The Coke vs. Pepsi rivalry (aka The Cola Wars) is one of the oldest and most publicized rivalries in the history of American business. It’s also a rivalry that’s near and dear to my heart. I prefer Coke, but I worked for Pepsi for a while, and one time I almost got fired from my job as a humor writer for comparing the taste of one of these sodas (who was an ad sponsor) to “the sweat from a hooker’s ass crack”. In my defense, I never said whether that comparison was intended to be good or bad. Some people really like hooker ass crack sweat. Here’s a brief history of the Coke vs. Pepsi rivalry, aka The Cola Wars.

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Conan O’Brien has been banned from television (literally) since January, but his new TBS late night show (appropriately titled “Conan”) premieres on Monday, November 8th, which means it’s time to re-open old wounds and remember exactly what happened between Conan and NBC. If TBS thought it was getting great ratings with its Everybody Loves Raymond re-runs, wait ’til they get a load of Team Coco.  Welcome back to late night television, Conan!

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If you’re heading to the theater to see the Facebook movie, The Social Network, this might be a good time to take in a quick refresher course on Mark Zuckerberg and his short but epic legal history. SPOILER ALERT: This will tell you the plot of The Social Network. ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: That movie is based on actual events from recent history, so Life has already spoiled the movie for you.

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When it comes to famous rivalries involving two gigantic, mysterious sea creatures, Sperm Whale vs. Giant Squid pretty much takes the cake. But just how much do these ancient-mariner-nightmare-makers really hate each other? Well, they’re both sea animals, so they don’t have a proven capacity for hate, but I bet if they could hate each other, they totally would.

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For almost 20 years, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman have been battling one another for late night ratings. You may already know that Jay and Dave don’t really like each other, but a quick look into the history of the Leno/Letterman rivalry illustrates exactly why these two titans of late night despise one another. It also provides a little insight into Jay’s habitual penchant for being a huge asshole to his fellow late night variety program hosts.

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The rivalry between Edison vs. Tesla is one of the best that History has to offer because of the extreme polarity between Edison and Tesla as individuals. Edison was a cranky old man who tinkered with machines in his garage until he figured out how to provide electricity to the world. Tesla would frequently black out and have visions about crazy futuristic machines, then wake up and build a Death Ray from memory. It’s almost like Edison and Tesla were designed to be ruthless genius adversaries.

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The battle of Real Money vs. Fake Money is just another way of saying “The History of Counterfeiting”, and counterfeiting is a concept that you’re already familiar with. Remember that scene in Goonies when they’re in the basement and Data turns on the machine and then he starts yelling, “Fitty Dalla Bew! Fitty Dalla Bew!”? Well, that was a counterfeit money press.  Slick Shoes! Pinchers of Power! Hey You Guuuuys! (featured on, the premier online destination for all things that have to do with money and rich people stuff).

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