Monthly Archive: January 2012

Star Wars: The Crowdsourced Version

What happens when hundreds of people send in homemade 15-second clips from Star Wars and it all gets stitched together? Magic! Sort of.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Wife

 The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia currently has an exhibit that includes a rare photo of his young wife, Virginia. At least they think it’s her.

James Cromwell on ‘The Artist’

James Cromwell (“That’ll do, pig”) is one of the many faces in the Oscar-nominated film The Artist. He explains to Moviefone why.

Hanksy Pranks Banksy

 Banksy is the mysterious graffiti artist who went international with the 2010 movie Exit Through the Gift Shop. The movie was a prankster’s prank. And now Banksy’s being pranked by Hanksy.

Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down: Video and Transcript

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman just over a year ago, will give up her seat in Congress this week. She made the announcement in a YouTube video today.

Joe Paterno Is Now Dead

Joe Paterno is dead. After CBS News ran with the story too soon on Saturday night, the former Penn State football coach did indeed die on Sunday.

Howard Hughes Was Fastest

 Howard Hughes was a dashing millionaire who’d just turned 32 years old when he set a new speed record for a transcontinental flight on 19 January 1937.

Robert Falcon Scott’s Centennial

 Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole 100 years ago, too late for glory and doomed to die on ice. Was he a tragic hero or a bumbling fool?

Miss America’s Father Was Part of a $6.3 Million Ponzi Scheme

Jeff Kaeppeler, the father of new Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, was a hometown Kenosha boy and college baseball star who spent 18 months in federal prison after a Ponzi scheme that led two victims to commit suicide.

Tebowmania Just Got a Little Bit Eerie

Three years to the day after Tim Tebow wore his famous “John 3:16” eye black, he threw for 316 yards in a win against the Steelers. Should the Patriots be worried?

New Profile: Octavia Spencer

The Oscars will be awarded on the 26th of February this year. One actress who’s been mentioned as a possible nominee is Octavia Spencer of The Help.

How Much Do You Like Ray Bradbury?

 Do you like Ray Bradbury enough to read this weird piece that somehow screws Ray Bradbury’s work into a political screed? I do.

Stephen Hawking at 70

Computer chip maker Intel said on the occasion of Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday that they were going to try to help him regain the power of speech.

Sylvia Plath Could Draw

Sylvia Plath was mostly known for her poems and her novel The Bell Jar. A recent exhibit at a London gallery reminds us she was also a fine artist.

‘Doonesbury’ on Newt Gingrich

 Ouch! Newt Gingrich got slapped hard by a comic strip. You don’t see that every day. Because it was in the Sunday comics.

Frampton’s Guitar Comes Alive!

1970s rock icon Peter Frampton has been reunited with his favorite guitar after 30 years. He thought it had burned up in a plane crash, but it hadn’t.

Michele Bachmann Drops Out of the Race

Michele Bachmann’s campaign has “cratered like a rock tossed off a New Hampshire cliff.” She’s out of the GOP presidential race.

Naming the GOP Candidates

A new poll about Mitt Romney’s real name made me realize none of the leading Republican candidates for president go by the name they were given at birth.

The Big Big Birthdays of 2012

Which creepy Roman celebrates his 2000th birthday this year? Which author turns 200? Which action star hits 50? Answers after the jump.