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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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Santa Claus Land

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In the early ’40s, retired industrialist Louis J. Koch conceived a retirement community in Indiana. During his travels, he visited Santa Claus, Indiana, only to be heartbroken for countless children. Families would travel to the town and children would be horribly disappointed to find that Santa Claus wasn’t even there. So, Koch opted instead to

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40 Years & Still Terrifying

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Most film buffs will tell you, if asked, that The Exorcist first hit screens in 1974, scaring the wits out of Americans nationwide. Not true, though. The film was actually released—in a bit of risky marketing at the time—on December 26, 1973. The day after Christmas.for a movie about demonic possession. Still, the film didn’t

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