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10 April, 2021

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[986 days in a row]


from Bruce



• May Pierstorff’s parents were poor, but they were inventive. In 1914, when May was four years old, they decided to send her 100 miles away to visit her grandmother. Unfortunately, they could not afford the train fare. Therefore, they decided to mail her to her grandmother. They took May to the post office, and the postmaster looked at the regulations. Mail over 50 pounds could not be accepted; May weighed 48 pounds. No live animals could be sent through the mail — with the exception of baby chicks. The postmaster decided that May was a baby chick. He tagged the little girl’s coat, and 53 cents in postage was affixed to the tag. She rode in the baggage car of the train under the watchful eye of the baggageman. When May reached her destination, a postal clerk delivered her to her grandmother.

• Rabbi Meir was set upon by thieves in broad daylight, and when he returned home he decided to pray, using a passage from Psalms: “May sinners disappear from the earth and the wicked be no more.” He prayed, but his wife, Beruriah, said that he was not praying properly. The words he was using were ambiguous: His words could be understood as asking for the deaths of the sinners. Instead, she said, he ought explicitly to pray for the other meaning of the words: Pray that the sinners reform and stop doing evil deeds, so that sinners and evil-doers would disappear from the earth by being transformed into godly people. Rabbi Meir agreed, saying, “As always, your wisdom astounds me. You are right. It is better to pray for a person to change than for a person to die.” And he did as his wife advised.

• Jonathan Eybeschuetz displayed remarkable intelligence even as a young child. One morning, a much bigger, anti-Semitic bully beat him up. While the beating was going on, he cried for the beating to stop so he could give the bully all the money he had. Of course, the bully stopped beating him, and young Jonathan emptied his pockets and handed over all his money to the bully. As he did so, he explained that today was a special Jewish holiday, and Jews were required to hand over all their money to anyone who beat them that day. Hearing this, the bully decided to beat up the richest Jew in town. Of course, the rich Jew cried out for help, and a police officer arrested the bully and took him to jail — exactly as young Jonathan had planned.

• As a young child, young adult author Chris Crutcher had a terrible temper. It was so bad that he would jump into the air and then land on his back — hard. His mother was worried about this behavior, so she asked her family physician for advice. Dr. Patterson advised her to keep one of Chris’ wooden blocks handy, and the next time he pulled that stunt, to roll the wooden block on the floor exactly where young Chris would land. The ploy worked. Landing on the wooden block was so painful that Chris did it exactly once.

• After diving into shallow water, 16-year-old Joni Eareckson broke her neck and was paralyzed. Eventually, after months of being suspended in a Stryker frame, she recovered enough to be able to sit in a wheelchair. Dick, her boyfriend, sometimes visited her, but unfortunately, they ran into a problem: little privacy exists in a hospital. To solve the problem, they would go to an elevator and Dick would push the STOP button when they were in between floors. This gave them enough privacy to kiss.

• A three-year-old boy fumbled while trying to button his coat, so his teacher, a Sister of Notre Dame, asked another, older boy, “Would you please help that little boy?” This was the wrong thing to say, and the little boy was deeply offended. He said, “I am a big boy.” Thinking quickly, the Sister came up with exactly the right thing to say: “Will the bigger boy please help the big boy with his coat?” The little — uh, big — boy smiled.

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Throwback Thursday (on Friday) Trivia Question from Yesterday

Honey Tree Evil Eye was the real name of this spokesdog in a late 80s advertising campaign for a diet beer. By what name was this dog better known?

       Spuds MacKenzie                                                      Source

Spuds MacKenzie is a fictional dog (bull terrier) character used for an extensive advertising campaign marketing Bud Light beer in the late 1980s. The Spuds MacKenzie mascot and campaign were thought of by a 23-year-old art director, Jon Moore. At the time he was working at Needham, Harper & Steers, a Chicago advertising agency. The dog first showed up in a Bud Light Super Bowl XXI ad in 1987.

The dog, portrayed by a female bull terrier named Honey Tree Evil Eye, did have some controversy. Shortly after Spuds' rise to fame it was learned that the dog, who was portrayed as male in the ads, 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 Woodstock, Illinois, and lived in North Riverside, Illinois, with her owner family. She died of kidney failure in North Riverside, Illinois.        Source

Jim from CA, retired to ID, was first, and correct, with:
   Spuds MacKenzie

Mark. said:
   Spuds MacKenzie was spokesdog for Bud Light.

Randall wrote:
   Spuds MacKenzie

Alan J answered:
   Spuds MacKenzie.

Stephen F replied:
   Spuds Mackenzie

Dave responded:
   Spuds MacKenzie. I remembered the dog’s name but forgot that the vile piss advertised was Bud Light.

mj wrote:
   I must beg to differ
  Regardless of Spudz McKenzie's promotion, Budwieser does not produce beer.

Billy in Cypress       U.S.A. said:
   "Spuds MacKenzie" and it is again the time for flags at half-mast!

Adam answered:
   Spuds McKenzie

Mac Mac replied:
   Spuds Mckenzie

zorch responded:
   Spuds Mackenzie.

Kevin K. in Washington DC wrote:
   Diet Beer?
  Spuds McKenzie!

Cal in Vermont said:
   Spuds MacKenzie, the Ayatollah of Partyollah. Bud Lite saw a 20% increase in sales one year as a result of the ad campaign.

Daniel in The City answered:
   Spuds McKenzie (WAG)

Jacqueline replied:
   Spuds Mackenzie

David of Moon Valley responded:
   …Spuds McKenzie….and if not, well…i can’t think of any other spokesdog from the last century, aside from some chihuahua for Taco Bell and it sure ain’t that one…..and it’s Friday and i’m beat already…..
  without looking ah'm a-gonna go with...

Dave in Tucson said:
   The spokes dog was known as Spuds McKenzie. Speaking of which, when my long late dog, a coyote mix named Wiley, was a pup he embodied "Spuds McKenzie - The Dark Side.

Bob from Mechanicsburg, Pa wrote:
   Spuds MacKenzie, or as my six year old daughter at that time would say Spuds Akenzie.

Deborah, the Master Gardener answered:
   Spuds McKenzie. I’d nearly forgotten about him.

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Music: "This Land is Your Land"


Artist: Woody Guthrie

Record Company: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Record Company Location: Washington, D.C.


“The first in a series of four, this recording presents many of Woody Guthrie's best-known songs taken from the original masters. Included here is the original version of Woody’s anthem ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ which contains never-before issued lyrics. A major force in the urban folk song revival, Guthrie created an intimate portrait of America — its land and people. He has influenced many contemporary artists, among them Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Billy Bragg, and Bruce Springsteen. During the 1930s and 40s, Woody Guthrie wrote more than a thousand songs, recording hundreds of them for Folkways founder Moses Asch. The surviving masters now reside in the Folkways archive at the Smithsonian Institution. Running time: 72 minutes; 36-page booklet includes historical and biographical notes on Woody Guthrie. Compiled by Jeff Place and Guy Logsdon.”

“The single finest Guthrie Collection Available.”Music Central

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) — known as Woody Guthrie — was an American singer- songwriter and musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan ‘This Machine Kills Fascists’ displayed on his guitar.”

Rich Larson, a fan, wrote: Woody Guthrie ... 1912 - 1967. There are 27 songs on this first of four-album discography. He was Bob Dylan before Bob Dylan. Favorite track: ‘Hobo's Lullaby.’”

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $10 for 27-track album

Genre: Folk.



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Sonoran Desert

Hi Marty,

Since you've been posting your local flora, here's a couple from the Sonoran Desert:

Hedgehog cactus in bloom.

Creosote (what railroad ties are coated with) in bloom.

Dave in Tucson

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Current Events

Randy takes on Hateful Ted Cruz and Miss Lindsey:

TED and LINDSEY! - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

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Last Night

Still sunny & seasonal.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'Bull', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night on the East Coast with a RERUN 'L&O: SVU', followed by 'Dateline', then an old 'SNL' (from 04/13/19) with Emma Stone hosting, music by BTS.
NBC opens the night early on the left coast with a RERUN 'L&O: SVU', followed by a LIVE 'SNL', then an old 'SNL' (from 04/13/19) with Emma Stone hosting, music by BTS.
'SNL' is FRESH with Carey Mulligan hosting, music by Kid Cudi.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'NBA Basketballl', then pads the left coast with local crap.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Kung Fu', followed by an old '2½ Men', then another old '2½ Men'.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Masked Singer', followed by a RERUN 'Game Of Talents'.

MY recycles an old 'Weather Gone Viral', followed by an old 'Storm Of Suspicion'.

A&E has the movie 'Jack Reacher', followed by the movie 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back', then the movie 'Jack Reacher'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Bourne Identity', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy'.

BBC  -   
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 [11:00AM - 4:00PM]   LIFE STORY
 [9:00PM - 11:00PM]   YELLOWSTONE
 [12:00AM - 2:00AM]   WILD ALASKA

Bravo has all old 'Chrisley Knows Best' all night.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then the movie 'Big Daddy'.

FX has the movie 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', followed by the movie 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon'.

History has all 'Band Of Brothers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:15am]   The Three Stooges - Woman Haters
 [6:30am - 12:00pm]   Saved By The Bell
 [12:30pm]   The Blues Brothers
 [3:30pm]   Road Trip
 [5:30pm]   Fool's Gold
 [8:00pm]   Bad Teacher
 [10:00pm]   Fool's Gold
 [12:30am]   Bad Teacher
 [2:30am]   Road Trip
 [4:30am]   The Three Stooges - Ants In The Pantry
 [5:00am]   The Three Stooges - Back From The Front
 [5:30am]   The Three Stooges - Crime On Their Hands    (ALL TIMES ET)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30am - 10:30am]   the andy griffith show
 [11:00am - 5:00pm]   hogan's heroes
 [5:30pm]   twins
 [8:00pm]   ferris bueller's day off
 [10:30pm]   bad boys ii
 [1:30am]   bad boys
 [4:00am]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Billionaire Mugger
 [5:00am]   monk - Mr. Monk And The Other Woman    (ALL TIMES ET)

SyFy has the movie 'I, Robot', followed by the movie 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'.

 [6:45AM]      Hide-Out (1934)
 [8:30AM]      High Society (1956)
 [10:30AM]      Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
 [12:45PM]      Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
 [3:00PM]      Hope and Glory (1987)
 [5:00PM]      How the West Was Won (1962)
 [8:00PM]      Hud (1963)
 [10:00PM]      The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
 [12:15AM]      I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
 [2:00AM]      I Married a Witch (1942)
 [3:30AM]      I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
 [5:15AM]      I Remember Mama (1948)    (ALL TIMES ET)

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 [7:30AM]      I Vitelloni (1953)
 [9:30AM]      I Want to Live! (1958)
 [11:45AM]      I Want You (1951)
 [1:30PM]      Ice Castles (1978)
 [3:30PM]      I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
 [5:45PM]      Imitation of Life (1959)
 [8:00PM]      In Cold Blood (1967)
 [10:30PM]      In the Heat of the Night (1967)
 [12:30AM]      Inherit the Wind (1960)
 [2:45AM]      Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
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Top Prizes

GLAAD Media Awards

Schitt's Creek continued its dominant awards season haul by picking up another prize, the latest acquired Thursday night during the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards. It was the beloved series' second straight award from the media watchdog organization and it follows top prizes at the Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tonight's virtual ceremony, which premiered exclusively on GLAAD's YouTube channel in partnership with Google before streaming later this evening on Hulu, also saw top prizes go to Clea DuVall's Happiest Season, Joe Mantello's The Boys in the Band, Sam Feder's transgender representation documentary Disclosure, the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery and pop star Sam Smith. In total, there were nine competitive categories announced, with the other winners revealed in advance or rolled out today on social media in conjunction with the show.

Celebrating the accomplishments of the LGBTQ communities and its allies was top of mind during the show, but the GLAAD Media Awards also delivered some weighty and emotional moments. The cast of Glee reunited for the first time since the death of actress Naya Rivera for a special tribute to her groundbreaking character Santana Lopez as introduced by Demi Lovato. Jacob Artist, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jessalyn Gilsig, Dot-Marie Jones, Vanessa Lengies, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Alex Newell, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., Becca Tobin and Jenna Ushkowitz appeared during the tribute.

Also, multiple presenters called out the wave of attacks on the community, including the violence facing trans women of color and the anti-trans legislation circulating across the country, particularly in Arkansas which became the first state to block medical care for trans youth.

The event also featured appearances by Katy Perry (who presented to Sam Smith), Matt Bomer, Jonathan Bennett, Bob the Drag Queen, Wilson Cruz, Mackenzie Davis, Colman Domingo, Clea DuVall, Brandee Evans, Gottmik, August Getty, Nats Getty, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Ariadne Getty, Karamo, Dan Levy, Jim Parsons, DJ “Shangela” Pierce, Eureka O’Hara, Andrew Rannells, Molly Bernard, Anthony Rapp, Ronen Rubinstein, Rafael Silva, Lilly Singh, JoJo Siwa, Brian Michael Smith, Harvey Guillén and the cast of Veneno, among others. There were performances by Chika, Rebecca Black and Jessica Betts, with Sabrina Carpenter turning out an exclusive performance for the Hulu stream.

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Next Guest Hosts


Dates have been announced for the next round of "Jeopardy!" guest hosts.

The show has been leaning on celebrities to fill in for Alex Trebek following his death in November, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will pick up the quiz show baton from current host, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, hosting April 19-30. "60 Minutes" correspondent Bill Whitaker follows Cooper from May 3-14. And "Call Me Kat" star Mayim Bialik takes over May 31, until June 11.

"Today" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, are also on the slate of guest hosts, though their dates have not yet been announced.

LeVar Burton, perhaps most famous for hosting the children's show "Reading Rainbow," has also made it known that he would like a turn at "Jeopardy!"



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Oscar-Nominated Song

“Husavik (My Hometown)”

The writers behind the Oscar-nominated song “Husavik (My Hometown)” knew that they wanted it to be an emotional core to the otherwise silly Will Ferrell movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” But they had no idea just how significant the ballad would become to the people of the small Icelandic town it’s named after — especially considering the fact they’ve yet to visit. And yet in the past year, the people of Húsavík, a town of only 2,300, have staged a grassroots Oscar campaign on behalf of the song and adopted it as a de facto local anthem.

Children are taught it in school. It’s been sung at the local retirement home, in church and blasted over the loudspeakers before soccer games. One councilmember is gearing up to paint the main street red (as a red carpet) for the Oscars on April 25. Húsavík is even considering opening late in the day after so residents can stay up to watch the ceremony, which starts at 2 a.m. local time.

“It’s such a beautiful song about our town,” said Örlygur Örlygsson, the local entrepreneur behind the campaign. “It lifted the spirits of the people so much. People became optimistic that we would get somehow through this thing.”

The song itself was a bit of a wild card. Anyone who has seen director David Dobkin’s loving spoof of the Eurovision contest knows that it doesn’t exactly take itself seriously. Plopping a sincere ballad at the climax was a gamble.

“We were a little worried about getting to that one,” said Savan Kotecha, who co-wrote the song and executive produced the music in the film. “The other ones were super fun and funny songs and up-tempo. David’s dream was to have this emotional moment at the end. But he felt we had to earn it.”

“Husavik (My Hometown)”



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Now A Member


Sylvester Stallone (R-Glass Coffee Tables) just reportedly became a member at former President Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up)’s Mar-a-Lago, according to Page Six.

Insiders tell the media outlet that the 74-year-old Hollywood icon was spotted at the Palm Beach property last month taking selfies with fans.

The “Rocky” star recently bought a house (sorry, mansion) nearby, so it would make sense that he wanted in. Stallone’s membership affords him an all-access pass to the myriad facilities.

According to the resort’s website, “membership includes the use of the formal and casual dining areas, the Trump Spa and Salon, the pool, the Beach Club, breathtaking guest rooms and exclusive suites, a state-of the-art-fitness center, award winning tennis courts, beautiful croquet lawns and an entertainment series which hosts internationally world-renowned talent.”



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As The Worm Squirms


Wayne LaPierre (R-Draft Dodger) flies exclusively on private jets, he sailed around the Bahamas for “security” and he never sends emails or texts in the course of his work running the nation's most politically influential gun-rights group.

LaPierre's testimony this week during the National Rifle Association's high-stakes bankruptcy trial offered a rare window into the work and habits of the notoriously secretive titan of the American firearms movement.

Seldom seen in public outside choreographed speeches and TV appearances, the 71-year-old was blunt and occasionally combative under lawyers' questioning. He took the virtual witness stand in a federal case over whether the NRA should be allowed to incorporate in Texas instead of New York, where the state is suing in a separate effort to disband the group over alleged financial abuses.

LaPierre’s testimony revealed him to be an embattled executive defending his leadership and punching back against what he characterized as a political attack by New York Attorney General Letitia James. But he also tried to acknowledge enough mistakes and course corrections to avoid having the NRA's reins handed to a court-appointed overseer — a move he said would be a death blow to the 150-year-old group that claims 5 million members.

The NRA declared bankruptcy in January, five months after James' office sued seeking its dissolution over allegations that executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts and other questionable expenditures.




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The Presidio Trust

The Savage Wiener

Last year, former President Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up) appointed right-wing radio host Michael Savage (R-Go Away) to the board of directors of San Francisco’s Presidio Trust — where he not only caused chaos, but also railed against a museum dedicated to remembering the Japanese internment camps amid World War II, according to a Mother Jones report.

The Presidio Trust is a federal corporation that controls the roughly 1,200-acre urban park at the base of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, which also includes historic sites and the Presidio’s museum, known as the Heritage Gallery.

The museum has an exhibition titled “The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration,” which is dedicated to remembering the “dark chapter in American history” and the specific role Presidio played in that history.

Savage, now a director of Presidio, used his new leadership position to condemn a military heritage museum for focusing on the Japanese internment as opposed to “the greatness of the US Army.”

“You would think that the military heritage museum would show us the greatness of the US Army at the Presidio, but it doesn’t,” he said during a December broadcast. “Instead, it shows us big things about the Japanese internment.”

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Private Investigators


MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (R-Delusional) claimed Friday he has hired private investigators looking at “everything,” including who’s behind “the bots and trolls” and even Fox News.

Lindell has pushed a number of conspiracies about the 2020 election, to the point where a Newsmax anchor literally walked off the set after trying to get him to stop, and Dominion is suing him for defamation.

Lindell appeared on War Room: Pandemic Friday to talk about the lawsuit and his new social media venture.

Steve Bannon (R-Satan's Catamite), after bringing up the Murdochs (R-Evil Incarnate0, said to Lindell that even though he still sees the MyPillow ads on the network, “I don’t remember seeing you on Fox recently.

“Why are the Murdochs afraid of Dominion?” Bannon asked. “Why is Mike Lindell not on Fox and why do they seem to say, hey, when Dominion says something we’re just gonna shut up about it and talk about Biden’s tax bill?”




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Suzhen's Krait

A deadly new snake has been discovered after spending decades masquerading as a much less dangerous species, according to researchers — who named the snake after a shape-shifting serpent goddess from a Chinese folktale.

The new species is a type of krait snake found in Southwest China and northern Myanmar and had previously been categorized as the many-banded krait (Bungarus multicinctus). However, morphological and genetic differences, as well as a particularly painful and deadly bite, were enough to classify this reptile as its own species.

The researchers named the new snake Suzhen's krait (Bungarus suzhenae) after Bai Su Zhen — a powerful snake goddess from a traditional Chinese myth.

Researchers hope the new classification will enable local communities to identify the deadly snake and avoid potentially fatal interactions, as well as help scientists to develop a new antivenom to treat Suzhen's krait bites.

Kraits have long been a nightmare for taxonomists. Suzhen's krait was one of four different species that were, until recently, collectively labeled as one species called many-banded kraits. The species are all predominantly black and white and look very similar at first glance, but Suzhen's krait has a distinct number of bands on its body and is longer than the other species.

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Some of the oldest human art in Europe is entirely hidden from sight, tucked away in the narrow crawl spaces of deep, dark, and winding caves.

To even see the walls, let alone decorate them, stone age artists would have needed to crawl around with several torches, and archaeologists now suspect all that smoke induced an altered state of consciousness.

Hallucinatory plants have been connected to the otherworldly nature of cave art before, but this new hypothesis suggests ancient humans were consciously chasing a similar transformative experience in the depths of the underworld, long before they began using other psychoactive substances.

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