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Are Geeky Couples More Likely to Have Kids with Autism?

What is a geek? For many people the term is perjorative, but for those who embrace geekdom, being a geek simply means having a thorough knowledge of and passion for a specific topic or activity. These aren’t limited to calculus and Star Wars references, as 80s movies may have kead you to believe, but those [...]

Kazakhstan Now Thankful for Borat

Back in 2006, the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was angry at Borat. The movie, starring Sacha Baron Cohen and shot in neighboring Romania, made fun of the country (as the movie’s theme song proclaimed, [...]

Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg

Hollywood’s extensive hype over the Academy Awards presentation is all about publicity. Going into the weekend, many tried to guess what the big story would be. Sasha Baron Cohen’s costume? The best and worst gowns? No, they were all upstaged. Angelina Jolie’s right leg was the star of Oscar night. It so overwhelmed everything else [...]

New Trailer For The Dictator Is Timely Fun

(YouTube Link) Leave it to Sasha Baron Cohen, the guy behind Borat and Ali G, to make light of an uncomfortable situation with broad humor which will allow those being lampooned to laugh at themselves, although ruthless dictators are some of the toughest nuts to crack. Watch this trailer for The Dictator and bask in the [...]

Happy 20th Birthday, Kazakhstan!

Kristina Postnikova / Shutterstock.com The largest country in Central Asia—it’s as big as all of Western Europe combined—turns 20 years old today, and to celebrate, here’s a list of ten random facts about everyone’s favorite Kazakh-speaking ‘Stan. 1. For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Borat, the fictional reporter invented by the English comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, [...]

11 Famous People Who Started as Lowly TV Writers

Becoming a comedic icon doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years and years of hard work. In some cases, this means paying your dues as the low-level member of a sitcom writing staff – a rite of passage for many successful comics, actors and directors. Here are 11 notable examples. 1. Norm Macdonald: Roseanne The deadpan comic [...]

Dietribes: Hummus Among Us

• While love may be the international language, the international love is the chickpea, or the Bengal gram (India), Chickpea (English), Garbanzo (Latin America), Hommes, Hamaz (Arab world), Nohud, Lablabi (Turkey), and Shimbra (Ethiopia), as its sometimes known. • Chickpeas are a high-protein legume, as well as providers of slow burning complex carbohydrates. They can also replenish [...]

The Late Movies: Ali G

Before Borat, before Brüno, there was Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen to satirize various political and social issues through interviews with public figures. According to Wikipedia: Ali G is a boorish, uneducated, streetwise youth with a deeply stereotypical view of the world, who either embarrasses his interviewee by displaying a mixture of [...]

Famous Death Threats Against Film Makers

Oh, Bruno, what have you done? Or rather, we should say, Sacha Baron-Cohen, did you really think that taking the mickey out of Islamic extremists would bring nothing to your table? As the comedian ducks and covers, we take a look at some other film-makers whose lives were threatened by those who took umbrage at [...]