Saturday, March 25

 

Friday, March 24

Music Madness: Announcing The Final Eight

by Madness Comissioner


Eight! Eight teams are left in this four-on-four battle! By next Monday we'll know which one-hit wonder is the champion of each decade! And YOU can play a part! Go vote via our Facebook page to close out the decades and we can turn this thing into a GREATEST OF ALL TIME MATCH!

Of course the brackets sealed a while ago, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing! And in case you're curious, a perfect bracket at this point would look something like this. Maybe with a better font.

So take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall and see the full list of the remaining eight contestants!

Already know the songs by heart? Go vote across all four decades! But if you wanna see what's left, don't worry. We've got the head-to-head breakdown happening below.

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Thursday, March 23

 

Wednesday, March 22

Woot This Week

by Kathleen Richards

Welcome to Woot This Week, where every week we count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently for sale on Woot!

And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:

5. Pure Black Mask: Mineral Rich Charcoal Black Head Peel Off Mask, $8.99

DON'T EVEN LIE. I know you watch gross dermatology videos on the internet. WE ALL DO. The blackhead strip videos are a personal favorite of mine, so I'm partial to this mask, but I have a feeling even pimple-popping enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the satisfactions of peeling sticky masks off their faces and looking at all the gunk that it pulled out of their pores.

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Music Madness: Announcing The Solvent Sixteen

by Madness Comissioner


You voted. Your friends voted. Your foes voted. And now we've narrowed our month-long Music Madness event down to just sixteen one-hit wonders. Today you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to knock the Solvent 16 all the way down to the Final 8. Today the votes come from the '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. It's all in play, and any of them could go away.

Of course the brackets sealed a while ago, but you can still enjoy gawking at everyone else's brackets in this thread. Some of those guessers might just win a real trophy at the end of this thing! And in case you're curious, a perfect bracket would look vaguely like this. Maybe a little prettier. Look, let's not dwell on the past any more, okay?

And now, are you ready to rock Round Three? Take a look at Scott and Kathleen with our cool bracket wall with the remaining contestants! And also the songs they want to win!

Already know the songs by heart? Go vote across all four decades! But if you wanna see what's left, don't worry. We've got the head-to-head breakdown happening below.

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Tuesday, March 21

The Debunker: Was Daylight Saving Time Instituted for Farmers?

by Ken Jennings

March brings the first soft breezes and crocus buds of spring, as the earth awakens after its winter-long sleep. I can only assume this new season of life and fertility explains why the Agricultural Council of America has named March 21, often the first day of spring, as "National Agriculture Day." But how much do you really know about farming? In honor of the equinox, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings is here to plant some seeds of knowledge among your weeds of agricultural ignorance.

The Debunker: Was Daylight Saving Time Instituted for Farmers?

Okay, first of all, it's not "daylight savings time." It's "daylight saving time," singular, according to the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which standardized the summertime clock shift in the United States. (Other countries mostly call it "summer time.") And Benjamin Franklin didn't invent it. He did write a 1784 essay called "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light" for The Journal of Paris, noting that it was a waste of time to sleep through so much morning daylight in the summer—so why not take his trademark "early to bed, early to rise" advice and kick it up a notch? But (a) he was just joking around, and (b) he was proposing getting people out of bed earlier, not actually changing all the clocks. Serious talk about springing forward and falling back was still a century away.

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Monday, March 20

Music Monday: Bracket Talk

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! At this point, we're three weeks in to Music Madness so there's no point in recapping the rules. The important facts to know are these: We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! We're also giving away real trophies in three categories: Most Right Answers, Least Right Answers, and Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket. And by this point, well, a lot of the brackets look something like this.

That's what Poor Scott's bracket looks like. Today he's going to look at his biggest mistakes and explain what we was thinking. Then you can do the same with YOUR bracket in the comments below. Ready? Let's commiserate together!

70s Bracket: Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around And Fell In Love beat Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood

 

I picked Knock On Wood because it's AMAZING. It's high energy, and a disco classic they still play even today! There's nothing wrong with the Elvin Bishop song, but it's so mellow and neutral. Maybe everyone knew it better from the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack? Maybe that's why it won? OR MAYBE THEY WERE JUST ALL JUST WRONG!

More whining from Scott coming right up. Hey, let him have this. He's done a lot of work on these brackets.

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Saturday, March 18

 

Friday, March 17