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Darth Vader More Popular Than Anyone Who Might Run For President In 2016

Darth Vader

  The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham looks at some recent polling and finds that a Dark Lord of the Sith is apparently more popular than the people who will possibly run for President in 2016: On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans’ opinions on the “Star Wars” universe. Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is […]

Black And White Stripes Are The New Orange

Saginaw Jail

A jail in Michigan is switching prison garb to old-style black and white stripes because prisoners have become enamored of the orange they had been wearing due to the popularity of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black: SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are […]

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Actor James Garner Dies At 86

James Garner

James Garner, the star of television hits in the 1950s and 1970s, has passed away at the age of 86: James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies but was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western “Maverick” and the cranky sleuth […]

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets people as she signs copies of her book "Hard Choices" at a Costco store in Arlington, Virginia

The Hard Choices Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Rupert Murdoch Rebuffed In Initial Bid To Buy Time Warner, But It’s Not Over Yet

Time Warner

Big news, and potentially a big merger, in the entertainment industry.

New College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled

College Football Championship Trophy

With the BCS officially dead as the means of determining the national College Football Champion, and a new playoff system set to debut with the season that starts later this year, it’s time for a new trophy: IRVING, Texas — College football now has a new championship trophy as it embarks on the start of […]

Yes, Americans Care About Soccer Now


My latest for The Hill, “America Comes to Soccer,” has posted.

Texting At The Restaurant

Texting Diners

Managers at a New York City restaurant were puzzled as to why the speed of service in their restaurant seems to have slowed down in recent years despite the fact that they had not experienced any significant increase in customers. So, when they came across old videotapes of security footage of the restaurant during a […]

Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dead At 65

The Ramones

Tommy Ramone, who founded a group that had a big influence on music even though it never really achieved commercial or chart stardom, has died at the age of 65: Tom Erdelyi, better known as Tommy Ramone, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones, the New York band whose dizzyingly short […]

LeBron James Is Returning To Cleveland

LeBron James Cleveland

‘The Decision’ is undecided.

World Cup Fever: Vatican Edition

Popes World Cup

With Germany and Argentina headed to the the World Cup Final on Sunday, things might be a little tense around Vatican City for the next several days: There’s been some suggestion that neither Francis nor Benedict will be watching the game since it starts around 10pm Rome time on Sunday. Perhaps, but when one of […]

Netflix Garners Emmy Nominations For Second Straight Year


For the second year in a row, Netlflix’s original content made a big splah in the Emmy Nominations that were released yesterday: Three Netflix series collected 15 prime-time Emmy nominations in the highest profile categories on Thursday, fluffing up the industry cred that the online subscription service has been grooming with its edgy original programming. Netflix, […]

Brazil’s Coach Shows How to Lose


Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari took responsibility for the 7-1 loss to Germany.

LeBron James’ Game (Theory)


Does the NBA’s best player have first mover advantage? Or should he take his time?

From the Fools and Money Stack: Kickstarting… Potato Salad?!

Potato Salad

Kickstarting a dream of potato salad to the tune of $40k+

Sleeping Yankees ‘Fan’ Files Frivolous Lawsuit

Sleeping Yankees Fan

A Yankee fan who was caught on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball sleeping in the middle of a Yankees-Red Sox game is suing ESPN, Major League Baseball, and the New York Yankees: A fan caught on camera sleeping during a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game in April has filed a defamation lawsuit against Major League […]

English Is The Most ‘Borrowed From’ Language

U.S. British Flags

More than any other language, English words are being adopted, and transformed, by other languages.

Seinfeld Is 25; Jerry Seinfeld is 60


The first episode of “Seinfeld” aired 25 years ago yesterday.

Fireworks As Seen From A Drone


This video is making its way around the Internet this morning, and it depicts what happens when you put a GoPro camera on a drone and fly it into a fireworks display: Pretty cool.

75 Years Ago, Lou Gehrig Gave His Farewell Address

Lou Gehrig July 4 1939

Seventy five years ago today, the career of one of the best known sports figures of his time was brought to an abrupt end thanks to a disease that now bears his name: The distinctive sentence structure and New England accent stay with us 54 years after JFK delivered, “Ask not what your country can […]

Has Soccer Finally Captured American Hearts?


Only two 2013 college football games attracted more viewers that Tuesday’s World Cup match vs. Belgium.

Russia Blocking ‘House Of Cards’ From Filming In Security Council Chamber


The producers of Netflix’s House of Cards are trying to get permission from the United Nations to film in the chamber of the U.N. Security Chamber as they film their third season, but Russia appears to be blocking them: Russia just made a decision that most pay a heavy price for: The Kremlin said “no” to […]

Isaiah Austin Picked 15-1/2th in NBA Draft


In a classy move, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Isaiah Austin in the middle of the first round of the 2014 draft. AP/ESPN (“NBA selects Isaiah Austin in draft“): Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday night’s draft came a very special selection by the NBA. Commissioner Adam Silver announced at that point that the NBA […]

U.S. And Germany Play Soccer! In Space!


One day before the U.S. and Germany meet in the World Cup, American and German astronauts got in a little game of their own: To help celebrate the upcoming match, NASA  released a video of the three astronauts showing off their soccer skills in zero gravity. The video features some upside down kicks, a header, and […]

Prolific Actor Eli Wallach Dead At 98


Eli Wallach, whose acting career spanned five decades and movies ranging from The Magnificent Seven to The Godfather Part III has died at the age of 98: Eli Wallach, who was one of his generation’s most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years, died on Tuesday. He was 98. […]

Get Ready For Another Three Months Of LeBron James Hype

Lebron James

There had been some speculation during the NBA finals that LeBron James, who has led the Miami Heat to the NBA finals four times and won twice and been the leagues most valuable player three times, would apply for free agency after the season ended, and that’s exactly what he’s done: Carmelo Anthony enjoyed the […]

“Redskin” as Slang and Slur


An interesting read via The Atlantic:    When Slang Becomes a Slur. UPDATE (James Joyner): An excerpt: Whatever the connotations of “redskin” now, the question facing the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was whether it was disparaging when the team first registered it as a trademark in 1967. [...] That may not have been so terribly […]

Headline Of The Day (‘An American In Europe’ Edition)


Giant Vagina Sculpture Traps US Student in Germany And the mandatory Photo: There really isn’t anything left to say, is there?

The Queen Plays the Game of Thrones


Via the BBC: Queen and Prince Philip visit Game of Thrones film set. The trip is part of a three day visit to Northern Ireland. I find this photo quite amusing:

The Redskins Trademark Decision Is Legally Dubious, And Troubling

Washington Redskins Helmet

However you feel about the Redskins name, the decision to retroactively repeal their trademarks is troubling on many levels.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets people as she signs copies of her book "Hard Choices" at a Costco store in Arlington, Virginia

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Hillary Clinton Wants To Make Sure You Remember She Wrote A Book Called ‘Hard Choices’

Hillary Clinton Hard Choices

Jon Stewart had fun last night with Hillary Clinton’s unique ability to mention the title of her book at the drop of a hat: The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive

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A prop depicting a character from the video game "Titanfall" is on display before the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles

The Bad Robot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Washington Redskins Trademark Canceled


The US Government has deemed the nickname of the capital’s NFL club racially offensive.

Who Owns a Tattoo?


Those who tattoo celebrities want to be be paid when their tattoos appear in the media.

Baseball Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead At 54

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire 20 year career with the San Diego Padres and had the highest batting average in the National League eight different seasons, has died at 54 after a long battle with cancer: Tony Gwynn, who won a record eight National League batting championships, amassed 3,141 hits and gained acclaim as […]

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A prop depicting a character from the video game "Titanfall" is on display before the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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Sikhs wield swords during their clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar

The HASSAN CHOP Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Donald Sterling Wants To Air The NBA’s Dirty Laundry

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

There’s really no better word for it than blackmail.

Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dies At 82

Noll Bradshaw

Chuck Noll, who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991 and led the team to four Super Bowl Championships, has died at the age of 82: Chuck Noll, who built the “Steel Curtain”Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s into one of the most dominant teams in pro football history, becoming the only N.F.L. coach to win […]



Sarah Harbaugh with an important public service announcement: The Score: Back in January, Sarah Harbaugh, the wife of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, spoke out about her husband’s love of pleated khaki pants. Now, she’s teaming up with Dockers to put an end to an epidemic affecting countless men around the world: Dad […]

Donald Sterling Back To Suing The NBA

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

Over the space of a week, Donald Sterling announced that he was suing the NBA, then apparently decided to drop that suit and consent to the sale of the L.A. Clippers to Steve Ballmer. Now, it looks like he’s back to suing the NBA and trying to block the sale again: In a reversal, Los Angeles […]

Netflix’s Online Business Model: A Mistake, Or The Future Of Entertainment?


Does encouraging binge watching make sense for Netflix?

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Sikhs wield swords during their clash inside the complex of the holy Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple, in Amritsar

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

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Anti-government protesters take cover from tear-gas fired by the police as they clash in the village of Sitra

The Sharks Vs. Gas Jets Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Steve Coburn is (Mostly) Right


Leaving aside his emotionalism and frustration, his core argument has merit.

Bill Watterson Returns


Bill Watterson, the man who drew the legendary “Calvin and Hobbes” strip, was back. And now he’s gone again.

For $20,000, George R.R. Martin Will Kill You Game Of Thrones Style

King Joffrey Dead

Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will kill you for $20,000: Author George R.R. Martin’s donation campaign to save wolves has found fans scrambling for the chance to be a doomed character in the next installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire series From crushed skulls to having molten gold poured onto one’s head, death on […]

The Science Is Settled: It’s Soda, Not “Pop,” “Coke,” Or A “Soft Drink”

Soda Pop Coke Map

The Soda v. Pop debate has been ongoing for many years, but as Aaron Blake shows us, it’s clear where most Americans stand: [The map above] comes from North Carolina State University’s Joshua Katz, who has mapped all kinds of dialectical differences between different areas of the country. One of the most polarizing questions he asks: […]

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