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(YouTube link) Juila Child gets the auto-tune treatment, courtesy of PBS Digital Studios. August 15th would have been her 100th birthday. PBS has acelebration page up, with information and tributes to the French Chef, as well as recipes, pisodes of her show, and even a quiz. Link -via Metafilter See also:Julia Child’s 100th Birthday

The Oxford Dictionaries Spelling Challenge

The Oxford Dictionaries offers a spelling test you can take online. Words are pronounced for you, so turn your speakers on. I aced the Tricky level. On both the Difficult and the Fiendish levels, I scored 14 of 15. I actually spell pretty well, thanks to years of writing under the supervision of spellcheck and [...]

Little-known Introductions to Well-known Songs

YouTube link Many famous songs that originated in movies or Broadway musicals were preceded by an introduction that was sung rather than spoken. These verses, properly considered part of the lyrics, are often omitted when the song is covered by other artists or presented outside the setting of the movie. Barbra Streisand’s original rendition of “People,” [...]

Was This Really A Cereal?

The breakfast aisle at the grocery is full of cereals with silly names, but some from the past are real winners. In today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, you are challenged to distinguish real cereal names from some that were just made up for the quiz. I am almost ashamed to admit I scored 90% on [...]