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7 Television Characters Who Were Supposed to Die … But Didn’t

Killing off a popular TV character is a surefire way to get your show noticed. Of course, there are characters who are killed temporarily, with every intention of returning (Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for example); characters who return later, with some crazy explanation, to improve the ratings (Bobby Ewing in Dallas); and others [...]

Baby born without any blood

Olivia Norton stunned doctors by surviving after being born with almost no haemoglobin at all. Baby Olivia was white as a sheet when she arrived with …

Gratefuler

It kind of gets you right here to see the manliest men in history putting a pen to paper to express their soft side. We saw that in Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry not long ago. On a happier subject, here’s a note that Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain) wrote to his wife Olivia [...]

At the Libraries: Horrendous Book Covers from the ’80s

Time for another week of book- and library-related fun! The New Yorker gets some pretty amazing illustrators to do their covers, and one blogger noticed that many of them have a connection to children’s books. Ian Falconer is definitely my favorite. He writes the Olivia books. * But you shouldn’t judge a magazine or a book by [...]

Winnie Ille Pu: The Latin Versions of 10 Modern Stories

Despite its status as a “dead” language, pretty much anything can be translated into Latin. Here are 10 modern classics that might make Latin class more fun. 1. Winnie the Pooh A Latin translation of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was published for the first time in 1960. Alexander Lenard, the translator, was also a physician, [...]

Olivia Catches A Giant Goldfish

You Tube Link Olivia Riley enjoys fishing for catfish in Kansas City’s Troost Lake. On Saturday, however, she caught something a little more unusual than a catfish. Instead of coming up with a catfish, Riley captured the biggest goldfish she’s ever seen.” I don’t know, it’s beautiful!” Riley shouted as she smiled and showed her massive catch to [...]

The Late Movies: Flat-Out Crazy Movies from Uganda

I don’t know if the next Hollywood — or even the next Bollywood — is in Uganda, but you’ve certainly got to give them points for trying. These movies have more heart, more weirdness, and more action packed into these short trailers than most Hollywood movies fit into two hours. I’m not sure what I [...]

Wild Bald Eagle Sets Up Camp Next To Captive Bald Eagle

YouTube Link The Orange County Zoo in California has a new and unexpected attraction. A wild bald eagle has moved into a tree above the cage of the zoo’s captive bald eagle Olivia. Bald eagles are spotted from time to time in the rolling foothills, oaks and sycamores surrounding the zoo, but never before has one taken [...]

The Men Behind the Masks

Chewbacca, Sloth, and Big Bird are all iconic roles, but could you pick any of the actors who played them out of a lineup? Probably not. Let’s take a look at the unheralded men behind the mask, under the makeup, or in the suit for a handful of memorable roles in movies and TV shows. [...]

Storybook Zoobies

Storybook Zoobies: Olivia, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington Bear – $33.95 ea. Don’t let my kids see these Storybook Zoobies from the NeatoShop or we won’t have any to sell! (They’re not old enough to realize that their parents sell toys and other fun stuff, every kid’s dreams …) Zoobie is a plush toy, soft pillow, and [...]