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Toto, The Wizard of Oz Dog (1932-1945)

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Contrary to popular belief, the little black Cairn terrier who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was not named Toto. That is, until The Wizard of Oz became so popular that almost everyone forgot what her original [...]

The Cover Art of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. It is the most famous rock album cover of all time: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of the many things that still fascinate us about this incredible album is the cover. The concept [...]

Hirezake: The Poisonous Cocktail

Make sure that your bartender knows what he’s doing, or else you’ll die. The hirezake is a mixture of warm rice wine and a fried fugu fish. That’s the same fish that is poisonous if not expertly prepared. So if your bartender looks a little sloshed, just ask for the Shirley Temple instead. At the link, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrity Zoo Residents

With the recent popularity of the Bronx Zoo Cobra, I thought it was a good time to check out some other zoo animals that received celebrity status during their heydays. I don’t know if any of their Twitter feeds could have competed with the Cobra’s nearly quarter of a million followers, though! 1. Knut the polar [...]

The Quick 10: Burpy, Hickey, Chesty and Other Alternate Dwarf Names

Can you name all of the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? It’s said that the trick to getting them all is to remember that there are two that start with “D,” two that start with “S” and three that are emotions – you know, Dizzy, Dippy, Snoopy, Scrappy, Woeful, Wistful and Gloomy. That’s [...]

The Quick 10: The Tournament of Roses Parade

This may make me a total dork, but my favorite part about New Year’s Day is getting up and watching the Rose Parade in my pajamas. I’m really not interested in the Rose Bowl itself at all – in fact, I think I’m swearing off football in 2010 following my painful Fantasy Football loss to [...]

Dietribes: Lollipop Lollipop, oh lolli Lollipop

• Edible candy on a stick has been around for centuries in many forms, though the “lolly pop” as we now know it was fashioned in the 1920s. Even as far back as the Middle Ages, royalty would sometimes eat boiled sugar with sticks. • A question that has been around perhaps as long as the candy itself [...]

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 [...]