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The Humdinger - Extraordinary Quality

Fred's Pencils
posted by obscurator on Apr 28, 2014 - 22 comments

What's the opposite of (.)

Westboro church founder Fred Phelps has died. Fred Phelps -- the founding pastor of a Kansas church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals -- has died. [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny on Mar 20, 2014 - 282 comments

Old photographs of Greece, taken between 1903 and 1920

59 marvelous photographs taken between 1903 and 1920 by Frédéric Boissonnas (1858-1946), a franco-Swiss photographer who loved Greece. This is him being hauled up to the Meteora monastery in a net. Boissonnas was also a mountaineer and was the first to scale Mt. Olympus successfully in 1913. During the first 30 years of the 20th century he became the most influential photographer in Greece, between the two World Wars. Traveling extensively, landscapes, everyday people and life in Greece were photographed in detail for the first time. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on May 20, 2013 - 19 comments

“This is historic legislation, and it’s time to right this wrong.”

Yesterday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 97, the Scottsboro Boys Act allowing for posthumous pardons. Bentley has said he wanted to close a chapter of state history. The Scottsboro case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision against excluding Blacks from juries. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 12, 2013 - 7 comments

America's Deep, Dark Secret

"One of the deep, dark secrets of America's past has finally come to light. Starting in the early 1900s, hundreds of thousands of American children were warehoused in institutions by state governments." An early part of the American experiment with Eugenics, the Walter E. Fernald State School inspired scores of similar institutions across the country, and more recently, one of the definitive histories of the era. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Feb 21, 2012 - 37 comments

Fred the Pleb

The erstwhile Sir Fred "The Shred" Goodwin, former CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland has been stripped of the knighthood awarded to him in 2004 for "services to banking". The move has been met with predictable glee by the popular press, but has been criticised by business and political figures as well as some newspaper comment. Goodwin joins the somewhat dubious club of those who have been stripped of UK honours, including notables such as Mugabe, Mussolini and Ceauesescu amongst other less famous but equally tawdry figures.
posted by Jakey on Feb 1, 2012 - 40 comments

drumming is dancing, dancing is drumming

I'm willing to bet that even a lot of you who say "I don't like drum solos" will, well... like this one.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 17, 2011 - 101 comments

He kicked ass as "Special Vocal Effects"

The All Time Top 100 Stars Credited Actors at the Box Office at the-numbers.com has an interesting #1: Frank Welker, who did voice work in 95 feature films since 1980 totaling over 6-BILLION-dollars gross in the U.S. and 12-BILLION worldwide. Over a third of these roles were "Special Vocal Effects" or "Additional Voices" or such. But, hey, a hit's a hit and a credit's a credit. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 7, 2011 - 24 comments

What the Eye Doesn't See, the Heart Doesn't Mind.

Step Across the Border (previously, link now broken) "as long as I was playing in a band I didn't have to actually go out there and talk to girls and dance, I could just be on stage and watch everybody else doing it". The critically acclaimed music documentary on Fred Frith, written and directed by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel (amazon link). It is also available in 8 parts, on youtube. [more inside]
posted by idiopath on May 28, 2011 - 11 comments

Now Get Off of My Freakin' Lawn!

"Fred is not a real kid, thank God: Fred Figglehorn is a character, a six year-old kid with an alcoholic stepmother and a father in jail."* Created in 2008 and portrayed by Nebraska teenager Lucas Cruikshank, Fred's YouTube videos "have racked up nearly 530 million views in aggregate." On September 17th. 'Fred: the Movie' hits Nickelodeon. [more inside]
posted by ericb on Aug 9, 2010 - 35 comments

A master Impressionist is gone

As if there haven't been enough celebrity deaths, now the sad news that the great impressionist - comedian Fred Travalena has passed away at his Encino, CA home at age 66. Examples of some of his work are here from a Merv Griffin Show, and a later one from a live performance.
posted by Seekerofsplendor on Jun 29, 2009 - 35 comments

Polly wants a Prozac

Polly wants a Prozac. Fred the Parrot tries to bite his neck off after his owner dies, vets prescribe bird-friendly anti-depressants.
posted by BrnP84 on Nov 20, 2008 - 22 comments

Fixing Foreign Entanglements

Fred Kaplan gives President Obama suggestions on foreign policy repair.
posted by wittgenstein on Nov 6, 2008 - 22 comments

Mississippi Fred McDowell

When the Rolling tones recorded an old blues tune called You Gotta Move on Sticky Fingers back in 1971, it was another instance of a tune by an old black man, known only to blues aficionados, suddenly becoming part of the consciousness of a gazillion people who probably never would've heard it otherwise. But let's pay a little visit to the man who originally wrote and recorded the song, Mississippi Fred McDowell, shall we? Here's a jumping version of Shake 'em On Down, his haunting Going Down to the River, the gospel blues of When I Lay My Burden Down, Highway 61, My Babe (you'll note the similarity to "This Train"), Louise, and his version of the American folk/blues standard John Henry. And don't miss the beautiful 1969 documentary featuring McDowell at Internet Archive, Blues Maker, which features some superlative acoustic performances, and footage of the people and environment of the Mississippi delta country.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Sep 23, 2008 - 40 comments

Fred the Undercover Cat dead at 15 months.

Fred the Undercover Cat dead at 15 months.
posted by rxrfrx on Aug 12, 2006 - 31 comments

Art Isn't Monkey Business.

Portraits of Stuffed Monkeys.
posted by brain_drain on Jul 27, 2006 - 9 comments

Brett Meisner, Rock 'n' Roll badboy

"Brett Meisner has helped to put the 'rock' back into 'rock and roll' forever!" said Kurt Loder in 2003. Given Meisner's impact as a music critic and rock 'n' roll badboy, this is something of an understatement...
posted by ph00dz on May 30, 2005 - 8 comments

Intelligent Whimsy

Copper - tales about Copper and Fred, his dog. By Kazu Kibuishi.
posted by PenDevil on Jul 30, 2004 - 6 comments

National Fred Davis Registry

National Fred Davis Registry - Do you know Fred Davis? How about Fred Davis? They're both on the registry, along with a whole bunch of other Freds.
posted by fnirt on Apr 18, 2002 - 4 comments

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