Moving 40 blocks per day won't get the job done. The Great Pyramid is estimated to contain some two million limestone blocks, plus the long-gone polished casing stones, and at 40 per day, it'd take about 137 years to build it. You have to move something more like 200 per day to get the job done in a Pharaoh's lifetime… » 8/28/14 10:52am Thursday 10:52am

Hitchcock's Vertigo. The first three times I saw it, I disliked it intensely. (Hitchcock was such a terrific director that I won't give up on one of his films easily.) Stewart was out there, so crackers, that I found it hard to regard him as the protagonist. But then I heard a critic say that Hitchcock intended… » 8/26/14 6:56am 8/26/14 6:56am

Perhaps Batman should consult one of his predecessors, Doc Savage. Doc's "Crime College," where brain surgery removal of the "crime gland," medically-induced amnesia, and a combined course in civics and an honest trade turned most of his captured opponents — and the occasional Japanese or German POW — into fine,… » 8/25/14 10:31am 8/25/14 10:31am

Tangential only, but...Max Shulman wrote "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!" a novel about a missile defense system being installed in a small New England town, back in the 50s, long before the vast majority of this site's readers were born. Didn't work then. Doesn't work now. And the physics of ground-based rocket… » 8/21/14 9:27am 8/21/14 9:27am

Not speaking of this particular copy, but one of these days, we're going to see counterfeits of this comic offered for sale. (If we haven't already.) If a nearly 400-year old Rembrandt can be convincingly faked, surely a 75-year old comic book can be. The beauty of the scam is: how many men wealthy enough to blow five… » 8/17/14 7:40am 8/17/14 7:40am

You're assuming that Brown and the cigar thief are the same man. You have proof of this? Evidence? Fingerprints? DNA? Anything other than a similarity of body size and skin color? If we are going to be honest here, any press conference information from the chief of police is not acceptable; his credibility is nil. » 8/15/14 4:30pm 8/15/14 4:30pm

Doc Savage's torn white shirt and jodhpurs. Whether you're doing your hundred-millionth sit-up, resurrecting an Egyptian pharaoh, or battling a genetic monster atop the World's Fair's Perisphere, your torn white shirt never goes out of style. Appropriate for every occasion, cool and comfortable in all climes, never… » 7/08/14 2:00pm 7/08/14 2:00pm

The Man from UNCLE's foe, THRUSH, seems to have taken your advice. Who'd feel threatened by an organization named for a pretty little songbird? On the other hand, since they went out of business in 1968 — because of an inability to recruit good evil talent, according to rumor — perhaps the innocuous name is not the… » 7/07/14 10:08am 7/07/14 10:08am

Not being entirely serious here, but...what if you took Batman (1966), Batman (1989) and Batman Begins (2005) as three parts of a trilogy? Starts out light-hearted, grows darker, then turns utterly bleak. You get character growth (or at least change) from both Batman and the Joker, as well as from Alfred and Gordon —… » 7/02/14 9:23am 7/02/14 9:23am

I don't see what the furor is for. This map comes from same source — ToonTown — as the maps we were given by Mr Cheney and Mr Bush of the new and improved Middle East, chock full of bright shiny new democracies, that were going to spring into being as soon as we had our short, victorious war. » 7/01/14 12:12pm 7/01/14 12:12pm