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Hello Kitty Hello Art!

by Shepard Fairey: Untitled Nothing tastes more like iconography than Hello Kitty. The character has been printed and copied over generations through culture, pop art, graphic design, toys and pretty much any other way imaginable. Conceived by the Japanese company Sanrio, Hello Kitty first appeared in 1974 and made its American debut in 1976. Together with [...]

“Come On Eileen” is 30 Years Old

In today’s “feel old again” news, the classic song “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982. The song begins with these lines: Poor old Johnnie Ray Sounded sad upon the radio Moved a million hearts in mono Our mothers cried, sang along Who would blame [...]

The First Few Minutes of the Ferris Bueller TV Show

If you weren’t in a quiz-taking mood earlier today, you missed this clip from the TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which debuted in 1990 and lasted 13 episodes. An early NY Times review compared it unfavorably to the year’s other new high school series, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. In this clip, TV Ferris [...]

Is This Really the Script to a Ferris Bueller Sequel?

The blog Stuck in the ’80s says it is. I had to double-check the date on the post just to make sure it wasn’t an old April Fool’s joke just now making the Internet rounds, but no – Steve Spears says Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off is the real deal. It seems Ferris has [...]

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme Thursday!

It’s late on Thursday, but not too late for everyone’s* favorite game: Guess the Theme! All the music clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments! * ‘Everyone’ may be limited to my mother. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes Save Ferris – Come On Eileen Veruca [...]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Alfred Hitchcock

Happy Alfred Hitchcock Day! In honor of the great filmmaker, here are five things you may not know about the legendary director, courtesy of Stephen Rebello, the author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. 1. Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar, yet sixteen of his films garnered fifty nominations, his 1940 classic [...]

Everything Right With The Price Is Right

On November 26, 1956, a television revolution took place. A price-bidding game allowed coupon-clipping housewives to finally feel as smart as the PHD-holding contestants seen on the many quiz shows popular at the time. And when the quiz show scandal of 1959 broke, The Price Is Right managed to maintain its integrity and take its [...]

Why Chicago Should Be Called Phoenix

In honor of our upcoming field trip to Chicago, we’re going to be posting some Chicago-centric stories. If you live in that part of the country, we’d love to meet you this weekend! by Christopher Zara This is the heroic tale of skyscrapers rising from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, and how they inspired change [...]

A Toothpick Model of San Francisco That Took 34 Years to Make

More than three decades ago, Scott Weaver began building a model of San Francisco out of 100,000 toothpicks. He began the fragile project at the age of fifteen, which has survived four homes, an earthquake, and a destructive dog. In The San Francisco Gate, Janny Hu writes: “Rolling Through the Bay” is 9 feet tall, [...]