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Harvey Dent?

This fine-looking cat is named not Harvey Dent, nor Janus, nor Two Face. Not even Lokai or Bele. Her name is Venus. But her mask is quite fetching! Link

Batman Maybe

There have been many, many covers and parodies of Call Me Maybe, but this one takes the cake. Maybe. Behold, a Batman and Carly Rae Jepsen mash-up called "Batman Maybe" by Wesley Freitas. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] [...]

The Most Famous Mutts Ever

Mutts sometimes get a bad rap because they are less predictable and lack the supposedly superior genetics of purebreds, but scientists have performed multiple studies showing that mixed breed dogs are actually much healthier and often live longer than their purebred counterparts. While there is no definitive answer as to which is better because everyone’s [...]

What Was Your Worst Subject?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply (you really can do that now!), whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… Old report card image via Shutterstock 1. You’re all geniuses. But what was the one subject [...]

14 Absolutely Crazy Foreign Posters for American Movies

Movies, it’s often said, are a universal language. Movie posters, however, not so much. What entices American audiences, what gets our hearts racing in anticipation for a film event, doesn’t always play in parts elsewhere. And so to appeal to foreign audiences in their specific cultural milieu, poster artists turn to the one truly universal [...]

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene, here’s a look at how these storms are named. Since Europeans first came to the Americas and the Caribbean, hurricanes have been named using a variety of systems. First they were named after Catholic saints. Later on, the latitude-longitude positions of a storm’s formation was used as a [...]

The Quick 10: The Rest of Paul Harvey’s Story

Hello, Americans (and _flossy readers from everywhere else)! Two years ago today, Paul Harvey died at the age of 90, having been on the radio for over 70 years. For what it’s worth, here are ten interesting tidbits about the legend of radio. 1. He would want us to mention his name. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, [...]

Netflix Rental Patterns, or, Minnesotans Love to Rent “The Bucket List”

A bit of nerdy interactive fun for you today: the New York Times has an Interactive Map of Netflix Queues covering 100 “frequently rented” titles from 2009, including very heavily-rented titles like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and less-rented titles like Happy-Go-Lucky and Adventureland. The map is interactive, allowing you to slide or step through [...]

9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street

In 40 seasons, Sesame Street has featured over 1,000 characters. Although we’ll always have mainstays like Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, many Muppets have been forgotten or deemed unnecessary. Here are a few Sesame Street residents who were evicted. 1. Roosevelt Franklin Perhaps the most famous of the retired Sesame Street Muppets is Roosevelt Franklin. Originally [...]