“In all of the thousands of TV show sets that I have designed over 42 years in Hollywood, no other piece of set dressing has gotten as much attention. Apparently it is the paragon of Americana.” Slate’s Laura Bradley investigates why so many TV characters all own the same weird, old blanket.

+ Douglas Legler wanted a short obituary when he died. He got it.

+ Australia has plans to build a Beyoncé-inspired skyscraper.

+ Each Fourth of July weekend brings with it some hard lessons. This year’s was no different. In short, don’t shoot fireworks off your head, and don’t swim with alligators.