• Gay and lesbian activists sometimes have to fight scary battles. In the 1960s, some members of the American Nazi Party wanted to cause trouble at a conference of ECHO (East Coast Homophile Organizations). The gays and lesbians banded together to keep the American Nazis out of the auditorium where the conference was being held by locking arms and forming a human barricade that refused to let the American Nazis through. Among the activists barricading the door was Nancy Garden, lesbian author of Annie on My Mind.
• Many people read and enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the good guys’ fight against the evil of Mordor. Some of those who read it in college are activists. One campus cut down a pleasant grove of trees to make room for an ugly “Cultural Center” made of concrete blocks. Students detested the cutting down of trees, and on the ugly building someone wrote, “Another bit of Mordor.”
• Advertising copywriters can be very good writers. In 1919, 18-year-old Lillian Eichler was assigned the task of writing advertisements for Eleanor Holt’s book Encyclopedia of Etiquette. Ms. Eichler came through in a big way. Her ad showed a guest spilling a cup of coffee on a tablecloth — the copy read, “Has this ever happened to you?” The ad was very successful, and 1,000 copies of the book were sold quickly. Unfortunately, most of those copies were returned just as quickly, as the book was old fashioned and hopelessly out of date. No problem. The publisher, Doubleday, figured that if Ms. Eichler could write advertising copy as well as she did, then she could rewrite the book well. She did rewrite the book, which was given the new title Book of Etiquette, and the book sold at least 3 million copies over the next 30 years.
• To get a job in advertising, it helps to be creative. Chris, the brother of author Beth Lisick, created a resume that included a photograph of him seated at a baby grand. It also included a photograph of celebrity John Tesh seated at a baby grand. The resume compared the careers and lives of Chris and John Tesh. For example, Mr. Tesh courted celebrity Connie Selleca at the exact same time that Chris was being dumped by a girlfriend. And when John Tesh released his album Sax by the Fire, Chris was being heavily criticized for failing to meet the dress code of a restaurant. Chris was hired, and he became a success — he wrote these words that were spoken by a Chihuahua in a series of Taco Bell commercials: “Drop the chalupa.”
• An effective advertisement need not be long or even have an illustration. When Sir Ernest Shackleton needed men to go with him on a trip to the South Pole, he placed this ad in London newspapers in 1900: “MEN WANTED for Hazardous Journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success — Sir Ernest Shackleton.” The copy of the ad was frank, and the response to the ad showed that it was effective. Sir Ernest said, “It seemed as though all the men in Great Britain were determined to accompany me, the response was so overwhelming.”
• In his sketch “‘Party Cries’ in Ireland,” Mark Twain tells of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. Commonly, according to Mr. Twain, Irishmen would cry out either “To hell with the Pope” or “To hell with the Protestants,” depending on the religion of the crier. This became so common that a law was passed attempting to stop the custom by imposing a fine and court costs on anyone found guilty of giving a party cry. One day, a drunk was found lying in an alley, shouting, “To hell with! To hell with!” A police officer found the drunk and asked him, “To hell with what?” But the drunk replied, “Ah, bedad ye can finish it yourself — it’s too expinsive for me!”
In a series of 1960's commercials, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass rerecorded and renamed "The Mexican Shuffle" for a brand of chewing gum. In each ad, a placid person would unwrap a stick of gum then abruptly break into what dance?
Clark's Teaberry is a brand of chewing gum. The D. L. Clark Company of Pittsburgh's north side purchased the patent for it from Charles Burke, who experimented with various flavors of chewing gum in the basement of 533 McClintock Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Teaberry is currently marketed by First Source, LLC in Buffalo, New York, and made in Mexico. The gum dates to 1900.
The popularity of Teaberry peaked in the 1960s. It was additionally popularized when Pelican Films (292 Madison Avenue, New York, New York) produced a series of commercials using music from Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Clark liked "The Mexican Shuffle" from the South of the Border album, and commissioned Herb to rerecord it as "The Teaberry Shuffle". In each commercial, a placid person would unwrap a stick of Clark's Teaberry gum and start chewing it. The chewer would abruptly break into a rapid, energetic dance with distinctive shuffling steps for several seconds, then would just as abruptly return to his or her original activity. For instance, one commercial in the campaign featured a column of marching soldiers: one soldier in the middle of the column chewed the gum and stepped out of the column to dance the Teaberry Shuffle, then resumed his position in the column and fell back into step. In all the commercials, the dance steps were quite simple; the creators of the ad campaign may have hoped that the commercials would inspire a dance craze.
The gum's mintlike flavor recalls that of Gaultheria procumbens, the eastern teaberry, from which it derives its name. The gum is pink in color, individually wrapped in white paper, and wrapped again in a pink teaberry-printed paper.
Always reminded me of hop scotch moves
At least that's how I looked on the Teaberry Shuffle.
Alan J answered:
Clark's Teaberry Gum.
Cal in Vermont said:
The Teaberry Shuffle.
Mac Mac responded:
The Teaberry Shuffle
The Teaberry Shuffle
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
The Teaberry Shuffle
Teaberry Shuffle. I didn’t recall the commercial although the tune sounds familiar, and watching on Youtube didn’t jog my memory either. My research tells me that the product, Clark’s Teaberry, had its peak popularity in the 1960’s and is no longer manufactured. I read that it tasted kind of like sweet wintergreen. Eastern Teaberry, or American Wintergreen, is a shrub that is native to northeastern North America. In spite of the name, Teaberry gum did not contain any Teaberry plant extract.
David of Moon Valley responded:
I'm gonna go..
…purely from memory on this but i seem to recall it being the Teaberry Shuffle…and if it ain’t well then i’ll read the correct answer tomorrow….
Ed K replied:
St Vitus' dance, a disorder characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements primarily affecting the face, hands and feet.
Billy in Cypress U. $. A. said:
Deborah, the Master Gardener wrote:
I can picture in my mind’s eye the commercial but not the gum. I’m lazy today so I’ll go with a WAG: The Cha-cha.
It’s been great weather this week, just right for the first days of fall, and now hot winds and triple digit temps are in store for the weekend. This year — 2020— has been brought to you by the letters WTF.
Dave in Tucson (Where the skies have been hazy for days.) answered:
The Mexican Hat Dance?
Rosemary in Columbus replied:
The Teaberry Shuffle
Barbara, of Peppy Tech fame responded:
Wow, had to look that one up! The answer is the Teaberry Shuffle, in ads for Teaberry gum.
Joe ( -- Vote Blue, No Matter Who -- ) wrote:
I don't know. I can't recall ever seeing a commercial like that and the interwebs weren't much help other than letting me know the gum was Teaberry. Teaberry? Really? Gotta go to bed,
The Teaberry Shuffle.
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I don't know if the local TV stations are getting lazy, or if standards have changed, but I'm seeing a lot of commercial breaks where there are ads that are both pro & anti the same ballot measures.
Back in the day, that was greatly frowned upon, mostly because it generated two 'make goods' - a free commercial for each side, in a comparable program.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'The Greatest #AtHome Videos', followed by a FRESH'Love Island', then a RERUN'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUNStephen Colbert (from 9/16/20) are Drew Barrymore, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Lang Lang.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, it's TBA.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'NHL Stanley Cup Stuff', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Sting, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Gashi featuring Sting.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 9/10/20) are Michael Cohen and Sheryl Crow.
On a RERUNLilly Singh (from 3/11/20) are Rob Corddry and Pete Holmes.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 9/21/20) are Charles Barkley and the Chicks.
The CW offers a FRESH'Masters Of Illusion', followed by a RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', then a FRESH'Worlds Funniest Animals', followed by a RERUN'Worlds Funniest Animals'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'WWE Friday Night SmackDown'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'Live Rescue'.
AMC offers the movie 'Con Air', followed by the movie 'The Goonies', then the movie 'The Goonies', again.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - GALAXY'S CHILD
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - NIGHT TERRORS
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - IDENTITY CRISIS
[9:00AM] MEN IN BLACK 3
[11:30AM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[2:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II
[5:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
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[10:30PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II
[1:30AM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
[4:30AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - MONTEREY BAY
[5:00AM] THE POLAR BEAR FAMILY AND ME - SPRING (ALL TIMES ET)
Bravo has the movie 'He's Just Not That Into You', followed by the movie 'Legally Blonde', then the movie 'Legally Blonde', again.
Comedy Central has an old 'South Park', another old 'South Park', and 3 hours of old 'The Office'.
FX has the movie 'Deadpool 2', followed by a FRESH'A Wilderness Of Error', then another FRESH'A Wilderness Of Error'.
History has 'MonsterQuest: Feline Beasts', 'MonsterQuest: Deadly Jellyfish', followed by the FRESH'MonsterQuest: Dangerous Primates', and 'Ancient Aliens'.
[6:00am] The Three Stooges - Woman Haters
[6:30am] Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Red Zone Cuba
[8:45am] We Were Soldiers
[11:45am] Full Metal Jacket
[2:30pm] Transporter 2
[4:30pm] The Expendables
[6:45pm] The Expendables 2
[9:00pm] John Wick
[11:15pm] Oblivion (ALL TIMES ET)
[6:00am] the andy griffith show
[6:30am] the andy griffith show
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[4:00pm] law & order
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[10:00pm] law & order
[11:00pm] law & order
[12:00am] law & order
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[2:00am] the age of adaline
[4:30am] the andy griffith show
[5:00am] the andy griffith show
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SyFy has the movie 'Walking Tall', followed by the movie 'Doctor Strange'.
Kentucky-born George Clooney is among the many outraged after only one police officer was charged in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor.
Clooney said he is "ashamed" in a statement issued Wednesday evening, after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron warned that "celebrities, influencers, and activists" and those who "have never lived in Kentucky" would try to pass judgment on the decision and claim "they know our community and the Commonwealth better than we do."
Clooney's statement, provided to Deadline, begins, "I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month.
"The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions," the actor continued. "Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I'm ashamed of this decision."
Sir David Attenborough has joined Instagram. Sir David Attenborough, it should be noted, also doesn’t seem too thrilled that he had to join Instagram. In his debut post, the revered documentary narrator and natural historian makes it very clear that he’s only joined the social media platform because, after decades spent trying to make people give a shit, he’s now willing to do whatever it takes to properly convey the perils facing our planet.
“I’ve been appearing on radio and television for the past 60 years, but this is my first time on Instagram,” he says. “I’m making this move and exploring this new way of communication to me because, as we all know, the world is in trouble.”
His measured voice runs down a brief account of what, exactly, he means here, just in case viewers need a reminder. “Continents are on fire, glaciers are melting, coral reefs are dying, fish are disappearing from our oceans,” Attenborough explains. “The list goes on and on. But we know what to do about it.”
Do you see now? Do you feel bad? It’s not enough that our planet is hurtling ever faster toward complete destruction, but now Attenborough (who is 94-years old and should be allowed to relax!) has had to join Instagram. To be fair, the post does say that, because “social media isn’t David’s usual habitat,” his account isn’t being run by him alone. Instead, it’s handled by Jonnie Hughes and Colin Butfield, collaborators on Attenborough’s upcoming “witness statement” on environmental collapse, A Life On Our Planet.
Follow Attenborough’s account for more updates and, for Christ’s sake, let’s all pay attention so he doesn’t have to start a TikTok, too.
Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump” is a six-time Oscar winner (including trophies for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor) and $683 million grosser (the second biggest release of 1994 after “The Lion King”), but Paramount wasn’t so confident about the film’s success during production. During a new interview on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” Tom Hanks revealed that he paid out of pocket for at least two “Forrest Gump” scenes after the studio refused to put down the money itself and increase the budget. One of the scenes was Forrest’s iconic run across America.
“And [Zemeckis] said ‘Well, this run is going to cost X amount of dollars.’ And it wasn’t cheap. And I said ‘ok,’” Hanks recalled. “He said, ‘You and I are going to split that amount, and we’re going to give it back [to Paramount]. We’ll give you the money back, but you guys [Paramount] are going to have to share the profits a little bit more.’ Which the studio said ‘Fabulous, great. ok.’ And it was good for us, too.”
By working out a deal where Hanks and Zemeckis would pay for scenes in return for a larger percentage of the film’s box office gross, the collaborators struck gold as Hanks would go on to earn an estimated $65 million in profits from “Forrest Gump.” Hanks’ financial return for the film far exceeded Paramount’s $55 million production budget. Hanks was also awarded the Oscar for Best Actor.
At least 50 journalists in the US have been arrested during Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the US, while dozens of others have also been injured by rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas.
The US Press Freedom Tracker has collected nearly 500 incidents from 382 reports, from the unrest in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd‘s killing by police in late May, to demonstrations in more than 70 cities across 35 states since.
At least 46 journalists were arrested between the end of May and the beginning of June, according to data collected by the organisation. Dozens of others reported injuries from law enforcement, firing “less lethal” projectiles, tear gas canisters and other weapons into crowds or directly at reporters during demonstrations, even when they had identified themselves and shown credentials, the organisation reports.
The latest reports mark a significant spike since the end of May, when nationwide protests started, at which point the organisation had recorded only five arrests and 26 attacks for the entire year by that point.
But by the end of the month, the number of attacks had increased nearly five times, after more than a month of nightly protests, vigils and other demonstrations against police violence and racial injustice.
The moment the president of the US declares a national emergency, powers obscured to the public become available to them – a series of far-reaching authoritarian measures that legal analysts fear could justify mass arrests and federal troops patrolling American streets.
If invoked, so-called “secret powers” could supersede constitutional protections and set an authoritative precedent that legal scholars and analysts fear would effectively erase American democracy.
Adding the caveat that it’s unlikely or uncertain that a sitting president could wage such drastic threats against civil protections without protracted political battles, legal and constitutional scholars have issued worst-case scenario outlooks ahead of crucial 2020 elections, as Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) and his allies lay the groundwork to undermine voting confidence and amplify misinformation targeting other Americans.
The Brennan Centre for Justice at the New York University School of Law has sought to uncover an obscured series of “presidential emergency action documents” that remain largely out of the public eye.
Dozens of statutory provisions are then available to the president upon declaration of an emergency. Of those, 96 merely require the president’s signature. Only 13 require congressional intervention.
An enigmatic painting from Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million estimate, despite the pandemic.
Botticelli’s 15th-century portrait of a nobleman in “Young Man Holding a Roundel” is the highlight of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series in New York in January.
Opportunities to acquire a Botticelli — the artist behind such masterpieces as “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus” — are very rare.
The auction house believes it could get over $100 million. The last painting to achieve that level at auction was Claude Monet’s “Meules” at Sotheby’s New York in 2019, going for $110 million.
If it reaches those dizzying heights, it would represent a windfall for the present owner. The painting was last acquired at auction in 1982 for £810,000 (or just over $1 million today).
As the streets of San Francisco emptied out in the first months of the pandemic, the city's male birds began singing more softly and improving their vocal range, making them "sexier" to females, according to a new study published Thursday.
The paper adds to a growing body of research describing how animals - from whales to coyotes to the white-crowned sparrow studied here - have adapted their behaviors to COVID-19 shutdowns that forced humans to retreat to their homes, a phenomenon dubbed the "anthropause."
They compared birdsong data they had collected from previous years to recordings made at the same sites from April to May 2020, finding the sparrows were now singing far more quietly, and were able to hit much lower notes, which in turn expanded their range and enhanced their overall performance.
The scientists were surprised by just how far the volume of their songs had dropped - almost a third.
But despite this, the sparrows' trills could still be heard from twice as far away compared to before the shutdown, tying in with anecdotal reports of birdsongs becoming more conspicuous to humans.
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