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Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys?

Mystery novels starring the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew have been around for over 80 years, and there are so many of them that it might be hard to tell them apart. If you love solving mysteries, you’ve probably read a lot of both series. In today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, you’ll be given a [...]

Jackie Gleason and The Honeymooners

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Any artist is lucky if he produces one enduring, immortal work. Jackie Gleason was to produce 39.  They were called The Honeymooners. I was October 1, 1955 and Gleason had been starring in and hosting his very popular [...]

There’s Something Strange About This Picture

Other than the strange fact that Laurel and Hardy are in this classroom picture and that the teachers are so blurry they can’t be recognized, do you notice anything strange about this photograph? Here’s the thing—it’s not actually a photograph. No, this is instead a creation of artist Paul Chiappe, who specializes in making works that [...]

Laurel & Hardy’s Last Film Footage

(YouTube Link) This short video is thought to be the last footage of comedians Laurel and Hardy; it was shot in 1956 at the home of Stan Laurel’s daughter, Lois. Also featured in the clip: Stan Laurel’s wife Ida Kitaeva Raphael Laurel, Hardy’s wife Virginia Lucille Jones, Andy Wade (who shot the film), Laurel’s daughter Lois, [...]

The Greatest College Prank Ever Pulled

It’s been called the greatest college prank ever pulled: in 1961 Rose Bowl, a team of Caltech students altered the University of Washington’s halftime flip-card routine so it’d spell out “CALTECH.” Here’s how they did it, as told by the mastermind of the stunt (a then 19-year old student) Lyn Hardy: “There was a lot of luck [...]

The Quick 10: Happy Anniversary, Simpsons!

If Sitcom Time progressed like real time, Bart Simpson would be 30 today. On December 17, 1989, the Simpson family debuted their own show – a Christmas Special called “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” – to rave reviews. Prior to that, they had just appeared as small skits on The Tracey Ullman Show. To [...]