BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 31 July, 2020


31 July, 2020

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from Bruce



• Tom Clark of Davidson, North Carolina, is famous for his designs of gnomes. He has designed well over 1,000 gnomes, and in 2006 he estimated that a complete collection would cost a collector approximately $200,000. His fans are around the world, and one fan who brought Mr. Clark to his house to autograph all his gnomes took him as his guest behind the scenes of a movie starring Lloyd Bridges. They ate lunch with the cast of the movie, and the gnome collector showed members of the cast a catalog filled with Clark's gnomes. A woman at lunch, who also collected Clark's gnomes, asked if the gnomes were by Mr. Clark, and the gnome collector replied, "Yes," then he pointed to Mr. Clark and added, "And that's Tom Clark." The shocked woman choked on her food and had to be rescued with the Heimlich maneuver.

• In the late 19th century, preachers in the United States were sometimes paid in part in the form of food. When architect Frank Lloyd Wright was eight years old in 1875, dinner in the household of his preacher father sometimes consisted of seven varieties of pie.


• The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City collected three magnificent examples of Etruscan sculpture in the early 20th century: two full-sized fierce warriors and a helmeted head that was over five feet tall. Many experts thought that the sculptures were genuine, but a few argued that they were fakes. In 1960, art expert Harold Parsons proved that they were fakes by finding the man who had created them. Alfredo Fioravanti and his partners had worked in the business of restoring antiquities before they started to create their own. They created pieces that were so large that they couldn't be fired whole, so they broke them in pieces, then fired them. After creating the pieces, they gave them to an art dealer who then sold them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After Mr. Parsons revealed that the statues were fakes, they were re-examined, and scholars discovered that the "Greek black" glaze of the statues contained the dye magnesium dioxide, which was not available to the Etruscans. Of course, that was enough to prove that the statues were fakes, but Mr. Fioravanti had another convincing piece of evidence. When he had created one of the stone warriors, a thumb had broken off. Mr. Fioravanti had kept the thumb, and when he held it against the statue, the fit was perfect.

• Husband-and-wife children's book author/illustrator team Martin and Alice Provensen created such picture-books as the Caldecott Medal-winning The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot. This book is about the first man to fly solo across the English Channel, a feat he accomplished in 1909. One of their copies of the book has an inscription written in French. Translated, it says, "For the Provensens - Alice and Martin - with my sincere good wishes, Louis Blériot." No, the famous French aviator, who died in 1936, did not write the inscription - Mr. Provensen forged it. Inscriptions are not the only things he forged. Before his death in 1987, he frequently forged masterworks by such artists as Picasso and Rembrandt. He hung the forgeries in his and his wife's home, and he enjoyed watching the faces of their visitors as they tried to figure out how the Provensens could afford to own such masterpieces.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The British sitcom "Steptoe and Son" was remade in Sweden as "Albert & Herbert", in the Netherlands as "Stiefbeen en zoon", and in Portugal as "Camilo & Filho". What is the title of the US version of this TV series?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

What product was being sold by the 'Toni Twins'?

       Toni Home Perms                                                      Source

A permanent hairstyle, commonly called a perm or "permanent" (sometimes called a "perm" to distinguish it from a "straight perm"), is a hairstyle consisting of styles set into the hair. The hairstyle may last a number of months, hence the name.

A number of brands of home permanent kits were available since the invention of the 'cold wave' in the 1940s, but their numbers have decreased as permanent waves are not as popular as they were in the 1980s. The first popular home permanent was the TONI brand, manufactured in Forest Lake, Minnesota. The Toni company used a set of twins to advertise their products; one with a salon perm and one with the home perm. They introduced a number of types and brands over the next four decades (Silkwave, UnCurly, Tonette, Silver Curl, Prom, Scatter Perm, Lightwaves, Epic Waves) and a formula to remove curl: Curl-Free™. The other popular brand was LILT by soap king Procter & Gamble which included a Foam Perm in a can called "Push Button" Lilt and a 'Milk Wave' that used fresh milk as part of the lotion as well as a children's perm.        Source

1961 Toni Home Permanent | YouTube

1960s Australian TV advertisement for Toni hair perm kit | YouTube

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Toni Home Permanents. (At least that's the way I remember it.)

mj wrote:
   One of many promotions
  For the home permanent kit. I had the doll (or rather my mom bought it hoping I would play with it like a normal little girl.)

Alan J answered:
   The Toni Home Permanent.

Dave said:
   A hair car product named TONI. TONI was promoted as a home "permanent" treatment. Some women would go to a salon to have their hair curled, that would sometimes last for months. The "perm" treatment was by means of curlers and heat and/or chemicals. The TONI perms only lasted a couple of weeks. In the ads, one twin had a salon perm and the other supposedly had a TONI perm, and the fact their hair looked identical promoted the less expensive TONI alternative to the salon.

Micki responded:
   Home permanent.

Cal in Vermont replied:
   Home perms.

zorch wrote:
   Toni Home Permanents.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Toni Creme Shampoo

Adam answered:
   Home Perm kits

Kenn B replied:
   Toni home permanants

John I from Hawai`i says,
   Hair Permanent

Deborah, the Master Gardener, wrote:
   Ah, Toni home permanents! My aunt and mom used that stuff, although they claimed that the perm made their naturally-curly hair straighter. I was a kid and they used it on me for the same reason. Oh, the stench! Oh, the memories in our old family kitchen…thanks for that, Marty.

Billy in Cypress U$A said:
   Toni Home Permanent

Daniel in The City answered:
   Home permanent hair waving

Michelle in AZ responded:
   Home perms

Dave in Tucson replied:
   The product was hairspray?

Barbara, of Peppy Tech fame wrote:
   The twins were selling Toni brand home permanent kits. Reminds me of life in the 1950s when a friend of my mother's used to come to our house to give Mom a permanent. The entire house reeked of that chemical smell! Ugh!

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Last Night

Found out this afternoon that the devil wasps also eat butterflies - thought they were only interested in caterpillars.

Wandered out back just in time to see a wasp having his way with a butterfly, leaving only a set of flopping wings.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'The Greatest #AtHome Videos', followed by a RERUN 'Magnum PU', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 6/16/20) are Hasan Minhaj, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 5/13/20) are Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, and Leslie Odom Jr.

NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'The Wall', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 7/21/20) are Andy Samberg, José Andrés, and Perfume Genius.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 7/20/20) are Colin Jost, Cristin Milioti, and Nikki Glaspie.
On a RERUN Lilly Singh (from 11/4/19) are Lake Bell and Jason Clarke.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 7/22/20), with guest host George Lopez, is Willie Nelson.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by another RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'.

Faux fills the night with FRESH 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown'.

MY recycles an old 'CSI: Miami', followed by another old 'CSI: Miami'.

A&E has all old 'Storage Wars' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'White House Down', followed by the movie 'Police Academy', then the movie 'Road House'.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The Vengeance Factor
 [11:00AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The High Ground
 [2:30PM]   KING KONG
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 [3:45AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The Best of Both Worlds
 [4:45AM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - The Best of Both Worlds, Part II

Bravo has 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht', another 'Below Deck Sailing Yacht', then the movie 'Hitch'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by hours of old 'Chappelle's Show'.

FX has the movie 'The Secret Life Of Pets', followed by the movie 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation'.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

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 [9:00A]   Pompeii
 [11:30A]   Black Mass
 [2:30P]   3:10 to Yuma
 [5:30P]   The Godfather, Part II
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 [1:00A]   Pompeii
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 [5:00pm]   a few good men
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 [1:15am]   rambo: first blood part ii
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SyFy has the movie 'Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban', followed by the movie 'Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire', then hours and hours of old 'Futurama'.

TCM spends 12 hours celebrating director John Ford.
 [6:00 AM]      Two-Faced Woman (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Snow Gets In Your Eyes (1938)
 [8:15 AM]      Ski Party (1965)
 [10:00 AM]      Just the Way You Are (1984)
 [11:45 AM]      Ski-Flying (1956)
 [12:00 PM]      Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie Of The Year (1955)
 [1:00 PM]      How the West Was Won (1962)
 [4:00 PM]      John Ford, The Man Who Invented America (2018)    [AKA: 'John Ford, l'homme qui inventa l'Amérique']
 [5:00 PM]      Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      The Horse Soldiers (1959)
 [10:15 PM]      Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
 [12:15 AM]      Two Rode Together (1961)

 [2:15 AM]      Vibes (1988)
 [4:00 AM]      Making Mr. Right (1987)
 [5:45 AM]      Match Your Mood With Westinghouse (1968)     (ALL TIMES ET)

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TCM spends 24 hours with Barbara Stanwyck
 [6:00 AM]      Gambling Lady (1934) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [7:15 AM]      Annie Oakley (1935)
 [9:00 AM]      B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
 [11:00 AM]      Crime Of Passion (1957)
 [12:30 PM]      The Moonlighter (1953)
 [2:00 PM]      East Side, West Side (1949)
 [4:00 PM]      The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
 [6:00 PM]      Clash by Night (1952)
 [8:00 PM]      Ball of Fire (1941)
 [10:00 PM]      Double Indemnity (1944)
 [12:00 AM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [2:15 AM]      The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
 [4:00 AM]      Lady of Burlesque (1943)

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Brad Pitt Emmy Nomination

Dr. Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci is happy for Brad Pitt and his Emmy nomination for playing the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Saturday Night Live, but he admits his focus is elsewhere.

"It doesn't go to my head," Fauci said Thursday while talking to the Associated Press. "It's somewhat surrealistic. I think it's interesting and a little bit strange."

The White House novel coronavirus pandemic adviser added, "I don't get distracted by that. I really have to focus like a laser beam on the things that I'm responsible for."

The Oscar-winning actor played Fauci during a cold open in late April; the highly respected doctor joking he wanted Pitt to play him on SNL when asked his actor preference.

Pitt played a version of Fauci who had to debunk a lot of bad information from President Donald Trump (R-Manbaby) and tell people not to ingest disinfectant. At the end of the bit, Pitt broke character to thank all the first responders and health care workers for their tireless efforts.

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Features Breonna Taylor On Cover

Oprah Magazine

Oprah Winfrey is using the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine to spotlight someone else this month. Instead of her own smiling face on the cover, as it typically has been for two decades, there is a powerful portrait of Breonna Taylor with three bolded words: "HER LIFE MATTERS."

"If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it," says a quote from Winfrey that also appears on the September edition cover.

The demand for justice for Taylor - a 26-year-old Black EMT who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13 - has continued to escalate amid the Black Lives Matter protests. Taylor was fatally shot when police burst into her apartment, using a no-knock warrant, during a drug investigation. The warrant was in connection with a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found in Taylor's apartment. Taylor's boyfriend fired his gun, thinking it was a break-in, leading to police firing more than 20 bullets. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Taylor - shot eight times - struggled to breathe for at least five minutes after she was shot and received no medical attention for more than 20 minutes after she was struck.

Inside the magazine, Winfrey wrote, "Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can't be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine."

Winfrey also said she feels a kinship to Taylor, writing, "She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter."

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"Keep Wearing The Damn Mask!"

Bryan Cranston

Actor Bryan Cranston revealed today a recent bout with COVID-19, posting an Instagram video of himself donating his antibody-positive plasma for research and encouraging people to wear a mask.

The Breaking Bad and Broadway Network star says in the video that he had COVID-19 "a little while ago" and that he had very mild symptoms ("slight headache, tightness of chest and lost all taste and smell").

In a message accompanying the video, Cranston writes:

Hi. About now you're probably feeling a little tied down, restricting your mobility and like me, you're tired of this!! Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience. I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail - but ONLY if we follow the rules together. Be well - Stay well. BC

In the serious but very funny video, Cranston documents a recent visit to UCLA Blood and Plasma Donation Center, where he donates the plasma for research into the possible treatment uses of coronavirus antibody-positive blood. The process, he says, takes about an hour, which Cranston passed by watching A Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith. "Oh yeah," he says when the movie starts.

Bryan Cranston



Interviews Younger Self

Drew Barrymore

The promo for Drew Barrymore's new syndicated daytime talk show has viewers seeing double. In the newly released teaser for The Drew Barrymore Show, the actress sits down with a younger version of herself in a late-night show setup.

The promo takes footage from Barrymore's 1982 appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and splices it with new video. The current day Barrymore, sitting behind a late-night desk, chats with younger self about her two kids. The clip ends with the versions of the actress screaming out of excitement for the new one-hour show.

"I've been waiting all my life to meet you," the younger Barrymore tells the current one over a laugh track.

Rollout of the new show comes with the release slate of new titles by the Never Been Kissed actress including the behind-the-scenes docuseries The Making Of The Drew Barrymore Show and The Art of the Interview, where she speaks with talk show hosts Gayle King, Andy Cohen, Jimmy Fallon, Whoop Goldberg and Hot Ones host Sean Evans. The slate of new content from Barrymore also includes Drew's Cookbook Club and Drew's Movie Nite.

Premiering on September 14, The Drew Barrymore show is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Barrymore, Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell and Jason Kurtz serve as executive producers.

Drew Barrymore


Digby's Hullabaloo


260 Chinese Fishing Boats


Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.

Yet the vast fleet is in international waters, outside a maritime border around the Galapagos and also outside coastal waters off Ecuador, which controls the archipelago. That means the fleet, one of the biggest seen in years off South America's Pacific coast, is likely to fish with minimal monitoring until its holds are full.

The Chinese fleet is "very close" to the edge of the exclusive economic zone around the Galapagos, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the archipelago, said its governor, Norman Wray. He said that, because of overfishing in recent years, "what we're seeing is that each time fewer species return to the Galapagos."

Luis Villanueva, an officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, said Thursday that it was possible, though unproven, that long fishing lines from the Chinese vessels could be drifting into the exclusive economic zone. The fleet is a huge logistical undertaking, with storage and supply vessels that allow it to stay at sea for long periods.




Shuts Down Snide Tweet


Toymaker Mattel has unveiled a new collection of politically active Barbie dolls, including a Black woman running for president and her all-female campaign team, to inspire girls to pursue positions in leadership. Rounding out the four-part set are a campaign manager, fundraiser and voter - the last of which seemed to offend Donald Trump the Lesser (R-Pantywaist), who attempted to make a joke about the doll on Twitter.

"'Voter' Barbie must be a Democrat because she's already wearing an 'I Voted' sticker and yet she's got another ballot in her hand," he tweeted Wednesday, appealing to his father's unfounded claims about widespread voting fraud.

Barbie was not amused.

"Barbie is not, and has never been, affiliated with a political party," a Mattel representative told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday in a statement. "Barbie has always encouraged girls to stand up for what they believe in and shows them they can be anything.

"This doll set highlights a range of leadership roles to pique their interest in shaping the future and raise their voices - from the podium to the polls. This set also provides a tool to allow families to have conversations around important events and cultural moments through play."




Ancient Bones Rotting Away

Peat Bogs

The wrinkles on the face of "Tollund Man" are still visible, even though he died more than 2200 years ago. The mossy wetlands in Denmark that mummified his body are ideal for preserving organic matter, giving archaeologists an extraordinary window into our distant past. But a recent excavation at a similarly boggy site in Sweden shows these perfect conditions are fragile, and when they break down, so, too, do the bodies, bones, and other organic remains that have been preserved for centuries. The finding suggests a long-standing tenet of archaeology-avoiding excavation and leaving artifacts in the ground for long-term preservation-needs revisiting, at least for some wetland sites.

Anecdotal evidence has long suggested the condition of remains excavated from wetlands like peat bogs is declining, says Benjamin Gearey, a wetland archaeologist at University College Cork who was not involved with this study. For example, bone deterioration has been documented at Star Carr, an archaeological site in northern England. But it's been hard to know how widespread the pattern is-and how fast the decay is occurring.

Ageröd, a peat bog in the south of Sweden that holds bones, antlers, and other artifacts from Mesolithic cultures that flourished more than 8000 years ago, is a good place to measure the pace of decay in a peat bog, says Adam Boethius, an archaeologist at Lund University. Boethius and his colleagues compared bones freshly excavated in 2019 with bones that had been exhumed from the bog in the 1940s and 1970s and stored in the Lund University Historical Museum. They rated the weathering of each bone, from well-preserved ones-those that were shiny and crack-free-to dull bones with worn outer surfaces.

The bones from the 2019 excavation were so weathered that their scoring system broke down. Some had lost more than half a centimeter of their outer layer. Other sections of the site where they expected to find remains yielded no bones at all, suggesting they had entirely decomposed. The best preserved bones from the 2019 excavation were in roughly the same condition as the worst-preserved bones from the 1970s, they write today in PLOS ONE.

They found that deterioration was already underway in the 1970s. Bones from these excavations were more weathered than those excavated in the 1940s. What's more, the same pattern with the 2019 bones appeared: The best preserved 1970s bones were in similar condition to the worst preserved 1940s bones.

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The latest eye-catching sight in London's Trafalgar Square is a giant swirl of whipped cream topped with a cherry, a fly and a drone.

The sculpture by artist Heather Phillipson was installed Thursday atop an empty plinth in the landmark city square, famous as the location of Nelson's Column and as a public protest site. The work, titled "The End," is interactive - visitors can live-stream the view from the drone on their mobile phones or computers.

Phillipson said the piece, whose unveiling was postponed by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, was a "monument to hubris and impending collapse" but also symbolized the hope of renewal. It is scheduled to stay on top of the square's Fourth Plinth until spring 2022.

The plinth was erected in the square in 1841 for a never-completed equestrian statue. Since 1999 it has been occupied by a series of modern artworks.

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