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Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his "novelistic autobigraphy," Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, "after a period of failing health."

Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled "An Inquiry Into Values") and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.
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Tuesday, Apr 25th 2017 (9:10am)
The late great Ray Manzarek walks you through the creative processes that led to the Doors' haunting hit.
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Tuesday, Apr 25th 2017 (6:31am) | Thanks: blort
When visual artist Luca Zannoto was called upon by the Finnish coffee company Paulig to create a cup of coffee with a single bean, he happily obliged. Using that one bean ground upon an emery board with water boiled over a candle and everything else in miniature, Zannoto very gracefully created the world’s smallest cup of coffee.
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Tuesday, Apr 25th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
Monday, April 24th
Unlike humans, animals rarely faint from surprise, panic attacks or any other strong emotional stress. But there is a breed of goat that appears to do so.

When startled, the so-called "fainting goat" collapses on its side. They fall over, often with legs comically raised towards the sky. After laying motionless on the ground for a few seconds, they recover and bounce back on their feet as quickly as they fell. This curious reaction to fright has made fainting goats the popular subject for many viral, and often humorous, internet videos.
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Monday, Apr 24th 2017 (12:27am)
...and KFC's new sandwich is apparently headed for space.
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Monday, Apr 24th 2017 (12:00am)
According to the major studios the vast majority of movies lose money, and they have armies of crafty accountants and tenacious lawyers to maintain that position. Thanks to their success in other projects, the key players of This is Spinal Tap have pockets deep enough to not care who they piss off in their suit to get what's legitimately owed them by their movie's multi-generational success.
By: dave
Monday, Apr 24th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
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Sunday, April 23rd
Final 24 documents the final moments of this rock star's life. This compelling documentary series unlocks the hidden secrets, psychological flaws and events that result in the tragic deaths of famed notorious and the iconic. Every episode maps out the final 24 hours of a different famous person's life. The series weaves the star's back-story with events from their last day, which lays bare the threads of fate that led inextricably from childhood to the moment of death. These are no ordinary biographies. They're psychological detective stories attempting to uncover the mystery of why the celebrity died. September 6, 1978: Keith Moon is one of the most outrageous rock'n'roll performers in the world. As the genius drummer for The Who, wild-man Moon is a non-stop party animal. In 24 hours, however, the party will be over... And Moon will be dead. Featuring archival footage, dramatic reenactments, and interviews with his family and closest companions, Final 24 documents the final moments of this rock star's life.
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Sunday, Apr 23rd 2017 (12:03am)
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Saturday, April 22nd
Erin Moran, best known to the world as Joanie Cunningham, has been found dead at 56, for as-of-yet undisclosed reasons following some rough times. RIP.
By: dave
Saturday, Apr 22nd 2017 (6:57pm) | Thanks: sunny
Advertising? Marketing? Same thing, different wrapper. Here are some of the colossal failures that you cheered to end up in the dustbin of history.
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Saturday, Apr 22nd 2017 (12:18pm)
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Thursday, April 20th
I especially liked the accordion... but I didn't see one joint over a foot. Chong won that round.
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Thursday, Apr 20th 2017 (9:13pm) | Thanks: digg
The Man has you by the balls. Sorry.
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Thursday, Apr 20th 2017 (8:08am)
You want your offspring to learn, don't you? Well shit, answer the question. Don't you?
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Thursday, Apr 20th 2017 (12:00am)
Wednesday, April 19th
Equihen Plage, on the coast of northern France by the English Channel, is a small seaside village with a population of about 3,000. Up until the beginning of the 20th century, Equihen Plage was a fishing village with a dry harbor—the kind where fishing boats were launched into the sea by sliding them on logs. Today, the village is famous for its many inverted boat houses—locally known as “quilles en l'air”—that serve as unique holiday accommodation for travellers.
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Wednesday, Apr 19th 2017 (12:01am)
Tuesday, April 18th
Check back daily to find out who was born on this day.
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Tuesday, Apr 18th 2017 (12:19am)
For a cool 1.4 mil, you could own this 3/2 Frank Lloyd Wright on almost 4 acres near downtown Minneapolis. Gorgeous.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 18th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: softest voice
Monday, April 17th
Here is Daffy Duck's debut. Circa 1937 and RT 8:48.

Porky Pig and his hound go duck hunting, and Daffy Duck adds to the typical sight gags.

No ducks were shot in the making of this short, however several other items were damaged by stray fire.
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Monday, Apr 17th 2017 (12:00am)
Welcome to the Cat Reviewer! Fussed a cat on the street that isn't yours? Please send in a review!
By: dave
Monday, Apr 17th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
Wall Street's iconic Charging Bull statue (which is actually on lower Broadway) has an interesting and storied past, and now thanks to the recent placement of another statue - a little girl standing in front of the Bull in defiance - it has an interesting and storied present as the Bull's sculptor pitches a royal hissy about this slight to his artistic statement.

The art wags over at New York Magazine, of course, think both works are trite pieces of shit.
By: dave
Monday, Apr 17th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: npr
So you long for the days of stupid classic B&W sitcoms, eh nostalgia buff? Presented in two parts: UNO y DOS
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Monday, Apr 17th 2017 (12:00am)
Sunday, April 16th
Would you believe that I stumbled across this clip from TV Land?
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Sunday, Apr 16th 2017 (12:01am)
Saturday, April 15th
Hicks doing stand up on the old Dennis Miller show and about a three minute interview afterwards, with a little jab at Denis Leary at the very end.
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Saturday, Apr 15th 2017 (12:02am)
Friday, April 14th
After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying.

How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
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Friday, Apr 14th 2017 (11:53am)
This short video clip has got to be one of the funniest sights I have stumbled across today. She cannot contain her excitement at getting a new toy twice her size.
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Friday, Apr 14th 2017 (12:01am)
Members of Pearl Jam, Immortal, Melvins, Tribulation, Twisted Sister, and more pay tribute to the KISS shredder's hot licks and singalong solos.
By: dave
Friday, Apr 14th 2017 (12:01am) | Thanks: mefi
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