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13 Memorable Movie Amputations
Danny Boyle’s new film, 127 Hours, premieres tomorrow. James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, a climber who is forced to amputate his own arm after it is crushed under a rock. In honor of Ralston’s remarkable tale of survival, we here at Screen Junkies came up with a list of other memorable films that feature scenes of amputation. Some of them are disturbing, others are lighthearted, but all of them contain badly mutilated limbs, and that’s the important part.
11 Trailblazing Electric Vehicles
There's a lot of hoopla surrounding the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, both of which usher in the latest Electric Era next month. To be fair, this isn't the first time the auto industry, and auto journalists, have used words like "revolutionary" and "groundbreaking" to describe a battery-powered vehicle. EVs have been the Next Big Thing since Karl Benz's parents were still courting. Still, for a variety of reasons it looks like EVs will actually catch on this time around. So to celebrate the promising automotive futures of years past, we're running down some seminal electric vehicles that changed transportation. Well, promised to, anyway. As with many "firsts," there is some debate as to who built the first electric car. Credit usually goes to Scottish inventor Robert Anderson, who built an electric carriage with non-rechargeable electric cells. Around the same time, Dutch inventor Sibrandus Stratingh created an electric vehicle, as did Thomas Davenport of Vermont. No matter who created the first EV, it was rolling at least half a century before the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
The 15 Most Irreverent Television Shows of All Time
That Top 10 list by our guest poster @thesurfreport earlier this week was, suffice to say, a little opinionated. Inspired, we’ve come up with a few of our own lists, starting with today’s list of the most irreverent shows of all time (that you can get online, at least). What used to be strictly late-night TV has become primetime, while the primetime our parents remember has become pre-noon filler. Average sitcoms, dramas, reality and game shows may still hold the lion’s share of cable time slots, but history’s proven that it’s the highly irreverent shows that are forever remembered. These are 15 of the greatest shows that have played by a different set of rules.
The 8 Most Influential TV Family Sitcoms
It might be too early to say, but I’m going to go ahead and say it anyway. Modern Family is going down as a classic. Aside from featuring man-hero Ed O’Neill (of Married… with Children fame) and Sofia Vergara’s marvelous tig ol’ biddies, the show is successful for redefining the American TV family. The show explores the stereotypes of three ‘modern’ families; the gay couple with an adopted child, the rich guy enjoying retirement with his younger trophy wife, and the dysfunctional nuclear family; leaving no stones left unturned. In honor of this achievement, we decided to take a look back at eight other classic shows that shaped the TV family. So grab a beer, throw a frozen dinner in the microwave, and let the good times roll.
13 Celebrities Who Would Look Sexier As Vampires
The rules of Vampire-dom sure have changed over the years. What was once “never go out into sunlight or you will die” is now “sunlight is like super annoying.” Garlic is just another ingredient in lasagna, and a stake through the heart is just a thing of mistaken mythos – one of those jokes vampires share with each other around the blood cooler after talking about last night’s episode of True Blood. But the one thing that hasn’t changed about vampires since the dawn of Dracula is that once you’ve been bitten, you’re a changed person. We’re not just talking about a sudden thirst for blood or the ability to turn into a bat – we’re talking slicked hair, a pair of neat-o fangs, and a physique that fits into a size two coffin. Somehow, being a vampire is, let’s face it, a better version of you (minus the killing part). Bored with acne and teen peer pressure, you can be like Twilight’s Edward and score hot teen chicks for eternity with your twinkling skin and tousled hair. Or, you can be a blood-thristy vixen like the vamps of Vampire Killers, having orgies in hotel rooms before heading out for a bite.
10 Amazing College Athletes Who Fizzled in the Pros
It happens every year: The golden boy, so lauded during his collegiate career, becomes an albatross for whatever pro-level team he’s joined. Sometimes it’s bad luck, sometimes it’s the pressure of going to the bigs, and sometimes it’s just one of those things. The athletes on this list probably never dreamed that their days of stardom as college students would lead to pressure and failure in the pros. Let that be a lesson: No matter how good you are, there’s always someone better.
50 Ways to Go Green At Your Wedding
Today, green is the new white. To truly go green for your big day, you may have to sacrifice an extravagant dress, artisan-designed invitations and plastic decorations, but who really needs those things anyway? Green weddings are just as beautiful, chic and enjoyable as any other wedding, but with the bonuses of saving money, being environmentally friendly and getting back to the basics. Here are 50 ways to go green at your wedding.
5 Funny Ladies Who Were Left Out of the Women of SNL Special
If you caught the Women of SNL this week, you know that they got most of the bigs back. Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were all there, but we kept thinking about how much better the show would have been if they included some of our other favorite funny ladies.
12 Cancer-Fighting Superfoods
Cancer is the nation's second leading cause of death, and every day it seems we learn about a new risk factor or something we need to stop doing or avoid to reduce our chances of getting this deadly disease. But the good news is that eating the right foods can help you protect yourself against cancer. Sharon Saka, a registered dietitian in Suffern, New York, says a diet rich in fiber, vegetables, and fruits, including juices made from 100 percent fruit juice, can make a big difference in your cancer risk. Add 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week and you'll reduce your cancer risk even more. So which foods should you eat? Look for foods with phytochemicals, says Saka, which are found in beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale. Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and collard greens are packed with fiber, lutein, and carotenoids, all cancer-fighting substances. Foods rich in the vitamins C, E, and A, all antioxidants themselves, can protect you from cancer by preventing the growth of free radicals in your body, so stock up on oranges, avocados, and apricots! Here are 12 superfoods you can add to your daily diet to reduce your risk of cancer.
18 Iconic Products That America Doesn't Make Anymore
Another American icon has bit the dust: Pontiac. GM is canceling the 84-year-old brand after winding down production over the past few years. Like other American automakers, it is restructuring and rebranding to compete with foreign companies. Pontiac joins a long list of iconic products that aren't made anywhere in America. Meanwhile, plenty of beer is still made here, but many of America’s most-iconic beer brands, including Miller, Coors, and Budweiser, are owned by foreign companies. In 2008, Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis-based company that has a nearly 50 percent market share in the U.S., was sold to InBev, a Belgium-based conglomerate run by Brazilian executives. In the accompanying video, Julie McIntosh, author of Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon, discusses the deal with Yahoo! Finance economics editor Daniel Gross.