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The Pony with a Thousand Faces: My Little Pony and the Hero’s Journey

(Video Link) In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, anthropologist Joseph Campbell summarized myths and literature from cultures around the world as a “monomyth”–a literary pattern that forms the basis for thousands of different stories about heroes. Campbell’s work has had a tremendous influence on modern day storytellers, including Richard Adams to George Lucas. The hero is [...]

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

14 Absolutely Crazy Foreign Posters for American Movies

Movies, it’s often said, are a universal language. Movie posters, however, not so much. What entices American audiences, what gets our hearts racing in anticipation for a film event, doesn’t always play in parts elsewhere. And so to appeal to foreign audiences in their specific cultural milieu, poster artists turn to the one truly universal [...]

Quiz: Food Fads of the ’60s & ’70s

Today is National Stuff That Was Popular When You Were a Kid Day! To celebrate, we’ll be posting quizzes all day about — you guessed it — stuff that was popular when various writers were kids. Keep checking back for more! Those of us born near the end of the Baby Boom were a bit young [...]

11 Facts You Might Not Know about Battlestar Galactica

In 1978, Glen A. Larson launched his ambitious space saga Battlestar Galactica. It was a grand story of a clash of civilizations and battle for survival. But its ratings could not justify its enormous production expense, and the show folded. A brief return in 1980 offered hope, but that came to nothing. For a generation, [...]

Happy Boss’s Day: 9 of the Worst Bosses Ever

It’s Boss’s Day, and while many of us have supervisors who have totally earned that “World’s Best Boss” mug, I bet lots of you at least briefly contemplated adding a little extra something to the cookies you brought in this morning.  Even so, here are nine bosses who likely make your less-than-stellar supervisor look like [...]

Happy Boss’s Day: Nine of the Worst Bosses Ever

It’s Boss’s Day, and while many of us have supervisors who have totally earned that “World’s Best Boss” mug, I bet lots of you at least briefly contemplated adding a little extra something to the cookies you brought in this morning.  Even so, here are nine bosses who likely make your less-than-stellar supervisor look like [...]

Cat Rescued From Soup Can

A stray 4-month-old kitten in Louisville, Kentucky, helped himself to the remnants of a discarded can of soup and got his head wedged tight inside the can. The kitten was brought in by MAS animal control officer Raymond Thomas on Monday, and was immediately taken to the veterinary staff, Gulbe said. An initial attempt was made by [...]

The Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder

It looks like a crystal ball, which it is, but this is a 19th century invention to record the amount of sunshine, called the Campbell-Stokes Sunshine Recorder. It was invented in 1853 by the Scottish Gaelic scholar Iain Òg Ìle, known in English as John Francis Campell. Perhaps unsurprisingly he was also the Secretary to the [...]

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume One)

One of the ways independent book stores distinguish themselves from the big chain stores is to make their shop into a literary home, where people like to hang out. Having a cat (or many cats) around is a simple way to do that -and it keeps the mice away! When 12 Bookstore Cats was posted [...]