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3:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Inspired By Monks, A Writer Embraces His Life Of Solitude

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Author Interviews
3:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

'Dirty Old London': A History Of The Victorians' Infamous Filth

Horses drive traffic on London's Oxford Street in 1890. According to author Lee Jackson, by the 1890s, the city's horses produced approximately 1,000 tons of dung a day.
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Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:20 pm

In the 19th century, London was the capital of the largest empire the world had ever known — and it was infamously filthy. It had choking, sooty fogs; the Thames River was thick with human sewage; and the streets were covered with mud.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Terry Pratchett, Prolific Fantasy Author, Dies At 66

Terry Pratchett at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards in London.
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Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 am

Sir Terry Pratchett, the prolific author behind the Discworld series, has died at the age of 66. The British writer had struggled with a rare, early-onset form Alzheimer's disease for the better part of a decade.

His publisher, Transworld Books, confirmed news of the writer's death in a tweet Thursday morning.

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Ask Me Another
10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

TV Movies

TV movies are usually an hour-long special on TV but in this game they are mashed up TV and movie titles which all share one word in common.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Tituss Burgess: You're Rocking This Thing

"I auditioned for The Lion King 20 times in 15 years, until they finally told me, 'You are not passing as a straight giraffe.'" - Titus Andromedon, the character Tituss Burgess plays in the new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Josh Rogosin NPR

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 11:06 am

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10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Palindromes Semordnilap

A palindrome is a word or phrase that is the same forwards and backwards, but a semordnilap ("palindromes" backwards) is a word that becomes a different word when read backwards. Get it, smug gums?

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Homecoming Game

In this final round, contestants school each other for the chance to be serenaded by VIP Tituss Burgess.

The chicken is headed for the endzone aaaand...it's good! Touchdown for Perdue! All the answers in this game contain the name of a major U.S. college or university.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

What Is Jeopardy?

Because you've been programmed to give answers in the form of a question, all the answers in this game are famous phrases that begin with the question "what is."

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Stateside Attractions

Everybody knows how to identify state names from the first few letters, but the last ones? What state ends with a "s-i-n"? As added bonus trivia, we'll tell you a too-weird-to-be-true-but-guess-what-it's-real roadside attraction found in each state.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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10:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Award-Winning Tonys

Apparently, the key to success is being named Tony, because these various Tonys have all won awards. Try to guess which Tony won a Best Supporting Emmy on Veep.

Heard in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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