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Caviar Vending Machine

You’ll need a lot of quarters when using this vending machine. It and others like it in the Burbank, California area offer caviar and other luxury foods: Beverly Hills Caviar has unveiled its first touch-screen vending machine at the Burbank Town Center, offering “a large selection of the world’s finest selection of caviar, truffles, escargot, bottarga, [...]

The Most Famous Mutts Ever

Mutts sometimes get a bad rap because they are less predictable and lack the supposedly superior genetics of purebreds, but scientists have performed multiple studies showing that mixed breed dogs are actually much healthier and often live longer than their purebred counterparts. While there is no definitive answer as to which is better because everyone’s [...]

Blame the Media: 6 Disorders Caused by the Internet, TV, Magazines and Movies

1. Truman Show Delusion Until a studio light fell from the “sky” near his house, Truman Burbank lived a perfectly normal life. Then he found out that his entire life was spent on the set of a TV show, and everyone he ever knew was in on the ruse. The movie The Truman Show came out [...]

The Starship Enterprise is Made of Poplar

Last week marked the 45th anniversary of Star Trek‘s debut on TV. As part of the anniversary-related festivities, the Smithsonian is highlighting the original Enterprise model used on the show, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection. (We’re talking about the NCC-1701, naturally.) The model is 11 feet long and weighs [...]

Camouflaging An Airplane Factory

I found these pictures on Think or Thwim and was blown away. Back in the 40s, during the war, the Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank was not only Los Angeles’ main airport, but a massive facility that produced warplanes from the P-38 to the B-17 bomber. Located in a city on the west coast, however, it [...]

Famous Dogs Adopted From Shelters or The Streets

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog month and since I can’t adopt a new pup (my loving ex-shelter dog is sitting right beside me as I write this) I opted to do the next best thing and help promote the celebration. What better way to bring attention to the great qualities of shelter pets than [...]

6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Cheers

Cheers finished a lowly 77th in the ratings after its first season in 1982-83, performing poorly against Simon & Simon and Too Close for Comfort in its 9 p.m. Thursday time slot. Both Paramount and NBC believed in the show, however, and their tenacity certainly paid off. Cheers ended after 11 seasons, but only because [...]