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21 January, 2015

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M Is FOR MASHUP - January 21st, 2015

TV Shows from That Day-Glo Decade

By AtoZ

This week, we're gonna' hand it over to guest columnist Dave, otherwise 'noun' as AtoZ !

     Some of the thoughts he's had on 60's TV that've been knockin' around his whimsical version of a brain for ages have suddenly taken the written form of an essay . . or a thesis . . or maybe just a rambling series of sentences ?

     Anyweigh, we're gonna call "TV Shows from That Day-Glo Decade" a topic related to Mash-Ups, perhaps as the deep seated seeds of inspiration . . . or maybe just cuz your Useo host has mashed both "Hogan's Heroes" and "Mr. Ed"?, while he and AtoZ both have used The Dick Van Dyke show on separate occasions.

     If the men behind the TV pilot seasons of the mid-60's weren't exactly at the same "LSD In Your Coffee Surprise Party" as Mr. George and John Beatle, then at least they were all passed the same joint !

     We went from the dawn of that "turbulent decade", where shows were still painting dreamy pictures of suburban life. And even if all the shows like "Father Knew Beaver Would Make Room For Daddy" added more salt to their sugary visions then we tend to remember, it was still largely the rosy ideal portrayals of the late 50's.

     Things took a few major steps towards realism as Dick Van Dyke and Andy Griffith came on the scene, but in only a couple more years high concept sit-coms would explode in all directions !

     One guys marries a witch, while another brings home a genie in a bottle ( eventually marrying her as well ).

     One motley assortment of oddballs get stuck on an island, while a couple of astronauts get stuck in the stone-age!

     "My Favorite Martian" crashes with an L.A. reporter while a Flying Nun sails over Puerto Rico.

     We got yer' talkin' horses, yer' mother's spirit inhabiting a car, wacky antics in a concentration camp with adorable Nazis, and two families of family-friendly ghouls living in the ookiest homes on the block! (a rent-free ghost even lived with Mrs. Muir!)

     Rural America was on the move in all directions too! . . . Manhattanites move out to Greener Acres, Hillbillies end up in Beverly Hills . . . while the girls of Petticoat Junction simply washed-up in a water tower.

     At the same time, modern culture continually passed thru the looking-glass of tripped-out TV.

     The Beatles became "The Monkees" . . . James Bond translated into Maxwell Smart . . and without a dozen comic-book superhero movies a year to draw on, TV fed on it's own with the campiest version of Batman paving the way for a couple of single-season delights like "Captain Nice" and "Mr. Terrific".

     If we trace the evolution of music, culture, and personal/social self-identity through the very same times, it becomes apparent that we were all Dorothy, traveling from black & white Kansas to step out into the colorful landscapes of Oz!

     The Times, They Were a' Changin', indeed . . . everywhere and on most levels. So perhaps my observation that TV pitch-guys ( and Madison Ave. ) all flipped their wigs as they lost their expanded minds… maybe this is pretty darn obvious afterall.

     But it sure made for some entertaining & goofy new ideas on channels 2, 4 and 7 !!

     To paraphrase a "pair a' phrases" from this same frame of time, they "turned-on while we was already tuned-in ... and then we all dropped-out and staged a "Laugh-In" till the 70's dawned and the gritty realism at the movies manifesting in films like "Midnight Cowboy" & "M*A*S*H" was also reflected in TV shows like "All In The Family" or "Room 222".

     We came back down to earth, putting our trippy threads back in the closet, but we'd never have ended-up in Enlightened Town if we hadn't have travelled through Whimsyville to get there.


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Charles M. Blow: How Expensive It Is to Be Poor (NY Times)
Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return." This is an infuriatingly obtuse view of what it means to be poor in this country - the soul-rending omnipresence of worry and fear, of weariness and fatigue. This can be the view only of those who have not known - or have long forgotten - what poverty truly means.

Suzanne Moore: Inequality isn't inevitable, it's engineered. That's how the 1% have taken over (Guardian)
Unless we wake up to the fact that wild inequality isn't just an unavoidable byproduct of growth, the gap will keep on widening.

Kristi Harrison: 4 Ways the Disney Princesses Created Modern Feminism (Cracked)
After a year when everyone from Nicki Minaj to science toys cloaked themselves in the warm, motherly folds of feminism -- when A-list starlets like Divergent Girl and Katy Perry distanced themselves from the "F" word, and when TIME magazine got so sick of the label that they flirted with putting the word on the naughty list -- I think it's safe to say "feminism" is having a moment.

Nicola Oakley: Woman fakes own DEATH to get out of dating man she met online (Mirror)
One of our readers claimed that she had to resort to desperate measures to rid herself of an admirer.

Happy Holidays from Exit10 (Vimeo)
Nothing spreads holiday cheer like a slushy, well-hurled snowball to the face. See how we light up with joy in this ultra-slow motion video shot on a Phantom Camera.

Karen McCombie: when I was 15 and desperately wanted to be Holden's girlfriend from Catcher in the Rye (Guardian)
Site member MarsBar27 talks to the author of The Girl Who Wasn't There and Angels in Training about ghosts, crisps, cats, time travel and what we can expect from her next…

Shalini Boland: how to write the perfect dystopian novel (Guardian)
Site member and teen book blogger Delve into Dystopia talks to the author of the Outside series about her novels and all things dystopia.

The Virtues of Know-Nothing Criticism by Noah Berlatsky (LA Review of Books)
RECENTLY I WROTE a story about Star Wars and science fiction for The Atlantic. The comments section, as these things will, featured a large number of people telling me that I was unqualified to write about the topic because I hadn't read enough sci-fi books, or hadn't read enough recent sci-fi books, or hadn't read the right sci-fi books, or hadn't seen the right sci-fi movies.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The Phil Silvers Show, also known as Sergeant Bilko, or simply Bilko in reruns, had another title when the show debuted. What was the original title of this TV series?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

How many Bond girls actually married 007?

      One                                                      Source

Teresa "Tracy" Bond (born Teresa "Tracy" Draco, and also known as the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo) is a fictional character and the main Bond girl in the James Bond film and novel, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the only Bond girl to actually marry 007. In the film version of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Tracy was played by actress Diana Rigg.        Source

mj was first, and correct, with:
   There was only one
  Tracy, a villains daughter, played by Dame Diana Rigg. It didn't end well. And no one ever heard from George Lazenby again.

Alan J said:

Lois The Confused Of Oregon wrote:
   Oh, how embarrassing! I completely confused my "Mel"s. I was
  thinking of Mel Cooley the producer of a fictional TV show,
  and not the sloppy, creepy, greasy-spoon cook of "Alice"
  fame, who also made me uneasy to watch. But enough of the
  past, today's answer is ONE! Which one? Who cares. And now
  for some memes.

Charlie replied:
  Tracy Bond, played by Diana Rigg.

Adam answered:
   One- Tracy Vincenzo
  Technically twice, but one marriage was staged as part of an op.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Teresa "Tracy" Bond is a fictional character and the main Bond girl in the James Bond film and novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the only Bond girl to actually marry 007

Randall wrote:
  Teresa "Tracy" Draco
  played by the inimitable Diana Rigg

  in the movie

  ...the only 007 movie starring George Lazenby as 007

Marian said:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, replied:
   One and the name is Teresa "Tracy" Bond (born Teresa "Tracy" Draco, and also known as the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo). She was portrayed by another high school object of my lewd and lascivious thoughts, Diana Rigg, in the James Bond film and novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service. She's even a Dame now.

Joe S     answered:
   That's a good one. I think the answer is one, but I'm not sure if she was killed before or after the wedding. Can't remember for sure, I'll look it up. Yup, the answer is one. Tracy Bond, murdered right after the wedding by Blofeld.

Deborah took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM   is under the weather.

Sally has retired, I guess.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 21 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 21 | Famous Birthdays



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Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

'Citizen Kane' to be screened at Hearst Castle - SFGate

You will not soon die in an awesome global apocalypse. Sorry. - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

The high-concept dystopian fantasy of 'The Man in the High Castle' comes to life

More Progress Made Toward Learning Contents of Herculaneum Scrolls -

BBC News - India's tiger population sees 30% increase

Preserved Under Fiberglass Domes, a Counterculture Spirit Thrives -

Why I refuse to see 'American Sniper' -

Barbie Has Some Royal Competition In Nigeria : Code Switch : NPR

What If Heaven Is Not For Real? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

FX reveals new details about 'Fargo' season 2 | Inside TV |

Undaunted, Gov. Bobby Jindal still insists Muslim 'no-go zone' conspiracy theory is real

Animal Welfare at Risk in Experiments for Meat Industry -
     .. after reading this, my last shred of respect for humanity has vanished...

Thanks, Michelle!



Louie Suggests

Project Blue Book

Hey Marty

Didja see this?

Project Blue Book Collection - Powered by The Black Vault


Thanks, Louie!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

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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Marc Perkel




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I'm not too good at the begging routine, but this page doesn't generate enough revenue for a high-speed connection, so I'm still on a crappy dial-up.

I'm grateful to my 3 pillars who faithfully send a monthly donation, but it's not enough to cover what the local cable monopoly charges ($59.99/mo) for a faster connection.

Many thanks to the one reader (Dale) who responded.

Did you know it takes 8 minutes to download 1MB on a crappy dial-up? Or that it takes me over an hour just to upload an average page & its elements?

My patience is shot and I'm tired of being tired.

Please get me off this damn crappy dial-up!

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'The Mentalist', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Stalker'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 11/17/14) are Jason Sudeikis, Allison Janney, Damien Rice.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged white guy guest host, Jim Gaffigan, are Adam Goldberg, Dave Koechner, and Tig Notaro.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Jennifer Aniston, Bill Gates, Mario Batali.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jennifer Lopez, Nick Kroll, and Lupe Fiasco.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/7/14) are Conor McGregor, Shannon and the Clams, and Fahim Anwar.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Middle', followed by a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'black-ish', then another RERUN 'black-ish', followed by a RERUN 'Modern Family'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ewan McGregor, Lea Michele, and Tess Henley.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

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 2½ hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'Donnie Loves Jenny'.

AMC offers the movie 'Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer', followed by the movie 'Casino Royale'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Measure of a Man
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 10 - The Dauphin
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 10 - Blink
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Utopia
 [12:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - Revisited: The Fenwick Arms
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 8 - Michon's
 [2:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 23
 [3:00PM]    MasterChef UK: The Professionals - Season 4 - Episode 24
 [4:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 2
 [5:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 3
 [6:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 6
 [7:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 9 - Episode 4
 [8:00PM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 4
 [9:00PM]    Hot Fuzz
 [11:30PM]    The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Keep Your Friends Close
 [12:30AM]    Hot Fuzz
 [3:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 4
 [4:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 5
 [5:00AM]    Top Gear - Season 16 - Episode 6    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Top Chef', another 'Top Chef', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chef', then a FRESH 'Best New Restaurant'.

Comedy Central has 'Broad City', 'Workaholics', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', yet another 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Workaholics', then a FRESH 'Broad City'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Anne Hathaway.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Rory Scovel, Emily Heller, and Rene Gube.

FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by a FRESH 'American Horror Story'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Down East Dickering'.

IFC  -   
 [8:45AM]    ATM
 [10:45AM]    SCREAM 2
 [1:30PM]    LETHAL WEAPON 2

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Five Fingers
 [7:45AM]    The Edge
 [10:15AM]    Risky Business
 [12:30PM]    (500) Days of Summer
 [2:30PM]    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
 [5:00PM]    Tootsie
 [7:30PM]    You've Got Mail
 [10:00PM]    You've Got Mail
 [12:30AM]    Tootsie
 [3:00AM]    Less Than Zero
 [5:15AM]    The Approval Matrix-America's Hall Monitors    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Evan Rachel Wood, Jason Ritter, and Belle & Sebastian.

 [6:00 AM]      The Mad Genius (1931)
 [7:30 AM]      Bright Lights (1931)
 [8:45 AM]      The Cabin In The Cotton (1932)
 [10:15 AM]      Female (1933)
 [11:15 AM]      The Boy From Oklahoma (1954)
 [12:45 PM]      Playmates (1941)
 [2:30 PM]      That's Right - You're Wrong (1940)
 [4:15 PM]      Here We Go Again (1942)
 [5:45 PM]      Night and Day (1946)
 [8:00 PM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)
 [10:15 PM]      All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
 [12:45 AM]      The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
 [2:45 AM]      Words And Music (1948)
 [5:00 AM]      Hills Of Home (1948)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/22/15

 [6:45 AM]      Trouble in Paradise (1932)
 [8:15 AM]      They Call It Sin (1932)
 [9:30 AM]      She Done Him Wrong (1933)
 [10:45 AM]      Today We Live (1933)
 [12:45 PM]      Goodbye Again (1933)
 [2:00 PM]      This Man is Mine (1934)
 [3:30 PM]      No More Ladies (1935)
 [5:00 PM]      Man of the Moment (1935)
 [6:30 PM]      Fools for Scandal (1938)
 [8:00 PM]      Singin' In The Rain (1952)
 [10:00 PM]      The Catered Affair (1956)
 [11:45 PM]      The Mating Game (1959)
 [1:30 AM]      The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
 [3:45 AM]      Mary, Mary (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Annie Lennox Performs on stage during the "Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert" performance and press conference at the PBS 2015 Winter TCA on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Jointly Heading Cannes Festival Jury

Coen Brothers

The Coen brothers, award-winning American directors of hits like "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski", will jointly head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first pair to chair the world's top cinema showcase.

Joel and Ethan Coen will preside over the panel of filmmakers and actors judging the movies in the main competition of the festival staged in the glamourous French Riviera resort town from May 13 to 24.

The nearly inseparable brothers are considered two of the most innovative directors in the world and have jointly written, directed and produced a series of hits over the past three decades.

Joel, 60, and Ethan, 57, take over running the Cannes jury from last year's president Jane Campion, the New Zealand director of "The Piano".

The siblings are known as the "two-headed director" within the movie world for their seamless ability to work alongside each other.

Coen Brothers


Ashley Judd speaks on stage during the Independent Lens "A Path Appears" panel at the PBS 2015 Winter TCA on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


Upholds Fines


The FCC means business when it tells companies not to use the distinctive Emergency Alert System audio tones to grab audiences' attention for entertainment - the way Viacom and ESPN did when they ran ads for FilmDistrict's 2013 thriller Olympus Has Fallen. The regulatory agency today rejected the companies' claims that they shouldn't be held responsible for fines it imposed last year, requiring Viacom to pay $1.12 million and ESPN to cough up $280,000.

Misuse of the warnings "creates a 'Cry Wolf' scenario, which risks desensitizing the public to the significance of the tones in a real emergency," the FCC says in its Foreiture Order. Viacom aired the ads 108 times over five days on Spike, VH1, MTV, Comedy Central, MTV2, Centric, and BET. ESPN ran them 13 times over four days on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS. That "violated the law and jeopardized the essential and exclusive function of the EAS - to immediately alert the public to an actual emergency." (NBCUniversal also showed the ad 38 times, and paid its $530,000 fine.)

Viacom and ESPN told the FCC that they shouldn't be held responsible because they weren't notified that the movie trailer broke the rules. Viacom added that the ban on use of EAS tones "does not apply to intermediaries…which neither produced the Advertisement nor transmitted it directly to consumers."

But the FCC says that the rule "applies broadly to 'persons' and does not exclude cable programmers." It also applies to those who "transmit or cause to transmit" the tones, which gave the companies "unambiguous notice" that they could be held responsible. What's more, Viacom's ad guidelines tell buyers that it can review commercials before they run and reject them if needed "to ensure compliance" with laws and regulations.



Newhead News


Boy Builds Braille Printer With Legos


In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.

The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project last year after he asked his parents a simple question: How do blind people read? "Google it," they told him.

Shubham then did some online research and was shocked to learn that Braille printers, also called embossers, cost at least $2,000 - too expensive for most blind readers, especially in developing countries.



Comedian Nick Kroll attends AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss his new Comedy Central television show, "Kroll Show", at AOL Studios on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Round-The-World Attempt Next Month

Solar Flight

A plane powered by the sun will attempt an unprecedented flight around the world next month, the project's founders said, seeking to prove that flying is possible without using fossil fuel.

Solar Impulse 2 is set to take off from Abu Dhabi with stopovers in India, Myanmar and China before crossing the Pacific Ocean and flying across the United States and southern Europe to arrive back in Abu Dhabi.

On its five-month journey of 35,000 km (22,000 miles), the engines will be powered only by solar energy. The two Swiss pilots will take turns at the controls in the tiny cabin for five consecutive days and nights in the air.

The plane, which has the weight of a family car (2,300 kg, 5,100 pounds) and a wingspan equal to that of the largest passenger airliners, will take off in late February and return by late July. Its journey will span approximately 25 flight days at speeds between 50 and 100 km (30 to 60 miles) per hour.

Solar Flight


Wake-up Call


Loses Court Battle

Gordon Ramsay

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a real-life kitchen nightmare after a British judge on Tuesday ruled him personally liable for the 640,000-pound ($1 million) annual rent on a London gastropub.

Ramsay accused his father-in-law, Christopher Hutcheson, of using an autopen machine to forge his signature on a document making Ramsay personal guarantor for the rent on the York & Albany pub, now a fashionable dining spot.

But High Court judge Paul Morgan ruled that the contract was binding. He said that when the 25-year lease was signed in 2007, Hutcheson "was acting within the wide general authority conferred on him by Mr. Ramsay" to manage his business.

He said Ramsay knew that the autopen - a device often used by authors to sign multiple copies of their books - was "routinely used to place his signature on legal documents."

The judge ordered Ramsay to make an interim payment to the pub's owner, Gary Love, of 250,000 pounds. The chef also faces a large bill for legal costs.

Gordon Ramsay


The Screen Actors Guild Awards actor statuette appears near the Hollywood Sign on Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. The SAG awards will be presented on Jan. 25.
Photo by Rob Latour


Two Ex-Wrestlers File Lawsuit


Two former WWE professional wrestlers say they have serious brain injuries after suffering repeated concussions in the ring and have filed a potential class-action lawsuit against the Connecticut-based company in federal court in Philadelphia.

Vito LoGrasso, 50, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and Evan Singleton, 22, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, accuse World Wrestling Entertainment of "selling violence" and ignoring their "numerous" concussions.

LoGrasso, whose ring names included Big Vito and Skull Von Krush, wrestled in the WWE from 1991 to 1998 and from 2005 to 2007, was "seriously and obviously injured countless times," according to the lawsuit. It said he was "forced to wrestle though he was losing consciousness before and during matches."

LoGrasso now suffers from "serious neurological damage" and has memory loss, depression and anxiety, the lawsuit said.

Singleton wrestled for WWE under the name of Adam Mercer from 2012 to 2013 and at the age of 19 was among the youngest wrestlers in WWE history. He now has "an array of serious symptoms," including tremors, convulsions, memory loss and "impaired ability to reason," the lawsuit said.



People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Jarramplas is a character that wears a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, and a devil-like mask and beats a drum through the streets of Piornal while residents throw turnips as a punishment for stealing cattle. The exact origin of the festival are not known, various theories exist from the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules, to a cattle thief ridiculed and expelled by his neighbors. The Jarramplas Festival takes place every year from the 19th till the 20th of January on Saint Sebastian Day.
Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza


New Yorker Writer Says He Didn't Pen Op-ed

Peter Hessler

A New Yorker journalist famed for his reporting from China wrote that the state-run newspaper China Daily faked an editorial under his byline after interviewing him.

Peter Hessler said on Facebook on Tuesday that he didn't write the piece posted on China Daily's website a day earlier titled "US observer: Comparing Egypt with China" and that his words were taken out of context.

The resulting editorial repeats Communist Party talking points, lauding China's stability and education system while counseling that any changes in China are "likely to be subtle, incremental, and coming from the top."

The newspaper removed the online piece in English, but it remains available in state media in Chinese. On Facebook, Hessler wrote he asked the China Daily for a retraction but the paper refused.

Peter Hessler


A model wears a creation of Rebekka Ruetz's Fall-Winter 2015-2016 collection as part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
Photo by Markus Schreiber


Water Levels Drop

Lake Baikal

Russia sounded the alarm Tuesday as water levels in Lake Baikal, the world's largest freshwater lake, dropped to record lows, with environmentalists blaming dry weather and overuse by local industry.

The regional emergency ministry in Buryatia region on the lake's shores announced a state of high alert as villages surrounding the lake were reportedly hit by water shortages.

The water level in the lake is just eight centimetres (3 inches) above the minimum 456 metres (1496 feet) above sea level allowed by the Russian government. The lake has been at its lowest levels in 60 years, according to Buryatia natural resources minister Yury Safyanov.

A special meeting of the Russian government will decide next week whether to allow Baikal to drop below the current legal minimum level to feed the hydroelectric power plants.

Lake Baikal


A total of 100 bodies of Robi prefabricated humanoid robot perform in a group during a promotional event of the third edition launch of its DIY weekly magazine that comes with the robot kits in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The 34-centimeter (13.4-inch) tall robot, that can recognize more than 200 Japanese phrases, walk, dance and kick a ball, will be fully assembled with 70 volumes of the magazine.
Photo by Eugene Hoshiko


Unlocking Ancient Scrolls

Villa of the Papyri

Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets.

The scroll is among hundreds retrieved from the remains of a lavish villa at Herculaneum, which along with Pompeii was one of several Roman towns that were destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79.

Some of the texts from what is called the Villa of the Papyri have been deciphered since they were discovered in the 1750s. But many more remain a mystery to science because they were so badly damaged that unrolling the papyrus they were written on would have destroyed them completely.

"The papyri were completely covered in blazing-hot volcanic material," said Vito Mocella, a theoretical scientist at the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems (CNR) in Naples who led the latest project.

Mocella and his colleagues decided to try a method called X-ray phase contrast tomography that had previously been used to examine fossils without damaging them.

Villa of the Papyri



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