Disambiguation time: Lizzie Borden

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We Flossers love us some Wikipedia, and not just because it makes our fact-finding missions easier and may be frequently and disastrously incorrect. Wikipedia has become a kind of digital dumping site for information on nearly everything from soap flakes to nuclear wars and minor celebrities, which gives users a sometimes-fascinating perspective on how certain ideas/movements/memes catch on and are redistributed through our increasingly complex pop-cultural labyrinth. This is where the 'pedia's "disambiguations" come in very handy, parsing usages and references both pop-cultural and otherwise. Let's start with a simple-but-juicy one: Lizzie Borden.

Lizzie Borden (spinster)

Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 "“ June 1, 1927) was a New England spinster and a central figure in the case surrounding the brutal axe double-murder of her father and stepmother on a sweltering day, August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Borden was acquitted when brought to trial, but no one else was ever tried, and she has remained a figure in American folklore. The slayings, trial, and the following trial by media became a cause célèbre; and the event has endured in American pop culture and criminology as one of the most celebrated incidents of the Victorian era. Dispute over the identity of the killer continues to this day.

Lizzie Borden (filmmaker)
Born Linda Elizabeth Borden in 1958, she took on the name of the American folklore figure Lizzie Borden in the early 1970s. Her most successful film is Working Girls, about upper-class prostitutes plying their trade in Manhattan.

Lizzie Borden (glam metal band)
Lizzy Borden is an American heavy metal band with a "glam" image formed in 1984. Lizzy Borden is also the name of the band's lead vocalist. Borden specialized in the shock metal style originated by artists like Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister -- and so perfectly parodied in This is Spinal Tap. Check out this classic clip of Borden's song "Flesheater," which features a little nod-to-the-original axe-wielding at the beginning.

Lizzie Borden (porn star)

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(Starting to notice a trend?) Janet Romano, better known as Lizzy Borden, (born December 10, 1977 in Huntington Beach, California) is a former American pornographic actress and professional wrestling valet. Together with her husband, porn producer Rob Zicari (aka Rob Black), she runs the porn company Extreme Associates; she has directed several degrading or violent porn movies and in 2003 she was indicted for distributing obscenity.