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11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

Some of the most beloved movies ever were based on books. But just because we loved them doesn’t mean the original author did. 1. Disney’s Mary Poppins might be a cherished childhood memory for a lot of us, but for author P.L. Travers, it was a complete slap in the face. Despite having script approval, Travers’ [...]

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Who Was the First Stewardess?

Editor’s Note: Last fall, Kara Kovalchik wrote a story titled ‘8 Not-So-Famous Firsts,’ which covered such topics as the first auto insurance policy and the first wet t-shirt contest. This year, in our newest semi-regular feature, she’ll be teaching us about all sorts of underappreciated firsts. This week’s topic: aviation. Enjoy! Stewardess The term seems hopelessly outdated [...]

The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials

Holiday TV specials creep into the viewing schedule earlier and earlier each year. My Dad swears that he saw a back-to-back presentation of Yankee Doodle Dandy and A Charlie Brown Christmas last July 4th, but he may have been exaggerating. By cracky, when I was a youngin’, Christmas specials never aired before Thanksgiving, and that [...]

The Haunted Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana bills itself as “One of America’s Most Haunted Homes”. It operates as a bed and breakfast, so for as little as $115 a night (plus tax), you can stay there and see for yourself how haunted it really is. The Myrtles Plantation house was built by David Bradford, who [...]