BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 11 November, 2014


11 November, 2014

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Robert Evans, Anonymous: 6 Horrifying Things I Learned as a Paramedic (Cracked)
The ambulance can be a dangerous place, even if you're not a patient. It's just not safe to barrel through traffic in a hollow metal box filled with needles and oxygen tanks. But the EMTs and paramedics who man (and woman) our ambulances gladly risk it all in the pursuit of their civic duty ... and some hilarious anecdotes about butt stuff.

Paul Krugman: Death by Typo (NY Times)
So let's be clear about what's happening here. Judges who support this cruel absurdity aren't stupid; they know what they're doing. What they are, instead, is corrupt, willing to pervert the law to serve political masters. And what we'll find out in the months ahead is how deep the corruption goes.

Barbara Ellen: Faint-hearted feminists? What's Salma Hayek's problem? (Guardian)
What is it about the word 'feminist' that makes women flinch?

Alyssa Kai: If punk is the ultimate anti-establishment scene, why is it still run by all these white men? (Guardian)
As a trans woman in punk, I try to find beauty in a faux-inclusive scene that's never perfect - and occasionally awful.

Steven Pinker: 'Twitter can hone your skills as a writer' (Guardian) The linguist and author on social media, publishing his genome and sex with a robot.

What Book Changed Your Mind? (Chronicle of Higher Education)
The Chronicle Review asked 12 scholars what nonfiction book published in the last 30 years has most changed their minds-not merely inspired or influenced their thinking, but profoundly altered the way they regard themselves, their work, the world.

Robert Evans, Dimitra Nikolaou: 7 Ways My Modern Country [Greece] Turned Into a Dystopia Overnight (Cracked)
Total economic collapse: we all know it happens, but we're much more used to dealing with the concept via Robocop. There are, however, real people out in the world who have watched the bottom fall out of their national economy. Greece started the 2000s with record wages and falling unemployment.

Clive Thompson: "A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online" (Wired)
People like it fine when I'm genial, but when I make a caustic joke or cutting comment? Social media gold. This is pure anecdata, of course. Still, it made me wonder if there was any psychological machinery at work here. Is there a reason that purse-lipped opinions would outcompete generous ones?

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Trivia Question of the Day

Born in St. Louis, MO, this performer was a muse for contemporary authors, painters, and designers, including Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, and Christian Dior. She was also a French Resistance fighter during World War II, receiving the Croix de guerre, made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, and is the only American-born woman to receive full French military honors at her funeral. Who is she?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the only all-female American rock band that both wrote their own songs, and played their own instruments, to top the Billboard album charts?

      The Go-Go's                                                      Source

The Go-Go's are an all-female American rock band formed in 1978. They made history as the first, and to date only, all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts.

The Go-Go's rose to fame during the early 1980s. Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is considered one of the "cornerstone albums of (US) new wave" (Allmusic), breaking barriers and paving the way for a host of other new American acts. When the album was released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 chart, ultimately reaching number one, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The LP sold in excess of three million copies and reached triple platinum status, making it one of the most successful debut albums ever. The Go-Go's have sold more than seven million albums.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   The Go-Gos

Charlie wrote:
   Another easy one -- It's the Go-Go's.
  I'm a big fan.

  Wonder if anyone will guess The Bangles though (another fine group).

Deborah said:
   I think the answer is the Go-Go's.
  Still sunny and too warm in NoCal, too.

Adam answered:
   I'll just take a stab at it and say The Go-Gos, though I dearly hope the actual answer is a band from well before the 80s.

Marian responded:
   The Go-Go's

(Big)Sammy, Pepperland replied:
   I think you asked for HEART?!

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norfallcali said:
   It's the Ace of Cups ( Does anybody else remember them?) Na, it's the Fuckin Go-gos. Way to LA poppie-schlockey for me. Belinda has nice teats, though!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, sent his schedule - wonder who got the trivia response?

DJ Useo answered:
   Sure'n it's the Go-Go's. My wife suggested the Bangles, but I'm certain it's the Go-Go's.
  I remember buying their first album, & loving it.
  Here's a track I mixed with them from back in July, when they were on tour.
  "Beautiful Eighties" ( Blur vs The Go- Gos vs Frankie Goes To Hollywood vs Killing Joke vs DJ Lex )

MAM   wrote:
   The Go-Go's ~ All-female American rock band formed in 1978.

The GO-GOs - We Got The Beat

Randall took the day off.

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Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Person Of Interest'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Steve Carell and OK Go.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Valerie Bertinelli and James Oswald.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Drew Barrymore, the Farrelly Brothers, and Johnny Marr.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are David Hyde Pierce, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Matt Jones.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Robin Lord Taylor, the So So Glos, and Steven Johnson.

ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Your Guess Is As Good As Mine Since They Canceled 'Selfie'', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by a FRESH 'Forever'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Christoph Waltz and Aubrey Plaza.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'Supernatural'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'The Mindy Project'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', still another 'Storage Wars', yet another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Dogs Of War'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Green Berets', followed by the movie 'Heartbreak Ridge'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 6 - The Lazarus Experiment
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 7 - 42
 [10:00AM]    Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 11
 [11:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 11 - Hero Worship
 [12:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 12 - Violations
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 5 - Ep 1 - The Runaway Girl
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Mojito's
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
 [4:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 23 - Skin of Evil
 [5:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 24 - We'll Always Have Paris
 [6:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 25 - Conspiracy
 [7:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 26 - The Neutral Zone
 [8:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 1 - The Child NEW
 [9:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Where Silence Has Lease NEW
 [10:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data NEW
 [11:00PM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
 [12:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 1 - The Child
 [1:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Where Silence Has Lease
 [2:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Elementary, Dear Data
 [3:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Outrageous Okona
 [4:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 25 - Conspiracy
 [5:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 1 - Ep 26 - The Neutral Zone    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', another 'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'The People's Couch', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', yet another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Brickleberry'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Ambassador Samantha Power.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Diane Von Furstenberg.

FX has the movie 'The Amazing Spider-Man', followed by a FRESH 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', then a FRESH 'Search For The Lost Giants'.

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 [7:00AM]    Dream School-Dean Winters & Finance Guru Alvin Hall
 [8:00AM]    The Writers' Room-The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics
 [8:30AM]    Network
 [11:15AM]    American Heart
 [1:45PM]    Sideways
 [4:30PM]    The Next Three Days
 [7:15PM]    Spy Game
 [10:00PM]    The Ghost Writer
 [12:45AM]    The Gauntlet
 [3:15AM]    The Next Three Days    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Thir13en Ghosts', followed by the movie 'Disaster LA'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are the cast of "Sons Of Anarchy" and First Aid Kit.

 [7:30 AM]      The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)    SILENT 
 [9:15 AM]      Things To Come (1936)
 [11:15 AM]      Made for Each Other (1939)
 [1:00 PM]      Conquest Of The Air (1936)
 [2:15 PM]      The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)
 [4:30 PM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [6:30 PM]      The Whip Hand (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      The Fighting Sullivans (1944)     [AKA: 'The Sullivans']
 [10:00 PM]      Pride of the Marines (1945)
 [12:15 AM]      Patton (1970)
 [3:15 AM]      The Wings of Eagles (1957)
 [5:15 AM]      The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  11/12/14

 [7:30 AM]      Stage Mother (1933)
 [9:00 AM]      Happiness Ahead (1934)
 [10:30 AM]      Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)
 [12:00 PM]      White Heat (1949)
 [2:00 PM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [3:30 PM]      Gypsy (1962)
 [6:00 PM]      Our Mother's House (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      In This Our Life (1942)
 [10:00 PM]      Tortilla Flat (1942)
 [12:00 AM]      H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
 [2:15 AM]      Vacation From Marriage (1945)
 [4:15 AM]      I See A Dark Stranger (1945)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH 'Benched'.

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Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, left, and environmentalist David Suzuki sit for a photograph during an interview with The Canadian Press before their final show on the Blue Dot Tour at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday Nov. 9, 2014.
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Obama Pushes To Reclassify ISPs As Utilities

Net Neutrality

Despite the drubbing he and his party took last week in the midterm elections, Barack Obama has decided to come out swinging on the issue of net neutrality. In a statement released on Monday, Obama reemphasized his commitment to preserving net neutrality and offered up his own plan that would reclassify Internet service providers as utilities under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The surprise statement was an implicit rebuke of current Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler (D-Comcast), who this year proposed allowing ISPs to create Internet "fast lanes" that would let them charge content providers more money to ensure their traffic got delivered more quickly than traffic on the "standard" Internet.

"The time has come for the FCC to recognize that broadband service is of the same importance and must carry the same obligations as so many of the other vital services do," Obama said. "To do that, I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act - while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to broadband services. This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses, and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone - not just one or two companies."

Of course, Obama has no direct say in what the FCC ultimately decides to do, as he can really only add public pressure on the commission to change its stance. Nonetheless, this is the kind of high-profile embrace of net neutrality that many advocates have been waiting for and it comes as particularly surprising because it was Obama's call to appoint a longtime cable company lobbyist to run the FCC in the first place.

Net Neutrality


Presenters, actor Jon Hamm (L) and Laurene Powell Jobs, walk on stage during the 2nd annual Breakthrough Prize Awards at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California November 9, 2014.
Photo by Stephen Lam


Levels Not Seen Since Great Depression

Economic Inequality

It's 2014, but when it comes to wealth inequality in the United States, it's starting to look a lot like 1929.

In the late 1920s, the top 10 percent of Americans possessed 84 percent of the country's wealth. Since then, wealth inequality in America has followed a U-shaped trajectory, declining through the Great Depression until the mid-1980s, then steadily increasing since then. Now, the richest Americans have a share of the country's wealth almost big enough to rival those in the late 1920s, according to a new study.

The study, from Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley and Gabriel Zucman of the London School of Economics, uses a greater variety of sources to paint its picture of wealth inequality in the US than other recent analyses.

According to an analysis of data sourced through 2012 - including detailed data on personal income taxes and property tax - Professors Saez and Zucman found that the richest 0.1 percent of Americans have as much of the country's wealth as the poorest 90 percent. Both groups control roughly 22 percent of total wealth, but while the average wealth of the bottom 90 percent is $84,000, the top 0.1 percent were comprised of 160,700 families with net assets above $20 million, according to their study.

An even closer look at their data has shown that while the growth of the American middle class has been restricted by modest income growth and soaring debt -thanks in large part to the 2008 mortgage crisis - the super-rich have been making significant gains in income and wealth.

Economic Inequality


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Firing Up Charity Hit 30 Years On

Bob Geldof

Musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof, who in 1984 inspired a generation of rock stars to record a charity single for Africa, will raise money to combat Ebola with a new version of the song.

Geldof, frontman for Irish new wave band The Boomtown Rats, pulled together the Band Aid supergroup for "Do They Know It's Christmas?" three decades ago to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia.

Geldof confirmed at a conference in London that the song would be re-recorded. The new line-up is expected to include boy band One Direction and singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, British media reports said.

The original song, which raised 8 million pounds ($11 million), featured some of the era's biggest acts including U2's Bono, George Michael and David Bowie. It has been re-recorded twice in 1989 and 2004.

Bob Geldof


Actress Lupita Nyong'o (L) and Chelsea Clinton smile as they arrive for Glamour Magazine's annual Women of the Year award ceremony in New York November 10, 2014.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


Two Paintings Fetch Over $76 Million

Mark Rothko

A pair of paintings by iconic abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko sold Monday for a whopping $76.5 million, the auction house Sotheby's said.

Rothko's "Untitled," a blue and purple oil painting from 1970 sold for $39.9 million. It was estimated to earn up to $20 million.

"Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange)," an oil painting created in 1955, fetched $36.6 million and was expected to sell for as much as $30 million.

The paintings came from the private collection of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, heir to the Listerine mouthwash fortune, who died in March.

Mark Rothko


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Worsening Watery Dead Zones

Global Warming

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it's only going to get worse, according to a new study.

Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes oxygen and leaves the water depleted of oxygen, harming marine life.

Scientists have long known that warmer water increases this problem, but a new study Monday in the journal Global Change Biology by Smithsonian Institution researchers found about two dozen different ways - biologically, chemically and physically - that climate change worsens the oxygen depletion.

The researchers looked at 476 dead zones worldwide- 264 in the United States. They found that standard computer climate models predict that, on average, the surface temperature around those dead zones will increase by about 4 degrees Fahrenheit (slightly more than 2 degrees Celsius) from the 1980s and 1990s to the end of this century.

The largest predicted warming is nearly 7 degrees (almost 4 degrees Celsius) where the St. Lawrence River dumps into the ocean in Canada. The most prominent U.S. dead zones, the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay, are projected to warm 4 degrees (2.3 degrees Celsius) and nearly 5 degrees (2.7 degrees Celsius) respectively.

Global Warming


Actress Mindy Kaling accepts a Glamour Woman of the Year award from presenter Stephen Colbert during Glamour Magazine's annual awards ceremony in New York November 10, 2014.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


Gov't Defends Repairman Ruse


An elaborate FBI ruse to shut off the Internet in three luxury Las Vegas suites and then send undercover agents into the rooms to fix the problem was a legitimate law enforcement practice, an assistant U.S. attorney wrote in a court filing defending the practice.

The filing was in response to a defense motion to throw out evidence in an illegal gambling case against eight Asian gamblers, who contended the ruse circumvented their right to keep law enforcement officers out of their suites. The response from U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden and two other government lawyers was filed Monday in federal court in Las Vegas.

Defense lawyers said in their motion that Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Frayn, the prosecutor in the case, advised the FBI not to go through with the ruse because it would be "a consent issue." The defense said that conversation was recorded by a Caesars Palace security employee.

In its filing, the government did not address the defense contention that she advised against it.



John Goodman, a cast member in "The Gambler," poses at the premiere of the film at AFI Fest 2014 on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Thief With Good Intentions

Salah Salahadyn

The man who masterminded the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin admitted Monday that he used a stun gun to attack a musician carrying the 300-year-old instrument, saying he intended to sell it to help people he believed were wrongly evicted from an apartment building he managed.

A judge rejected that argument from Salah Salahadyn, calling it a "Robin Hood" mentality, and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Salahadyn, 42, stole the violin in January as Frank Almond, a concertmaster at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, walked to his vehicle carrying the instrument following a performance. Court documents say Salahadyn told an acquaintance that stealing a Stradivarius violin was his dream crime because of the instrument's value and the ease of grabbing it from a musician.

"I knew it was wrong," Salahadyn told the judge. "But I felt that the ends would be justified, but they weren't."

Salah Salahadyn


Actress Laverne Cox (R) speaks with actress Jodie Foster after winning a Glamour Woman of the Year award during Glamour Magazine's annual awards ceremony in New York November 10, 2014.
Photo by Lucas Jackson


Ebola Quarantine

Lara Logan

Media trollop Lara Logan of CBS News is being quarantined in a South Africa hotel for three weeks as a precaution after visiting an American-run hospital treating Ebola patients in Liberia for a "60 Minutes" report that aired Sunday.

CBS said Monday that Logan's 21-day self-quarantine will end this Friday. Neither Logan nor the four other CBS employees in South Africa have shown any sign that they are infected with the virus.

Logan, speaking in a "60 Minutes Overtime" web interview from the room where the CBS crew put its report together, admitted to some cabin fever as she waits out her stay. She said the South African government had given the crew permission to work at the hotel.

The "60 Minutes" report detailed her precautions while in Liberia, including being hosed down with a chlorine solution, having her temperature taken frequently and making sure not to touch people. A CBS security worker traveled with the crew with the responsibility of watching everyone's interactions to minimize any chance they could be infected.

Lara Logan


Actor/director Danny DeVito poses before a legacy screening of the 1988 Italian film "Cinema Paradiso" at AFI Fest 2014 on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Mormon's Anti-Harry Reid Blog

"Good Riddance"

A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles apologized Sunday for the tone of a blog saying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was unworthy to enter the faith's temples, but stood by his criticism of Reid's stands on some issues.

Mark Paredes' blog, titled "Good Riddance to Harry Reid, the Mormon Senate Leader," drew criticism from the church and Mormon Democrats after it was published Wednesday in a Jewish newspaper.

He called Reid an "embarrassment" to the church and expressed his belief that Democrats' support of same-sex marriage, abortion rights and gambling runs contrary to positions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The church, in a statement, said it was "entirely inappropriate" for church officers to use their titles while publishing such political views.

Reid will lose his position as Senate majority leader in January after Republicans took control of the Senate in Tuesday's election. No other Mormon has held a higher elective national office.

"Good Riddance"


Presenters, actress Cameron Diaz (L) and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, speak on stage during the 2nd annual Breakthrough Prize Awards at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California November 9, 2014.
Photo by Stephen Lam


Ending Russian Broadcast


Turner says it's alerted CNN's cable and satellite distributors in Russia that it will cease broadcasting in that country at the end of this year.

"Turner International is assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation, a Turner rep said in a statement. "We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that. We hope to re-enter the market in due course, and will notify our partners of any update about resuming these services," the rep continued, adding, "The CNN Moscow bureau operation remains unaffected."

In July, president Vladimir Putin signed a new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2015, banning advertising on all subscription channels. Russia's Roskomnadzor told Tass news agency, "CNN shareholders should be asked about the reasons behind the stop of broadcast."

CNN, begun in 1980 by Ted Turner, launched CNN International in 1985 and began broadcasting in Russia in the early '90s. Since then, CNN broadcasts have been distributed there largely over cable and satellite networks.



Participants dressed in Heroic Fantasy costumes pose for a picture as they wait backstage during the first edition of the HeroFestival in Marseille, November 9, 2014. The festival is dedicated to American superhero comics, Japanese mangas, Heroic Fantasy characters and video games universes.
Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier


Bronze Bell Revealed

HMS Erebus

Divers recovered a bronze bell from the wreck of the HMS Erebus, a British ship that was missing for nearly 170 years after an ill-fated expedition to the Canadian Arctic.

In 1845, British Royal Navy officer and explorer John Franklin led more than 100 men on a quest to find a Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But they never completed their mission; in 1846, their ships - the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror - became trapped in ice near King William Island in northern Canada.

The weeks and months that followed were grim. Many of the crewmembers died of some combination of exposure, starvation, scurvy and lead poisoning. Some may have resorted to cannibalism. Search parties looking for the missing crew turned up empty, though a few graves were later found. The fate of the ships, meanwhile, remained a mystery until this past September.

Underwater archaeologists dove to the shipwreck seven times over two days during the so-called 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition. They took photos and measurements of the wreck, and during the last dive, they recovered the bell. After reviewing the data they collected during that intensive investigation, Parks Canada officials felt confident in saying they had found the HMS Erebus.

The bell is clearly marked with the Royal Navy's broad arrow symbol, and the date 1845 is also embossed on its surface.

HMS Erebus



A passion butterfly (looks like a Gulf Fritillary to me) feeds on a Duranta flower Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Houston.
Photo by Pat Sullivan



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