Hollywood used to have a habit of putting slanty-eye makeup on non-Asian stars and passing them off as from "the Orient." Here are some of the more egregious examples:
At a reception and preview for Heritage Auctions' The Personal Property of John Wayne the other night, the Duke's son Ethan Wayne said life with Dad was "adventurous, bold, kind, and loving." And when the superstar wanted to read you the riot act, he was nice enough not to do it to your fac ... More >>
Professor Conan T. BarbarianThe website for Trinity College in Dublin was vastly improved last week when a prankster posted the profile of a new English professor, Dr. Conan T. Barbarian. The profile, which has since been taken down but can be viewed on the cached page, features a picture of ... More >>
From "Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea"Using genetics, historical data and odds, scientists have concluded that 1 out of every 200 men in the world is a direct descendent of Genghis Khan. Discover Magazine reports that the Y chromosomes of roughly 0.5% of Earth's male population ... More >>
solanima.net Although it sometimes seems that cupcakes are an unstoppable force, stomping across the five boroughs like Genghis Khan's army, it turns out it's actually not that hard for cupcake sellers to go out of business.
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We recently published our Best of NYC issue, the Voice's annual opportunity to bestow awards like Best Vigilante and Best New Snarky Media-Gossip Site on our favorite things. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Nathan KensingerIn the Kitchen, a ... More >>
No, Meryl Streep's name is nowhere near this list. But if you click on this survey, you'll find no fewer than two Brad Pitt performances (one of his accents is described as sounding merely like a sore throat), a legendarily bad Cockney accent by Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (" 'Allo, Guvn ... More >>
About a year and a half ago, a pitch fell into my lap from Steven Wells, the infamous NME writer who'd been highly praised and enthusiastically recommended by a determined string of collegial forwards. ("Crazy, brilliant Brit," went one such thumbs-up.) Wells wanted to write a column for this blog j ... More >>
Think of it as a mini meatloaf on a bun. Like the name says, hamburgers originated in the port city of Hamburg, Germany, where ground meat has been a popular viand at least since the late Middle Ages. According to one cockamamie story, Genghis Khan invented it when his invading hordes put meat under ... More >>
"These are troubling times," says Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid, above at the Conservative Political Action Conference today. "To bring up an old song by Jimi Hendrix, manic depression is searching my soul." Also says, at least back in the 1980s, "we knew that our president was born in the Uni ... More >>
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