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Five Potentially Great Power Couples (and why they never made it)

1. Bobby Fischer and Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand, the future Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner, actually attended the same Brooklyn high school as Bobby Fischer, who at the time was already competing in and winning international chess tournaments. Streisand later confided that she had a crush on the chess player, saying that he “was always [...]

The Late Movies – Guess The Theme XXI

Welcome Thursday night _flossers! It’s time once again for GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common…do you know what it is? Leave your best guesses in the comments. The Beatles – “Twist & Shout” Neil Diamond – “America” The Police – “Every Breath You Take” The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights” Blind [...]

It’s Timeline Time!

Graphs, flowcharts, and Venn diagrams have long been popular on the interweb. Could timelines now be taking their turn in the visual graphic sunshine? The minds behind When the What think so. After all, the site’s tagline is “It’s timeline time!” Among the site’s extremely detailed collection of historical progressions is this yearly breakdown of the TGIF [...]

The Quick 10: Songs That Sound Like They’re About Women (but aren’t)

I almost hate to share some of these – it’s always a bit strange (and sometimes disappointing) when you have a scenario in your head for what a song is about, then find out that you were completely off base. In a couple of these cases, though, I think knowing the song isn’t actually about [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Elvis Covers

It’s Elvis’ 75th birthday! I’m sure he’s out there celebrating somewhere with a Fool’s Gold sandwich. To celebrate his birthday here on the _floss, we thought we’d forego the calories and check out some rather interesting cover versions of his songs instead. The King had such a large repertoire (many of which he covered) that [...]