Felix the Cat is a funny-animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combine to make Felix one of the most recognized cartoon characters in film history. Felix was the first character from animation to attain a level of popularity sufficient to draw movie audiences.
In 1929, when television was in the experimental stages, the very first image to ever be seen was an illustration of Felix the Cat. It remained on screen for hours while engineers used it as a test pattern.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Felix the Cat.
I might know this - Mickey Mouse.
Rain, glorious rain! I hope you're getting some in SoCal, Marty. And congrats on your caterpillars.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Felix the Cat
Bugs Bunny, Milton Berle? Felix The Cat? No idea...
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
I dunno, but I'm gonna guess Mickey Mouse.
Dave in Tucson replied:
Just a guess - Fritz the Cat?
Wait, that can't be right. Another guess would be Felix the Cat?
George M said:
Marty, if my memory serves me well, which it does, the first image ever televised was of Felix the Cat.
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[6:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 11
[7:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 11 - Episode 12
[8:00AM] DRAGONS' DEN - SEASON 13 - Episode 6
[9:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 25-Conspiracy
[10:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 26-The Neutral Zone
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The Child
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
[2:00PM] GOODFELLAS (1990)
[5:30PM] GOODFELLAS (1990)
[9:00PM] DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Lost and Found
[10:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 20 - Episode 4
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 25-Conspiracy
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 26-The Neutral Zone
[1:00AM] DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Lost and Found
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The Child
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Where Silence Has Lease
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Elementary, Dear Data
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Outrageous Okona (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'The Wedding Planner', followed by the movie 'The Devil Wears Prada'.
Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', an hour of 'TBA', followed by the FRESH'Pete Davidson SMD'.
FX has the movie 'The Purge', followed by the movie 'The Purge: Anarchy'.
History has 'Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide' and 'Bigfoot Captured'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Gillian Jacobs Wears a Gray Checkered Suit and a Red Bow Tie
[7:00AM] DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid
[8:00AM] THE FLESH EATERS
[10:00AM] HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER
[11:45AM] FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER
[1:30PM] EARTH VS. THE SPIDER
[3:15PM] MIMIC 2
[5:15PM] THE MIST
[8:00PM] THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
[10:30PM] PITCH BLACK
[12:45AM] THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
[3:15AM] HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Gillian Jacobs Wears a Gray Checkered Suit and a Red Bow Tie (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Rifleman-The Sharpshooter
[6:30AM] The Rifleman-Home Ranch
[7:00AM] The Rifleman-End of a Young Gun
[7:30AM] The Rifleman-The Marshal
[8:00AM] The Rifleman-The Brother-in-Law
[8:30AM] The Rifleman-Eight Hours to Die
[9:00AM] The Rifleman-Duel of Honor
[9:30AM] The Rifleman-The Safe Guard
[10:00AM] The Rifleman-The Sister
[10:30AM] The Rifleman-New Orleans Menace
[11:00AM] The Rifleman-The Apprentice Sheriff
[11:30AM] The Rifleman-The Angry Gun
[12:00PM] The Rifleman-The Young Englishman
[12:30PM] The Rifleman-The Gaucho
[1:00PM] The Rifleman-The Pet
[1:30PM] The Rifleman-The Sheridan Story
[2:00PM] The Rifleman-The Retired Gun
[2:30PM] The Rifleman-The Photographer
[3:00PM] The Rifleman-Shivaree
[3:30PM] The Shakiest Gun in the West
[6:00PM] The Jerk
[8:00PM] Uncle Buck
[10:15PM] Planes, Trains and Automobiles
[12:15AM] Uncle Buck
[2:30AM] Planes, Trains and Automobiles
[4:30AM] The Bad News Bears (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by the movie 'The Night Before Halloween'.
Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo, left, poses with Dallas Goldtooth, of the Indigenous Environmental Network, outside the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Ruffalo traveled to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Ruffalo is co-founder of The Solutions Project, which promotes clean and renewable energy.
Photo by James MacPherson
The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought on Thursday to two Iraqi Yazidi women who were held as sex slaves by Islamic State militants and now campaign for human rights.
Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands of women and girls abducted, tortured and sexually abused by Islamic State fighters after the militants rounded up Yazidis in the village of Kocho, near Sinjar in northwest Iraq, in 2014.
The Yazidi are a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions. Islamic State considers them devil-worshippers.
"This is a very symbolic and significant decision to support these two survivors who came to Europe as refugees and found shelter in the European Union," European Parliament president Martin Schulz told a news conference after the announcement.
He added the prize meant the parliament was now supporting them in their fight not only for dignity but to give testimony as witnesses to atrocities. The prize is 50,000 euros ($54,595), with an award ceremony scheduled for December.
Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean.
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in Hobart, Australia, said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 years.
The Ross Sea is seen as one of the world's most ecologically important oceans.
The sanctuary will cover more than 12 percent of the Southern Ocean, which is home to more than 10,000 species including most of the world's penguins, whales, seabirds, colossal squid and Antarctic tooth fish.
Fishing will be banned completely in 1.1 million square km (425,000 square miles) of the Ross Sea, while areas designated as research zones will allow for some fishing for krill and sawfish.
Collectors and music fans wearing the t-shirts of obscure rock bands brave the tropical heat outside a record store near Malaysia's capital, waiting to get their hands on new cassette tapes.
No, this isn't a flashback to the 1980s, but an event marking recent International Cassette Store Day, an annual celebration of a music format once thought headed for extinction but now enjoying a rebirth.
Vinyl's renaissance is well-documented and now it seems cassettes are rising from the grave, with artists such as Kanye West and Justin Bieber releasing songs on tape.
In Southeast Asia low production costs and a retro-cool image have made cassettes an underground-music fixture, especially for struggling bands getting their name out.
Manufacturing costs can be as low as four ringgit ($1) per tape in Malaysia, compared to 60 to 80 ringgit for a vinyl record.
Japanese comedian Pikotaro performs "pen-pineapple-apple-pen" song at a press conference in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Pikotaro behind the viral hit "PPAP" said he is astonished by the global success song.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko
A deadly complication of measles in young children that strikes years after infection may be more common than previously thought, according to a study presented on Friday that stressed the importance of vaccinations against the highly contagious disease.
The risk of acquiring the always fatal neurological disorder, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), was believed to be about 1-in-1,700, based on an earlier German study of children under five years of age infected with measles.
The new research, looking at children who got measles during a large California outbreak around 1990, found the rate of SSPE to be 1-in-1,387 for those infected before the age of five. It rose to about 1-in-600 for babies infected before their first birthday.
The average age of SSPE diagnosis was 12, but the range was from three to 35, researchers said.
Researchers hope the data will raise alarms with parents who refuse vaccines for their children, despite science confirming their safety and benefits.
California parole officials recommended Thursday that Charles "Tex" Watson, the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, should remain in prison 47 years after he helped plan and carry out the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people.
Watson's 17th parole hearing was held at Mule Creek State Prison, near Sacramento. He can seek parole again in five years.
Watson, 70, is serving a life sentence for the murders of Tate and four others at her Beverly Hills, California, home on Aug. 9, 1969. The next night, he helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary.
In prison, Watson wrote a book, "Manson's Right-Hand Man Speaks Out," saying the charismatic Manson offered utopia, then persuaded his followers to act out his "destructive worldview." Watson has apologized for the killings.
Watson says he converted to Christianity in 1975, founded Abounding Love Ministries in 1980, and ministers to other inmates. He also obtained his college degree behind bars.
A ballerina performs at the Sejong Center in Seoul, South Korea on Oct. 28, 2016, during a special gala for 'Shakespeare in Ballet.' The performance will be put on by members of five different ballet troupes to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.
Death awaits all of us, but how patiently? To unlock the mystery of when we're going to die, start with an actuary.
Members of this 200-year-old profession who study risk and uncertainty pore over the data of death to estimate length of life. Putting aside the spiritual, that's crucial information for insurance companies and pension plans, and it's also helpful for planning retirement, since we need our money to last as long we do.
The latest, best guesses for U.S. lifespans come from a study (PDF) released this month by the Society of Actuaries: The average 65-year-old American man should die a few months short of his 86th birthday, while the average 65-year-old woman gets an additional two years, barely missing age 88.
This new data turns out to be a disappointment. Over the past several years, the health of Americans has deteriorated-particularly that of middle-aged non-Hispanic whites. Among the culprits are drug overdoses, suicide, alcohol poisoning, and liver disease, according to a Princeton University study issued in December.
Partly as a result, the life expectancy for 65-year-olds is now six months shorter than in last year's actuarial study. Longevity for younger Americans was also affected: A 25-year-old woman last year had a 50/50 chance of reaching age 90. This year, she is projected to fall about six months short. (The average 25-year-old man is expected to live to 86 years and 11 months, down from 87 years and 8 months in last year's estimates.) Baby boomers, Generation X, and yes, millennials, are all doing worse.
Some 1,250 students from the Assumption College hold cards to form an image of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in his honour, in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct. 28, 2016.
Photo by Athit Perawongmetha
Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone -- fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals -- have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.
On current trends, that plunge in stocks of global wildlife could extend to two-thirds by 2020, an annual decline of two percent, conservation group WWF and the Zoological Society of London warned in their joint biennial Living Planet report.
There is no mystery as to why: our own ever-expanding species -- which has more than doubled in number since 1960 to 7.4 billion -- is simply eating, crowding and poisoning its planetary cohabitants out of existence.
Victims include gorillas and orangutans, rhinos and elephants, tigers and snow leopards but also faceless species such as corals, a crucial cornerstone not only of marine life but also coastal human communities.
The findings are based on long-term monitoring of some 3,700 vertebrate species spread across more than 14,000 distinct populations.
Scientists have conducted a meticulous genetic comparison of humankind's closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, and found that much as humans once interbred with Neanderthals long ago these two ape species also were kissing cousins.
Scientists said on Thursday their analysis of the genomes of 65 chimpanzees and 10 bonobos from 10 African countries indicated two episodes of interbreeding between the species, one about 500,000 years ago and another about 200,000 years ago.
The study determined that the two endangered forest-dwelling species, which behave differently despite their similar appearance, diverged from a common ancestor about 1.5 to 2 million years ago.
Scientists had thought interbreeding between chimpanzees and bonobos would have been unlikely because the Congo River, one of the world's largest, physically separates their geographical ranges.
The interbreeding had a lasting genetic impact on two of the four sub-species of chimpanzees, with about 1 percent of their genomes derived from bonobos.
The Thufa hill in Reykjavik, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Parliamentary elections will be held in Iceland on Oct. 29, 2016, more than 250,000 voters are called to elect the new parliament, 63 members of the Althing parliament.
Photo by Frank Augstein
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $5,623,528; $104.31.
2. Guns N' Roses; $5,421,632; $117.90.
3. Beyonce; $5,318,728; $104.75.
4. Coldplay; $4,221,503; $104.72.
5. Paul McCartney; $3,808,304; $137.34.
6. Kenny Chesney; $3,170,202; $79.89.
7. Drake; $2,322,973; $112.68.
8. Justin Bieber; $2,197,580; $89.73.
9. Dead & Company; $1,666,673; $72.21.
10. Sting / Peter Gabriel; $1,607,410; $117.02.
11. Phish; $1,362,315; $50.20.
12. Lionel Richie; $1,173,795; $88.54.
13. Zac Brown Band; $1,122,178; $51.99.
14. "Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour"; $1,005,191; $82.59.
15. Dixie Chicks; $991,624; $68.48.
16. Jason Aldean; $954,597; $47.50.
17. Dave Matthews Band; $878,833; $47.97.
18. Florida Georgia Line; $690,573; $43.78.
19. Carrie Underwood; $673,283; $70.73.
20. Journey / Doobie Brothers; $649,096; $58.09.
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