It's finally here.

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I didn't know this. The author of Psycho — the book — wrote two sequels.

In Psycho House, an entrepreneur is staging fake "Murder weekends" at the Bates motel. Unfortunately, he discovers that the actor he's hired to play Norman Bates... really Norman Bates!

There was also a TV movie in 1987 called Bates Motel. A mentally-disturbed teenager is committed to an insane asylum with Norman Bates — and ends up inheriting the Bates motel.

"Under new management," warned the movie's poster...

"Stomped by giant jailbait. I know guys who'd pay to die like this..."

So the perviest superhero, the new Ant-Man, is finally back in action (in issue 8 of Avengers: Initiative).

He gets in a fight with a size-shifting teenager (after blaming his earlier antics on the previous Ant-Man).

"They wouldn't let him join the Avengers 'cause he was so lame. So... he hid in the mansion and pretended to be on the team! So he's sitting on the showerhead watching Ms. Marvel soap up! I mean, what a perv, right...?"

Today's fun-fact: Someone just found my page by typing "GIANT anime girl stomping a man by feet"

And I'm now Google's #1 match for the words perviest + giant + ant-man. In fact, I'm the only match.

Ben Franklin's epitaph.
The body of Ben Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn and stripped of its lettering and gilding, lies here food for worms. But the work shall not be wholly lost, for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.
But it turns out that's an urban legend.

Franklin composed that epitaph for himself as a joke, at the age of 22.

"I've started two companion projects that I hope will alter the current course of American politics and culture, or at least amuse and inform and incite some fellow rabble..."
Watch out! R.U. Sirius is back in action.

Dick Cavett wrote two essays remembering Norman Mailer, who appeared on Cavett's TV show in 1971.
"In the long shot, as credits rolled, you saw three of us still seated, with Norman walking off slowly. Alone. Like an old fighter who has absorbed a goodly number of body blows."
Mailer always enjoyed the notoriety he gained from that appearance, Cavett adds.

"I know someone who sure as hell hates being dead."

Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow found dead in Las Vegas.

Fly off, Thunderbird, fly...

I got the boys
to make the noise.
Won't ever let up
I hope it annoys you.

Roger Ebert had unkind thoughts about Robert Redford's movie Lions for Lambs.
"There is a long stretch toward the beginning of the film when we're interested, under the delusion that it's going somewhere..."
But last weekend I saw George Clooney's new movie, Michael Clayton, about a "fixer" at a high-powered law firm. Roger Ebert liked that one so much, he saw it twice.
[T]he second time, knowing everything that would happen, I found it just as fascinating because of how well it was all shown happening.

It's not about the destination but the journey, and when the stakes become so high... it's spellbinding to watch the Clooney and Swinton characters eye to eye raising each other, both convinced that the other is bluffing.

The spam emails I'm getting have the strangest subject lines...
"Clown Freeway Star Cave Videotape"

"Radar Robot Ice-cream Data Base Needle"

"Room Jet fighter Clock Clown Potato"

And today I got an email from

"perhaps the greatest single pop recording I've ever heard by anyone."

"best girl group song ever...breathtaking, foot-stomping, soul-shaking..."

"As much as I love the Bangles' hit Walk Like an Egyptian, nothing can stop the Tammys' Egyptian Shumba from being the greatest ancient Egypt-themed pop song of all time..."

Follow the link and click the arrow to hear it!

Ladies and gentlemen... The Bugaloos

So Marvel Comics is cancelling my favorite comic book -- The Irredeemable Ant-Man.

But you know who's really taking it hard? That little ant who narrated the recaps at the beginning of each issue.

This is it, kids, our last issue. It's all over. I don't have much time... so lean in close and let's get this over with...
Lying on his back, with his legs in the air, he tells the story one last time. Eric O'Grady stole the Ant-Man suit, and lived on the run. Eventually he conned Iron Man into taking him back into S.H.I.E.L.D.

And then -- the little ant's work was done.

Now if you'll excuse me -- I think I'll die now.

Light -- I see a light -- I'm coming mother -- I'm coming....

Sammy Davis Jr. really loved screwing around in the studio.

I present this mp3 in honor of "Talk Like a Pirate Day."

"It takes a special kind of fool here, now, me buckos..."

Wikipedia uncovers the secret history of the song Incense and Peppermints.
The band members cared so little for the song that neither of the band's two singers, Lee Freeman and Mark Weitz, wanted to sing the lead vocal.

This recalcitrance was due in large part to the lyrics, which had been written by a songwriter named John Carter, who was under contract to the song's producer Frank Slay. The band didn't care for Carter's pseudo-psychedelic lyrics and were miffed that he -- and therefore Slay -- would get a share of the song's royalties.

As a result, the band impulsively drafted a 16-year-old named Greg Munford, a friend of the band who happened to be at the recording session to add percussion, to sing lead. Munford was never officially a member of the Strawberry Alarm Clock and appears only on this recording; he was not even present for the single's B-side.

And now, a special message from Ant-Man.
"Ooooh, superhero Civil War -- big deal.

"Civil War -- That's just a marketing term, anyway. It was a street fight -- not a war."

" You should know better. You shook Sinatra's hand."
The Cartwheel. The Gilroy...

Lots of surprises in Ocean's 13.

Does whatever a
Spider-Pig does.

Can he swing
on a thread.
No he can't.
He's a pig.

Then there's this. Charles Bukowski's version of Peanuts.

"When things start to happen
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along. You'll start happening too."

         -- Dr. Seuss

It took me a while to figure out who she was -- the new red-headed superheroine helping Spider-Man. But then I realized her name was "Jackpot."

As in "Face it, Tiger, you just hit the..."

Okay, this is too cool not to blog. Someone drew all the Peanuts characters anime-style.

It's here.
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