Sunday, January 21, 2018

Remember When This Was the Coolest Thing? - Video of the day


In other words...Pong. Exciting.

This Day in Pop Culture for January 21

Toyota Rises on Top

On this day in 2009, General Motors, known as the world’s largest automaker, lost its claim to fame. In 2008, GM sold 8.36 million cars and trucks, whereas Toyota sold 8.97 million, making it the company that produces the most cars on the planet. GM was founded in 1908 by William Durant, known for horse-drawn carriages. In 1911, Durant founded the Chevrolet Motor Company which became part of GM in 1918. By the early 1930’s GM passed Ford by as the world’s largest auto maker. Years later, on June 1, 2008, GM filed for Chapter 11 and dropped some of its brands including Saturn and Hummer. Toyota arrived on the scene in 1937. Their fuel-efficient vehicles proved extremely popular, but they also saw a drop in their profits for the first time ever in 2009.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Why TobyMac 'Just Needs U' - Video of the Day


The story behind TobyMac's new song, "I Just Need U." (To listen to the song, click here.)

This Day in Pop Culture for January 20

Donald Trump swears in as President of the United States.

Donald Trump Swears in as President

Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States on this day in 2017. After a contentious race for the presidency against Senator Hillary Clinton, President Trump didn't win over any of his enemies during his inauguration speech although many of them were not even there to hear it as a record number of democrats refused to attend the ceremony. The parade that followed event was met with a large number of protesters as well as Trump supporters. In regards to some the cheers and jeers coming from the crowd, some TV commentators referred to the behavior as the "sound of democracy."

Friday, January 19, 2018

'Get Out of Your Own Way' by U2 - Video of the Day


U2's latest music video for "Get Out of Your Own Way."

This Day in Pop Culture for January 19

Edgar Allan Poe was Born on January 19, 1809.

Edgar Allan Poe is Born

America’s original Goth, Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe worked as an editor at the Southern Literary Messenger, married his 13-year-old cousin, Virgina Clemm and published his first full-length work of fiction, Arthur Gordon Pym in 1838. After losing his job due to heavy drinking, he and his bride moved to Philadelphia where he began working as an editor for Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and Graham Magazine. It was during this time that he became known for his dark horror stories of The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart. He wrote The Raven in 1844 while living in New York City. Later, his wife died of tuberculosis in 1847. He followed suit two years later at the age of 40.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

How to Speak Christianese - Video of the Day


"New" from Rosetta Stone (not really) ... Christianese. (From Watermark Church)

This Day in Pop Culture for January 18

Michael J. Fox left "Spin City" on January 18, 2000

Michael J. Fox Leaves 'Spin City'

Back on this day in 2000, Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Back to the Future) announced that he would be leaving the hit sitcom, Spin City to help raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease which he had been personally dealing with since 1991, but kept quiet about it until 1999. In May of 2000, Fox launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He returned to television in 2004 for guest spots on Scrubs, Rescue Me, Boston Legal and others before starring in his own Golden Globe nominated sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show in which he played version of himself with Parkinsons.