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Top Five New Ben and Jerry’s Flavors Now that They’ve Been Arrested

By On April 21, 2016

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, were arrested on Monday at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., as part of a protest to support voting rights and… Read More

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Top Five Recent Movies Featuring Allegories of the Class System

By On April 15, 2016

Hollywood, a world defined by high-finance ventures, vulgarly luxurious lifestyles, ferocious competition, and cynical demographic pandering, is also the source of much fuss about social injustice. Wealthy producers pat themselves on the… Read More

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Top Five Performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

By On April 10, 2016

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is a really hard song to sing. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, wrote the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry" in September 1814 after watching a British… Read More

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Even More Top 25 interesting Wikipedia Pages

By On March 28, 2016

Ready to disappear into WikiWorld? … Read More

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Favorite Movies of the Top Five Presidential Candidates

By On March 21, 2016

Enjoy this one now. Someone's bound to drop out soon!… Read More

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Bethany’s Top Five Donald Trump Epithets

By On March 2, 2016

An epithet is an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. It is usually a term of abuse, as in “dirty” old man. Here are… Read More

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Top Five Recent Movie Trailers That Use Formerly Cheerful Music in a Slow Minor Key for Effect

By On February 28, 2016

Hollywood doesn't do anything except in herds. Once one new style starts to take off, it is copied endlessly. Even in development, ideas, if you can call them such, motifs, really, are… Read More

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Top Five Secret Service Code Names for the 2016 US Presidential Race

By On February 15, 2016

The secret service picks secret code names to use to refer to politicians and presidential candidates (this is a topic we've covered before). Technically speaking, the​ names are​​ supposed to be assigned randomly,… Read More

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Top Five Woody Allen Movies in which an Older Man Has an Affair with a Much Younger Woman

By On February 1, 2016

An easy target, you might think, but it's worth pointing out these age discrepancies. You have been warned!… Read More

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Bethany’s Top Five Versions of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

By On December 24, 2015

We don't know if anyone still does a full twelve days of Christmas, but here are our top five versions of the song. … Read More

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Top Five Things I Learned about Slavery from Reading 12 Years a Slave

By On October 15, 2015

The 2013 film 12 Years a Slave was universally praised for its portrayal of the brutality of slavery in America. The screenplay by John Ridley is based on a formerly little-known 1853… Read More

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Top Five Movies in Which the Golden Gate Bridge is Destroyed

By On October 6, 2015

But why pick on the Golden Gate? I mean, who wants to go to Marin anyway? The Oakland Bay Bridge is much more important. The Golden Gate has 100,000 vehicles per day,… Read More

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Top Five Weird Rockefeller Factoids

By On October 4, 2015

Hey, wanna be a member of a rich old robber-baron family? Sure you do. Think of the lyric of the classic American song "Sunny Side of the Street": Now if I never made… Read More

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Top Five Times People Heroically Band Together to Rescue Matt Damon

By On September 9, 2015

The movie The Martian is coming out October 2, 2015. The movie is based on the novel The Martian by Andy Weir. During one of the first manned missions to Mars—technology is… Read More

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Favorite Books of Top Presidential Candidates

By On August 19, 2015

Last election, we brought you the favorite novels of the top presidential candidates. This election cycle is in its early days, and there are a lot of candidates. What do they like… Read More

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Top Five Recent Movies about Artificial Intelligence (AI)

By On August 7, 2015

We seem to be experiencing a moment with artificial intelligence (AI). Recently, a whole raft of films have come out exploring this concept, ​examining the line between what is human and what… Read More

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Top Five 50 Shades of Grey Parodies

By On July 27, 2015

Parodies guaranteed to be better than the original. Beware, NSFW for any of these!… Read More

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Top Five Similarities Between Game of Thrones and Arrested Development

By On June 10, 2015

Arrested Development is of course the greatest sitcom ever made. And hey, it's coming back for a 5th season on Netflix in 2016! Can't wait that long? Console yourself by watching Game… Read More

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Top Five Movies to Watch if You Miss Mad Men

By On June 3, 2015

The great TV series Mad Men just ended. For those hiding in a bomb shelter or trapped in an underground cult run by a crazy cult leader such as this one, Mad… Read More

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Top Five Words I Recently Made Up

By On April 25, 2015

Bethany brings us some new words she feels we could all use. … Read More

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Top Five Bygone Sex Symbols Who Wouldn’t Be Thought Particularly Attractive Today

By On April 20, 2015

Standards of beauty change dramatically from one era to the next. You could be thought the very pinnacle of beauty in the 1930s but be subject to endless cruel gossip and ridicule… Read More

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Top Five Nazis in Space

By On March 20, 2015

Did you know that Nazis in space is a thing? I just learned this, and then quickly realized I've already experienced a lot of Nazis in space stories. Maybe you have too.… Read More

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Top Five Newspaper Movies

By On March 15, 2015

As newspapers continue their precipitous decline in readership, it's time to remember all the great newspaper movies of yesteryear. … Read More

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Top Five links between President Obama and Star Trek

By On March 12, 2015

There are more connections than you might expect . . . … Read More

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Top Five Best Nimoy Moments in Star Trek

By On March 3, 2015

Like so many others, we're pretty upset about the death of Leonard Nimoy. He was such a huge part of pop culture in my formative years, and he seemed like a really… Read More

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Top Five Frankenstein’s Monsters in Film

By On February 26, 2015

Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein has been adapted an untold numbers of times since it was first published in 1818. Many of these screen adaptations are crappy, but there are a few that… Read More

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Top Five Literary/Cultural Reference Points Still Recognizable to Kids Today

By On February 19, 2015

Nowadays, there are vastly more entertainment options available than there were in decades past. That has resulted in a greater diversity of knowledge and appreciation of movies, TV shows, and books, a… Read More

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Top Five Movies You Should Watch this Weekend Instead of Fifty Shades of Grey

By On February 13, 2015

So, Fifty Shades of Grey is coming out tomorrow. It's awful, of course. But is it fun awful? Low expectations seem to be contributing to it getting tepidly OK reviews. And it's… Read More

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Top Five Examples from JUST THIS YEAR of “If You Give a Creature Life, It Will Try to Kill You”

By On January 20, 2015

Mary Shelley may have started it with her maniacally vengeful creation, but it's now become the go-to mode for horror and sci-fi.… Read More

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Top Five ’60s Songs about Lonely Middle Class White People

By On January 13, 2015

It's a whole genre!… Read More