Pop Culture

Are Girl Scout Cookies Healthy?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
No. But this is going to be a really short article without some additional context... Those cute little girls selling cookies around your neighbor are delivering junk-food snacks that are astonishingly unhealthy. ( Just four Samoas have 50% of your recommended saturated fat intake for the day... ) To be fair, the Girl Scouts do […] Full article »

The Eight Geekiest Halloween Costumes

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
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The Secrets of Stieg Larsson

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo shattered publishing records as both a book and an e-book. But one of Amazon's top-selling Kindle bloggers reveals the dark secrets that haunted its author. By Me and My Kindle Full article »

Resurrecting Reznor’s ’90s Discovery – Mondo Vanilli (an Interview)

Monday, May 30th, 2011
R.U. Sirius remembers when he recorded an album for Trent Reznor's label as part of an aborted six-album deal for the world's first virtual reality band. By Lou Cabron Full article »

The Secret History of Charlie Brown’s Christmas

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
As America settles in tonight for the 45th broadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," YouTube is revealing one of Charlie Brown's strangest secrets. Though it was the first animated Peanuts special, it followed a six-year period where the whole gang was recording commercials for Ford Motor Vehicles. Year after year, Ford cranked out animated Peanuts […] Full article »

Nancy Drew’s Sexy Secrets

Friday, April 30th, 2010
It may be a children's dectective story, but it sure looks like sexy lesbian bondage. By Destiny
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The Most Depressing Children’s Books Ever Written

Sunday, March 21st, 2010
When children's picture book authors go bad — a lot of good characters will die. By Destiny Full article »

Ten Albums that Defined the Dot Com Era – Part 2

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Remembering acid-soaked sushi on New Year's Eve, 1999 — and five more definitive dotcom-era albums. By Steve Robles
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Ten Albums That Defined the Dot Com Era

Saturday, November 21st, 2009
What music brings back memories of geek dreams, easy money and the glory days of Napster? By Steve Robles
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“Every Sizzler restaurant in America?!”

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Why one man and his wife want to photograph every single restaurant in the all-American steakhouse chain. By Destiny
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Will ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ Satisfy True Fans?

Friday, May 1st, 2009
While the Lord of the Rings nerds are waiting at their computers, we take a wider look at the project. By Jeff Diehl
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Blossom Dearie’s “Conjunction Junction” Romance?

Monday, February 9th, 2009
She still entertained audiences until the age of 80. Remembering two Schoolhouse Rock singers and the affection they shared. By Destiny
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Death at Christmas

Friday, December 19th, 2008
No matter how bad your holiday is, five examples from history prove that it could've been worse! By John Marr
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Lost “Horrors” Ending Found on YouTube

Friday, October 31st, 2008
After 22 years, audiences can finally watch the 23-minute apocalypse that originally ended the musical Little Shop of Horrors. By Destiny
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The Ghost of the D.C. Madam

Friday, September 5th, 2008
A beyond-the-grave interview with Deborah Jeane Palfrey — and the story behind it. By Lou Cabron
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Archie Comics Fights Mp3 Pirates

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
As Jughead and Reggie form a band with Archie, the 67-year-old comic book finally confronts new technologies and file-sharing. By Destiny
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Rush: The Last Taboo

Friday, May 2nd, 2008
The Toronto trio may be the world’s biggest cult band — and the guiltiest of pleasures. By Steve Robles
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Hating Roger Ebert

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
A New York intellectual argues that Roger Ebert is debasing the fine art of film criticism — and so are bloggers. By Destiny
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Lawrence Welk vs. The Hippies

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
On the bandleader's 105th birthday, five videos remember his skirmishes with the Beatles, Lou Reed, and a song about marijuana. By Destiny
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Adam West and Davy Jones Meet Sexina

Friday, February 15th, 2008
She's part Britney Spears, and part secret agent. But can she top two TV icons from the 1960s? By Destiny
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An Obama Caucus Story from Idaho

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
One person's observations. By Lego King
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The Mormon Bigfoot Genesis Theory

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
Is it Bigfoot? Or a fugitive from the garden of Eden. Or maybe both. The Journal of Mormon History recently published a new investigation into stories suggesting that the giant Sasquatch monster is really Cain, the murderous second son of Adam and Eve. It may not be the first controversy tackled by new Mormon President, […] Full article »

Six Secret Lost Videos

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Will the phenomenon begin again? Some new and hidden perspectives on the struggling science fiction series. By Destiny
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Records Broken By the Perry Bible Fellowship?

Saturday, January 5th, 2008
What's behind the freak success of the mind-blowing comic strip? By Lou Cabron
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Dead Woman Blogging

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
Did Theresa Duncan issue a final blog post from beyond the grave? By Lou Cabron
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Alvin and the Chipmunks launch iMunks.com

Monday, December 24th, 2007
The singing rodents approach their 50th anniversary with career-highlighting downloads — including "My Sharona." By Destiny
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Santa’s Crimes Against Humanity

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
A revered and recently-departed figure "illuminizes" us on the fantastic breadth of Santa's evil. By Robert Anton Wilson
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Top 10 Pillars of Led Zeppelin Mythology

Friday, December 7th, 2007
Ten reasons the mythos of Led Zeppelin remains etched in stone at a time when anything of lasting quality in pop culture seems almost impossible. By Steve Robles
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Catching Up With an Aqua Teen Terrorist

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
January 31, 2007: a day that will live in infamy. The great city of Boston was brought to its knees by the appearance of unexpected L.E.D. placards in places where they didn't belong. An interview with one of the evildoers. By RU Sirius
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Five Awful Thanksgivings in History

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

There isn't always something to be thankful for.
By John Marr

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The Furious Passions of Norman Mailer

Monday, November 12th, 2007
He enjoyed 84 years filled with sex, brawling, boxing, and celebrity — plus a glorious feud with Gore Vidal. By Destiny.
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10 Best Monster Ads

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
They come from Hollywood — and they'd like to sell you some tasty lite beer. By Destiny
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How Gay Were the Hardy Boys?

Monday, October 29th, 2007
Did the original author of The Hardy Boys hide secret jokes inside the books? By Destiny
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CWILF Island: Hottie Candidate Spouses

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
In Campaign '08 the candidates' wives have taken it to a level that didn't exist just four years earlier. By Steve Robles
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Reverend Billy Wants You To Stop Shopping

Monday, October 15th, 2007
In a trek across America, hilarious performance artist Reverend Billy delivers a brilliant but critical message. By RU Sirius
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Five Druggiest High School Sitcom Scenes

Monday, September 24th, 2007
Drugs, high school, sitcoms and YouTube. It's going to be a strange trip. By Destiny
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Britney vs. Bin Laden: A Celebrity Comeback Battle

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
Are these two really that different? Neither of 'em have had a decent hit in the U.S. since 2001, that's for sure. By Steve Robles
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Secrets of the Perry Bible Fellowship

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
An interview with cartoonist Nicholas Gurewitch. By Lou Cabron
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Burning the Man With Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
What would happen if the father of Gonzo journalism went to Burning Man? By Lou Cabron
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The NoSo Project: No Social Networking

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
Learn about a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from your social networking environment. By RU Sirius
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The Male Scale: 10 Archetypes

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
Legends of the Fall - Brad Pitt
In the post-feminist era, men have come away with a spectrum of roles ranging from sensitive to heartless. By Ethan Todras-Whitehill
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Has ‘The Man’ Infiltrated Burning Man?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
Burning Man this year has invited some companies to be part of a "World's Fair of Clean Energy." Burners freaked. By RU Sirius
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‘The Simpsons’ On Drugs: 6 Trippiest Scenes

Monday, July 23rd, 2007
We re-cap some of the "high" points of what is arguably the world's foremost pop culture institution. By Don Vaughan
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Hype Smackdown: iPhone v. Paris Hilton

Thursday, June 28th, 2007
It's a battle of pop culture titans as two empires -- one high-tech, one high-rise -- clash in explosive PR fury. By Jeff Diehl

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Anarchy for the USA: A Conversation with Josh Wolf

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
Anti-globalist activism, anarchism, and his new projects to "Free The Media" and give prisoners a voice in the blogosphere. By RU Sirius

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Top 5 Cartoon Hunks

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
Animation has provided us with countless lady hotties, but cute cartoon guys are harder to come by. By Jacki Lewin Full article »

How the Internet Disorganizes Everything

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
The author of Cluetrain Manifesto explains how "everything is miscellaneous" in a web-based society — we dip into the vast pool of uncategorized information and use it to make our own sense of things. By RU Sirius Full article »

The Scientific Laws of Romance

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
In a relationship, there exists a Constant Distance between two people that must be maintained at all times. By Ethan Todras-Whitehill Full article »

The Cartoon Porn Shop Janitor — Carol Burnett vs. Family Guy

Monday, June 11th, 2007
What happens when you draw a 74-year-old comedienne into a prime time cartoon on the Fox Network -- as the janitor at an adult bookstore? By Destiny Full article »

The Secret Ending of Pirates of the Caribbean 3

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
Does it take a real act of movie piracy to explain Pirates 3? By Destiny Full article »

Raising Hunter S. Thompson

Thursday, May 31st, 2007
In the play, "Gonzo: A Brutal Chrysalis," performer and writer "B. Duke" incarnates the Last Free American Writer. By RU Sirius Full article »

The Celebrity Breast Conspiracy

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Five tabloid examples that make the case. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Dustin Diamond vs. Sgt. Harvey

Sunday, May 20th, 2007
VH-1 delivers a video beatdown to the former child star through an angry Marine drill instructor. By Lou Cabron Full article »

7 Worst Mother’s Day Gifts

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
Mom loves you already -- so what have you got to lose? By Lou Cabron Full article »

Air Guitar Nation Rocks On

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
The road to airy stardom is covered in the hilarious film Air Guitar Nation, which is opening this weekend in movie theaters around the country. By RU Sirius Full article »

Ten Worst Spiderman Tie-Ins

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
Spiderman 3 has to earn back the $250 million it cost to make. Here's the ten strangest and stupidest products that they hope will make it happen. By Destiny Full article »

Closing Pandora’s Box: The End of Internet Radio?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
Tim Westergen from SaveNetRadio.org is trying to keep Internet Radio alive and diverse. By RU Sirius Full article »

Pulp Fiction Parodies on YouTube

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
Web pranksters have kicked down the door for a surprise attack on the 1994 film, re-imagining its dialogue in a series of surprising parodies. By Destiny Full article »

When Kurt Vonnegut Met Sammy Davis

Thursday, April 12th, 2007
In 1999 Kurt Vonnegut remembered "the golden age of magazine fiction." But a strange twist leads to a historic moment with young Sammy Davis Jr. By Destiny Full article »

David Sedaris Exaggerates For Us All

Thursday, April 5th, 2007
As long as the reader has a good time, and as long as the writing is good, anything a creative writer does to get over in today's publishing environment is justified. By RU Sirius Full article »

Six Freakiest Children’s TV Rock Bands

Monday, March 26th, 2007
After the 1960s, both cartoons and live-action children's shows began including rock bands, and Saturday morning would never be the same. By Destiny Full article »

Official Launch: 10ZM.TV

Monday, March 19th, 2007
Have you checked out MondoGlobo's new video show? You may have, and don't even know it! By Jeff Diehl Full article »

SF Writer Rudy Rucker: Everything Is Computation

Thursday, March 1st, 2007
In this interview, Rucker leads us through complex, technology-rich, multi-leveled worlds that teach us about how the world works through the eyes of a mathematician, a scientist, and a humorist. By RU Sirius Full article »

Sexy Adult Secrets in “Little Children”

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
The Oscar-nominated movie shows adultery in the suburbs. But did it lose its fire when moving to the big screen? By Destiny Full article »

When Lego Goes to War

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
As an educator who's been using Legos to teach kids for over a decade, I feel an urgent need to express where Lego has gone wrong. By Lego King Full article »

Sex Expert Susie Bright Lets It All Out

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
Interview with Susie Bright: "avatar of American Erotica," sex scene choreographer for the Wachowski Brothers, and editor of The Best American Erotica 2007. By RU Sirius Full article »

5 Freaky Muppet Videos

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
The five-year run of The Muppet Show set the weird tone for a tradition they've continued to this day. By Destiny Full article »

Leaving “Lost” Limbo

Friday, February 16th, 2007
What's "Lost" are the viewers -- down 10% this week, after dropping 20% the week before. Something new at 10 Zen: "bubble commentary." By Destiny Full article »

How The iPod Changes Culture

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
When I sat down to interview Steven Levy, author of The Perfect Thing, I realized that most of the questions I'd prepared were about my ambiguities. By RU Sirius Full article »

The 5 Sexiest Apple Videos

Monday, February 12th, 2007
Are Mac users sexier than other people? Or are they just flaunting their computer's superior video editing capabilities? Either way, these videos should bring a smile to your favorite Mac-loving gal or guy. (NSFW in parts.) By Lou Cabron Full article »

When Cory Doctorow Ruled the World

Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Science fiction writer and Boing Boing contributor talks about his new book, Overclocked. By RU Sirius Full article »

7 Things I Learned from Superbowl Ads

Monday, February 5th, 2007
Some much-needed commentary and perspective. By Destiny Full article »

Jimmy Wales Will Destroy Google

Monday, January 29th, 2007
Interview from The RU Sirius Show with the founder of Wikipedia. By RU Sirius Full article »

A Selection of Obscure Robert Anton Wilson Essays

Friday, January 12th, 2007
Links and excerpts. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Robert Anton Wilson 1932-2007

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
This time around, it appears that Mr. Wilson has actually left corporeality, appropriately on 1/11 (at 4:50 am -- you hardcore number freaks can get to work on the meaning of that one... I do see a five in there!). By RU Sirius Full article »

The Web 2.0 Guide to Loving Neologisms

Monday, January 8th, 2007
Don't be a neologophobe! By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Paul McCartney On Drugs

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
Lizzie hated babysitting for the McCartneys because they were slobs (messy house) and because there were "drugs all over the place." By RU Sirius Full article »

The Chicks Who Tried to Shoot Gerald Ford

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
As a nation eulogizes Gerald Ford, we remember the crazy 70s figures who tried to kill him. By RU Sirius Full article »

George Bush vs. Spider-Man

Friday, December 29th, 2006
Comic book superheroes are already giving speeches against secret government detention. We've arranged the ultimate cage match — between President George Bush and Spider-Man. By Destiny Full article »

Ten Video Moments from 2006

Thursday, December 28th, 2006
2006 saw new issues emerging around sex, privacy, media and politics — sometimes, all at the same time. Those startling moments are captured in 10 online videos. By Destiny Full article »

Worst Vlogs of 2006

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
Video blogging is a phenomenon so new, it's blazing a trail to new levels of awful-ness. Here's five vlogs that prove it. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Recommendations for Truly Last Second Gifts

Friday, December 22nd, 2006
Sure, it's down to the wire, so online buying isn't an option, but that doesn't mean you have to be stupid about it. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Thou Shalt Realize the Bible Kicketh Ass

Thursday, December 21st, 2006
What if The Bible were happening right now? That's the question Douglas Rushkoff has been trying to grapple with in Testament, a series of graphic novels that transpose Biblical stories into contemporary narratives. By  RU Sirius Full article »

Atheist Filmmaker Issues ‘Blasphemy Challenge’

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
If Brian Flemming has his way, we'll get a real War on Christmas, complete with atheistic shock troops confronting believers with the non-logic of their dearest religious beliefs. By RU Sirius Full article »

The Satanic Cosmology of Jack Chick

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
Although the spewers of fire 'n' brimstone are not exactly rare nowadays, they focus only on small corners of a sprawling theological castle tended by Lord Chick. By Andrew Hultkrans Full article »

Author Slash Trickster “JT LeRoy”

Monday, December 18th, 2006
Laura Albert, or, the woman known as the man JT LeRoy, is a simple gal who likes food, good friends and the odd, occasional, scandalously-complex, literative meta-performance; apparently in that order. By RU Sirius Full article »

ABCNews + Amanda Congdon – Rocketboom = Whuh?

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
When a busty blonde video blogger leaves Rocketboom for ABC News.com, anything can happen. Unfortunately, it didn't. By Lou Cabron Full article »

A Christmas Conspiracy

Monday, December 11th, 2006
I had swallowed the blue pill and could see the plot for what it was -- a conspiracy to thin the population by driving the most emotionally vulnerable of us to blow out our brain stems when the Heat Miser shows up. By Steve Robles Full article »

Christmas 2.0: Subverting the Holidays With Re-dubbing

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Some very naughty children are defiling Christmas. Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown and A Christmas Story have been re-dubbed with X-rated dialogue and metal music. By Destiny Full article »

Wonderful Wizardry of ‘Woz’

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
An Interview with Gina Smith, co-author of Steve Wozniak's autobiography, "iWoz" By RU Sirius Full article »

They’re Dreaming of a Boobs Christmas

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
Radio stations celebrate the spirit of Christmas by promising to enlarge women's cleavage. By Lou Cabron Full article »

Google is Trying to Get Into Your Pants

Thursday, November 30th, 2006
Google is running ads with a jingle that boasts, "I've got Google maps in my pants." Is it deliberately bad, or is this a rare Google mis-step? By Destiny Full article »

Robert Altman’s 7 Secret Wars

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
Robert Altman brought a disturbing magic to everything he filmed -- but it's the obscure and controversial films that are most interesting. By Destiny Full article »

5 Lamest Charlie Brown Cartoons

Monday, November 20th, 2006
Charlie Brown was still loveable, even when he failed, so let's appreciate his five lamest cartoons. By Destiny Full article »

Counterculture and the Tech Revolution

Sunday, November 19th, 2006
The connection between the contemporary global economy and the countercultural attitudes of the 1960s and 70s. By RU Sirius Full article »

Mondology Volume 1 Free Audio Download

Monday, November 13th, 2006
Some of these readings, mash-ups and tunes tap gently on your head; some tickle your funny bone; and some, we hope, will drill a hole right through your skull. By RU Sirius Full article »

Interview With Valleywag Nick Douglas

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
Spilling the goods on Oracle's Larry Ellison, Google's Marissa Mayer, and all manner of California reporters, geeks, and venture capitalists. By RU Sirius Full article »

EFF and 10 Zen Monkeys vs. Michael Crook and DMCA

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing 10 Zen Monkeys in a civil lawsuit against griefer Michael Crook for abusing the DMCA and violating our free speech rights. By Jeff Diehl Full article »

Haunted by Chipmunk Ghosts

Sunday, October 29th, 2006
A troubled son endures another generation with Alvin and the Chipmunks. By Destiny Full article »

Violet Blue SHOCKER: “I’d Do Bruce Campbell!”

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
We get into some interesting questions about evolutionary psychology and women's sexuality; about the awful state of sex education in the US; about how media corporations try to purchase edginess. By RU Sirius Full article »