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2014 Stranger Film Genius Drew Christie

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Creates: Animated nonfiction films that leave your head buzzing. Has made work about: Whales, swingers, originality, Thanksgiving, and the man who killed John Wilkes Booth. Got a call: Right before the Genius Awards from his dad, saying,...Show More Summary

Incredible Historical Coincidences

3 months agoOdd : Neatorama

Robert LincolnRobert Lincoln was the oldest of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's four sons. Edwin Booth was the brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The Booths were a family of actors; father Junius was considered to be one of the top Shakespearean actors of the day. Show More Summary

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Naked Mole Rat Could One Day Save Your Life

“Sic semper tyrannis,” Brutus supposedly yelled as he helped assassinate Julius Caesar: Thus always to tyrants. John Wilkes Booth exclaimed the same to the panicked crowd in Ford’s Theater after he shot Lincoln. And in dark underground...Show More Summary

Extra, Extra: Lena Dunham Confuses Everyone With Televised Performance Art Piece

Because Lena Dunham wants to dance for you, check out today's end-of-day links: green puppies, Harrison Ford injured, the end of roadies, John Wilkes Booth's diary, Mila Kunis' 'shredded' organ, baby moose, and a cat who loves his water bottle. Show More Summary

Today in history: The assassination of Lincoln

April 14, 1865: President Abraham Lincoln was shot as he attended a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington. He died the next morning without regaining consciousness. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, murdered the president to avenge the South's defeat in the Civil War. Show More Summary

FBI Investigated Lincoln's Killer for Over 100 Years

The FBI was created 43 years after Abraham Lincoln's death, and yet his assassin has... an FBI file? Yep, a file was opened into John Wilkes Booth in 1922 and was still active as late as 1977, Smithsonian reports. The blog Wonders & Marvels got hold of the bulky file,...

The FBI investigated John Wilkes Booth — in the twentieth century?

by Jack El-Hai, Wonders & Marvels contributor Admit it — if you’re following this blog, you believe that reading something especially intriguing can transport you through an unexpected window of history. I have that experience almost every time I browse FBI files on notable people and events. Over the years, in response to Freedom of […]

From Romeo to JFK -- in Legos

last yearTechnology / Gadgets : Crave

John Wilkes Booth readies the killing shot on President Abraham Lincoln in the new book "Assassinated!" The book showcases the attempts on the lives of 12 US presidents. (Credit: Brendan Powell Smith/Assassinated!) You've seen the picture a thousand times. Show More Summary

Dressing Up For the Reaper: How Embalming Makes the Dead Look Alive

President Abraham Lincoln died on April 15th, 1865, mere hours after John Wilkes Booth inflicted the mortal gunshot wound, but his body had to survive a 19-day train ride across the country before being laid to rest in Springfield, Ill. Show More Summary

Rand Paul, the One-Man Republican Rebranding Effort

Rand Paul, who opposes the Civil Rights Act and defended a white supremacist staffer who wrote an article titled "John Wilkes Booth Was Right," is reaching out to the African American community again by stating, "I Don't Think ThereShow More Summary

TV: Saturday Night Live (Classic): “Buck Henry/Bill Withers, Toni Basil”

“Buck Henry” (season one, episode 10; originally aired 1/1/7/1976) Buck Henry hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times, and he first appeared on the show’s tenth episode. (And John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in a theater and fled to...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Stands by His 'Southern Avenger'

More: Rand Paul Stands by His 'Southern Avenger' WASHINGTON –- In an interview with The Huffington Post, Sen. Rand Paul stoutly defended an aide who, as a radio shock jock in South Carolina, praised John Wilkes Booth, heaped scorn on...Show More Summary

Chris Hayes To Rand Paul: ‘That’s Three Racist Strikes. You’re Out.’

last yearNews : Mediaite

Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) social media director, Jack Hunter, is making news by virtue of his not-so-secret identity as the masked Southern Avenger, a Confederacy-boosting radio personality who celebrates John Wilkes Booth's birthday. That news has, unfortunately, lost Sen. Paul an important quasi-ally, as All In with Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes announced...

Rand Paul Co-Author Jack Hunter Used to Write Weird Crap Like 'John Wilkes Booth Was Right'

last yearNews : Reason

The Washington Free Beacon his morning combed hrough the public statements and professional affiliations of Jack "Southern Avenger" Hunter, a 39-year-old aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and co-author of the libertarian-leaning Republican's 2011...Show More Summary

Watch Adam Scott As John Wilkes Booth In The First Episode Of Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’

Comedy Central has put the first episode of Drunk History online over two weeks before its July 9 premiere, and if you ever wanted to see Adam Scott as John Wilkes Booth, Bob Odenkirk as Richard Nixon, Nathan Fielder as Robert Woodward,...Show More Summary

Today in history: April 26

April 26 On this day. 1865: President Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was killed when Union soldiers found him hiding in a barn in Virginia. Booth murdered Lincoln 12 days before, as the president attended a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Show More Summary

An African Caesar

When “Julius Caesar” was performed at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York in 1864, the role of Mark Antony was played by John Wilkes Booth. His brother Edwin Booth played Brutus, and their brother Junius Brutus Booth, Jr., was Cassius. Show More Summary

Edward Jay Epstein: A Decapitation Plot?

As all the world knows by now, Lincoln was assassinated by the actor John Wilkes Booth, who was shot to death by federal troops. Since then Booth has in the popular mind become the template for the crazed lone assassin. In fact, Booth was not the only assassin at work that night.

Republican lawmaker reacts to death of Hugo Chavez: ‘Sic semper tyrannis’

Reacting to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton called his passing "welcome news" and evoked the Latin phrase that John Wilkes Booth famously shouted after assassinating Abraham Lincoln in 1865. "Sic semper tyrannis," Cotton said in a statement, which means "thus ever to tyrants." "After the welcome news [...]

Michael Russnow: Why Seth MacFarlane's John Wilkes Booth Joke Didn't Work For Most: Bob Newhart Got it Right When Less Than 100 Years Had Passed

Here are two punch lines that remind us of Lincoln's death. One worked for most, the other only for a minority. It had nothing to do with sensitivity about Lincoln's passing, rather it was the approach.

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