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8 Sounds That Are Trademarked

Most of us are aware that you can trademark a slogan, a logo, and a name, but did you know that it is also possible to trademark a sound? Of course, in order to get approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, said sound must “uniquely identify the commercial origin of the product [...]

11 Toys Worth More Than My Car

I drive a 2000 Hyundai Elantra with its factory original tape deck. It’s in “fair” shape — low miles but a lotta dents. MSRP for this thing was about $12,000, and Blue Book value is now around $3,500. Let’s take a look at some literal children’s toys that cost more than my [...]

The Complete History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you were a kid in the 1980s or 90s, you probably spent some time reading, watching, or playing with four adolescent reptilian martial arts experts with irregular DNA. To make sure I got the scoop on everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell, I went straight to the source – co-creator Peter Laird – [...]

What Happened to the X-Rating?

Once a pariah among concerned parents and a source of snickers among schoolchildren, the dreaded X-rating has all but vanished. What made this formerly MPAA-sanctioned rating go away? The Rating Game Hollywood has enforced an evolving system of self-regulation since the 1920s to avoid government intervention. In 1922, studio bosses answered the threat of censorship by creating [...]

Calculator Words

In my day, middle school math class was pretty boring, and led to some remarkable goofing off. (I’m sure math class isn’t like that today; surely no modern kid would waste time in school.) For me, math class was an opportunity to explore new worlds with my calculator — but not new mathematical worlds. The [...]

Keyboard Cat Art Auction

Image: Rick Watson, Kitten Rescue Kevin Pereira of G4’s Attack of the Show solicited contributors to a Keyboard Cat-themed art show and auction. Proceeds will go to the no-kill cat rescue shelter Kitten Rescue in Los Angeles: In July, G4 sponsored an art competition, asking amateurs and pros alike to come up with their best masterpiece based [...]