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If I Don’t Get to Wear Pants…

There’s been a lot of discussion about sexism in the way superhero comics are drawn. In a column called The Line It Is Drawn, artists were challenged to illustrate what happens when a male superhero tries to wear the costume of a female superhero. See fifteen of them in a roundup at Comic Book Resources. [...]

The IKEA Wedding

Two years ago, Julie "Bunny" Rodgers and Willie "Bear" Pittman met at IKEA, so what better place to get married? ‘She mentioned IKEA and the fact that on Tuesday the special was meatballs,’ said Pittman. ‘So we came [...]

11 Broadway Musicals Featuring Characters in the U.S. Military

Not only have the men and women of the United States Armed Forces served their country, they have also served as inspiration for the Great White Way. 1. Carmelina (1979) This was the story of a single mother who told everyone in her small Italian town that the father of her teenage daughter was an American soldier [...]

The Secret Life of Storage Units in Honolulu

What could be interesting about the business of renting storage units? The fact that they are used for so many other things besides storage! Renting a storage unit is cheaper than renting office space, retail space, a gym, or a home, so people make do. The only other person here is Jai Rodgers, front man for [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Unusual Super Bowl Side Bets

I’m really only interested in football games when a) it’s the Iowa State Cyclones or b) I’m participating in the physical_floss Fantasy Football league, getting embarrassed by Jason Plautz two years in a row. But I’m still interested in the Super Bowl as an event. There are the commercials, of course, but I also get [...]

10 Songs That Sample “Good Times”

Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, it was first recorded by their band Chic for their 1979 album Risqué. It quickly became #1 on a couple different Billboard charts and eventually Rolling Stone ranked it #224 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But how did it become such an, excuse [...]

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 [...]