Archive for May, 2009

On This Revolutionary Day In History: May 31st

Posted in On This Revolutionary Day In History on May 31, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

On this revolutionary day in history…

John Steinbeck published the The Grapes of Wrath, the 1944 sequel to his best-seller, Sex, Lies and Videotape.

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Did You Revolutionary Know That…

Posted in Did You Revolutionary Know That... on May 30, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

The only year in history to not have witnessed a revolution is 1965? As it turns out, this is also the same year that the television show My Mother the Car premiered.

Coincidence?

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On This Revolutionary Day In History: May 30th

Posted in On This Revolutionary Day In History on May 30, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

On this revolutionary day in history…

The reanimated corpse of President Warren G. Harding killed four in 1925, as he attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a biplane.

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Revolutionary Participant in the ‘Cola Wars’ of the Week: Pepsi

Posted in Revolutionary Item of the Week on May 29, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

cola_wars_300God and Satan. Light and dark. Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford. Every war requires both a good and evil counterbalance, and the Cola Wars are no different. Older than the original Cold War and twice as lethal, the Cola Wars took place between Pepsi and Coca-Cola during the span of four decades, and was responsible for the deaths of millions of Americans at its peak in the Eighties. Of the two deadly foes, Pepsi has long been regarded by historians as being more revolutionary.

Most people are familiar with the story of Coca-Cola’s creation: a nuclear family consisting of 3.75 family members sitting around a kitchen table, discussing the previous night’s episode of Leave it to Beaver, discovering Coca-Cola after accidentally combining optimism and sugar. Pepsi on the other hand, has a darker, more ‘alternative’ origination: a disgruntled atheist – who had formerly been a college student at Bob Jones University – found that when mixing the blood of infants, the mysterious poison bottles found under the sink, and caffeine, it would result in a delicious soda-tasting drink that could be advertised by people such as Beyonce.

What does this mean for you?

If Coca-Cola is the ‘everyman’s’ drink, then Pepsi is the ‘stick-it-to-the-man’ drink. Daredevils drink Pepsi, such as Steve McQueen and Al Gore. Revolutions have been won by those drinking Pepsi, such as the French Revolution in the 1790’s, and the Dance, Dance Revolution in the 1940’s. Those wanting to seek out the American Dream will drink Coca-Cola, continue quilting their quilt (or is it knitting a quilt? who knows, right?), and go to bed at 8:30.

Be a revolutionary. Drink Pepsi.*

*This blog post was sponsored by Coca-Cola.

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On This Revolutionary Day In History: May 29th

Posted in On This Revolutionary Day In History on May 29, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

On this revolutionary day in history…

The controversial Che Guevara Variety Hour debuted in 1961, paving the way for public nudity.

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Care to Join: An Agricultural Revolution?

Posted in Care to Join This Revolution? on May 28, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

The agricultural revolution is a type of revolution in which advancements in technology lead to increases in agricultural productivity. It’s also the name given to any revolution in which farmers attempt to overthrow oppressive ears of corn.

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On This Revolutionary Day In History: May 28th

Posted in On This Revolutionary Day In History on May 28, 2009 by Ryan Shattuck

On this revolutionary day in history…

The Civil War came to a dramatic end in 1865, after four years of spoiled meat and Robocop.

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