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Art Nerd City Guides

The Art Nerd City Guides started out as one woman's love song to the New York art scene. It has come a long way in the last five years, expanding to include a web site each for Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Articles cover art openings, artist interviews, opportunities for community art, studio visits, gallery reviews, and a host of other themes, memes, and points of interest....
Bob Hope and American Variety

One of the most enduring legends of American film, stage, and screen receives an excellent tribute on this online exhibit from the Library of Congress, dealing with his 70 year career, and more broadly, the enduring legacy and history of vaudeville in the United States. Different sections of the site include an essay on the early life of Bob Hope, the story of American vaudeville in the first...
British Research Leads to World's Funniest Joke

Under the direction of Dr. Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire with assistance from the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's funniest joke was revealed on October 3, 2002. The study, which asked Internet users to submit their favorite jokes and rate the jokes of other contributors, amassed over 40,000 jokes and an amazing 2 million comments. The study also...
City Lore

Based in New York, the City Lore organization is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the cultural heritage of the city through a variety of programs and events. Two online exhibits dealing with the Puerto Rican Day parade and the making of lace highlight some of their more recent work. A resources link on the site leads to several helpful articles that highlight the study of urban...
Faced with too many names, Venezuela makes a modest proposal

Inspirations: No more little sun kings Baby names-are they 4real? Popular baby names Behind the Name History and hidden meanings of Britain's...
Japan’s Pop Power

Not so long ago, young people in the United States borrowed extensively from European consumer fashions and tastes to create trends in a variety of areas. For a time in the early 1990s, all things that dealt with former Communist regimes were all the rage, and Anglophilia has been a common condition since the cult of people who have found Queen Elizabeth and the Beatles fashionable. These days,...
License Plates of the World

Whether you're interested in collecting license plates, or are just moving to Andorra and wonder what your car will be wearing when it gets there, this site provided by collector Michael Kustermann can be a handy reference. A winner in the "labor of love" website category, this frames-based directory contains pictures of and descriptive information about a dizzying range of automobile license...
Open Culture

Readers raved when we published our coverage of Open Culture, the artsy information hub that features "the best free cultural & educational media on the web." The website contains reviews and links to hundreds of open educational resources. Whether readers are interested in learning Arabic, would like to hear Patti Smith read Virginia Woolf, or are eager to explore a collection of Gabriel Garcia...
Postmodern Culture

Somehow it is not surprising that a journal titled Postmodern Culture would find a home on the Internet, which itself is a bricoleur of many different forms and styles, akin to the very notion of postmodernism. Located online since 1990, Postmodern Culture "has become the leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures." The journal itself is published by The Johns...
Seed Catalogues

The Smithsonian Institutions Libraries Web site currently features a unique collection of seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present. Online visitors may view a portion of the exhibit, which offers a look at "the history of the seed and agricultural implement business in the United States, as well as provides a history of botany and plant research such as the introduction of plant...
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