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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Spielberg

You probably know quite a bout about Steven Spielberg, the director of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Schindler’s List, and the new movie Abraham Lincoln. But there are still surprising things about him that I never suspected. Sis you know producer Cubby Broccoli rejected Spielberg twice when he tried for a position directing [...]

Trivia Contest With Pat Kiernan Starts Now!

You may have heard that I’m teaming up with mental_floss and TrivWorks to put on The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night at the Bell House on October 29. But we couldn’t wait to start in on the fun, so we’re holding an online trivia contest on mental_floss, right here, right now. Here’s how it works: [...]

Reese’s Pieces Shots

What if E.T. had been able to combine his two favorite Earth inventions–Reese’s Pieces and alcoholic beverages? He’d probably enjoy Jasmin Fine’s Reese’s Pieces Shots. She suggests soaking Reese’s Pieces in your favorite liquor for a few days. Then grind them in a food processor, add nonpareils to the edge of shot glasses and pour. Link [...]

The Missing Links: These Campaign Websites Are So 90s

Climbing the World Trade Center Don’t ever say a reporter’s job is easy: Two years before the official opening of the Twin Towers in 1973, PopSci reporter Robert Gannon visited the 110-story construction site – and nearly chickened out. To reach the top of the world’s tallest building, Gannon had to climb wobbly wooden ladders lashed [...]

Amanda Visell’s Blocky New Art Toy Series

If you like your toys wooden, limited edition and hand painted then you’re going to love Amanda Visell’s new wooden figure series Wood Idol. Many of the brightest stars from childhood are present and accounted for, like Mario, the Mad Hatter, Voltron, Gizmo and E.T., all ready to sit around looking delightfully square in their fancy [...]

15 Wonderfully Geeky Sand Sculptures

The Fourth of July is a great day to head to the beach, even if it is a bit overcrowded. For those of us who can’t hit the surf, here’s the next best thing: geeky sand sculptures! Alien vs. Bender would certainly be way more awesome than Alien vs. Predator was. This delightful creation by artist [...]

E.T. Phone Home!

(YouTube link) On June 11, 1982, the Steven Spielberg movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial opened nationwide. For its 30th anniversary, Angie and Chad visited the locations where E.T. was filmed to see what they look like today and to record this song, to the tune of the Maroon 5 song “Payphone.” -Thanks, Angie!

E.T. Hand

E.T. Hand – $24.95 Father’s Day is June 17th. Don’t just phone home. Get your geeky Dad a gift he will really love. Get him the E.T. Hand from the NeatoShop. This great prop replica of E.T.’s hand has a light-up finger. The finger glows when pressed. Warning: Dad may still try to talk you into pulling [...]

The Missing Links: Stingray Sneakers

Con: These Shoes Cost $1,800. Pro: I Bet They’re Waterproof They are, after all, made out of stingrays. * Pop Culture Might Be Repeating Itself. Pop Culture Might Be Repeating Itself. These 15 supercuts prove that pop culture might be repeating itself. * I’ll Be Right Here… On Blu-Ray Score one for the movie purists who hate the George Lucas-esque way Steven [...]

Movie Trivia for Universal’s 100th Anniversary

The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on this date in 1912. According to company legend, Carl Laemmle named his company Universal after seeing “Universal Pipe Fittings” written on a passing delivery wagon. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, we asked the good people at Universal to share some of their [...]