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Why do we eat popcorn at the movie theater?

Basically, because money. Popcorn has always been relatively easy and cheap to make and theater owners caught on to that during the depression.


Eventually, movie theater owners realized that if they cut out the middleman, their profits would skyrocket. For many theaters, the transition to selling snacks helped save them from the crippling Depression. In the mid-1930s, the movie theater business started to go under. “But those that began serving popcorn and other snacks,” Smith explains, “survived.” Take, for example, a Dallas movie theater chain that installed popcorn machines in 80 theaters, but refused to install machines in their five best theaters, which they considered too high class to sell popcorn. In two years, the theaters with popcorn saw their profits soar; the five theaters without popcorn watched their profits go into the red. Eventually, movie theater owners came to understand that concessions were their ticket to higher profits, and installed concession stands in their theaters.

71 alternate Die Hard movie posters

Either people keep making new Die Hard movie posters, or I'm getting better at Google. Two years ago, I found 19 Die Hard posters, a year later, I found 21 additional posters for a total of 40. I looked again this year and there are 31 new ones. So here are 71 Die Hard movie posters in various styles from various artists.

die hard andy greaves die hard poster
Left via Andy Greaves
Right via Josevi Cat

die hard art yippee kay
Left via Ellistration
Right via 17thandOak

die hard die hard
Left via Unknown
Right via unknown

Die Hard fan art Now I have a machine gun
Left via BGD Movie posters
Right via BGD Movie posters

die hard kevweldon Now I have a machine gun
Left via KevWeldon
Right via Duty Freak

Die hard foot prints die hard fan art
Left via Zach Hallum
Right via aliasniko

die hard dan norris die hard infographic
Left via Dan Norris
Right via Collider Other info graphics here, here, here, and here.

nakatomi plaza Die Hard Ryan Ohlemeier
Left via Hartter
Right via Ryan Ohlemeier

NewImage animal costa rica die hard
Left vía Animal Costa Rica
Right vía Animal Costa Rica

Die hard poster Die Hard poster
Left via Cristina Keiffer
Right via Clinton Johnson

Die Hard The Geek Gallery die hard
Left via The Geek Gallery
Right via Vanna Down By The River

die hard die hard tomasz majewski
Left via Maeby Hyland
Right vía Tomasz Majewski

die hard footprints die hard feet
Right via Design Company
Left via IAMREALDESIGNS

Die hard poster horizontal
via BeAware8

die hard
via Old Red Jalopy

die hard gretchen braun
via Gretchen Braun

die hard cult cinema die hard
Left via Dominic Li
Right via Claudia Varosio

Here are the pieces I found previously.

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Left via Daniel Norris
Right via Reddit

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The previous 2 are from Buzz Brewery, which seems to be down at the moment.

ron guyatt die hard NewImage

Left via Ron Guyatt
Right via Olly Moss

wharton die hard NewImage

Left via Wharton
Right via Olaf Cuadras Ferre

Cameron Stevens Die Hard NewImage

Left via Cameron Stevens
Right via Matt Owen

NewImage die rivrav

Right via Arthur Ditner
Left via Rivrav

russell ford die hard russell ford die hard

Both via Russell Ford

zaheer bulsara die hard NewImage

Left via Zaheer Bulsara
Right via Design by Dzwonkowski

this is my boomstick die hard.png k bailey bender die hard

Left via Garry Brown
Right via K Bailey-Bender

russ maschmeyer die hard

Via Russ Maschmeyer


popsters die hard ryan black die hard

Left via Popsters
Right by Ryan Black (Original not found).

daniel keane die hard artist unknown

Left ia Daniel Keane
Right artist unknown, please help.

abe wardana die hard brett thurman die hard

Left via Abe Wardana
Right via Brett Thurman

jim rugg die hard

Via Jim Rugg

alain bossuyt die hard jay moon die hard

Left via Alain Bossuyt
Right via Jay Moon

die hard mini gaming baung die hard

Left via Mini Gaming (Not sure if that's the artist or not.)
Right via Baung

balint bernhardt die hard.png michael handlon die hard

Left via Balint Bernhardt
Right via Michael Hanlon

donald smith graphic design die hard

Via Donald Smith Graphic Design

Artist Unknown Die Hard.png dereke chatwood die hard

Left via artist unknown, please help.
Right via Derek Chatwood

die hard injust07 bcapazo die hard

Left via Injust07
Right via Bcapazo

NewImage dan sherratt die hard

Left via Tim Doyle
Right via Dan Sherratt


DIE HARD

Via Sir Manish

These next ones aren't quite movie posters, but I think they fit.

die hard dr seuss

Via Jeremy Todd / /film

scott campbell die hard

Via Scott Campbell Great Showdowns

Here's a Die Hard cross stitch.

Die Hard themed greeting card.

pie hard hanksy

Hanksy via LS

Some Die Hard art. More. More. More. More. More. More.

Lastly, here's a holiday card from Nakitomi.

Die Hard is 25 years old

In the latest of the, "Holy shit, I'm old" anniversary celebrations, 'Die Hard' is 25 years old. I watched this movie a lot when I was growing up because it was seemingly one of the only movies HBO had rights to play. And in the last few years, Die Hard has become one of my Christmas Eve traditions. Here's a round up of celebrations from around the web.

-Awesome critical look at Die Hard's impact by Matt Zoller Seitz.

-40 alternate Die Hard movie posters I found last year.

-5 things you might not know about Die Hard. 25 things you didn't know about Die Hard. 10 things you might not know about Die Hard.

-10 surprisingly consistent things about all the Die Hard movies.

Vulture connects Die Hard's 25th birthday with the relaunch of Twinkies.

-By the way, Die Hard director John McTiernan is currently serving a year in prison for lying to the FBI.

--25 Die Hard imitations over the years.

-5 things Die Hard changed about action moves forever.

-More of a look at the history.

-7 loved scenes from Die Hard and 25! greatest Die Hard moments (Oh, from all the movies).

40 alternate Die Hard movie posters

Last year about this time I put together a post of 19 alternative Die Hard movie posters. When I went and looked back at that post, it had been decimated by link rot, so I thought I'd put it back together for this year. While doing so, I figured I'd look for some more posters and I found 21 more. So here are 40 Die Hard movie posters in various styles from various artists.

NewImage NewImage

Left via Daniel Norris

Right via Reddit

NewImage NewImage

The previous 2 are from Buzz Brewery, which seems to be down at the moment.

ron guyatt die hard NewImage

Left via Ron Guyatt

Right via Olly Moss

wharton die hard NewImage

Left via Wharton

Right via Olaf Cuadras Ferre

Cameron Stevens Die Hard NewImage

Left via Cameron Stevens
Right via Matt Owen

NewImage die rivrav

Right via Arthur Ditner

Left via Rivrav

russell ford die hard russell ford die hard

Both via Russell Ford

zaheer bulsara die hard NewImage

Left via Zaheer Bulsara

Right via Design by Dzwonkowski

this is my boomstick die hard.png k bailey bender die hard

Left via Garry Brown
Right via K Bailey-Bender

russ maschmeyer die hard

Via Russ Maschmeyer


popsters die hard ryan black die hard

Left via Popsters

Right by Ryan Black (Original not found).

daniel keane die hard artist unknown

Left ia Daniel Keane

Right artist unknown, please help.

abe wardana die hard brett thurman die hard

Left via Abe Wardana

Right via Brett Thurman

jim rugg die hard

Via Jim Rugg

alain bossuyt die hard jay moon die hard

Left via Alain Bossuyt

Right via Jay Moon

die hard mini gaming baung die hard

Left via Mini Gaming (Not sure if that's the artist or not.)

Right via Baung

balint bernhardt die hard.png michael handlon die hard

Left via Balint Bernhardt

Right via Michael Hanlon

donald smith graphic design die hard

Via Donald Smith Graphic Design

Artist Unknown Die Hard.png dereke chatwood die hard

Left via artist unknown, please help.

Right via Derek Chatwood

die hard injust07 bcapazo die hard

Left via Injust07

Right via Bcapazo

NewImage dan sherratt die hard

Left via Tim Doyle

Right via Dan Sherratt


DIE HARD

Via Sir Manish

These next ones aren't quite movie posters, but I think they fit.

die hard dr seuss

Via Jeremy Todd / /film

scott campbell die hard

Via Scott Campbell Great Showdowns

Here's a Die Hard cross stitch.

Die Hard themed greeting card.

pie hard hanksy

Hanksy via LS

Some Die Hard art. More. More. More. More. More. More.

Lastly, here's a holiday card from Nakitomi.

Kottke remaindered links and the tab attic

I was thrilled to spend last week editing Kottke.org. It's a fun time introducing a larger audience the stuff I like on the Internet. When posting on Kottke, I obviously post a lot more often than I post here, and from time to time I'll have a problem with pacing. I'll see something awesome, but not have the time to write it up right then, and then 5 other awesome things show up for which I have to make time. But then I've gone and posted too much that day, and so the original awesome thing will have to wait until tomorrow. I'll just leave the tab open and get back to it.

To me tabbed browsing is equal parts blessing and curse. I'll open a link in a new tab with the intention of doing something with it, and I'll leave it there forever if I have to. When I started this post I had 75 tabs open. I have a problem. (There's a Firefox extension that makes it so anytime you restart Firefox, the tabs don't load until you click on them again. This extension is an enabler, and makes the whole tab attic idea possible. Tab attic: noun describing the brain space occupied by unopened tabs you know are in a row up above somewhere, but you're not ready to use. The more tabs you have open, the heavier the tab attic is.

In any case, I wanted to share a bunch of links that definitely could have gone on Kottke last week (maybe some of them still might?), but didn't because they got locked up in the tab attic. This post took a ton of time and I realized because it's actually 10 Kottke.org posts in one.
-Damien Hirst and the great art market heist.
Hirst is not only the world's richest artist, but a transformative figure who can be assured of his place in history. Sadly – for him and for us – this is not because of the quality of his work but because he has almost single-handedly remade the global art market in his image: that is to say, the image of the artist as celebrity clown, the licensed working-class fool who not only shits on us from on top of his pile of cash, but persuades us to buy that shit and beg for more. This cockney chancer routine, perfected in the 60s by the likes of David Bailey and Keith Moon, has deep roots in British pop culture. We have a lot of affection for guys like these, who seem to be getting away with it, sticking it to the man.

Also, here's Felix Salmon on How Damien Hirst recaptured his market.

-I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter.
The answer: they don’t. The days when a celebrated chef might wait until the end of a distinguished career and spend years polishing the prose of the single volume that would represent his life’s work are gone. Recipes are product, and today’s successful cookbook authors are demons at providing it — usually, with the assistance of an army of writer-cooks.

Gwyneth Paltrow denied having a ghostwriter in a Tweet with a grammatical mistake.

-Jorge Louis Borges on The Task of Art.
For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. Your are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must be transformed, and eventually will be transformed.


-Extreme Maple Syrup. This one I was going to post because it mentions my friends Jamie and Matt in the first paragraph, and I was going to tie it to Making the Grade: Why the Cheapest Maple Syrup Tastes Best which has been in the tab attic since November.
Martin Picard! You make the macho chefs of America look like sissies—except maybe your fellows in the group that calls itself the International Hoof and Snout Mafia: Chris Cosentino; Fergus Henderson; Anthony Bourdain; Matt Jennings, of Farmstead, in Providence; Jamie Bissonnette, of Coppa, in Boston, and a former vegetarian. Inventor of foie gras poutine, popularizer of head cheese, butcher: Picard, at his Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, has for almost a decade been outdoing just about everyone in decadent down-home cooking.


-I don't know if this one would have made it in, but it was opened as a maybe, and I am in tab attic prune mode. Sasha Frere-Jones: Good Things About Twitter.
That’s the vegetables. What else is on Twitter? A poetic spambot named Horse_ebooks that spits out isolated phrases like “monopoly on your radio” or fragments like “33 Dependence on chance may seem a burden and a limitation on fraternity.” Occasionally this found poetry comes with a link to a terrible e-book such as Pizza Recipes, which would seem to be the original purpose of Horse_ebooks. Adrian Chen of Gawker recently reported on the feed’s origin (Russia) and purpose (inept commerce) and poetic engine (maybe automated, maybe human). Why do more than fifty-five thousand people follow Horse_ebooks? Because he/it tweets “Pocket Change Written Plan Ball Games Family Haircuts” and, after you’ve read the name Santorum for the 456th time, these are the words that keep hope alive.


The Secret Ingredient. "Liquor companies love to claim they use closely guarded, centuries-old recipes. usually it’s just marketing."
As Breaux points out, even if he were to determine the exact formula for Chartreuse or Campari, it’s not as though customers would come clamoring for his imitations. The makers of the originals are “going to outspend me in marketing,” he says. Breaux notes that the best-selling spirit globally is vodka, behind which there are no significant production secrets at all. It’s essentially pure ethanol; the main added ingredient is marketing.


-I really like talking about pig breeds and breeding habits, so I was excited to share this article from a couple months ago. Hogs Wild by Ian Frazier should remind you of Ossibaw pigs, a post I put on Kottke the summer before last.
In frontier times, farmers let their hogs run loose, then collected them with the help of dogs on butchering day. Many hogs chose to skip this event, naturally. After America became rich, circa 1890, sportsmen with money imported Eurasian wild boars to stock hunting preserves. When these animals escaped and crossbred with feral swine, they created a tougher and even better-adapted (some say) feral hog. The fact that wild swine have been living in America for centuries does not dissuade wildlife biologists from referring to them as a "non-native" species. Feral hogs of the species Sus scrofa live on every continent but Antarctica, and also on many islands and archipelagoes. Except in the original range of the Eurasian wild boar, feral hogs are non-native everywhere.


-One of the best parts of editing Kottke.org are the people who send in links. I still haven't quite hardened myself to not feeling guilty about not using these links. This is a job for sociopaths, I think. In any case, former ShareBro Jonah Keri, sports statistics advocate, Grandland.com writer, and all around bon vivant sent me this link and I thought it was a no-brainer for posting, but didn't have the time to get through the article, or even start it. I'm fascinated by this topic for a movie, and the fact that it rose organically out of the Internet. How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big-Budget Flick. I've posted about this project twice before, and Jason may have, as well, but this is a great definitive profile of James Erwin.
The encyclopedias proved that he had talent and erudition, but they didn’t bring him any attention—the buyers were mainly libraries—and barely earned him minimum wage. But writing the encyclopedias did teach him a crucial set of skills. He now knew how to mine history for tragedy and comedy. He could instantly recall huge swaths of fact. (Erwin competed on Jeopardy! in 2009, walking away a two-time champion and $23,598 richer.) Perhaps most important, he could compose large blocks of text with astonishing speed.


-Kevin Nguyen of the Bygone Bureau (why are you here? go there!) sent over a bunch of awesome things that...fuck. These really should have been posted. Well, two of the links, the rest were boring. Kevin's taste is only slightly attuned to mine. Now I'm just being a jerk to goad Kevin into an angry Tweet.
Dance the flip-flop by Robin Sloan:

Sculpt eight different vases. PHYSICAL

Take photos of those vases. DIGITAL

Find those photos and combine them somehow into a single vase. DIGITAL

Print that new vase in plaster with a 3D printer. PHYSICAL

Take photos of that new vase. DIGITAL

Make an animated GIF! DIGITAL


And I don't know how to describe sssspace.tumblr.com except as Kottkeporn. This one would have been perfect.

Also, if you think 75 tabs is a lot, Jason uses 3 different browsers at the same time.