Lin-Manuel Miranda recalls the pop culture moments that defined him

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For a lot of people, the musical Hamilton will be a moment in pop culture history they will never forget.  That’s not so much the case for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Instead, the Tony-winning actor and playwright spent a good amount of time on Twitter today telling the world of the various events that he is still processing and will never forget.

POP CULTURE EVENTS FROM WHICH I HAVE STILL NOT RECOVERED, MANY YEARS LATER: A thread by Lin-Manuel Miranda

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 7, 2016

Obviously, King of Pop Michael Jackson was up first.  Read more…

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People are naming their kids – and dogs – after ‘Stranger Things’ characters

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Instead of looking at family history or honoring relatives, people are relying on pop culture for name inspiration when it comes to their children — and pets.

Popular baby names this year include plenty of references to the sci-fi hit series Stranger Things.

Baby Center released its annual list culled from nearly 400,000 parents and found the Netflix show helped boost names like Nancy, Dustin (up 32 percent), Lucas (25 percent increase) and Winona Ryder’s Joyce (up 23 percent). 

Another popular TV show influencing what our next generation will be called is The Walking Dead (no joke, the generic zombie name “Walker” is up 12 percent in popularity). Read more…

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