Thursday, December 08

 

Wednesday, December 07

 

Tuesday, December 06

The Debunker: Is "In the Air Tonight" about Phil Collins Watching a Man Drown?

by Ken Jennings

You're not just imagining it: the 1980s are back! It's not just Netflix drowning us in nostalgia with Stranger Things and Fuller House. Women are wearing scrunchies, Ghostbusters and Blade Runner are returning to the multiplex, Hulk Hogan is back showing off his moves on videotape, and Teddy Ruxpin is returning to toy stores. Just for fun, we even elected a 1980s curio as President of the United States! But is everything we remember about the eighties the totally tubular truth? "Just say no," says Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, so we've asked him to take us on a DeLorean ride back in time, separating the "Straight Up" facts from the "sweet little lies" of our foggily remembered Bartles & Jaymes youth. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

The Debunker: Is "In the Air Tonight" about Phil Collins Watching a Man Drown?

This rumor, in one of its dozens of variations, is so persistent that no less a scholar than Eminem cites it as fact in his hit "Stan":

You know the song by Phil Collins, "In the Air of the Night" [sic]
About that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drownin'
But didn't, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him?    

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Monday, December 05

Music Monday: Happy Birthday JJ Cale

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! JJ Cale is one of those artists that is all but invisible by name, but has somehow overlapped all the major rock figures. Today Scott's gathered five songs that JJ Cale had a hand in writing. You've certainly heard his work before, even if you don't yet know you have.

Eric Clapton - Cocaine

 

This ode to the troubles of the rock star drug is best known as an Eric Clapton song. But before it belonged to him, it belonged to JJ Cale. Just goes to show. Cocaine isn't the monogamous sort.

Oh, but that's not all! More JJ Cale songs to come.

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Saturday, December 03

 

Friday, December 02

 

Thursday, December 01

 

Wednesday, November 30

Live From the Internet!

by Kathleen Richards

This week we're paying homage to the glory that is Wikipedia!

More specifically, the glory that is Wikipedia photos. So without further ado, I present to you a compilation of some weird/cool Wikipedia images I've come across lately. Each one links to the article it's from, if you feel like reading, but you can also just peruse these pics free of context and marvel at the wonderful and weird world that we live in. You can also hover over the pics for image attribution information!

This picture is what I imagine that rich people's houses look like.

 

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Tuesday, November 29

Raid the Woot Holiday Bunker!

by Kathleen Richards

A lot of crazy stuff has happened in our holiday bunker so far this season! While everyone upstairs in the living quarters is busy doing...well, doing this, we're going to sneak around the bunker's storage rooms and see if we can find any cool stuff down there. Oh yeah, and everything we find down there is going home with some lucky Wooters. Want to get in on the bunker booty? Keep reading!

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Monday, November 28

Music Monday: Happy Birthday Randy Newman

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! It's sorta weird just how much music has been given the Randy Newman touch over the years. Sure, we all know the big hits but do we all know the hits he's written? If we do, Scott's birthday tribute to Mr. Newman will just be a fun walk down memory lane. But if we don't, well, we might be about to learn a thing or two.

Peggy Lee - Is That All There Is?

 

Depressing? Sure. Sardonic? Of course? Is this song right up there with MacArthur Park on the list of things Scott wants to forget? Damn straight! But there's a real chance you didn't know that a young Randy Newman was doing the orchestral arrangement. Which, as you can hear, is quite nice overall. Especially when compared to the lyrics.

Even more deep cuts comin' up. Then it'll be your turn!

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