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Does the Key to the City Actually Open Anything?

LOUIS LANZANO/Landov The short answer: no. The long answer: Once upon a time, being presented with the key to the city served a real function. In ancient times, when it was common for European towns to be ringed by walls, visiting dignitaries were presented with a key to the city gate as a gesture of trust [...]

Cher’s Key to the City Sold on eBay

Officials in Adelaide, Australia, were not happy to see the honor they bestowed upon singer Cher for sale at eBay. The Key to the City was sold early today on the auction site. Mayor Stephen Yarwood said he was “exceptionally disappointed.” “It must be very embarrassing for her if she is selling it because she needs [...]

Christmas Blogs and Other Niche Blogs

It’s not hard to find Christmas blogs. It is, however, hard to find Christmas blogs that are still active, really dedicated to Christmas, and aren’t trying to sell you something. I’ve found an interesting few for your perusal, although I feel this is only scratching the surface. Mistletunes is dedicated to Christmas music, particularly the rock-and-roll [...]

14 More Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Earlier this year, Bill DeMain introduced us to 15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. Now that you’ve integrated those into your vocabulary, here are 14 more. 1. Shemomedjamo (Georgian) You know when you’re really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it? The Georgians feel your pain. This word means, “I [...]

The Late Movies: Auto-Tuning Already-Funny Commercials

Though popularized by musicians like Cher and rapper T Pain, auto-tuning—the act of speaking or singing into a vocoder to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes—can be used to make anything just a little bit sillier. Just take a look at what happens when some of television’s silliest commercials are auto-tuned. Flo from Progressive Billy Mays Slap Chop Old Spice Sony

19 Photos of Ronald Reagan With Various Celebrities for His 100th Birthday

Former President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday is February 6th, and you can bet every media outlet will be running some sort of tribute. Now seems like a good time to bring up one of my favorite websites, the Reagan Presidential Library—specifically the MEETING WITH V.I.P.s and CELEBRITIES section of the library’s historical photo archives. It’s [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dave Brubeck

Legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck may be approaching his 90th birthday, but he still occasionally sits down at his piano for a crowd. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the Kennedy Center Honoree, jazz standards composer, and leader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Image credit: Katie Falkenberg/The Washington Times 1. His [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cher

Cher’s done a little bit of everything. She’s blown up the pop charts, hosted a hit variety show, and even won an Oscar. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the woman who was born Cherilyn Sarkisian. 1. She Sang on More Famous Songs Than You Think Before she struck out as [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Long-in-the-Tooth “Teenagers”

You all know that I’m a big Glee fan. But I’m not delusional – I know that a lot of the actors in the show are nowhere close to being of high school age… unless they’ve flunked many a grade (Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, who play Finn and Puck respectively, are both 27). They’re [...]