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Nate the Great 01-03-2020 01:40 PM

Yesterday would have been Isaac Asimov's 100th birthday!

Nate the Great 01-20-2020 01:53 PM

Courtesy of the Straight Dope forum...


There's actually a word for what MacGyver does!


Bricolage

NAHTMMM 01-25-2020 08:22 PM

In the foreword to one of the 1970s volumes of the complete Peanuts, Billie Jean King talks about her friendship with Charles Schulz. He was a good tennis player and a supporter of women's sports, and they held each other in high regard. Anyway, whenever he wanted to talk to her, he'd mention her in Peanuts, knowing she'd see it and call him up.

Flying Gremlin 01-29-2020 07:44 PM

Billy West, in addition to being the voice of Fry (and others) in Futurama, has been the voice for the red M&M in commercials since 1994.

Nate the Great 01-30-2020 04:41 PM

I presume by now everyone knows of the Italian Titanic knockoff movies (if not, you can watch the Nostalgia Critic reviews here and here), but the amazing thing is that Italy went on to make a TV series about the characters living in the restored Titanic on Fantasy Island (which looks like the Isle of Namboombu).


Do the Italians really not know that the Titanic was a real disaster and think that it was a Cameron-created fairytale?

Nate the Great 02-02-2020 04:34 AM

When it comes to Dr. Seuss I will always have a fondness for And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.



Well, today I discovered that back in the forties someone turned it into a stop-motion short.



In today's world of CG and digital paint I think fewer and fewer people appreciate a good stop-motion "cartoon."

Nate the Great 03-05-2020 03:17 PM

The soundtrack of "The Muppet Christmas Carol" has a few songs that were never filmed, but what I didn't know is that the extended version of "Marley and Marley" was actually filmed (without full effects, but still).


What I find great is that part of the cut footage includes a fourth wall-breaking line from Scrooge: "Please, can't we go back to being funny?" Of course the odd part is that the soundtrack version skips this line but includes the Marleys' response of "Funny?" "Funny?" which doesn't make much sense.

Nate the Great 03-18-2020 01:41 AM

Speaking of Isaac Asimov's 100th birthday, today I made an amazing discovery. Recently I acquired an Asimov book from 1968, and today I found within it a newspaper clipping about the independence of Belize (1981).



And the amazing thing I learned today #2 is that I was wrong and books aren't in fact "antique" at 50 years old. No, just like other things you need 100 years for "antique", books are merely "vintage" at 50 years. So I paid a couple bucks for a book that might be worth ten to the right buyer. Oh well...

Nate the Great 03-30-2020 01:24 PM

The fans of the cartoon 6teen have been waiting for a reunion show for years (it'll never happen, I know), but today I found out they made one in 2018 to encourage people to vote.


It's so weird seeing Jonesy in a MAGA hat, especially since I could swear 6teen took place in Canada...


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