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Artist Announces U.S. Exhibition

British “light artist” Bruce Munro has announced his second ever exhibition in North America. Munro will present 10 outdoor lighting installations at Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, Tennessee. The exposition begins May 24, 2013 and runs through November 10. The artist designed his installations to complement the hills, views and gardens of the facility. A highlight will be the [...]

11 Cool Places in Nashville You Really Must Visit

This summer, I started a walking tour of downtown Nashville (walkinnashville.com). After twenty years of writing about music, and interviewing the likes of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, I figured it might be fun to share some of what I’ve learned, along with a few backstage stories. There are a number of tours on [...]

Bend Me

(YouTube link) Nashville musician Ned Evett not only sings, but also sculpted and animated the little clay figures (Ned Heads) that dance in his music video! -Thanks, @medtek!

The Late Movies: The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” Turns 25

The Replacements’ classic album Pleased to Meet Me turned 25 this week. It debuted on July 7, 1987, and featured two of my favorite songs of all time: “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Alex Chilton.” The rest of the album isn’t bad either. The song “Can’t Hardly Wait” has stuck with me all these [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Station Wagon

For a bulk order of frozen pizza, our heroes headed to a Sam’s Club in Nashville. That’s where redditor kvnmahan spotted their tricked out station wagon. Supposedly the QR code on the window leads to the website of a rapper named Lex Top Dollar, though I can’t get it to scan on my phone. Link -via [...]

Where Does Decaf Come From? …and Other Burning Questions About Coffee

Whether you take it with cream and sugar, as a latte or frappuccino- coffee can get complicated. Fortunately, mental_floss is here to unlock the mysteries of the dark drink that brightens your mornings. Q: WHERE DOES DECAFFEINATED COFFEE COME FROM? It’s pretty simple. To make decaf, you start out with regular coffee beans and then take out [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The Midwest

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. Last up, the Midwest! (1) North Carolina © Duomo/CORBIS Yearning to learn more about your kidneys? Head to the University of North Carolina’s Carl W. Gottschalk Collection. The 12,400-item collection houses legendary medical professor Gottschalk’s passion: historical items related to the study [...]

Father Taped His Children Coming Down the Stairs on Christmas Morning For The Past 25 Years

What a wonderful Christmas morning tradition! Every year for the past 25 years, writer Nick Confalone’s father taped him and his sister coming down the stairs: Every year, our dad would tape us coming down the stairs. This [...]

At the Libraries: Forgotten Bookmarks

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! *** Let’s start off with a sweet little blog documenting the strange things a rare book collector finds in his books. A bookish found objects! * A Christmas tree [...]

11 Expansion Teams That Just Missed the Cut

When the NFL expansion committee headed by current league commissioner Roger Goodell awarded franchises to Charlotte and Jacksonville in 1993, three other prospective teams with nicknames, logos, and color schemes already unveiled and season ticket deposits sold, were left disappointed. Here are the stories of those three (almost) teams and eight other failed expansion bids [...]