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Cheerleading and Some Famous Cheerleaders

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Here’s your question for the day: In what activity were men once 100% in control, but now women are in almost totally in control? Did you say, “cheerleading?” Well, you’d be correct if you did. One hundred years ago, [...]

Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel: "What Is Internet?"

(YouTube link) This vintage 1994 Today Show clip features a snarky Bryant Gumbel and a bubbly Katie Couric – sporting a hairdo that looks like it should have been preserved in a time capsule – both completely mystified at the terminology of this wacky new Internet fad. And for that matter just “what is Internet” anyway? [...]

Dietribes: Gnocchi For You

• ”Gnocchi,” a kind of traditional potato dumpling, means “lumps” in Italian (how … appetizing). It can be difficult to pronounce (just ask Katie Couric), but is more or less “gno-key.” • Everyone loves potato dumplings, including Washington’s elite and Russell Crowe (who liked the gnocchi at the DC restaurant Spezie so much he ordered it [...]

Your Weirdest Celebrity Sightings & Favorite College Class

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Of all the paragraphs in all the emails I’ve received so far this year, this one’s my favorite: “Did [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Toy Crazes

I don’t have a kid (yet… give me another five months or so), and I don’t have any nieces or nephews or friends with kids over the age of three. So I’m not really understanding this whole Zhu Zhu thing. Apparently it’s the must-have toy this year. That I understand. I was working retail when [...]

Sneak Peek #6: Stephen Hawking’s Drive-bys

Our Jan/Feb issue hits newsstands tomorrow (ish), so we’re giving you another reason to go out and pick up a copy! One of the things I love is when you hear stories that make heroes a little more human. The new issue’s got a little feature on nerdy celebs with anger management problems. Here’s the [...]

6 Controversial Christmas Carols

When you think of Christmas, you probably envision a row of cherry-faced carolers standing on your doorstep, holding candles and swaying to the soft, delicate notes of classic Christmas songs. But at certain points in history, some carols might have gotten those festive vocalists chased out of the neighborhood. 1. Elvis Presley’s “White Christmas” (1957) It seems [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrity Artists

I went to an art show last night for some local artists, including Shawn Crahan. Maybe you don’t know the name, but you’ve probably heard of his band: Slipknot. Some people are just so overflowing with creativity that it can’t be contained to one medium – they sing, they act, they sculpt, they paint. I [...]