Why people love and hate candy corn

candy corn Candy corn is like cilantro. Your taste buds either love it or hate it. For many, this three colored, triangle shaped Halloween staple is an essential purchase each fall and for others it’s the classic option that just comes back from the dead each year. While the jury isn’t out on which side is right, here are a few reasons why candy corn is loved and hated by the masses. Why people love candy

2019 San Diego Comic-con Pop Culture Highlights

2019 San Diego Comic-Con Highlights

Everybody has a reason to go to San Diego in the third week of July every year. It started out with comic books, action figures and memorabilia were added to the mix, and now 50 years in, every aspect of Pop Culture is represented. Anime, cosplay, toys, established and wannabe artist show off their wares, art and talents. Networks, Movie Studios and Gaming companies show off in “experiences” and “activations”. …

Marvel Character Timeline

Marvel Comics has been around for many years, an impressive 80 to be exact. They first got their start in 1939 under the name Timely Publications, and it wasn’t until 1961 that they were officially known as Marvel Comics.

Their first publication, Marvel Comics #1, saw fantastic success with its two thrilling characters, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. The first issue sold a whopping 900,000 copies and took off from there. Since the first …

Who Were The Biggest Fashion Winners During The 91st Oscars

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(PCM) The red carpet for the 91st Oscar Awards almost reminded us of a baby shower theme, as it was a sea of pink and blue hues that most celebrities donned for their red carpet look.

The men were all looking quite dapper in their custom suits (and suit dresses) and we also saw a ton of leading ladies choosing more comfortable looks this year …

Some Valentine’s Day Facts That You May Not Know!

(PCM) Every year couples around the globe celebrate their love and affections on February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day. Over the last few decades, Valentine’s Day has certainly become what could be called as “Hallmark Holiday”, as retail stores are filled to the brim with cutesy romantic trinkets, heart-shaped candy boxed and cards galore.

Many feel that couples love for one another should be celebrated each and every day and not only on one …

2019 Grammy Award Winners

2019 Grammy Award Winners
Winners Announced: February 10, 2019
Held at: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Host: Alicia Key
Eligibility Year: October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018.

Album of the year:
Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Record of the year:
This Is America – Childish Gambino

Song of the year:
This Is America – Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson

Best rap/sung performance:
This Is America – Childish Gambino

Best music video:
This Is America – …

The Real Meaning Of Foo Fighters

(PCM) Yes, believe it or not, millennials, Foo Fighters are actually a big part of World War II history and not just the epic rock band led by front-man Dave Grohl! The term Foo Fighter was used by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various UFOs or mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific Theater of Operations during battle and various missions.

Though “foo fighter” initially …

50 Facts You Thought Were True, But Weren’t

50 Facts You Thought Were True, But Weren’t

A lot of people have been taught misconceptions. How many of these facts did you believe to be true?

When you pour from cartons with a screw on top on one end, like oil for your car or broth that comes in boxes, why do they splash all around? Probably because you’re pouring it all wrong. The opening for pouring should be at the top, which will …

Review of 2018, in Numbers

Across the Board, there are a lot of Big Numbers to talk about from from 2018
NETFLIX announced that 45 Million People have watched there own Horror/ Psychological Film called Bird Box, and that was just in the first week. They DID say it was the best first week for any NETFLIX Film, which stars Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and John Malkovich. 45 Million People, for perspective, is (approximately) how many people saw a

More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia And… Who Is Santa Claus?

More Than 50 Christmas Jokes, Facts and Trivia
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(PCM) Greek native, Nicholas, born a few hundred years after Jesus Christ, had prior to that led a very righteous life, helping many people, particularly by providing children with gold coins. Raised as a devout Christian, Nicholas took all of his wealth and, following the words of God, gave it to the poor and needy. It is known …

Over 50 Christmas Facts, Trivia and Jokes, Plus The American Christmas Tree

Over 50 Christmas Facts, Trivia and Jokes
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(PCM) The New York Rockefeller Tree is probably America’s Most Famous. Each year, over a million locals and visitors, plus millions more on television since 1951, come to see the official lighting, now with over 40,000 lights and miles of wire.

How did we get to the point where a million people will come to New York to see …

Surrealist Salvador Dali Once Collaborated With Walt Disney

In 1944, surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Disney studio artist John Hench of Walt Disney came together to collaborate on an animated short film titled “Destino”. The film was only seven minutes in length and was not officially completed and released until 2003. 

It took nearly 60 years for “Destino” to make it’s debut and it is about a young woman and Janus, the God of Time trying to love each other. You can watch …

Who is the Woman You Hear Singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Dean Martin?

MarilynMaxellDeanJerry(PCM) Who is the woman you hear singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Dean Martin?
It took a little detective work to find the final answer(s).

Baby It’s Cold Outside was written by Frank Loesser in 1944, and he originally sang it with his wife, Lynn Garland at their housewarming party, towards the end of the party, as a subtle ‘good night’ to their guests. It was written as a “wolf” and “mouse” duet in …

The Many Ways That Elf On The Shelf Has Become A Pop Culture Trend

Elf1(PCM) It is that time of year again when everyone’s favorite little elf comes out of hiding and begins popping up in various areas throughout the homes of people all over the world. Anymore, these elves are doing anything but simply sitting on the shelf. What started out as a game for children to teach them the difference between being naughty and nice has become a pop culture phenomenon that has attracted many adults in …

The Origins Of The Christmas Ornament

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(PCM) It is the time of year where we are ready to deck the halls and begin trimming our Christmas trees. For many families this is time for togetherness and one of the most enjoyable aspects of the impending holiday season. The tradition of the Christmas tree as we know it today began here in America in the early 1700’s, however the Christmas tree itself dates back to 15th and 16th century Germany.  Evergreens were …

The Christmas Classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Almost Didn’t Happen!

(PCM) Back in 1943, author Philip Van Doren Stern was unable to find a publisher for his short story “The Greatest Gift” and was about to give up hope of ever getting his work out to readers. In a last ditch effort he ended up printing 200 copies of the story and gave them out as Christmas presents to his family, friends and colleagues.

As luck would have it, Van Doren Stern’s short story would …

A Select History of Christmas Carols and Songs

Christmas Carols and songs have been part of the Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. Some our favorites like “) Come All Ye Faithful” was first sung in Latin. The music of Christmas goes as far back as the day of Christ’s birth when the angel’s sang “Glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace Good will to men.”

Be fore we get in to our list of the best music of Christmas, …

The Most Stolen Piece Of Art Might Just Surprise You!

(PCM) It was very surprising for us to learn that Hubert and Jan van Eyck’s 12 panel Adoration of the Mystic Lamb (also known as the Ghent Altarpiece) is widely regarded as the most stolen art piece throughout history.  It was robbed by Napoleon, nearly burned by Calvinists, sought after by the Nazis and that is only naming a few, in fact part of the art piece has been missing since 1934 and has yet …

The Story Behind The Iconic Cartoon Character Bugs Bunny!

(PCM) The Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes cartoon character is one of the most widely recognizable throughout popular culture and around the globe. Bugs Bunny has been in more films than any other cartoon character and has also earned the rank of being the ninth most portrayed film character in history.

Bugs Bunny has appeared in numerous television shows, as well, and even managed to nab his very own star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. Not too …

The Legend Of Count Dracula And The Character We Know Today!

(PCM) Many believe that the origin of Count Dracula can be linked to an area of Romania known as Transylvania, which is believed to sit upon some of Earth’s strongest magnetic fields and some feel that it gives individuals who reside in the area various types of extra-sensory perceptions.

The area gave birth to famous author Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, as Dracula is literally translated in Gaelic as Drac Ullah meaning bad blood. It is easy …

Why Did They Remove Lenin’s Brain?

(PCM) Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He is credited with creation of the Soviet Union and was a feared political figure until this death at the young age of 53 in January of 1924.

Lenin’s cause of death was a series of strokes that began occurring when he was just 50 years old. He was also suffering from various levels of decline …

What Is The Human Genome Project?

(PCM) The Human Genome Project was completed on April 14th of 2003 and it was a breakthrough for scientific researchers across the globe, however many of you may be wondering what exactly The Human Genome Project is and just why it is so important.

First let’s look at the definition of a genome. A genome is an organism’s complete set of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a chemical compound that contains the genetic instructions needed to develop …

September 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, So Here Are Some Pirate Jokes!

“A pirate with no p… is irate!”(PCM) International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated every September 19. It was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), who decided that on September 19 every year that everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

Getting humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002 on board gave the holiday more gravitas.

It has been recognized by The Church of the …

The Tale Of Thomas Silverstein And The Range 13 Prison Cell

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(PCM) A convict by the name of Thomas Silverstein entered the prison system back in 1975 when he was charged for his role in three bank robberies along with his father and uncle. Silverstein was only 19 years old at the time of the crime.

After serving just three years behind bars, Silverstein was next convicted and charged with killing a fellow inmate, who was accused of …

The Lost Episodes Of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood And Why They Vanished!

(PCM) Most of us reminisce about “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” with memories of star Fred Rogers and his colorful cast of puppets teaching us about creativity, empathy, learning and more. We most recall this show with happy childhood memories, however did you know there were a few times where the show actually took quite a dark turn.

Back in November of 1983, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired a five episode arc about nuclear war which was titled …

The Gruesome Story Of The Lindow Bog Bodies

(PCM) In 1983, the preserved head and other tissue fragments of a woman were discovered in a peat bog at Lindow Moss near Cheshire, England. The partially preserved body was discovered by commercial peat cutters Andy Mould and Stephen Dooley. They first noticed an unusual item on the conveyor belt, which was similar in shape and size to a football. They took the object from the conveyor to examine it more closely. After they removed …

A Look Back At The Very First Cell Phone Call

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(PCM) Over the last decade cell phones have become a huge part of our everyday lives, in fact, many of us feel completely naked if we happen to forget our phones at home or in the car and in turn freak out about what we may be missing all day long! (Trust us, it’s really not that important! Facebook can wait!)

Even so, they have become a part of our daily lives …

Can Mental Illness Be Misdiagnosed or Even Faked?

(PCM) Mental illness is a real condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide, however often times it can be incredibly hard to detect. Some forms of mental illness show little to no physical symptoms, so it can be truly difficult for medical professionals to get to the bottom of what is truly going on.

This article is not meant to question those who suffer for various forms of mental illness, but rather look at the …

The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Dead At Age 76

(PCM) We are deeply saddened with the news that R&B/Soul legend Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. Nicknamed the “Queen of Soul” for her amazing vocal ability and strong roots tied to both gospel and the blues, Aretha Franklin was a true force to be reckoned with in the music industry and she will be remembered for her extensive catalog of work.

Franklin passed away around 9:50 am surrounded by her …

The Mysterious Connection Between Pink Floyd And The Wizard Of Oz

(PCM) For some very mysterious reasons there has always been a rumored connection between Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “Dark Side Of The Moon” and the 1939 classic film “The Wizard Of Oz”. It is unclear exactly who was the first person to decide to make an attempt to synchronize the album with the film, but it turned into a visual phenomena known as the “Dark Side Of The Rainbow”.

It appears that when you pair …

Frank Sinatra’s Obsession With Dimes

(PCM) Many may not know this, but Frank Sinatra, otherwise known as Ol’ Blue Eyes, had an obsession with dimes. However, he was not always a collector! His obsession with the ten cent coins began for much more sinister reasons.

Sinatra’s son, Frankie Sinatra, Jr was kidnapped on December 8, 1963 and the performer ended up paying out $240,000 dollars in ransom money to the kidnappers before his son was …

Celebrating The Pop Culture Phenomena Of Playboy!

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(PCM) The iconic Playboy bunny symbol is without a doubt one of the most recognized brand logos throughout the history of pop culture. The magazine was started by Hugh Hefner back in December of 1953 and the very first issue is actually undated because they were not sure if there would even be another copy printed at the time.

The first issue of Playboy Magazine ended up being fairly successful and ended …

The Mysterious And Unexplained Disappearance Of Pilot Felix Moncla

(PCM) Was it a UFO,some kind of spontaneous combustion or just a freak accident? These are the questions we have to ask ourselves when delving into the mysterious and unexplained disappearance of United States Air Force Pilot Felix Moncla.

It is rumored that Mocla had an encounter with a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) when he was flying his jet. In 1953, Moncla, an Air Force Lieutenant who was stationed at Kinross Air Force Base in …

Why An Anonymous Letter Left Frank Sinatra On The FBI Watch List

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(PCM) Any follower of pop culture history will know that Frank Sinatra, our loving Ol’ Blue Eyes, definitely had his fare share of run-ins with the law. Sinatra was a true icon in the music industry and beloved by his millions of fans, however he was most certainly  involved in some illicit activities with some rather shady individuals.

The FBI has an entire file dedicated to Frank Sinatra which the majority of …

The True Birth Of Superman

(PCM) It was back in 1933 when two kids from Cleveland, Ohio named Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster developed a very small self-published fanzine title “Science Fiction”.

In issue #3 of their fanzine, they created a story about a super-powered telepath who was going to attempt to take over the world. At first the Superman was portrayed as a villainous character, however when their initial fanzine failed to produce sales, Siegel and Shuster shifted gears …

The Mysterious Case Of ‘The Girl In Blue’ And How It Was Eventually Solved!

(PCM) On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1933, a mysterious, yet friendly visitor to the town of Willoughby, Ohio walked directly in front of a moving train and was tragically killed. No one in the area had any idea of the young woman’s identity and she was only referred to as the “Girl In Blue”, based upon the color of her clothing at the time of the incident. She was wearing a blue dress, coat, scarf …

A Look At The Insanely Long Dance Marathons Of The Mid 1900’s

(PCM) If you have ever visited a night club you will quickly realized the dancing the night away is definitely still a trend that spans throughout the globe. However, you don’t tend to see very many dance competitions or dance marathons these days, but they were certainly all the rage back in the mid 1900’s to early 1930’s.

The first ‘known’ dance marathon winner was Alma Cummings, who danced for …

Brush Up On Your Horse Racing Facts!

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(PCM) Many of us have heard about the infamous Triple Crown in horse racing which consists of the Belmont, Preakness and Kentucky Derby races, however that is about where our knowledge ends. We have gathered together a collection of some horse racing facts to give (ourselves) and you a better understanding behind some of the terminology and history of the sport.

Horse racing is one of America’s oldest pastimes and has been around for generations. …

Was Candid Camera The Beginning Of Reality TV?

(PCM) Nowadays it feels like reality television has taken over airwaves with shows such as the “Real Housewives” of whatever city, “Survivor”, and of course the “Kardashians”, but where did this trend really begin?

Many feel that the takeover began MTV began airing their housemate reality series “The Real World” back in the early 90’s, which was followed by the reality competition series “Road Rules” and then of course Mr. Reality TV himself, Mark Burnett …

The Earliest Examples Of The Internet Meme

(PCM) Internet memes have become a staple in pop culture as we probably see an average of fifty or more of these, often hilarious, images throughout our social media feeds on a daily basis. Depending on who you follow, you could probably run into quite a bit more. Some are worth sharing, while others walk a fine line between being darkly humorous and borderline offensive or inappropriate.

Either way, the internet meme is definitely here …

The Mysterious Disappearance Of Serial Killer Pedro Lopez

(PCM) It is scary to imagine that our law enforcement agencies could lose track of a confirmed serial killer, but that is exactly what happened in the case of convicted serial killer Pedro Lopez.

Hailing from South America, Lopez was convicted and confirmed to have killed 110 people and confessed to having killed at least 300 more between the years of 1969 and 1980. He was released from psychiatric hospital prison in 1998 on the …

A Loving Tribute to Former First Lady Barbara Bush

My Recollections of Former First Lady Barbara Bush As The World Says Farewell to A Family MatriarchWhen I first heard that Former First Lady Barbara Bush – the matriarch of the Bush family — had passed away my mind immediately focused on my personal experiences with this extraordinary woman.

It was with great sorrow that I took the news, along with the nation and the rest of the world, that Mrs. Bush passed away …

The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders And The Story Of Christine Collins

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(PCM) We always love an odd crime story and this one certainly had enough people talking! Mother Christine Collins was committed to a psych ward in 1928 after her young son went missing. She was committed after the LAPD claimed they had “found” her son five months later, however Collins denied the boy the police delivered to her was actually her son.

The boy eventually confessed to being a runaway and was indeed not the …

Funny Or Sad? A Collection Of Infamous Last Words

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(PCM) While death is not a pleasant topic to ponder, many find themselves curious as to what they would choose to utter as their last words on this earth. Sadly, when death comes knocking many do not get the chance to utter any phrases of significance, however there has been a multitude of times when people have had the opportunity and many of their last words have reached a level of infamy.

We have included …

Technology Fluke Leads To Only Pre-War Television Footage In Existence!

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(PCM) A very strange occurrence took place in the year of 1938, when two RCA engineers in New York City managed to pick up a “televisor” signal from the BBC due to freak weather incident (one in which the conditions had to be just right) and this footage is said to be the only pre-war footage of television in existence.

The signal that was picked up on contains a four minute …

What In The World Happened To Alice Brady’s Oscar?

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(PCM) Each and every year the Academy Awards is held to celebrate the best and the brightest talent in Hollywood. Actors, actresses, directors, producers and films are honored as being the greatest and standing up to the test of time. Actors and actresses dream about winning an Academy Award and gripping that golden statuette on the big stage in front of all their peers.

What was amazing to us, was to learn …

World Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead At Age 76

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(PCM) The family of world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has sadly confirmed that he has passed away at the age of 76 at his home in England. The details surrounding his death are still being confirmed and in a statement Hawking’s family said “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today”.  They added that he did die peacefully and that “he was a great scientist and an extraordinary man …

Did De Beers Really Have The Most Successful Ad Campaign Of All Time?

(PCM) Nearly all of us are familiar with the popular catchphrase “A diamond is forever”, as it won over the hearts of women (and the wallets of men) since it was first introduced creating one of the most successful ad campaigns of all time for jewelry company De Beers.

The “A diamond is forever” slogan originated with a 1948 ad campaign created by De Beers and suddenly the modern day engagement ring as we know …

The Mysterious Tamam Shud Case

(PCM) The Tamam Shud case, otherwise referred to as the Mystery Of The Somerton Man, is one of the most baffling unsolved crimes in the world. On December 1, 1948 at approximately 6:30am, the body of an unidentified man was discovered on Somerton beach, Glenelg, just south of Adelaide, South Australia.

It was not until a later autopsy of the man’s body and belongings that it was discovered that tucked into a tiny hand-made pocket …

What Are The Rare ACME/Albertsons Monopoly Pieces In 2018?

What Are The Rare ACME/Albertsons Monopoly Pieces In 2018?

Rare 2018 Albertsons/Safeway/ACME* Monopoly Pieces For 2018
* Full List of participating stores below Short Rules: 1. Receive a free game ticket each time you make a purchase (excluding lottery tickets, stamps, tobacco, alcohol or other products excluded by law) at any participating Market Store. 2. You (also referred to as “Participant”) will also receive a game ticket for each purchase of a bonus game ticket

Producer Rick Rubin Held A Mock Funeral For A Word

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(PCM) Over the years there has always been some odd happenings in the music world, but we think this one really takes the cake! Many have heard of super producer Rick Rubin, but did you know that Rubin actually held a mock funeral, complete with casket and a grave site for the word “def”?

Rubin pulled this stunt after he learned that the word “def” had been accepted into the standardized …

The Mysterious History Of London’s Iconic BT Tower

(PCM) When the British Telecom Tower, often referred to as the BT Tower, was first constructed in 1965 it was initially kept secret despite the fact that it was nearly 600 feet tall and located in right in the heart of London. It was purposefully kept off of all maps and it was considered illegal to even photograph it’s magnificent architecture.

However, the BT Tower was not closed off …

Groundhogs Day – February 2nd

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Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd.

It is said on this day, when the groundhog comes out of his deep sleep, if he sees his shadow it means there will be six more weeks of winter. If there is no shadow to be seen, spring is near.

The idea of Groundhog Day roots from the comparable European tradition, Candlemas Day. February 2nd has always been a significant day since it marks the …

Bubble Wrap: “Pop” Culture Appreciation

Today is the 12th Annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, held on the last Monday in January.

Whether packing boxes for moving, or using bubble wrap to protect gifts, few can resist the allure of the “pop.”  Many people pop for fun, and many more pop to de-stress. In fact, 70% of American workers would take a pay cut to ensure that they would never be stressed out on the job again.

Bubble wrap is easier …

2018 Grammy Award Winners

2018 Grammy Award Winners
Winners Announced: January 28, 2018
Held at: Madison Square Garden
Host: James Corden
Eligibility Year: October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017

2018 Grammy Winners
Album of the Year:
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Record of the Year:
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Song of the Year:
That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Best Country Album:
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Best Comedy Album:
The Age of …

What started the “Tide Pods Challenge” and is it even real?

What started the “Tide Pods Challenge” and is it even real?Timeline Tide Pods Timeline:

  • In February 2012, Procter & Gamble introduced the Tide PODS laundry detergent packs.
  • By late 2013, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claimed to have received more than 500 reports of incidents involving the pods with children and adults.
  • On December 4th, 2013, Straight Dope Forums member Silvorange submitted a post titled “People eating Tide pods” discussing rumors about

Do Comic Books Still Have Their ‘Entertainment Value’?

I have recently been very disappointed in the state of the modern comic book.  In the last few months, especially with DC’s Rebirth series, I have wanted to see what was going in the lives of my favorite characters.  The New 52 took so much away from the legend of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the rest of the DC Universe.  I wanted to see what was restored and how and if I was going …

What is Shadow Banning?

What is Shadow Banning?

Shadow Banning is when a social network or website will take a post and make sure nobody, or very few people see it.

It began on forums in 2006 to cut back on trolling and spamming, and shortly thereafter major sites like Craigslist and Reddit used it, initially for spammers. Craigslist calls it “Ghosting”.

“Ghosting” is when Craigslist will seemingly accept your ad, and you’ll even be able to see it, …

The Best Bromances in Film, TV and Hollywood

Whether it’s on the big screen, the small screen or the streets of Hollywood, guy-love is everywhere these days. Sure, it’s great to catch up on which celebrities are dating, but just as much fun to see who they’re hanging out with and how well they’re getting along.

Yes, we’re talking about the bromance. The term may be relatively new, but the sentiment isn’t. For decades, the entertainment industry has provided us with these intense …

The Christmas Dog by Shel Silverstein

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Tonight’s my first night as a watchdog,
And here it is Christmas Eve.
The children are sleeping all cozy upstairs,
While I’m guardin’ the stockin’s and tree.

What’s that now—footsteps on the rooftop?
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who’s this down the chimney?
A thief with a beard— And a big sack for robbin’ the house?

I’m barkin’, I’m growlin’, I’m bitin’ his butt.
He howls and jumps back

What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

(PCM) The original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story was written as a giveaway for the Montgomery Ward department stores by Robert L. May in 1939. In 1949, May’s story was made into a song by Johnny Marks, who also wrote ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Holly Jolly Christmas.’ Johnny also wrote Chuck Berry’s sequel hit ‘Run Rudolph Run.’

1964’s Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is the longest-running …

December 21, 1872: Phileas Fogg wins his bet

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Could He Travel Around the World in 80 Days?

If Phileas Fogg won this same bet today, the converted value of his wager would be $4.4 million

In 1872, after completion of the Suez Canal, the transcontinental railroad in the United States, and the Great Indian Peninsular railway, the journey around the world was reduced time wise. What had once taken several years could now be done in a few months. This …

Did Visa Cards Really Begin As A Social Experiment?

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(PCM) If you were to check just about anyone’s wallet these days surely you would most likely find at least one credit or debit card tucked safely inside. It would also be a safe assumption to say at least one of these cards would bear the Visa logo, as it is certainly one of the most popular credit cards in the world.

But did you know that the Visa card as we …

December 8, 1980: The World Mourns The Death Of John Lennon

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(PCM) The date of December 8, 1980 is one that is tragically etched in the minds of Beatles fans, as it is the night that musician John Lennon was shot to death in front of his New York City apartment building. Back in October, we celebrated what would have been Lennon’s 75th birthday and on this date we sadly remember that this artist’s light was extinguished far too soon.

It has been 37 years since …

Mercury Retrograde: A Primer

Yesterday, my TV, phone, and Internet crapped the bed for almost 6 hours after a random, freak accident happened outside my home, which knocked out the box. The other day, while shooting a concert, my cell phone – fully charged – died. I’ve been arguing with my mom, the fax machine at work randomly turns on & off, and all forms of communication seem to be going haywire.

What? You thought it was just you?…

The Motivating Story Of The Claymont Christmas Weed!

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(PCM) Being that PCM headquarters is located in Delaware, we absolutely could not resist sharing the legendary tale of the Claymont Christmas Weed and it’s very special symbolism to our little  state.  The holidays are a time to reflect on some of the most positive aspects in life and the story behind the Claymont Christmas Weed does just that, as our little town even has a parade and celebration ceremony to honor this very special …

The Curious History Behind Krampus The Holiday Devil

(PCM) We all know the story behind the legend that is St. Nicholas a.k.a. Santa Claus who pays visits to well-behaved children all over the world rewarding them with gifts at Christmas. However did you know that according to Alpine folk-lore good ol’ St. Nick has a dark companion named Krampus, who travels around with him punishing the children who have misbehaved. The legend of Krampus says that he even captures the naughtiest children in …

Thanksgiving History and Trivia

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  • The first Thanksgiving in North America was on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. Some say it was 1578, when an explorer Martin Frobisher held a Thanksgiving celebration for surviving his journey from England. The English settlers celebrated Thanksgiving on December 4, 1619, near Jamestown Virginia. The Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in 1621, but they did not hold a true Thanksgiving until 1623.
  • The trip to Plymouth Rock took

Halloween Has It’s Revenge On Christmas With The Necrofeast

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(PCM) How many of you have every heard of The Necrofeast? Don’t worry, we hadn’t either until we discovered quite a few pages on the internet dedicated to this relatively unknown macabre holiday that is celebrated from sunset to dawn on December 27th.

According to the Facebook page dedicated Necrofeast, the holiday is influenced “by potpourri of Native American, European, Arabian, & other “unknown” pagan folklores. While similar to Halloween, El Día de los …

Does People Magazine Really Have The Right To Judge ‘The Sexiest Man Alive’?

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(PCM) Country music superstar Blake Shelton was named People Magazines’ “Sexiest Man Alive” for the year of 2017 and almost immediately social media exploded with majority of people completely disagreeing with the magazine’s choice. Many were confused and definitely made sure to express their outrage with some rather humorous memes.

 We often have to wonder just what gives People Magazine the right to vote on the “Sexiest Man Alive” in the …

The Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin

Shroud Of Turin photo

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(PCM) The Shroud of Turin, which is a length of linen cloth that is said to mysteriously bear the image of man who many speculate as Jesus of Nazareth, has been an item that has created a huge debate among theologians and conspiracy theorists for years. The cloth is rumored to be the burial shroud that Jesus was wrapped in after his crucifixion. To this day the Catholic Church has neither rejected …

Ill-Fated Cartoon Characters And Why They Were So Hated!

(PCM) Cartoons are a huge part of popular culture and just about everyone’s childhood while growing up. We all can list our favorites, depending upon one’s particular generation. Some cartoons have withstood the test of time and continue to air, with new episodes and reruns both, to this very day.

Many of us shared love for certain cartoon characters in specific such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, He-Man, the Thundercats, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Mickey Mouse, …

Daylight Saving Time and Timely Trivia

daylight01On Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2 AM, most of the United States will set their clocks back one hour for officially ending of Daylight Saving Time.
We gain an hour of sleep!
Residents of Arizona, Hawaii, U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will not participate in the festivities.
About 75 countries participate with Daylight Saving Time, according to TimeandDate.com, which is about a third of the world.

The Bad News?
We lose …

Is The Twinkie Defense Actually A Real Thing?

Twinkie photo

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(PCM) Over the years criminals have gotten away with some very serious crimes by using some rather odd defenses. Many have claimed mental illness, while others have used some more far out excuses such as the “Twinkie Defense”. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is definitely a real thing!

The “Twinkie Defense” first appeared in 1978 when Dan White was accused of killing Harvey Milk and George Moscone. The jury in the case …

Gilligan’s Island – Why Did They Stay So Long?

Gilligan’s Island premiered on September 26, 1964, lasting three seasons through September 4, 1967. Basically, it started with our seven castaways on a three hour boat tour around Hawaii. A freak storm shipwrecked them on a deserted island. In 98 episodes, they all got along pretty well, a shining example of how we could all live harmoniously together, if we really gave the effort.

Some say that these seven people represented the seven deadly sins. …