What do Romantic author Edgar Allan Poe and masked heavy metal band Slipknot have in common, you ask? Not much, except for their similar lyrical themes of darkness, horror, and unrequited love. Can you tell which title belongs to Poe (A) and which belongs to Slipknot (B)? Can you tell we’re excited for Halloween?! (Answers below; no cheating!)
1. “The Devil in the Belfry”
2. “Wait and Bleed”
3. “A Descent into the Maelström”
4. “The Premature Burial”
5. “'Til We Die”
7. “Gematria (T... [Read more]
We all have our heroes, those gallant and beautiful stars of stage, screen and studio, but not all of them are perfect. In fact, some of them have even killed people. Granted, not always premeditated in cold blood, but oh, they've killed. Here's a list of 10 celebrities who've ended the lives of other human beings. Just a little something to ponder as the weekend dawns...thanks to Instant Checkmate.
Ah, the mascot, beloved symbol of school spirit. It’s like being a cheerleader, except without the popularity and mini-skirts. Just the sight of that furry ambassador inspires pride, joy, and excitement. Who wouldn’t want to be so loved? Thus when the fateful day came when I was asked to don a giant bear suit for a special school event I said, “Haha. Are you kidding me?” But the usual girl had broken her leg, so I had little choice but to put on my big bear pants and deli... [Read more]
When I was a kid, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'm positive the answer wasn't "a web marketer." Mostly because the Internet wasn't exactly a thing then. But also because that's just not the type of answer you get from a kid. I have never heard a small child share, "I want to be an insurance adjuster!" or "I'm going to be a toll booth collector!" or "I want to be a civil engineer!" No, you're more likely to get "I want to be Spider-Man!"
Would You Like Fries with That?
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Black Friday who?
If you'd prefer to surf for deals from behind a screen rather than risk being trampled and left for dead at the doors of a department store, Cyber Monday is for you. Black Friday has a history that is decades old, but its cousin, Cyber Monday, is more of a recent phenomenon. As soon as retailers decided that the day after Thanksgiving was the perfect day to start the "Holiday Shopping Season," the next iteration of the idea was underway. Businesses started with Black Friday, so... [Read more]
Where did the term "Black Friday" come from, anyway? It sounds scary.
There are several explanations floating around as to how the term first popped up. One story dates back to September 24, 1869, a day when gold prices dropped dramatically, causing panic on the stock market. However, it wasn't until the 1950s that the term was used to describe the Friday after Thanksgiving. It has been said that factory owners dubbed the day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday" because so many employees called in ... [Read more]
I mentioned in last week's post that I had to look up "twerking." On the other hand, I did not have to look up "cosplay." What does this say about me? [Read more]
In that context, I asked myself the question: Are artists like Thicke, who write lyrics in which they brag about the size of their penises and call women "the hottest bitch in this place" really misogynistic jerks? Or, are they just so, em, thick that they think that women find this behavior attractive? [Read more]
STOP! Just say no.
The cults of celebrity and personality are powerful in America. In fact there's almost a cult of cultishness. We hunger for distinctive characters to provide archetypes and guidance for the herd. In the supposed Land of the Individual, one is permitted to be an "individual" so long as one stays within the specific set of limits prescribed by these characters. Venture outside those limits, and you're "crazy" or an "undesirable". As Internet-fed national hysteria casts its har... [Read more]
I don't include groups like The Beatles (then) or The Jonas Brothers (now) in the list of boy bands, because they are actual bands. Boy bands have bands. Other than a little ceremonial guitar strumming or keyboard tapping, these guys arrange themselves in front of a group of nameless musicians and just 1)sing, 2)dance and 3)look good. [Read more]