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The Late Movies: The Supremes A’ Go-Go

On October 22, 1966, The Supremes became the first all-female group to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album charts with their album The Supremes A’ Go-Go. The album, which was actually released on August 25, 1966, retained its number one spot for two weeks and included two Billboard Hot 100 Top [...]

43 Sesame Street Facts for the 43rd Season

Today Sesame Street kicked off its 43rd season. We’re big fans of the Street, and to prove it, here are some of our favorite Sesame facts from previous stories and our Amazing Fact Generator. Sesame Workshop 1. Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before season two. 2. How did Oscar [...]

“Rainbow Connection,” 33 Years Later

33 years ago yesterday, The Muppet Movie made its silver screen debut. Over the opening credits, Kermit played his banjo in the swamp, singing the now-iconic theme song, “Rainbow Connection.” The song was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, though it didn’t win either; instead it [...]

11 Game Show Hosts and Their Musical Aspirations

After legendary game show host Richard Dawson passed away last week, Gawker dug up a single Dawson released in 1967. Titled “Apples and Oranges,” the song was actually the B-side to another single called “His Children’s Parade.” Though dual careers as a game show host and singer/songwriter may seem a bit odd, it’s actually more [...]

19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Over on Instagram, we’ve been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we’ve toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R Us! For our latest field trip, I dragged along my three-year-old daughter Charlotte. She was paid in coloring books and a Bubble Guppies DVD. This [...]

Stories Behind Brand Mascots of Yore

Remember the Domino Pizza bringing back the Noid story we covered on Neatorama yesterday? Well, Caroline Stanley of Flavorwire got nostalgic about other popular brand mascots from her childhood and decided to rediscover fun facts from the likes of Count Chocula, the Snuggle bear, and so on. Take, for instance, the California Raisins: According to legend, these [...]

The Number of the Day: 28,800

In 2005, author Donovan Hohn set out to locate 28,800 rubber ducks that had been lost at sea 13 years earlier. His experiences have been recounted in a new book with the gloriously descriptive title Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists and Fools, Including [...]

The Fruit of the Matter

(Image credit: Flickr user Martin LaBar) SUPREME WISDOM Technically, green peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes are all fruits. But don’t try telling that tot he U.S. Supreme Court. Per the 1893 case Nix vs. Hedden, the court decided tomatoes were veggies and therefore subject to the vegetable tariff. What was the Supreme Court’s reasoning? Tomatoes have to [...]

Gregory Brothers (Auto-Tune the News) Explain Their Success

The Gregory Brothers are well-known among internet nerds for their Auto-Tune the News video series. The band appeared last week at the Google ZeitGeist conference, and explained how it all happened — particularly how their recent “Bed Intruder Song” entered the Billboard Hot 100 without any label support, and while only available via the iTunes [...]

8 Peanuts Music Video Mashups

Did you know that there’s a whole sub-genre of music video mashups out there using Peanuts cartoon footage? Some of these gems are Christmas related, some are not, but they’re all definitely worth watching. 1. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police This is probably the most famous in the sub-genre, and definitely a [...]