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The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine.” Me? I’m a terrible flyer. I get anxiety sweats and headaches and I hold my neighbor’s hand so tightly that everyone’s knuckles turn white. But when I need to get across the country, I sure do appreciate that [...]

The Vice President Who Wrote a Hit Song

History buffs might know the name Charles Dawes, which probably sounds vaguely familiar but can’t-quite-place-him to the rest of us. Here’s a refresher: he was Calvin Coolidge’s vice president. They hated each other. Long before he was Coolidge’s second-in-command, however, Dawes was a pianist and composer. In fact, he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha [...]

Dietribes: Chili Weather

• Whether it came from the turn-of-the century prison system, the 1893 World’s Fair or the Chili Queens of San Antonio (or from traditional dishes prepared by Mexicans living in the Southwest), chili’s popularity has never slowed – today it carries the distinction (among many) of being the state dish of Texas, a cook-off classic, the [...]

Mad Men Theme + Nat “King” Cole’s “Nature Boy” = Beautiful Jazz

What happens when a mini-orchestra performs the Mad Men theme song, gently mashed up with Nat “King” Cole’s classic “Nature Boy”? Awesome jazz fantasticness. Also be aware — it’s performed in a single take, with no cuts or overdubs. BEHOLD: Educational note: the Mad Men theme is actually an edit of “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. [...]

The Late Movies: “Video Songs” by Pomplamoose

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have a crush on one or both of the fine young kids in the band Pomplamoose. A duo based in California, they practice a new art form called the “VideoSong” described by the band as follows: This cover is a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules: 1. What you see is [...]

Yu Zhenhuan China’s hairiest man

China’s hairiest man Yu Zhenhuan undertakes laser hair removal treatment Hair covers 96 percent of Yu’s body. He may be surpassed only by a pair of Mexican brothers: Victor “Larry” and Gabriel “Danny” Ramos Gomez, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having 98 percent hair cover. The 26-year-old Yu is candid and unembarrassed [...]