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The Missing Links: It’s Oz-Inspiring

This Looks Oz-Some I’m sorry for the puns, but it does. * If I Didn’t Know Any Better I’d Say They Didn’t Like It The New York Times reviewed Guy Fieri’s new NYC restaurant and their thoughts are scathing at best, but very entertaining. * Alone Star State Is Texas secession actually possible? * Burning Down Buckingham Palace Sure it [...]

Cookie Monster’s Early Work

The New York Times just ran an article on “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” an exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. (Has anybody been? I’m sensing a field trip.) One thing The Times mentioned was the origin of Cookie Monster, who evolved from The Wheel-Stealer—a snack-pilfering puppet Jim Henson created to promote Wheels, [...]

10 Performers Who Died Onstage

Whether it was a lackluster crowd or weak material, performers love trading stories about the night they absolutely died while doing their shtick. Here are 10 examples of performers that actually did die onstage. On the bright side, they did shuffle off the mortal coil while doing the thing they loved. 1. Lee Morgan On February 19, [...]

News: Kids Don’t Know Who the Beatles Were

I admit, it’s possible to make a video demonstrating ignorance about any topic — just go ask people stuff on the street until you get enough “dumb” answers, and away you go. But I thought this video was kind of fun and bizarre: it shows kids on the street who don’t seem to have any [...]

The Beatles: 1000 Years Later

How will historians look back at the Beatles in a thousand years? This brief video shows one possible outcome. Here’s a snippet: Voiceover: “The Beatles rose to prominence when they traveled from their native Linverton to America, to perform at Ed Sullivan’s annual Woodstock festival.” Miller Cumpford (Music Historian): “Americans were shocked. I mean, at this time, [...]

10 Neat Facts About The Flintstones (on their 50th anniversary)

On September 30th, 1960, Americans sat down to watch the premiere of a prime-time animated series called The Flintstones. Fifty years later, Fred and his gang are remembered as our favorite cavemen. The Hanna-Barbera production ran for six seasons and is still a part of our pop culture landscape. 1. Today’s Google doodle honors The Flintstones [...]

The Quick 10: The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Debut

As a big Beatles fan, I sure wish I was there 46 years ago when the Fab Four appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Since we haven’t quite worked out that whole time travel thing yet, I’ll have to content myself (and you!) with trivia. 1. Although appearing on Sullivan was [...]

9 Things you probably don’t know about the Beatles

Today is 09/09/09, and you know what that means! The big Beatles Rock Band release. (GET IT? Number 9, number 9, number 9…) To get you in the mood, here are 9 rather obscure facts about those four lads from Liverpool that we bet you don’t know. (Nein?) 1. Before Lennon/McCartney there was McCartney/Lennon If you pick [...]