The Missing Links: Thriller Turns Thirty

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November 30, 1982: Thriller Is Released

Michael Jackson’s grand opus, and the biggest selling album of all time, Thriller was released 30 years ago today.

Rolling Stone has obviously covered the album quite a bit. Here is their original album review done after its release. I find it rather shocking—and incorrect—that the reviewer makes the claim that Thriller isn’t as good as Prince’s 1999. (They must have changed their minds on this. Thriller was later listed as number 20 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List, while 1999 was number 163.)

Here Billboard talks about how Thriller changed the music industry.

If that’s not enough of an indication of how iconic the album is, then take the fact that MJ’s red Thriller jacket sold last year for $1.8 million.

Lastly: I’m a gigantic Michael Jackson fan, but I never realized until reading through all of this just now that one of the indecipherable lyrics from his song "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’" was actually him saying “You’re a vegetable” over and over. That’s interesting and it makes for fun singalongs, I suppose.

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The Million Dollar Laptop
This musician promised (probably jokingly) to give a million bucks to the person that turned in his missing laptop. Well, it was found and turned in, and now a judge is forcing him to pay the million dollar reward.

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One Final Bite
What did some famous, or infamous, people have at their last meal?

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A Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine
This thing is awesome, but might not be long for this world.

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She Probably Didn’t Imagine These People Naked
Although that's a good and time-tested method of curing stage fright, it's not a great one when your only audience is your parents. The brilliant Maria Bamford—who you may only know as the lady from the Target ads—has a new comedy special, and the concept for it is just as loveably sweet and offbeat as you’d expect from her.

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Hey
Wow, that really is an effective headline. After all, you are reading this right now.

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Planned Communities Look So Planned
Check out the pictures of these carefully clustered colonies taken from above.

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November 30, 2012 - 10:30am
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