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TV Treasure: Goober’s Bronzed Beanie

Monday, September 27th, 2010

If you made a list of iconic props from classic 1960s TV sitcoms — the genie bottle from I Dream of Jeannie, the shoe phone from Get Smart — then somewhere on it would be the Jughead-style beanie worn by Goober on The Andy Griffith Show. Goober Pyle was the cousin of Gomer Pyle and […]

Big Lincoln, Courtesy of Mr. Social Security

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

If you’ve driven anywhere in eastern Kentucky, you’ve seen billboards with the grinning face of Eric C. Conn, “Mr. Social Security.” Conn, by his own reckoning, is one of the top Social Security disability lawyers in the country. He commissioned a self-promotional music video to convince the Obama administration to appoint him to its Social […]

Sunset For Liberace, Sunrise For Wayne Newton?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

You may have heard by now that the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be closing forever on October 17, 2010 (It would be surprising if you haven’t, since the mainstream media has been all over the story). The museum will certainly be missed (although we thought they’d made a crucial misstep when its […]

St. Helens: Fickle Support for Town Volcano

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

In 2009 the city of St. Helens, Oregon, received a small grant to create something that would draw visitors off the highway and into downtown. Avoiding the predictable sign or billboard, St. Helens came up with a novel idea: a miniature version of its namesake, the volcano Mount St. Helens.

Tacoma’s Welcome Woman: Native Giantess

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Historically, relations between native peoples and the city of Tacoma, Washington, have been downright unpacific at times. That’s apparently in the past now that a 20-foot-tall Coast Salish woman, carved from wood, has been unveiled as the city’s unofficial greeter.

Mascot War? We Want Angus On Our Side

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania has taken a bold step to reclaim the once proud name of “Angus” from hamburger marketing madmen. That’s because on Friday the school unveiled “Angus,” a 12-foot-tall, 25,000-pound bronze statue of a Braveheart-era Scotsman in full kill battle mode.

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