The 30 Best Pop Culture Google Doodles

For the last decade and change, Google has surprised us with their occasional homepage doodles celebrating various scientists, artists, entertainers, and, really, just a hodgepodge of important cultural history. Their most recent doodle celebrated the physiologist who discovered vitamin C, but the one before that was an awesome tribute to Freddie Mercury. It got us thinking about all the various pop culture-related Google Doodles they’ve created over the years. Page through our 30 favorites — some of which may be new to you, as they only went live in individual countries — after the jump and let us know if there are any we’ve missed. … Read More

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Watch ‘Community’ Recut as a Sexual Thriller

Yes, the off-the-wall pop culture references on Community make it worth talking about the next morning with friends, but it’s the show’s characters that elevate it from being a very good comedy to being — perhaps — the best sitcom on television. One needs look no further than the Annie and Jeff slashfic created by the show’s most rabid fans — which became so popular that showrunner Dan Harmon and co. made reference to it during the fake recap episode. As they say, it’s the little things. We couldn’t help but think of those little things while watching this NBC-made clip that re-purposes the show as a sexual thriller. You can easily forget all the tense, angry, and dramatic moments that have happened at Greendale Community College. Season 3 kicks off September 22nd on NBC, and as of now we’re counting the minutes. … Read More

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Shel Silverstein Narrates an Animated Version of ‘The Giving Tree’

This New York Times article about childhood authors Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, and Dr. Seuss reminded us that both Silverstein and Sendak are publishing new books this month. Silverstein’s, called Everything On It, is a posthumous collection of poems and comes out on September 20. We obviously can’t wait, and to that end, we’ve been going through the Silverstein archives.

Back in 1964, Shel Silverstein wrote The Giving Tree, which has become one of the most beloved children’s books ever — and certainly his most famous — despite how selfish that little boy was. We’re not sure how we managed to miss it earlier in life, but we just discovered that the author narrated an animated version of the story in 1973. He also showed off his harmonica chops on the soundtrack. We’ll warn you: It’s a bit weird hearing Silverstein’s voice because it sounds so antithetical to the whimsical voice of his words. Check it out after the jump. … Read More

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Contrast City Turns Rubber Waste into Beautiful Home Furnishings

The notion of reduce, reuse, recycle has been ingrained on an entire generation of kids here in America. But, despite knowing that we all need to change our habits, waste products continue to amass in dumps all over the world. In Morocco, a group of environmentalists, aided by a French fair trade group, have taken to reusing rubber waste to turn into home furnishings and other products. “If not smelling the items and recognizing the specific smell of rubber,” claims Icce, the name of the French group, “nobody guesses what it is and even then, no-one imagines where it comes from!” The project, known as “Contrast City,” demonstrates what a group of dedicated craftspeople can do to turn waste into something useful. Check out some process shots and the finished products after the jump. Do you think something like this could work in America? … Read More

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Listen to 5 Songs from the Season 3 Premiere of ‘Glee’

The new season of Glee promises changes a-plenty with new writers, fewer tribute episodes to glorious pop stars, and the impending sadness at the departure of a few favorite characters. Fear not, though. Jane Lynch isn’t going anywhere, and so long as Sue Sylvester is around to torment the singers of McKinley High or take time to star in hilarious PSAs, then we’ll have Glee programmed into the DVR.

Five songs from the season three opener, “The Purple Piano Project,” have found their way online ahead of next week. Sadly, there are no Foo Fighters or Kings of Leon songs to be heard. Still, after the jump you’ll hear New Directions tackle the likes of Tom Jones, The Go-Go’s, songs from Hairspray, Anything Goes, and The Wizard of Oz/Wicked. Not only do they sound great, but they get double bonus points for not singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Do the new songs get you excited for the upcoming season? … Read More

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Kevin Costner No Longer Interested in Tarantino’s Slave Trainer Role

We confess to being pleasantly surprised when Kevin Costner was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as one of the villains responsible for training slaves to be vicious “mandingo” fighters. Tarantino has a way of bringing out the best in actors, especially ones that haven’t been burning up the box office. Costner has always been… Read More

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Watch Salvador Dalí’s Quest for Magic Mushrooms in Mongolia

In 1976, artist Salvador Dalí starred in the surrealist quasi-fake documentaryImpressions de la haute Mongolie (Impressions of Upper Mongolia),  a 50-minute travelogue made by José Montes-Baquer that follows Dalí on his mission to Mongolia to find a particular fungal hallucinogen. Yup, it’s every bit as trippy as you would expect it to be. Along the way, there’s a lot of mustache-waggling, yelling at Hitler, discussions about Outer Mongolia and Raymond Roussel, intense close-ups of insects, and other eccentric additions — like Dalí’s overacting. The documentary, which turned up at Ubuweb a few years ago but without English subtitles now has them, and is broken up into five parts. Check out the first part after the jump and let us know what you think of the non-painting Dalí. … Read More

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'Reading Rainbow' Returning as an iPad App

When Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2006, it was a bit hard to believe. How could a show responsible for fostering a love of books and reading in kids for so many years just go away? It seemed absurd that the PBS show wouldn’t exist. Thankfully, LeVar Burton, who was the show’s host… Read More

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Grandson Disputes Legitimacy of New Oscar Wilde Play

The grandson of famed playwright Oscar Wilde claims a new play, Constance, set to open on Friday at London’s King’s Head Theater is not Wilde’s “final play” as the theater company boasts, the Guardian reports. “It is dishonest to foist this on the public,” Merlin Holland says, calling the play “a pretty appalling… Read More

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Jonathan Brand Is Building a Papercraft 1969 Ford Mustang to Scale

The art of papercraft has generally been relegated to the domain of geek culture. You see lots of superheroes and anime character and other cool oddities all the time. Rarely do you see someone attempt a papercrafting project quite like artist Jonathan Brand’s. Since 2010, he’s been working his way through a 1:1 model of a 1969 Mustang coupe, beginning with the tires, then the engine, and eventually, he hopes, the entire car. “When finished every part of the 1969 Mustang coupe that I restored and sold to purchase a diamond engagement ring will be recreated,” Brand says.

The engine is fabulous all in one piece, but given that he is recreating every car part used to assemble the classic car in obsessive detail — yes, there are papercraft lug nuts — it becomes considerably more impressive. Check out our photo gallery of Brand’s progress after the jump and let us know what you think. … Read More

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