Wednesday, August 20

 

Tuesday, August 19

The Debunker: Can Dogs See Colors?

by Ken Jennings

Dog lovers: could there be a better month than August to salute our canine companions? After all, August 10 is the day poor Rin Tin Tin died, and it’s the day Snoopy celebrates his birthday, in a 1968 Peanuts strip. Two weeks later, on August 26, it’s National Dog Day, according to the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network. To celebrate the dog days of summer, we’ve unleashed Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings, who will correct some of man’s worst misconceptions about man’s best friend.

 

The Debunker: Can Dogs See Colors?

Fans of the children’s book hero Encyclopedia Brown may remember the 1966 classic “Case of the Boy Bullfighter,” in which we learn that young Miguel Sebastian must have lied about his dog being able to see the color red—because dogs are color blind! A humiliated Miguel returns his ill-gotten loot, a stolen tooth collection, and has his mom repair the seat of Charlie’s red pants. A happy ending!

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Monday, August 18

Music Monday: 80s Ballads That Are Close To Our Hearts

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Scott’s rested after his vacation and he’s ready to take the long, hard trip back to the 1980s, where he can collect some ballads. Join him, won’t you?

Heart - Alone

 

The 1980s were a great time for the bombastic power ballad. Be it the first dance at the prom or a gloomy dream-sequence beside a Christmas tree, the ballad was there! And Heart was super-good at using the ballad to create the perfect atmosphere for all situations. Singing alone in the car? Works! Dreaming about a lost love? Works! Trying to win over someone at karaoke? Works!

The ‘80s ballads are only gettin’ better. See you after the jump!

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Wednesday, August 13

 

Tuesday, August 12

The Debunker: Are French Poodles Really French?

by Ken Jennings

Dog lovers: could there be a better month than August to salute our canine companions? After all, August 10 is the day poor Rin Tin Tin died, and it’s the day Snoopy celebrates his birthday, in a 1968 Peanuts strip. Two weeks later, on August 26, it’s National Dog Day, according to the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network. To celebrate the dog days of summer, we’ve unleashed Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings, who will correct some of man’s worst misconceptions about man’s best friend.

 

The Debunker: Are French Poodles Really French?

With their affectionate personalities, big brains, and hypoallergenic coats, poodles are one of the most beloved dog breeds on earth. In the United States, they were the most popular breed for much of the late 20th century, and still hang in the top ten today. Poodles are well-known as the national dog of France, where they’re called caniches—and what could seem more French than a dainty white poodle at a dog show, its fur sculpted into ridiculously stylish puffs, its nose haughtily in the air?

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Monday, August 11

Music Monday: Fire Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! It’s too hot out and Scott’s on vacation anyway. So this week we’re gonna burn the place down with songs about fire. Easy to understand, easy to assemble, easy to enjoy. See you next week!

Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire

 

A perfect tropical party sound. Probably they’ll play this in the hotel where Scott’s staying. Maybe by the pool.

More comin’ up after the jump.

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Thursday, August 07

 

Tuesday, August 05

The Debunker: Is a Dog’s Mouth Really Cleaner Than Yours?

by Ken Jennings

Dog lovers: could there be a better month than August to salute our canine companions? After all, August 10 is the day poor Rin Tin Tin died, and it’s the day Snoopy celebrates his birthday, in a 1968 Peanuts strip. Two weeks later, on August 26, it’s National Dog Day, according to the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network. To celebrate the dog days of summer, we’ve unleashed Jeopardy!’s Ken Jennings, who will correct some of man’s worst misconceptions about man’s best friend.

 

The Debunker: Is a Dog’s Mouth Really Cleaner Than Yours?

You’ve probably heard the old saw about the counterintuitive cleanliness of a dog’s mouth. It often gets trotted out by embarrassed pet lovers when they catch the look of disgust in your eye as their Irish setter’s tongue has its way with their hands/face/tonsils. Sure, sure, this is a mouth that spends all day grubbing around in dirt, feces, its own genitals, other dogs’ butts, etc., but somehow it’s so clean you can eat off of it. Right.

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Monday, August 04

Music Monday: Non-Album Tracks

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott’s gathered a whole bunch of songs that weren’t actually on any albums, at least not at first. Remember, bootlegs and live recordings don’t count! Don’t worry, you’ll keep up.

Scott Walker - Archangel

 

This song, like many here, was a b-side from a 1966 Walker Brothers single. Back then nobody knew the guy who was singing this would eventually grow into a guy who’d be doing this. Go figure, right? Anyway, Archangel’s sort of the first hint of what was coming. And it was hidden on the back of something else.

We’ve got more great stuff you could easily have missed if you only collected the albums. See you after the jump!

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Wednesday, July 30