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The Bates Motel Is Almost Open

The new show Bates Motel premieres later this month. As a gigantic Hitchcock fan I am very excited.The  show is a prequel to the movie Psycho and stars Freddie “Oh My God He Used to Be the Sweetest Little Kid in the World Now He’s Playing Norman Bates” Highmore. Check out this interactive site that allows you to explore the Bates Motel and see short preview clips of the show.

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What Is the Sequester?

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The First Rule of the Quesarito is You Do Not Talk About the Quesarito

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Slip On Your Princess Leia Underoos...

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Cutting the head off of the snake

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