BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 18 September, 2015

Friday

18 September, 2015

(Updated Daily)

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Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Tom Danehy: Smokey Robinson is coming to town, and Tom is happy, which means this column isn't about divorce or Ducey (Tucson Weekly)
So the kids on my team are in love with the Top 10 song "Marvin Gaye" by Charlie Puth (rhymes with truth), a lily-white soul singer from New Jersey. The song starts off with "Let's Marvin Gaye and get it on, you've got the healing that I want," and is full of Marvin Gaye song-title references ("You got to give it up to me; I'm screaming mercy, mercy me." It's catchy and fun, but when it first came out, I was aghast to learn that today's teenagers don't know who Marvin Gaye was. (I know it was a long time ago, but today's kids know The Beatles, and Marvin Gaye was way better than that group.)


Andrew Tobias: The Emails
Stuff that gets little noticed.


Steven Poole: Facebook to roll out a 'dislike' button what's not to like? (The Guardian)
Mark Zuckerberg recognises that 'not every moment is a good moment'. The new function will offer a refreshing antidote to the social network's relentless optimism.


Benjamin Lee: "Sarah Silverman: Ferguson changed my attitude to race jokes" (The Guardian)
The comedian spoke about the change in what people find funny - and about women's new dominance in comedy - during a live interview at the Toronto film festival.


Peter Robinson: "Alice Cooper: 'There are people I'm pretty sure aren't of this planet'" (The Guardian)
The golfing shock rocker on the aliens who lead global culture, why you can never have too many guitarists, and his connections to Swindon.


Julie Anne Exter: What Are the Most Underrated Female Rock Bands? (Slate, Quora)
This is a deceptively complicated question. The short answer is actually all of them.


Adam Tod Brown: 5 Films From Your Childhood That Are Still Weirdly Relevant (Cracked)
What are some of your favorite movies from childhood? Have you watched any of them recently? If so, then you know that, sometimes, revisiting those classics you loved as a kid can be a disappointing experience. The things that interest or attract you to a film change over time; it's not unusual for those things to be lacking when you watch something again for the first time in years. That's what makes the films that actually hold up so special. In fact, on rare occasions, seeing a movie again through adult eyes reveals details that make it even more meaningful than it was to you as a child.


Robert Evans, Anonymous, Ryan James: 6 Things We Learned As Legal Male Prostitutes (Cracked)
Australia is the fabled land of murderous fauna, Road Warriors, rapping kangaroos, and bountiful legal prostitution. That's right -- laws were passed in 1992 that allow for the free exchange of money for sexin' the Land Down Under. All you have to do is register with the Business Licensing Authority (and even then, registration is only required in some provinces), and you're ready to start your career as a professional sex-slinger ... male or female.



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Trivia Question of the Day


Jack Klugman was Quincy, M.E. (also called Quincy). What was Quincy's first name?

                                  



Send your answer to Marty









Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


What is the first name of this cartoon character?


       Quincy                                                      Source


Quincy Magoo (or simply Mr. Magoo) is a cartoon character created at the UPA animation studio in 1949. Voiced by Jim Backus, Quincy Magoo is a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem. However, through uncanny streaks of luck, the situation always seems to work itself out for him, leaving him no worse than before.

Mr. Magoo's first appearance was in the theatrical short cartoon The Ragtime Bear (1949), scripted by Millard Kaufman.

The Magoo character was originally conceived as a mean-spirited McCarthy-like reactionary whose mumbling would include as much outrageous misanthropic ranting as the animators could get away with. Kaufman had actually been blacklisted, and Magoo was a form of protest.        Source







Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Quincy




Alan J wrote:
   Mr. Magoo.



John I from Hawai'i says:
   "Mr. Magoo."



STEPHEN F replied:
   Mr. Magoo



Sandra said:
   mister



Adam answered:
   Quincy.



Deborah responded:
   That's Mr. Magoo, the nearsighted bumbler whose poor eyesight provided all sorts of "adventures."
  A few sprinkles passed through but the clouds and cooler weather were most welcome. I hear we'll be back to near-triple digits by the weekend. I'm ready for sweater weather and rain.




Marian wrote:
   Mr. Magoo



Kevin K., Washington, DC said:
   It's Mr. Magoo. I loved Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol on TV when I was a kid.
  It's still my favorite version of the Dickens tale.




Dale of Diamond Springs on a Prefucked Fall Day responded:
   Quincy Magoo be da name. Thanks, Jim Backus. New Apprentice host and Colombo.




DJ Useo answered:
   His first name was Quincy. I suppose that was a "funny" name back in the fifties.
  My favorite thing about those cartoons was his voice, provided by Jim Backus.
  To this day, friends laugh when I say "Mr. Magloo".
  So, I read that Iraq, Afghanistan, & Syria governments all surrendered when we invaded, but it wasn't reported.
  We invaded anyways. What did y'all hear about this? Anything at all?
  I remember reading many of their militaries surrendered, but not the actual governments.




MAM   wrote:
   Quincy Magoo ~ Aappeared in 1949 in the theatrical short "Ragtime Bear." The voice of Mr. Magoo was created by actor Jim Backus. His dog's name is McBarker; his manservant's name is Charlie.


  When Magoo Flew




Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
  



Joe S     took the day off.
  



Jim from CA, retired to ID, is on vacation.
  



mj took the day off.
  



Charlie took the day off.
  



Sally has retired, but still pays attention.
  



BttbBob   , replied:
  
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Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"


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Reader Suggestion

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From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'


"The Problem With Young People Today"

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from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

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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.

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Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD


"THE BANALITY OF EVIL"

ANOTHER SIDE OF JESUS!

MAY REPUBLICANS BE THE FIRST TO DIE!

THE "JESUS FREAK" DEBATES!

RACISM IS A CURABLE DISEASE.

"OLDER PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF CLOUT"

DONALD DUMP INTERVIEWS HILLARY!






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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny and pleasantly not hot.



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Elementary', followed by a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Lupita Nyong'o, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Christopher Wheeldon, Robert Fairchild, and Leanne Cope.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/8/15) are Bradley Cooper, Andrew Garfield, Jake McDorman, and Wiz Khalifa featuring Fall Out Boy.



NBC starts the night with a RERUN 'Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Keith Richards, Emma Roberts, and Nate Bargatze.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Ed Burns, Richard Kind, Judy Blume, and Abe Laboriel Jr.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/8/15) are Kim Dickens, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and Leslye Headland.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Last Man Standing', followed by the FRESH infomercial 'ABC Fall Preview Special', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 9/10/15) are Johnny Depp, Kathryn Hahn, and MuteMath.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.



Faux has a RERUN 'Gotham', followed by another RERUN 'Gotham'.



MY has 'TMZ Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today Live'.



A&E has all old 'Criminal Minds' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'Coyote Ugly', followed by the movie 'Erin Brockovich'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 4 - The Power of Three
 [7:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who: The Snowmen
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 6 - The Bells of Saint John
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 7 - The Rings of Akhaten
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 8 - Cold War
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 9 - Hide
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 10 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
 [2:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 11 - The Crimson Horror
 [3:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 12 - Nightmare in Silver
 [4:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 13 - The Name of the Doctor
 [5:00PM]    Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor
 [6:40PM]    Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor
 [8:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 1 - Deep Breath
 [10:00PM]    Doctor Who: Season 9 Prequel NEW - The Doctor's Meditation
 [10:10PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 2 - Into the Dalek
 [11:10PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 1 - Deep Breath
 [1:10AM]    Doctor Who: Season 9 Prequel - The Doctor's Meditation
 [1:20AM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 3 - Robot of Sherwood
 [2:20AM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 4 - Listen
 [3:20AM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 5 - Time Heist
 [4:20AM]    Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor    (ALL TIMES EST)



Bravo has the movie 'Big Momma's House 2', followed by the movie 'Big Momma's House'.



Comedy Central has the movie 'Pineapple Express', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Moonbeam City', and 'South Park'.



FX has the movie 'Horrible Bosses', followed by the movie 'Identity Thief'.



History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens', and another 'Ancient Aliens'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    GHOST STORY
 [8:30AM]    PHONE BOOTH
 [10:15AM]    THE FUNHOUSE
 [12:30PM]    GHOST STORY
 [3:00PM]    THE FUNHOUSE
 [5:15PM]    HANNIBAL RISING
 [8:00PM]    JEEPERS CREEPERS
 [10:00PM]    HANNIBAL RISING
 [12:45AM]    28 DAYS LATER
 [3:30AM]    JEEPERS CREEPERS
 [5:30AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-DRONEZ: THE HUNT FOR EL CHINGON
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-CRAIG ROBINSON WEARS A BORDEAUX BUTTON DOWN AND DARK JEANS    (ALL TIMES EST)



Sundance  -   
 [7:00AM]    American Heart
 [9:30AM]    Two for the Money
 [12:00PM]    The Manchurian Candidate
 [3:00PM]    A Few Good Men
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Stalker
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Sideshow
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Refuge
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Killerz
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Marathon
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Entitled
 [1:00AM]    Conan the Barbarian
 [3:30AM]    Nomad
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & The Social Network    (ALL TIMES EST)



SyFy has the movie 'Fright Night', followed by the movie 'Underworld', then a FRESH 'Z Nation', followed by a FRESH 'Coutinuum'.



TCM spends the night with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
 [6:15 AM]      Crooks and Coronets (1969)    [AKA: 'Sophie's Place']
 [8:15 AM]      The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
 [10:15 AM]      Larceny, Inc. (1942)
 [12:00 PM]      The Bastard (1968)
 [2:00 PM]      They Came To Rob Las Vegas (1969)
 [4:15 PM]      Catlow (1971)
 [6:00 PM]      The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      Hold That Ghost (1941)
 [9:45 PM]      Buck Privates (1941)
 [11:15 PM]      In the Navy (1941)
 [1:00 AM]      Rio Rita (1942)
 [2:45 AM]      Lost In A Harem (1944)
 [4:30 AM]      Abbott And Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
    (ALL TIMES EST)



Saturday   -  09/19/15

TCM:
 [6:00 AM]      Shipmates Forever (1935)
 [8:00 AM]      Jamaica Inn (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      Batman and Robin: The Fatal Blast (1949)
 [10:30 AM]      Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
 [11:45 AM]      Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)
 [1:15 PM]      Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
 [3:15 PM]      The Prisoner Of Zenda (1952)
 [5:15 PM]      55 Days at Peking (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Red Shoes (1948)
 [10:30 PM]      The Soldier and the Lady (1937)
 [12:00 AM]      I Accuse! (1958)
 [2:00 AM]      The Mack (1973)
 [4:00 AM]      Three The Hard Way (1974)     (ALL TIMES EST)



TNT has a FRESH 'Cold Justice', followed by a FRESH 'Cold Justice: Sex Crimes'.




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Buffy Saint-Marie performs at the Americana Music Honors and Awards show Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.
Photo by Mark Zaleski

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The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


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Honored At Gala

Nichelle Nichols

"Beyond and beyond and beyond," sings Nichelle Nichols. The 82-year-old actress-singer's voice sails over draped round tables and wafts through the crowd of black ties and floor-length evening gowns.

Nichols' voice hits the back of the hangar housing the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Even the airplanes suspended from the ceiling rafters feel the resonance.

Nichols accepted the Ed Dwight Jr. award here on Aug. 29 at the Shades of Blue Gala - but not for her role on "Star Trek" as Lt. Uhura, fifth in command aboard the Starship USS Enterprise. Neither does the award have anything to do with smooching Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner) in a 1968 "Star Trek" episode, in what is widely cited as one of the first interracial kisses in American television history.

Rather, Nichelle Nichols is receiving the Ed Dwight Jr. award for the role she played in the 1970s and 1980s - recruiting new NASA astronaut candidates, many of them women and minorities. (Ed Dwight Jr. was the first African-American to be trained as an astronaut. He was selected in 1961 but never reached space.)

Nichelle Nichols

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Keith Richards arrives on the red carpet with wife, Patti Hansen, as he promotes the film "Keith Richards: Under the Influence" during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
Photo by Chris Young

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Climate Change

David Letterman

David Letterman will return to TV next year to help draw attention to the effects of climate change when he appears on an episode of "Years of Living Dangerously."

The National Geographic Channel series, which Thursday was renewed for a second season, has signed Letterman for his first announced appearance since leaving his job hosting CBS' "Late Show."

Fellow correspondents will include Ty Burrell, James Cameron, Don Cheadle, Arnold $chwarzenegger, Olivia Munn, Ian Somerhalder and Cecily Strong, among others.

Each will give first-person accounts of conditions at locations from across the planet where the effects of climate change are most prevalent.

David Letterman

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Personal Manuscripts For 'Citizen Kane' Io Auction

Orson Welles

Orson Welles' personal manuscripts for "Citizen Kane" are going on the auction block, including the film's final revised shooting script.

The three screenplays being offered by Profiles in History on Sept. 29 illustrate the evolution in the creation of the classic masterpiece, a landmark in the history of film for its innovative cinematic, lighting and narrative techniques.

Welles, who directed and starred in the film about the rise and fall of a publishing tycoon, was 25 when the movie debuted in 1941.

An original first rough draft of "American" - the working title for "Citizen Kane" - written in 1940 by Welles' collaborator Herman Mankiewicz is estimated to bring $20,000 to $30,000 as part of the Calabasas, California-based auctioneer's three-day sale of Hollywood memorabilia.

The third and final revised shooting script includes Welles' handwritten annotations, directing notes and camera-angle diagrams and is signed by most of the cast principals. The 156-page manuscript is dated 7/16/40.

Orson Welles

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Debbie Harry appears on the red carpet prior to the Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 collection show during Fashion Week Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Bryan R. Smith

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Lobbying For Sept. 11 Responders

Jon Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart turned serious Wednesday as he lobbied members of Congress to permanently extend a law providing medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders.

Accompanied by several first responders, Stewart met with members of Congress and attended a Democratic caucus luncheon.

"If you can't get this done, maybe we should shut down," Stewart told reporters outside the U.S. Senate, referring to the possibility of a government shutdown this fall. "This is about as unassailable a piece of legislation you can have."

The law, which is set to expire next month, established the World Trade Center Health Program to provide medical monitoring and treatment for first responders affected by Sept. 11-related illnesses such as pulmonary diseases and cancers. The Zadroga Act, named after a responder who died after working at ground zero, first became law in 2010 after a debate over the bill's cost.

Proponents are seeking the law's permanent extension in part because some illnesses may not manifest until years later, after the statute of limitations for worker's compensation or certain state laws may have run out. House Republicans are supportive of the program but have opposed its permanent extension because they say they want the chance to periodically review it and make sure it is operating soundly.

Jon Stewart

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Wake-up Call


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Draft Dodger Endorsed By Vet Group

T-rump

The Internal Revenue Service revoked the nonprofit status of the veterans benefit organization that hosted and sold tickets to a foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump aboard a retired U.S. battleship, The Associated Press has learned. The group's endorsement of Trump at the event also could raise legal problems under campaign finance laws.

Trump's campaign did not respond to questions from the AP about whether it was aware that the IRS had revoked the nonprofit status of the Veterans for a Strong America, which sold tickets to Trump's event for up to $1,000 as a fundraiser. The IRS issued its decision Aug. 10, citing the group's failure to file any tax returns for three consecutive years, according to IRS records reviewed by the AP.

The group's chairman, Joel Arends of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said the organization was appealing the IRS decision. He would not provide AP with copies of any tax returns, which would show how much money the group has collected over the years and how it spends its money. By law, such records are supposed to be available to the general public for inspection.

Regardless of its legal status as a nonprofit, Veterans for a Strong America's endorsement of Trump on the deck of the USS Iowa may also raise campaign finance questions. Under federal law, corporations are restricted to donating $2,700 either in cash or in-kind contributions to a campaign. But the event, which Veterans for a Strong America paid for, involved 850 attendees, putting the cost at roughly $11,000.

The event was advertised differently than Trump's regular campaign events. His campaign didn't distribute the usual media advisory with details, but did include it in his upcoming campaign schedule. Reporters were instructed to contact the veterans group to obtain credentials to attend, and Trump's campaign separately urged supporters in a mass email how to obtain tickets to the event.

T-rump

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Donald Sutherland, left, poses with his son Kiefer Sutherland on the red carpet for the film "Forsaken" during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.
Photo by Darren Calabrese

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Producer Agrees To 30-Day Ban On Film

Aretha Franklin

The producer of the Aretha Franklin documentary "Amazing Grace" has agreed not to show the film for the next month as he and the Queen of Soul try to resolve their dispute over the work.

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Denver halted a screening of the film about a 1972 Franklin gospel concert in Los Angeles just hours before it was to be shown at the Telluride Film Festival. According to court documents, producer Alan Elliott then agreed to withdraw the film from the Toronto Film Festival but lawyers for Franklin claim he held a screening for the festival's exhibitors and film distributors on Saturday.

The 72-year-old singer and Elliott agreed to the 30-day ban on screening of the film or the concert footage in documents filed Tuesday. They say they deal will allow them to begin negotiations and avoid another last-minute court fight.

Franklin has long objected to the film and she sued Elliott in 2011 to prevent a prior showing of the movie. During a Sept. 4 court hearing in Denver, she said she only had two days' notice of the screening in Telluride although film festival lawyers say her agent had been told about it two or three weeks in advance.

Aretha Franklin

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Cynthia Nixon attends a premiere for "James White" on day 8 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Toronto.
Photo by Tony Felgueiras

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Sharia Law

Arizona

A proposal under consideration by the city council in the Arizona city of Coolidge would allow only Christian prayers before its meetings.

The council voted 4-2, with one member absent, on Monday to amend a resolution so it no longer allows prayers from a variety of faiths before meetings.

Councilman Rob Hudelson moved to amend the proposal, saying Christianity is in the country's history.

Attorney Denis Fitzgibbons warned, however, that the city was opening itself to discrimination lawsuits by only allowing Christian prayer. Hudelson said Fitzgibbons is paid "to avoid us getting into these problems."

Arizona

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Sarah Silverman crosses her fingers as she arrives at the premiere for "I Smile Back" on day 7 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Toronto.
Photo by Tony Felgueira

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New, Unending Fire Season

California

The damage from California's fast-spreading wildfires is usually expressed in acres destroyed, homes razed or people killed. But for the firefighters, a mental and physical toll is mounting just as fast.

Currently in the fourth year of a devastating drought, California has seen 1,500 more blazes this year than last. And those on the front lines struggling against the walls of flame are wondering when, if ever, work will return to normal.

Last year, Cal Fire fought 3,638 fires which burned a total of 90,848 acres. Already this year the agency has seen 5,225 fires, which have destroyed 220,000 acres. And it is not just the sheer number of fires that is causing fatigue and stress. Many of the blazes, like the Valley Fire, have burned with an unpredictability and malevolence rarely seen, says Scott McLean, a Cal Fire battalion chief.

Cal Fire has about 4,300 permanent firefighters. Its ranks swell to about 6,500 at the height of fire season, and numbers are augmented by 4,300 prison inmates jailed for non-violent offences who are assigned to Cal Fire. Nearly 500 inmates are fighting the Valley Fire. Others, wearing bright orange jump suits with "Prisoner" emblazoned in black lettering on their backs, serve food and clean the command center.

Cal Fire's emergency firefighting budget has increased sharply in recent years. The 2014/2015 budget is expected to end up at over $434 million, compared to $90 million five years ago.

California

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The Princess Leia slave costume worn by actress Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters September 16, 2015. The costume, to be auctioned by the auction house Profiles in History, is estimated to fetch between $80,000 to $120,000 but could sell for far more.

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Award Winners

Ig Nobels

Researchers who studied the consequences of intense kissing, the global use of the word "huh?" and how badly bee stings hurt on different parts of the body were among the winners of this year's Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements.

The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes, which will be announced next month.

Among the 10 awards, three went to teams of researchers that revealed that nearly all mammals regardless of size take about 21 seconds to pee, showed it is possible to partially un-boil an egg with chemicals, and used math to determine how a North African emperor from the 17th century fathered 888 children in just 30 years.

Other teams earned prizes for attaching a weighted stick to a chicken's rear end to demonstrate how dinosaurs might have walked, and for showing that acute appendicitis can be diagnosed by how much pain a patient feels when driven over speed bumps.

Researcher Michael L. Smith shared the physiology and entomology prize for arranging honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, revealing that one of the most painful locations was on his penis.

Ig Nobels

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A spectacled bear enjoys frozen fruit during hot weather at a zoo in Cali, Colombia, September 16, 2015.
Photo by Jaime Saldarriaga

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