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September 29, 2012

4 Fictional Works People Insist Are Real

By Tracy V. | 349,926 Views

People love stories. Movies and books let us escape our own horrible lives for a few hours. Some people love stories a little too much, however, and eventually begin to forget (or even deny) that they are fictional. For example ...

#4. 221B Baker Street

When Sherlock Holmes isn't faking a British accent with Jude Law in between Iron Man sequels, he hangs out at 221B Baker Street. The address is such a fixture in popular culture that people regularly mail letters to it, although Sherlock Holmes doesn't deliver presents, so the purpose of these letters is unclear. However, while Baker Street does exist, there has never been a 221B.

When the Abbey National Building Society bought the flats at Baker Street, they got so much of Sherlock's mail that they hired a full-time secretary to answer it (presumably Greg Kinnear from Dear God). Ultimately the museum was granted special permission to create the address 221B, but it will take another 100 years of unsolicited mail before they're allowed to create Sherlock Holmes, because he totally isn't real either.


September 26, 2012

Why ALF Is the Most Tragic Fictional Character Ever

By Cisco Covino | 274,581 Views

We've already told you once before about how the beloved '80s sitcom ALF featured one of the most depressing season finales ever, but as you're about to learn, sometimes we just can't fit all of the depressing details into one 500-word entry. That's especially true for poor ALF.

This luck-deprived alien's life was wrought with tragedy since the beginning of the show's run (and even before that).


September 25, 2012

3 Ways Green Day Just Had the Least Punk Rock Meltdown Ever

By Adam Tod Brown | 456,940 Views

You've undoubtedly seen the video by now, but just in case you haven't, take a look at Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong losing his mind at a recent show in Las Vegas:.

To the untrained eye, that might look like the greatest act of rock and roll rebellion since Kurt Cobain wore a dress on Headbanger's Ball. But the truth is, it's the exact opposite. What you're seeing is one of the saddest, least punk rock moments in rock history. Here's why ...


September 24, 2012

5 Creepy Ways People Can Make Money on Your Death

By XJ Selman | 244,317 Views

Death is a sacred thing, but nothing is more sacred than money. If you don't believe that, it's only because you haven't heard these five stories of people who get paid when you get laid (to rest).

#5. "Dead Peasant" Insurance Pays for Dead Workers

Evidently deciding that they weren't making quite enough money off of their workforce, certain companies will pay into life insurance policies for their low-level employees so they can collect tax-free death benefits in case any of them die. This is commonly known as "Dead Peasant Insurance," presumably because "Peon Blood Dollars" was deemed too tasteless.