• When horror writer Stephen King leaves his house to buy a loaf of bread, he sometimes gets so caught up in creating a plot for a novel that he forgets to buy the bread. After coming home, he tells his wife that he has an idea for a novel that will make them $2 million. She usually replies, “Steve, I’m delighted, but we still need a loaf of bread.”
• Noël Coward was very broke when he received an offer of $500 to write a short story using the plot of one of his plays. Mr. Coward was happy to receive the money and later said, “I reflected gleefully that for $500 I would gladly consider turning War and Peace into a music-hall sketch.”
• Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan was always in debt. One day, a creditor asked him to at least pay the interest on a debt. Mr. Sheridan replied, “My dear fellow, it is not in my interest to pay the principle or in my principle to pay the interest.”
• When author Joel Perry was nine years old, he was victimized by a bully who lived next door. The bully pretended to be his friend and threw a baseball to Joel so he could hit it, but Joel was not an athlete and kept missing the ball, giving the bully an excuse to taunt him. Finally, the bully came up close and personal, screaming at him, “You are so stupid! How can you be such a fat, stupid sissy, you crybaby retard!” Joel swung the bat and connected — with the bully’s head. The bully’s mother came running, grabbed Joel, took him to his home, and complained to his mother, who said, “I’ll handle this” and shut the door. After shutting the door, his mother said to him, “I saw the whole thing. What the hell took you so long?” As a special treat, she bought him ice cream, then took him to the park to feed the ducks.
• Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes) and his wife were believers in spiritualism; escape artist Harry Houdini was not. Nevertheless, they all became friends. One evening, Lady Conan Doyle held a séance and attempted to contact Houdini’s deceased mother. She fell into a trance and wrote down a message for Houdini from his mother, then she came out of the trance. The Conan Doyles regarded the séance as a complete success; however, Houdini did not. The message Lady Doyle had written was in English — a language his Yiddish-speaking mother did not know.
• Irving Wallace’s mother made an excellent strudel — baked dough with a filling of nuts, fruits, and other goodies. One day, she had a strudel ready to be rolled up and baked when the telephone rang. As she talked on the telephone, occasionally she would reach out, grab a few nuts, fruits, or other goodies, then eat them as she talked. Finally, she hung up the telephone and told young Irving, “Now we’re going to roll the strudel and bake it,” then she looked at the strudel and realized that she had eaten all the filling. That day, the Wallace family didn’t have a strudel.
• Oscar Wilde’s mother was decidedly unconventional. Under the name “Speranza,” Lady Wilde wrote pro-Irish revolutionary tracts. One day, a friend of hers asked if she could bring a “respectable” friend to one of Lady Wilde’s parties, and Lady Wilde replied, “You must never employ that description in this house; only tradespeople are respectable.” On another occasion, Oscar invited a fellow student to his home, saying, “I want to introduce you to my mother. We have founded a society for the suppression of virtue.”
This bird has played a role in human culture for thousands of years, appearing in Greek mythology as sacred to the goddess Hera, while in Europe it is associated with spring, and in Japan, it symbolises unrequited love. What species of bird is this?
Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 23 September 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He was elected twice as lawspeaker to the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning ("the fooling of Gylfi"), a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, a list of verse forms. He was also the author of the Heimskringla, a history of the Norwegian kings that begins with legendary material in Ynglinga saga and moves through to early medieval Scandinavian history. For stylistic and methodological reasons, Snorri is often taken to be the author of Egil's saga. He was assassinated in 1241 by men claiming to be agents of the King of Norway.
Snorri Sturluson's writings provide information and indications concerning persons and events influencing the peoples inhabiting North Europe during periods for which relevant information is scarce: thus, for example, he can be used to illuminate relations between England and Scandinavia during the 10th and 11th centuries. Snorri is considered a figure of enduring importance in this regard, Halvdan Koht describing his work as "surpassing anything else that the Middle Ages have left us of historical literature". He also provided an early account of the discovery of Vinland.
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my early morning answer...
…and not without some research (and the smell of fresh covfefe), i must say….is Iceland…and one from Northern California (or Oregon, or Washington,) has been having dreams of such places as of late…
Deborah, the Master Gardener responded:
Iceland. I hope to go there one day (when Americans can travel freely again, as we did in the Before Times).
AQI is 181. It’s going the wrong way.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Cal in Vermont said:
Iceland. I guessed Denmark because of the name but as usual was wrong.
Joe ( -- Vote Blue, No Matter Who -- )
I was going to say Norway but I wasn't completely sure so I looked it up. Turns out it's Iceland. So history majors aren't infallowable but we do research when needed.
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The inversion layer remains, keeping it about 10-15° cooler than seasonal, while retaining the smoke particulates.
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'The Neighborhood', followed by a RERUN'Young Sheldon', then a FRESH'Love Island', followed by a RERUN'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Bob Woodward and Luke Combs.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Dr. Phil McGraw and Kelsea Ballerini.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'American Ninja Warrior', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jude Law, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Summer Walker.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Kelly Clarkson, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Schmidt, and Sonny Emory.
On a RERUNLilly Singh (from 5/7/20) is Mark Cuban.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The "Stars"', followed by the FRESH'VOMO: Vote Or Miss Out'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 9/10/20), with guest host John Legend, is DJ Khaled.
The CW offers a RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', followed by another RERUN'Whose Line Is It Anyway?', then a RERUN'Penn & Teller: FU'.
Faux fills the night with the movie 'Patriots Day'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH'Hoarders', then a FRESH'Intervention'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Expendables 2', followed by the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds', then the movie 'The Expendables'.
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE - CHRYSALIS
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Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck Mediterranean', then another FRESH'Below Deck Mediterranean', and another 'Below Deck Mediterranean'.
[6:00am] The Three Stooges - Pop Goes The Easel
[6:30am] Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return - The Time Travelers
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[12:15pm] Full Metal Jacket
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SyFy has the movie 'Death Wish', followed by the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation'.
The “Parks and Recreation” cast are reuniting for the second time this year.
Several of the show’s stars, including Amy Poehler, Adam Scott and Nick Offerman, will hold a virtual event raising money for the Wisconsin Democratic Party.
Aubrey Plaza, Retta, Jim O’Heir and series co-creator Michael Schur will also join in on the fundraiser, in addition to some surprise guests. The event is titled “A Parks and Rec Town Hall” and will feature a Q&A with the cast members.
Fans must make a donation of at least $1 to attend the one-time virtual event, which will be livestreamed on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. CT followed by the exclusive Q&A at 8:30 p.m. CT.
“Anything you donate will be used to ensure that Trump loses Wisconsin, and thereby the White House,” the event’s website reads.
The days of vinyl records being a nostalgic relic of the past are long gone. This year, vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s.
Vinyl records accounted for $232.1 million of music sales in the first half of the year, compared to CDs, which brought in only $129.9 million, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Vinyl records, also known as “records pressed on wax,” were commonplace before other formats, such as cassette tapes and CDs, become the preferred mode of listening to music. But that hasn’t stopped vinyl records from making a resurgence. Since 2005, sales for vinyl have grown consecutively. In the first half of 2020, vinyl revenue was up 4%, while CD revenue was down 48%, according to the RIAA.
However, the boost in vinyl interest hasn’t been enough to keep physical sales from dropping. Physical sales plunged 23% to $376 million, in the first half of the year as the pandemic continues to stall music industry norms. Concerts and visits to music stores have all but disappeared.
Despite the stunted growth of physical sales, music streaming has continued to boom.
Disney’s “Mulan” opened in China this weekend with disappointing figures of just $23 million, far from the slam dunk it had hoped for in a critical territory.
While it still was the highest grosser of the weekend, it came in just a hair above the local historical epic “The Eight Hundred,” which grossed $21.7 million, according to data from the Maoyan industry tracker.
Disney was not helped by the fact that local Chinese authorities imposed a media blackout on coverage of the title in an attempt to obfuscate and downplay growing outcry outside China over the film’s ties to the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.
The movie was filmed in the area in 2018 at the height of a campaign to put mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs in internment camps as part of a systematic government assimilation campaign to wipe out the group’s culture and lower birth rates. In the credits, the film even thanks government departments directly involved in the running of these camps.
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was sentenced on Sunday to nine months' community service and her mother was ordered jailed for 16 months for tax evasion on earnings from her international career.
The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, now a popular TV personality in Israel, had pleaded guilty to tax offences under a plea bargain that also included her mother and agent, Tzipi Refaeli.
Israel tax authorities accused the two of evading paying taxes on income of about $7.2 million.
Security for their court appearance on Sunday was tight, with barricades in the lobby marking a path to an elevator that took the pair to the courtroom.
They were fined 2.5 million shekels ($722,460) each, on top of taxes owed. The Haaretz newspaper said they would likely end up paying authorities about 25 million shekels ($7.2 million), including interest charges.
For hours on Saturday, KPCC reporter Josie Huang kept her followers informed with regular updates on Twitter as she covered the protests and unrest around Los Angeles.
She was heading to Compton, she said, to cover the shooting of two L.A. County Sheriff's deputies, ambushed while sitting in their patrol car. The deputies were in critical condition on Sunday. The shooter was still at large. Suddenly, Huang's Twitter feed went silent.
Only hours later did readers learn, via a tweet by a colleague, that Huang had been detained by authorities. A news report on KPCC's sister site, LAist, elaborated, reporting that the award-winning journalist had been tackled and arrested by several sheriff's deputies while she was trying to document the arrest of a protester outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
Video of the arrest, taken by the local ABC affiliate, shows multiple deputies pinning Huang face down against the pavement. KPCC Executive Editor Megan Garvey says Huang had just finished drafting a tweet when she was "tackled and arrested."
Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said lied that Huang "didn't have proper credentials," and was taken into custody on suspicion of obstruction of justice by "interfering with a lawful arrest."
In 2012 Karen King, a prestigious scholar at Harvard Divinity School, announced the academic discovery of a lifetime: a scrap of papyrus, purportedly from the early days of Christianity, in which Jesus refers to a woman as “my wife.”
The text also includes the words “Mary” and “she is able to be my disciple.”
It seemed, at first, like a blockbuster finding for feminist scholars and an existential threat to the Catholic Church’s all-male priesthood.
King, who unveiled her find just steps from the Vatican, thought the fragment could validate her life’s work: claiming a place for women in the early days of Christianity.
But instead of overturning years of religious scholarship, King’s “discovery” capsized her career.
The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927.
James Blaesing told an Ohio court that he is seeking Harding’s disinterment as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is the 29th president’s blood relation.
The dispute looms as benefactors prepare to mark the centennial of Harding's 1920 election with site upgrades and a new presidential center in Marion, the Ohio city near which he was born in 1865. Blaesing says he deserves to “have his story, his mother’s story and his grandmother’s story included within the hallowed halls and museums in this town.”
A branch of the Harding family has pushed back against the suit filed in May — not because they dispute Blaesing's ancestry, but because they don’t.
They argue they already have accepted as fact DNA evidence that Blaesing’s mother, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, was the daughter of Harding and Britton and that she is set to be acknowledged in the museum. Harding had no other children.
A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair along with a blood-stained telegram about his 1865 assassination have been sold at auction for more than $81,000.
The items were sold during an auction that ended Saturday, according to RR Auction of Boston.
The roughly 2-inch (5 centimeter) long lock of hair was removed during Lincoln’s postmortem examination after he was fatally shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth.
It was presented to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a Kentucky postmaster and a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s widow, according to RR Auction. Dr. Todd was present when Lincoln’s body was examined.
The hair is mounted on an official War Department telegram sent to Dr. Todd by George Kinnear, his assistant in the Lexington, Kentucky, post office. The telegram was received in Washington at 11 p.m. on April 14, 1865.
Whether it's robots working in a disaster area, autonomous cars getting around town, or satellites peering down through space, having machines that can see through clouds, haze and fog is incredibly useful – and scientists may have just made the best system yet.
The newly developed system works via an algorithm that measures the movement of individual light particles or photons, as fired in fast pulses from a laser, and uses them to reconstruct objects that are obscured or hidden from the human eye.
What makes the technique extra special is the way that it can reconstruct light that's been scattered and bounced around by the barrier in the way.
In experiments, the laser sight was able to see objects hidden behind a 1-inch layer of foam.
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