Stone Sour, “Through Glass”

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Through Glass Stone Sour (Roadrunner, 2006)

Through Glass was the second single off the second album (Come What(ever) May)of rock band Stone Sour. Through Glass reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #2 on the Alternative Songs chart. It peaked at #39 on the Hot 100. Through Glass remains Stone Sour’s most popular and successful song to date. In March 2017, Through Glass was certified Platinum. The inspiration for the song was frontman Corey Taylor’s outrage at the music industry and the prevalence of all the plastic artists: those who were valued for their looks or clothes over their musical ability and the content they’re singing.

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“The Shop Around the Corner”

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The Shop Around the Corner (MGM, 1940)

The Shop Around the Corner was adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift shop clerk Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) and newly hired shop girl Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) hate each other at first sight. Both Kralik and Novak are each corresponding with pen pals that they have yet to meet. Guess who each other’s pen pals actually are?

“Swim”

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Swim (City Slang (Europe)/Merge (North America), 2010)

Swim is the fifth studio album by Canadian mathematician and composer Dan Snaith (who performs under the stage name Caribou). It is his third album as Caribou and features various kinds of electronic dance music. The album was simply inspired by Snaith waking up every day to work on music and his added DJ gigs. As a result, almost 700 songs were started/completed for the album’s consideration. The sole release was Odessa. It was featured in numerous commercials and included in the video game FIFA 11. Pitchfork listed it as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far in August 2014.

Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid

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Snacktime Cabbage Patch Kid (Mattel)

During the 1980s and 1990s, Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage. (Who didn’t have one?) A special doll in the line was the Snacktime CPK. The doll really chewed. While they came with their own supply of food, the CPK also “ate” kids’ fingers and hair or literally whatever they could get in their mouths. Mattel banned their own doll in 1997 amid the numerous safety concerns and complaints.

Werewolf Diet

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Werewolf Diet

Also known as the lunar diet, the quick fix version sees you only drinking water or juice during full and new moons. You should expect to lose up to six pounds (in water weight). The extended version includes the fast and specific eating plans for each phase of the moon. Doctors say that though you will lose weight from fasting, as soon as you start eating again, the weight will come right back on and that diets have nothing to do with the phases of the moon.

Monisha Unni

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Monisha Unni (January 24, 1971 – December 5, 1992)

MOnisha Unni was an Indian film actress born in Panniyankara in the Kozhikode district of India. Unni was only 16 years old when she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her debut film, Nakhakshahangal. The win made her the youngest ever recipient of the award. During her brief career of 6 to 7 years, she starred in 24 films. On December 5, 1992, Unni and her mother Sreedevi Unni (also an actress) were involved in a car accident. While Unni’s mother escaped with fractures and bruises, Unni died from her injuries at the age of 21.

Dave Dudley, “Six Days on the Road”

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Six Days on the Road Dave Dudley (Golden Wing, 1963)

Six Days on the Road is hailed as the definitive celebration of the American truck driver when it became a huge hit in mid-1963, reaching #2 on the country chart. Six Days on the Road crossed over to peak at #32 on the Hot 100 Pop chart and #13 on the easy listening chart.

In 1997, Sawyer Brown covered the song and it peaked at #13 on the U.S. country chart and #9 on the Canadian country chart.

“La Bella Lingua”

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La Bella Lingua (Broadway Books, 2009)

Author Dianne Hales penned a celebration of the language and culture of Italy in La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language. From her first trip to Italy where she “non parlo Italiano,” she chronicles the 25 years she spent of her life immersing herself in the study of Italian and the country itself.

Salzburger Nockerl

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Salzburger Nockerl (Austria)

Salzburger Nockerl (known as Solzburga Noggal in Austria) are a sweet souffle served as a dessert, though is so filling it can double as a main course. The dish is a culinary specialty in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Salzburger Nockerl are essentially dumplings made of egg yolk, flour, sugar and vanilla mixed together to create a thin dough. Egg whites are whisked until stiff and folded carefully into the dough. The dumplings (nocken) are formed and baked on low heat in an oven. Salzburger Nockerl are always served fresh and warm with powdered sugar and may sometimes include raspberry sauce. The dish was designed to represent the hillsides surrounding the city; the powdered sugar representing the snow-covered peaks.

“Binnelanders”

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Binnelanders (kykNet)

Binnelanders is a South African soap opera set in and around the private hospital, Binneland Kliniek in Pretoria. In usual soap opera fashion, the series follows the trial and tribulations of the staff and patients of the hospital. Binnelanders is currently airing its 12th season.

Binnelanders started life off as an hour-long drama debuting on October 13, 2005. Halfway through the second season it switched to a daily half-hour soap with English subtitles.