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31 Bizarre Foreign Titles for American Movies

Film is perhaps America’s greatest cultural export. That said, not every American film title translates well into other languages. To bridge the gap, foreign marketers take some very intriguing creative liberties. Many of the best mangled film titles come from China, where they are downright magical at jazzing up boring old English titles. 1. Pretty Woman [...]

Home Tours of the Corrupt Rich and Infamous

[YouTube Clip] Hollywood may have movie stars home tours but 3-year-old Czech translator Petr Sourek has something even better: a tour of the homes of the corrupt Rich and Infamous! "In the corruption segment, the [...]

From Cheddar Cheese to Lyme Disease: 26 Things Named After Places

You know the names. You might not know where they came from. Cheddar image via Shutterstock 1. Cheddar Cheese This ubiquitous cheese gets its name from the town of Cheddar in southwest England. Unlike other cheeses named for their town of origin, like Gorgonzola and Parmesan, Cheddar is not covered by a Protected Designation of Origin, which means [...]

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 [...]

Massive Spinning Metal Fountain

(Video Link) Skip ahead about a minute into the video to see this amazing work in action. David Cerny, an artist from the Czech Republic, made this 14-ton sculpture for a business park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its segments spin, align, and spit out streams of water. Link -via The Presurfer | Artist’s Website (warning: auto-sound)

9 Creepy Places to Visit For a Good Scare

If you’re the kind of person who finds commercial haunted houses boring and instead loves traveling to macabre places, then you’d better start booking your tickets because we’ve compiled some of the creepiest and scariest places on earth. Of course, if you’re squeamish and don’t like to read about death or look at pictures of [...]

We Are All Americans: The World’s Response to 9/11

© Michel Setboun/Corbis A decade ago this week, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States. Here are few of those international reactions, both organized and spontaneous, that occurred in the days following September 11, 2001. In London, the Star Spangled Banner played during [...]

Czech Kangaroo Steals Underwear

Police in Prague, Czech Republic, began receiving calls about thefts of women’s underwear from clotheslines, at about the same time a man called to report his pet kangaroo, Benji, had escaped. It all made sense when one caller said she had witnessed a kangaroo hopping off with her underwear. The marsupial was picked up shortly [...]

At the Libraries: Coolest Bookmobile Ever

Time for another installment of book- and library-related fun! Meet the BiebBus, the coolest bookmobile ever! (And I have seen a fair amount of bookmobiles.) * The New York Times is really getting into the spirit of Nicholson Baker’s new book with their favorite raunchy tales. Add to the discussion if you’ve got one! * I just found out [...]

Anti-Gravity Dancing

(YouTube link) Whee! Four skydivers do a choreographed dance in the Skydive Arena wind tunnel in Prague, Czech Republic. The music is “Fot i Hose” by Casiokids. -via Metafilter