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The High Price of a Degree in LSD

In 1965 and ‘66, author Ken Kesey and his friends, called the Merry Pranksters, held a series of parties called “acid tests.” LSD, which was not outlawed in the U.S. until 1968, flowed freely at these parties in San Francisco. A “graduation” for those who “passed the acid test” was scheduled for Halloween, 1966.     The [...]

10 Famous Literary Characters Based on Real People

“Write what you know,” they say. So it makes sense that many authors take a good look around at friends and family when creating characters for their books. 1. Mark Twain once admitted that he wasn’t terribly creative in creating Huckleberry Finn – he based the character almost precisely on his childhood friend Tom Blankenship. From [...]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: The Musical & 10 Other Improbable Adaptations

A few nights ago, I went to see Insane in the Brain, a stage production that bills itself as a “street dance” interpretation of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. No, really, I did. At first blush, the premise sounds absolutely bizarre and not just because it takes its title from a Cypress Hill [...]

Shoeless, Yogi & Catfish? The Stories Behind 16 Athlete Nicknames

Floss editor extraordinaire Jason English recently found an interesting fact: Reggie Jackson’s famous “Mr. October” nickname was originally a derisive jab from teammate Thurman Munson when Jackson was struggling his way through the 1977 playoffs. Soon after Munson coined the mocking nickname, Jackson started hitting like his normal awesome self, and the name stuck as [...]