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Endearingly cheesy: in defense of “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

The Greatest Show On Earth is an almost unbelievably cheesy cornball movie, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released in 1952. That year it won a very dubious Oscar for Best … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Ghost railroad: the New York, Ontario & Western Railway.

Up in the forests and brambles of upstate New York, there’s a tangle of bike pathways, nature trails and ecological areas that mask an interesting historical secret. Where suburbanites bike … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

My 10 favorite articles of 2013 (Part II): Women of horror, celeb endorsement, TrueTwit follies and sultry jazz.

It’s the last day of the year and here is my second post counting down my top 10 favorite articles I’ve run on Seanmunger.com during 2013. Again, these aren’t the … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Yes, some do like it hot: Marilyn Monroe does “Running Wild.”

This video clip should need no introduction. It’s Marilyn Monroe in one of the iconic moments of her career, the train rehearsal scene from Some Like It Hot as she plays … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Through a glass, darkly: the Great Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic of 1954.

At the end of March 1954, a few residents of Bellingham, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, happened to notice that the windshields of their cars had developed a few pits, … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Remembering Link Wray: the father of heavy metal. [audio]

Who invented heavy metal? Ask this question and you’ll likely get a lot of different answers: Plant and Page, Ozzy Osbourne, perhaps (if you take the long view of history) … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

George P. Metesky: the Mad Bomber and his incredible 17-year reign of terror.

I’m sure just about everyone reading this has heard of TImothy McVeigh, Ted Kasynzski (the “Unabomber”) or the Tsarnaev brothers. But, as notorious as those sick criminals and their acts … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Halloween tale: what to do with “zombie Stalin.”

On March 5, 1953, Joseph Jugashvili, also known as Stalin, died at Kuntsevo, a dacha outside Moscow, after a nearly 30-year reign that left millions dead and changed world history … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The wandering Greek philosopher: celebrating Nikos Kazantzakis.

Fifty-six years ago today, on October 26, 1957, Greek novelist and philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis died of leukemia in Frieburg, West Germany. Although not well known among English-speaking readers, the death … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · Leave a comment
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