Lexigrams are cards that feature the most interesting, strange, and entertaining words in the English language, by illustrating their definitions. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn some of the most mischievous members of the dictionary, but you'll also get to see some pretty hilarious illustrations. Oh, and some of the illustrations involve some playful cartoon nudity, because these words are for the orally experienced.

We spoke with the creators of Lexigrams, Veronika Hecko Wu and Albert Wu, to learn more about this creative endeavor. 

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Andy Gotts is a celebrity photographer best known for his magnum opus, Degrees, a collection of 300 black and white portraits of celebrities and figures in the public eye.

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Happy birthday Fred Astaire!


Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899–June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, actor, choreographer, and musician. He is perhaps most famous for his partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films. He pioneered certain film techniques in the way that they include dance. He received countless awards including Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, and recognition from many major film organizations.

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Oleg Cassini Loiewski (April 11, 1913-March 17, 2006) was a French-born American fashion designer. He was hugely influential in the fashion world, designing such ubiquitous styles as the A-line, the Sheath dress, and the Empire Strapless dress. His most notable moment was his stint as Jacqueline Kennedy's "Secretary of Style," though he contributed heavily to costume design on Broadway, television, and film.

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Marlon Brando (April 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004) was an actor originally from Omaha, Nebraska. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential film actors of all time. His most notable works include A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), and The Godfather (1972). He was known as a "bad boy" for his temperament on and off set, but was nonetheless always highly regarded as an actor.

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"I've had great success being a total idiot."

Happy Birthday, Jerry Lewis!


Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor and singer. Lewis grew to fame in comedy duo Lewis and Martin, where Dean Martin performed the straight man to Lewis's slapstick humor. The two would perform together in clubs, on the radio, on live television and in many films. After the duo went their separate ways, Lewis continued to star in films and eventually directed them too. Later in his life, Lewis taught directing classes at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Lewis has numerous awards and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is best known for his roles in The Bellboy (1960), Cinderfella (1960), The Nutty Professor (1963) and The King of Comedy (1983).

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"It's fun to draw for me and explore what's there." To create a drawing and see it "come alive, (that) you've caught something, something unique."

Happy Birthday, Joe Ranft!


Joe Ranft (March 13th, 1960 - August 16, 2005) was an American screenwriter, voice actor and animator most known for his work with Disney and Pixar. Ranft was inspired by art, magic and comedy from a very young age. His success with art both in school then in college led him to pursue it as a career. Ranft was lifelong friends with Pixar creative officer John Lasseter and his brother Jerome Ranft also worked at Pixar. Ranft's best known films include Oliver and Company, The Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, and Fantasia 2000. Ranft appeared as a voice actor in Finding Nemo where he played French shrimp Jacques and also in A Bug's Life where he played Heimlich the caterpillar. Ranft died in a car accident in 2005 but his name and memory lives on in the stories of now classic Disney and Pixar films.

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Happy Birthday, Claire Trevor!


Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 – April 8, 2000),   "The Queen of Film Noir," was an American Academy Award-winning actress. She appeared in over 60 films, including Dead End (1937), Stagecoach (1939), Born to Kill (1947), Key Largo (1948) and The High and the Mighty (1954). For her talents, Trevor won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Key Largo, 1948) and was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard. 

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Adrian Adolph Greenberg (March 3, 1903 — September 13, 1959), known as Adrian, was an American costume designer whose costumes were featured in The Wizard of Oz, for which he custom-designed Dorothy's ruby slippers, and other MGM productions. Adrian only designed for women, and his assistants created costumes for male actors. Adrian often worked in period films, and his clothing appears in Marie Antoinette (1938), Anna Karenina (1935), Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Pride and Prejudice (1940). He was credited in films as "Gowns by Adrian".

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"I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, 'cause they were cooler. They had better taste in music."

Happy Birthday, John Hughes!


John Hughes was an American screenwriter and film director, most known for his era-defining teen films and classic comedies. His most celebrated titles include: National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. John Hughes brought many young and child actors to fame with his empathy, understanding and directing skills. These included but were not limited to Molly Ringwald and Macaulay Culkin. Hughe's films showed the world of high school in a brutally honest light. His audiences responded deeply to that, finally seeing in these films what they knew to be true from their own lives. When Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59, he was mourned by the many actors who he had inspired. His films continue to be popular to this day.

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