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The Origins of Popular Christmas Traditions and Symbols

By Steven RomanoDecember 16, 2014
Since childhood we’ve been told—mostly by TV specials and songs—that Christmas commemorates the birth of the Christ Child on (supposedly, granted) December 25th. Okay, sure, that explains why we celebrate the holiday, but how do Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and gi More  →
The Origins of Popular Christmas Traditions and Symbols

8 Must-Have Toys That Brought Out the Worst in People

By Steven RomanoDecember 10, 2014
There’s a disease far more infectious than influenza to worry about during the holiday season, capable of turning mild-mannered folks into monsters. Experts dub the phenomenon affluenza, or shopping fever, or as the Bernstein Bears so adorably coined it, the “galloping g More  →
8 Must-Have Toys That Brought Out the Worst in People

The 10 Most Terrifying Deep-Sea Creatures

By Steven RomanoDecember 8, 2014
Last week, National Geographic reported that deep-sea ecologist Bruce Robinson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured live footage of an anglerfish in its natural habitat, utilizing a remotely operated vehicle to film and later dredge up the specimen for More  →
The 10 Most Terrifying Deep-Sea Creatures

The 15 Greatest Happy Meal Toys

By Steven RomanoDecember 4, 2014
It was that one shining moment in our childhood, a reward for tolerating yet another week of school and minding the sass mouth—the long-awaited trip to McDonald’s! Deep-fried delights and swan-diving into the human petri dish that is the ball pit were enough to keep even More  →
The 15 Greatest Happy Meal Toys

10 Unbelievable Thanksgiving Day Parade Disasters!

By Steven RomanoNovember 24, 2014
Who doesn’t love the magic and wonder of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The floats, Al Roker at his quip A-game... and the whining blare of ambulances amid terrified screams. Joyous occasions certainly don’t stop chaos from sewing a little of what it does best, ha More  →
10 Unbelievable Thanksgiving Day Parade Disasters!

5 Successful Real Life Imitations of Video Games

By Steven RomanoNovember 19, 2014
It was probably at an upscale soirée surrounded by admirers when Oscar Wilde famously uttered that life imitates art. If he were still alive today—oh man, couldn't you imagine?!—he’d doubtless say the same about video games. Since childhood we’ve dreamed about seeing our favorite games ... More  →
5 Successful Real Life Imitations of Video Games
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5 Reasons Why the "Batman" TV Series is Better Than The Films

By Steven RomanoNovember 12, 2014
The great thing about the Batman franchise, besides being an unstoppable pop culture force that grows stronger with age, is that with so many film and TV iterations throughout the decades, everybody has his or her personal favorite. Some prefer the robust flavor and gritty ... More  →
5 Reasons Why the

Public Domain Horror Movies You Can Watch Right Now!

By Steven RomanoOctober 30, 2014
To not watch scary movies in the days leading up to Halloween is nothing short of blasphemy, but there’s only so many times one can sit through Scream or Friday the 13th before growing bored. No Netflix membership? No video store? No problem—out there on the Internet More  →
Public Domain Horror Movies You Can Watch Right Now!

The 5 Geekiest Pop Culture Remixes

By Steven RomanoOctober 21, 2014
Over the weekend, during the fifth hour of a web-surfing bender, our tumble down the video rabbit hole led us to quite a few remixes of Jeff Goldblum’s immortal, quasi-sensual laugh from Jurassic Park (and this was never brought to our attention before, why?!). Call ... More  →
The 5 Geekiest Pop Culture Remixes

The Pop Culture History of Zombies

By Steven RomanoOctober 17, 2014
While we aren’t boarding up doors and windows or looting stores like lawless savages, the zombie outbreak has invaded our culture in a different way, appearing everywhere and on everything from mass-produced merchandise to film and television. But how did this craze get st More  →
The Pop Culture History of Zombies
About the Author
Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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