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17 Famous Actors in Tiny Background Parts

Before they were headlining movies and TV shows, these celebs were just like everyone else trying to make it in Hollywood: thrilled to call home to report that the “Flight Attendant #3” role was totally in the bag. Check out a few of today’s big names back when they were cast as no-names. 1. Jason Segel [...]

A Day Trip to Chicago

What do you do with only one day in Chicago? My family recently went there for a biannual reunion that I explained in a similar post a few years ago. Since then, the families have grown by one husband (mine) and five stepchildren (although only the youngest goes to the reunions). With only one full [...]

The Late Movies: Shel Silverstein

We’ve mentioned before that acclaimed children’s poet Shel Silverstein wrote “A Boy Named Sue,” the song popularized by the great Johnny Cash. I was thinking about Silverstein the other day and realized you guys would probably like more Shel Silverstein in your lives. So here you go, folks. Six excellent, memorable moments from his poetry [...]

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” Was Written by Shel Silverstein

To celebrate what would have been Johnny Cash’s 80th birthday, let’s look behind the scenes of his classic hit about a boy seeking revenge on the father who gave him a girl’s name. © Chris Hoffmann/dpa/Corbis / © Jeff Albertson/CORBIS In February 1969, Johnny Cash had a party at his house in Hendersonville, TN. As the evening [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme XXVII

It’s Thursday night and that means this is the last edition GUESS THE THEME that will happen during Daylight Saving Time (until, you know, next spring). All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend Elvis Presley – All Shook Up The [...]

T. Rex: Fatso?

Ah, T. Rex: Fierce … ferocious … fat? Paleontologist John R. Hutchinson and colleagues led the study that suggested that the king of dinosaur was way plumper than previously thought: “We knew she was big but the 30 percent increase in her weight [...]

Now Hear This: Radio War Propagandists

The following is an article from the book History’s Lists from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. During America’s wars, they were considered entertainers more than harbingers of fear to U.S. troops. But sometimes media stars like Tokyo Rose and Hanoi Hannah broadcast strategic information that there’s no way the enemy should have known. As radio propagandists transmitting from [...]

Dog Helper Sandie Aids Disabled Owner Doing Household Chores

Four-year-old Sandie has proved she really is a girl’s best friend – by learning to do all of her owner’s housework. The four-year-old pooch does all of owner Sue Line’s shopping and washing – and can even pay for her groceries. The Terrier-cross accompanies Ms Line, who is paralysed from the waist down, to the supermarket – [...]

10 Ridiculous, True Job Termination Stories

I’ve been doing some research on how/why people lose their jobs. I think there’s a funny/sad book in it. Anyway, here are 10 real (short) anecdotes from real people who’ve given me permission to post. I’ve changed their names to protect their identities. If you’ve got a good/sad/funny/ridiculous story, please leave it in the comments below [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Gleeful Facts

Hi, my name is Stacy, and I’m a hardcore Gleek. I’ve had “GLEE!” written in my planner for months now, so I was glad when Tuesday finally came this week. To celebrate the season two premiere, here are a few fun facts I’ve learned about the show. Not that I’ve obsessively researched it, or anything… 1. [...]