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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Lothar & The Hand People “Space Hymn”

When people say, “Lin, what is wrong with you?” I have an answer. Lothar and the Hand People. I heard them and I was never quite the same. First of all, this is the best […]

07/09/2014

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Sleepy Yankee Fan Is Suing

A Yankee fan was in a slump or more like slumping over the seat next to him asleep. Two ESPN commentators caught sight of him and poked some fun. According to the New York Post, Andrew Rector, the sleepy fan, has filed a $10 million defamation suit against those who made him the butt of their jokes. They commented on how he was leaning so far he might fall over and how he slept through a homer.

07/08/2014

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Running of Daaa Bulls [Photos]

The Running of the Bulls, or encierro, kicked off again yesterday in Pamplona, Spain. Immortalized in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises”, it’s a tradition dating back centuries that has come under much scrutiny and controversy. Its popularity has swelled with the number of thrill-seekers and tourists who participate. Animal rights groups, however, call it entertainment torture.

07/08/2014

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Linside Chicago: Immaculate Conception [Listen]

My friend Don Johnsson introduced me to this hidden treasure of a bowling alley for one of his birthdays. It all seemed too good to be true. Rentable at nominal fee. Manual pinsetters. A cozy […]

07/07/2014

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Can Plants Hear Their Enemies?

Plants can do a lot of amazing things — photosynthesis, bearing fruit — but can they hear as well? A University of Missouri study found that plants can hear caterpillars chomping on their leaves. These […]

07/07/2014

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Some Aerial Fireworks to Follow Your Fourth [Watch]

This past weekend saw lots of actual fireworks and at least a couple aerial fireworks, as two planes nearly collided at Barcelona Airport in Spain. Disaster was averted only by the alert pilot of the […]

07/07/2014

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Linside Chicago: Petersen’s Ice Cream [Listen]

Petersen’s is a restaurant, but it is first and foremost an ice cream parlor. At 1100 Chicago in Oak Park since 1931, you can indulge in sundaes, banana splits, cones, and milkshakes. Petersen’s ice cream […]

07/02/2014

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Temple City Kazoo Orchestra “2001 Sprach Kazoostra”

The EP that rocked the world in 1979 came from the estimable Rhino Records. 4 Songs from The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Miss You,” and “Stayin’ Alive.” But for the traditional […]

07/02/2014

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Captain Beefheart “Lick My Decals Off, Baby”

We descend into the world of unusual genius with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band and the title track from his 4th album, Lick My Decals Off, Baby. Beloved of critics and cherished by early […]

06/25/2014