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Oliver Akuin’s Art Is A Cartoon Delight

If you have ever seen Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, then you are already familiar with Oliver’s surreal and quirky cartoon style. If you love cartoons but have never seen Adventure Time then you’re missing out on a great show! Oliver tackles pop culture icons from cartoons, video games, and the movies and brings his [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Things Banned from Public Schools

We’ve all heard stories about schools banning books or gang-affiliated clothing, but there are many less-publicized bans in effect. Here are ten of the more interesting cases. 1. Pogs Remember Pogs? The game featured cardboard discs printed with some kind of design on one side (sometimes a TV show or company promo), and was played by stacking [...]

Cold Cases

The following is an article from the book History’s Lists from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. Rumor has it that Amelia Earhart and the grassy-knoll gunman have been found in a bar in Atlantis. Whew -three mysteries solved. Now, on to these. 1. THE BABUSHKA LADY The Mystery: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November [...]

Flowchart: How to Explain the Internet to a Street Urchin, Circa 1835

So, you’ve used a time machine to travel back to the London of 1835. You encounter Oliver, an impoverished street urchin of 12 years of age. For some reason, you’ve decided to explain to him what the Internet is. How do you proceed? Comedian and graphic designer Doogie Howser created a flowchart to illustrate your [...]

The Quick 10: The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan Debut

As a big Beatles fan, I sure wish I was there 46 years ago when the Fab Four appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Since we haven’t quite worked out that whole time travel thing yet, I’ll have to content myself (and you!) with trivia. 1. Although appearing on Sullivan was [...]

The Late Movies: 9 Low-Budget “Classic Alternative” Music Videos

I grew up watching 120 Minutes, an MTV show that aired starting at midnight on Sunday night. This made waking up for school on Monday morning hard, but at least I got to catch the newest “alternative” videos (The Cure, The Replacements, The Breeders, that sort of thing) which rarely aired in the normal MTV [...]

The World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain

Photo: John Locher In 2005, pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury created this enormous 25-tiered chocolate fountain for the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. It’s 27 feet tall and circulates 120 quarts of chocolate per minute: It wasn’t, you see, quite as simple as constructing a waterfall. “Water doesn’t change,” Maury said. “Chocolate is complicated.” It must [...]