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The Quick 10: The Rest of Paul Harvey’s Story

Hello, Americans (and _flossy readers from everywhere else)! Two years ago today, Paul Harvey died at the age of 90, having been on the radio for over 70 years. For what it’s worth, here are ten interesting tidbits about the legend of radio. 1. He would want us to mention his name. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, [...]

9 Things you probably don’t know about the Beatles

Today is 09/09/09, and you know what that means! The big Beatles Rock Band release. (GET IT? Number 9, number 9, number 9…) To get you in the mood, here are 9 rather obscure facts about those four lads from Liverpool that we bet you don’t know. (Nein?) 1. Before Lennon/McCartney there was McCartney/Lennon If you pick [...]

11 Famous Illeists

An illeist is someone who refers to himself in the third person, as Richard Nixon famously did when, after losing the bid for the California governorship in 1962, he said, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Today, Nixon’s sound bite is remembered as much for [...]