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White Album #1 up for auction

The first pressing of The Beatles White Album, which was given to Ringo Starr, is up for auction.

It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that Starr was given the No.0000001 album. Starr has stated that he kept this album in a bank vault in London for over 35 years. Up to this time the lowest numbered UK first mono pressing album to come to market is No.0000005, which sold in 2008 for just under $30,000. This No.0000001 UK first mono pressing owned by a member of the Beatles is the lowest and most desirable copy that will ever become available.

It’s got a bumped corner. That should really affect the price.

November 24, 2015

Bangkok now has the world’s longest half-marathon

A mistake lengthened the Bangkok half-marathon to almost 17 miles.

He said race officials responsible for pointing runners in the right direction inadvertently directed them to make a U-turn at the wrong place.

“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.”

November 16, 2015

The Pike Place gum wall gets cleaned

The Atlantic’s In Focus brings us pictures of Seattle’s Pike Place gum wall, which was cleaned.

How does something like that become a thing?

November 16, 2015

On language

Slate looks at when “boo” became a scary word, and what word other languages use.

Perhaps the first appearance of boo in print comes from the book-length polemic Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence Display’d (1738), in which author Gilbert Crokatt defines it as , “a word that’s used in the north of Scotland to frighten crying children.” (It’s not clear why people in Scotland would want to frighten a crying child.)

If you found that even mildly interesting, I encourage you to listen to Slate’s Lexicon Valley episodes about “fuck” and “pussy”.

November 15, 2015

Cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunite

The cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory reunited on Today for the 44th anniversary of the movie.

God I hated Veruca Salt.

November 15, 2015

Guns N’ Roses reuniting?

Rumor has it that Guns N’ Roses will reunite and tour next year.

Guitarist Slash ​has confirmed that he ​and lead singer​ Axl Rose have​​ ​reconciled after ​almost a decade of ​arguments and now Los Angeles music insiders close to the band say they ​have tentatively​ agreed to perform together again in 2016.

First Playboy now GNR? This is the end-times people. Maybe those batshit crazy rapture believers are on to something?

(I’ll believe it when I see it)

November 11, 2015

Roger Moore’s martini

Roger Moore gives us his recipe for the perfect martini, which includes this little zinger:

The worst martini I’ve ever had was in a club in New Zealand, where the barman poured juice from a bottle of olives into the vodka. That’s called a dirty martini and it is a dirty, filthy, rotten martini, and should not be drunk by anybody except condemned prisoners.

You know, I’ve never really liked martinis, but I’ll give this one a shot just to see if it makes a difference.

November 4, 2015

Ikea uses children’s drawings to create toys

For its Soft Toys for Education charity drive, Ikea used children’s drawings as the basis for the toys.

The 10 winning entries have been recreated in loving detail by Ikea’s toy designers, and the creations are now on sale as part of the chain’s annual fundraiser. For each toy purchased, Ikea will donate one euro to children’s education projects via Unicef and Save the Children.

They look really well done.

October 27, 2015

World’s most expensive cracker

A cracker, which came from the Titanic, sold at auction for £15,000 (about $23,000).

It was part of a survival kit stored within one of the ill-fated ocean liner’s lifeboats and was kept as a souvenir.

The biscuit was kept by James Fenwick, who was a passenger onboard the SS Carpathia, which went to the aid of survivors from the ship.

He put the sweet snack in a Kodak photographic envelope complete with the original note, which stated “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912”.

I bet it’s a bit stale.

October 27, 2015

Playboy going nudeless

Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women.

In August of last year, its website dispensed with nudity. As a result, Playboy executives said, the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to just over 30, and its web traffic jumped to about 16 million from about four million unique users per month.

The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Mr. Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.

Do you hear that? Is that the sound of hell freezing over?

October 13, 2015