Enter the Church of the SubGenius, the Parody Religion Backed by R. Crumb, David Byrne & Other Alt-Icons

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You may not know much about the Church of the SubGenius, but you’ve definitely seen its prophet. The intensively groomed, Ward Cleaveresque J. R. “Bob” Dobbs (below) began as a humble piece of 1950s clip art and went on to become “a way of life to millions… yet half of them don’t even know it.

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Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song”: Hear the Newly-Released Single

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The “Galaxy Song” first appeared in the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, and it has been revived in later years — on Monty Python albums, and in Monty Python stage plays. Now the song originally written by Eric Idle has been re-recorded, this time with the lyrics sung by the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking.

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What Happens When a Cheap Ikea Print Gets Presented as Fine Art in a Museum

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The entity to whom Dutch group, Lifehunters, attributes the museum quality artwork in the video prank above doesn’t exist.

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Watch Meryl Streep Have Fun with Accents: Bronx, Polish, Irish, Australian, Yiddish & More

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Meryl Streep, frequently hailed as one of our Greatest Living Actresses — she claims there’s no such thing — commands a near-encyclopedic mastery of accents.

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77 Exercises: A Workout Video For Fans of the Talking Heads

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Turns out you can burn some good calories when you’re Burning Down the House. Enjoy a fun clip from Funny or Die, and some other great Talking Heads material from our archive below.

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A Gallery of Mad Magazine’s Rollicking Fake Advertisements from the 1960s

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I can well remember the first time I read Mad Magazine. I was probably around Bart Simpson’s age, but nowhere near his degree of wiseass-ness. I found the humor of the adult world mostly mystifying and also pretty tame, given my rather sheltered existence.

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Watch the Opening Credits of an Imaginary 70s Cop Show Starring Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett: avant-garde dramatist, brooding Nobel Prize winner, poet, and…gritty television detective?
Sadly, no, but he had the makings of a great one, at least as cut together by playwright Danny Thompson, cofounder of Chicago’s Theater Oobleck.

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Joni Mitchell’s Application for a Tenure Track Philosophy Position

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Image by Asylum Records (Billboard page 2) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Michael Stipe has a teaching gig at NYU. Lynda Barry has one at UW-Madison. Sun Ra gave a classic lecture at UC-Berkeley.

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Watch Between Time and Timbuktu, an Obscure TV Gem Based on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut

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Just wondering, who among us knows how to sing the zip code of Boston’s public television station, WGBH-TV?
If you warbled “02134” without hesitation, you probably grew up watching a beloved children’s television show of the 70s.
It turns out Zoom wasn’t the only cool program WGBH hatched in 1972.

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Watch Artist Shepard Fairey Pretend to Work in an Art Supply Store

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Attention sulky art school students! Next time you’re stocking up on pre-smashed TVs, baby doll parts, riot cop stencils and mannequins, be sure to say hello to Shepard Fairey.
The artist is currently sporting a provocative T-shirt of his own design and posing as an employee of Shocking Art Supply and Craft.

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