion video clip of a female Allen’s hummingbird feeding, captured at 300 FPS by JCMDI. Take a look over at Anything and Everything blog: Link [embedded YouTube clip]

Man Says That Mudflap Girl Is His Mom

The iconic “Mudflap Girl”, long seen on America’s highways, finally has an identity. Ed Allen of Washington, D.C. says that it’s his mother. Allen’s father, a trucker, kept a photo of his wife wearing a swimsuit in his rig: Dad kept the photo in the cab of his truck, which always bore his wife’s name on [...]

Comical Bank Robbery

There’s usually nothing funny about a bank robbery, but there’s an exception to every rule. Here’s what one Harold Luken allegedly did one Thursday afternoon: “I am gonna rob the bank,” he allegedly yelled. “I have a gun, but I’m gonna wait on line.”True to his word, Luken patiently waited for his turn at the teller [...]