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Remains of Titanic Iceberg Defend Innocence

Nearly nine years after centenary observances of the RMS Titanic and its tragic sinking on April 15, 1912, a former iceberg has come forward to defend itself against allegations that it caused the fateful collision.At a press conference in Newfoundland, four hundred miles north of the site of the mid-Atlantic disaster that became a watery […]

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

Who says there’s no cure for the Summertime Blues? I mean besides Eddie Cochran… And, okay, fine, Brian Setzer. Besides those guys — no one. Because there are plenty of cures for the summertime blues. Among my favorite is the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — a compendium of invented words written by video editor John Koenig. […]

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I have the need — the need for mead! Not.

As a media gadfly, I’m on every kind of PR list imaginable. Whereas I once resented receiving publicity spam, particularly if it was off my beat but now, given the absurdity of our culture, everything seems off-beat. I welcome it. I’m almost entertained, if not by the subject of the pitches themselves then the extra […]

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Is Ikea Making a Rocky Horror Picture Show Furniture Set?

The Internet recently lit up like the string of Christmas lights festooning Will Byers’ living room thanks to the Swedish furniture-for-the-people store Ikea. Apparently, the living room sets of the iconic Stranger Things, The Simpsons, and Friends living rooms can be had in flat-pack-friendly interior design kits. This marketing cross-pitch (interior design meets Gen X […]

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Word Watch: Paleography

Yep, it sounds like dinosaurs or a diet fad but it’s my new word this week: Paleography. n. The study and scholarly interpretation of earlier, especially ancient, writing and forms of writing. (Thanks, Wordnik!) I first encountered it here: “Extensively and meticulously reworked, the texts were extremely difficult to decipher, but the happy result is that […]