Those good ol' fashioned metal roller skates that strapped onto your shoes were useless if you didn't have a skate key on hand to adjust them. The hexagonal loop on top was used to turn the bolt that adjusted the length of the skate and the tubular end fit on the pin that tightened the toe grips. The long narrow hole in the middle? Why, that was for stringing a shoelace through so you could wear the key around your neck while skating.
Alan J was first and correct with:
If memory serves me correctly
Those are accoutrements for strap-ons for children. They are what I
remember to be keys to tighten roller skates that fit on over street shoes.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
They look like skate keys
Are those skate keys? They look like roller skate keys, the metal ones that attach to hard-soled shoes, and were adjustable in length and tightness. They were sure rough to skate in.
Actually finally feeling human again. 'Bout time.
A skate key, for adjusting your strap-on roller skates (and maybe shoe-skates).
I have a brand new pair of roller skates.....
Stephen F said:
roller skate keys
roller skate keys
Lois Of The Lockdown responded:
OK, that's either a "common, ordinary, try to tighten the skate onto your saddle shoe but you'll still fall on your ass and scrape the shit out of your knees on the uneven, cracked, tree-root warped sidewalk outside your house, and later be some kind of weird inspiration for a sick, twisted, suggestive sixties song which is still disturbing even when Cher sings it" SKATE KEY, or...more interestingly, the key to Darth Vader's CHASTITY BELT! Even at my age, I did not know there were chastity belts for men. But there are. The ingenuity of mankind never ceases to amaze me.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, in between storms wrote:
Them's skate keys. The earliest use of a strap-on for me personally.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
I think they are roller skate keys, or just "skate keys".
As sung about my Melanie in her hit from 1972, "Brand New Key". (Or was she
singing about something else...?)
Those are roller skate keys, used to adjust the toe holds and one to change
the length. Wore one around my neck as a child.
John I from Hawaii says,
John B answered:
Vintage Metal Roller Skate Key ~ 1950s. 'I got a brand new pair of roller skates,: You got a brand new
key. ' ~ Melanie Safka
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CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Undercover Boss', followed by a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Scott Kelly, Abby Wambach, and Maria Bamford.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 11/30/15) are Taye Diggs, Amy Landecker, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Undateable', followed by a RERUN'Superstore', then 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ray Romano, Lucy Hale, and Brandi Carlile.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 1/6/16) are Christian Slater, Retta, Sam Hunt, and Matt Sorum.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/9/15) are Amy Landecker, Miami Horror, and Wild Child.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH'Dr. Ken', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 1/6/16) are Kathy Griffin, Aaron Sorkin, and the Internet.
The CW offers a FRESH'Reign', followed by a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a FRESH'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH'Hell's Kitchen'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Criminal Minds', followed by a FRESH'Unforgettable'.
AMC offers the movie 'Tombstone', followed by the movie 'Enemy Of The State'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR: CARS OF THE PEOPLE - SEASON 1, Episode 2
[7:00AM] TOP GEAR: CARS OF THE PEOPLE - SEASON 1, Episode 1
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 2, Ep 1 - Handlebar
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5, Ep 1 - Blackberry's
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9, Ep 10 - Face The Raven
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9, Ep 11 - Heaven Sent
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 19 - Coming of Age
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1, Ep 20 - Heart of Glory
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 24 - Menage a Troi
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 25 - Transfigurations
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - Family
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 3 - Brothers
[8:00PM] BATMAN BEGINS
[11:00PM] BATMAN BEGINS
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 25 - Transfigurations
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3, Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - Family (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'The People's Couch'.
Comedy Central has an old 'SNL' (03/02/13 - Kevin Hart hosting, music by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), another old 'SNL' (01/17/15 - Kevin Hart hosting, music by Sia), 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man' and 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.
FX has the movie 'Black Hawk Down', followed by the movie 'White House Down'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'American Restoration', followed by a FRESH'American Restoration', then a FRESH'Smartest Guy In The Room', followed by another FRESH'Smartest Guy In The Room'.
[6:00AM] TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Joel McHale
[6:45AM] BROKEN LIZARD'S CLUB DREAD
[9:00AM] ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
[11:15AM] KISS KISS, BANG BANG
[1:45PM] CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE
[3:45PM] BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA
[5:30PM] CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
[10:15PM] CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
[3:00AM] KISS KISS, BANG BANG
[5:30AM] TODD MARGARET-The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Three Stooges
[6:30AM] The Three Stooges
[7:00AM] The Three Stooges
[7:30AM] Dirty Dancing
[10:00AM] Sleepless in Seattle
[12:30PM] William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Collision
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Mother's Milk
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Panic
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Entitled
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Fools for Love
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Trade This
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Mega
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Untitled
[2:00AM] Wall Street
[5:00AM] The Three Stooges
[5:35AM] The Three Stooges (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Final Destination', followed by the movie 'Final Destination 2'.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, from left, director Alejandro González Ińárritu and actor Tom Hardy pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Revenant' in London, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
Photo by Joel Ryan
Planned Parenthood filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday alleging extensive criminal misconduct by the anti-abortion activists who produced undercover videos targeting the handling of fetal tissue at some Planned Parenthood clinics.
"The people behind this fraud lied and broke the law in order to spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood," said Dawn Laguens, the organization's executive vice president. "This lawsuit exposes the elaborate, illegal conspiracy designed to block women's access to safe and legal abortion."
The anti-abortion activists, who ironically named their group the Center for Medical Progress, began releasing a series of covertly recorded videos in July alleging that Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit in violation of federal law.
The civil lawsuit was filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as legal fees. A Planned Parenthood lawyer, Beth Parker, declined to estimate how much money would be sought, but it said the amount would include extra money spent since the videos' release on additional security for Planned Parenthood clinics.
The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S - over 26.
The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. But more first births to older women also are tugging the number up, said T.J. Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He's the lead author of a report released Thursday that put the average age at 26 years, 4 months for women who had their first child in 2014.
The government began tracking the age of new mothers around 1970 when the average was 21. It's been mostly climbing ever since, and spiked in about the last five years.
The number rocketed immediately after a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion, which is used mostly by young unmarried women. Also fueling the rise were improvements in birth control and greater opportunities for women, experts said.
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The service has a regular annual price of $99, which is still a great deal considering everything Amazon Prime has to offer. But the company is now celebrating its big Golden Globes victories for Amazon original Mozart in the Jungle this past Sunday, so it's dropping the price down to $73 for a short time.
The offer is valid for this weekend only, starting at 12:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST on Friday and running through midnight local time on Sunday night. Unfortunately, existing Prime subscribers won't qualify for the special offer since Amazon is targeting new customers with this special deal.
The names of iconic hotels and other landmarks in the world-famous Yosemite National Park will soon change in an ongoing battle over who owns the intellectual property, park officials said Thursday.
The luxurious Ahwahnee will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, and Curry Village will become Half Dome Village, said park spokesman Scott Gediman.
The move at Yosemite comes in an ongoing dispute with Delaware North, the company that recently lost a $2 billion bid - the National Park Services largest single contract - to run Yosemite's hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities.
The park service says it belatedly learned that Delaware North had applied for the trademarks for the names when it prepared to open bids for the concessionary operation. Yosemite awarded a 15-year contract to Aramark last year.
The trademark dispute at Yosemite and elsewhere feeds into a debate about the fate of other names synonymous with national parks and government-owned entities across the country.
A California Catholic hospital is not engaging in sex discrimination by denying a woman's request for the sterilization procedure known as tubal ligation, a San Francisco judge said in a tentative ruling.
Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said in his decision Wednesday that Rebecca Chamorro could get the procedure at another hospital, and that Mercy Medical Center's policy against sterilization on religious ground also applies to men.
Health care provider Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical and 38 other hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona, says the tubal ligation sought by Chamorro is not medically necessary and would violate the hospital's right to freedom of religion.
Chamorro sued to get the procedure done immediately following her scheduled cesarean section on Jan. 28 because she and her husband do not want more children.
Chamorro's attorneys, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say the procedure is safest when performed immediately after birth, and Chamorro has no choice but to use Mercy Medical Center because Redding is about 200 miles north of San Francisco and the next closest hospital she could go to is more than 70 miles away.
Chinese Anhui Hungmei Opera theatre perform "Goddess Marriage" opera in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. "Goddess Marriage" is a love story between immortal and mortal which was organised by China National Tourism Administration to kick-start 2016 as a year for "China-India Tourism".
Photo by Altaf Qadri
The head of the powerful US gun manufacturers lobby, Wayne LaPierre (R-Draft Dodger), challenged President Barack Obama on Thursday to an hour-long televised debate on gun control.
LaPierre threw down the gauntlet in a video posted on the National Rifle Association website, a week after the lobbying group rebuffed Obama's invitation to debate the issues during a CNN town hall-style meeting January 7.
In the video, LaPierre scornfully dismissed the president's original offer before laying down his own debate challenge.
In the video, LaPierre harshly attacks Obama and his record, and vows that the NRA will fight measures the president announced last week that tighten rules on gun sales.
Local residents dressed in costumes perform during celebrations for the Malanka holiday in the village of Krasnoilsk in the Chernivtsi region of Ukraine, January 14, 2016. The Malanka traditional holiday is more popular in the western regions of the country and is also known as the Old New Year celebrated on January 13 and 14 - St. Basil's and St. Melania's Day, according to the old Julian calendar. During the celebrations, youngsters and adults wear traditional carnival costumes and masks, and visit local houses while singing carols, playing pranks or performing short plays.
Photo by Valentyn Ogirenko
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) has said the armed standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon had gone on "too long," and that once people are allowed to take over federal property, "you don't have a government anymore."
But last week, after he made those comments, the head of a veterans' group formed by his campaign traveled to Oregon to meet with protesters whom he described as a "peaceful" and "constitutionally just" movement.
Although Jerry DeLemus, a 61-year-old retired Marine, said he made the visit on his own rather than as a representative of Trump's campaign, he is the only member of a presidential campaign to have openly visited the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge since it began on Jan. 2.
His presence at the Oregon standoff highlights the array of extreme views in Trump's support base, as the billionaire real-estate mogul taps a vein of grassroots supporters who are deeply upset with current federal leadership in his quest to lead the Republican Party in this year's presidential election.
In an interview on Tuesday, DeLemus told Reuters that while he was skeptical of the occupation at first, he now thinks the group is enjoying "great success" in resisting the "thug-like, terroristic" actions of the federal government by claiming the land for local citizens.
A chimera of Notre Dame Cathedral, overlooks the French capital, including the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, January 14, 2016.The chimeras, creatures designed by Viollet-le-duc in the 19th century, are fantastic birds, hybrid beasts and mythical monsters perching on the towers.
Photo by Charles Platiau
The remains of a mammoth that was hunted down about 45,000 years ago have revealed the earliest known evidence of humans in the Arctic.
Marks on the bones, found in far northern Russia, indicate the creature was stabbed and butchered. The tip of a tusk was damaged in a way that suggests human activity, perhaps to make ivory tools.
With a minimal age estimate of 45,000 years, the discovery extends the record of human presence in the Arctic by at least about 5,000 years.
The site in Siberia, near the Kara Sea, is also by far the northernmost sign of human presence in Eurasia before 40,000 years ago, Vladimir Pitulko of the Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersburg and co-authors reported in a paper released Thursday by the journal Science.
They also briefly report evidence of human hunting at about the same time from a wolf bone found well to the east. That suggests a widespread occupation, although the population was probably sparse, they said.
An international participant flies a huge kite during the International Kite Festival on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The two-day kite festival was organized by Aga Khan Academy and Telangana State Tourism Department, bringing together international teams of professional kite-flyers, along with thousands of kite-enthusiasts from around the city.
Photo by Mahesh Kumar A.
Archeologists in Austria said Thursday they had found what they believe to be Europe's oldest prosthetic implant in the shape of a wooden foot dating from the sixth century.
The discovery was made in the grave of a man missing his left foot and ankle at Hemmaberg in southern Austria. Instead at the end of his leg was an iron ring and remnants of a clump of wood and leather.
"He appears to have got over the loss of his foot and lived for two more years at least with this implant, and walking pretty well," Sabine Ladstaetter from the Austrian Archeological Institute (OeAI) told AFP.
The skeleton of what appears to have been a high-ranking Frankish figure was discovered in 2013, but it is only now that the "very, very surprising findings" about the foot have emerged, she said.
Speaking at a special BAFTA event held in his honor last year, Rickman said that he was offered the iconic breakout role of Gruber - his first film - after being in L.A. for just two days, adding that he was "extremely cheap" at the time.
Although Rickman never won an Oscar, he added to his BAFTA win for Robin Hood with a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award, both for his lead role in HBO's 1996 TV film Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
Onstage, however, he was arguably more celebrated than onscreen, breaking through in 1986 in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The role would earn him a Tony nomination and see his co-star Lindsay Duncan say that his performance would have most audience members leaving the theater wanting to have sex "and preferably with Alan Rickman."
Other standout theater roles included playing Mark Antony alongside Helen Mirren's Cleopatra in London, and in Noel Coward's Private Lives, which would transfer to Broadway from the West End. He also directed the award-winning 2005 play My Name Is Rachel Corrie about the American student who was killed by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.
Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton, whom he met as a teenager and married in New York in 2012.
René Angélil, the husband of award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion, died on Thursday at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer, Dion announced.
The Canadian entertainment manager, who discovered Dion, 47, when she was 12-years-old and drove her career to stardom, married her in 1994 at a lavish wedding in Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica.
The couple have three sons, René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.
Angélil's illness, first diagnosed in 1999, prompted Dion to put her career on hold in 2014, suspending her Las Vegas residency. Dion said he supported her later return to the stage.
Angélil first met the French-Canadian singer when she was 12 after she sent him a recorded song she had written with her mother.
He agreed to manage Dion in exchange for full control over her career and was said to have mortgaged his home to finance her first album.
When Dion was 18, Angélil instructed the French-speaking singer to remake her image by changing her hair and capping her teeth, and enroll in English school so she could record songs for the U.S. market.
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