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How Mister Rogers Saved the VCR

In 1984, a landmark case laid down a controversial law regarding technology and copyright infringement. Here’s a look back at the “Betamax Case,” including the role Mister Rogers played in the Supreme Court’s decision. FRED PROUSER/REUTERS/Landov For many years in the pre-DVD, pre-streaming era, the Betamax, Sony’s prototype videotape player-recorder, was a punch line. A piece [...]

Our Readers’ Best Halloween Costumes

At the beginning of the month, we asked for photos of your best Halloween costumes — the geeky ones, the nerdy ones, the ones of which you’re particularly proud. After sifting through all the e-mails, we’re proud to present our readers’ best Halloween costumes. Enjoy! (40 photos is a lot for one post, so we’ve paginated [...]

Mister Rogers Visits the Toothpaste Factory

PBS has been running a “Like” Drive on Facebook, and releasing some classic content online as rewards for reaching milestones. Regardless of whether you “Like” PBS (in the Facebook sense of the term), you’ll love this weirdly calming Mister Rogers video in which he and Mr. McFeely do a sort of play-by-play watching how [...]

Mr. Rogers Sings “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Spanning 33 Years

In this simple video, we see Fred Rogers singing the iconic “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” theme some from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a span of 33 years. It’s touching to see his consistency and gentleness over so many decades. The show ended its run on August 31, 2001. Enjoy: (Via Kottke.org, via [...]

The Quick 10: 10 More Celebrity Veterans

A couple of years ago on Veterans Day, we listed 10 celebrities who stopped what they were doing in the middle of a successful showbiz career to serve their country. We had a lot of mentions of other celebrities who also served before they were famous, and we thought today would be a good day [...]

Mandrill Gives Zoo Visitors The Finger

No, he’s not rude. Jackson the Mandrill has arthritic finger that causes him to salute his viewers at the zoo. Mark Rogers, who took the photo of Jackson’s “we’re number one salute” said: ‘I was there photographing him, and a father and sons were watching him,’ said Mark Rogers, who captured the finger in full flight. [...]

The Quick 10: The Tournament of Roses Parade

This may make me a total dork, but my favorite part about New Year’s Day is getting up and watching the Rose Parade in my pajamas. I’m really not interested in the Rose Bowl itself at all – in fact, I think I’m swearing off football in 2010 following my painful Fantasy Football loss to [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Color Blind People

You know that scene in Little Miss Sunshine when Dwayne finds out he’s color blind and can’t achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a jet pilot? That may have had some real-life inspiration (see #3 below). Here are 10 famous people who suffered from the same problem as Dwayne. 1. Mr. Rogers was totally red-green color [...]

The Quick 10: The Not-Very-Scary Former Jobs of 10 Very Scary People

Even the most successful people in the world didn’t graduate fresh out of college or high school to immediately start making the big bucks – and that goes for the most successful scary people as well. Check out what these frightening writers and directors were doing before they were scaring the pants off of us. 1. [...]

Mr. Rogers: The Crayon Factory

Remember when Mr. Rogers explained how Crayons were made? I have heard this Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood segment referenced by friends as a sort of touchstone of their youth, but I had never seen it until now. Interestingly, it looks like Mr. Rogers himself never actually went to the Crayola factory, but he does narrate the [...]