Category Archives: Popular Culture

Did Homer Simpson Solve Fermat’s Last Theorem?

In an episode of The Simpson’s called The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer appears to write a valid solution to defeat Fermat’s Last Theorem on a blackboard. But given that Fermat’s last theorem is proven, is it real? Well, obviously not—but in this video mathematician and author Simon Singh explains why he wasn’t actually too… Read More »

Elton John: “I’m lucky to be alive after operation”

Elton John has said he is “lucky to be alive” after an operation that stopped appendicitis from killing him. The singer said his appendicitis, which was initially misdiagnosed, stopped him from performing at several concerts last summer. He told The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine: “I’m lucky I’m still alive. I started feeling ill 14… Read More »

Ben Affleck to play Batman in next Superman movie

Rumors about who will star as the Caped Crusader in the yet-to-be-named film have been swirling ever since “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder announced at Comic-Con last monththat the two superheroes would appear together in the sequel – their first pairing on the big screen.Affleck’s name wasn’t even on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of… Read More »

Steel yourselves, movie fanboys, for Superman/Batman

Perhaps the ultimate superhero buddy movie will be coming to theaters in the next few years, as Warner Brothers announces plans for a Superman/Batman flick. Image: The new Superman/Batman logo unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. … Nothing quite says “tease” like reading from a mega-popular, fan-favorite comic book at the end of a movie panel.… Read More »

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”.   Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and… Read More »

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53

Australian rocker Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls lead singer whose group scored an international hit with the sexually charged “I Touch Myself” in the early 1990s, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, her husband said. She was 53. “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton,… Read More »

Confusing Twitter hashtag leave Cher fans in mourning

… Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away today.She was admired and derided in almost equal measure. Some adored how she assaulted entrenched British institutions with her handbag. Others thought she was a petty and divisive shopkeeper’s daughter. One Web site that espoused the latter view is called Is Thatcher Dead Yet? It rather… Read More »

Original Batmobile sold for $4.2m at US auction

The Batmobile used by actor Adam West in the original TV series of Batman has sold for $4.2m (£2.6m) at a US auction. The car was bought by Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona. The 56-year-old, who was just 10 when the high-camp TV series began in 1966, said it “was a… Read More »

Dear Abby columnist dead at 94

Pauline Friedman Phillips who, under the name Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running “Dear Abby” advice column followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94. Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips’ column competed for decades with the… Read More »

Movie Review: Life of Pi

A boy on a shipwreck survives in a lifeboat. His family and everyone else on the cargo ship dies. He tells two different stories of how he survived. In one of them, bananas float in the ocean and he was trapped on a boat with a tiger. The visuals are great and the story pace… Read More »

Elvis Presley crypt pulled from auction

1 day ago 1 day ago The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine. More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Julien’s Auctions said it would not sell… Read More »

TV star Richard Dawson dies at 79

Can’t sleep tonight, so I’m catching up on the news. This is sad. Survey says.. Rest in peace. TV star Richard Dawson dies at 79 BBC NEWS | JUNE 3, 2012 –Richard Dawson won an Emmy Award in 1978 for best game show hostRichard Dawson, the English-born actor and TV host who found fame… Read More »

Peter Jackson unveils new Hobbit footage

Director Peter Jackson has unveiled 10 minutes of footage of The Hobbit to a mixed reaction at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas. The prequel to his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, starring British actor Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is due out in cinemas in December. The new film has been shot at… Read More »

Dick Clark dies of heart attack aged 82

One of America’s best-known veteran television personalities, Dick Clark, has died aged 82. Clark, who presented the long-running music show American Bandstand and an annual New Year’s Eve special, had a heart attack, his agent said. He had continued working even after suffering a debilitating stroke in 2004. ABC’s American Bandstand show introduced stars ranging… Read More »

NY judge tells woman: Stay away from Alec Baldwin

NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian actress accused in New York City of stalking “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin has been told to stay away from him.Montreal resident Genevieve Sabourin was arraigned Monday, a day after being arrested on charges of stalking and aggravated harassment. The Manhattan district attorney’s office says a judge released Sabourin… Read More »

Review: Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It

By Dan Bacalzo Feb 17, 2012 William Shatner displays a curious mix of self-deprecation and self-aggrandizement in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, his entertaining one-man show currently playing a limited Broadway engagement at The Music Box before launching a brief national tour. The actor demonstrates a willingness to laugh at himself, thereby allowing… Read More »

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premieres in Dubai

Dubai is preparing for the arrival of Hollywood stars at the premiere of the fourth Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. It is the opening film for the Dubai International Film Festival, and the first major Hollywood movie to be set in Dubai. via BBC News – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premieres in Dubai.

Jackson doctor Conrad Murray sentenced to four years

Conrad Murray, the US doctor convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to four years in county jail. Murray was found guilty earlier this month after a six-week trial. Judge Michael Pastor told the court that while Murray was legally eligible for probation, he did not think his actions… Read More »

Facebook Identifies Porn Spammers

Facebook said Wednesday that it has tracked down the scammers responsible for a spam attack that flooded the social network with pornographic and violent imagery this week. “In addition to the engineering teams that build tools to block spam we also have a dedicated enforcement team that has already identified those responsible and is working… Read More »

John Lennon’s tooth bought by Canadian dentist

John Lennon told his housekeeper she could give his tooth to her daughter as a souvenir A Canadian dentist has bought one of John Lennon’s teeth for £19,500 at an auction in Stockport. Alberta-based Michael Zuk bid by phone to secure the molar given by the former Beatle to his house keeper Dot Jarlett, who… Read More »

What are you doing to celebrate the end of the world today? (The Mayan Calendar ends today Oct. 28, 2011, or not)

Someone named Calleman fudged the Mayan calendar and came up with today as the date. The idea spread and many people who are more interested in spiritual growth than archaeology now believe it. “… Calleman’s own made up period which he calls uaxlahunkin (13 x 18 days). This period does not exist in the real… Read More »

Steve Jobs refused cancer treatment for too long, says biographer

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off his family’s protests and opting instead for alternative medicine, according to his biographer. When Jobs eventually sought surgery, the rare form of pancreatic cancer had spread to the tissues surrounding the organ, his biographer, Walter Isaacson, said in an interview with… Read More »

The last pinball wizards keep game alive

Gary Stern has a quick answer for anyone who says he runs the last pinball machine company in the world: it’s not the last – it’s simply the only pinball company. Stern, 58, was born into the pinball business and is determined to keep it alive. His father ran a top pinball manufacturer back in… Read More »

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows makes $1bn

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has passed the $1bn (£609m) mark at the worldwide box office, distributor Warner Bros has said. The final instalment in the eight-part boy wizard series is the first to reach the milestone. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had the previous best global takings with $974.8m (£593m)… Read More »

Harry Potter Question

The final Harry Potter movie was fantastic, very satisfying. I do wish Xeno Lovegood would have been there for the final fight, of course. Many lose ends were tied up, but there was one thing I now want to go re-read in the last book to understand. I don’t think this question will be a… Read More »

Ryan Dunn, star of Jackass, dies in car crash

Ryan Dunn, a star of MTV’s Jackass show, has died from injuries sustained in a car crash in suburban Philadelphia, police have said. Authorities said that Dunn, 34, and a passenger in his 2007 Porsche died early on Monday after the car came off the road and burst into flames. The crash occurred near the… Read More »

Beatle Ringo Starr apologises for Liverpool comments

Ringo Starr has apologised for saying he missed nothing about his home city Liverpool.The ex-Beatle, who is starting a UK tour including a Liverpool Empire gig, said he did not think he had offended Scousers with his 2008 remarks. “I apologise to those people who were offended, as long as they live in Liverpool, not… Read More »