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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 [...]

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

The New York Times has a six-part multimedia presentation detailing the story of 16 skiers and snowboarders who were caught in an avalanche last February in the Cascade Mountains. The series includes awesome graphics, slideshows, videos, and a compelling narrative by John Branch that follows the events from the point of view of the survivors [...]

Christmas Carol-a-Thon

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is such a classic tale that many, many movie versions, television shows, and stage plays have been produced since the story was published in 1843. Balladeer’s Blog has an ongoing series on those productions, from the forgettable 1923 silent movie to the silly 1983 made-for-tv special “Scrooge’s Rock and [...]

The Missing Links: Diabolical Villains Love Their Fruit Pies

The Boy Who Found A Dead President Lincoln Back in the 50s, a teenage boy uncovered the only photograph of the deceased President Lincoln known to exist. Here is the story. * Also Presidential: Planning A Trip to Paraguay? Be sure to check out the Rutherford B. Hayes statue. * The 64-Day Nap As a person with narcolepsy, this [...]

How Malcolm Gladwell Ruined a Friendship By Singing a Song

In this live story from The Moth, Malcolm Gladwell explains how he ruined his friendship with his college friend Craig. Craig was a charismatic leader among nerds — he had a knack for nicknames and songs, and he made a huge impression on Gladwell when they were in school. But when Craig’s wedding [...]

Life Lessons We Learned From The Twilight Zone

You never forget the moral of the story when you’ve got a chill running up your spine, and there was always a moral of some kind in the TV series The Twilight Zone. However, the lessons you learned might not be the same as those selected by Uproxx’s Josh Kurp. For example, for the above [...]

At the Libraries: Most Referenced Song in Literature

Take a quick guess, and then click through and see if you are right — what is the number one most referenced song in literature? I didn’t get it, but surely one of you will? * Move to New York to become a writer? Here’s a powerful manifesto of why you should keep the faith! [...]

The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

Marie Curie’s Sex Scandal

Sex scandal and Nobel Prize winner don’t usually go hand-in-hand, so that’s why this story about physicist Marie Curie’s torrid love affair with a married man was huge news back then. Why, it even led to a duel and a [...]