The Catholic baseball star who just learned that he's Jewish

The sports world is wrapping its collective head around this surprising news: it turns out that a well-known player for the fabled Brooklyn Dodgers, a lifelong Roman Catholic, is in fact Jewish — and has close relatives who died in Auschwitz. The New York Times reporter Joshua Prager has the scoop: Earlier this summer, Ralph [Read More...]

This is why they're French, and we aren't

Because their vending machines dispense fresh baguettes. See it in action, below. [Read more...]

Bon appetite: fried butter on a stick.

The latest sensation in state fair food… Yummy. Would you like a coronary with that, on the side? [Read more...]

The bottom line: Vatican toilet paper for sale in Spain

Really? Yes: Renova, one of Europe’s biggest producers of household paper products, has launched toilet paper in the colours of the Vatican flag in honour of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Spain next week. Each pack contains two perfumed rolls of toilet paper, one yellow and the other white, which the company says on its [Read More...]

Here's something you don't see every day: color footage of "I Love Lucy"

Today would have marked Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, so here’s something altogether different, shot by an audience member on October 12, 1951, and interspersed with final footage from the actual episode. The YouTube clip notes: The episode filmed that night was 6th Episode of the First Season, “The Audition”.(It was a remake of “I Love [Read More...]

For sale: Pope Paul VI's 1964 limousine used during visit to New York

Won’t this look great in your driveway? Details: Back in 1965 for Pope Paul VI’s visit to the United States, a custom built 1964 Lincoln Continental Limousine was built for the Holy Father. That ’64 Continental is now up for auction at Bonhams on August 19 in California, where it’s expected to sell for up [Read More...]

What we've come to: "Heterosexual Pride Day"?

I mean…really? From the AP: The city council of South America’s biggest city has adopted legislation calling for a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December. Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab must sign the legislation for it to become law and has said only that he is studying it. [Read More...]

Remember when people just used paper?

Think weddings have gotten out of control?  Behold, the most extravagantly creative (and ridiculously over-priced) wedding invitation of the moment: a customized Viewmaster, featuring snapshots of the happy couple and delivered in a cardboard box.  You can order a hundred of these for a mere $3450.  (That doesn’t include postage, for mailing them to family [Read More...]

The best movies of the last 15 years in three and a half minutes

Don’t believe me?  Just watch.  A great montage by Kees van Dijkhuizen. Pixar rocks.  It’s that simple.  Nobody does it better. [Read more...]

Study: more couples "staying over" instead of "living together"

The latest trend in romantic commitment evidently involves even less commitment than it used to. Details: Today’s generation are opting for “stayover relationships” that let them enjoy relationships without living together, a trend that appears to be slowing down the road to marriage. Research from the University of Missouri-Columbia found that instead of cohabitating, young [Read More...]


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