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Home - Life of the Law. Are You Really a Genius?: Timeless Tests for the Irritatingly Intelligent, Streeter, Hoehn. How Did the Practice of Women Jumping Out of Giant Cakes Start? Diane F. asks: Who started the tradition of girls jumping out of cakes?

How Did the Practice of Women Jumping Out of Giant Cakes Start?

Almost everyone has seen depicted the bizarre bachelor party tradition of a scantily-clad woman jumping out of a giant cake. I worked as a carnie, and possibly for the mob — Hopes&Fears — flow "What Do You Do" San Gennaro is a pretty well known festival that happens in early September in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York.

I worked as a carnie, and possibly for the mob — Hopes&Fears — flow "What Do You Do"

It’s a tradition that was carried over from Southern Italy by the original immigrants who settled in the city at the turn of the century, most of whom were from Naples and Sicily. San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples, and his feast day falls on September 19 in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. The entire week and a half before that and the day after is dedicated to celebrating the occasion. It’s a major production. There’s live music.

The Bat Doctor is In: Seriously Illegal Softball Bats and The Men Who Make Them. I’m driving to a location I’ve sworn not to disclose.

The Bat Doctor is In: Seriously Illegal Softball Bats and The Men Who Make Them

As I swerve off the highway exit ramp, the sun breaks through the filtering haze of the lingering marine layer. It pitches my eyes into a deep shadow, a fitting tone for the deeply nefarious act I am about to participate in. Slow-pitch softball batting practice. How Americans Used to Picnic. Grab your basket, your bug spray, and your blanket of choice: it’s time for a historic picnic with the help of Mary Ellen W.

How Americans Used to Picnic

Hern. Picnics of the past were not just an opportunity to chow down on deviled eggs and play a few games, writes Hern—they were about Romanticism, decadence, and sensuousness, too. Americans started picnicking as early as the 1830s, writes Hern, picking up on the custom from Europeans. The Strange Journey of the World’s Worst Smell. Hi!

The Strange Journey of the World’s Worst Smell

This is our first real episode of The Leap, a brand spanking new podcast produced at KQED. If this is the first time you’ve heard of us, take a listen to Episode 0, which explains what we’re all about and previews some upcoming stories. Children of the Tribes. Shuah Jones, 15, stuffed clothes under her bed blankets in the shape of a body, grabbed her diary and Bible, and crept downstairs.

Children of the Tribes

Wearing a long blue linen skirt and clunky buckled sandals, she opened the door, slipped outside, and paused to look back at her house: a historic residence in Plymouth, Massachusetts, known as the Blue Blinds, where she lived with other members of her church. Good riddance, she thought. On the street she broke into a run toward the only payphone she knew of, at a gas station near the center of town, half a mile away. She’d never been outside alone at night before. As she sprinted down the main drag, Court Street, men in bars called out and wolf-whistled. “Just breathe,” he told her as they drove away.

How Do The Yellow Pages Still Make Money? - Thumbtack Journal. “There is a huge amount of money to be made in end of life businesses.

How Do The Yellow Pages Still Make Money? - Thumbtack Journal

Free cash flow that isn’t volatile is a beautiful thing.” – Rita McGrath of Columbia Business School, as told to Bloomberg Business Disruption can move fast. When Chris Silver Smith joined one of the largest publishers of yellow pages in 1997, he became part of an extremely profitable enterprise. While newspapers and television stations create expensive content like articles and sitcoms—and pay the bills by placing ads next to articles and playing them during commercial breaks—the publishers of yellow pages simply send every single household a thick book of pure advertising. “The industry seemed so virtually indestructible,” Smith later reflected, that “veteran employees commonly told me that [yellow pages] company stock was a rock-solid ‘sure bet’ and local businesses would ‘always need the yellow pages.’”

The yellow pages veterans were wrong. The Golden Age of the Yellow Pages. Longform Archive: Playboy. The Life of a Teen Beauty Pageant Host. Has Zak Slemmer found his calling?

The Life of a Teen Beauty Pageant Host

He’s not sure. He loves Korea and politics, teaching and comedy—but he’s really, really good at hosting Miss Teen pageant contests. Laura Shin shadowed Slemmer for Narratively. It’s the rehearsal for the New York City Miss Teen pageant. Though he is giving the same spiel for almost the 20th time, he makes it fresh, and people are not only paying attention but laughing.

Read the story. The Longform Guide to Fire by Matthew Teague, David Grann, Robert Sanchez, Pamela Colloff, Dave Jamieson, Sean Flynn, Kyle Dickman, N.R. Kleinfeld. The Longform Guide to Silence by Joshua Foer, Kathleen Dean Moore, William Deresiewicz, Michael Finkel, Alex Ross, George Saunders, Eli Saslow. The Character Project. Earthly Reasons. » #28 Shipped to Timbuktu. All Dolled Up: The Enduring Triumph of American Girl. The Playmobil Conundrum. Strangemag.com - Investigating Strange Phenomena. Origin Story (Season 2, #1) — StartUp. The Story Hey, we’re back!

Origin Story (Season 2, #1) — StartUp

This season, Alex is joined by co-Host Lisa Chow, to follow an entirely new company. The business is Dating Ring, a dating company that combines technology with old-fashioned matchmaking. The founders are women in their 20s, outsiders in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley. How The Television Has Evolved. The television counts among a handful of designs that most dramatically changed 20th-century society.

How The Television Has Evolved

As this illustrated poster by Reddit user CaptnChristiana visualizes, the design has evolved mightily since the boxy retro contraptions of yesteryear, like the Emyvisor and the Marconi. With flatscreens and high-definition displays that can seem crisper and more colorful than reality itself, 21st-century viewers are comparatively spoiled. The modern television’s earliest ancestor was the Octagon, made by General Electric in 1928. It used a mechanical, rotating disc technology to display images on its three-inch screen.

Alfred Kahn's brave 1977 bid for clear corporate prose. The recently deceased (2010) Alfred Kahn was an economist and academic who was beloved for his notorious memo on clear corporate communications. Kahn wrote this while serving as chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board, sending it around to his staff and fellow board members. He implored them to abandon phrases like "we deem it inappropriate" and to try out other such pomposities on their children to see if they passed the giggle test. He also railed against "data" as singular, the overuse of the passive voice, and the use "herein," "hereunder," "heretofore" and other archaic flourishes.

Before VHS And Betamax, There Was Cartrivision. Art of the Title. Champions of VHS Since 2004, Celebrating odd and hilarious found videos. The secret sounds in movies and TV. You might not have heard the term ‘Foley’ before, but you will possibly have witnessed it – probably in the last film or TV programme you watched – without even realising. Foley is the process of adding sounds to films, television and radio programmes after they have been recorded, pioneered by Jack Foley in the silent film-era of the early 20th Century. The sound effects are artificial, created with props or sources that are often radically different to what appears on screen. In cinema, the sounds of monsters or futuristic technology, for instance, have been created using every from envelopes to breezeblocks and biplane motors.

It’s not just for fictional TV or movies either. In a radio documentary, The Sound of Sports, Dennis Baxter describes how sounds are added to sporting events, from rowing to athletics. Below we look at some intriguing Foley examples you may recognise from TV and the big screen – let us know on Twitter or Facebook if you’d add to the list: Star Trek. How “Lost” changed the way the world watches TV. Mr. Eko, the Nigerian drug lord turned priest, would say that the story of Lost’s creation was not coincidence, but fate. Hatched as a half-baked kernel of an idea by an ABC executive on his way out the door, the show became a gargantuan worldwide success just a few months later. The timing was fortuitous. Lost debuted just as social media was entering adulthood, and the show became the quintessential 21st century viewing experience. The “perfect storm of Lost,” as TV critic Alan Sepinwall puts it in his book The Revolution Was Televised, began on September 22, 2004.

When Lost began, Facebook was in its infancy and Twitter was still two years away. The Dark Side of Television's 'Golden Age' - Pacific Standard. Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine aren't cheering. Their monograph, Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural Status, was first published in 2011, but, in 2015, its central argument is as relevant as ever. The Worst TV Show Finales, And Other News. On the Other Hand. Jon Irwin | Kill Screen | September 2015 | 22 minutes (5,439 words) A List of (Mostly) Failed TV Reboots and Remakes. Why Does TV Continue to Reboot and Remake Properties When Their Success Rate Is So Anemic? By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | October 12, 2015 | Comments (63. Newrepublic. What does it take for you to drop a TV show? - Jennette Fulda. A few months ago I opened the season pass manager on my DVR and removed Castle from the list with some sadness.

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Why Props Matter. Fuck Yeah Women Film Directors. Heroines of Cinema: Why Don't More Women Make Movies? Mar. By Matthew Hammett Knott | Indiewire March 24, 2014 at 10:53AM Writing this column, my gender makes me well aware that issues relating to women in film can be experienced quite differently in theory and practice. How BB-8—A Rolling Robot in a Galaxy Far, Far Away—Changed Everything for Sphero. How BB-8 Works. A Brief History of Treating Lightsaber Combat As A Real Martial Art. 'Superman' and 'Superman II': What Is, and What Might Have Been. The Evolution of Music Consumption: How We Got Here. When Does a Medium Die? Home Page for the National Music Museum. Ritabentonmusiclibrary.tumblr. MusicPal. Because Recollection. Gobelins Sound Experiments.

Every Noise at Once. Free Music Archive. What Is That Song - TV Commercials. Denniz Pop, Max Martin, and Cheiron Studios: The man who invented modern pop. Song Exploder. ‘Auld Lang Syne’: What’s the origin and meaning? - DecodeDC Story. Sound Decision. Oxford American - Dithyrambalina. The Broken Pop of James Bond Songs. Looking for Lewis. The Summer of Censors — Cuepoint. Opera is the New Black. In the Morning I'll Rise Above by Joe Bonomo. YouTube as a virtual springboard: Circumventing gender dynamics in offline and online metal music careers. The Fragile Ears of Men. C-3PO, wookies and Jon Bon Jovi: the crazy true story of the Star Wars Christmas album on CBC Music.

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Psy says he has 'no chance' of another 'Gangnam Style' success. Usher - #Chains #DontLookAway. YUME. 2015's top 100 digital music stories: 61 - 100. The Fader Marks 100 Issues by Posting Them All on BitTorrent. John Berg, Art Director Who Made Album Covers Sing, Dies at 83. Listening to Music May Be Good for Heart Health. Old-School Cassettes Make Comeback as Consumers Yearn for the Antique. Bloomberg Business. Amy Lombard on going behind the scenes of Kidz Bop for Bloomberg.