Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
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Rob Lammle posted some great videos in an article called The Ultimate Superfans: Tribute Bands That Really Rock (you should read and watch if you haven't already).
Even the most famous people had to start somewhere; for people in the music industry, that means playing second-banana backup.
You may recall me mentioning the video talent contest sponsored by our friends at Reddit and Neatorama. Well, the 14 finalists have been chosen and voting has been happening all week.
Katharine Graham helmed The Washington Post from the 1960s through 1991, and under her steady, resolute leadership the paper was able to break huge stories like the Nixon White House's cover-up o
Look Around You is a British TV show, and my favorite kind of comedy -- a parody so subtle that it takes a few minutes and a sharp eye to realize it's not the real thing.
A brewery in Scotland has begun brewing what they claim is the world's most potent beer. You'd think that would be enough of a marketing hook right there.
Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual.
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Cargo Ship Turned Away Due to Spiders
The cargo ship M.V. Altavia began to offload cargo in the U.S. territory of Guam when thousands of spiders of different species emerged from the cargo.
A newborn panda weighs approximately 3.5 ounces.
Related Fact: This is about 1/900 of its mother's weight.
[Source: The Encyclopedia of Mammals. See previous Numbers of the Day
Wear a Pink Sari and Carry a Big Stick. Women in India are forming gangs to stand up for women's rights, and their vigilante justice is working where peaceful politics never could.
While busy defending freedom, some men and women in the armed forces have still found time to share a few videos with the world, thanks to the magic of YouTube.
I admit it"¦ since I've been on maternity leave this summer, I've watched The Price is Right almost every day.