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The Muppet Show Halloween special with Vincent Price

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Fantastic! Thanks, Heather Beschizza!

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Debuting "Shudders," MC Frontalot's spooky new video

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A song based on "The Boy Who Left Home To Learn What Fear Was" -- it's from the brilliant album Question Bedtime, which turns classic fairy tales into sinister nerdcore raps -- for kids!

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Public Enemy to reissue legendary albums

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Once again back is the incredible Public Enemy. Rolling Stone tells us that Def Jam records and PE are planning to reissue It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Fear of a Black Planet with a ton of additional tracks and media.

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Odd Israeli anime videos aimed at Japanese tourists

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Seems Israel is courting Japanese tourists with dolphin rides and a weird bird creature named "Shalom Chan." Heeb Magazine tells us it's working!

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"Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus (1979)

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Another classic Halloween jam: Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979). The video is a fan-made tribute to The Count himself.

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Celebrate Halloween 1976 style with Paul Lynde and KISS

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When pressed to explain the high weirdness of America's bicentennial year, simply cite The Paul Lynde Halloween Special which aired in 1976 as an ABC special. Special guests included:

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"Little Person" by Foxtails Brigade

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Bay Area chamber pop group Foxtails Brigade cover a Jon Brion song from the Synecdoche, New York soundtrack.

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Superior Firepower: The Making of Aliens

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This three hour documentary delves deep into the guts of James Cameron's 1986 classic and lays an egg in its stomach.

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Burrowing Owl Spycam

- Get up close and personal with a burrowing owl as it inspects its new residence. Play video

Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween"

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Al Jourgensen may prefer to forget that he once cultivated an English accent and created this underground club hit, but on this day, we happily remember. Above, a fan video cut up from horror films.

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The Deal Sisters sing Wicked Little Town from Hedwig

- Kim and Kelley Deal of The Breeders sing Wicked Little Town off the Hedwig and the Angry Inch tribute album Wig in a Box. Play video

"Halloween" by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1981)

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Siouxsie and the Banshees perform "Halloween" live in 1981.

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Features

Inexpensive, No-Blind-Spot Rearview Mirror

NASCAR drivers and law enforcers use custom wide-angle rearview mirrors to avoid head-swiveling. You can buy a wide-angle mirror that attaches over an existing rearview for $60, but you can make one for about $12 and a few shop scraps. By Phil Bowie and Larry Cotton. Read the rest

*Copyright Redux*

A sestina for free culture by William Carleton, who writes that "the form itself, where the same six words are repeated in each stanza, lends itself to the subject of copying and transformative use." Read the rest

Punktober, not Pinktober

A sickly-sweet, brand-policed, trivializing ad campaign cannot communicate the awful reality of breast cancer experienced by sufferers and their families. Naomi Horn on why she doesn't go pink. Read the rest

Obamacare: what it is, what it’s not

It’s no surprise that we haven’t seen a conservative alternative to Obamacare; Obamacare was the conservative alternative. Written by Michael Goodwin of Economix Comix. Illustrations by Dan E. Burr. Lettered by Debra Freiberg. Read the rest

Political mailer includes opponent's SSN and driver’s license number

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. By Adam Levin. Read the rest

Why we love man versus nature struggles

Have you ever wanted to be alone in the woods, drinking your own urine to survive? Probably not, that'd be weird. But you've wondered if you could do it, right? An exclusive essay by the author of the new science fiction novel, The Martian, out in paperback today Read the rest