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The Late Movies: Covers of the Pixies

The Pixies have had a special place in my heart since I discovered Doolittle in 1996 — three years after the band had broken up and seven years after the album was released. I used to listen to that tape on repeat as I walked to class, from class, even sometimes in class. I was [...]

The Late Movies: Pants on the Ground!

Those of you who don’t watch American Idol may not have been privy to this little nugget of pop-cultural weirdness, and I feel compelled to share it. My wife likes to watch Idol, and though I’m not a huge fan of the competition itself, I do have a guilty-pleasure soft spot for the auditions, many [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Slash

You know him as the top-hat-wearing lead guitarist for Guns N’Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver. Do you know where he got his signature hat and the name “Slash,” though? Let’s take a look at the man who’s darn near unbeatable in Guitar Hero. 1. He Grew Up With Rock Slash was born Saul Hudson in [...]

9 Spiders and the Stars They Were Named For

When I read that a new spider species was named Heteropoda davidbowie in honor of David Bowie, it reminded me of several other celebrities whose names were enshrined in taxonomy because there are so many new spiders being discovered as distinct species. With a little digging, even more star spiders turned up! 1. David Bowie German arachnologist [...]