The period costumes and hairstyles of Mad Men are so perfectly done, and the '60s production design so pervasive, that it's startling to be reminded that the cast members have lives outside the show. And that some of them have the same history of ludicrous hairstyles and inadvisable outfits that the rest of us do. As Mad Men begins its final season (or next-to-final half-season? or whatever) this weekend, can you recognize these eight cast members in their pre-Sterling-Cooper days?
On the ladies, you'd call them "beauty marks". On the men, you'd call them a dermatologist. But these eight famous blemishes all catch the eye, anchor the face, and hold the memory, turning mere faces into icons. But whose faces?
Frolic like ducklings, for the equinox is nigh! This week, the usual eight things in our visual-trivia quiz all have "spring" in their names. Name them and you'll enjoy three months of robust fertility.
The likes of Eight Men Out and The Blind Side notwithstanding, basketball tops every sport on the silver screen. The back-and-forth scoring, the spectacular jumps and shots, the buzzer-beaters from halfcourt, the complex interplay of class and race: it's all made for the movies. Before the real basketball drama starts unfolding next week, can you identify these eight hoops films by their posters or DVD covers?
These days, the posters for Hollywood movies usually look pretty much the same everywhere, except for the language. But there was a time when it was more common for local distributors and exhibitors put together their own posters to appeal to local audiences. And their re-imaginings can be more interesting than the movies themselves. Sometimes they'd interpret the movie's theme symbolically. Sometimes they'd latch on to some detail that the American producers considered secondary. Sometimes they'd take a completely different tone or visual style. And sometimes they'd make some crap up and hope it got people in the door. Can you recognize any of these well-known Hollywood flicks from their foreign posters?
The only good wars are the ones fought around a table with your friends. No casualties, no shattered cities or burned fields or starving refugees, and it's all over in a few hours. Here are eight game boards where millions of us have discovered the pleasures of phony wars. Some were total global conflicts, others mere skirmishes. Do you recognize these play battlefields?
Even leaving out the figure skaters, the over-the-top fabulous outfits are one of the most entertaining things about the Winter Olympics - and extra funny this year, given Russia's backwards attitude toward those of the flamboyant persuasion. Which countries are shown here stepping out in their Sochi best?
Different actors, different personas, but most significantly, different hair: so goes the evolution of the character we insist on calling Doctor Who. (We're masochists for outraged, pedantic lectures from geeks.) For a time-traveler, the Doctor sure has followed the hairstyle trends of his time, hasn't he? Keep that in mind as you try to match the hair with the Doctor.
For all their cheap, mass-market ubiquity, the boxed costumes of the '70s and '80s manufactured by such outfits as Ben Cooper and Collegeville were pretty avant-garde in their way. Rather than attempt versimilitude, they splashed logos across kids' torsos with total disregard for what the subject of the costume looked like, thus turning the wearer into a walking billboard in a bold commentary on the commercial nature of such commodified celebrations.
Or maybe they were just really crappy. You tell us. And tell us who these eight disturbing costumes were supposed to represent.