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Music Exclusive: American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips had a Crazier Year than You Did

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 19, 2012
For the first time in weeks, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is well-rested. "I just slept like 11 hours, man," he says over the phone from the bed of an LA hotel room, some lingering grogginess compounding the natural ooze of his Georgia drawl and general ... More  →
Music Exclusive: American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips had a Crazier Year than You Did

The Ten Best Songs of 2012

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 17, 2012
Let's be real here. Viral tunes are dandy—but they don't need us anymore. The Internet spent a solid year pitching woo to "Call Me Maybe," so why belabor the point again? And there's nothing more any of us need to do for the YouTube-topping tyranny ... More  →
The Ten Best Songs of 2012

What Were The Most Significant and Share-Worthy Events of Your Year? Facebook Tells Us.

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 12, 2012
Merry Listmas, y'all! As the Internet continues its favorite tradition of reminding us about the very bestest and viralest events in global and pop culture this year, they're going one step further this year. In the tenuous poker game of laying our lives bare on online ... More  →
What Were The Most Significant and Share-Worthy Events of Your Year? Facebook Tells Us.

New Music: 15-year-old Jordan Newt Challenges Bieber's Swag Throne

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 11, 2012
California rap journeyman Jordan Newt requested an unusual present for his 14th birthday—but, then again, Jordan has kind of an unusual family. "I was in the studio with my dad and uncle, hanging out, playing basketball, just having fun," Newt told us before a lunch hour ... More  →
New Music: 15-year-old Jordan Newt Challenges Bieber's Swag Throne

Taylor Swift Beat-Boxes Through the 2013 Grammy Nominations

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 6, 2012
Is there anything future American president Taylor Swift CAN'T do? I mean, besides the obvious. She can't levitate an aircraft carrier, obvi. I bet she can't eat 70 hardboiled eggs in an hour, either. And she's made it very clear through her lyrics that she can't ... More  →
Taylor Swift Beat-Boxes Through the 2013 Grammy Nominations

Who Likes Glitter, Anyway? A Study in Winter's Shiniest Nuisance

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 6, 2012
Glitter. We wear it. We wrestle in it. We cover our homes and worldly possessions in it once a year, but never stop to ask, "why?" Until now. Why is glitter?  Who is it for? Where did it come from, and where will it strike next? Glitter's appeals are ... More  →
Who Likes Glitter, Anyway? A Study in Winter's Shiniest Nuisance

5 Awesome YA Authors Invaded Brooklyn This Week. Here's What They Said...

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 30, 2012
"The teen voice is not stupidity," YA author Robin Wasserman said to a crowd of aspiring writers and voracious readers at Brooklyn's Powerhouse Arena bookstore earlier this week. "The teen voice is youth, and immediacy. It's not dumbing things down; it's remembering." Robin was one of five ... More  →
5 Awesome YA Authors Invaded Brooklyn This Week. Here's What They Said...

Of Tigers and Twilight: YA Bestseller Colleen Houck Tells Us How She Did It

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 27, 2012
Writing was never part of the plan for Colleen Houck—let alone writing four bestselling YA paranormal romance novels in four years. The author of the Tiger's Curse series was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, where she attended community and University of Arizona classes to be ... More  →
Of Tigers and Twilight: YA Bestseller Colleen Houck Tells Us How She Did It

CONFIDENTIAL: What Were New York Police Shredding at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 27, 2012
Before we replaced them with unsightly helium travesties, New York's first Macy's Thanksgiving day parades proudly featured Central Park zoo animals, preening and prancing through the streets of Manhattan, dragging teams of handlers behind them as they rampaged across crowded sidewalks in search of affordable ... More  →
CONFIDENTIAL: What Were New York Police Shredding at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 20, 2012
There's far more to this treasured American holiday than the fatcat Cranberry Lobby will have you believe. For example, did you know that founding father Benjamin Franklin actually had the body of a turkey from the waist down? That's why he was so fond of bloomers.It's hard More  →
10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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