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The Late Movies: John O’Hurley Before (and After) J. Peterman

It’s been 14 years since Seinfeld went off the air (really!), but every time I see actor John O’Hurley, I think of him as J. Peterman, Elaine’s boss and the fictionalized version of the catalog-company entrepreneur. Before that, though, he took on roles in commercials (like Diet 7-Up) and soap operas (like General Hospital). And [...]

The Missing Links: The Man Who Creates Stephen Colbert’s Weird World

Gotta Give Props to This Guy OK, this is another one of my horrific headline puns. because this article is about Brendan Hurley, the Prop Master for The Colbert Report. Hurley’s job includes things like: - Creating political strategist Ham Rove (AKA a giant ham with eyeglasses) - Constructing an enormous Trojan horse-esque carton of Ben & Jerry’s [...]

Shackleton’s Antarctica in Color

Now you’re not only able to check out Scott and Shackleton’s Abandon Antarctic Huts, you can also see photos from the actual expedition – in color. These are Frank Hurley’s famous early colour photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated ‘Endurance’ voyage, as part of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Hurley was the official photographer on [...]

10 Things You Might Not Know about YouTube

Amy-May Elliot of Mashable dug up ten facts from the mysterious origins of YouTube, some of which may surprise you. Did you know that the video hosting site almost turned into a video version of Hot or Not? Legend has it that YouTube began life as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up,” said [...]

At the Libraries: The Lisa Simpson Book Club

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! It’s time for another Blog of the Month! This month the award goes to the continually entertaining, yet incredibly true to library life Love the Liberry. [...]

What Not to Eat: Chain Restaurant Pasta

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has an eye-opening video demonstrating the health hazards of eating at major Italian-style restaurant chains (they focused on the Olive Garden and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, the two largest such chains in the US). Remember when the CSPI called fettucini Alfredo a “heart attack on a plate” [...]

5 Odd Holiday Dishes

Serving traditional holiday foods can be a great way to bond with family members and create lasting memories. It can also become boring after so many years. Every once in a while, you want to change things around just for the sake of change. These five variations on tradition Thanksgiving foods might be a hits, [...]

Pumpkin Cannon Fires Squash One Mile

(YouTube Link) John Gill and Gary Arold of Hurley, New York built a compressed air cannon in 2006 that can fire a pumpkin (but they prefer squash as ammunition) up to a mile away. Adam Bosch writes in the Times Herald-Record: The cannon is mostly used on weekends to attract people to Gill’s Farm Market on Route [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Stephen King

It’s Stephen King’s birthday! Do you suppose he’s celebrating somewhere with a Bloody Mary? (He’s not: see Fact #8.) I know – just because a guy writes in the horror genre doesn’t mean he loves all things creepy. But in King’s case, I think he does. Anyway. Whether you like his writing or consider it [...]