I, Anonymous: I Love Paying Taxes (The Stranger)
As a good little progressive, I've always been pro-tax. Firefighters, schools, buses-you name it, I've voted yes for it. But there's nothing like breaking a leg alone on a hiking trail to make you realize how great taxes really are. There I was, lying in the dirt by the side of the trail, when a host of highly trained, publicly funded professionals showed up to stabilize my bones and transport me to safety. No pretreatment credit check, no confirmation of my ability to pay beforehand, just the fastest and safest way to get me out of the dirt and into a delightfully Terminator-esque walking boot. So thanks, first responders. And I'll be voting yes the next time you ask, too.
The Great Gazoo is a character from The Flintstones animated series. He first appeared on the show on October 29, 1965. The Great Gazoo was voiced by actor Harvey Korman.
The Great Gazoo is a tiny, green, floating alien who was exiled to Earth from his home planet Zetox as punishment for having invented a doomsday machine, a weapon of immense destructive power. His invention was a button which if pressed would destroy the universe in an explosive "ZAM," though he insists he made it on a whim ("I wanted to be the first on my block to have one!") with no intent of using it. Gazoo was discovered by Fred and Barney when his flying saucer crashed; Gazoo recognizes Fred's and Barney's world as prehistoric Earth, implying Zetox banished him through time as well as space.
Because Gazoo is introduced into the show midway through the final season and is considered by some to be an absurd character who alters the premise and dynamic of the show, he is often cited by fans and critics of the show as being an example of the show's having "jumped the shark." In all, Gazoo appeared in 11 episodes.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
That's the Great Gazoo
from The Flintstones
That's the Great Gazoo
Little green buddy of Fred and Barney.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
The Great Gazoo from the Flintstones
The Great Gazoo.
Loved this character abd Harvey Korman's voice performance.
Just a WAG here - The Jetson's.
Really, I have no idea.
Dopey Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norcali replied:
The Flintstones and The Great Gazoo. No comment. Still don't have anything nice to say. Time for a check-up from the neck up to keep in perspective.
DJ Useo said:
That cartoon character, aka "The Great Gazoo" could be found in the series "The Flintstones".
I really think Harvey Korman was funny as Gazoo. But then, I think a thumb in the eye is funny. Haha!
Alan J answered:
MAM , wrote:
The Flintstones ~ The Great Gazoo, voiced by actor Harvey Korman, first appeared on the show October, 1965. He was a tiny, green, floating alien who was exiled to Earth from his home planet Zetox as punishment for having invented a doomsday machine.
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'Undercover Boss', followed by a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN'Blue Bloods'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'The Mentalist'.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE (from 5/13/15) are James Marsden, Kat Graham, and Brandon Flowers.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'The Blacklist', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Sting, Kevin Connolly, and Kevin Delaney.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 5/12/15) are Jane Fonda, Leslie Jones, and Kay Cannon.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/25/15) Jesse Metcalfe, Young Rising Sons, and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'500 Questions', followed by a RERUN'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Jennifer Connelly, Judd Apatow, and Twenty One Pilots.
The CW offers a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by another RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH'The Messengers'.
Faux has a RERUN'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a RERUN'Bones'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption', followed by the movie 'The Bucket List', then the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Glass House
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Cafe Tavolini
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 14 - Chiarella's
[9:00AM] Doctor Who: The Next Doctor
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead
[11:00AM] Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 17 - Sins of the Father
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 18 - Allegiance
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Reunion
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
[8:00PM] The Princess Bride
[10:00PM] The Princess Bride
[12:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 5 - Remember Me
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Reunion
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde', followed by the movie 'Legally Blonde', then the movie 'Legally Blonde', again.
Comedy Central has 'Tosh.0', 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Key & Peele', another 'Key & Peele', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'Friends With Benefits', followed by the movie 'Taken', then the movie 'Taken 2'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens: The Ultimate Evidence', then a FRESH'Hangar 1: The UFO Files'.
[6:30AM] PORTLANDIA-SEA WORLD
[7:00AM] THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
[8:45AM] THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU
[10:45AM] BATTLEFIELD EARTH
[3:45PM] FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
[6:30PM] INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
[11:00PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH WEARS AN ENIGMATIC SWEATSHIRT AND SWEATPANTS WITH POCKETS
[11:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH WEARS AN ENIGMATIC SWEATSHIRT AND SWEATPANTS WITH POCKETS
[12:00AM] FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
[2:45AM] INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH WEARS AN ENIGMATIC SWEATSHIRT AND SWEATPANTS WITH POCKETS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Sex Symbols
[6:15AM] The Hunting Party
[10:15AM] Barney's Version
[1:15PM] Slumdog Millionaire
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Extended Family
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Right to Counsel
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Damaged
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Tabloid
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Monster
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Cherished
[10:00PM] Law & Order-DWB
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Bait
[12:00AM] Basic Instinct
[2:45AM] Basic Instinct
[5:30AM] The Approval Matrix-Who Died and Made You Cool? (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Fallen', followed by the movie 'Daybreakers'.
Comic celebrities turned out for David Letterman's late-night farewell - and so did his biggest audience in more than 21 years.
The Nielsen company said Thursday that 13.76 million viewers saw Letterman end his 33-year career as a late-night TV host with a final show Wednesday night. The last time Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS' telecast of the Winter Olympics.
More people watched Letterman than anything else in prime time on Wednesday night. Letterman's final show started at 11:35 p.m. and lasted more than an hour as CBS let it run long.
Jay Leno's farewell last February was seen by 14.6 million viewers. Both exits couldn't come close to Johnny Carson's final show, which attracted 41.14 million viewers in 1992, a different television era.
Actress Eva Longoria poses during a photocall as she arrives to attend the amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2015 event during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, near Cannes, southern France, May 21, 2015.
Photo by Regis Duvignau
People who are exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may feel a bit of the "high" that comes with using the drug, a new study finds. They may also feel unable to think clearly, and they may even have detectable levels of the drug in their urine or blood. But all of this happens only if they are exposed to marijuana smoke under severely unventilated conditions, the study found.
"If you're going to breathe in enough passive cannabis smoke to feel high and potentially be slightly impaired, you could fail a drug test," said Evan S. Herrmann, the study's lead author and postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "But this only happens under a very extreme situation."
Cannabis is the world's most commonly used illicit drug. It is often smoked in small, enclosed spaces with poor ventilation, according to the study.
Studies in the 1980s showed that such "social exposure" to pot smoke could trigger positive drug tests for cannabis' main psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But such studies had several limitations. They used marijuana that had much lower potency than the pot available today and they failed to account for normal levels of ventilation in rooms. They also did not examine how people may feel or behave after such exposures.
The Boy Scouts of America must reverse its longstanding policy of excluding gay adult leaders or risk unfavorable legal decisions that could doom the historic organization, its president, Robert Gates, warned his group's national leadership Thursday.
"We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be," said Gates, a former Pentagon and CIA chief. "The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained."
Gates's remarks came during the during the BSA's annual national meeting in Atlanta.
The 105-year-old organization took no immediate action on a formal policy change, but Gates said he would no longer seek to revoke the charters of chapters that want to defy the ban.
Comedian Steve Martin arrives at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan to take part in the taping of tonight's final edition of "The Late Show" with David Letterman in New York May 20, 2015.
Photo by Lucas Jackson
Moscow's town hall announced Thursday that it would not allow a Gay Pride march in the Russian capital that activists wanted to hold later this month -- a ban that it repeats every year.
"We have warned the organisers that the demonstration will not be authorised," and told them of the risks should they ignore the ban, the Ria Novosti agency quoted mayoral spokesman Alexey Mayorov as saying.
No explanations for the ban were given but it would have come as no surprise to the Gay Pride organisers, who have attempted since 2006 to obtain permission to hold their event in Moscow.
Pro-gay protests are rare in Russia, where homosexuality was a crime until 1993 and then classed as a mental illness until 1999.
In 2013, President Vladimir Putin signed legislation banning the dissemination of "gay propaganda" to minors.
Politics has a well-known revolving door, with candidates often rehiring consultants, strategists and vendors as they move from one campaign to the next. But for Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina, that might not be so easy.
Twelve of about 30 people who worked on Fiorina's failed 2010 California Senate campaign, most speaking out for the first time, told Reuters they would not work for her again. Fiorina, once one of America's most powerful businesswomen, is now campaigning for the Republican nomination in 2016.
The reason: for more than four years, Fiorina - who has an estimated net worth of up to $120 million - didn't pay them, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.
Federal campaign filings show that, until a few months before Fiorina announced her presidential bid on May 4, she still owed staffers, consultants, strategists, legal experts and vendors nearly half a million dollars.
"I'd rather go to Iraq than work for Carly Fiorina again," said one high-level former campaign staffer, who asked not to be identified, citing disclosure restrictions in his contract.
Actress Marion Cotillard poses during a photocall as she arrives to attend the amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2015 event during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, near Cannes, southern France, May 21, 2015.
Photo by Regis Duvignau
Google Maps apologized after it emerged that searches using racist language pinpointed the White House, home of President Barack Obama.
The offensive scenario was brought to light after it was noticed that searches combining a racial slur and the word "house" took people to the White House in Google's free online mapping service in some locations.
An AFP search on Google Maps late Wednesday using a variation on the racist phrase resulted in being shown the location of The White House with the description "iconic home of America's president."
It was unclear whether the outcome resulted from a search algorithm being duped or flawed, or was caused by a user taking advantage of crowd-sourced editing capabilities intended to improve maps with local knowledge.
Last month, the California-based Internet giant began re-evaluating its user-edited online map system after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo.
Musician Paul Shaffer gestures to fans as he arrives at Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan as David Letterman prepares for the taping of tonight's final edition of "The Late Show" in New York May 20, 2015.
Photo by Lucas Jackson
Glaciers in part of Antarctica have started to thaw fast, adding to sea level rise that threatens coasts and cities from New York to Shanghai, a team of scientists said in a study published on Thursday.
The glaciers along a stretch of coast about 750 km (470 miles) long in the southern Antarctic peninsula, which snakes up towards South America, began to thin suddenly from around 2009, the team which produced the study said.
"This area is starting to lose ice very rapidly ... an area where we didn't expect it to happen," lead author Bert Wouters, of the University of Bristol in England, told Reuters. The study was published in the journal Science.
The team estimated that water from the glaciers in the region were now adding 0.16 mm (0.006 inch) a year to global sea levels, which are rising at about 3 mm a year overall.
From 2002-10, satellite monitoring indicated that the glaciers were gaining snow and ice as fast as they were slipping into the sea. But something happened around 2009, speeding the slide.
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones perform at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The Rolling Stones ripped through the intimate Fonda Theatre Wednesday with enough energy to fuel their entire 15-city North American tour. The band announced Wednesday morning it would perform a "club show" that night to kick off its Zip Code tour, which launches Sunday in San Diego. The surprise concert at the 1,300-person-capacity venue instantly sold out.
Photo by Jane Bouquet
The Federal Communications Commission surprised us all earlier this year when it put forth new net neutrality guidelines that were hugely pro-consumer. Yes, there may be a loophole or two. And yes, some internet service providers are already looking for different ways to hurt subscribers that don't violate net neutrality. In the current climate, however, we're not sure a more favorable set of rules could have been crafted by the FCC and its former cable lobbyist boss, Tom Wheeler (D-Comcast).
Of course, creating better net neutrality guidelines is one thing - but policing ISPs and ensuring they adhere to the new rules is an entirely different can of worms.
BattlefortheNet.com is a website supported by three well-known open internet groups: Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and the Free Press Action Fund. This week, the site announced the launch of its new "Internet Health Test," a free test it urges all users to perform regularly in order to help ensure that their ISPs are not violating net neutrality.
"After repeatedly watching Internet service providers slow down people's Internet connections we're not going to just sit back and trust Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to follow the new open Internet rules," Fight for the Future campaign manager Charlie Furman said. "The Internet Health Test is our way of sending a message to ISPs everywhere that we're watching and we won't let anyone throttle the Internet."
Performing the test is simple. Just visit battleforthenet.com/internethealthtest/ from your computer and click the "Start the test" link. A new window will open and perform a series of speed tests, searching for any signs of degradation in the process.
From left, Barbara Walters, Hilaria Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin and Alec Baldwin arrive for the last taping of the "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Greg Allen
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
Egrets are seen on branches in the Sonitpur district of the Assam state in India, May 21, 2015. During this season of the year hundreds of egrets build their nests for breading in this north-eastern Indian region
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