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The Missing Links: Stupid Uses For the Moon

A Very Useful Machine Is this the best Rube Goldberg machine ever? If you aren’t familiar with them, first check out what they are. Then watch this incredible example in action: * A Very Useless Machine You’ve seen the world’s most useless machine. Now see it turned into a perfect analogy for our political climate. * There Aren’t Many [...]

History’s Best and Worst Advertising Slogans

Remember when Verizon’s slogan demanded very directly that you “Join In”? It wasn’t that long ago, before that annoying guy started asking everyone under the sun if they could hear him now. How ’bout when McDonald’s proclaimed, “We Love to See You Smile”? That was before some disembodied voice admitted, “I’m Lovin’ it.” “It,” we [...]

The Late Movies: Re-Enactments of Famous Speeches

Tonight for The Late Movies, we have a series of famous speeches, recreated for your enjoyment. From sports moments that have inspired us to moving memorials of liberty and liberation, here are a few of my favorites. From the movie Miracle, here is Herb Brooks’ speech given to the members of the 1980 Miracle On Ice [...]

Really, Really Dumb Moments in Sports

REDSKINS DOUBLE THEIR BLUNDER During the NFL draft in 1946, the Washington Redskins were giddy when they nabbed UCLA running back Cal Rossi. By pairing Rossi with star quarterback “Slingin’ Sammy” Baugh, Washington hoped to build a backfield that would give opponents nightmares. There was just one problem: Rossi was still a junior in college, and [...]

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!

While people all over the world are marking the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, we would like to give a big shout out to a treasure who is still with us -University of Cambridge professor emeritus Stephen Hawking, who turns 68 years old today. Born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death, Hawking [...]

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 [...]

Paralyzed Artist Draws With His Eyes

(Video Link) Graffiti artist Tony Quan suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and is unable to move any part of his body other than his eyes. But thanks to an open source computer project called EyeWriter, he can still draw. The technology tracks the movements of his eyes, allows him to select different shapes [...]

6 Unfamiliar Champions Who Appeared on Wheaties Boxes

As the “Breakfast of Champions,” Wheaties won’t put just anyone on their iconic orange boxes. Most of the athletes to appear on the General Mills cereal’s boxes since Lou Gehrig became the first in 1934 have been household names from a major sport. Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Ken Griffey Jr. come to mind. But [...]

Bonus Quiz: All-Time Hit Leaders of Teams That Aren’t the Yankees

There’s been a lot of media buzz around Derek Jeter’s quest to dethrone Lou Gehrig as the Yankees’ all-time hit leader. Who knew this record was such a big deal? Do you know any other teams’ all-time hit leaders? I’m not sure SportsCenter will be breaking in when these records fall. Take the Quiz: All-Time [...]