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Blue Beads

Dec 5, 2014
In early September 1993, new Yale President Rick Levin gave his first welcoming address to matriculating freshmen - Yale College's class of 1997. According to tradition, following the address, the President situated himself outside Woolsey Hall in the Rotunda and the freshmen would...
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The Hardest Working Universities in Show Business

Nov 21, 2014
A new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, chronicles the life and times of the Godfather of Soul. When he was young, Brown shined shoes and lived in a brothel in Augusta, GA before serving time in juvenile detention for robbery. But his hustle upon being paroled at the age of 19 anticipated the emergence...
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Super Creepy Rob Lowe

Nov 7, 2014
As a lifelong baseball fan, it would be great if my three boys were interested in watching the World Series. Naturally, they were more excited about the ads. The good news is that they werent excited about the ad I was afraid of: a shockingly direct Pfizer ad for Viagra featuring a blonde on a bed in a come hither pose cooing...
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Too Much of the Same Thing

Oct 24, 2014
While out walking the other day, I spotted this poster on the street...
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Lazy Rivers

Oct 10, 2014
I have a weakness for revolving restaurants. When I plan my travel, I often refer to my favorite Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_revolving_restaurants. As if the combination of fine dining and 360 views weren't enough, the mechanics of the revolving restaurant fascinate me. Does the kitchen revolve as well? Where is the boundary between the revolving platform and the core and is there ever a...
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Fooling All The People All The Time

Sep 26, 2014
Probably the least secret "secret society" at Yale is the Pundits. Founded in 1884, the Pundits are Yale's senior pranksters. When students run naked through the library, it's probably the Pundits. My brother Aaron was tapped as a Pundit and...
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Jello Shots

Sep 12, 2014
I always thought it was strange to walk into drugstores and see cigarette cartons piled high as mountains behind the cashier. After all, I come from Ontario, Canada where you can't buy alcohol outside of special Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores. (Beer, it should be...
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Do the Right Thing

Aug 29, 2014
Higher education is about more than learning a subject and gaining the skills required to become gainfully employed. Judging from recent media coverage, it's also about football and basketball. More important, it's about learning to do the right thing. In college, I...
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Abominable Snowjob

Aug 15, 2014
Growing up in Toronto in the 1980s, if I thought about university at all, it was about the relative merits of London, Ontario (Western University) versus Kingston, Ontario (Queen's University). There was no question about going to University of Toronto. That was for losers who wanted...
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Bono Goes AWOL

Aug 1, 2014
It seems like U2 has been on top of the world of pop music forever. But in the early 1980s U2 was just another Irish rock band. Sure, they were more popular than The Pogues, but not yet a different genus let alone...
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