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Originally a poem written by Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, in 1788, "Auld Lang Syne" was set to the tune of a traditional folk song--perhaps by Burns himself. Well known and phenomenally popular throughout the English-speaking world today, it is traditionally sung or played at the stroke of midnight to mark the end of the old year and start of the "New."
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Popular Culture | +7 votes | 8 comments
This yearÂ’s Dick ClarkÂ’s New YearÂ’s RockinÂ’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (airing at 10 p.m. ET on ABC) will mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic holiday show hosted by Dick Clark. For millions of Americans, the New Year just wouldnÂ’t be official without Dick and his usual lineup of world-class musical acts ushering in the New Year from Times Square.
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Popular Culture | +7 votes | 9 comments
While it is difficult to compute the number of words in the English language, there are a few phrases that stood out in 2011. Not necessarily quotes of much substance, these are nevertheless phrases you likely heard during the year.
Published by Christy Birmingham 68 months ago in Popular Culture | +8 votes | 5 comments
While few of us set out to intentionally get a hangover, during the holidays it sometimes seems theyÂ’re all but avoidable. Office parties, social gatherings, midnight toasts and one-more-for-the-road can easily turn into one-too-many, and the next morning you find yourself dreading the break of day. Fortunately, thousands of years of over-indulgence--there are numerous accounts from ancient Roman and Grecian revelers--has inspired countless hangover remedies--from the logical to the absurd...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Popular Culture | +11 votes | 15 comments
Babes in Toyland, Heidi, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas rank among the most famous, popular, and beloved American Christmas feature films of all time.
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +9 votes | 8 comments
"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" is a highly popular Christmas song written by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (a.k.a. David Seville) in 1958 and sung by The Chipmunks that has become a seasonal favorite since its release.
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +8 votes | 10 comments
For many people across America, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the clever product ad campaigns that have come to signal the arrival of the Christmas season for several decades now. Here are a few of the “classics,” as well as a few that are bound to take that loftly designation in years to come.
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +5 votes | 9 comments
When Clement Clarke Moore penned the now-classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as "The Night Before Christmas") in 1823 in which he enumerates St. Nick’s eight tiny reindeer, he apparently never considered a situation when Santa might need a ninth--“specialist” reindeer. But as we came to learn in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a book written in 1939 by copyrighter Robert L. May for the Montgomery Ward Company, such a situation can--and did, in fact--arise, one ...
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +10 votes | 14 comments
In 1966, the ongoing rivalry between "World War I Flying Ace" and the “Red baron” was immortalized in song by the Florida-based American rock band the Royal Guardsmen with their hit, "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron.” This popular tribute was followed by two more aerial rematches between the two pilots extraordinaire in "The Return of the Red Baron” in 1967, and most famously, "Snoopy's Christmas" in which the two foes temporarily set aside their differences for a Christmas toast--per ...
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +8 votes | 10 comments
With sales exceeding 50 million copies worldwide as of 2007, Irving BerlinÂ’s "White Christmas," as sung by veteran crooner Bing Crosby, is the best-selling single of all time--not just among Christmas songs, but songs in all genres--according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +11 votes | 11 comments
Now one of the world's most beloved and enduring Christmas TV specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas, first broadcast in December of 1965, has become America's all-time Greatest Christmas TV show.
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +16 votes | 15 comments
Who is Santa Claus? What does St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra and Clement C. Moore have to do with Christmas?
Published by Suzann Smith 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +1 votes | 1 comments
There have been many errors by world leaders. Some have been mistakes and led to disaster while others have led to greatness. Here are some of these blunders.
Published by Jill Vance 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +4 votes | 3 comments
Gunnar Björnstrand was a brilliant Swedish actor who is renowned for a series of intense performances in the films of Ingmar Bergman. His most famous role was that of Jöns, the cynical, world-weary squire who represents a powerful counterpart to his austere, existentialist master in Bergman's film The Seventh Seal.
Published by MJ5446 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +12 votes | 5 comments
Going to a Christmas Staff Party? Here are some great tips to keep you from committing social faux pas - from fashion, to drinking, to conversation.
Published by Sharla Smith 69 months ago in Popular Culture | +18 votes | 15 comments
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