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The Late Movies: Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, 21 Years Later

Twenty-one years ago today, Paul Simon put on a massive concert in Central Park. The performance on August 15, 1991 focused on material from his albums Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints, plus an assortment of Greatest Hits of his previous work, including Simon & Garfunkel material…but without Garfunkel. The resulting double-album has been [...]

Before The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins Wrote for Clarissa Explains It All

Your Before-They-Were-Famous-Authors Fact of the Day (via @mental_floss): Years before she published The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins wrote for several Nickelodeon shows, including Clarissa Explains it All. Charles Dickens labeled bottles at a boot polish factory. John Steinbeck helped build the old Madison Square Garden. What’s your favorite Before-They-Were-Famous-Authors story?

The Late Movies: Songs About Guys Named Johnny—Readers Choice

Last week, I rounded up some songs about guys named Johnny. And then, the awesome members of the Mental Floss community did what they do best: suggested tons more! Here’s some of the songs you guys recommended. Can’t Keep Johnny Down A new-ish release from They Might Be Giants, the Johnny in this song is “a [...]

What Happened to the NIT?

Tonight at Madison Square Garden, Alabama will take on Wichita State for the National Invitation Tournament title. You might not realize it today, but the NIT wasn’t always an afterthought. Let’s take a look at how the New York tourney was eclipsed by the NCAA. Few collections of letters arouse mixed emotions in college hoops fans [...]

The Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Dog Show was held this week at Madison Square Garden. The event drew over 2,500 dogs representing 179 breeds. The judges were impressed with outstanding breeding and grooming, while I am impressed with these dogs’ patience and behavior! The Big Picture blog has lots more photographs for your enjoyment. Link -via The Daily [...]

Party Poopers: Presidents Who Faced Stiff Primary Challenges

After the Republican Party’s strong showing in last week’s elections, pundits began speculating that some member of the Democratic Party might decide to challenge Barack Obama for the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. (Howard Dean has already dismissed theories that he might be among the challengers.) Several previous presidents have faced stiff competition for their [...]

10 Interesting Pieces of Sports Headgear

The NFL playoffs continue this weekend with Kurt Warner leading the high-scoring Arizona Cardinals into New Orleans for a showdown with the Saints. There is speculation that a loss could mark the final game of Warner’s career, not for lack of ability (he threw for five touchdowns last week against the Packers), but because of [...]