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Rest in Peace, Clarence Clemons

Editor’s Note: E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons has died of complications from a stroke, CNN reported tonight. To honor the Big Man’s life and legacy, here are some video clips Erica Palan assembled back in January to celebrate Clarence’s 69th birthday. He’ll certainly be missed around here. Meeting Bruce Springsteen During an interview in 2009, Clemons [...]

The Greatest Basketball Team You’ve Never Heard Of

In the opening chapter of his book, On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recounts the time a reporter asked him what profession he would have chosen if he hadn’t become a pro basketball player. “A history teacher,” answered the 7-foot-2 master of the skyhook, who describes [...]

Toilet Paper: How America Convinced the World to Wipe

Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep’s wool—and, later, thanks to the printing press—newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. The ancient Greeks used clay and stone. The Romans, sponges and salt water. [...]

25 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Movies

25 days ’til Christmas, 25 facts about your favorite Christmas movies. Makes sense to me! (Wait, there are only 17 days ’til Christmas? Shoot. I’ve got some shopping to do.) Anyway, enjoy these elf-sized tidbits about some of the movies you’ll catch on TV in the next couple weeks. Scrooged 1. It just goes to show you: [...]

The Quick 10: It’s a Wonderful Life

I’m going to have to watch this on the sly at some point in the next week, because every time my husband walks in the room and sees it on T.V., he starts making fun of me. And he likes Jimmy Stewart. But I digress. For those of you who love this classic as much [...]

Toilet Paper History: How America Convinced the World to Wipe

Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep’s wool—and, later, thanks to the printing press—newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. The ancient Greeks used clay and stone. The Romans, sponges and salt water. [...]