Pop Culture Classroom

When I was a kid in college I frequently read on the internet about classes in popular culture. My interest in popular culture, like most students, was always more intense than my interest in business, the history of marketing, or mathematics. What drove me to seek out these courses was that during my first semester I took a course on Woodstock. Oh yes! For one glorious semester I watched documentaries about, read commentary on, and listened to music from that iconic festival. This was something that seemed surreal. Somehow it always seemed that you “lived” pop culture but “studied” everything … Continue reading

Pop Culture Roundup – September 19, 2010

I hate to say I told you so, but…I told you so. Yesterday, we learned that newly sprung jailbird Lindsay Lohan had failed a drug test. This comes less than a month after her early release from rehab. Lohan herself was the one that leaked the news about the failed test, tweeting “Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result.” Lohan also said, “This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and … Continue reading

Pop Culture Roundup – September 2, 2010

Her ex-girlfriend Lindsay Lohan may be out of jail and rehab, but Samantha Ronson is not having a great week. It appears that her bulldog Cadillac has killed a neighbor’s dog. A 911 call was made yesterday that a pit bull was attacking a small dog and its owner. Witnesses have said the dog was actually a bulldog, not a pit bull. The dog involved in the attack was reportedly a three pound Maltese named Tiger. Tiger was dead by the time police got to the scene. Its owner, an unidentified female, had minor injuries. Sources say Ronson was asleep … Continue reading

Most popular surnames in the United States

Having a popular surname has it’s disadvantages when it comes to genealogy. As you put together your family tree, it can become difficult to discern between someone who is your relative, and someone who is not your relative, but does have the same last name as you do. This can be especially difficult if you happen to have one of the most common surnames in the United States of America. What are those names? According to census data from 1990, the tenth most popular surname in the United States is Taylor. This last name comes from English origin. It means … Continue reading

Pop Culture Roundup – May 24, 2010

It has been a bizarre week for pop culture, even by Hollywood standards. Here are a few of the things that have happened: Brittany Murphy’s Husband Found Dead Simon Monjack, widower of Brittany Murphy, was found dead Sunday night at the couple’s home in Hollywood. Right now, officials are saying the 39-year-old Monjack died of natural causes, but there will be an investigation. Monjack was discovered by Brittany’s mother Sharon, who has shared the home with him since Brittany’s death. Anyone really surprised by this? We often criticize people for not grieving enough after a death, but this man seemed … Continue reading

What is Urban Agriculture? Part 2

The other day, I was talking about urban agriculture in America through World War I. When the Great Depression hit in the U.S. in 1929, it hit hard and lasted about 10 years. During that time, many cities instituted what became known as relief gardens. These gardens, also called welfare garden plots, were used to not only feed people, but also take their minds off desperate times. In places like Detroit, city employees who still had jobs donated money to help finance the gardens. Soon, organizations such as the Family Welfare Society and Employment Relief Commission were formed to help … Continue reading

What is Urban Agriculture? Part 1

When you think of farms, you usually think of rural areas, but urban farms are becoming much more popular. Urban agriculture, or urban farms, can involve growing, processing, and distributing food as well as raising and breeding livestock, aquafarming, agro-forestry, and horticulture. Why have urban farms? Well, for one, it offers city folks locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Some people also do it as a way to earn income and some even do it as a form of relaxation. Urban agriculture isn’t a new thing. As far back as 1893, vacant city lots were turned into urban farms. Such … Continue reading

Pop Culture Roundup – January 31, 2010

As I sit here watching the Grammys, I thought I should blog about a few pop culture happenings that occurred this week. Actor Rip Torn had a bad week as he was arrested for entering a closed bank in Connecticut with a loaded revolver. Police in Salisbury, Conn., where Torn lives, said the actor was highly intoxicated when they arrived, responding to the alarm he set off. The 78 year old, who has recently appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock,” was being held on a $100,000 bond. Some might say it was a worse week for author J.D. Salinger, as he … Continue reading

The Pop Culture Week in Review – September 5, 2009

As we all get ready to head into a long Labor Day weekend, I am going to take time to review the pop culture events that happened over the last week. Two celebrities were buried this weekend. Michael Jackson’s body finally got to its eternal resting place after almost 10 weeks. The singer was buried in a private ceremony at the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. Like in life, Michael will be surrounded by stars in death. Also buried at the cemetery are Jimmy Stewart, George Burns, Errol Flynn, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, and Dorothy Dandridge. … Continue reading

Popular Weight Loss Methods: Part Two

A diet that works is only successful as what you put into it. For different people different methods of weight loss plans work differently. The key to being successful on a weight loss program is all up to you. You have to find what works best for you and stick with it. Below are a few details of some more popular weight loss methods: • Atkins: Since 1972 the Atkins diet has been thriving. This diet is based on low carbohydrates. It is approximately 66 percent protein. There are four phases to the Atkins nutritional programs. • South Beach: This … Continue reading