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Tiki Culture: In History and On Trend Today

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Tiki Pop is a cultural movement that evolved in the U.S. and was based on western interpretations of the Maori and Polynesian cultures. The roots of the movement were first planted in the late 18th century when navigators in their attempts to explore the globe, discovered exotic tropical islands and encountered the Polynesian, and in

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New Beatles Documentary Will Feature Rare Synced Video & Sound

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Obsessed with The Beatles since childhood, actor and director Ron Howard is taking on the next Fab Four project—an authorized documentary that spans the band’s career from 1960 to 1966. Not yet titled, the film will cover the years The Beatles toured across the globe, sparking Beatlemania! Howard plans to interview Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko

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Yay for No Housework Day!

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According to several “national holiday” sites on the web, April 7th is “No Housework Day”.  There’s not much history behind this “special day”, and most sources assume it originated from someone who was tired of performing daily chores. But, who cares? If I can come up with an excuse not to do the dishes, run

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The Shelvador Refrigerator by Crosley

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By the early ’30s, Powel Crosley Jr had already built cars and radios. His foray into household appliances started with the Icyball, a refrigerator that was powered by kerosene rather than electricity. It was the Shelvador, though, that would make him millions, while an industry eagerly awaited its chance at the same success. The story

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Saving the Doggie Diner Heads

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From the late ’40s to the mid-80s, locals and tourists to San Francisco and Oakland, California, enjoyed local fare from a classic diner. The first Doggie Diner opened in Oakland (on San Pablo Ave) during WWII. Founder Al Ross grew the small chain to 30 diners, the bulk of them in San Francisco. In the

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Turner Classic Movies: 31 Days of Oscar

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Every year Turner Classic Movies features 31 days of Academy Award Winning or Nominated films, leading up to current year’s Oscars, which air live on March 2nd. It’s a great chance to catch those old movies you loved, or vied to someday see. 2014’s 31 Days of Oscar kicks off tomorrow (Feb. 1st, at 6

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