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The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

The Late Movies: You Bet Your Life Outtakes

You Bet Your Life was a radio game show at first, then moved to TV. Groucho Marx wasn’t the first host, but he was the most successful. They eventually changed the name of the show to The Groucho Show. Nobody ever really cared who won or lost the game: just listening to Groucho Marx ad [...]

The Late Movies: The First 7 Videos on MTV

MTV turns 31 today. It launched one minute past midnight on August 1, 1981, with footage of Space Shuttle Columbia and Apollo 11 launches, then the words “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” spoken by John Lack, one of the creators of MTV. An extended version of the MTV theme riff played, and [...]

Man licks 42 cathedrals

Lawrence Edmonds has travelled over 5,000 miles in a quest to lick every Anglican cathedral in Britain. Edmonds undertook the mission following a bet …

“Come On Eileen” is 30 Years Old

In today’s “feel old again” news, the classic song “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982. The song begins with these lines: Poor old Johnnie Ray Sounded sad upon the radio Moved a million hearts in mono Our mothers cried, sang along Who would blame [...]

The Time Groucho Marx Did the Charleston on Hitler’s Grave

© Bettmann/CORBIS Groucho Marx is unmatched in wit and humor. But one of his most poignant moments wasn’t remotely funny, nor was it caught on camera like so many of his one-liners and zingers. During the summer of 1958, Groucho and his You Bet Your Life director and close friend Robert Dwan toured Europe for six [...]

The Best Tattoo Cover Up Ever

A reader of Geekologie sent in this great story of how a terrible Edward tattoo obtained during a bet eventually became an awesome Rufio tattoo in what is arguably the greatest tattoo portrait cover up ever. “OK, so this guy I used to know recently made a deal with his friend that they would choose each [...]

AC/DC: The Tesla–Edison Feud

You’ve probably heard about the famous rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison—both giants of electrical engineering whose innovations changed history. But what exactly was their history with one another? And has history proven one of them right? That whole boss/employee thing. Tesla, a Serbian by parentage, began working for the phone company in Budapest. In [...]

Masterpieces: Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

© Peter Iovino/altafilms/handout/dpa/Corbis In The Artist, George Valentin is a silent movie star who stubbornly refuses to change with the times and embrace talking pictures. It’s a story that echoes the real-life dilemma faced by Charlie Chaplin in the late 1920s. Against all commercial odds, Chaplin gambled everything on City Lights, a silent film that bucked [...]

Apes Gamble by Calculating Odds

Do apes love to gamble just like humans do? You bet! New study by Max Planck scientists reveal that apes can calculate odds before taking risky gambles: Experts observed apes as they gambled using upturned cups concealing pieces of chopped banana. Given the choice of a safe bet of a small piece of banana or a larger [...]