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Mashup Storypitch: “Tiffany’s Apartment: Breakfast of Madness.”

This is the first in a series of blogs I’m calling “Mashup Storypitches,” where I take two or more stories from popular culture–movies, books or TV shows–that share a trivial … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Pesach: the Fifth Cup of Passover. [video]

This week is Passover, the most significant holiday in the Jewish year. It’s my first Passover, so its traditions are pretty new to me. While searching for a YouTube video … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

The “spaghetti tree” of Ticino: the great BBC hoax of 1957.

Today is April Fool’s Day. My husband and I were chatting last night about it and we agreed that there’s very little fun left in April Fool’s Day these days; … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

May the court be with you: 42 Star Wars lawsuits.

They say that lawyers ruin everything, so why not the Star Wars universe too? If there were lawyers looking for clients a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

The story of Pluto: the hard luck ex-planet that gets no respect.

Eighty-four years ago today, on February 18, 1930, the celestial body known as Pluto was discovered. In contrast to the dramatic discoveries of other things made by humans in the … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Does anyone care what I think of “Love Actually”? Well, I’ll tell you anyway.

This past week the Internet has been on fire with arguments about Love Actually, a fluffy romantic British-made Christmas movie from 2003. Controversies on the Internet move at hyperspeed and thus … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Happy Byzantine Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is the venerable holiday, decreed way back in 540 C.E., by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, for the giving of thanks, the celebration of the … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Nothing real substantive here, just a funny video observing the interesting fact that Thanksgiving, this upcoming Thursday, coincides with the beginning of Hannukah, which doesn’t happen very often–giving rise to … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Great Oulu Fire of 1882: History, Internet meme, or both?

One hundred and thirty-one years ago today, on November 2, 1882, a catastrophic fire swept the Baltic Sea town of Oulu, Finland. The fire evidently began in the basement of … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sixteenth century time travel? The eleven missing days of 1582.

Today is Friday, October 4. We all know what tomorrow will be–Saturday, October 5. But what if tomorrow was not October 5, but a different day? Say, eleven days in the … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 2 Comments
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