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Judge Wed then Sentenced Groom to Prison

Where did you go on your honeymoon? Larry Allen Austin spent his in prison. He was sent there after pleading guilty to a firearm charge, and the judge who sentenced him was the same man who married them! Austin, 29, of Oklahoma [...]

Why Do Olympians Wear That Colorful Tape?

Getty Images You may have first noticed the markings on the synchronized swimmers’ backs. Or cascading down a beach volleyball player’s chiseled abs. Birthmarks? Accessories? A bizarre form of intimidation? No, no, and no. The answer is Kinesio tape. And, yes, it’s all the rage in the sports world. So, what is this tricked-out injury treatment? It’s [...]

The Voices Behind 6 Classic Cereal Mascots

Their faces aren’t as famous as those on the boxes, but odds are you’ve heard each of these beloved cereal mascots’ voices somewhere else. 1. Paul Frees Paul Frees was one of the most sought-after voiceover actors in his time. He recorded Boris Badenov in “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” but he’s probably more well-known for his commercial work: [...]

The Scully Box

Gillian Anderson is much shorter than David Duchovny — estimates of their actual heights vary, but there’s roughly a 10″ height difference there. So when the pair costarred on The X-Files, filming conversations posed a problem; getting both of their heads in a standing shot would have had Anderson talking into Duchovny’s chest (perhaps [...]

Whatever Happened to the Ex-Slave Who Wrote a Letter to His Former Master?

Do you remember the awesome letter attributed to Jourdon Anderson, the freedman who was asked by his ex-master to return to work? Jason Kottke and David Galbraith dug through census and newspaper records to learn more about his life. Anderson may have stayed in Ohio and died in 1905 at the age of 79. Check [...]

Eaten by a Grue: A Brief History of Zork

Zork is a text-based video game, a genre also known as “interactive fiction,” whose defining feature is the absence of typical video game graphics. Instead, the game’s environments and the actions you take are described for you. For example, the first line of Zork is, “You are standing in an open field west of [...]

8 Bands Named After People Not In The Band

Bands like Van Hallen, The Alan Parsons Project, Phish and Santana all are named after members in the band. But what about bands named after people NOT in the band? Here’s a look at eight of them: 1. Pink Floyd There’s a record executive in the song “Have A Cigar” that says, “Oh, by the way, which [...]

Virtual Monkeys Recreate the Works of Shakespeare

The infinite monkey theorem proposes that a group of monkeys, or even a single one, could reproduce the collected works of William Shakespeare by hitting random keystrokes if given sufficient time. It is, however, hard to prove this theorem with an experiment that uses actual monkeys. So computer engineer Jesse Anderson created a simulation that [...]

16 Sequels Nobody Has Ever Heard Of

OK, maybe some of you are familiar with some of these. But how many of these questionable sequels have you actually seen? 1. Ace Ventura, Jr. Josh Flitter played Ace Ventura, Jr. in this 2009 spin-off of the original series that starred Jim Carrey. While Carrey isn’t in this film, he and Flitter do share one movie [...]

The Best and Worst Minor League Stadium Promotions

The Peoria Chiefs, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, joined the list of LeBron James’ bashers when it staged a “LeBron James NBA Championship Replica Ring Giveaway” after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat for the NBA title. There was no ring, of course. The Chiefs claimed to explore the possibility of skipping the [...]