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In real life this spokesdog's name was Honey Tree Evil Eye or Evie for short. What is the name of the character this dog portrayed?

       Spuds MacKenzie                                                      Source

Spuds MacKenzie is a fictional dog character created for use in an extensive advertising campaign marketing Bud Light beer in the late 1980s. The Spuds MacKenzie mascot and campaign were created by a 23-year-old art director, Jon Moore. At the time he was working at Needham, Harper & Steers, a Chicago, Illinois, advertising agency. The dog first showed up in a Bud Light Super Bowl XXI ad in 1987. During the height of his popularity, large amounts of Spuds merchandise was available, such as plush toys and t-shirts where the dog was seen surfing a wave or Hanging Twenty.

The dog, a Bull Terrier, was not without its share of controversy. Shortly after Spuds' rise to fame it was learned that the dog, who was portrayed as male in the commercials, was actually female. The ads were also the subject of attacks and calls for censorship by temperance-oriented groups. Soon after the ads were first aired in 1987, Senator Strom Thurmond began his own media campaign, claiming that the beer maker was using Spuds to appeal to children for the purpose of getting them interested in their product at an early age. By Christmas 1987, more legal action resulted from Budweiser's use of ads featuring Spuds dressed as Santa, which is illegal in states such as Ohio.

The dog's real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye or Evie for short (October 7, 1983 - May 31, 1993). She was from Malvern, Pennsylvania, but moved to Warsaw, Indiana at a very young age. She died of renal failure in North Riverside, Illinois.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:
   Spuds Mackenzie.

Randall wrote:
   Spuds McKenzie

Mark. said:
   Spuds MacKenzie.

Cal in Vermont answered:
   That there is Spuds McKenzie who sold lotsa Budweiser in the late 80's. I bet he got all the bitches, too. More ass than a toilet seat...

Stephen F responded:
   Spuds McKenzie

Deborah replied:
   That's Spuds McKenzie, the spokes-dog for Bud Lite (ew). He/she reminds me of the Target dog.
  Busy day yesterday, and another on tap for today. Walnut harvest is in full swing up here, so there are trucks to dodge and spilled nuts to pick up. Bike riding has perks beyond fitness and fun.

zorch said:
   Spuds Mackenzie.

Adam answered:
   Spuds McKenzie- Party Animal

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Spuds MacKenzie

Dave replied:
   Spuds MacKenzie, a 4 year old female Bull Terrier was used to advertise the Bud Light brand of unpalatable diet beer, starting in 1987. In the obnoxious and idiotic campaign the dog was dressed in human clothes and often wore sunglasses, while surrounded by attractive, scantily dressed and physically fit models who obviously didn't drink very much beer. The Spuds campaign was protested as a promotion of alcohol to children (which it was) but the company of course (falsely) denied that was the intention. In any case Spuds was retired in 1989 after years of scrutiny and criticism from anti-drinking groups and the FTC. Honey Tree Evil Eye died in 1993 at the age of 9, probably depressed over her lost career. As a breed, the aggressive and often vicious Bull Terrier is no pet for inexperienced owners. Bull Terriers are very strong, stubborn, destructive if left alone, kill small prey animals (like cats), and tend to fight other dogs to the death at the drop of a hat. And for all that they are worthless as guard dogs.

Marilyn of TC responded:
   Spuds Mackenzie was the dog and I used to have a T-Shirt with his picture.

Mac Mac said:
   Spuds McKenzie

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Spuds MacKenzie, spokesdog for Bud Light

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Spuds McKenzie."

Kevin K., in Washington, DC, answered:
   Why, that's Spuds MacKenzie, famous beer hound of the late 80's.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Spuds MacKenzie

Joe S     replied:
   Spuds MacKenzie

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• The great Russian dancer Lubov Tchernicheva seldom smiled when she was dancing for Sergei Diaghilev, but teenage dancer Alicia Markova knew how to cheer her up. Young Alicia would occasionally give her a bunch of carnations. Then Ms. Tchernicheva would smile.

• Bitter political campaigns are nothing new. After a fiercely fought primary campaign years ago, Chauncey Depew, a Republican, observed, "The only question now is which corpse gets the most flowers."

• At a retreat, Zen master Soen Roshi once woke several Zen students in the middle of the night, then led them downstairs to admire a night-blooming crocus.

• A Pennsylvania cemetery once displayed this sign: "Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves."

• "A flower is more beautiful in the hands of a woman than all the pearls and diamonds in the world." - Isadora Duncan.

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Last Night

Cheapest gas I can find in Long Beach is $3.59/gal.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Robin Wright, Caitlin Peluffo, special appearances by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Melissa McCarthy.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 9/19/18) are Kaley Cuoco, Joel McHale, and Gaz Coombes.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by 'Dateline'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 9/7/18) are Nick Jonas, Elizabeth Olsen, and Robin Schulz.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 9/20/18) are Kelly Clarkson, Freddie Highmore, Ken Burns, and Sean Kinney.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/13/18) are Michel Gondry, Deafheaven, and Shannon Purser.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Child's Play', then '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Bryan Cranston, Wu-Tang Clan, and Paul Shaffer.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Dynasty', followed by a FRESH 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'The Cool Kids', then a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen'.

MY recycles an old 'CSI: Miami', followed by another old 'CSI: Miami'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers 'Halloween', followed by the movie 'Halloween', again, then the movie 'Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Two Fathers
 [7:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-One Son
 [8:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Agua Mala
 [9:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Monday
 [10:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Arcadia
 [11:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-Alpha
 [12:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-Trevor
 [1:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Milagro
 [2:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-The Unnatural
 [3:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-Three of a Kind
 [4:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Field Trip
 [5:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 22-Biogenesis
 [6:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-The Sixth Extinction
 [7:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati
 [8:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Hungry
 [9:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Millennium
 [10:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Rush
 [12:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-The Goldberg Variation
 [1:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Orison
 [2:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-The Amazing Maleeni
 [3:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Signs and Wonders
 [4:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Sein und Zeit
 [5:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Closure    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH 'Get A Room With Carson & Thom', and another 'Get A Room With Carson & Thom'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'The Office', 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past', followed by the movie 'X-Men Apocalypse'.

History has all old 'Ancient Aliens' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]    Why Stop Now?
 [8:00A]    Paul Blart: Mall Cop
 [10:00A]    Hot Shots!
 [12:00P]    Paul Blart: Mall Cop
 [2:00P]    Evan Almighty
 [4:00P]    Hot Shots!
 [6:00P]    Two and a Half Men-Zejdz Zmoich Wlosow (Get Off My Hair)
 [6:30P]    Two and a Half Men-Those Big Pink Things With Coconuts
 [7:00P]    Two and a Half Men-Smell the Umbrella Stand
 [7:30P]    Two and a Half Men-Can You Eat Human Flesh With Wooden Teeth?
 [8:00P]    Two and a Half Men-Woo-Hoo, A Hernia-Exam!
 [8:30P]    Two and a Half Men-It Was Mame, Mom
 [9:00P]    Two and a Half Men-A Low, Gutteral Tongue-Flapping Noise
 [9:30P]    Two and a Half Men-I Always Wanted a Shaved Monkey
 [10:00P]    Two and a Half Men-A Sympathetic Crotch to Cry On
 [10:30P]    Two and a Half Men-That Old Hose Bag Is My Mother
 [11:00P]    Two and a Half Men-Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab, Squab
 [11:30P]    Two and a Half Men-Does This Smell Funny to You?
 [12:00A]    Two and a Half Men-Weekend in Bangkok With Two Olympic Gymnasts
 [12:30A]    Two and a Half Men-Principal Gallagher's Lesbian Lover
 [1:00A]    Night Flight-Virtuoso Frontmen
 [1:15A]    Night Flight-The Electronic Revolution
 [1:30A]    Baroness Von Sketch Show-I Can't Believe This Used to Take Days
 [2:00A]    Baroness Von Sketch Show-Last Year You Weren't 40
 [2:30A]    Baroness Von Sketch Show-We've Lost Communication
 [3:00A]    Baroness Von Sketch Show-If the Killer is Watching
 [3:30A]    Trance
 [5:45A]    Night Flight-Virtuoso Frontmen    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:25am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:00am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:30am]    m*a*s*h
 [8:00am]    m*a*s*h
 [8:30am]    m*a*s*h
 [9:00am]    the aviator
 [1:00pm]    law & order
 [2:00pm]    law & order
 [3:00pm]    law & order
 [4:00pm]    law & order
 [5:00pm]    law & order
 [6:00pm]    law & order
 [7:00pm]    law & order
 [8:00pm]    law & order
 [9:00pm]    law & order
 [10:00pm]    law & order
 [11:00pm]    law & order
 [12:00am]    law & order
 [1:00am]    law & order
 [2:00am]    the aviator     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then a FRESH 'Van Helsing'.

 [6:00 AM]      You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)
 [7:30 AM]      The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940)
 [9:00 AM]      The Murder Man (1935)
 [10:15 AM]      Strange Justice (1932)
 [11:30 AM]      The Last Mile (1932)
 [12:45 PM]      Two Seconds (1932)
 [2:00 PM]      Are These Our Children? (1931)
 [3:30 PM]      Time Without Pity (1957)
 [5:00 PM]      Back in Circulation (1937)
 [6:30 PM]      You Can't Escape Forever (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Carry on Screaming! (1966)
 [10:00 PM]      Nurse on Wheels (1963)
 [11:45 PM]      Raising the Wind (1961)    [AKA: 'Roommates']
 [1:30 AM]      Sing Sister Sing (1935)
 [2:00 AM]      Dreamscape (1984)
 [3:45 AM]      Dead Sleep (1990)
 [5:30 AM]      Shake Hands With Danger (1970)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  10/20/18

 [6:00 AM]      Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
 [8:00 AM]      MGM Cartoons: One Droopy Knight (1957)
 [8:08 AM]      Rough Riding (1954)
 [8:17 AM]      How to Watch Football (1938)
 [8:27 AM]      Brand of Fear (1949)
 [9:30 AM]      Mandrake, the Magician: City of Terror (1939)
 [10:00 AM]      Popeye: The Spinach Overture (1935)
 [10:09 AM]      The Saint's Double Trouble (1940)
 [11:30 AM]      The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
 [12:00 PM]      Elmer The Great (1933)
 [1:30 PM]      Pride of the Marines (1945)
 [3:45 PM]      The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
 [6:15 PM]      Slither (1973)
 [8:00 PM]      Patterns (1956)
 [9:45 PM]      Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
 [12:00 AM]      The Hunted (1948)
 [2:00 AM]      The Wanderers (1979)
 [4:00 AM]      Bloodbrothers (1978)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Kavanaugh 'Unfit' To Serve

Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter didn't mince words while discussing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a visit to Emory University on Thursday.

The 39th president called Kavanaugh's confirmation to the highest court in the land "a very serious mistake" while speaking to a civil rights class, The Emory Wheel first reported.

Carter said he believed Kavanaugh lost "his cool" while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. The then-federal appeals court judge drew intense criticism over his aggressive ? and at times, weepy ? denial of Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were both high school students.

"Whether or not [Kavanaugh] attempted to rape a woman ... I thought he was temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court because of his outburst during the hearing," Carter can be heard telling the students in a video posted to Facebook.

"I think most of the American people were not in favor of his being on the Supreme Court," he added. "Judging by his previous legal career, he was very qualified. But ... I think he did attack her sexually and I know that I saw him lose his cool."

Jimmy Carter



Both Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna and Pink

As it turns out, either Rihanna or Pink could have been the headliners at next year's Super Bowl Halftime show, but things simply didn't work out.

"Rihanna was the front-runner for next year's super bowl halftime show," a source tells ET. "CBS and the NFL reached out to Rihanna first, who after thinking about the offer, decided to pass due to the NFL and the situation regarding players kneeling."

According to the source, the "Love On the Brain" singer "stands with the players and Colin Kaepernick."

"The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she's planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what's right in her eyes," the source adds.

However, a second source involved in the conversations says that the NFL approached both Rihanna and Pink -- who was tasked with singing the National Anthem ahead of Super Bowl LII back in February -- to perform at halftime early on, but because the negotiations took so long, both women decided to move on.

Rihanna and Pink


Newhead News


Cherry Blossoms Six Months Early


Cherry blossoms across Japan have bloomed six months early after two powerful typhoons pummeled the country in September, stripping leaves, bringing a warm snap and turning the trees unseasonably pink.

"We get reports every year of cherry blossom blooming early, but those are confined to specific areas," Toru Koyama, a senior official with the Flower Association of Japan, told Reuters.

"This time we are hearing about it from all over the country."

The two typhoons, including the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years, weakened chemicals that suppress the pink and white blooms by stripping the leaves or covering them in salt water, Koyama said.

Air sucked up by the storms from the tropics then brought warm weather followed by colder temperatures that mimicked the spring weather that signals the right time to bloom.




Now A Cereal

'The Golden Girls'

The Golden Girls may have gone off the air more than 25 years ago, but thanks to Hulu-and the amazing Betty White, who continues to be awesome at age 96-the show's popularity hasn't wavered. And since there's no better way to express our love of something than to turn it into food, everyone's favorite four Miami gals are popping up in yet another grocery aisle.

Earlier this year, we were blessed with both Golden Girls hot sauceand a Golden Girls cookbook. Now, you can add cereal to the list of must-have TV memorabilia. The Target-exclusive product has started rolling out in stores, and features all four cast members on the box, looking slightly like anime versions of themselves.

There are also games on the back, and a note from Funko-a store devoted to pop culture products-explaining the idea behind the cereal. "Hey Kids, remember what it was like to sit in front of the TV on Saturday morning and watch cartoons while eating your favorite cereal?! Well, Funko does! So we're bringing back Saturday morning to kids of all ages with our new sugar toasted FunkO's!"

The cereal is inexplicably blue, and features a very angry-looking Dorothy on the front. But those two strange details can be forgiven since each box comes with a collector's toy inside (Pro tip: You can buy a set of all four at Walmart!).

If you're searching Target for a box, make sure to check both the cereal aisle and the toy aisle. Shoppers have spotted them in both locations. Otherwise, there are a few available online through ToyWiz and Mercari. Now the only question is: does it taste like cheesecake?

'The Golden Girls'


Digby's Hullabaloo


Cancels Vaccine Education Program


An effort by the state of Arizona to address concerns that non-vaccinated children could cause a potential outbreak has been thwarted after anti-vax parents complained, the Arizona Republic reports.

Inspired by similar programs in Oregon and Michigan, officials had hoped to expand its children's vaccine education program, which was introduced in 17 Arizona schools during the 2017-18 academic year.

The evidence-based program was intended to provide information about vaccinations. The hope was to educate parents who file personal belief exemptions to prevent their children from getting immunizations required by schools for diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

But these parents balked, contending that the proposed program amounted to a pro-vaccination propaganda at odds with their right to raise their children as they see fit. Roughly 120 individuals and families filed complaints with the Governor's Regulatory Review Council, and the state's health department then canceled it.

Although the program wasn't mandatory, some complaints were prompted by the parents' confusion over whether attendance would be required. Others simply saw it as conflicting with their anti-vaccination views.




Removed From Film Festival Jury

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegations are back in the spotlight.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend-turned-Oscar winner was originally scheduled to be a part of the jury during the Animation Is Film Festival this weekend, before a petition called for his removal.

The petition, which was started by Woman and Allies on, said that in "light of the #MeToo movement, there has been little to no recourse for Kobe Bryant's actions of sexual assault."

Organizers called on GKIDS, the independent animation distributor that produces the event, as well as Variety and Annecy, sponsors of the event, to revoke what they call complicity in enabling a sexual predator to continue a life without accountability both as an individual and a celebrity.

According to petition updates, Bryant had been removed from the event's website on Friday, but the official statement was not released until Wednesday.

Kobe Bryant


Very Odd Noises

Antarctic Ice Sheet

Though photographs may present the barren landscapes of Antarctica as eerily calm and peaceful, at least when no storms are raging, the largely lifeless continent and the ice shelves surrounding it produce a medley of bizarrely beautiful sounds. As noted by Earther, the frozen region's ambient sounds include the Rice Crispies-like crackle of melting ice releasing long-trapped air bubbles to the steady groans, screeches, and pops of massive floating ice sheets shifting and breaking apart as they buckle under the weight of fresh snow in the winter or melt during the summer.

The only catch is that you might not be able to hear all the notes in this spectacular natural symphony if you're listening with human ears, because many occur on timescales or at frequencies that are not compatible with our auditory abilities. But if you have the right equipment to first capture and then remix the acoustic waves, a whole new soundtrack can be revealed. On top of being really cool to listen to, these recordings help scientists better understand the climatological and geologic processes that shape the Antarctic.

In an astounding new example, a team led by Julien Chaput of Colorado State University and the University of Texas, have revealed how the "songs" created by vibrations in the Ross Ice Shelf can be used to continuously monitor the changing conditions within the ice mass' top five meters (16.4 feet).

"Deploying sensitive seismographs across Earth's largest ice shelf (the Ross Ice Shelf) for 2 years, we discovered that the shelf nearly continuously sings at frequencies of ?ve or more cycles per second, excited by local and regional winds blowing across its snow dune-like topography," they wrote in their paper, now published in Geophysical Research Letters. "We find that the frequencies and other features of this singing change, both as storms alter the snow dunes and during a (January 2016) warming event that resulted in melting in the ice shelf's near surface."

Soon into the project, the team realized that the snowy coating on the shelf is, in fact, vibrating nearly constantly from the effects of heating and wind. And, similar to a musical instrument, different tones are created when different forces act upon it.

Antarctic Ice Sheet



Battles Witches

Catholic Exorcist

A Catholic exorcist in California has thrown down the gauntlet to a coven of New York witches who are planning to hex Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on October 20.

Father Gary Thomas - the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose, California - is holding a special mass tonight, October 18, and on October 20 to counter the public hex that a group of witches in Brooklyn, New York, plan to cast on Justice Kavanaugh this weekend.

"The decision to do this against a Supreme Court Justice is a heinous act and says a lot about the character of these people that should not be underestimated or dismissed," Father Thomas told the National Catholic Register. "These are real evil people."

Father Gary Thomas has been an exorcist since 2006. His extensive training in Rome, Italy, was chronicled in the 2010 book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist.

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'Crossed Eyes'?

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Leonardo da Vinci may have literally seen the world differently.

The famed Renaissance artist may have had an eye condition that helped him better-depict the 3D world on a flat surface when drawing and painting, a new report suggests.

The report, which analyzed six works of art that are likely portraits or self-portraits of Leonardo, suggests that the artist may have had strabismus, or crossed eyes, a condition in which a person's eyes don't look in the same direction at the same time.

In some cases of strabismus, the vision in the "wandering" eye is suppressed, which gives the person 2D "monocular" vision that could be advantageous to painting and drawing, wrote report author Christopher Tyler, a visual neuroscientist and a professor in the City University of London's Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences in the United Kingdom.

Some studies have found that visual artists are more likely than nonartists to have problems with their stereoscopic vision (perception of depth using two eyes), such as strabismus. And research has shown that some famous painters, including Rembrandt van Rijn and Pablo Picasso, had strabismus, based on analyses of their eyes in self-portraits.

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