Monday, October 24

Music Monday: Cartoon Bands

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! For many of us, rock was something holy. And for others, it was something that you could find on childhood TV. Today Scott's exploring the latter, and taking a look at the cartoons who decided to be rock stars.

Alvin & The Chipmunks - Good Girls Don't


You're gonna find a lot of Chimpmunk fakes out there today, but once upon a time, speeding things up was real cutting-edge stuff. This honest-to-goodness Chipmunks song was sort of a "Why not" kinda joke from the son of the original Dave Seville, Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. Ross Jr. might have been amazed to learn how many people still loved the Chipmunks, but he was quick to make the most of it. And, today, the Chipmunk empire reigns over all others. I wonder if they ever got that hula hoop.

More to come, and boy, are they memorable.

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Tuesday, October 18

We're Changing The Site, Don't Freak Out (Part II)

by Woot Embetterment Team

Last July, we alerted everyone about a small change. Remember this wonderful post? Ah, those were the days. We had no idea what madness awaited us in the months ahead. We were so innocent then.

Anyway, if you DIDN'T see it then, you DEFINITELY see it now. Because as of now, we've rolled out the changes to 100% of our readers, shoppers, and dear sweet friends. THAT'S YOU, SWEET FRIEND! HOORAY! Please bask in the glory that is our new design. Oh, and hey, get ready because there's more on the way. Check THIS out:



That's right! In the pipeline we've got cool category filters, a widget to tell you how much time is left in the sale, a GLORIOUS way to see all the deals at once, and more! What could "more" be? Well, we're not totally sure just yet, but we'll figure that out real soon.

So keep your eyes peeled and watch as we slowly sneak these changes out, and back, and out again. After all, you can't spell "I improves" without "improvise"!

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The Debunker: Is a Diamond Engagement Ring Traditional?

by Ken Jennings

Thanks to the hard work of the Association of American State Geologists, the second week of October has been officially declared "Earth Science Week" every year since 1998. So we decided to have Jeopardy!'s rarest gem, Ken Jennings, school us on the hardest rock of them all: diamonds. Are they really forever? Are they a girl's best friend? Let's shed the cold, hard light of 10-carat truth onto some of these semiprecious superstitions.

The Debunker: Is a Diamond Engagement Ring Traditional?

Today, everyone knows that if you like it, you should put a ring on it. Diamonds, after all, are an age-old symbol of permanence and strength. What could be a better symbol for the start of a marriage? You'll probably be surprised to hear that the idea of a diamond engagement ring isn't a storied tradition at all. In fact, it's a mid-20th century invention, the result of the most successful ad campaign in history.

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Monday, October 17

Music Monday: RIP Prince Buster

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We've lost so many music legends in 2016 that we stopped doing RIP posts because we couldn't keep up. Seriously. But he's making a small exception for this week, to recap Prince Buster and the bands influenced by his ska.

Prince Buster - Judge Dread


I once saw The Specials do their tribute to this song live. They ended by asking an audience member to play the jury. The audience member shouted I SENTENCE HIM TO A SIX PACK AND A BUS TICKET and the whole band started laughing. I wouldn't have that fantastic memory without Prince Buster's hard work creating this song. I also wouldn't have comic book tough guy Judge Dredd, who was named after this song. As you can see, Prince Buster's pretty important to modern culture.

Prince Buster did so much cool stuff it can't all fit into one Music Monday. But there's still more to come.

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