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Early last week, the Muppets lost a member of their family: puppeteer Jerry Nelson died. Nelson began working with Jim Henson and Frank Oz in 1965, but his career truly began in the second season of Sesame Street when he officially joined the show's cast. Best known for his performance of Count von Count, Nelson also performed several minor characters. As a belated tribute, some of his greatest hits are below. Herbert Birdsfoot From 1970 through 1973, educator Herbert Birdsfoot was performed by
It's hard to understand just how far medical science has progressed over the last hundred years... until you look at what passed for standard, advisable treatment back then. Here are 19 doctor-approved ideas from Mother's Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada by Dr. Thomas Jefferson Ritter, originally published in 1910.1. Without the luxury of over-the-counter decongestant to soothe a stopped-up nose and scratchy throat, early-20th-century
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This week in Tampa, those attending the 2012 Republican National Convention will exchange far more than plans for adjusting the tax code and adjective-laden riffs relating to the hairstyles of Romney and Ryan. By bringing together an abundance of joyous, carefree, captive audience consumers, political conventions result in a perfect storm scenario for tchotchke peddlers. Everything from weird-looking stuffed animals to giant party-themed belt buckles gets created for these events. (Also: Partisans
California experienced 300 earthquakes in one day. None were all that powerful, but what might come next? * The Best Of The Internet's Reaction To The Botched "Ecce Homo" Painting. I think I like how Mr. Bean used it the best of all. * Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel Speaks of His Fear of Being the Last Holocaust Witness. His life's aim is to make sure we don't forget, or repeat. * In 1997, a pilot for made for a series called Justice League of America. Footage of the show's introduction makes it clear
Here's what they did once they came back to Earth.
In the new documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, we get to see the top Tetris players in the world duke it out, to discover who is truly the master of the game. It's a fun, engaging, and moderately geeky documentary-- my favorite kind. Full disclosure: I know director Adam Cornelius from college, and I did a small bit of writing work on the film in postproduction. So this is, in a sense, shameless friend-promotion, with a little self-promotion thrown in. With that said, here's the
So, You’re Telling Me Swedish People Don’t Actually Say “Bork” In Every Sentence? According to real, actual Swedish people, they don’t see a whole lot of resemblance in the famous Muppet chef. If you aren’t terribly familiar with this culinary genius, here you go. * Through the Eyes of the Color Blind Take a look at this post to see the world as someone with color blindness sees things- and find out what Vincent Van Gogh has to do with the condition. * These Make the “Best
On September 22, 1842, the Mississippi River levee in Alton, Illinois, was crammed full of spectators awaiting the results of a highly anticipated duel-- a smackdown between Abraham Lincoln and political rival James Shields.
All countries have their own style when it comes to military recruitment posters, and even within one country, the style will change drastically depending on the specific branch looking for volunteers. Here are some interesting examples of military recruitment posters from World War I.
In colonial times, it was considered ungentlemanly, corrupt, and downright sleazy to openly solicit votes through campaign speeches and advertisements. Instead, upstanding politicians engaged in an old and cherished tradition called “swilling the planters with bumbo” – otherwise known as "getting voters drunk on Election Day." (Bumbo was a type of rum.) In Washington's day, elections were largely an excuse to
Flowers have long been a popular subject of artists and photographers, but when so many people have already portrayed the natural beauty of plants in so many different ways, it's hard to create something original with the
How they got their names, and what they were almost called.
Parts of the script for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie were leaked online (and promptly pulled). What remains is pretty strange-- and pretty funny. * A man in a ghillie suit was trying to stage a Bigfoot hoax when he was hit and killed by a car. That's what happens when you wear clothing specifically designed to blend in with the background. * This koala just wants to make friends, or maybe he wants a free boat ride. Either way, he spontaneously swam over to join the human canoe
Carrots are mutants.
You've probably heard that The Dude from The Big Lebowski is loosely based on a real guy named Jeff Dowd. But what you probably haven't seen is this twenty-minute documentary about Dowd, explaining himself in his own words. The film touches on Dowd's history with politics and independent film, and we see Dowd as a complex character-- is he dedicated to political change, is he coasting on a movie he didn't make, or is he somehow doing both? The film gives you a decent amount of information to make that
Fan Video Games Are Much Better Than Fan Fiction A recent Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") conducted by Dan Harmon, the recently-ousted creator of the show Community, inspired one fan to create a lost scene in video game format. * Chicago Children (And Some of Their Parents) Have Never Experienced School Recess School recess is as American as a dessert pastry made from the fruit of a deciduous tree. But some schools in Chicago haven’t had it in
New Zealand hunkthrob band Flight of the Conchords recently recorded a brilliant new song, "Feel Inside (and Stuff Like That)," for charity. Seeing Bret and Jemaine back in action, I thought it was time to look back at some of their greatest hits (and stuff like that). "Feel Inside (and Stuff Like That)" In order to write the song, the guys interviewed a bunch of kids. Favorite lyric? "The? kids who are sick cannot do their hip-hop anymore." In case you don't catch the reference part-way
It’s that time of year! Here's a look at all of the fascinating college classes you wish your school put on the course list. 1. Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling,
Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing