BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 5 December, 2014


5 December, 2014

(Updated Daily)

[1165 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Tom Danehy: According to Tom, November 28, 2014 should be recognized as the greatest day in Tucson history (Tucson Weekly)
If you're still driving around in a VW bus with a "Kill Your Television" bumper sticker on it, this column isn't for you. If you spend time figuring out how to procure medical (or even non-medical) marijuana, it's probably not for you. And if you're one of those people who lament the fact that Downtown Tucson is no longer a slum in which the four major forms of commerce were dive bars, tattoo parlors, bus-station muggings, and the manufacture of "This Space For Rent" signs ... well, it's damn sure not for you.

Hadley Freeman: Victoria's real secret? It makes the Miss World pageant seem a bit upmarket (Guardian)
The lingerie retailer's 'fashion show' had the air of a Playboy mansion party minus the weird old man in a silk bathrobe.

Jonathan Jones: The touching hug photo from Ferguson protests is a blatant lie (Guardian)
The camera is a superb liar. It only shows one moment, and has no obligation to explain the bigger picture behind it. The selective use of photographs can therefore replace truth with whatever visual detail we choose to fix on. Horror or schmaltz, the effect is the same, to simplify reality and turn a story into a deceptively straightforward image.

Ed Vulliamy: "John Mayall: 'I managed to pick out some pretty special people'" (Guardian)
The godfather of British blues reflects on a career that has seen him give breaks to Eric Clapton and Peter Green, move into fusion, and stay on the road past 80.

Pat Carnell: 5 Famous People From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly (Cracked)
The problem with our perception of history is that, over the years, the combined forces of Hollywood, gossip, and biased sources have come together to form an indestructible Voltron of ignorance that does nothing but shoot historical inaccuracy into our brains. As a result, many skewed images of famous people have been accepted as "common knowledge" in our cultural imagination despite being completely and provably wrong.

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation (YouTube)
An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the 'Original Pronunciation' production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

Hannah Furness: Shakespeare read in Elizabethan accent reveals 'puns, jokes and rhymes' (Telegraph)
Reluctant schoolchildren across the land may be heard to accuse Shakespeare of writing comedies that are not funny and poems that do not rhyme.

Grace McCarthy: 7 Filthy Jokes You Didn't Notice in Shakespeare (Cracked)
Let's face it: The percentage of our audience who will just sit down and read a bunch of Shakespeare without being forced to by a professor is pretty damned small. And that's too bad, because what most non-English majors don't realize is that under Shakespeare's flowery language and incomprehensible old-timey wordplay is a whole lot of sly references to boners, anal sex, masturbation, and much worse.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Finish this line of a classic TV theme song:
"We chased lady luck, 'til we finally struck _____?_____"


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This product, Nebraska's official soft drink, was invented by Edwin Perkins of Hastings, in his mother's kitchen. What is it?

      Kool-Aid                                                      Source

Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in Hastings, Nebraska. All of his experiments took place in his mother's kitchen. Its predecessor was a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack. To reduce shipping costs, in 1927, Perkins discovered a way to remove the liquid from Fruit Smack, leaving only a powder. This powder was named Kool-Aid. Perkins moved his production to Chicago in 1931 and Kool-Aid was sold to General Foods in 1953. Hastings still celebrates a yearly summer festival called Kool-Aid Days on the second weekend in August, in honor of their city's claim to fame. Kool-Aid is known as Nebraska's official soft drink.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

secondharmonic said:
   Not far from my mothers birthplace.
  Went to their quaint museum once. Prominently featured there was the original packagings of Kool-Aid, invented there in town.

Charlie wrote:
   Kool Aid.
  Presumably without a certain active ingredient.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:

Adam answered:

Deborah responded:
   Oh, that's Kool-Aid, a summer staple in our house in the 60s. That, and the local beverage concentrate, Drink Atoast, or Take-a-Boost, made in South Jersey. Summer just wasn't summer without Kool-Aid and Atoast.

Marian said:

Randall replied:
  In 1968, Tom Wolfe published "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"
  (which I read in the early 70's)
  . .

  It tells about Ken Kesey and his band of "Merry Pranksters" who travelled around in a psychedelic-painted bus named "Further"
  The Pranksters have adventures with the Hell's Angels and The Grateful Dead and others...
  The "Acid Test" of the title refers to putting LSD in Kool-Aid, usually at Grateful Dead concerts, and having everyone that's willing to - experience a group acid-trip.
  (I wonder if this book didn't contribute a LOT to many people experimenting with LSD in the 70's?)
  But then...
  years later...
  In 1978, Jim Jones and "The People's Temple" and the "Jonestown Massacre" happened...

  Jim Jones was kind of a crazy guy that was none the less a pretty charismatic religious leader and created a church/community with himself as the boss.
  With, what I think were the best intentions of creating a wonderful society away from everything and everyone else, Jones convinced a whole bunch of people to move with him to Guyana in South America. Things went bad and eventually he commanded his congregation to commit suicide by drinking Kool-Aid laced with poison.
many of them did...
  918 people died that day, 276 of them children, from drinking poisoned Kool-Aid, and that's where the term

  comes from.
  Since, it has become an almost tired cliché used by political ideologies to mean it's stupid to the point of being suicidal to accept the other side's point of view...
  . . .

  . . .
  But even though, over the years Kool-Aid became synonymous with LSD and psychedelia
  and then later with mindless adherence to the opposing side's ideology,
  the original was simply a convenient and tasty soft drink that kept fresh for a long, long time
  and was cheap, cheap, cheap...
  SO cheap that sales BOOMED during the depression.

  Good job, Edward Perkins!

One second at a time Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfuckincali responded:
   Kool Aid was some ickee-suckee shit! My Auntie Velda Ernestine was the purveyor of the nasty grog every time we feasted at one of her Arky- Portuguesa feeds! I hated it until my burgeoning teen years to where it became electric. And for all you Alkies out there: My Killer Kool Aid was five fingers of Vodka with a splash of the Kool! Garnish with a pickle!

MAM   wrote:
   Kool-Aid ~ First made in 1927

Joe S     answered:
   OOOH! It's Kool-Aid! It's Kool-Aid! I used to love Kool-Aid when I was a kid. Mostly we had Grape, Orange and Root Beer, mostly Root Beer. Mom didn't believe in using all the sugar the "recipe" called for, she used a half cup rather than a whole cup, so that's what we preferred (my sister and I). I don't much care for it anymore.

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

Sally is on hiatus.

BttbBob   returned to semi-retired status.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Poachers have African giraffes on the verge of extinction -

Audrey Hepburn and Afghan Girl: the pictures that changed photography - part four | Art and design | The Guardian

BBC News - African soil crisis threatens food security, says study

BBC - Culture - Theo Jansen's Strandbeests: Wind-powered skeletons

BBC - Future - The weird world of everyday liquids

The Homesman -- Movie Review | Philip David Morton

McConnell hard at work setting up mechanism to sell the Senate to the highest bidder

After Decades Acting, Josh Brolin Still Wonders If He's 'Good Enough' : NPR

San Diego Mineral & Gem Society :: BLM Resources
     Proposed recreational land use restrictions for the CA desert.

Thanks, Michelle!



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Christmas Life Hacks to make your life easier!


Thanks, Dave!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



Reader Suggestion

Re: Bobby Keyes

Hey Marty

Here's a link for Bobby Keys' 10 best solos. One of the hidden Stones along with Ian Stewart.

Top 10 Bobby Keys Rolling Stones Songs


Thanks, Dale!



Reader Comment

Re: Bobby Keys/Brown Sugar

I can play Brown Sugar in my head. The sax was used instead of the traditional guitar solo after the 2nd verse.


Thanks, Steve!



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Marc Perkel




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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Overcast and damp.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Amazing Race', followed by a FRESH 'A Very Grammy Christmas', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 10/16/14) are Tom Selleck, Jenny Slate, and Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Steve Carell and Kristen Bell.

NBC starts the night with 'How Murray Saved Christmas', followed by a FRESH 'Grimm', then a FRESH 'Constantine'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 10/31/14) are Kevin Spacey, Olivia Munn, and the Lucas Brothers.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 11/20/14) are Russell Brand, Mayim Bialik, and Fahim Anwar.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/4/14) are Megan Amram, the Melvins, and "Dataclysm".

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Cristela', then a FRESH 'Shark Tank', then '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 11/24/14) are Jennifer Aniston and Ken Jeong.

The CW offers a FRESH 'America's Next Top Model', followed by the SEASON FINALE 'America's Next Top Model'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'College Football'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

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

AMC offers the movie 'The Santa Clause 2', followed by the movie 'The Nativity Story', then the movie 'The Pursuit Of Happyness'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 3 - The Curse of the Black Spot
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 4 - The Doctor's Wife
 [10:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 17 - Birthright (Part 2)
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 18 - Starship Mine
 [12:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Ep 5 - You Can't Go Home Again
 [1:00PM]    Battlestar Galactica - Season 1 - Ep 6 - Litmus
 [2:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 6 - Ep 13 - The Wedding of River Song
 [3:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 1 - Aslyum of the Daleks
 [4:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 2 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
 [5:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 3 - A Town Called Mercy
 [6:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 4 - The Power of Three
 [7:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 7 - Ep 5 - The Angels Take Manhattan
 [8:00PM]    Doctor Who: The Snowmen
 [9:00PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [11:30PM]    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
 [2:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 2 - The Fires of Pompeii
 [3:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 3 - Planet of the Ood
 [4:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 4 - The Sontaran Strategem
 [5:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 5 - The Poison Sky    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by the movie 'Baby Mama'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special', followed by the movie 'Jackass 3D'.

FX has the movie 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes', followed by the movie 'Thor'.

HBO offers a FRESH Bill Maher.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [9:15PM]    HALF BAKED
 [3:00AM]    HALF BAKED

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Rectify-Unhinged
 [7:00AM]    The Writers' Room-New Girl
 [7:30AM]    Tootsie
 [10:00AM]    Last Action Hero
 [12:45PM]    Courage Under Fire
 [3:15PM]    Law & Order-Confession
 [4:15PM]    Law & Order-Causa Mortis
 [5:15PM]    Law & Order-I.D.
 [6:15PM]    Unfaithful
 [9:00PM]    One Child-Episode 1
 [11:00PM]    One Child-Episode 1
 [1:00AM]    The River Wild
 [3:15AM]    Domino    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has a FRESH 'Haven', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH 'Z Nation'.

TCM spends the daylight hours with director Otto Preminger, who was born on this day in 1905, then spends the night with director Charles Walters
 [6:15 AM]      The Human Factor (1980)
 [8:15 AM]      Advise & Consent (1962)
 [10:45 AM]      Saint Joan (1957)
 [12:45 PM]      Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
 [3:00 PM]      The Moon Is Blue (1953)
 [4:45 PM]      Angel Face (1953)
 [6:30 PM]      Laura (1944)

 [8:00 PM]      Good News (1947)
 [9:45 PM]      Easter Parade (1948)
 [11:45 PM]      The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
 [1:45 AM]      The Belle Of New York (1952)
 [3:15 AM]      Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
 [5:00 AM]      Du Barry Was A Lady (1943)

Saturday   -  12/06/14

 [6:45 AM]      Seven Days Leave (1942)
 [8:30 AM]      Broadway Rhythm (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Dark Delusion (1947)
 [12:15 PM]      Rawhide (1951)
 [2:00 PM]      The Sandpiper (1965)
 [4:15 PM]      Boys Town (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [10:30 PM]      The Graduate (1967)
 [12:30 AM]      Carnal Knowledge (1971)
 [2:15 AM]      Roller Boogie (1979)
 [4:00 AM]      Heavenly Bodies (1985)
 [5:45 AM]      R.F.D. Greenwich Village (1969)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'On The Menu'.

Antenna TV

Bounce TV

Cozi TV

MOVIES! TV Network


RTV - The Retro Television Network

This TV

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Actress Rosario Dawson attends the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Dubbed In Navajo

'Finding Nemo'

The story of a clownfish who is encouraged by an energetic but absent-minded friend to "just keep swimming" in the search for his son is being told in Navajo.

The Navajo Nation announced this week that it is teaming up with Walt Disney Studios to dub the movie "Finding Nemo" in the tribe's language. It's the second major motion picture to be translated into Navajo after "Star Wars" in 2013.

"Finding Nemo" has not been produced in any other Native American languages, which are a rarity on the big screen. "Bambi," which was dubbed in the Arapaho language, is the only exception for a Disney classic, the studio said.

A team of three Navajo linguists spent 36 hours translating the script for "Finding Nemo." Voice auditions are being held Dec. 19 and 20 in the tribal capital of Window Rock. The dubbed film is expected to be released this spring.

'Finding Nemo'


Jerry Seinfeld, left, and Chris Rock attend the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Used Strippers To Lure Students

FastTrain College

A for-profit Florida college used exotic dancers as admissions officers, falsified documents and coached students to lie on financial forms as it fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in federal money, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Miami.

On at least one of its seven campuses, FastTrain College "purposely hired attractive women and sometimes exotic dancers and encouraged them to dress provocatively while they recruited young men in neighborhoods to attend FastTrain," according to an ongoing civil lawsuit. The Florida attorney general and the U.S. attorney in Miami announced Wednesday that they were joining the lawsuit against the now-defunct FastTrain and former owner Alejandro Amor, 56.

The complaint says Miami-based FastTrain and Amor bilked the U.S. Department of Education out of millions of dollars with falsified grant applications from at least January 2009 through June 2012, when the school closed after an FBI raid.

Some Most former FastTrain students say they are still struggling with student loan debts, and the lawsuit identifies more than 160 former students who are now in default. Those who were attending around the time of the FBI raid can get their loans discharged under a "closed school" provision.

FastTrain College


Newhead News


Painting Sells For Record

JMW Turner

A large oil painting of Rome by JMW Turner fetched the highest price ever paid for a work by the British artist at an auction in London on Wednesday.

"Rome, from Mount Aventine", depicting the river of the Italian capital bathed in morning light, sold for £30.3 million ($47.4 million, 38.6 million euros) at the Sotheby's auction.

Four bidders competed for the 1835 painting, described by the auction house as one of Turner's "supreme achievements". The identity of the buyer was not announced.

It was the highest price paid for a pre-20th century work by a British artist and beat the previous record set for a Turner painting -- £29.7 million paid for "Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino" in 2010.

JMW Turner


Patti LaBelle performs during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais


Baby News

Frances Cole Fallon

The Fallon family just got a little bit bigger. Jimmy and Nancy Fallon welcomed their second child on Wednesday.

"The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy, have welcomed a baby girl," a spokesperson confirmed in a statement to The Insider With Yahoo. "Frances Cole Fallon officially entered the world at 8:45AM on December 3rd weighing 5 lbs. 11 ounces and is 18.5 inches long. Their new addition joins big sister, Winnie Rose, 1. The couple opted to keep their baby joy to themselves until their new daughter, Frances Cole, made her official debut. Both Fallon babies were born via surrogate."

The talk show host, 40, and his wife welcomed their first daughter, Winnie Rose, in July 2013 after a five-year struggle to conceive.

Frances Cole Fallon


Wake-up Call


Hundreds Not Reported To FBI

Police Killings

Hundreds of police killings are not included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's records on the matter, according to a new report.

More than 550 homicides by police officers between 2007 and 2012 were missing from the federal statistics or not attributed to the law enforcement agency involved, the Wall Street Journal reported.

This makes it nearly impossible to figure out how many people cops kill - justifiably or not - every year.

To compile the report, the Journal looked at the internal figures of killings by police from 105 of the nation's 110 largest police departments. Apparently, five declined its request for access.

The internal records show at least 1,800 deaths during the aforementioned timeframe. That is about 45 percent higher than the FBI's tally of 1,242, according to the broadsheet.

Police Killings


U.S pop singer Lenny Kravitz leaves the opening of the Longchamp store in Paris, France, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
Photo by Jacques Brinon


School Board Member Apologizes


A member of an East Texas school board has apologized and intends to resign after posting on his Facebook page a picture of a person in Ku Klux Klan attire along with the caption "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas."

The Hooks Independent School District will meet on Dec. 15 and decide whether to take additional action against member Chris Harris for the post, school officials have told local media.

The post was one of several racially charged messages Harris placed on his Facebook site in the aftermath of the decision last week by a grand jury in Missouri not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, a case that raised questions about U.S. race relations.

"I took to social media to express an inner frustration that I unfortunately verbalized in a distasteful and embarrassing manner," Harris wrote a few days later.

"I am deeply sorry for misrepresenting my views, my town, this district, and my patriotism," he said. He has since taken down his Facebook page.



Actor Ben Vereen attends the premiere of "Top Five" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Have No Human Rights


In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court rejected on Thursday an animal rights advocate's bid to extend "legal personhood" to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights.

A five-judge panel of the Albany court said attorney Steven Wise had shown that Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp who lives alone in a shed in upstate New York, was an autonomous creature, but that it was not possible for him to understand the social contract that binds humans together.

"Needless to say, unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions," Presiding Justice Karen Peters wrote.

Wise, representing The Nonhuman Rights Project, which he helped found in 2007, was seeking a ruling that Tommy had been unlawfully imprisoned by his owner, Patrick Lavery. Wise argued that the chimp should be released to a sanctuary in Florida.



Russian artist Yelena Zelenskaya puts the finishing touches on a pie she baked to look like U.S. President Barack Obama and Russia's President Vladimir Putin dressed as Santa Claus and Father Frost, before the art performance named "Sweet Sanctions 2. Five O'Clock Tea With Presidents", during a TV broadcasting of Putin's address to members of parliament and other top officials in the Kremlin, at the Romanov's art gallery in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, December 4, 2014.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


Killing Backfires


Call it revenge killings. Or call it how science sees it. Either way, the idea that shooting wolves keeps them from preying on livestock looks like it's going up in flames.

That's because a new study published in the journal PLOS One found that shooting and trapping gray wolves to control livestock predation actually leads to more dead sheep and cattle the following year, not fewer.

Armed with 25 years of data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington State University researchers reviewed traditional wolf management efforts.

For each wolf killed, the researchers found that the odds of death by wolf predation rose 4 percent for sheep and 5 to 6 percent for cattle.



This photo provided by Rolex shows a Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Rolex watch. Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, was chosen by Pantone. Pantone's yearly picks can herald a marked presence of a color in fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging, though some years the influence is stronger than others.


Cuddly Critters Killing

Harbor Porpoises

When dead and mutilated harbor porpoises began washing ashore on the coast of the Netherlands in 2006, marine biologists thought North Sea fishers had killed the animals. But now they have identified the true culprits: gray seals.

As researchers began conducting autopsies on the porpoises, they noticed bite marks consistent with harbor seal teeth. Now their evidence has been published in a new study, co-authored by Leopold, in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

More than 270 porpoises that stranded between 2003 and 2013 on the Dutch coastline were sufficiently fresh to provide evidence of gray seal-inflicted wounds. "In 25 percent of these, bite and claw marks were identified that were consistent with the marks found on animals that had tested positive for gray seal DNA," according to the study.

Most of the mutilated porpoises were young and healthy, with thick layers of blubber. The authors hypothesized that seals killed the porpoises to feed on the high-calorie fat.

The killings appeared to be a relatively new phenomenon, the scientists said.

Harbor Porpoises


This Dec. 3, 2014 photo provided by Sotheby's shows a record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle at the U.S. Sabatino headquarters in West Haven, Conn. The truffle was found a week earlier in Umbria, Italy and is scheduled to go on the auction block in New York on Saturday, Dec. 6. Sabatino says it has turned down million-dollar offers from buyers in China and is selling the luxury item to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Children's Glaucoma Foundation.


Nobel Prize Fetches $4.7M

James Watson

A 1962 Nobel prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA has sold at auction for $4.7 million, a world auction record for any Nobel prize.

Christie's says the gold medal won by James Watson was purchased Thursday by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The New York City auction house says it's the first Nobel medal to be offered at auction by a living recipient.

Watson made the 1953 discovery with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.

Crick's Nobel prize sold last year at Heritage Auctions for $2.2 million. He died in 2004.

James Watson


Clay "caganers" figures are sold at the Santa Llucia Christmas market in central Barcelona December 3, 2014. Catalans hide "caganers", or defecators, in Christmas Nativity scenes to let friends hunt for them during Christmas celebrations. The "caganers", which symbolise defecation and fertilization of the earth, are believed to bring prosperity and luck for the coming year.
Photo by Albert Gea


Top 20

Concert Tours

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. (1) One Direction; $5,264,672; $84.08.
    2. (2) Paul McCartney; $2,882,026; $139.02.
    3. (3) Katy Perry; $1,644,185; $100.75.
    4. (4) Britney Spears; $1,423,694; $148.82.
    5. (5) Luke Bryan; $1,337,836; $49.62.
    6. (7) Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull; $1,198,905; $83.87.
    7. (6) Marc Anthony; $1,170,987; $104.43.
    8. (8) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; $993,396; $89.53.
    9. (9) Zac Brown Band; $936,847; $52.38.
   10. (10) Motley Crue; $831,424; $62.05.
   11. (11) Linkin Park/Thirty Seconds To Mars; $765,875; $53.97.
   12. (12) Jason Aldean; $752,222; $41.59.
   13. (13) Blake Shelton; $742,548; $44.96.
   14. (14) Alejandro Fernandez; $664,984; $78.17.
   15. (15) Eric Church; $643,138; $50.17.
   16. (16) The Black Keys; $599,091; $61.29.
   17. (18) Miranda Lambert; $521,536; $34.20.
   18. (17) James Taylor; $488,636; $76.97.
   19. (20) Rascal Flatts; $487,423; $32.95.
   20. (19) Brad Paisley; $475,340; $38.28.

Concert Tours



In Memory

Bob Montgomery

A songwriter and producer who wrote hits for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold has died.

Greg Matusky, a publicist for Bob Montgomery, said Montgomery died Thursday in Lee's Summit, Missouri, after a struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 77.

Montgomery was born in Lampasas, Texas, on May 12, 1937.

He initially teamed up with Holly as a rockabilly duo in the 1950s, but then focused on songwriting for Holly and the Crickets. In the late 1960s, he moved to Nashville, where he started House of Gold Music. It became a major publishing house, scoring hits for country stars including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West and the Judds.

Montgomery also worked as a producer and record executive later in his career.

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