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The Late Movies: Songs About Eagles Coach Andy Reid Getting Fired

I’ve mentioned several times that I’m from Philadelphia and while I’m not a big football fan, it’s awfully hard to miss the most talked-about story of the season: How awful the Eagles have been. For months, the city has been speculating that Coach Andy Reid would be out after 14 years heading the team without [...]

Quilted Rooms

Kay Healy, an artist in Philadelphia, quilted entire rooms of a house and put them on display at a local airport. It’s like relief sculpture, but rendered in fabric. Her designs are chosen from memories of her childhood home and the childhood memories of other people in her city. Link -via Lustik

Ham for $159 a Pound?!

Would you pay $159 a pound for ham? Oink! In the above video, Philadelphia food and wine writer Brian Freedman takes us on a tour of some pretty fancy spots in the City of Brotherly Love that are serving up more than just cheesesteaks. The fancy ham comes from the Iberian pig and is aged [...]

The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion

The famous mascot of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer is not one lion, but five lions. These are their stories. Slats (1917–1928) Wikimedia Commons Slats, born at the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was MGM’s first lion. He had previously appeared in the logo of the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, where designer Howard Dietz chose the lion as a mascot as a tribute [...]

Lace Helmet Cozy

It’s February, 1945. The US Army is advancing into Germany through Luxembourg. Sgt. William Furia of Philadelphia first wore his lace cozy as a joke, but then he found it offered some effective camouflage in the snowy weather. Link -via Retronaut | Photo: AP

Sneakerheads: A Brief History of Sneaker Collecting

For many of us, buying a pair of sneakers is a chore. But for a sneaker collector, there’s no greater joy than a fresh pair of kicks. Here’s a look at this growing subculture, whose members are proud to call themselves “sneakerheads.” From B-Boys to Sneakerheads Sneaker collecting got its start in the late 1970s [...]

NYC’s Hamburger Alley is Burgeriffic!

As previously posted on this blog, a brand new Webseries has launched called Hungry In (New York) (Los Angeles) (Austin) (Phildelphia) (etc). If the rest of the episodes are as good as the first, this YouTube premium channel show might just give traditional media a chomp for its money. Here’s what Tubefilter had to say [...]

9 Tips for Planning a William Taft Birthday Bash

Looking for a way to liven up your Saturday night? Here’s a complete idiot’s guide to throwing a 155th birthday bash for America’s largest-and-in-chargest commander-in-chief: the great William Howard Taft. 1. The Food Almonds, almonds, and more almonds. Smokehouse, cinnamon, vinegar, chocolate – any flavor under the sun. Big Lub, as he was fondly known, couldn’t get [...]

Who’s The Teacher? Tony Danza Spent a Year Teaching High School to Find What’s Wrong With Our Schools

Photo: Barbara Johnston/Thinkfactory Media A lot of people think they’ve got the solution to America’s dismal education system without ever teaching a day in their lives, but not Tony Danza. The Hollywood actor spent [...]

10 Things Created Over a Couple of Beers

After a few beers at the bar, even the most ridiculous ideas start to seem like The One That Will Make Millions. Sometimes, though, those ideas actually pan out. Here are a few reasons to take your next tipsy brainstorming session a little more seriously. 1. Southwest Airlines Getty Images In 1966, lawyer Herb Kelleher’s client, Rollin King, [...]