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April 19, 2010
Chai Why? The Triumph of Tea in India
: "But whereas I initially supposed tea-drinking to be as Indian, and perhaps as old, as the Vedas, I have come to know that it is, in the longue durée
of Indian history, a very recent development; one that (in many parts of the country) did not much precede my first visit, or that even followed it."
posted by dhruva at 8:42 PM PST - 21 comments
Life as a Comic
is series of short videos by Rob Paravonian (famous for The Pachelbel Rant) about what it's like to be a working stand-up comic. It has recently started up again after a long break. Here's the first episode
which is about doing gigs at venues which aren't full-time comedy clubs. Direct links to the rest of the episodes, all of which are in quicktime-format, below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 8:27 PM PST - 14 comments
Bad credit or no credit? No Problem! Are you on welfare? Social Security? No Problem! You have to see the Special Man!
posted by grapefoot at 5:09 PM PST - 23 comments
They Fled from Our War.
"Among the many consequences of the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the plight of millions of Iraqi refugees is seldom mentioned. The stories of such people as Burhan Abdulnour, whom we met in Sweden in 2008, have hardly been told."
posted by homunculus at 11:11 AM PST - 11 comments
In 1966, Motown songwriters Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield wrote a song about Strong's relationship troubles, and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles recorded it. Motown CEO Berry Gordy thought the song was "horrible" and shelved it. The song was "I Heard it Through The Grapevine." [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 5:56 AM PST - 41 comments
"Make no mistake, if the Liberal Democrats actually won the election – or held the balance of power – it would be the first time in decades that Murdoch was locked out of British politics."
- David Yelland, former editor of Rupert Murdoch's The Sun, writes in The Guardian. [more inside]
posted by memebake at 5:46 AM PST - 63 comments
Wacky Races ran on CBS from September 14, 1968 to January 4, 1969
The cartoon was unusual in the large number of regular characters, twenty-four in total: the twenty-three people and animals spread among the 11 race cars, plus the unseen (and never identified) race announcer. Another unusual feature of the series is that the stars of the show are the villains as opposed to the heroes. Whizzin' To Washington (Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
), Real Gone Ape (Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
), Idaho a Go Go (Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:54 AM PST - 37 comments