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The Perfect Scent: Chanel No. 5

How do you make the perfect perfume? Start with one that already failed twice. Octogenarians are rarely described as “seductive.” But when a 2009 poll asked 3,000 British newspaper readers to name the world’s most seductive scent, the winner was no spring chicken. Nearly nine decades after its creation, Chanel No. 5 took the title. The [...]

The Missing Links: A Papier-Mâché Statue of Tom Hanks

Thank you so much to Julia Davis for filling in last week while I was out of town! * What’s a Papier-Mâché Statue of Tom Hanks Cost to Build These Days? About $10,000 if you believe this Kickstarter project. The creators of the project weren’t actually serious about the statue. They are, however, trying to make a serious [...]

60% of People Can’t Go 10 Minutes Without Lying

Lie detector image via Shutterstock There are two things you can say for sure about human beings: our opposable thumbs make us great at using tools, and we are all big, fat liars. By age four, 90% of children have grasped the concept of lying, and it just gets worse from there. Just how bad is it? [...]

RIP Harry Morgan

Actor Harry Morgan, best known for his roles as officer Bill Gannon in the TV series Dragnet and Colonel Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H, died today at his home in Los Angeles. There are 159 acting credits listed in Morgan’s IMDb entry. He began acting on stage in 1937 and tackled a wide variety of roles [...]

The Late Movies: Civil Rights Roundtable

Tonight, instead of a handful of short clips, we’re bringing you one half-hour video. On August 28, 1963, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Mankiewicz, and Sidney Poitier gathered to discuss the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by David Schoenbrun of CBS, the discussion occurred following the March on Washington for Jobs and [...]

The Late Movies: 10 Great Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (on Netflix)

If you haven’t discovered Netflix and its instant streaming feature yet, it’s pretty magical. I watch so many more movies now because of it — and I’m much more quick to turn off the ones I’m not enjoying than I would be if I were renting the movies on physical discs, which means I end [...]

A Brief and Incomplete Timeline of T-Shirt History

1913 The First T-Shirt Models White cotton, crewneck T-shirts became regulation underwear for the U.S. Navy. Two decades later, at the University of Southern California, football players don similar shirts to prevent chafing from heavy shoulder pads. The tees became so fashionable that students start pilfering them for casual wear. In response, the school began stenciling [...]

Apocalypse Moby

What happens when you mashup Moby Dick and Apocalypse Now? You get a movie script by Perry Hall, available in its entirety in a .pdf. MAN (GENERAL AHAB) Blood and thunder! Mobys gone off the reservation– he’s swimming and fighting out there, General, answering to no one but himself. An albino daemon! He’s collected his own army [...]

The Quick 10: Pam Anderson: Literary Genius (and Nine Other Celeb Authors)

It seems like once you’re a celebrity, you can pursue any venture you want to whether you have the talent for it or not (Lauren Conrad, anyone?). But there are a few stars out there who really are multi-talented. There are a few of those on this list… and a few of the former. 1. [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Larry King

Larry King is one of television news’ most immediately recognizable personalities, and it’s not just because of his trademark glasses and suspenders. King has interviewed all sorts of subjects, from contentious beauty queens to influential world leaders, and has a unique knack for getting them to open up. Here are five things you might not [...]