They're still taking bets on the World Quidditch Championship
Last year's Quidditch World Cup was held in a Manhattan park.
November 8th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

They're still taking bets on the World Quidditch Championship

The science-fiction and fantasy universes are chock full of fictional games: "Tron" has the gladiator-style "lightcycle" and "identity disc" games; "Star Trek" has ‘"Dom-jot"(a dangerous game for Captain Picard) and the Vulcan "Kal-toh"; "Battlestar Galactica" has the very athletic "Pyramid"; "A Song of Ice and Fire" has the ever-changing "Cyvasse."

But perhaps no other fictional sport has been more relevant, more deeply seared into the world-wide cultural consciousness than the fast-paced, dangerous, high-flying game of Quidditch.

J.K. Rowling's chronicles of Harry Potter's magical world - written over 14 years ago - introduced this fantastic game as the favorite pastime of witches and wizards.

And even though Quidditch started as a written description, over the past few years  college and high school students across the country started establishing Muggle Quidditch teams. (In the Harry Potterverse, a Muggle is a human with no magical abilities.)

They play a sport created by  Middlebury College students Alex Benepe and Xander Manshel, who applied real-world, Muggle physics to the fictitious, magical game. Muggle Quidditch, or simply “Quidditch” for short, was first played at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont on October 9, 2005.

Benepe and Manshel wrote a 39-page instruction book entitled “Intercollegiate Quidditch Rules and Guide-Book” which explains every rule, foul, and position of the game and how to start your own Quidditch league, among other information.

This year, 2,000 competitors from 100 teams and five countries will compete in the 5th annual Quidditch World Cup (QWC). And, for the first time, teams from outside North America will compete. Not surprisingly, though, Middlebury College is the school to beat, as they’ve won the QWC for the past three years. FULL POST

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‘Rocky Horror’ still accepts you
The Lips Down on Dixie cast from left to right: Columbia (Erica Underdown), Magenta (Savannah Hoover), Frank (Chris "Waldo" Sedgwick) and Riff (Chris Goodrich).
October 26th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

‘Rocky Horror’ still accepts you

The movie theater is dark and loud. Dozens of people yell out a question and dozens more yell a bawdy reply.

Then the chant begins. It repeats. And repeats, growing louder with every word until Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, flings open his cape to squeals and screams from boys and girls alike.

In his premier movie appearance, stage and screen veteran Tim Curry chews his way through “The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s” most iconic scene with uninhibited abandon and fabulous flair – not just in manner, but also in sequined corset, women’s underwear, platform heels, and enough makeup to make any drag queen jealous.

“I see you shiver with an-ti-ci…” Curry purrs, seducing the audience with glossy, crimson lips. The tense pause in dialogue is slight, but the audience doesn’t miss a beat. In unison they immediately cry out, “Thismoviewouldsuckwithoutaudiencepartici  –”

“Pation!” Curry exclaims, both finishing his phrase – and the audience’s.

As he finishes singing, glam-fabulous Frank-N-Furter disappears in an elevator with the press of a button and the theater erupts with applause and high fives.

And there’s still an hour to go. FULL POST

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