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How many Spidermen?

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Finally, David Letterman answers the age old question: how many Spidermen can fit into a Jamba Juice?

(thanks Kyle!)

Operators Are Standing By!


Today I'll put out the last TSOYA will a pledge plug, and I want to thank some more of the good folks who've given so far...

My thanks to: Ramsey E, Yakov K, Tyler M, Cara C, Chris V, Steven T, Lee M, Trevor A, Jane L, Jeremiah D, Charles M, Brian M, Robert C, Peter H, Finn M, Dana D, Marie D, Laura G, Neal M, Matthew H and Chuck B.

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Not only does EVERYONE who donates get a prize, you'll also be entered to win some super cool prizes, like a DVD box set of Get Smart, an autographed copy of John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, a copy of Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul, or one of FIVE personalized hoboes illustrated by Ape Lad.

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How inside can a joke be?


Forum regular Smartbunny designed this Jordan, Jesse GO! bumpersticker. If you don't get it, you should listen to Jordan, Jesse GO! more.

It is for sale for $2.99. Proceeds benefit Smartbunny's "find better things to do with her time" fund.

(Just kidding: designing CafePress stickers for your favorite podcast is awesome, as long as you favorite podcast is produced by me.)

Car Talk is Podcasting.


Yes, it's true, I love Car Talk.

And now, they're podcasting full shows.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 7: Wolverine Football

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe invade a football practice field, where the ask a coach for his help training their wolverines in sport.

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Benjamin Donaldson's "Summerland"

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Mal Sharpe points us to this amazing series of photographs by Benjamin Donaldson. The series, called "Summerland," depicts people hypnotized into believing they are in the most beautiful landscape imaginable.

Bart vs. Black Bart


By Andrew Jeffrey Wright, via The Fader.

Remember Black Bart Simpson? The great icon of bootleg Simpsons memorabilia? What a bizarre and powerful symbol.

"I miss the old Larry."


I sometimes argue with people who like Curb Your Enthusiasm because Larry Makes them cringe. I love Curb because I identify with Larry 1000%. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it.

In this scene, everything is starting to come up Larry (though he inevitably gets his comeuppance in the end). Jay Johnston makes an appearance as a guy Larry barely knows who asked him to write an important letter of recommendation earlier in the episode, much to Larry's chagrin.

Also, here's a bonus... the one and only Crazy Eyez Killah. Probably the best rap character ever on a white people tv show.

Podcast: The Lobotomist with Jack El-Hai


Jack El-Hai is the author of "The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and his Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness." It traces the life of Dr. Walter Freeman (pictured above), who popularized the lobotomy. The technique was innovative in its time, but Freeman continued performing it long after more effective pharmaceutical treatments were available. Nonetheless, Freeman was an innovator in treating the physical causes of mental illness.

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