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Chap-Hop Rapper Mr. B, The Gentleman Rhymer

(Video Link)  The rapping dandy twenty years laterStill going strong having spurned the hatersNew generations dressing their bestChap-hop on two gramophone decksJolly fun, so how could you hate it?Write some rhymes while my tailor winteredTwentieth Century, but how do you date it?Celebrated yet still understated.  This is Mr. B, the Gentleman Rhymer, kicking it 1880s style. But [...]

The Favorite Movies of 42 Famous People

Presidents & Politicians What’s with presidents and High Noon? 1. Barack Obama – The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) When Katie Couric asked then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama what his favorite movie is, he replied, “Oh, I think it would have to be The Godfather. One and Two. Three not so much. That saga — I [...]

Very Customized Bookcase

No, not there, there! Some bibliophiles are really specific about how they arrange their treasures. Jane Dandy, a furniture maker in San Francisco, can make them one-of-a-kind bookcases to fit individual collections, and no others. Etsy Shop -via Colossal

If You Want to Succeed in Yacht Rock, You’ll Need a Ridiculous Name

Sparked by a popular online video series by the same name, Yacht Rock, the genre of music produced by artists such as Christopher Cross and Kenny Loggins during the late 1970s and early 1980s, has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts over the past several years. The term yacht rock comes from the nautical references that [...]

10 Things About Detroit That May Surprise You

Once one of the largest, richest and most prosperous cities in the US, Detroit has fallen on hard times. But reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. It remains a city with a talented workforce (it has more engineers per capita than any other city), huge manufacturing capacity, rich history, amazing culture and a downtown [...]

The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials

Holiday TV specials creep into the viewing schedule earlier and earlier each year. My Dad swears that he saw a back-to-back presentation of Yankee Doodle Dandy and A Charlie Brown Christmas last July 4th, but he may have been exaggerating. By cracky, when I was a youngin’, Christmas specials never aired before Thanksgiving, and that [...]

13 Bizarre Stipulations in Wills

News outlets reported this week that legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite never amended his will to include Joanna Simon, who had been his girlfriend for the last four years of his life. Cronkite’s daughter said the newsman never planned to leave Simon, a former opera singer and older sister of Carly Simon, any sort of inheritance, [...]