World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!
Ads

The Late Movies: Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in the Park

31 years ago today, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in Central Park. It was September 19, 1981, and the concert was free — the plan was to use TV and home video royalties from the performance to renovate Central Park itself, which was in bad shape at the time. [...]

The Late Movies: Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, 21 Years Later

Twenty-one years ago today, Paul Simon put on a massive concert in Central Park. The performance on August 15, 1991 focused on material from his albums Graceland, Rhythm of the Saints, plus an assortment of Greatest Hits of his previous work, including Simon & Garfunkel material…but without Garfunkel. The resulting double-album has been [...]

Call Me Hope

(YouTube link) This catchy video was created by Joe Sabia and Bryce Yukio Adolphson and set to the music of Paul Simon. It is the second video of a campaign called “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential Campaign” from Mama Hope, a nonprofit organization working to improve the living conditions of people in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana [...]

Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

To celebrate the birthday of one of our finest pop composers, we look behind the scenes of his classic song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It was spring 1969. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were gone. Racial tensions were erupting across the country. The war was raging in Vietnam. What was a sensitive singer-songwriter like Paul Simon [...]

The Late Movies: Muppets Singing Classic Songs

For your viewing pleasure, here are fourteen great Muppets performances — some involving the original artists! Danny Boy The three least articulate Muppets share their brilliant, touching interpretation of “Danny Boy.” While My Guitar Gently Weeps Floyd performs a touching cover, alone on the fire escape. School’s Out Alice Cooper, some pyrotechnics, and a host of Halloween-ish Muppets tear it up! Stand [...]

Ten Incredible Perfect Moments in the History of Editing

Novels, movies, cartoons, tattoos… everything is better on the second draft. 1. THE CATCH IN CATCH 22: The Edit that became an idiom In 1961, author Joseph Heller finally submitted his manuscript for Catch-18 to his editor, Robert Gottlieb. Although Heller had spent seven years perfecting the story, Gottlieb saw room for improvement. The editor taped the [...]

The World Just Got a Little Less Bright

From now on, when Paul Simon sings his song “Kodachrome” in concert, he’ll need to give some of the audience a primer on just what that is. That’s because the once-great Kodak film stock that gives us “those nice bright colors” is no more – another casualty of the digital media boom. The film, which [...]

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, Oprah!

Yes – the world’s most powerful woman (according to some reports, anyway) is celebrating the big 5-6 today. Even if you’re not a big fan, you have to admit, the woman’s done pretty well herself. Oprah hasn’t kept too many secrets about herself over the years, so I’m avoiding the big shockers that she has [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Lesser-Known Celebrity Couples

I don’t know about you, but I’m super sick of tabloids combining the names of celeb couples to create a new word, like Brangelina (succinct, isn’t it?) and TomKat. Of course, these are some of the most well-known celebrity pairings. There are some out there that might surprise you – past and present. And if [...]

15 Famous People Who Used to Teach

Students, we know you may not be all that ecstatic about seeing your teachers – and the homework they assign – as the school year starts up. Pay attention in class, though; you never know what hidden talents your teachers might have. Just look at all of these famous former teachers: 1. Gene Simmons The tongue-flicking [...]