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Why Do We Say "The Butler Did It"?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The all-too-common phrase “the butler did it” is commonly attributed to Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958). Mary was a very popular writer who authored over 50 books, many of which became best-sellers. Known as “the American Agatha Christie,” Mary [...]

The Late Movies: Extreme Sledding

I’ve watched the snow fall all day long. I’m content to stay inside and watch, but there are those who take full advantage of snow’s slippery properties on sleds or skis. Don’t try this at home. Extreme Sledding Anyone who stays on the sled all the way down wins! I don’t believe there were any winners that [...]

Masterpieces: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

This article originally appeared in mental_floss magazine as part of our ‘Masterpieces 101 : A Guide to Works You Should Know’ series. By Bill Demain An early review of Oklahoma! predicted, “No legs, no jokes, no chance.” But Rodgers & Hammerstein’s corn-fed masterpiece proved that musicals could be more than ostentatious sets and over-the-top dance numbers. Oklahoma! opened [...]