BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 7 January, 2015


7 January, 2015

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M Is FOR MASHUP - January 7th, 2015

Fab 4 Mashups 20 track album

From DJ Useo

Well, I've been mixing with the Beatles since I discovered mashups back in 2003. I love me some John, Paul, George, & Ringo. Pioneer bootlegger, & Beatles enthusiast MP3J was a huge influence on me, & there's actually a track done with him on this collection. Thanks, m8! I realized recently that I'm way behind on posting at the Beatles Remixers Group Forum ( ), ( Many great posts from assorted talents! ) so I put together this collection of tracks I'd neglected to post at BRG, with a few new unreleased exclusives added.

Thanks to DJ Petrushka, AtoZ, & Chocomang for helpful advice.

You can also find my previous 2 Beatles mashup collections newly hosted hereabouts

"Mast Pasters volume 1"

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"Mast Pasters volume 2"

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I hope you find the contrasts, & variety of this new "FAB 4 MASHUPS" release appealing.

Here's the full playlist with streaming, & download links for each cut.


01-Dont Let Me Down Astronomy
     ( Beatles vs Blue Oyster Cult )
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02-I'm Looking Just Like Heaven
     ( Beatles vs The Cure )( w_out Satan )
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03-Run For Your Moonage Daydream
     ( David Bowie vs Beatles vs Jimi Hendrix )
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04-Fixing Jerry
     ( Beatles vs Primus )
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05-Acrid Tyre Secret
     ( Beatles vs Cufflinks )
     MP3J vs DJ Useo
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06-Misery Molecular Formula
     ( Beatles vs Spiros Kaloumenos )
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07-Midlife Taxman Crisis
     ( Beatles vs Faith No More )
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08-Michelle People
     ( Love and Rockets vs Beatles )
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09-I Want To Hold Your Killer Queen
     ( Beatles vs Queen )
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10-Summer and Lightning Come Together
     ( Beatles vs Electric Light Orchestra )
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11-Lucy In The Sky With Cars
     ( Beatles vs Red Hot Chilli Pipers )
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12-Oh Darling Cherub Rock
     ( Smashing Pumpkins vs Beatles )
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13-Fixing The Pain
     ( Dinosaur Jr vs Beatles )
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14-Plug In USSR Baby
     ( Beatles vs Muse )
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15-And Your Bird Can Sing Round and Round
     ( Unk vs Beatles )
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16-Cant Buy Me Boulevard
     ( Beatles vs Green Day )
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17-Yer Runnin' Blues
     ( Pharcyde vs Beatles )
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18-Eight Days One Week
     ( Beatles vs Barenaked Ladies )
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19-Roll Over Beethoven This Is The Day
     ( Beatles vs The The )
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20-We Can Work It Out American Woman
     ( Beatles vs Guess Who )
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I advise getting the full album as a complete zip file, from the mirror links here
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Remember, the mixes are NOT MANDATORY, ;) but I bet you'll enjoy them.

Next week, a splendid new assortment of mashup albums from some of the best.


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Richard Brody: Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema (New Yorker)
On Saturday, the National Society of Film Critics bestowed the award for Best Picture of 2014 upon Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language," and all hell broke loose.

Richard Brody: The Best Movies of 2014 (New Yorker)
There are years in which the list fills itself up to the mid-twenties or more. This year, I had to cut it down, arbitrarily, to thirty. Many of the movies on the list fall into the category of "independent" films-in the strict sense of "independent," rather than in the sense in which it's commonly applied today

R. Jason Benson, Joseph Joyce, Charles Angstrom: "5 BS Health Myths People Still Believe (Thanks to One Guy)" (Cracked)
If you woke up tomorrow and decided to switch to a perfectly healthy diet, your first step would be to try to find out what that actually is. At that point you'll quickly find yourself in a shitstorm of conflicting information about what "science" says is good for you. The reason we haven't solved problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes is because there's still lots we don't know about how the body interacts with food.

Joseph Epstein: "From Wit to Twit(ter)" (Commentary)
Late one afternoon when my sons were growing up, I was at the stove making Italian meat sauce and asked them, as I put a spoonful of sugar into the pot, what movie my doing this reminded them of: the answer was Absorba the Grease after, of course, Zorba the Greek. (My children's upbringing, plainly, wasn't an easy one.) None of this, strictly speaking, is wit.

Todd S. Purdum: The Henry Ford of Books (Vanity Fair)
The planet's best-selling author since 2001, James Patterson has more than 300 million copies of his books in print, an army of co-writers, several TV deals in the works, and an estimated income of $90 million last year alone. But where's the respect?

Misconceptions about Exercise - mental_floss on YouTube
How often should you replace your running shoes? Does stretching prior to exercise prevent injury? If you're not sweating is it true you're not exercising at the level of effort that you should? Mental Floss discusses these topics and more in this video on common public misconceptions about exercise.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Even though he was a lifelong Californian, this actor, born Louis Burton Lindley, Jr., is remembered for his distinctive Oklahoma-Texas drawl. What is his stage name?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Hard-to-please Pearl Slaghoople is the mother of what TV character?

      Wilma Flintstone                                                      Source

Pearl Slaghoople is a fictional character on the animated TV show The Flintstones. She is the mother of Wilma Flintstone, who is married to Fred Flintstone.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   Wilma Flintstone

  Pearl Slaghoople was/is Wilma's mom and was played in the movie by Elizabeth Taylor

  Cartoon Pearl Slaghoople:

  Movie Pearl Slaghoople:

  ...frankly, I don't see it.
  The "original" Pearl Slaghoople had red hair like Wilma,

  but in later on was shown with gray hair...

  The bitchy mother-in-law - iconic,
  ubiquitous, a staple of lazy writing...
  comedy gold!

Alan J wrote:
   Wilma Flintstone

Charlie said:
   Wilma Flintstone
  This is Wilma Flintstone?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Wilma Flintstone

Adam answered:
   Without looking, I believe she is Wilma Flintstone's mother.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   Pearl Slaghoople is probably the only Hanna-Barara character to be played by an Oscar winner. She is WIlma Flinstone's mother, and was played in the live-action movie by Liz Taylor.

Marian said:
   Wilma Flintstone

MAM   wrote:
   Wilma Flintstone ~ The Flintstones 1960 to 1966 Wilma's personality is based on that of Alice Kramden, wife of Ralph Kramden on the 1950s television series The Honeymooners. Jean Vander Pyl was the original voice artist of Wilma.

Deborah took the day off.
   Pearl Slaghoople is Wilma Flintstone’s mother.
  Banana Splits? Forgot about them. Obviously my knowledge of both BS & Fraggle Rock is nil.

Dale of Diamond Sprungs, Norcali, responded:
   Wilma Flintstone's Mother and Fred Flintstone's Mother-in-law, Pearl Slaghoople, getting stuffed by Fred. I stumbled onto a site "Porn Bloopers" and realized that it's an oxymoron. How can that be? Just wondering.

Joe S     answered:
   She's the mother of Wilma Flintstone. Never made her acquaintance.

  But a lovely person, I'm sure.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Sally's got some great news.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 7 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 7 | Famous Birthdays



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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

2 men attempt most difficult climb in world at Yosemite - SFGate

The 88 movies we're most excited about in 2015 | Film | The Guardian

Obama's Keystone veto threat is proof that climate activism works, no matter what the 'insiders' say | Bill McKibb

Harbin international ice and snow festival - in pictures | World news | The Guardian

Gertrude Bell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Queen of the Desert (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

97% of fracking now operating at a loss at current oil prices

How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends' : The Salt : NPR

From Selma to Ferguson and back: Has anything changed? -

Thanks, Michelle!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

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Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Last Night

Sunny and a bit warmer than seasonal.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'The Mentalist', followed by the FRESH 'People's Choice Awards 2015'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Julianne Moore, Marv Albert, and Catfish & the Bottlemen.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged white guy guest host, Drew Carey, are David Arquette, Jessica St. Clair, and Esther Povitsky.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Liam Neeson, Fred Armisen, and Carrie Brownstein.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jane Lynch and Lucy Hale.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/11/14) are Wes Bentley, Lemaitre, and "Remote Area Medical".

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Forever'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Bill Maher, Nick Kroll, and the Lone Bellow.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

Faux has a FRESH 'American Idol', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.

A&E has 'Duck Dynasty', another 'Duck Dynasty', still another 'Duck Dynasty', yet another 'Duck Dynasty', still another 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'Donnie Loves Jenny'.

AMC offers the movie 'Jurassic Park', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park III'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 15 - Lower Decks
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 16 - Thine Own Self
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 4 - The Girl In The Fireplace
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 5 - Rise Of The Cybermen
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 4 - Ep 3 - The Priory
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 2 - Leone's
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 5
 [2:40PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 6
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 1
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 2
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 3
 [7:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 5
 [8:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 6
 [9:00PM]    The Exorcist
 [11:30PM]    The Exorcist
 [2:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 2
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 3
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 10 - Episode 6    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Top Chef', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chef'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Ava DuVernay.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Andy Daly, Brett Gelman, and Paul Scheer.

FX has the movie 'Taken', followed by the movie 'Taken 2', then a FRESH 'American Horror Story'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [3:00PM]    CRY-BABY

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Bull Durham
 [8:15AM]    Smashed
 [10:00AM]    It's Kind of a Funny Story
 [12:00PM]    Big Night
 [2:30PM]    Steel Magnolias
 [5:00PM]    Tootsie
 [7:30PM]    Tootsie
 [10:00PM]    9 1/2 Weeks
 [12:30AM]    9 1/2 Weeks
 [3:00AM]    Steel Magnolias
 [5:30AM]    The Approval Matrix-Do's & Don'ts    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant', followed by the movie 'Scarecrow'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Elizabeth Banks, Vinnie Jones, and Sir Sly.

 [6:00 AM]      Lights Of New York (1928)
 [7:00 AM]      Sidewalks Of New York (1931)
 [8:30 AM]      Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (1933)
 [10:00 AM]      The Saint In New York (1938)
 [11:15 AM]      I Take This Woman (1940)
 [1:00 PM]      Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      On the Town (1949)
 [4:00 PM]      A King in New York (1957)
 [6:00 PM]      Sunday in New York (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
 [10:45 PM]      Crime and Punishment (1935)
 [12:30 AM]      The Great Sinner (1949)
 [2:30 AM]      Hakuchi (1951)
 [5:30 AM]      Jailhouse Rock (1957)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/08/15

TCM spends the daylight hours with Elvis Presley, who would have marked his 80th birthday today.
 [7:15 AM]      Live A Little, Love A Little (1968)
 [9:15 AM]      It Happened At The World's Fair (1963)
 [11:15 AM]      Viva Las Vegas (1964)
 [12:45 PM]      Girl Happy (1965)
 [2:30 PM]      Kissin' Cousins (1964)
 [4:15 PM]      Spinout (1966)
 [6:00 PM]      Elvis: That's The Way It Is (1970)

 [8:00 PM]      Too Late Blues (1961)
 [10:00 PM]      Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
 [12:30 AM]      Cabin In The Sky (1943)
 [2:30 AM]      Summer Holiday (1948)
 [4:15 AM]      Ah, Wilderness! (1935)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Kathy Griffin attends the premiere of HBO's "Girls" fourth season at The American Museum of Natural History on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


2015 MusiCares Person of the Year

Bob Dylan

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will present Bob Dylan with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honour next month in Los Angeles.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White will perform at the pre-Grammy event on Feb. 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The star-studded gala will also include performances by Jackson Browne, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Beck, Norah Jones, the Black Keys, Stills & Nash and John Mellencamp, among others.

The 57th annual Grammys Awards will take place Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The awards will air live on CBS.

Bob Dylan


Fred Armisen, from left, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, with a gift from our sponsor Bulleit Bourbon, attend the "Portlandia" season 5 premiere at The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Photo by Matt Sayles


Republicans Set To Approve Continuation Of Committee


The Select Committee on Benghazi will continue to convene in 2015, over the objections of Democrats, after House Republicans pushed through language Tuesday to reauthorize the panel without giving any budget or time limits for its work.

The GOP did not allow for a separate up-or-down vote that would have permitted members to debate the continuation of the special panel. The panel cost upwards of $1 million to operate last Congress, when the House voted to establish it.

Serious questions surrounding the efficacy of the panel emerged in 2014, as Republicans pumped the brakes on their aggressive attacks in the run-up to the midterm elections. Seven formal investigations already completed have debunked the conspiracy theories surrounding the attack on the Libyan consulate that fueled the special panel's formation in the first place.

In a joint statement released Tuesday and provided to Yahoo News, the five Democratic members of the Benghazi Committee lamented that reauthorization language was bundled into the must-pass biennial bill setting up the rules for each Congress, effectively preventing debate on whether the panel should continue.



Newhead News


Solar Activity At Birth


In an unusual study published Wednesday, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, than those who enter the world when the Sun is feisty.

The team overlaid demographic data of Norwegians born between 1676 and 1878 with observations of the Sun.

The lifespan of those born in periods of solar maximum -- interludes marked by powerful flares and geomagnetic storms -- was "5.2 years shorter" on average than those born during a solar minimum, they found.

There was a stronger effect on girls than boys, it said.

On top of lifespan, being born in a solar maximum period also "significantly reduced" fertility for women born into the poor category, but not for wealthier women or for men, said the authors.



Bridgid Coulter and Don Cheadle seen at the premiere event for Showtime's Original Comedy Series "Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes" at Cecconi's on Monday, January 5, 2015, in West Hollywood.
Photo by Eric Charbonneau


Wedding News

Diaz - Madden

Hollywood star Cameron Diaz and rocker Benji Madden got married in their Los Angeles home on Monday, People magazine reported.

Diaz, 42, and Madden, 35, had been dating since May and got engaged shortly before Christmas, People reported.

Diaz, a Golden Globe-nominated actress, most recently starred in the film "Annie," a reworking of the Tony-winning 1977 Broadway musical of the same name.

Madden is best known for performing in the rock bands Good Charlotte and The Madden Brothers with his twin brother Joel Madden.

Diaz - Madden


Wake-up Call


Loses Bid

Sirhan Sirhan

Sirhan Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence in prison for the June 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, failed to persuade a federal judge to set him free because he was innocent of the crime.

In a decision dated Monday, U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell in Los Angeles said Sirhan "failed to meet the showing required for actual innocence" that might excuse his having failed to seek his freedom sooner in federal court.

Sirhan had filed his petition for habeas corpus, which could have resulted in his freedom, in May 2000.

The defendant was sentenced to death in 1969, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison after California banned the death penalty. Sirhan was denied parole for a 13th time in 2011. He is now housed in a state prison in San Diego.

Sirhan Sirhan


Linda Ramone arrives at the "Portlandia" season 5 premiere presented by Bulleit Bourbon at The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Photo by Matt Sayles


Welfare Grifter Gets 21 Months

Colin Chisholm III

A Minnesota man who collected food stamps and other public assistance while living with his wife on a yacht valued at $1.2 million, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison.

Colin Chisholm III, 63, pleaded guilty in November to two felonies, theft by swindle and wrongfully obtaining public assistance. The sentence handed down by a Hennepin County judge matched the prison time prosecutors sought.

Chisholm and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, 54, could have expected a sentence of probation under state sentencing guidelines. But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman sought prison terms because of the severity of the economic crimes.

The Chisholms obtained nearly $168,000 in food, cash and medical care while living on the yacht in Florida and later in a lakeside home in an upscale suburb of Minneapolis, prosecutors said.

Colin Chisholm III


(L-R) Director of the movie Jeremy Garelick poses with cast members Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad during a photocall for the "The Wedding Ringer" in West Hollywood, California January 6, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on January 16.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni


Hidden Battlefields

World War II

Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots - all of which have not been well studied until now.

These battleground remnants may shed new light on logistical support of German field armies and the impact of Allied bombings, researchers said in a new study.

David Passmore, a geoarchaeologist and lecturer at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, led the study. Passmore specializes in conflict archaeology, the study of battlefields and conflict in human societies.

There have been plenty of studies on coastal fortifications, large battlefields and the D-Day landings, but Passmore couldn't find any documentation of conflict in the forests of Europe.

So, Passmore and his colleagues conducted a formal archaeological survey of key WWII battlegrounds from June 1944 through February 1945. In particular, the archaeologists focused on parts of northwestern France; the Ardennes forests of Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany; the Hürtgenwald and Reichswald forests of western Germany; and the woodlands around the Arnhem region of the Netherlands.

World War II


People take part in a traditional Roman Catholic Three Kings Day procession in Gdansk January 6, 2015.
Photo by Lukasz Glowala/


More Toxic Than ...

Corn Syrup

Corn syrup was found to be more toxic to female mice than table sugar, shortening their lives and cutting their rate of reproduction, according to a study by University of Utah researchers published online in a scientific journal on Monday.

The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, is among the first to differentiate between the effects of the fructose-glucose mixture found in corn syrup and sucrose, or table sugar, said University of Utah biology professor Wayne Potts, senior author of the paper.

The study showed that female mice fed a diet which contained 25 percent of calories from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates known as monosaccharides that are found in corn syrup died at a rate 1.87 times higher than female mice on a diet in which 25 percent of calories came from sucrose.

The mice on the fructose-glucose diet produced 26.4 percent fewer offspring than their counterparts on the diet containing added table sugar, according to the paper.

Male mice given either high-fructose or sucrose diets showed no differences in lifespan or reproduction for reasons that were not immediately clear, Potts said. He added that it is possible that both forms of sugar are bad for male mice.

Corn Syrup


Four men ride their wooden sledge during a traditional Bavarian horn sledge race in the Alpine resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 6, 2015. The sledge race is an annual event to remember the traditional way of bringing hay, straw and wood down from the Alpine mountains to the valley.
Photo by Michaela Rehle


Binge Drinking


It's not college students or teenagers but rather middle-aged Americans who are most likely to die from drinking too much alcohol too quickly, according to a study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

An average of six people die each day in the United States from alcohol poisoning or excessively high levels of alcohol in the blood, which is typically caused by binge drinking, the federal study found.

Three out of four of those who died were between the ages of 35 and 64, the study found, countering the popular perception that young people are more likely than their elders to die from binge drinking.

Only 5.1 percent of the deaths were drinkers between the ages of 15 and 24, the study found.

"Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is a lot of binge drinking going on by people who are post college-age," the study's co-author, Robert Brewer, told reporters. "We were surprised by these findings."



Musicians play bagpipes and drums during ritual in the icy water of the river Tundzha as they celebrate Epiphany day, a Christian festival, in the town of Kalofer, Bulgaria, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Traditionally, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the one who retrieves it will be healthy through the year. In the central Bulgarian town of Kalofer, hundreds of Christians marked Epiphany by donning national costumes and wading into the frigid waters of the Tundzha river.
Photo by Valentina Petrova


Mystery Illness Finally Identified

Constance Wilde

Constance Wilde - the wife of 19th century Irish writer Oscar Wilde - suffered from a mysterious illness during the last decade of her life. A new analysis of her unpublished letters suggests that she most likely had multiple sclerosis.

The diagnosis, published today (Jan. 2) in the medical journal The Lancet, comes 116 years after Constance's death at age 40. At the time she died, Constance was living in exile in Genoa, Italy, with her two sons. They had left London and changed their surname to "Holland" to escape the scandal surrounding her husband's imprisonment for homosexual acts in 1895.

Constance - who was an author in her own right and a champion of women's rights - started experiencing medical troubles in 1889, with lameness in her right leg that forced her to use a walking stick, according to the report. By the 1890s, she was suffering from bouts of severe pain, especially in her arms, head and back. In a letter that dates to sometime during the winter of 1894-1895, she wrote, "I am alright when I don't walk, but then I can't go thro' life sitting on a chair especially with two boys to amuse."

Her mobility worsened, but the nature of her illness eluded doctors. She once wrote, in 1896, "I am tired of doctors and no doctor finding out what to do with me." The end of her life was marked by extreme fatigue, and the left side of her face became paralyzed.

These symptoms are described in dozens of private letters and other papers held by Merlin Holland, the grandson of Constance and Oscar Wilde. Researcher Ashley Robins, of the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, recently examined those documents and concluded that Constance suffered from multiple sclerosis, also known as MS.

Constance Wilde


Visitors walk past large snow sculptures during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2015. The winter event runs through the end of February and according to organizers, draws several million tourists each year - from China and from abroad.
Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon


Department of Transportation Prank

Arizona Sasquatch

A photo posted on Facebook depicting what Arizona officials said may have been a family of sasquatches, attracting hundreds of comments from skeptics and believers alike, was just a joke, authorities said on Monday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said there was no mystery about the image of several dark objects taken by a state traffic camera and posted on New Year's Day for all to spin theories about.

"We were just having a little fun," department spokesman Tim Tait said. "People don't expect government to have a sense of humor, and we definitely have one."

Officials put the prank into motion with a post that wondered aloud what the objects were off the side of the road amid the snowy landscape.

"We might have spotted a family of sasquatches on SR 260 near Heber this afternoon. What do you think?" the entry stated.

Arizona Sasquatch



In Memory

Francesca Hilton

Francesca Hilton, the daughter of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton, has died in Los Angeles at age 67.

Publicist Edward Lozzi says Francesca Hilton was pronounced dead Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after an apparent heart attack and stroke.

Hilton in recent years battled stepfather Frederik von Anhalt over control of her mother's finances, with a judge at one point ordering von Anhalt to allow Hilton to visit Gabor.

Gabor is now 97 and requires around-the-clock care after health crises including a broken hip, a leg amputated because of gangrene, blood clots and other ailments.

Lozzi says Hilton worked as a professional photographer, actress and as a publicist in the 1980s. -

Francesca Hilton



A little baby giraffe, born last Thursday, watches its mother at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.
Photo by Martin Meissner



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