Ian Sansom: Banana Mischief (Literary Review)
Unexpectedly, yet perhaps inevitably, Evelyn Waugh is becoming more likeable as the years go by. Fifty years dead now, the vile, rude, snobbish, cigar-chomping, ear trumpet-brandishing, banana-gobbling bigot is slowly becoming, in distant memory and from a comfortable distance, a bit of an old sweetheart. The more one reads about him, the more one likes him.
"The Purple People Eater" is a novelty song written and performed by Sheb Wooley, which reached no. 1 in the Billboard pop charts in 1958 from June 9 to July 14, and reached no. 12 overall.
"The Purple People Eater" tells how a strange creature (described as a "one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater") descends to Earth because it wants to be in a rock 'n' roll band. The premise of the song came from a joke told by the child of a friend of Wooley's; Wooley finished composing it within an hour.
The creature is not necessarily purple, but rather it eats purple people.
mj was first and correct with:
Same as the number of horns
He was a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater.
Alan J wrote:
That would be a ONE-EYED, one-horned flying purple people eater. Sure
looks strange to me.
Flying Purple People Eater
One eye; no, three eyes. It's one eye.
One. Just one.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Well, I saw the thing
A comin' out of the sky
It had a one long horn
And a one big eye
I commenced to shakin'
And I said "oohwee
It looks like a Purple
People Eater to me"
John I from Hawai`i says,
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
It has just the one.
Billy in Cypress answered:
by Sheb Wooley"It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater..."
Dale of Pleasant Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
It was a one eyed, one horned, Flying Purple People Eater
DJ Useo said:
It had one big horn, & one big eye, & it will chew you up!
One ~ "one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater", 1958. I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line . . . "He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine
But that's not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band!"
Joe S answered:
One eyed, one horned, Flyin' Purple Eater, etc.
Lois Of Oregon took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
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Think these are the fireworks the guy across the street has been using...
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'Live In Pieces', then a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN'Code Black'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 5/20/16) are Seth Rogen, Krysten Ritter, and Wolf Parade.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 4/6/16) are Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Schaal, and Kacey Musgraves.
NBC begins the night with a RERUN'Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge', followed by a FRESH'Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge', then a FRESH'Aquarius'.
On a RERUNJimmy Fallon (from 6/16/16) are Dwayne Johnson, Jim Gaffigan, Phantogram, and Howard Jones.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 6/14/16) are Maya Rudolph, Michiel Huisman, and Brandy Clark.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/7/16) are Anthony Anderson, Dream Junkies, and Steve Kornacki.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'BattleBots', followed by a FRESH'Greatest Hits', then a RERUN'Match Game'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 6/13/16) are Kevin Hart, Constance Zimmer, and Fitz & the Tantrums.
The CW offers a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by a FRESH'Beauty & The Beast'.
Faux has a RERUN'Bones', followed by a FRESH'Home Free'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', and another 'The First 48'.
AMC offers the movie 'Hitch', followed by the movie 'Alice In Wonderland', then the movie 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
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[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Mike & Nellie's
[10:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES UK - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Quelcuttis
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-The Defector
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 11-The Hunted
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 12-The High Ground
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 25-In Theory
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 26-Redemption (Part 1)
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[5:00PM] LADYHAWKE (1985)
[7:30PM] KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (2003)
[10:00PM] THIRTEEN - SEASON 1 - Episode 3
[11:15PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 19 - Episode 15
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[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Darmok
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Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH'Million Dollar Listing NY', and 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
FX has the movie 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit', followed by the movie 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues', then a FRESH'sex&drugs&rock&roll', and another 'sex&drugs&rock&roll'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Alone: A Deeper Cut', then a FRESH'Alone', followed by a FRESH'Mountain Men'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg
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[3:45PM] SHAUN OF THE DEAD
[6:00PM] SCARY MOVIE
[8:00PM] AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY
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[8:30AM] Right at Your Door
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Point of View
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[6:00PM] Law & Order-Expert
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Grief
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Gunshow
[9:00PM] Law & Order-DNR
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Patsy
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
[12:00AM] Law & Order-White Lie
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Brother's Keeper
[2:00AM] Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter-Drama Actors
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-New Girl (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Legion', followed by the movie 'Clash Of The Titans'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Luke Wilson, Flula Borg, and Aparna Nancherla.
David Gilmour, right, shakes hands with Pompeii's Mayor Nando Uliano as he is awarded with the honorary citizenship at the Pompeii's town hall building, near Naples, Italy, Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
Photo by Cesare Abbate
Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson (R-Sock Puppet) sued network chief executive Roger Ailes (R-Republican Operative) on Wednesday, claiming she was fired after she refused his sexual advances and complained about harassment in the workplace.
Carlson, the former host of a daytime show at Fox who had worked at the network for 11 years, was abruptly fired on June 23. Nine months earlier, during a meeting with Ailes she called to address her feelings that she had been discriminated against, she alleged he told her that "you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago."
Carlson is publicly taking on one of the most powerful men in the media business. Ailes built Fox News Channel from scratch in the 1990s, turning it into the top-rated television news network with a profound influence on politics. Fox is highly profitable for its parent company News Corp (AKA: Rupert).
Carlson said she was fired as a host of the morning show "Fox & Friends" in 2013, and her pay reduced with the transfer to a daytime slot, because she had complained about sexual harassment.
She said that one of her "Fox & Friends" co-hosts, Steve Doocy, "had created a hostile work environment by regularly treating her in a sexist and condescending way." She said that when Ailes heard of her complaints, he called her a "man hater" who needed to learn to "get along with the boys."
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama cuts a cake to celebrate his birthday at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, in the southern state of Karnataka, India, July 6, 2016.
Photo by Abhishek N. Chinnappa
Mila Kunis is baffled by Donald Trump's outlook on refugees coming to America.
The 32-year-old actress, best known for her work in Ted, That '70s Show and as the voice of Meg on Family Guy, recently told Glamour magazine her family came to the U.S. on a religious-refugee visa "and I'm not going to blow this country up."
Kunis said she pays taxes and is not taking anything away by being a part of the country. Kunis' family is from Ukraine.
"So the fact that people look at what's happening and are like, 'Pfft, they're going to blow shit up'? It saddens me how much fear we've instilled in ourselves," she told Glamour of the suggestion by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to block Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. over terrorist concerns.
As far as Trump's proposed wall along the Mexico border, Kunis told the magazine, "There's no point. It's a really great sound bite."
The wait for season seven of Game of Thrones could be longer than expected.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that production on the HBO fantasy drama is going to start later than expected. The duo, who made the remarks during a UFC podcast, said production is waiting for gloomy weather to return in a bid to capture the gloomy weather that comes with the "Winter is here" moment revealed in the season six finale.
Game of Thrones typically arrives in March or April. The series was renewed for a seventh season with an episode count still yet to be determined. The showrunners previously told THR that they are "writing the final act" for the adaptation of the George R.R. Martin series and are "looking at somewhere between 70 and 75 hours before the credits roll for the last time."
Also unclear are just how many episodes seasons seven and the likely eighth and final run will consist of.Thrones has already aired 60 episodes, meaning the remaining two seasons could be short-orders to match the 75 hours producers have envisioned.
French shoe designer Christian Louboutin poses during a photocall for the Love Ball to benefit the Naked Heart Foundation at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, during the Haute Couture fashion week in Paris, Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
Photo by Kamil Zihnioglu
Former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt at Fort Leavenworth, according to a report.
The transgender prisoner, who is serving 35 years for violating the Espionage Act, was treated at a medical center near the base's disciplinary barracks, CNN said Wednesday, citing a source.
In a statement provided to InsideEdition.com, Manning attorney Nancy Hollander expressed outrage that "no one at the Army has given a shred of information to her legal team."
The lawyer said she had a scheduled 2 p.m. call with Manning on Tuesday, but her client never came to the phone. The prison's explanation, "which I now believe to be an outright lie, (was) that the call could not be connected although my team was waiting by the phone," Hollander said.
The brother of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has asked Netflix to review the second season of the hit series "Narcos" before its release.
Roberto Escobar said in a statement released on Tuesday by Escobar Inc. that he had sent Netflix a "friendly request" to review the material "solely on an informational basis."
"It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother," the statement said. "I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me."
The Colombian farmer's son who became the world's seventh-richest man with his ruthless dominance of the global cocaine trade was hunted for years before police killed him in his hometown of Medellin in 1993.
His brother Roberto was the cartel's chief accountant and served a lengthy spell in prison. He wrote about the group's exploits in a book entitled "The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel."
Protesters wearing a former British Prime Minister Tony Blair mask, left, and former U.S. President George W. Bush mask pose for the media outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, shortly before the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Thirteen years after British troops marched into Iraq and seven years after they left a country that's still mired in violence, a mammoth official report is about to address the lingering question: What went wrong? On Wednesday, retired civil servant John Chilcot will publish his long-delayed, 2.6 million-word report on the divisive war and its chaotic aftermath.
Photo by Matt Dunham
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live "as brother and sister."
Archbishop Charles Chaput, who is known for strongly emphasizing strict adherence to some Catholic doctrine, issued a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other leaders in the archdiocese that went into effect July 1. The guidelines reflect a stance taken by St. John Paul II.
Church teaching says that unless divorced and remarried Catholics receivedbuy an annulment - a church decree that their first marriage was invalid - they are committing adultery and cannot receive the sacrament of Communion.
Chaput says the new instructions stem from Francis' sweeping document on family life released in April. That document - called "The Joy of Love" - opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.
Charley Roggerson films with his cellphone people outside the Triple S convenience store during a rally after Alton Sterling, a black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The U.S. Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Wednesday into the video-recorded police killing of Sterling, who authorities say had a gun as he wrestled with two white officers on the pavement outside a convenience store.
Photo by Gerald Herber
New Mexico saw record-breaking tourism for the fourth year in a row and created more than 2,500 related tourism jobs last year, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.
The governor and state tourism officials said 700,000 more trips were taken in New Mexico last year, bringing the total number of visitors to 33.4 million.
Those numbers, based on survey data from research firm Longwoods International, point to a steady increase of travel to New Mexico since Martinez took office in 2011.
State Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham said New Mexico has spent around $28 million on the New Mexico True campaign since its inception in 2012. The state spent $9.1 million last fiscal year after receiving an increase from state lawmakers, Latham said.
Europe's largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, is back in action. According to two newly published studies, its latest round of experiments yielded three new "exotic" particles and confirmed the existence of a fourth.
The newly identified particles are considered "exotic" because they contain four quarks, the building blocks of all matter. Particle physicists used to believe all particles were composed of mesons, a quark-antiquark pair, or baryons, three quarks -- but no more than three quarks. A litany of discoveries have shown otherwise.
The exotic particles are named for their reconstructed mass in megaelectronvolts -- a single electronvolt is approximately 160 zeptojoules, a tiny fraction of a joule. The particle X(4140), for example, has a mass of 4,140 megaelectronvolts. Scientists had previously observed X(4140); the latest findings confirm its existence.
Three heavier exotic particles spotted by CERN physicists -- X(4274), X(4500) and X(4700) -- had never been seen before.
Secret World of Primeval Rivers Lies Beneath Glacier
A network of ancient rivers lies frozen in time beneath one of Greenland's largest glaciers, new research reveals.
The subglacial river network, which threads through much of Greenland's landmass and looks, from above, like the tiny nerve fibers radiating from a brain cell, may have influenced the fast-moving Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier over the past few million years.
The Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier in Greenland is the world's fastest glacier; it races toward the sea at the breakneck pace of 11 miles (17 kilometers) per year. The speedy glacier is dumping huge amounts of ice into the sea and is Greenland's main contributor to sea level rise, raising levels about 1 millimeter (0.04 inches) between 2000 and 2010, researchers previously told Live Science.
Climate scientists have zeroed in on this fast-moving glacier in recent years because it may be a harbinger of climate change to come. It is melting quickly: The glacier has lost more than 9,000 gigatons of ice since 1900, according to a 2015 study in the journal Nature.
Two newly discovered mountain lion kittens, one of two separate litters found in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains near Los Angeles, California, U.S., are shown in their den in this handout photo released to Reuters July 6, 2016.
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