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R.I.P. Eduard Khil, Mr. Trololo

Eduard Khil, a longtime pop star in the Soviet Union, became famous in the west only a couple of years ago when his rendition of the wordless song “I Am So Happy to Finally Be Back Home” became an internet hit. Khil’s performance on a ’60s TV show spawned a meme called Trololo. Khil embraced [...]

10 Things You Might Not Know About Mad Max

Mad Max is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, and for good reason-it launched the career of Mel Gibson, brought a human edge to post-apocalyptic movies, and it put Australian cinema on the map for movie lovers across the globe. But did you know that Mel came to his audition sporting a [...]

Keep on Truckin’: 15 Stories of Life After Sports

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard retired in 1982. Then again in 1984. Enough, he said once more in 1987. And 1991. And finally in 1997. Long before quarterback Brett Favre made retirement an annual and reversible rite, Leonard demonstrated that on the subject of possibly hanging it up for good and starting a new career he [...]

Baseball’s Worst Players of All Time

When I recently shared an video about the great Bob Uecker’s side career in professional wrestling, I also pointed out his notoriety as play-by-play announcer for the Brewers and as an actor in several hilarious roles. Our dutiful reader and commenter Tim H. also reminded us that Uecker had a major league career of his [...]

Quiz: The 3,000 Hit, One Team Club

On Saturday, just before Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit, the YES Network broadcast team listed the other ten members of the 3,000 Hit Club whose hits all came with one team. How many of those ten players can you name in three minutes? Two Notes: First, we’re asking for players who played their entire [...]

Adiós L.A.

Artist Jon Jackson has lived his entire life in Los Angeles, but has decided to move to New York City to further his career. He’s saying goodbye to his city, or rather, breaking up with her. So Jackson put up 5 billboards expressing why it’s important that they both move forward and start seeing other [...]

The Quick 10: The Non-Football Careers of 10 Heisman Winners

Amid controversy on Saturday, Auburn’s Cam Newton was the 74th person to win the Heisman Trophy. Whether he’ll make it in the NFL remains to be seen – some of the most promising Heisman winners failed to get drafted, played a season or two before getting the axe, or eschewed a bone-crunching professional football career [...]

The Speculative Evolution of Dougal Dixon

Early in his career as a geologist, Dougal Dixon developed an interest in fossils and paleontology. But he took that curiosity in a unique direction. Dixon has published several books on speculative evolution — imagining animals that may have evolved if conditions were different. Pictured above is an illustration from one of his books depicting [...]

The Quick 10: 10 More Celebrity Veterans

A couple of years ago on Veterans Day, we listed 10 celebrities who stopped what they were doing in the middle of a successful showbiz career to serve their country. We had a lot of mentions of other celebrities who also served before they were famous, and we thought today would be a good day [...]

The Most Interesting Conversation You’ve Overheard

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. I’m currently on paternity leave, so this week’s questions come courtesy of our readers. 1. Suz gets us started today: What’s the most interesting conversation you’ve overheard? 2. From [...]