Amazing things about August 5:
» Bill Cosby was forced to pay damages of 20 cents to a photographer he had assaulted in 1994. No word yet on the level of damages he must pay to any of us unfortunate enough to have accidentally watched an episode of The Cosby Show.
» The Spice Girls were at No.1 with Viva Forever this time five years ago.
» The largest-ever game of musical chairs took place on this day in 1989, with 8,238 people taking part.
» Hooray! Pete Burns out of Dead or Alive is 44 today. Well, some of him is anyway. Also blowing out the candles is Liver Birds and Bread creator Carla Lane. Actually, she probably isn't, because she objects to candles or something. Former stripper Marilyn Monroe – who also did a bit of acting, apparently – died on this day in 1962.
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According to Marxist theory, cultural forms such as opera, classical music and the literary works of Shakespeare all fall under the heading of high culture. Low culture refers to a wide variety of cultural themes that are characterised by their consumption by the masses.
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