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The Missing Links: Internet-Use Disorder

Tim Burton GIFs Galore Jack Skellington, Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Pee-wee, Ichabod Crane and a slew of other characters from Burton’s iconic catalog, captured in moving pictures. * Thinking Back On That Place Where Everybody Knew Your Name The creators of Cheers participated in this fantastic oral history of the show. * Is Steve Jobs Still Alive? [...]

Nestle’s New Ad: We Will Find You

Just think of it as a modern day’s version of Willy Wonka. Except with SWAT teams. Food company Nestlé is putting GPS chips in 6 chocolate bars across the UK and Ireland. When the wrappers are taken off the bars, the chips [...]

31 Bizarre Foreign Titles for American Movies

Film is perhaps America’s greatest cultural export. That said, not every American film title translates well into other languages. To bridge the gap, foreign marketers take some very intriguing creative liberties. Many of the best mangled film titles come from China, where they are downright magical at jazzing up boring old English titles. 1. Pretty Woman [...]

The Missing Links: Escape From Alcatraz – 50 Years Later

Gene Wilder Lives In A World of Pure Imagination How else could you explain his inspired idea for Willy Wonka’s grand entrance? * This Town Is F#%king Expensive The going rate for uttering a verbal bomb in Middleborough, Massachusetts is $20. Choose your words carefully. * Running From The Rock Fifty years ago yesterday Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin pulled [...]

Dietribes: Blueberries

• Blue foods are a rare occurrence in nature, as it often suggests that the food is toxic or rotten. But not so for blueberries! One of the only truly blue foods, it’s distinctive coloring comes from anthocyanin, a water soluble pigment. • It’s unusual when our favorite foods featured on Dietribes are native to North America, but [...]

250 Movie Introductions of 185 People, Groups, and Things

Look, it’s Friday. You’ve got nine and a half minutes to kill. Why not watch a supercut of a bunch of 250 people (or cyborgs, or heroes, or villains) introducing 185 people, groups, and things from classic (and very not-classic) movies? It’s weirdly hypnotic. I also feel a little weird that I recognize virtually all [...]

Creating Willy Wonka’s Multi-Course Gum

The gum that got Violet Beauregarde into so much trouble in Willy Wonka’s factory could soon be a reality. Picking up the research where Willy Wonka and his team of Oompa Loompas left off is Professor Dave Hart, who is looking to recreate the same kind of multi-course flavor phenomenon as Wonka’s gum – without, of [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It’s a Wonderful Life (that’s not a slam, by the way, I love that movie). Apparently lots of famous writers have put in their time [...]