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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 Quick 10: 10 Names That Were Already Taken

There aren’t many places where names are first come, first-served, but actors’ unions are one of them. If you tried to register with one and found that someone was already actively using your name, you’d simply have to pick another one. It’s likely not a problem for people called Gyllenhaal, but the 10 entertainers below [...]

What’s On Your Movie Location Map?

If they made a map filled with all of the film characters associated with my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, it would contain an image of Nick Nolte from the obscure 1984 film Teachers (Filmed in Columbus), five seconds worth of Michael Douglas screen time from the film Traffic that was filmed outside the State Capital [...]

7 Tiny Books That Packed a Big Punch

by Michael Ridgeway At 1,456 pages, War and Peace makes a big impression … and a great doorstop. But books don’t have to weigh a lot to be heavy hitters. Here are seven tiny tomes—all fewer than 100 pages—that sparked revolutions. 1. Common Sense by Thomas Paine (52 pages) In the 1770s, American colonists were riding the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Male Cheerleaders

When cheerleading was “born” on November 2, 1898, it looked a lot different than it looks today. No tiny outfits, no wild stunts and – surprise – no women. University of Minnesota student Johnny Campball rallied a football crowd with the ad-libbed cheer, “Rah, Rah, Rah! Ski-u-mah, Hoo-Rah! Hoo-Rah! Varsity! Varsity! Varsity, Minn-e-So-Tah!” and unwittingly [...]

Medical Conditions in Toon Town

Animated toons have always been at the forefront of progressive ideas. So it was that years before TV producers decided to include people with numerous medical conditions in their soaps and dramas, animators had already been pretty inclusive for a couple of decades. This inclusivity had nothing to do with cheap laughs – shame on [...]