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Sneakerheads: A Brief History of Sneaker Collecting

For many of us, buying a pair of sneakers is a chore. But for a sneaker collector, there’s no greater joy than a fresh pair of kicks. Here’s a look at this growing subculture, whose members are proud to call themselves “sneakerheads.” From B-Boys to Sneakerheads Sneaker collecting got its start in the late 1970s [...]

When The World Series Opened on Yom Kippur

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Athletes, like most other people, are praised, admired, and rewarded for things they have done. It is a rare thing when an athlete (or anyone) is rewarded for not doing something. But not doing something was to be [...]

An Online Breaking Bad Art Show

We’ve featured a lot of artwork from Gallery 1988, and while it’s all pretty cool, the problem is that if you don’t live near L.A., you probably won’t be able to go see any of the shows yourself. That’s why the Breaking Gifs art show is so awesome. It’s an online art show presented by Gallery [...]

Meet the Parents: 11 Dads of Famous Juniors

Let’s get ready for Father’s Day by taking a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. Here are the seniors behind a slew of well-known Juniors. 1. Martin Luther King, Sr. probably didn’t know his name would become so famous when he changed it. The civil [...]

The L.A. Riots Began 20 Years Ago Today

The Los Angeles Riots began on April 29, 1992, after officers in the Rodney King case were acquitted of almost all charges. Here is an excerpt from The Mental Floss History of the United States about the riots and the events leading up to the violence. © David Butow/CORBIS SABA, 1992 While there had always been an [...]

From King’s Quest to Leisure Suit Larry: A Brief History of Sierra On-Line

If you had a home computer in the 1980s, you probably played at least one adventure game from Sierra On-Line. Here’s a brief history of the company – and the games – that helped define a generation of computer geeks. Hi-Res Adventures In 1979, Roberta Williams’ husband, Ken, a programmer, bought an Apple II. When [...]

From Tubas to Guitars, 4 Famous Stolen Musical Instruments

Sonic Youth’s Guitars Fans of the rock band Sonic Youth were shocked to see an online letter from guitarist Lee Ranaldo in July 1999 complaining that a thief had broken into the band’s truck and stolen its equipment before a gig (warning: some NSFW language). The stolen goods included everything from guitars to amps to drums, [...]

14 Super Bowl Sideshows and Subplots

At Super Bowl XV in New Orleans — my first Super Bowl — wildman defensive lineman John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders nominated himself as a most unlikely Bourbon Street chaperone. “I’m going to see that there’s no funny business,” The Tooz said. “I’ve had enough parties for 20 people’s lifetimes. I’ll keep our young fellows [...]

Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames

(YouTube Link) Superstar rapper, actor and all around fly individual Ice Cube has come a long way from his days in the gangsta rap group N.W.A., or has he? Turns out this boy from tha hood once studied Architectural Drafting, to perhaps design his own hood some day, and he found inspiration in the husband and wife [...]

Mock a Contest, Win Anyway

After years of marketing to only small consumers, American Apparel decided to begin offering a limited selection of fashions in size XL. In announcing this, the company launched a competition called The Next BIG Thing Contest to find a plus-size model. Nancy Upton is a size 12 actress, and no fan of American Apparel. She [...]