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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 [...]

Swaying Skyscrapers

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Swaying Skyscrapers “Skyscrapers were swaying like the masts of yachts”, said witnesses in Tokyo during the powerful 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan this morning. Due to the tough building standards, and build-in mass dampers these skyscrapers were all standing at the end of the day – a fact that saved [...]

The Quick 10: What 10 Major Retailers Once Sold

If David Abercrombie had known what his store was going to become when he founded it in 1892, I’m sure he would have been stunned. It’s amazing what years of evolution and buyouts can do to a company’s original vision – here’s what Abercrombie and Fitch and nine other clothing retailers sold when their doors [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wallis Simpson

It takes quite a woman to get a man to give up the English throne just to marry her, but twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson pulled off the trick in 1936 when she married King Edward VIII. Here are five things you might not know about the woman for whom Edward abdicated the throne. 1. She [...]