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The Most Dangerous Profession: The Human Cannonball

The Most Dangerous Profession: The Human Cannonball

Matt Blitz January 17, 2014 0

Whenever there is a list released of the world’s most dangerous jobs, tree loggers, steelworkers, electrical power-line installers, and fisherman usually are the professions that populate the list.  But none of those things are

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From Dream to 3-D Reality: The Fascinating Origin of Pixar

From Dream to 3-D Reality: The Fascinating Origin of Pixar

Matt Blitz January 13, 2014 5

Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo, and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose  clients included the government and

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The Origin of the Hokey Pokey

The Origin of the Hokey Pokey

Kathy Padden January 10, 2014 2

Karla asks: Where did the “Hokey Pokey” come from? There’s no one definitive answer to where the Hokey Pokey (or Hokey Cokey) ultimately derives from.  Even the modern history of it is somewhat convoluted.

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The Actress Who Died on Stage While Portraying Her Theatrical Death

The Actress Who Died on Stage While Portraying Her Theatrical Death

Theodoros II January 6, 2014 4

Several artists have died on stage while conducting live performances; however, one case is highly unique and probably the most ironic at the same time. The incident involved actress Edith Webster. Webster was a

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“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

Eddie Deezen December 26, 2013 0

Robert Osbourne David Denver was born in new Rochelle, New York, on January 9, 1935 (that is exactly one day after the birth of Elvis Presley.) Just as his “distinguished-sounding” real name seems a

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Paul McCartney’s First Steady Girlfriend

Paul McCartney’s First Steady Girlfriend

Eddie Deezen December 26, 2013 0

Dorothy “Dot” Rhone, a quiet girl from Liverpool, England, was abused by her heavy drinker father.  She also had a very emotionally distant mother.  She grew up terribly shy, introverted and withdrawn and didn’t

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John Lennon and The Making of His Last Album

John Lennon and The Making of His Last Album

Eddie Deezen December 23, 2013 3

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono stepped into New York’s “The Hit Factory” on August 7, 1980, it was quite the occasion. John was returning to the music-making game after a five year absence.

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Who Was Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have a Dance Named After Her?

Who Was Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have a Dance Named After Her?

Kathy Padden December 13, 2013 3

Becky asks: Why is there a dance called “Sadie Hawkins”? Was this a real person? Sadie Hawkin’s renown, which evolved into an American folk-holiday in some places, doesn’t really originate from a dance, but

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Why We “Drop” the Ball on New Year’s Eve

Why We “Drop” the Ball on New Year’s Eve

Matt Blitz December 12, 2013 7

Jeremy asks: Why do we drop the ball on New Year’s eve in Times Square? When Adolph Ochs purchased the floundering New York Times in 1896, he made it his mission to make the

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The Soviet Superman: Red Son

The Soviet Superman: Red Son

Theodoros II December 9, 2013 7

If you’ve ever sat around thinking, “What if Superman was a communist?”  (Who hasn’t, right?) Well, wonder no more. The answer was masterfully provided in Superman: Red Son written by famed comic book writer

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The Origin of the “Slipping on a Banana Peel” Comedy Gag

The Origin of the “Slipping on a Banana Peel” Comedy Gag

Matt Blitz November 29, 2013 3

Mark asks: Who was the first comedian to do the slippery banana peel routine? There are some things in this world that are just inherently funny; a pie in the face, an unexpected squirting

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FACT OR FICTION?: A Young Bill Murray Was Arrested for Carrying 10 Pounds of Marijuana

FACT OR FICTION?: A Young Bill Murray Was Arrested for Carrying 10 Pounds of Marijuana

Tucker Cummings November 18, 2013 2

Among those who use recreational drugs, Bill Murray is something of an icon, having played several pot-smoking characters over the years, including the cannabis-loving sea captain Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,

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The Men Inside of R2-D2 and C-3PO

The Men Inside of R2-D2 and C-3PO

Matt Blitz November 11, 2013 20

In 1975, George Lucas was casting for his upcoming sci-fi film The Star Wars (name later changed to simply Star Wars).  After a joint casting session with Brian De Palma, who was looking to

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The Superhero Who Powers Up By Smoking, and Other Bizarre Comic Characters

The Superhero Who Powers Up By Smoking, and Other Bizarre Comic Characters

Staci Lehman November 8, 2013 3

While there are a million plotlines and hundreds of explanations of how various superheroes got their special powers, there was one superhero in the 1960s who maintained his powers to fight evil by lighting up.

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The Invention of the Electric Guitar

The Invention of the Electric Guitar

Theodoros II October 29, 2013 7

For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans.  Some scholars even speculate that human

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The Origin of the Legend of Zelda

The Origin of the Legend of Zelda

Tegan Jones October 28, 2013 10

The Legend of Zelda is aptly named, as the series has truly become a legend within the gaming industry. Every new generation of gamers have been given the opportunity to fall in love with

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When Star Wars and Indiana Jones Collide: Attack of the Easter Eggs

When Star Wars and Indiana Jones Collide: Attack of the Easter Eggs

Tegan Jones October 17, 2013 31

From a young age I was introduced to what are still two of my favourite movie franchises of all time – Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I suppose it was inevitable, really. With parents

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What Happened to Actor Rick Moranis?

What Happened to Actor Rick Moranis?

Deborah Honeycutt October 9, 2013 4

Janet Jackson and wardrobe malfunction.  Peanut butter and jelly.  Sonny and Cher.  Some things just go together.  Sort of how I feel about Canadian-American actor Rick Moranis and the movies Honey, I Shrunk the

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