BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 31 January, 2015


31 January, 2015

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Paul Krugman: Europe's Greek Test (NY Times)
Can Europe get past the myths and moralizing, and deal with reality in a way that respects the Continents core values?

Alastair Bland: The World Hit "Peak Chicken" in 2006 (Smithsonian)
The popular poultry is just one of many key food resources that hit peak production between 5 and 30 years ago.

Brian Whitney: The Price of Legal and Medical Marijuana Makes the Black Market Stronger (Disinformation)
So around here nothing has changed really. Some people can get their medical marijuana at a dispensary, and that's cool, it makes my small, seacoast city in Maine seem all the cooler. But why bother? The blackmarket is still where its at.

Anonymous, Amanda Mannen: 5 Awful Realities of Being a Man Who Was Raped by a Woman (Cracked)
Pointing out that society has a rape problem should be about the least controversial thing you can do, in any setting. It's impossible to say how many rapes occur (because so many go unreported), but there is universal agreement that too many women are being victimized and that the system often fails them. But we fail victims in another way, too: by automatically assuming, as we just did there, that all of the victims are women.

Scott Walker's New Theme Song (Disinformation)
The Dropkick Murphys recently told WI Governor Scott Walker that he couldn't use their music. Although they don't see eye-to-eye, Ron Placone felt sorry for him so he wrote him a new song to use. This is a segment from the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show, for people who hate morning shows. (Song begins at 4:26.)

Alison Flood: Many authors' earnings fall below $500pa, survey finds (Guardian)
Research shows median income for all authors is now below $5,000, though 'hybrid' authors who use both traditional and self-publishing are doing best.

SNICKERS® - "The Brady Bunch" (YouTube)
"This funny commercial for Snickers set to air during the Super Bowl adds Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo to the classic Brady Bunch episode in which Marcia gets smacked in the nose with a football thrown by Peter. "Making of" footage is featured in the video below. I don't know about you, but I think Buscemi makes a lovely Jan!" - Neatorama

SNICKERS® - The Making of The Brady Bunch (YouTube)
"From re-creating the famous living room to digital mouth replacement, go behind the scenes and see what it took to make the SNICKERS Super Bowl commercial featuring The Brady Bunch."

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In American radio, film, TV, and video games, a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background is called _____?_____

      Walla                                                      Source

In American radio, film, television, and video games, walla is a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background. A group of actors brought together in the post-production stage of film production to create this murmur is known as a walla group. According to one story, walla received its name during the early days of radio, when it was discovered that having several people repeat the sound walla in the background was sufficient to mimic the indistinct chatter of a crowd. Nowadays, walla actors make use of real words and conversations, often improvised, tailored to the languages, speech patterns, and accents that might be expected of the crowd to be mimicked.

Walla is called rhubarb in the UK where actors say "rhubarb, rhubarb", rhabarber in Germany, rabarber in the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium) as well as Denmark, Sweden & Estonia, and gaya in Japan, perhaps in part reflecting the varying textures of crowd noise in the different countries. Other phrases are "carrots and peas," "watermelon cantaloupe, watermelon cantaloupe" and "natter natter" (to which the response is "grommish grommish").        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Randall wrote:

Lois Off Oregon said:
   Crowd scenes in America say "walla", in England "rhubarb",
  in Mexico "No entiendo ne papa", in Poland "I forgot my line"
  and in Zombie movies "BRRRAINS"

Charlie responded:
   Not to be confused with Phil Spector's wall of sound.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:

Adam answered:
   Walla? I know it as walla.

Marian said:

Deborah wrote:
   I have no idea - it's certainly not a laugh track.
  I can wait until tomorrow's page to get the answer.

Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norfuckincali, replied:
   Walla is murmuring in the background of my head constantly mumbling rhubarb or rhubarb. Blithering blighty mighty flighty gabble stammeringly stutter fully to an East Bay Greasy beat. Some daze a life adulterated laugh track from "My Mother the Car" happens merely and mercurial meanderings. Fuckit it's Friday!
  Mo Mamie

  Who is dis?

DJ Useo responded:
   I dunno. Nice work stumping me once again. :)

Joe S     answered:
   It is called many things in many nations, but here in the US of A it is known as walla. I did not know that.

mj took the day off.

Sally has retired, but she's still around... : )

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Long, long time ago, I worked at a post-production sound house in Hollywood. Back when digital was being whispered about, but not there, yet.
Their sound effects library was on bits of mag stripe film, that weren't labeled, and in boxes that weren't all labeled.
Heh - an anal retentive's dream job.
Turned out walla was one of the larger categories. Boxes and boxes of walla. Each sample listened to, categorized, and cataloged.
And lots of things that could/would/did pass as the sound of something else - like 'snake in grass' also worked for 'slicing a watermelon'.
Some times there wouldn't be a useable sound in the library, so it would have to be created - old school.
In one film, people were getting beaten by a variety of devices, so had to visit the Grand Central Market downtown (several cultures in the area are quite fond of roasted animal heads) and return with a trunkful of sheep heads, which were then used to get the proper tonal quality of bone on wood, and bone on metal, and bone on concrete.
Heh - show business ain't always pretty.
Most of the sound effects were then used on other projects, in-house, or sold.
Bet some of them are still in use today.
But, yeah, I'm familiar with walla. And Walla Walla (and other Palouse hotspots), too.


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Last Night

Rainy day.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Hawaii Five-0', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'SNL Sports Spectacular', followed by the FRESH '4th Annual NFL Honors'.
'SNL' is FRESH, hosted by JK Simmons, music by D'Angelo and the Vanguard.

ABC starts the night with the movie 'Despicable Me', followed by '20/20'.

The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.

Faux has a RERUN 'Backstrom', followed by a FRESH "Red Band Society'.

MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'The Departed', followed by the movie 'Gridiron Gang'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 3 - Ep 4 - Morgan's
 [7:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 12 - Casa Roma
 [8:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Mojito's, The Junction, Bazzini
 [9:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Capri
 [10:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 2 - Le Deck
 [11:00AM]    Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Charleston
 [12:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 09-10 - Episode 1
 [1:00PM]    Top Gear: Best Of 09-10 - Episode 2
 [2:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 1
 [3:00PM]    Mud, Sweat & Gears - Season 1 - Ep 1 - Cops
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Legacy
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Reunion
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss
 [9:00PM]    The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 3 - The Good Traitor NEW
 [10:15PM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 16 NEW
 [11:15PM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 8
 [12:00AM]    The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 3 - The Good Traitor
 [1:15AM]    The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 16
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Reunion
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Future Imperfect
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Final Mission
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 10 - The Loss    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Bravo's First Looks', then the movie 'Little Fockers'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'The Comebacks', followed hours and hours of 'Key & Peele'.

FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', then a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.

History has all old 'Appalachian Outlaws' all night.

IFC  -   
 [1:45PM]    FLETCH

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Loredana, Esq.-Potheads and Knuckleheads
 [7:00AM]    Sling Blade
 [10:00AM]    You've Got Mail
 [12:30PM]    Starship Troopers
 [3:15PM]    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
 [5:15PM]    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
 [7:15PM]    Risky Business
 [9:00PM]    Scent of a Woman
 [12:30AM]    Donnie Brasco
 [3:15AM]    Donnie Brasco    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Blade: Trinity', followed by the movie 'Spawn'.

TCM spends some of the night with John Barrymore
 [6:15 AM]      Madame Curie (1943)
 [8:30 AM]      They Shall Have Music (1939)
 [10:30 AM]      Carry On Jack (1964)
 [12:15 PM]      Wise Blood (1979)
 [2:15 PM]      The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
 [3:45 PM]      The Lion In Winter (1968)
 [6:15 PM]      Born Free (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Twentieth Century (1934)
 [9:45 PM]      Counsellor at Law (1933)
 [11:15 PM]      Topaze (1933)
 [12:45 AM]      Svengali (1931)

 [2:15 AM]      Twice Upon A Time (1983)
 [3:45 AM]      The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T. (1953)
 [5:15 AM]      Holiday From Rules? (1959)
 [5:15 AM]      When You Grow Up (1973)
 [5:15 AM]      One Got Fat (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  02/01/15

 [6:00 AM]      The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
 [7:30 AM]      The Jungle Book (1942)
 [9:30 AM]      The Four Feathers (1939)
 [11:45 AM]      The Wind And The Lion (1975)
 [2:00 PM]      The Great Race (1965)
 [5:00 PM]      Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
 [10:00 PM]      Wings (1927)     SILENT 
 [12:45 AM]      All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
 [3:00 AM]      Cimarron (1930)
 [5:15 AM]      The Broadway Melody (1929)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Jeff Bridges, left, and Julianne Moore attend a "Seventh Son" screening on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in New York.
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The Handmaids Tale


In a rare moment for the US Senate, the two lawmakers who had just spent three weeks steering the Keystone pipeline bill through choppy waters were chatting amiably on the floor during the final vote. One was dressed in a teal-colored jacket and skirt. The other wore a silver pendant with her sky-blue blazer.

Senators can remember only a handful of times when two women have acted as "floor managers" of bills in the Senate - and certainly not in such a high-profile circumstance as this one.

In what seemed like a page in the chamber's history, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Legacy) of Alaska, the chairman (sic) of the Energy Committee, and Maria Cantwell (D-Disappointment) of Washington, the committee's ranking member, shepherded the first big piece of legislation to come out of the new GOP-controlled Senate - a testament to the increased influence of women in that body.

Keystone, which passed with the support of nine Democrats, was not just about whether to build a pipeline carrying tar-sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico - and whether supporters could find enough votes to overturn a promised presidential veto (they didn't).



Lily Tomlin, a cast member in "Grandma," arrives at the premiere of the film at the Eccles Theatre during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Park City, Utah.
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South Carolina Judge Orders Journalist

James Brown

A journalist covering the fight over soul singer James Brown's estate was ordered Friday to tell a court how she obtained a diary from Brown's widow.

A judge issued a restraining order telling journalist Sue Summer to not publish anything from the diary, which she said was sent to her anonymously. But the order came several hours after Summer had already posted Tomi Ray Hynie's writings on her Facebook page. Summer has now been ordered to bring her notes and phone records to a hearing Monday afternoon in Aiken County.

Pope said the diary was in a public court filing for months before a judge put a gag order on it several years ago.

In requesting that Summer be banned from publishing the diary, Hynie's lawyer Robert Rosen reminded the other lawyers about the gag order and said Summer likely can't prove they are Hynie's writings.

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Mississippi Auction

Graceland Too

Die-hard Elvis memorabilia collectors can get their fix of ruffle-front dress shirts, life-sized cardboard Elvis cutouts and even a non-functioning electric chair made in tribute to "Jailhouse Rock" at an auction this weekend in north Mississippi.

The kitschy stuff didn't belong to Elvis Presley, but to the late Paul MacLeod, an eccentric Elvis super-fan who ran Graceland Too, a roadside museum dedicated to the king of rock 'n' roll.

MacLeod died last summer, and his estate is selling the thousands of things he collected, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits. It's selling other manifestations of MacLeod's Elvis obsession, including life-sized cardboard cutouts of the singer and trunks full of magazines and newspaper clippings that mentioned him.

Also up for auction are four cars, including MacLeod's pink Cadillac, the replica electric chair that MacLeod built and the ramshackle antebellum home itself, complete with boarded-up windows and questionable plumbing.

From 1990 until MacLeod's death in July, his eclectic shrine at his Holly Springs home - about halfway between Graceland and Elvis' birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi - was a late-night favourite of intoxicated college students and tourists. People could bang on the door at any hour, pay $5 and get a tour from the hyper-caffeinated MacLeod, who guzzled Coca-Cola by the case and regaled visitors with rapid-fire tales about Elvis, some of which might have actually been true.

Graceland Too


Musician Dave Matthews, right, poses for photos with his wife, Ashley Harper, second from right, after Matthews raised the Seattle Seahawks 12th Man flag, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, on the roof of the Space Needle in Seattle. The Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in NFL football's Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
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Children Urge Prosecution

Casey Kasem

The children of Casey Kasem are urging Los Angeles police to make progress in an elder abuse investigation focusing on the radio legend's widow.

Kasem's children claimed at a Friday news conference that the investigation into Jean Kasem's care that began last June has stalled.

Kasem's wife of more than 30 years and his children from a previous marriage fought over the radio personality's care in his final days.

Daughter Kerri was appointed caretaker and has said her stepmother's actions shortened Kasem's life.

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More Than 100 Cases Confirmed


More than 100 people in the United States have been confirmed as infected with measles including 91 in California, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, public health officials said on Friday.

The California Department of Public Health said at least 58 of the cases of the highly infectious disease in the state have been epidemiologically linked to the Disneyland cluster. More than a dozen other cases have been confirmed in 13 other U.S. states and in Mexico.

No deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak, which public health officials suspect began when an infected person from outside the United States visited Disneyland in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20.

Measles was officially declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 after decades of intensive childhood vaccine efforts. But last year the nation had its highest number of measles cases in two decades.

In addition to California, since December cases of measles have been confirmed in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington state, as well as Mexico.



US singer Adam Lambert (L) and British guitarist Brian May (R) perform during a concert of the band 'Queen Adam Lambert' at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 30 January 2015.
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Wing Bowl

Mick Foley

Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack.

People following the event on social media dubbed Foley's attempt at boosting his wing total "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy.

Chicago's Patrick Bertoletti won with a Wing Bowl record 444 wings in 26 minutes. He edged out 2014 champion Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Nebraska, who eclipsed her record 363-wing mark with 440 wings.

The fan-favorite Foley, who's known in the ring as Mankind, said after his ouster that he didn't want to overstuff himself and get sick, like other competitors.

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Iranian Zoroastrian women play Daf, a large-sized tambourine, in a ceremony celebrating Zoroastrians ancient mid-winter Sadeh festival in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Sadeh, the feast of creation of fire, has been observed since the ancient days when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in the powerful Persian empire. Zoroastrianism lost dominance after Muslim Arabs invaded and conquered Persia in the 7th century. Today, some 25,000 of Zoroastrians are believed to live in Iran where most of 80 million people are Shiite Muslims and the ruling establishment is led by clerics.
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Brownback's Snake Oil Utopia


Kansas collected $47 million less than anticipated this month, signaling that Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators may have to be more aggressive with spending cuts or other measures to balance the budget.

But the Department of Revenue said Friday that a key factor was greater-than-expected income tax refunds during the month, with the federal government processing returns more quickly than it did last year. Department spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda said the state waits on the federal government to process each set of returns first, so faster federal processing means more state refunds earlier in tax season - and the possibility that refunds could "even out" later.

Currently, the Republican-dominated Legislature is working on proposals to eliminate a projected $279 million shortfall in the current budget, which ends June 30. Brownback's budget director has said if lawmakers don't pass a budget-balancing bill by Feb. 13, the state may not be able to pay its bills on time.

The budget gaps in this and the next fiscal year arose after lawmakers aggressively cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging to stimulate the economy. The state dropped its top rate by 29 percent and exempted the owners of 191,000 businesses altogether.

The state also faces a projected $436 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year against projected spending of about $6.2 billion. To deal with that gap, Brownback has proposed slowing future income tax cuts and raising tobacco and alcohol taxes.



A Bulgarian child wears a mask on the youth competition day of the 24th International Festival of Masquerade Games "Surva" in the town of Pernik, Bulgaria Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Some 5,000 people are expected to take part in the three-day festival devoted to an ancient Bulgarian pagan rite. Surva is performed by costumed men, some in sheepskin, or other colorful garments, bells and masks, who walk around and dance to scare away the evil spirits, in hope to provide a good harvest, health, fertility, and happiness.
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Scientists Retract Claim

Cosmic Inflation

Scientists who made headlines last March by announcing that they'd found long-sought evidence about the early universe are now abandoning that claim.

New data show that their cosmic observations no longer back up that conclusion, they say.

The original announcement caused a sensation because it appeared to show evidence that the universe ballooned rapidly a split-second after its birth, in what scientist call cosmic inflation. That idea had been widely believed, but researchers had hoped to bolster it by finding a particular trait in light left over from the very early universe.

That signal is what the researchers claimed they had found in observations of the sky taken from the South Pole, in a project called BICEP2.

But now, in a new paper submitted for publication, "we are effectively retracting the claim," said Brian Keating of the University of California, San Diego, a member of the BICEP2 team.

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The Les Paul guitar known as "Black Beauty", which will go up for auction next month, is seen in the offices of Guernsey's Auctions President Arlan Ettinger in New York January 29, 2015. The electric instrument, which is the original prototype for the Les Paul Custom guitars made the Gibson Guitar Company, will be sold by Guernsey's Auctions at the Arader Galleries on February 19. No pre-auction estimate, or reserve price, has been put on the instrument. But some music experts believe it could exceed the record auction price of $965,000 paid in 2013 for the guitar owned and played by Bob Dylan at his first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Picture taken January 29.
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Casket Belongs To Brother

Lee Harvey Oswald

The decaying pine coffin in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried 51 years ago rightfully belongs to the brother of President John F. Kennedy's presumed assassin, a Texas judge ruled on Friday.

Oswald's body was exhumed in 1981 and his original casket was discarded when he was reburied. Robert Oswald filed a lawsuit to gain ownership of the casket from a funeral home that tried to auction it off.

"Digging someone up and selling a used coffin is weird at best and disgusting at worst," said Robert Oswald's attorney, Gant Grimes.

State District Judge Don Cosby, who heard two days of testimony during a trial in December in Fort Worth, ruled Robert Oswald, 80, has owned the coffin since purchasing it for $300 for his brother's burial in 1963.

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In Memory

Bernice Gordon

Bernice Gordon, a prolific crossword constructor whose puzzles were published in major newspapers and brain-teaser books, has died at the age of 101.

Gordon died at her Philadelphia home early Thursday, her son Jim Lanard confirmed Friday. A private memorial service was planned, he said.

A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate, Gordon raised three children before working as an artist and travelling around the world. She began creating the puzzles in her 30s because she enjoyed the mental challenge. Her puzzles were published in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and others including puzzle books from Dell and Simon & Schuster.

Gordon is credited with pioneering the "rebus" puzzle, which requires solvers to occasionally use symbols instead of letters. Her first rebus in the Times used an ampersand to represent the letters AND, so an answer like SANDWICH ISLANDS had to be entered as S&WICH ISL&S. Readers reacted strongly in hundreds of letters, some complaining that it was cheating and other applauding the novel approach, she said.

Among the scores of Gordon's grids that the Times has published since her 1952 debut was a 2013 collaboration with teenage constructor David Steinberg, a regular Times contributor. Steinberg said the puzzle that emerged blended Gordon's deep classical knowledge and his penchant for modern language.

Bernice Gordon



A European eagle owl prances in its new outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Two of these in danger of extinction birds are newly hosted by the zoo.
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A box set the whole world should own?
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