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The Origin of the Looney Tune’s “ACME” Corporation Name

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For those of you who didn’t spend your childhood with your eyes glued to the TV screen watching Saturday morning cartoons, “ACME” is the name of the fictional company that appeared in almost every Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon. This company supplied Wile E. Coyote with a never-ending range of ridiculous products that would inevitably fail, generally with […]

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The Famous “Wilhelm Scream” Heard in Over 200 Films is Thought to Have Come from the Vocal Talents of the Guy Who Wrote and Sang the Song “Purple People Eater”

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Even if you don’t recognize the name, odds are you’ve at least heard the Wilhelm Scream (listen to it here). It’s that classic scream that movie goers around the world remember and is sometimes also called the “Star Wars Scream”. You hear it when Luke Skywalker shoots that Stormtrooper on the Death Star, when Indiana Jones takes down that Nazi, […]

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The Story Behind Marilyn Monroe’s Nude Calendar

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It was 1949, then as now, countless thousands of young actresses in Hollywood were unemployed.  Many give up the struggle.  Others take a wrong turn and make decisions they will later regret. A certain unknown, very small, percentage persevere. That songbird they are all chasing, called “success”, inevitably proves elusive. But this article isn’t about the countless scores of would […]

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How the Momentous “Rock Around the Clock” Song Nearly Never Was

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Contrary to popular belief, “Rock Around the Clock” was not the first Rock ‘n’ Roll record to be recorded.  In fact, it wasn’t even Bill Haley’s first Rock record.  “Rock Around the Clock” was, however, the first-ever Rock ‘n’ Roll song to hit the #1 spot on the pop charts.  It transformed rock from a novelty and a curiosity to […]

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The Johnny Cash Song “A Boy Named Sue” was Written by Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein and Johnny Cash performing "A Boy Named Sue" Together

Today I found out the Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue” was written by Shel Silverstein. The song was originally inspired by a friend of Silverstein’s, Jean Shepherd (noted writer, actor, radio personality, and humorist, who, among other things, co-wrote and narrated the holiday classic The Christmas Story film, partially based on his childhood).  Jean had often been teased […]

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The Dirty Harry Story

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In a 2009 MTV poll, Dirty Harry was voted the “Greatest Movie Badass of all-time”…  Not exactly an Academy Award, but nonetheless, Clint Eastwood’s maverick police detective “Dirty Harry” Callahan was to become one of the most beloved, immortal (and controversial) movie characters in cinema history. The film about a “bad-guy-killing, rules-breaking vigilante cop” was originally titled “Dead Right”.  Released […]

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The Guy Who Did the Voice for Tony the Tiger also Sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

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Today I found out the guy who did the voice for Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger also sang the iconic “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The man was Thurl Ravenscroft.  Ravenscroft originally went unintentionally uncredited in the film.  Because of this, a common misconception rose up that it was Boris Karloff, […]

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Bigger Than Jesus

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It seems only appropriate that the single most controversial quote from the Beatles, by any Beatle, was uttered by John Lennon, the group’s unspoken leader and most colorful member. On March 4, 1966, the following was said by Lennon: Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that. I’m right and I will be proved right. […]

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Brenda Lee was Just 13 Years Old When She Recorded the Christmas Staple “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

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Brenda Mae Tarpley (a.k.a. Brenda Lee and “Little Miss Dynamite”) was born to an extremely poor family in December of 1944.  Things took a turn for the worse when her father, a onetime semi-pro baseball player and carpenter, died in a construction accident in May of 1953 when she was 8 years old. Within two years of this happening, the […]

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What Did Barney Rubble Do for a Living

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In 1960, the first ever prime-time animated TV series took to the air. The Flintstones was, pretty obviously, a blatant, albeit animated, take-off (read rip-off) of the legendary TV series The Honeymooners. The similarities of the main characters were all-too-easy to spot. Fred Flintstone, the show’s central character, was a blustery, quick-tempered, loud-mouthed, blowhard.  But he somehow had a fun […]

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The Only Mother and Son to Each Have #1 Records

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In November of 1966, The Monkees‘ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville”, went to number one on the charts two months (to the day) after The Monkees TV series premiered.  The Partridge Family (a series about a fictional singing family/rock group) actually beat that mark.  The Partridge Family premiered on ABC on September 25, 1970.  The Partridge Family single, “I Think I Love […]

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The Beatles Song Named for a Woman that was About a Man

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The Beatles were famous for their beautiful, inspired love songs dedicated to women- “Michelle”, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Julia”, “Lovely Rita”, “Lady Madonna”, “Dear Prudence”.  Even other Beatles’ classics, not graced with titles using proper nouns: “She Loves You”, “She’s a Woman”, “Girl”; and of course “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Love Me Do”, “P.S. […]

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