This week the blog for Smithsonian.com has an article called “Score One for Roosevelt,” recounting how President Teddy Roosevelt helped “save” American football.
Monthly Archive: September 2011
The Amanda Knox trial just got that much crazier. Her lawyer, speaking solemnly in court, compared her to Jessica Rabbit.
Yes, Anderson Cooper with a limo and a llama. And a Letterman.
This week there was an anniversary in the history of the American anti-slavery movement of the 19th century. A minor piece by the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, in his publication The Liberator, made a suggestion that at the time that seemed trivial to white Americans, yet his advice eventually worked its way into our daily language.
Siegfried and Roy kicked off Oktoberfest last week. Nice to see Roy out and about!
Tony Bennett likes John Garfield, tomcats, and Charleston Chews. Sing it!
Chevy Chase Turned Down the Lead Roles in Star Wars, Titanic, Jaws, The Godfather, Magnum P.I, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia and Casablanca
And he turned down Dumbledore in Harry Potter. Or so it seems from this new list. He’s like the Kevin Bacon of turned-down movie roles.
Three billion trees, millions of fiery words, and one Nobel Peace Prize later, Wangari Maathai has died in Kenya.
Good old Joe Namath: always great for a juicy quote.
Neutrinos have been measured going faster than the speed of light. (Maybe.) Does that mean sweet old Uncle Albert Einstein was wrong about everything?
They were born on the same day in 1949, then both got things started in 1973. And both are looking pretty good for 62.
Cameron Crowe’s next movie features lions, zebras, porcupines, otters, and a heaping pile of feel-good. How heaping? Let’s watch the trailer.
Remember the Horta, from the Star Trek episode titled “Devil in the Dark”? I grew up watching Star Trek in black and white, so I’m always stunned to see it in color. It was news to me that the Horta was anything other than black with grey spots. In fact, it’s brown and orange, which makes it look like a shag rug or a wet piece of pepperoni pizza. And it turns out there’s a Hungarian underneath it, giving it life.
Here’s a photo of actor Kyle MacLachlan on the set of the TV comedy Portlandia, the creation of SNL’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (formerly of the rock band Sleater-Kinney).
Country music star Roy Acuff was born on this day in 1903. Let’s puzzle over the confounding lyrics to his big hit, “The Great Speckled Bird.”
Acrobat Selyna Bogino has a special way with basketballs. And apparently, a lot of practice time on her hands.
From the blog Thought Patterns, a photo of Peter Lorre and Vincent Price. The photo is part of a collection, “Audition for a Black Cat,” photos of people in line waiting to audition their cat for a part in a movie.
Is Rafael Nadal the most gracious, yet still proud, loser in the history of professional sports? We say yes.
Charles DeGaulle was “that egomaniac,” Martin Luther King “a phony,” and Indira Gandhi “a real prune — bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman.” So says Jackie Kennedy in a fascinating seven-part interview from 1964, to be released this Wednesday for the first time.
The Greatest Generation are getting into their 90s now, and it just won’t be the same without their obituaries in the British papers.So while you can, meet Air Commodore ‘Dim’ Strong, the pilot who “enjoyed an all-night party with his Luftwaffe captors before being sent to Stalag Luft III.”
George Lee Andrews is being let go by The Phantom of the Opera a mere 23 years after he joined the Broadway cast. After 9832 shows he is back out on the street.Let’s look at the embarrassing details.
It’s not clear who to thank for Labor Day, but we give it a shot. Also: a Japanese prince turns 5, a Pretenders princess turns 60, and it’s quite clear who’s responsible for the only presidential baby ever born in the White House.Read it all >>
Itching to read a good brisk funny 829-word 74-year-old Eastern European short story? We have just the tale for you. Plus a bonus connection to Kevin Bacon!
Have you leisure-dived yet? If not, why not?