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Posted on July 31, 2012 by Editor

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A low end so corrosive that it could only be the sound of pop eating itself…

from SPIN

The 30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time

Skrillex / Photo by Harper Smith

5. Skrillex – “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” (2010) 

At 92 million YouTube plays and counting, dubstep’s Godzilla stomp doesn’t get any bigger than this yowling chainsaw rocker from former emocore-scene kid Sonny Moore turned EDM “it” boy Skrillex. Sampling a silly YouTube clip for the tune’s trademark “Oh my gosh!” ejaculation, he pushed dubstep viral, combining candy-colored carnival synths with a low end so corrosive that it could only be the sound of pop eating itself. P.S.

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Posted on July 30, 2012 by Editor

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Dr. Quantum and The Double Slit

Posted on July 29, 2012 by Editor

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Fearless Felix

from Associated Press



Skydiver “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner has done it again.

On Wednesday, Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles – an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.

It’s the second test jump for Baumgartner from such extreme heights and a personal best. He’s aiming for a record-breaking jump from 125,000 feet, or 23 miles, in another month. He hopes to go supersonic then, breaking the speed of sound with just his body.

“It has always been a dream of mine,” Baumgartner said….

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Posted on July 28, 2012 by Editor

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Post-It Arcade

Posted on July 27, 2012 by Editor

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Franz West Gone

from GalleristNY

Franz West, Austrian Sculptor Who Embraced Participation, Play and Design, Dies at 65

By Andrew Russeth – 7/26 10:15am

Franz West, the Austrian artist whose sculptures opened the medium to both bizarre and quotidian forms of participation and pushed it into the realm of design, becoming one of his era’s most influential artists, died in Vienna at the Vienna General Hospital. He was 65, and had been ill for some time.

Entering the art world in Vienna in the mid-1960s, Mr. West quickly moved from the dominant avant-garde mode of the time, performance-heavy Actionism, to a focus on sculpture that was playful and often nonsensical. It was open to play and hands-on manipulation, rather than standing apart as an object of contemplation.

His Passstücke sculptures, or Adaptives, which debuted in the early 1970s, were modestly sized pieces of plaster, often with metal handles that people could hold and swing, their unusual shape and weight distribution causing their operators to move in odd ways. Their break from the violent seriousness of Viennese Actionism was dramatic. As Dan Fox put it in Frieze in 2001.”West’s work can be read as a kind of anti-Aktionism—quiet performance freed from the Sturm und Drang of your Mühls and Nitschs.”

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Posted on July 26, 2012 by Editor

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Ooh la la Laurent!

from Terry’s Diary

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Posted on July 25, 2012 by Editor

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A City Farmer, A Chef & A Host

About the Event

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A City Farmer, A Chef, and A Host is a New York City dine-around evening to benefit Just Food and The Sylvia Center. On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, twelve concurrent dinners, each prepared by a top New York chef using produce from an urban farm and hosted in a private home, will bring together food enthusiasts, taste-makers and philanthropists for a common cause.Co-sponsored by Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Number of Dinner Locations:  11
Number of Dinner Guests: 12-25 per location
Dinner Locations:  Private homes and meaningful food spaces
Dinner Preferences:  Guests choose their top three preferences when purchasing a ticket. Event organizers will do their best to match guests to their top dinner choice.
Tickets: $500 per person

Dinner 1:
City Farmer: Maggie Cheney, EcoStation:NY
Chef: Jeremy Bearman, Rouge Tomate
Host: The home of Amy and Curt Middleton on the Upper West Side
Co-host: James Frey, Author

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Posted on July 24, 2012 by Editor

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Ridiculously, irredeemably bad.

from The Daily Swarm

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Posted on July 24, 2012 by Editor

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Truly Priceless Rauschenberg Valued At $29 Million

from The New York Times

Art’s Sale Value? Zero. The Tax Bill? $29 Million.


What is the fair market value of an object that cannot be sold?

Rauschenberg Estate/Licensed by VAGA, NY

The question may sound like a Zen koan, but it is one that lawyers for the heirs of the New York art dealer Ileana Sonnabend and the Internal Revenue Service are set to debate when they meet in Washington next month.

The object under discussion is “Canyon,” a masterwork of 20th-century art created by Robert Rauschenberg that Mrs. Sonnabend’s children inherited when she died in 2007.

Because the work, a sculptural combine, includes a stuffed bald eagle, a bird under federal protection, the heirs would be committing a felony if they ever tried to sell it. So their appraisers have valued the work at zero.

But the Internal Revenue Service takes a different view. It has appraised “Canyon” at $65 million and is demanding that the owners pay $29.2 million in taxes.

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Posted on July 23, 2012 by Editor

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Pecan-Wood Smoked Pork Loin Sandwich With Sweet Peaches and Barbecue Sauce

from The Arizona Republic

Pecan-Wood Smoked Pork Loin Sandwich With Sweet Peaches and Barbecue Sauce

from Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue

For pork:
3 pounds boneless pork loin roast
2 tablespoons Bryan’s Black Mountain, or favorite, spice rub

For peaches:
4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons spiced rum
2 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

For sandwich:
4 rolls, sliced in half
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup Bryan’s Black Mountain, or favorite, barbecue sauce

To smoke pork, season loin with spice rub. Cook at 225 degrees in a smoker over pecan wood for about 3 hours or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees. Remove and allow to rest about 5 minutes before slicing into thin pieces. Cover and keep warm.

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Posted on July 22, 2012 by Editor

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Pop 2012

from The Guardian

The A-Z of pop in 2012

From the Guardian Guide: Don’t know your Afrobeats from your Cloud rap? Find your way through the changing pop landscape with our handy A-Z guide

by Clare ConsidineHarriet GibsoneLouis PattisonSam RichardsSian Rowe

Pop. Indie. Electronica. Soul. Do these words mean anything any more? Switch on the radio and you could be mistaken for thinking that genres have blurred into one. But dig deeper and you’ll find that there are more than ever. Here, we present a glossary of 2012’s essential musical movements (and only a few are made up by us). Plus, a chance to sample tracks from 25 of the 26 genres mentioned in Spotify (Tumblrwave is just too damn new).

Listen to our Spotify playlist or watch on YouTube

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Posted on July 21, 2012 by Editor

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Deconstructing Dad

from The NY Times

An Artist and Inventor Whose Medium Was Sound

‘Deconstructing Dad’ Recalls Raymond Scott, Musical Inventor


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“Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott” is Stan Warnow’s heartfelt documentary about the life and legacy of his emotionally remote father, an eccentric techno-music pioneer. In Scott’s single-minded pursuit of an offbeat musical vision, he has been compared to Frank Zappa; one talking head describes him as “an audio version of Andy Warhol.” Like “My Architect,” Nathaniel Kahn’s film about his father, Louis I. Kahn, this documentary is a son’s attempt to forge a posthumous bond with an elusive parent.

Scott, who died in 1994, belonged to that breed of obsessed genius-inventors who focus so intensely on their work that fame and riches are almost incidental. Shy and secretive, he preferred to remain in the background even after achieving some renown. When shown in front of the camera, he is visibly uncomfortable.

Born in Brooklyn in 1908 (he legally changed his name from Harry Warnow), Scott enjoyed hits in the late 1930s as the leader, composer and arranger of the Raymond Scott Quintette, a progressive swing ensemble whose peppy, hyper-agitated instrumentals included “Twilight in Turkey” and “The Toy Trumpet.” The music sounded like jazz but wasn’t, because no element was left to chance.

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Posted on July 20, 2012 by Editor

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Before Number Four

Posted on July 19, 2012 by Editor

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Posted on July 18, 2012 by Editor

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Unmentionable Soup

from AP via The San Jose Mercury News

Cannibal cult ate brains and made unmentionable soup, Papua New Guinea police say

By Rod McGuirk
Associated Press


CANBERRA, Australia — Authorities have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a cannibal cult in Papua New Guinea’s jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors, police said Friday.

Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie confirmed a report in The National newspaper that said the cult members allegedly ate their victims’ brains raw and made soup from their penises.

“They don’t think they’ve done anything wrong; they admit what they’ve done openly,” Wagambie told The Associated Press by telephone.

He said the killers believed that their victims practiced “sanguma,” or sorcery, and that they had been extorting money as well as demanding sex from poor villagers for their supernatural services.

By eating witch doctors’ organs, the cult members believed they would attain supernatural powers and literally become bullet-proof, he said.

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Posted on July 17, 2012 by Editor

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Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald Sobol Gone

from MediaBistro’s GalleyCat

Encyclopedia Brown Author Donald J. Sobol Has Died

By Jason Boog on July 16, 2012 7:00 PM

Encyclopedia Brown Strikes Again (1965) 
Encyclopedia Brown author Donald J. Sobol has passed away. He was 87 years old.

This GalleyCat editor will never forget the hours and hours he spent devouring this Edgar Award-winning mystery series. In addition to these books, Sobol also wrote the Two Minute Mystery series from 1959 until 1968.

He launched Encyclopedia Brown in 1963, and the books are still available today from Penguin.

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Posted on July 16, 2012 by Editor

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Nuff Respect?

from The Toledo Blade

Reggae respect

Bob Marley, who brought reggae music from its native Jamaica to the world in the 1970s, is being recognized with an unusual distinction: A newly discovered species of fish is named for him.

Gnathia marleyi, according to the National Science Foundation, was named after Mr. Marley by a scientist who discovered the fish in Caribbean coral reefs. He explained the name by calling the fish “as uniquely Caribbean as was Marley.”

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Posted on July 15, 2012 by Editor

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Latest Release from Full Fathom Five: SO CLOSE TO YOU by Rachel Carter

from HarperTeen


Posted on July 14, 2012 by Editor

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Punk Economics

Posted on July 14, 2012 by Editor

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Richard Zanuck Gone

from Variety

Producer Richard Zanuck dies at 77

Oscar winner behind ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ also shaped ‘Jaws’ and six Tim Burton films


Richard Zanuck, the son of legendary 20th Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck who carved out his own career as the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” the blockbuster “Jaws” and several Tim Burton films, including “Alice in Wonderland,” died Friday in Los Angeles from a heart attack. He was 77.

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Posted on July 13, 2012 by Editor

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from The Telegraph

Wife carrying championships in Finland won for fourth time by couple

Finnish lawyer, Taisto Miettinen, completed the 250m track, tackling a pool and several hurdles with his wife Kristiina Haapanen on his back, in just over a minute.

The winner of Finland’s Wife Carrying World Championship Competition in Sonkajarvi won the weight of their wife in beer.

Winners Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen have now won the competition four times.

The contest is rooted in the legend of Ronkainen the Robber, said in the 19th century to have tested aspiring members of his gang by forcing them to lug sacks of grain or live swine over a similar course.

It also purportedly stems from an even earlier tribal practice of wife-stealing, in honour of which many contestants now take up the challenge with someone else’s wife.

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Posted on July 13, 2012 by Editor

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One of the goals is to have people dancing in the museum.

from The New York Observer

Hot Stuff! Jeffrey Deitch on James Murphy’s ‘Fire in the Disco’ Show at L.A. MOCA

By Michael H. Miller

Mr. Murphy. (Courtesy PMC)The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has scheduled an exhibition called “Fire in the Disco,” which will look at the history of disco and its impact on art, fashion and music. It will be co-curated by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and the museum hopes for it to open in time for the next programming season. Word of the show was first hinted at in a New York Times profile of Mr. Murphy last week that said he had been talking with MOCA’s director Jeffrey Deitch. Mr. Deitch confirmed the news on the phone with us Monday evening.

“There aren’t that many of these cultural movements that within a few years spread all around the world,” Mr. Deitch said of the exhibition’s subject. “Like Cubism, within a few years of its invention in Paris, it’s everywhere. And disco is sort of this unlikely candidate for this. It emerges in subcultures in lofts in downtown New York and basements in Paris, but it sweeps the world very quickly and encompasses fashion, film, art, and has great social impact in addition to its musical impact. It has a tremendous impact on gay liberation, on the connection between black, white, Hispanic. It became a universal language.”

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Posted on July 12, 2012 by Editor

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Woman Who Begat Centipede Recounts Birth Experience

from AP via The San Jose Mercury News

Woman behind ‘Centipede’ recalls iconic video game’s birth

By Barbara Ortutay – Associated Press

NEW YORK — Dona Bailey was working as a computer programmer at General Motors when she heard the Pretenders song “Space Invader” and fell in love with it. The year was 1980. She had no clue about video games.

A friend heard her say that she liked the song, and he got really excited. He told her there was a “Space Invaders” game at a bar nearby. They went to lunch so she could see what that song was about.

“He gave me a quarter and I lost all my lives before I could even figure out what I was supposed to do on the screen,” she says. “But I got really intrigued.”

That’s how she came to join Atari, the company that cemented the video game industry in the 1970s and early 1980s with “Pong,” and thanks in part to Bailey, “Centipede.”

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Posted on July 10, 2012 by Editor

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Special K

from Bloomberg News

Special K For Depression Renews Hope In Hallucinogens

By Jason Gale, Makiko Kitamura and Allison Connolly – Jul 9, 2012 6:43 AM MT

Donald says he thought he’d died minutes after ketamine, a popular club drug known as Special K, was infused into his vein at a Sydney hospital in March.

“I couldn’t see anything except pure white,” recalled the 63-year-old depression sufferer, who declined to be identified by his last name. “I thought, ‘oh well, I must have died.’”

His vision normalized within a couple of hours, he said. So did his mood, giving Donald respite from the debilitating depression that had defied a dozen antidepressants he’d taken over decades.

The former academic’s experience is part of broader tests to determine whether ketamine, a hallucinogen commonly used to anesthetize horses, can offer a new avenue for relieving the low mood and self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness that plague as many as 121 million people worldwide.

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Posted on July 9, 2012 by Editor

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“And on the Eighth Day, Man Created Lunch.”

from edible geography

Lunch: An Urban Invention


Lunch may be the second meal of the day today, but it was the last of the three daily meals to rise above its snack origins to achieve that status.

As late as 1755, according to Samuel Johnson’s definition, lunch was simply “as much food as one’s hand can hold” — which, as Laura Shapiro, culinary historian and co-curator of the New York Public Library’s new Lunch Hour NYC exhibition, recently explained to me, “means that it’s still sort of a snack that you can have at any time of the day.”

And it wasn’t until later still — around 1850 — that lunch became a regular fixture between breakfast and dinner, added Rebecca Federman, the exhibition’s co-curator, Culinary Collections Librarian at the NYPL, author of Cooked Books, and a star panelist at Foodprint NYC.

Finally, by the turn of the century, “lunch was taking place between 12 and 2, more or less,” concludes Shapiro. It was a real meal at last, with a time associated with it, and particular foods and places assigned to it.

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Posted on July 8, 2012 by Editor

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Harley was doing so good but then he f—– up….

from The NY Daily News

Webster Hall pulls plug on hardcore show after punk rockers battle

Sources: Former Cro-Mags member slashes two current band members


A former member of the Cro-Mags hardcore band slashed two current members of the band as they were set to take the stage in Manhattan shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, police sources said.

The show at Webster Hall, part of the CBGB Festival, was canceled and two members of the band were taken to Bellevue Hospital. One was treated for a bite mark and a cut to the face and the other for cuts to his arm and stomach, the sources said.

The attacker was also taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for a broken leg, according to police sources.

Harley Flanagan, a founding member of the New York band who has a history of strained relations with newer members, is believed to be the attacker. He was seen in photographs posted on being wheeled from the venue by EMTs.

Several tattooed punks in black waited for the injured band members at Bellevue Hospital late Friday.

“Harley was doing so good but then he f—– up,” said one man in the group of the former Cro-Mag.

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Posted on July 7, 2012 by Editor

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Lore On The Story Behind I Am Number Four

from The Guardian

All authors are mysterious, but some are more so than others. So who – or what – is Pittacus Lore?

I am one of ten Elders who lived on our planet. Everyone on our planet was gifted. Compared to humans, we are incredibly strong, incredibly fast; able to do things the superheroes in your Hollywood films are capable of doing. We are also born with powers we called legacies: invisibility, the ability to control the elements, imperviousness to heat and cold, telekinesis, the gift of communication with animals, and many others. Most Loric are born with one major legacy, and develop other lesser ones. The Elders are born with all of them. Many of your human myths of people with extraordinary powers are not actually myths. They were Loric.

I will not go into the details of my life on Earth. Nor will I go into the details of how I got here, where I was when Lorien was destroyed, or what I am doing now. I am telling the story of Lorien, and the Nine, and the war with the Mogadorians so that you are aware of what is happening here, and so that you do not allow the same thing that happened to us, happen to you. I am trying to find the children and unite them. As of now, they are either hiding, or fighting alone, and I do not know where all of them are, or under what pretence they are living.

They may be walking past you right now, or sitting near you, or watching you as you read this. They may be in your city, your town. They may be in school with your children. If they are doing what they are supposed to be doing, they are living anonymously, training, and waiting for the day when they will find each other, and me, and we will make our last stand together. If we win, we are saved, and you are saved as well.

If we lose, all is lost.

That’s just a short extract from Pittacus’ amazing tale – read the rest of the story for a history of the earth as it really happened and tips on how to spot – and avoid – a Mogadorian

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Posted on July 6, 2012 by Editor

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A History Of The Summer Read

from The Village Voice

10 Things You Should Know About Summer Reading

By Victoria Bekiempis

Summer reading is as beloved a seasonal tradition as splashing in broken fire hydrants, playing on sidewalk slip-and-slides, barbecuing on fire escapes, and watching Fourth of July fireworks from a tenement rooftop. Teachers and librarians say the practice is integral in preventing what’s called “summer slide” — when kids experience educational setbacks because of the three-month break from school.

In New York, summer reading programs have been in place for many years, historically organized by individual library branches. The first centralized book list, however, was released by the city in 1995, H. Jack Martin, New York Public Library’s assistant director for public programs, tells the Voice.

That has since evolved into a website, There, children can find age level-appropriate book info, as well as sharing reading lists and creating avatars. Today, more than 300,000 city kids have registered.

But what’s the backstory of summer reading, you might ask? Well, here are 10 fast facts.

10. Ohio Is for Book Lovers

The first summer reading program, which dates back to 1895, started in Cleveland. At the time, a woman by the name of Linda Eastman made a “best books in the library suitable for children” list and sent it to schools in June.

9.What a Prize!

The first rewards system in summer reading programs is said to have begun in 1900, when kids’ library clubs in Wisconsin gave kids certificates read all the books on a list.

8. All Paths Lead to Long Island

Looks like New York’s first key summer reading developments took place in Long Island. In 1914, the program featured weekly talks pertaining to the summer reading club’s programming. Then, Binghamton was one of the first library systems to advocate neighborhood outreach. Librarians upstate would visit area playgrounds, telling stories and sharing books.

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Posted on July 5, 2012 by Editor

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Happy Independence Day


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Andy Griffith, Villain – Gone

from The Atlantic

Why People Still Watch ‘The Andy Griffith Show’

Now as when it first aired, the series is a refuge from modern life, not a reflection of it.


AP Images

Andy Griffith was a great villain. Anyone who has seen Griffith’s film début can attest to that. In 1957’s A Face in the Crowd, directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg, Griffith—who died today at age 86—plays a backwoods drifter who becomes a TV host and uses the show to gain political power. It’s a dark, brooding, quietly scary performance. It’s also stunning to watch.

That’s because Griffith’s public persona was anything but dark. The actor began on stage as a comic storyteller—jovial, self-effacing, and filled with folksy wisdom. That image would define him, despite the occasional foray into playing against type.

He first found fame with What it Was, Was Football. In it he portrayed a country bumpkin who stumbles upon a college football game and tries to figure out what he’s seeing. The routine, released as a single in 1953, became a novelty hit. Griffith jumped to TV, debuting in No Time for Sergeants. (A few years later, reprising the role on film, he would meet a short, gangly, bugged-eyed budding comic genius named Don Knotts.) More TV followed. In 1960, Griffith guest-starred on an episode of Make Room for Daddy, playing a country sheriff who catches city slicker Danny Thomas speeding in his fancy car.

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Posted on July 3, 2012 by Editor

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Lullaby’s Revenge

from The NY Daily News

Austria investigating whether dead famed composers’ teeth were stolen

VIENNA — Have the teeth of two famed 19th-century composers been stolen from their graves? Austrian prosecutors are trying to find out.

Thomas Vecsey of the Vienna state prosecutor’s office says authorities are considering filing charges against a man suspected of breaking into the graves of Austrian waltz king Johann Strauss Jr. and German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms and taking their teeth. Both are buried in Vienna.

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Posted on July 2, 2012 by Editor

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Special Sauce

from The Daily Mail

Marijuana deals, the pain of Happy Meals and how to get a free Big Mac: McDonald’s worker reveals secrets of fast-food giant  (and warns against ordering grilled chicken)


A McDonald’s worker has lifted the lid on what it is really like to work at one of the restaurants in the chain in a candid and hilarious Internet conversation.

The unnamed man claims that some staff at his branch deal marijuana from the parking lot and that if somebody comes in high they will ‘practically give you free food’.

Burgers and chicken are left to stew for ‘hours on end’ whilst staff moan about having to make Happy Meals as they are time-consuming.

The worker said that the worst thing he ever saw was his colleague selling marijuana to another employee just outside the restaurant.

But he added: ‘If you came to our Mcdonald’s high, we would practically give you free food.

‘Everyone makes mistakes, so yeah it might of been embarrassing to screw up your change, but there is no way in hell anyone would turn you in.

‘Our Mcdonalds parking lot is a notorious spot for Ents (people who smoke marijuana) to hang out, because if you just sit in your car and blaze, it simply (at night, at least) looks like kids just eating food they just got in the drive thru. The perfect alibi.’

The worker claims that ‘nobody’ at his restaurant messes with the food as it would be ‘the biggest d*** move ever’.

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Posted on July 1, 2012 by Editor

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