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Rock Around the Clock

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Contrary to popular belief, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was not the first rock ‘n’ roll record to be recorded. In fact, it wasn’t even Bill Haley’s first rock ‘n’ roll record. “Rock [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The East

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Syracuse Syracuse’s colors were originally pink and blue, but the class of 1890 changed it to orange. A member of that class explained the switch at his 50th reunion in 1940: “What kind of ‘whoopee’ can be made with [...]

11 Broadway Musicals Featuring Characters in the U.S. Military

Not only have the men and women of the United States Armed Forces served their country, they have also served as inspiration for the Great White Way. 1. Carmelina (1979) This was the story of a single mother who told everyone in her small Italian town that the father of her teenage daughter was an American soldier [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Used Childhood Nicknames

Having a rather straightforward name like Stacy means I’m not really subject to a lot of nicknames. Stace is pretty much it, although a select group of friends call me Stac (back in note-writing days, a spelling-challenged friend who meant “Stace” actually wrote “Stac” – I know, it’s a fascinating story). These 10 people presumably [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Day Music

On Christmas day, while you have the family gathered round sharing cookies, candy, and memories, you can accompany the company with these classic Christmas songs. If you aren’t busy, you might enjoy the videos as well! Merry Christmas Baby The original, performed by Charles Brown. * Snoopy’s Christmas A Christmas followup to the song “Snoopy and the Red Baron”. * Adeste Fidelis Performed [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Eve Music

On Christmas Eve, while you have the family gathered round sharing cookies, candy, and memories, you can accompany the company with these classic Christmas songs. If you aren’t busy, you might enjoy the videos as well! Merry Christmas Baby The original, performed by Charles Brown. * Snoopy’s Christmas A Christmas followup to the song “Snoopy and the Red Baron”. * Adeste Fidelis Performed [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Songs

I decided to put together some unusual, funny, off-the-wall Christmas songs because, you know, ’tis the season! Starting things off, here’s one of my favorite old Tom Waits songs, Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis. If it sounds like he’s had a few, he probably has — but it’s part of his schtick. Here’s another [...]

Bing Crosby’s Long-Lost World Series Footage

The Pittsburgh Pirates just wrapped up their 18th consecutive losing season. So for long-suffering Bucco fans like me, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the team from the Steel City wasn’t always the basement-dwelling punching bag they are today. Thankfully, connecting with the glorious past of the Pirates just got a little easier. This year, [...]

Bing Crosby’s Long-Long World Series Footage

The Pittsburgh Pirates just wrapped up their 18th consecutive losing season. So for long-suffering Bucco fans like me, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the team from the Steel City wasn’t always the basement-dwelling punching bag they are today. Thankfully, connecting with the glorious past of the Pirates just got a little easier. This year, [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bing Crosby

You know him as the man who sang “White Christmas” and co-starred in a slew of movies with Bob Hope, but what don’t you know about Bing Crosby? Here are five facts that might surprise you. 1. He Got His Name from a Comic Strip The entertainer was born Harry Lillis Crosby, which doesn’t have quite [...]