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Music History #6: “American Pie”

“American Pie” Written and performed by Don McLean (1971) Getty Images The Music “I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride But something touched me deep inside the day the music died” The phrase “The day the music died” is familiar to us today as shorthand for the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, [...]

M.I.A.’s Middle Finger Malfunction

So. Eight years ago, there was the infamous Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction. Now, we have rapper M.I.A.’s "Middle Finger Malfunction": The NFL and a major television network are apologizing for another Super Bowl [...]

Why Do People Say “Holy Mackerel”?

Stephanie and her curious two-year-old want to know why we sometimes say “Holy Mackerel!” Unfortunately, the answer is about as clear as the tomato sauce Brits like to douse the fish in. Mackerel image via Shutterstock One thing most experts agree on is that the phrase is a euphemism for Holy Mary. Blurting “Holy Mackerel” instead of [...]

How Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer World’ Predicted the Soundtrack of Modern Life

Maybe Kraftwerk had a time machine. How else could they have known thirty years ago what the ambient symphony of everyday life would sound like? The mechanical chirp of the cell phone. The alert chime of an incoming text or email. The assortment of bleeps, buzzes and bloops that emanate from the microchip-based brains of [...]

Game Boy Fingerless Gloves

Blogger MaDonna Flowers made these fantastic knitted Game Boy gloves just in time for winter. I can’t knit, but if I could, I would certainly make great designs like this. Link Via Geeks Are Sexy

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme XXVIII

It’s Thursday night and I feel all right…because it’s once again time for GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary Wang [...]

6 of History’s Greatest Art Heists and Scams

This past weekend, some daring criminals sauntered into the Marina del Rey Ritz-Carlton hotel and absconded with an original drawing by Rembrandt estimated to be worth $250,000. After a tip, the 17th-century sketch turned up in an Encino church about 20 miles away. Since art heists are on the brain, here are six instances where [...]

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, [...]

The Late Movies: What Song Are You Listening To? (London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, Philadelphia)

Two weeks ago, I pointed to a street video from New York, in which filmmaker Ty Cullen asked passersby who wore headphones “Hey, what song are you listening to?” Commenters asked for more versions of the video from different cities, and I’m glad to oblige — other filmmakers around the world have followed suit and [...]

What Pope John Paul II Did with the Bullet that Nearly Killed Him

It was a little over 30 years ago (May 13, 1981) that Pope John Paul II survived an assassination attempt that came dangerously close to claiming his life. He was struck with four bullets: two in the lower intestine, one in his left hand and one in his left arm. The wounds were so bad [...]