Gail Collins: Let's Do Some Railing (NY Times)
Just before Congress slunk away for the three-day weekend - which it was, of course, planning to stretch into a week - senators from the Northeast held a press conference to denounce Republicans for underfunding Amtrak passenger rail service.
O Gato que Canta (YouTube)
"A guy sings a duet with his cat Chaninho. You'll recognize the song, even though it's sung in Portuguese. "If you're happy and you know it, say meow." Chaninho has his part down perfectly." - Neatorama
In 1959, Ermal Fraze devised a can-opening method that would come to dominate the canned beverage market. His invention was the "pull-tab". This eliminated the need for a separate opener tool by attaching an aluminium pull-ring lever with a rivet to a pre-scored wedge-shaped tab section of the can top. The ring was riveted to the center of the top, which created an elongated opening large enough that one hole simultaneously served to let the beverage flow out while air flowed in. Pull-tab cans, or the discarded tabs from them, were also called "pop-tops" colloquially. Into the 1970s, the pull-tab was widely popular, but its popularity came with a significant problem, as people would frequently discard the pull-tabs on the ground as litter, or drop them into the can and risk choking on them.
The safety and litter problems were both eventually solved later in the 1970s with Daniel F. Cudzik's invention of the non-removing "Sta-Tab". The pull-ring was replaced with a stiff aluminium lever, and the removable tab was replaced with a pre-scored round tab that functioned similarly to the push-tab, but the raised blister was no longer needed, as the riveted lever would now do the job of pushing the tab open and into the interior of the can.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Lotus Of Oregon wrote:
I blew out my flip-flop. Stepped on a pop-top. Cut my heel,
had to cruise on back home. But there's booze in the
blender, and soon it will render that frozen concoction that
helps me hang on. Wait, where was I?
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
STEPHEN F responded:
Beverage can pull-tabs.
I remember an episode of 'Emergency' where the paramedics had to pull one of these out of someone's throat due to the common occurrence of putting the tab back in the can after pulling it off.
I also remember Matthew Broderick finding one of these on the ground in 'War Games' to phreak a pay phone a bit after the time they had been phased out because so many people would swallow them. Finding that pull tab struck me as the most unlikely part of the movie.
Those are pull tabs from soda and beer cans. If they have a fancy name, I do not know it.
Still very cool and breezy here - unusual but not unwelcome.
Or pull tabs. Or ring tabs. Or pop tabs sometimes.
A menace to bare feet for decades until technology replaced them in the late '70s.
One recently washed up at my favorite summer swimming spot. Like a fossil.
Oo oo I know this one! It's a pop top, it's what you cut your heel on in Margaritaville!
Dry Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfuckincali replied:
I don't miss them at all!
Oh, I've lost my church key again!
DJ Useo replied:
Pull tabs, pop tops, & ring pulls are all phrases I've heard applied to those
metal can openers. I think it depends on what part of the oligarchy you live in.
I sure am enjoying the bug pics you post, Marty. Wiggle on!
MAM , wrote:
Joe S answered:
"Historian Yuval Harari says humanity is heading for an upgrade - via biological manipulation or the creation of a race of cyborgs."
WHAT? WHAT? HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FOR CHRISAKE?
Soooo anyway, today's answer. Those things are pull tabs for pop and beer cans. Kids used to make chains out of them, and other types of jewelry, and cut their fingers in the process. Beer drinkers would pull off the tab and drop it in the can, guzzle the beer and swallow the tab then rush to the ER. But it was more convenient than carrying around a church key.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
Lovely Catalina eddy parked over the coast, keeping it on the cool side.
Gary enjoying the afternoon
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 4/22/15) are Courteney Cox, Joel McHale, Oscar Isaac, Natalie LaRose.
NBC starts the night with a RERUN'America's Got Talent', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 5/8/15) is U2.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 5/18/15) are Mariska Hargitay, Chelsea Peretti, Father John Misty, Elle King.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/3/15) are Christina Ricci, Above & Beyond, Alex Garland.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'Shark Tank', followed by 'What Would You Do?', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 5/4/15) are Ryan Seacrest, Brittany Snow, Imagine REO SpeedDragons, featuring members of Imagine Dragons and REO Speedwagon.
The CW offers a FRESH'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a FRESH'The Messengers'.
Faux has a RERUN'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?', followed by a RERUN'Bullseye'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
AMC offers the movie 'National Lampoon's European Vacation', followed by the movie 'I Am Legend', then the movie 'Sahara'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Finn McCool's
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 14 - Chappy's
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Michon's
[9:00AM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 3
[10:00AM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 4
[11:00AM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 5
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 25 - Transfigurations
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 11 - Data's Day
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 12 - The Wounded
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 17 - Night Terrors
[9:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 18 - Identity Crisis
[10:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 19 - The Nth Degree
[11:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Qpid
[12:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 13 - Devil's Due
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 14 - Clues
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 15 - First Contact
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 16 - Galaxy's Child
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 17 - Night Terrors
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 18 - Identity Crisis (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Get Him To The Greek', followed by the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Liar Liar', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'Identity Thief', followed by the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens: The Ultimate Evidence', then a FRESH'Hangar 1: The UFO Files'.
[6:00AM] MARON-STROKE OF LUCK
[6:30AM] MARON-THE REQUEST
[7:30AM] THE JACKAL
[10:15AM] STIR OF ECHOES
[12:30PM] THE THING
[3:00PM] THE JACKAL
[5:45PM] BATTLEFIELD EARTH
[8:15PM] BAD BOYS
[11:00PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!
[11:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!
[12:00AM] BAD BOYS
[5:45AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Don't Say a Word
[8:30AM] The Game
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Conduct Unbecoming
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Animal Instinct
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Haven
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Sideshow
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Disciple
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Harm
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Shield
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Juvenile
[4:15AM] Cry Baby (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie , followed by the movie 'Hellboy'.
Comedian and actor Kunal Nayyar speaks at BookExpo America, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in New York. His book, "Yes, My Accent is Real: Essays" is to be published in September. Nayyar plays astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."
Photo by Mark Lennihan
US performer Jennifer Lopez poses for photographers prior to a press conference, during the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, Thursday May 28, 2015. Lopez will perform on stage at Morocco's biggest music festival on Friday.
Photo by Abdeljalil Bounhar
South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as the host of the last-night comedy parody "The Daily Show" on Sept. 28, Comedy Central said on Thursday.
The Viacom Inc.-owned cable network made the announcement on its website and with a brief video of Noah, 31, testing out the set in the studio and sitting in the chair as Stewart came up from behind him.
"Welcome to 'The Daily Show.' Welcome with me Trevor Noah. I am 'The Daily Show'" Noah said in the brief video clip.
Stewart's last show will be on Aug. 6 after hosting for 16 years in which he became one of America's most popular political satirists.
Eureka! After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese.
Despite what you may have been told as a child, they are not caused by mice nibbling away inside cheese wheels.
Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon -- which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell -- was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought.
Agroscope said the subject had been under study since at least 1917 when American William Clark published a detailed study and came to the conclusion that it was caused by carbon dioxide released by bacteria present in the milk.
Agroscope scientists noted that Swiss cheeses had fewer holes over the past 10 to 15 years as open buckets were replaced by sealed milking machines which "completely did away with the presence of tiny hay particles in the milk".
Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Sweaty Wrestler™) was indicted on Thursday on federal charges including making false statements to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said.
The Illinois Republican, who left office in 2007, was charged with structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000, and lying to the FBI about his withdrawals, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.
Each count of the two-count indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the indictment, the misconduct involved payments to an unnamed individual who had been a Yorkville, Illinois, resident and had known Hastert for most of the person's life.
Around 2010, Hastert met with the person several times and discussed past misconduct by Hastert. Eventually, Hastert agreed to pay the person $3.5 million in compensation and to conceal unspecified misconduct, the indictment said.
Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil rehearses before a recording session at his studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Gil helped spearhead the avant-garde tropicalia movement, a musical revolution that challenged Brazil's 1964-85 military dictatorship and helped secure the country's privileged place on the world music map.
Photo by Felipe Dana
Dustin Diamond, the actor who portrayed Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," went on trial Wednesday on charges that he stabbed a man during a confrontation at a bar, but the proceedings came to a screeching halt at the start after the prosecutor objected to a defense attorney's good luck message for his client.
Diamond, 38, is charged with a felony count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and two misdemeanors - disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. Diamond and his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, have pleaded not guilty.
Diamond allegedly stabbed a man with a pocket knife during an argument at The Grand Avenue Saloon in Port Washington on Christmas Day. The man was not seriously hurt. Alberti says his client was defending Schutz after another patron punched her in her mouth.
Testimony on Wednesday focused on the tavern's murky surveillance video, which doesn't show the stabbing.
Sally Kirkland arrives at the Let's Celebrate! District Wide Arts Festival held at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by John Salangsang
President Vladimir Putin ordered on Thursday that deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations in peacetime should be classified as a state secret, a move that comes as Moscow stands accused of sending troops to fight in eastern Ukraine.
Putin, who has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in a pro-Russian separatist rebellion there, amended a decree that had previously classified only deaths during war time as secret.
Russia's role in the turmoil in east Ukraine, where more than 6,100 people have been killed in over a year of fighting, has been one of the most contentious issues in a conflict that has thrown ties between Moscow and the West into disarray.
Russian opposition activists released a report this month saying at least 220 serving Russian soldiers were killed in fighting in two hot spots in east Ukraine last summer and earlier this year.
Edgar Nernberg sees the irony of believing the Earth is roughly 6,000 years old, while being the one to discover rare fossils of fish that scientists estimate lived 60 million years ago.
Nernberg sits on the board of the Big Valley Creationist Museum southeast of Red Deer, Alta. He helped establish the museum in 2008, but also works as a heavy equipment operator in Calgary.
The 64-year-old was excavating a basement in March when he caught sight of something special in the bucket of his trackhoe: black outlines of five fish in a block of sandstone.
He contacted a paleontologist and assistant professor at the University of Calgary, Darla Zelenitsky, who assessed the full fossils of a primitive bony, type of fish as an extraordinary find. She has calculated the fish lived shortly after an asteroid killed off the dinosaurs and many other species, leaving surviving animals and plants to diversify.
Nernberg thinks the fish were most likely to have been alive shortly before the Great Flood in the Bible, about 4,300 years ago.
A honey bee queen, center, mills about a honeycomb as it's hive receives routine maintenance as part of a collaboration between the Cincinnati Zoo and TwoHoneys Bee Co., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at EcOhio Farm in Mason, Ohio. A federal rule to be proposed Thursday, May 28, would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm by professional beekeepers, which are the majority of honeybees in the U.S.
Photo by John Minchillo
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