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‘Ernest & Bertram’: Banned short on the Sesame Street love that dare not speak its name

  Look, we’ve all had our suspicions about Bert and Ernie. It’s hardly nosey to question the nature of their relationship—right?

The amazing old Paramount Records ads that inspired R. Crumb

  The story of Paramount Records is a fascinating one—the beginning is set about 100 years ago, in a Wisconsin furniture maker that began pressing records in hopes that’d help them sell record players, which in their early years were indeed whoppin’ big ol’ pieces of furniture.

Horrifying masks give you EXTREME plastic surgery look

  From a wild art installation titled “Too Good to be True” by German artist Meike Harde. Meike designed these masks in order to raise questions about contemporary beauty standards.

Ridonkulous ‘Beat Club’ showcase featuring Captain Beefheart, MC5, Alice Cooper, NY Dolls and more!

  Beat Club was the German TV show dedicated to rock performance that later became Musikladen (Music Store), a show we’ve featured here at DM many times.

John Butler: Changing the world one animation at a time

  Award-winning speculative fiction animator John Butler, one half of the Butler Brothers, will be making a rare appearance at the Exchange Rates Expo in Brooklyn, New York from October 23rd to 26th.

‘Like Punk Never Happened’: Remembering Smash Hits, the ‘totally 80s’ pop magazine

Culture Club on the cover of Smash Hits, July 19, 1984   Music magazine Smash Hits started out in 1978 and was a mecca for pop fans.

The surreal teapots of Richard T. Notkin

Teaset “Iraq 2007”, 2007   According to the biographical narrative of sculptor Richard T. Notkin, the Helena, Montana-based artist has been creating surreal and politically charged ceramics for almost 40 years.

Gidget Goes to Hell: Meet enigmatic punk/New Wave legends Suburban Lawns

Su Tissue on the cover of Slash Magazine, 1979   They don’t make them like this anymore. One of the great Californian punk/new wave bands, Suburban Lawns was formed by singers, multi-instrumentalists and CalArts students Su Tissue and Vex Billingsgate in 1978.

I’d kill for that dress: Gorgeously gothy mourning attire from 1815-1915

Evening dress suitable for late mourning, from around 1861   The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced a breathtaking new exhibit, “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire”—upper-class women’s widow...

In My Time of Buying: Pricey Led Zeppelin scarves designed by Paul Smith

  In the 1970s nearly every Glam Rock band or teeny-bopper pop star had a tacky range of merchandise for sale that usually included a white silk scarf with the name of the band emblazoned on it, such as “Slade” or “David Cassidy” or “The Osmonds,” “Sweet” or the “Bay City Rollers”...

Oops—Hitler’s face finds its way onto Swiss coffee creamer lids

  Oh my. Unsuspecting Swiss citizens on their morning commute looking to make their coffee more tasty were unexpectedly confronted with the face of the twentieth century’s most iconic representation of evil, Adolf Hitler, on their miniature packets of coffee creamer.

Idiot foodies pranked into lovin’ McDonald’s

  Before hitting “play” on this video, please click on “settings” and then select “subtitles.” Two Dutch pranksters from Life Hunters TV decided to hit up the annual culinary food convention in Houten to see if they could deceive foodies and “high-end food experts” with their supposed restaurantR

The kid from the ‘Balloon Boy’ hoax made a metal video. And, surprise! (not really) it’s awful

The Fingered it Out album cover   Or should I say kids, because young Falcon Heene (the boy who never was flying over Colorado in a balloon back in 2009) has put together a metal band with his brothers Ryo and Bradford called

Rightwinger wants South to form conservative nation with no gays or Hispanics and call it ‘Reagan’!

  Former Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush speechwriter, Pentagon official, novelist, TV commentator, columnist and idiot Douglas MacKinnon appeared yesterday on The Janet Mefferd Show to promote his new book,

The roots of San Francisco punk: The Deaf Club, 1978-1980

  When punk hit San Francisco in the late 1970s, it needed a venue. Typically, the S.F. venues generally gave punk the cold shoulder, so a more creative solution proved necessary.

Troma classics ‘Surf Nazis Must Die’ and ‘Street Trash’ soundtracks released on vinyl

  Troma fans, B movie freaks and 80’s kids rejoice! The first physical release for the soundtracks of two 1987 cult films,

Florida man claims he bit into a ‘snaggletoothed’ rat’s head at popular chain restaurant

  Cape Coral, Florida resident, Billy Wilson claims he bit into a “snaggletoothed” rat’s head while eating chili at the popular restaurant chain Golden Corral.

Sexy M*therf*cker: The ‘Pulp Fiction’ makeup collection

  I will freely admit I’m a bit of a cosmetics addict. After discovering a new makeup collection by Urban Decay based on the look Uma Thurman cultivated for her...

Artful, decadent (and slightly creepy) papier-mâché animal masks

“Plague Doctor” masks Latvia-based artist Krista Argale makes her exquisite masks out of papier-mâché (the process of combining paper, water and glue to create a hardened material), then hand paints them with acrylic and in some cases, adds real fur to bring her spellbinding creations to...

Potty-mouthed Princesses: Which is more offensive: Sexism or little girls swearing?

  As far as ethical consumerism goes, FCKH8 is pretty unobjectionable to non-bigots. For a reasonable price, you get a T-shirts with an antisexist, anti-racist or anti-homophobic slogan on it—what the company calls a “mini-billboard...