People are more creative when they feel passionate about their work. Whether they are driven by interest, enjoyment, satisfaction, or a sense of personal challenge, they are more likely to take risks, look for multiple solutions to a problem, and…
Up up down down left right left right B A start. Press these buttons in succession while playing any one of the more than 60 video games which recognize it and heavenly rewards will rain down upon you,…
Back when I taught tennis, there was something called a NTRP Rating. To this day I have no idea what NTRP stands for, but its purpose was legitimate. It ranked players on a 7 point scale. So a player with a solid…
Really interesting rating system for screenwriters. What level are you?
Shakespeare was a ruthless thief. Some of his first plays – the three parts of Henry VI – were so similar to Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great thatmany eighteenth-century scholars believed Marlowe wrote them. By today’s…
The average consumer associates 3M with tape – a product so integral to our daily lives that we barely notice it anymore. But in 1925, as an alternative to the unwieldy, glue-covered sheets of paper it made…
In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought I’d give homage to five cool movie moms.
5) Edwina “Ed” McDunnough - Raising Arizona In this role, Holly Hunter maybe the toughest mom of all. When she can’t have kids, what does she do? She steals one from a family that “gots more than they can handle.” That obviously is wrong per se, but when it comes time to defend the stolen kid from a crazy bounty hunter, she screams “Give me that baby, you warthog from hell!” Now, that’s a maternal instinct!
4) Annie Sullivan – Field of Dreams She lets her husband build a baseball field on their farm and never derides him in front of the kid, even though she has doubts. That’s awesome enough, but she really shines during the scene at the town meeting concerning whether to ban books. She defends the literature of the 60′s and dismantles the pro-banning advocates. I loved it when some lady says “I experienced the sixties,” in which Annie responds, ”No, I think you had two fifties and moved right into the seventies!” Eventually, Annie calls this poor, overmatched woman a “Nazi cow” and asks her to “take it outside.” Nice!
3) Mrs. Parker - A Christmas Story Ralphie’s mom is great. She’s humors Dad and let’s him think he’s the head of the house (it’s almost like she’s amused by him more than anything), but still respects him in front of the kids. She’s tough enough to stick a bar of soap in Ralphie’s mouth, but cool enough to keep a secret when he gets into a fight. Plus, remember how she gets Randy to eat his meatloaf? Totally cool mom.
2) Mrs. Gump – Forrest Gump What do you do with a slow kid? Everything you can do to see that he/she succeeds. That’s what Mrs. Gump does and that’s what makes her cool. From running a boarding house to sleeping with Forrest’s elementary school principal (not the right thing to do, but on some level you have to admire her willingness to ‘take one for the team’), she is definitely a committed, cool mom.
1) Diane Freeling - Poltergeist When her little girl is abducted by poltergeists, she takes it upon herself to jump headlong into a ghostly portal located in her daughter’s closet, find the girl and forcibly remove her from the Netherworld. Tip of the cap to you, madam. Tip of the cap to you. I’m sure there are more that are worthy of the list, but these are the ones that come to mind. Anyway, hope everyone has a good Mother’s Day.
“Creativity shouldn’t be…thought of as a process reserved for artists. The human mind, after all, has the creative impulse built into its operating system, hard-wired into its most essential programming code. At any given moment, the brain is automatically forming new associations, continually connecting an everyday x to an unexpected y.”—Jonah Lehrer on how creativity really works.
You know the characters, but you might not know their full names. Store these away for future trivia nights.
Did you know the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons has a name? It’s Jeff Albertson. But that wasn’t the decision of creator Matt Groening. “I was out of the room when [the writers] named him,” he told MTV in 2007. “In my mind, ‘Louis Lane’ was his name, and he was obsessed and tormented by Lois Lane.”
Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (Ken’s last name is Carson.)
Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch
Snuffleupagus has a first name—Aloysius.
In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt.
The Wizard of Oz rolls off the tongue a lot easier than his full name, Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. From Frank Baum’s Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz: “It was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O.Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled ‘pinhead,’ which was a reflection on my intelligence.”
Mr. Clean has a seldom-used first name—”Veritably.” The name came from a “Give Mr. Clean a First Name” promotion in 1962.
In a deleted scene in the 2006 Curious George movie, The Man With the Yellow Hat’s name was revealed as Ted Shackleford. (Since the scene was deleted, perhaps this doesn’t count.)
The real name of Monopoly mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags is Milburn Pennybags.
The policeman in Monopoly has a name, too. You can thank Officer Edgar Mallory the next time he sends you to jail.
On Night Court, Nostradamus Shannon was better known as Bull.
On Entourage, Turtle’s real name is Salvatore Assante.
Sesame Street‘s resident game show host Guy Smiley was using a pseudonym all these years. He was born Bernie Liederkrantz.
The Michelin Man’s name is Bibendum.
On Gilligan’s Island, Jonas Grumby was simply called The Skipper.
Staying on Gilligan’s Island, The Professor was Roy Hinkley.
The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name—Norville Rogers.
The Pillsbury Doughboy’s name is Poppin’ Fresh. He has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids, Popper and Bun Bun.
The patient in the classic game Operation is Cavity Sam.
The true identity of The Lone Ranger was John Reid.
Bono was born Paul David Hewson.
The Edge’s name is David Howell Evans.
* * * * * Who else belongs on this list? Did we ever learn Newman’s full name on Seinfeld? How about Nanny on Muppet Babies? Let us know in the comments.
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A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind trilogy that brings classic literatures of the world together with legendary graphic artists and illustrators.
Volume 1 takes us on a visual tour from the earliest literature through the end of the 1700s. Along the way, we’re treated to eye-popping renditions of the human race’s greatest epics: Gilgamesh, The Iliad, The Odyssey (in watercolors by Gareth Hinds), The Aeneid, Beowulf, and The Arabian Nights, plus later epics The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales (both by legendary illustrator and graphic designer Seymour Chwast), Paradise Lost, and Le Morte D’Arthur. Two of ancient Greece’s greatest plays are adapted—the tragedy Medea by Euripides and Tania Schrag’s uninhibited rendering of the very bawdy comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes (the text of which is still censored in many textbooks). Also included is Robert Crumb’s rarely seen adaptation of James Boswell’s London Journal, filled with philosophical debate and lowbrow debauchery.
Religious literature is well-covered and well-illustrated, with the Books of Daniel and Esther from the Old Testament, Rick Geary’s awe-inspiring new rendition of the Book of Revelation from the New Testament, the Tao te Ching, Rumi’s Sufi poetry, Hinduism’s Mahabharata, and the Mayan holy book Popol Vuh, illustrated by Roberta Gregory. The Eastern canon gets its due, with The Tale of Genji (the world’s first novel, done in full-page illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley), three poems from China’s golden age of literature lovingly drawn by pioneering underground comics artist Sharon Rudahl, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Japanese Noh play, and other works from Asia.
Two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays (King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and two of his sonnets are here, as are Plato’s Symposium, Gulliver’s Travels, Candide, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Renaissance poetry of love and desire, and Don Quixote visualized by the legendary Will Eisner.
Some unexpected twists in this volume include a Native American folktale, an Incan play, Sappho’s poetic fragments, bawdy essays by Benjamin Franklin, the love letters of Abelard and Heloise, and the decadent French classic Dangerous Liaisons, as illustrated by MollyCrabapple.
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