Marc Dion: Eske Ou Pale Kreyol (Creators Syndicate)
When I was a kid, my family was filled with French-Canadian immigrants who spoke only French or a mix of French and English. All those people have died. French, which I don't read well, got pushed to the back of my brain. In the '90s, there was a brief vogue for Cajun music and I often translated lyrics for my friends, as kind of a trick. Other than swearing, prayer and talking to one or two people over 70, I don't use my French much anymore. Or I didn't.
Felix Clay: "5 Stupid Movie Genres (and Why They're so Popular)" (Cracked)
Is your favorite movie Mac and Me? Probably. From now on when I watch it (every Wednesday at 4), I'll imagine you're here with me. We'll sit close but not too close on the couch, drinking Coke and eating McDonald's, as is demanded by the Mac and Me producers, and when it gets to the infamous, pulse-pounding wheelchair scene, we'll hold each other ever so supportively until it's all over. Mmm. That sounds good.
Gary Indiana: "Pickpocket: Robert Bresson: Hidden in Plain Sight" (Criterion)
I have an unusually easy way of remembering when I first became fascinated by Robert Bresson's films. Pickpocket (1959) was the first one I saw, at the old Orson Welles theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in my late teens; it was also the first movie I saw on LSD. (Even on acid, I was never one to enjoy Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.)
Kim Newman: "Scanners: Mind and Matter" (Criterion)
In 1981, David Cronenberg's Scanners was known as "the one with the exploding head." As originally intended, the film would have opened with this scene, but it so shocked preview audiences that they found it hard afterward to pay attention to the (admittedly complex) plot.
Carnauba, also called Brazil wax and palm wax, is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera (Synonym: Copernicia cerifera), a plant native to and grown only in the northeastern Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará, and Rio Grande do Norte. It is known as "queen of waxes" and in its pure state, usually comes in the form of hard yellow-brown flakes. It is obtained from the leaves of the carnauba palm by collecting and drying them, beating them to loosen the wax, then refining and bleaching the wax.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
The source of marhmallow peeps' eyes
Brazil ~ Carnauba wax can produce a glossy finish and as such is used in automobile waxes, shoe polishes, dental floss, food products such as sweets, instrument polishes, and floor and furniture waxes and
Lois Of Oregon, Land of the Rich & Glabrous, replied:
Carnauba wax is the most prized product of Brazil, extracted
from the "Palm" tree (ha ha) and without which the
"Brazilian Wax" would not be possible, condemning many
otherwise attractive people to a life of solitude, despair
and hair balls (ha ha). You can also polish your corvette
with it. Pictured here is a desperate Brazilian harvesting
some Palm Fronds before a big date.
Dement able Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
Carnauba or palm wax is produced by the leaves of Copernicia prunifera palms located in Northeastern Brazil. Did you know that Brazilian women were voted the easiest women in the world, according to Daletopia. Yes, they do wax and lube with carnauba. It's a Portuguese thing! I think I'm going to get my bunghole bleached for the new year!
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Sunny, and not quite so cold, but still on the brisk side (for these parts).
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'Madam Secretary', then a FRESH'The Good Wife', followed by a FRESH'CSI: The Original One'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Apprentice'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Galavant', then a FRESH'Resurrection', followed by a FRESH'Revenge'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
AMC offers the movie 'Under Siege', followed by the movie 'Gladiator'.
[6:00AM] Top Gear - Season 2 - Episode 5
[7:00AM] Top Gear - Season 2 - Episode 6
[8:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 3
[9:00AM] Nature's Weirdest - Season 1 - Episode 4
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 1 - Ep 2 - Glass House
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Giuseppi's
[12:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 8 - Lido Di Manhattan Beach
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Mama Maria's
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 6
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 13 - Episode 7
[4:00PM] Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World
[5:30PM] The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
[8:00PM] Black Hawk Down
[11:00PM] Black Hawk Down
[2:00AM] The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
[4:30AM] Top Gear: The Worst Car in the History of the World (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Thicker Than Water', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Superbad', followed by the movie 'Step Brothers'.
FX has the movie 'The Watch', followed by the movie '21 Jump Street', then the movie '21 Jump Street', again.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Alaska Off-Road Warriors'.
[6:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-CATCHING UP ON SHOWS
[6:30AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-ROCK AND ROLL
[7:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-COOL MACHINE
[7:30AM] NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS
[9:45AM] BATMAN-MARSHA, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
[10:18AM] BATMAN-MARSHA'S SCHEME WITH DIAMONDS
[10:51AM] BATMAN-COME BACK, SHAME
[11:24AM] BATMAN-IT'S THE WAY YOU PLAY THE GAME
[11:57AM] BATMAN-THE PENGUIN'S NEST
[12:30PM] SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
[3:00PM] CLERKS II
[5:15PM] NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
[8:00PM] NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
[10:45PM] BURN AFTER READING
[1:00AM] BURN AFTER READING
[3:15AM] SLEEPWALK WITH ME
[5:00AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-HELPFUL TIPS
[5:30AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SKEWERED! (ALL TIMES EST)
[10:15AM] Five Fingers
[12:00PM] The Fly
[2:00PM] Nowhere Boy
[4:00PM] Repo Man
[6:00PM] The Lost Boys
[8:00PM] The Lost Boys
[10:00PM] Brokeback Mountain
[1:00AM] Brokeback Mountain
[4:00AM] Repo Man (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever', followed by the movie 'Captivity'.
Buddhist monks perform a traditional masked dance during the annual Tsechu festival in Sandrup Jhankar district of Bhutan, 03 January 2014. Tsechus are held annually and are a chance for villagers to strengthen their bonds as they come together to participate in traditional activities dating back centuries.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has ruled on the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The DOT has decided that musical instruments, such as violins and guitars, are considered a carry-on item the same as other luggage.
These instruments can be stored in overhead storage and under seats as long as they meet requirements for commercial passenger flights.
"At DOT, we know how important instruments are to musicians and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that they are not damaged while being transported on airlines," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in an official statement posted on the DOT website. "This final rule implements the statute, and it will go a long way towards keeping instruments safe when they fly - from allowing them in the cabin if there's space for safe stowage, to letting passengers buy a seat for certain large instruments."
More information and guidelines can be found on their website.
Brace yourselves, 'Downton Abbey' fans: the British estate that has become famous around the world as the setting for the popular period drama will be opening up one of their lodges for overnight stays on Valentine's Day.
While guests wouldn't be staying in Highclere Castle itself -- the show's signature setting -- couples looking to escape to the English countryside and get a little closer to their favorite TV series can book a stay at London Lodge, an 18th century cottage that has been restored to feature a sitting room, Chesney's wood burner, double bedroom and modern conveniences.
Bright airy rooms are decorated in a subtle English country-style decor, with floral armchairs, cushions and exposed wood beams.
London Lodge served as the original entrance to Highclere, with its grand, imposing stone archway and heavy iron gates.
The living area is housed separately from the bedroom lodge, accessible by a paved, lit walkway and, featuring a double bedroom, bathroom and dressing area.
A letter sent by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964 declining the Nobel Prize for Literature came too late to avert one of the biggest debacles in its history, Swedish media reported Saturday.
Sartre's letter arrived nearly a month after he had been picked as the top choice by the Nobel Committee, the daily Svenska Dagbladet reported, based on archival material made available at the end of a customary 50-year period of secrecy.
The report throws light on the sequence of events leading to Sartre's decision to become the only person to willingly turn down the world's most prestigious literary prize.
Sartre later explained that he had "always declined official honours", including the French Legion of Honour in 1945, as it would limit his independence and institutionalise him.
It had been widely speculated that Sartre's letter asking not to be considered for the award had been too late, but only now is this backed up with actual historical evidence.
Hindu devotees throw colored powder on an elephant heading towards the Khandoba temple during a rally to mark the Khandoba Yatra festival at Pal village in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. The festival celebrates the marriage of Khandoba, worshipped as a form of Hindu God Shiva, with goddess Mhalsa.
The town featured in the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" will soon have a major four-lane highway going through its scenic historic district.
The Eufaula City Council decided Friday to drop its legal battle against the nearly $1.3 million project by the Alabama Department of Transportation. The decision clears the way for work to begin immediately.
An opponent of the highway widening project said it will destroy the character of the historic district that brings thousands of tourists to Eufaula. Doug Purcell, spokesman of the Save North Eufaula Avenue Coalition, said people don't want to spend the money to maintain a Southern mansion and have a four-lane highway adjoining their front yard. He predicted the street will become commercial within 10 years.
The Department of Transportation says the stretch through the historic district is the busiest two-lane highway in Alabama, and traffic backs up a mile or more on some spring and summer weekends. The Department of Transportation proposed last year to widen the stretch to four lanes by shaving three feet off each side of the medians that divide the two lanes.
Town officials and historic preservation groups fought the project with a federal court suit, but they lost Tuesday when a judge ruled the federal courts appear to have no role because no federal money is involved in the project.
Opponents of a plan by the artist Christo to hang nearly 6 miles of silvery fabric in sections over the Arkansas River say the project is still a danger to fish and visitors and they are considering an appeal after a federal judge refused to intervene.
Members of Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as ROAR, filed the lawsuit, contending the project threatens bighorn sheep, public safety, traffic on U.S. 50 and businesses that depend on the scenic river to draw anglers, rafters and tourists.
A federal judge ruled Friday that there is no evidence federal officials failed to comply with environmental laws, as opponents said in their lawsuit.
Christo said the project could go ahead as soon as August 2018 if he wins the state court lawsuit.
Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, began scouting for a location for the temporary installation in the 1990s. After visiting 89 rivers in seven states, they chose the Arkansas River between Salida and Canon City.
A model representing a Florida East Coast freight train rolls by a locomotive log train as they roll near a model village. The Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Fla., hosted a holiday train display featuring model O-Gauge trains some dating back to the 1930's and on to the post-war 1950's and 60's, presented by Toy Train Collectors of Jacksonville. On Saturday Jan. 3, 2015, collector volunteer operators were on hand to discuss trains, engineering and model building presented in the lobby of MOSH.
Photo by Bob Mack
When it comes to parties, ringing in the new year has nothing on the swearing-in soirees for governors across the country.
In Texas, organizers are hoping to raise $4 million to celebrate the incoming governor and are planning a concert headlined by Lady Antebellum, a parade through the state capital and a barbecue with four tons of brisket. Supporters of re-elected Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are scheduling a series of events that include a "black tie optional" gala funded in part through sponsorship packages costing up to $30,000 each.
Inaugural activities celebrating the newly elected Democratic governor in Pennsylvania will cost donors up to $50,000 apiece and include an evening "Let's Get Started" bash, with "celebratory attire" recommended.
Eleven new governors are taking office this month, and nearly two dozen others are renewing their oaths for second, third or - in the case of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad - sixth terms. Many will celebrate with chart-topping bands and blowout balls, with much of the bill footed by the same supporters who bankrolled their victorious campaigns.
In many states, corporate money that was banned before Election Day is allowed to cover the tab for inaugural parties.
A leading publisher has pulled an atlas tailored for students in the Middle East that omits any references to Israel.
Facing international criticism, HarperCollins UK issued a statement this week apologizing for the book, published by the subsidiary Collins Bartholomew. The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement Friday that it "welcomed HarperCollins' swift apology."
The Tablet, a London-based Catholic weekly, had reported that Collins Bartholomew was citing "local preferences" for leaving out Israel from the "Collins Primary Geography Atlas For The Middle East." The book, which came out in June, was designed for English-speaking schools in the region.
Priests offering New Year's prophecies from Cuba's Afro-Cuban religion urged old Cold War foes Havana and Washington to continue rebuilding relations, and forecast that detente would bring economic benefits in 2015.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced last month they would move to renew diplomatic ties, potentially paving a way to end decades of hostility.
Many on the Caribbean island eagerly await the annual forecast from the Santeria religion, which is practiced by 3 million Cubans and uses animal sacrifices to contact Yoruba deities originally worshiped by slaves brought over from Africa.
This year the priests, known as babalawos, predicted more conflicts between nations worldwide, the deaths of religious and political leaders, ecological strife and storm surges, as well as fatalities from inter-generational struggles.
A pileated woodpecker was sighted during a Bird Count 4 Kids day Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Camp Chowenwaw in Green Cove Springs, Fla. The event was an introduction for children in bird identification and using binoculars to find birds.
Photo by Will Dickey
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