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Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?

Spoiler Alert: It is not. But here’s why that warning is on there in the first place. At some point, most of us have heard that we’re not supposed to remove the tags from our mattresses, under penalty of law. Most of the tags even say something like “It is unlawful to remove this tag!” The [...]

The Funniest Father’s Day Tweet

The best Father’s Day Tweet was sent by Ronan Farrow, who is the only biological child of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen together. In case this Tweet doesn’t mean anything to you, his mother actress Mia Farrow adopted several children and then had a relationship with director Woody Allen for 12 years, but they never [...]

11 Superheroes and Villains at War

Okay, so the title of this post might be a little misleading. Indonesian artist and illustrator Agan Harahap was possibly inspired by Woody Allen (if you’ve ever seen Zelig, you’ll know what I mean) in these images he’s created, superimposing superheroes and villains into a selection of wartime photographs. Check out his Flickr page for even more. 1. [...]

Ten Incredible Perfect Moments in the History of Editing

Novels, movies, cartoons, tattoos… everything is better on the second draft. 1. THE CATCH IN CATCH 22: The Edit that became an idiom In 1961, author Joseph Heller finally submitted his manuscript for Catch-18 to his editor, Robert Gottlieb. Although Heller had spent seven years perfecting the story, Gottlieb saw room for improvement. The editor taped the [...]

Dear Slackers: Teacher’s Last Letter to Students on Why They Should Study

Jaime O’Neill is an English teacher who penned this Dear Students letter for his last class after teaching for 40 years. Every student should read it, but probably won’t and therefore will learn the hard way (just like the rest of us): There are always excuses for not showing up, or not turning work in. I’ve [...]

The Many Faces of Woody Allen

In this clever poster, Brandon Schaefer (previously on Neatorama) illustrated Woody Allen in his various film roles by the styles of his eyeglasses: Link

A Writer Grows in Brooklyn – part 1

Truman Capote lived in Brooklyn by choice, and so did I, once… Brooklyn Heights, to be more exact. Actually, the Northern part of Brooklyn Heights, if you want to be even more exact. Or, more precisely, Cranberry Street —the little three-block long street where the movies Moonstruck and Three Days of the Condor were filmed. When [...]

The Late Movies: Mel Brooks

Each year, the Kennedy Center honors a group of legendary performers who have contributed to the arts. This morning, they announced that Mel Brooks would join Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen, among others, in the 2009 class. For tonight’s Late Movies, here are a few clips of Mel Brooks, who brought us such classics as [...]