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Exporting Raymond

Phil Rosenthal created “Everybody Loves Raymond,” one of the funniest and most successful sitcoms of all time. Indeed, here in America, everybody loves Raymond – but in Russia? Now that’s a story that only Phil can tell: Phil Rosenthal created one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He was a bona-fide expert [...]

Mud Cake : Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt Mud Cakes Recipe

A woman prepares mud cakes at the Cite-Soleil neighborhood, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Some people eat mud cookies made of dirt, butter and salt to fill their stomachs. At first sight the business resembles a thriving pottery. In a dusty courtyard women mould clay and water into hundreds of little platters and lay them out to harden [...]

Female Character Taxonomy

The blog Overthinking It created an enormous infographic classifying female characters in movies, anime, literature, comics, and television. The author writes: Some of the listed tropes might be considered crazy-sexist, and others represent more positive stereotypes. The tropes are subjective, and they exist on a continuum of sexism. Consider Family Guy’s Lois Griffin (who falls under [...]

What’s a Word That You Invented?

Every Friday, we post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. Jason English is really milking this whole paternity leave thing, so he’s asked me to whip up this week’s questions. 1. My sister has a peculiar habit of [...]

7 Great Misconceptions About Australia

As an Australian, I’m greeted with open arms whenever I go overseas. It’s great to be liked… but though I hate to admit it, there are a few things people get wrong about us. I’m afraid I don’t have a pet kangaroo, I don’t live on a wide-open Outback farm, I don’t eat copious amounts [...]

11 Other Halls of Fame

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was in the news last weekend as it inducted a banner class that included Michael Jordan, David Robinson, and John Stockton. You might not have much of a shot at getting yourself enshrined at Springfield, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a hall of fame. There are [...]