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It Stinks!

It Stinks!

Interior: The Morgue.  The medical examiner stands over a body on a table.  Two grizzled detectives stand nearby, one with a notebook in his hand.  The ME pulls back the sheet and her nose wrinkles.  She takes a deep sniff; the detectives look at her with confusion. ...

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Witty, Wild Women

Witty, Wild Women

Dorothy Parker was a famously wry, witty, and acerbic writer and critic, with a low opinion of relationships.  Her wit was apparent from an early age, referring to her father’s second wife as “The Housekeeper.”  She was described by journalist and critic Alexander...

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Dying for Your Art

Dying for Your Art

  In 2013, Canadian artist Gillian Genser started to feel sick and for two years, no doctor one could determine why.  Agitation, headaches, and vomiting gave way to hearing loss and memory problems.  Finally, Genser was diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning.  But...

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Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors pt 4

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors pt 4

The first Africans arrived at Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. They were recorded as “20 and odd Negroes.” These Africans had been stolen from a Portuguese slave ship, transported to an English warship flying a Dutch flag and sold to colonial settlers in American.  The...

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Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt. 3

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt. 3

The U.S. legal system has both helped and hindered racial justice through our history.  – high points like Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, which said that separate but equal inherently isn’t equal, and one of my favorites, Loving v. Virginia. This aptly titled...

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The African Queens

The African Queens

ADS   Patreon: More modern queens on patreon, like Nandi, the mother of Shaka Zulu, and the great Yaa Asantewaa; touched by people who have had to stop support   Eric won week 1 moxiemillion   Apple: Can’t get enough of Y.B.O.F! I started listening...

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Gods and Monkeys

Gods and Monkeys

The Kerkopes were sons of the Titan Okeanos (Oceanus) by Theia, a daughter of the Aithiopian (Ethiopian) king Memnon. They were proverbial as liars, cheats, and accomplished knaves. They once stole Heracles' weapons, during the time he was the penitent servant of...

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Voice Over The Moon pt2

Voice Over The Moon pt2

Back when the BBC was first launched in 1922, the first General Manager of the corporation, Sir John Reith, insisted the BBC be as formal and quintessentially British as possible, and he created a number of rules towards this end.  One thing he stressed in particular...

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Voice Over the Moon, vol 1

Voice Over the Moon, vol 1

If you logged onto the internet between say ‘95-2005, you’d inevitably hear two things, the shriek of a modem, like a robot orgy in a combine harvester, and a cheery man’s voice saying, “Welcome” and “You’ve got mail.”  Elward Edwards recorded those phrases for $200...

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Worst.  Christmas Song.  Ever.

Worst. Christmas Song. Ever.

In the early 80’s, drought caused a famine that crippled the nation of Ethiopia.  It was a bad scene.  Half of the mortality rate is said to be attributable to “human rights violations.”  People around the world were moved, like Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof, who...

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From Panto to Python

From Panto to Python

“The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”  Thus begins Douglas Adams’ Restaurant at the End of the Universe, sequel to his culture touchstone The Hitchhiker’s Guide...

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Summer Not-busters

Summer Not-busters

Making a movie is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive propositions.  While some projects come together naturally, others seem to have tragedy, misfortune, and just plain bad luck heaped upon them.  Horror films are fertile ground for apparent curses and it a...

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