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The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion

The famous mascot of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer is not one lion, but five lions. These are their stories. Slats (1917–1928) Wikimedia Commons Slats, born at the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was MGM’s first lion. He had previously appeared in the logo of the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, where designer Howard Dietz chose the lion as a mascot as a tribute [...]

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 [...]

If You Can’t Talk Like a Pirate….

Methinks Bob did not quite understand the original phrase. From Bob the Squirrel by cartoonist Frank Page. Link (Thanks, Frank!)

Let’s Make Spin Art!

It’s Saturday. It’s summer. Let’s make some Spin Art, shall we? Abraham De La Torre Makes Exquisite Spin Art Abraham De La Torre is an American painter who specializes in Spin Art. He’s even listed on Wikipedia’s Spin Art page in the “Fine Art” section. Here’s one of his Spin Art demos (there [...]

Steve Ross Pays Tribute To His Dad Bob

(YouTube Link) Happy little trees run in the family as far as painters Bob and Steve Ross are concerned. Here’s a brightly colored episode which shows us that Bob’s legacy lives on in the hands of his son Steve, and boy can he paint mountain ranges like a boss! –via TDW

What Happened to Bob Ross’ Paintings?

Bob Ross said he made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. He didn’t sell them, and he never put them in a gallery. Where did his army of happy clouds go? We’ll let Bob explain: “One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these [...]

How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

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 [...]

30 Famous People With Law Degrees

Law degree image via Shutterstock Second-guessing your career choice? You’re not alone. Even people who put themselves through many extra years of schooling sometimes end up changing their minds. That’s the case with many of these people, who ditched their law degrees in favor of other pursuits — quite successful ones at that. Authors 1. Washington Irving. The [...]

8 of Adlai Stevenson’s Awful 1952 TV Campaign Ads

Are you sick of attack ads, Super PAC ads, and even ads in color? Then let’s turn to a cornier, gentler time — the election of 1952, when the original “Egghead” Adlai Stevenson ran against Eisenhower, running a series of remarkably unremarkable TV ads. Well, it probably wasn’t just the TV ads that [...]