BEGINNINGS: THEY ARE IMPORTANT. So important, we put that in all caps and boldface. On this week's episode, Alex Schmidt is joined by Cracked editors Kristi Harrison and Cyriaque Lamar for a look at the all-time best beginnings of...basically everything. From first lines of books to first shots of movies to historical firsts that everyone oughta know about, this episode's like a smoothie made of starts, mixed to start your new year just right.

Footnotes:

Erykah Badu -- "Tyrone" (live)

Glen Campbell -- "Wichita Lineman"

Elton John -- "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time)"

The Thing (1982) Filming Locations

The Babadook: how the horror movie monster became a gay icon (The Guardian)

Tom Hiddleston singing "Cold Cold Heart" in I Saw The Light

Why Women Couldn't Wear Pants on the Senate Floor Until 1993 (Mental Floss)

50 Years Ago, The First Spacewalk Nearly Ended In Tragedy (Gizmodo)

Iconic Wright brothers photo was photographer's first (The Verge)

A State of Convenience: The Creation of West Virginia (West Virginia Division of Culture and History)

6 Famous Firsts You Learned in History Class (Are Total BS) (Cracked)

5 People History Credits With 'Firsts' (Who Weren't First) (Cracked)

The trials of baseball's first openly gay player, Glenn Burke, four decades ago (The Washington Post)

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