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U.S. Olympic Team Tribute To Muhammad Ali

(YouTube link) This video tribute to 1960 gold medalist Muhammad Ali was played at Team USA’s 2012 Benefit Gala held the night before the Olympics opened. Although there is some audio manipulation, it highlights how downright lyrical his boasts always were. Produced by Steve Porter. -via The Daily What

The Cover Art of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. It is the most famous rock album cover of all time: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of the many things that still fascinate us about this incredible album is the cover. The concept [...]

Ali Vs. Ryu

Photo: Combo-pictures/Flickr Hadouken not withstanding, I agree with urban artist COMBO that Muhammad Ali would totally best Street Fighter’s Ryu. But I’m not so sure about E. Honda. It’s not so easy to defeat [...]

10 Other People Ronald Reagan’s Diary Only Mentions Once

During last night’s GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich’s connection to President Reagan: “I looked at the Reagan diary. You’re mentioned once in Ronald Reagan’s diary. And in the diary, he says you had an idea in a meeting of young congressmen, and it wasn’t a very good idea and he dismissed it. [...]

11 Reasons Athletes Change Their Names

Lakers star Ron Artest made waves this summer when he announce he was changing his name to Metta World Peace. Although it’s one of the more extreme moves, it’s far from the first time an athlete has adopted a strange name. Here are 11 great (and not-so-great) reasons athletes make the switch. 1. To get more [...]

The Chilling Tale of James Bedford, Cryonics Pioneer

Hundreds of people have been cryonically frozen since the idea became feasible in the 1960s. The most famous is baseball legend Ted Williams, but Larry King, Muhammad Ali, Simon Cowell and Gore Vidal have all said they’re interested in giving cryonics a shot when they pass on. The first man to go through the process, however, [...]

Five Words Worth $400 Million

You might not know Michael Buffer by name, but trust me, you know his work: Buffer came up with the catchphrase “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” thanks to a little inspiration from Muhammad Ali, who used to say, “Rumble, young man, rumble.” Bumper also credits Sal Marchiano, another announcer with similar catchphrase: “Well, we’re ready to [...]

The Greatest Sculpture of Muhammad Ali Ever!

Artist Michael Kalish and the architects at Oyler Wu Collaborative teamed up to create ReALIze, “the greatest” sculpture of Muhammad Ali EVAR! The piece consists of an immense, two-story steel framework, more than five miles of cable, and more than 1,300 suspended speedbags. This feat of gravity, with the bags hovering like hundreds of upside-down balloons, is [...]

Portrait of Muhammad Ali Made out of Punching Bags

Michael Kalish created this elaborate sculpture that, when viewed from the right angle, looks like Muhammad Ali: [...]artist Michael Kalish went big, using 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe to construct a 22-foot-high installation that took three years to complete. The idea for the project came to Kalish [...]

19 Photos of Ronald Reagan With Various Celebrities for His 100th Birthday

Former President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday is February 6th, and you can bet every media outlet will be running some sort of tribute. Now seems like a good time to bring up one of my favorite websites, the Reagan Presidential Library—specifically the MEETING WITH V.I.P.s and CELEBRITIES section of the library’s historical photo archives. It’s [...]