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Andy Griffith Sings the Lyrics to The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song

Well, I’ll be. Before producers of The Andy Griffith Show decided that whistling set the tone for the show, Sheriff Taylor himself recorded a version of the song with lyrics. That’s not him whistling, by the way – that was composer Earle H. Hagen. Here’s Andy singing “The Fishing Hole.” Rest in Peace, Andy.

9 Delightful Library Cats

Libraries are quite places visited by children and literary-minded people and sometimes the occasional mouse. That makes them wonderful places for cats to hang out. Many libraries have resident cats that become quite the local characters -and sometimes even famous! We posted about some of them before; now here are nine more library cats. 1. Tober Tober [...]

Toy Story Tattoo

Sheriff Woody Pride in Toy Story had Andy’s name inscribed on his boot. The owner of this tattoo reports that it hurt a lot to get this imitation. But at least he has the satisfaction of publicly affirming his love for Toy Story wherever he goes. Link -via Faith J | Photo: Rob

Urban Dinosaurs by Andy Council

Did I see trafficjamosaurus there somewhere? Designer Andy Council of Bristol, England, created a series of urban dinosaurs in which he imagined prehistoric creatures arising from the urban landscape of skyscrapers and highways. Link | [...]

Friends in the House, Hostility at Home

In 1954, Coya Knutson won a seat the the US House of representatives by championing the rights of farmers in Minnesota (and by raising her own campaign funds). Over two terms she became quite popular among voters and her Washington colleagues, although she alienated her own party. But Knutson’s real trouble came from her alcoholic [...]

11 Ironic and Puzzling E-Books

There are lots of valid reasons why electronic books have been soaring in popularity over the last few years: they’re easier to transport than conventional books, often less expensive, and offer a variety of ways to heighten the reading experience (the ability to record notes, look up words, and so on). However, there are some [...]

11 Rock Star Cameos in TV Shows

From Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch to (Cow)Boy George on The A-Team, here are some of the more memorable musician TV cameos. 1. Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch Marcia’s all-out campaign to get the Monkees singer to perform at her prom yields a kiss on the cheek, a date, and a specially dedicated song. “Thank [...]

Andy Rooney, RIP

Andy Rooney, America’s curmudgeon-in-chief, has passed away at the age of 92. In his honor, let’s review the best … or should we say grumpiest of his 1,097 commentaries he has given since 1978. Time Magazine has the list of the Top [...]

Andy Rooney, Re-Edited

As we’ve all heard, Andy Rooney has retired. But his body of work is vast, including 1,097 of his iconic 60 Minutes commentaries. I have a love-hate relationship with those commentary pieces — I’ve actually watched 60 Minutes for many years, and while I’m tempted to turn it off when Rooney comes on [...]

Gravity Harps

(YouTube link) Andy Cavatorta was commissioned to build a new musical instrument based on a pendulum for Bjork’s Biophilia show in Manchester, UK. The first such instrument built was the Gravity Ring, but that was scrapped as too bulky for the tour. The next idea was Gravity Harps. The pendulums each contain harp strings, which are [...]