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Do you have a song that just pops in your head sometimes? Even if you haven't heard it for weeks or months? A few weeks ago, "That Thing You Do," the theme from the movie of the same name weaseled its way into my brain and my toes have been tapping ever since. When I was a young gal, I remember being devastated to learn that the Wonders weren't a real band, but a creation of Tom Hanks' imagination. Here, listen to "That Thing You Do," plus other songs from fictional bands.
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On this date in 1927, the historic Cyclone roller coaster opened at Coney Island. (You could ride it for 25 cents back then. Now it's eight bucks a person!) The Cyclone was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1991. Being absolutely terrified of heights, I have never gotten anywhere near this (or any other) coaster. But it's served as inspiration for many popular songs and music videos. Here, six of the best.
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If I think long and hard about the first thing that I found truly funny, it's stand-up comedy. (Which is especially odd because I don't even like stand-up comedy.) The first stand-up I saw was a VHS tape of Bill Cosby, Himself. Cosby taped the show in 1983 in Ontario and he cracks jokes about everything from drinking to parenthood to marriage. Here's six of my favorite moments.
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Since last week's post about deaf babies learning to hear through technological advancements, I've been obsessed with inspirational videos. Today, I bring you an entirely different brand of feel-good scientific miracles: paralyzed dogs re-learning to walk after accidents. While it's sad to see them when they're hurting and healing, watching them trot across the screen at the end of the videos is motivational enough to keep you hooked.
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When it comes to strong ladies on television, there are lots of examples: Murphy Brown, Maude, and that girl played by Marlo Thomas are just a few notably badass fictional female characters. One of the toughest, though, is White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg, played by Allison Janney on West Wing. Here are some of her finer moments.
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