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30 July, 2021

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M Is FOR MASHUP - July 30th, 2021

Bartcop E 20th Anniversary show

By DJ Useo







City-wide net outage here in Austin from all servers just stopped, after a week.


Net's not working right yet, though, in most cases.


Even phones were out, or working poorly.

So sorry, I missed your 20th. I had this show ready to go since the net went off
( hearthis.at/vxmfxz7w/dj-useo-bartcop-e-20th-anniversary-podcast/ ) .













DJ Konrad Useo







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from Bruce

Anecdotes

Media

• Jack Murphy, a sportswriter for the San Diego Union, was assigned to cover the Rose Bowl, but he decided to first do some skiing in the mountains above Lake Arrowhead. He had a grand time and waited until the last minute before heading to the Rose Bowl. Fortunately, he was able to drive fast and — despite a snowstorm — make it to the Rose Bowl in time to cover it. However, he startled many football fans who stood in the warm sun and stared at Mr. Murphy’s car, which was covered with snow and ice.


The New York Times hired its first woman sports editor in the late 1970s, and women’s sports began to get considerably more coverage than when the Times had a male sports editor. On June 1, 1980, this headline appeared in the Times: “Massachusetts Woman Takes Weight-Lifting Title.” The article reported that Leslie Sewall had won the 114-pound national AAU title. Unfortunately, the headline had gotten one thing wrong — Leslie Sewall is a man.


• Olga Korbut astonished the world at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich with her revolutionary and high-risk gymnastics feats. As she performed a back somersault and recatch on the uneven bars, news commentator George Madux could say only, “Oh! My! Wow!” When he was asked if Olga’s feat had ever been accomplished before, he replied, “Not by any human.”


• Ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean received over 100 perfect 6’s in their career, but their first perfect 6 came in the 1979 British championships and was given to them by an octogenarian named Molly Phillips, who was rumored to give perfect 6’s so that her face would appear on TV.


• In a column he wrote for Catholic New York, Cardinal John O’Connor criticized the playing of professional baseball games on Sunday. The New York Post covered the controversy in an article headlined “Sermon on the Mound.”


• Chess world champion Gary Kasparov has an interesting way of dealing with reporters he doesn’t want to talk to — he ignores them. Eventually, the reporters go away.



Mishaps

• Some members of Charlie Barnet’s jazz band decided to go swimming in San Francisco on a very hot day, so they plugged the cracks under the doors of their hotel room, turned on the water full force in the bathtub and let the water overflow. Eventually, they had a foot and a half or two feet of water on the floor, and they had a grand time “swimming” until the water leaked through the floor into the hotel room below. The hotel management, of course, was upset and brought in Mr. Barnet to see the damage. Mr. Barnet was also upset, and after calling his band members a few unprintable names, said, “The least you could have done was invite me.”


• Years ago, sportscasters Chris Schenkel, Bud Wilkerson, and O.J. Simpson were on TV commenting on the Hula Bowl, which is played in Hawaii. At a pause in the game, a TV camera showed a young lady, and Mr. Schenkel asked, “Bud, isn’t that the young lady who gave us a lei before the game?”



Money

• When professional baseball teams started to pay for the wives of All-Stars to attend the All-Star game, the single All-Stars complained, and so they were allowed to bring along a parent, sibling, or friend at the team’s expense. In 1984, Damaso Garcia was an All-Star, and he asked his friend Alfredo Griffin, an infielder, to go with him. When they arrived at the All-Star game, they discovered that infielder Alan Trammel had been hurt, and Mr. Griffin, since he was already there, was asked to take his place. Ironically, Mr. Griffin could never become an All-Star on his own merits, but he had an incentive clause in his contract saying he would receive a $25,000 bonus if he became an All-Star. Since he indisputably was on an All-Star team, he received his $25,000.


• Willie Johnson, a caddie of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews in Scotland, got his nickname of “Trap Door” because of how he used to make extra income. Claiming that one leg was shorter than the other, he had a special boot made with a hollow sole and a metal door. Inside the sole he used to trap the “lost” golf balls of the people he caddied for. His special boot could hold up to six “lost” balls, which he would resell for extra income.



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Presenting

Michael Egan






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Putin Crimea Incursion: 'Normal Tourist Visit' - Michael Egan, Humor Times













Editorial and Political Cartoons



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Trivia Question of the Day


In the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle", what ran away with the spoon?


                                  



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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday


From "Inka Dinka Doo" to Mrs. Calabash, the Schnozzola was one of America's most familiar and popular personalities from the 1920s through the 1970s. By what name is he more properly known?


       Jimmy Durante                                                      Source




James Francis Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an American actor, comedian, singer, vaudevillian, and pianist. His distinctive gravelly speech, Lower East Side accent, comic language-butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and prominent nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. He often referred to his nose as the schnozzola (Italianization of the American Yiddish slang word schnoz, meaning "big nose"), and the word became his nickname.

By 1934, Durante had a major record hit with his own novelty composition, "Inka Dinka Doo", with lyrics by Ben Ryan. It became his theme song for the rest of his life.

Durante's radio show was bracketed with two trademarks: "Inka Dinka Doo" as his opening theme, and the invariable signoff that became another familiar national catchphrase: "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." For years no one knew who Mrs. Calabash referred to and Durante preferred to keep the mystery alive until 1966. At a National Press Club meeting in 1966 (broadcast on NBC's Monitor program), Durante finally revealed that it was indeed a tribute to his wife. While driving across the country, they stopped in a small town called Calabash, North Carolina whose name Jean had loved. "Mrs. Calabash" became his pet name for her, and he signed off his radio program with "Good night, Mrs. Calabash." He added "wherever you are" after the first year.

Durante was an active member of the Democratic Party. In 1933, he appeared in an advertisement shown in theaters supporting Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs and wrote a musical score titled Give a Man a Job to accompany it. He performed at both the inaugural gala for President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and a year later at the famous Madison Square Garden rally for the Democratic party that featured Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday" to JFK.        Source

Jimmy Durante and Harry James 'Inka Dinka Doo' - YouTube







Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Jimmy Durante.



Randall wrote:
   Jimmy Durante





Billy in Cypress       U.S.A. said:
   Jimmy Durante



Alan J answered:
   Jimmy Durante.



Tony from Phoenix replied:
   Jimmy “ the schnozz” Durante



Dave responded:
   Jimmy Durante. His face immediately came to mind but I didn’t recall his name. He got his start on radio as part of the trio Clayton, Jackson and Durante. After Jimmy became a big star and his 2 friends’ careers were left behind, Durante kept them on his payroll for the rest of their lives. That was just one of Durante’s many acts of generosity that famously included a lifelong devotion to children’s charities.





Cal in Vermont wrote:
   Jimmy Durante. "Ha cha cha cha cha chaaaaa!"



Stephen F said:
   Jimmy Durante



mj answered:
   I can still see him
  At the close of his variety show, walking through a series of spotlight circles on a darkened stage. As he passed through each one, the spot went out. Jimmy Durante knew how to leave a room.




Jacqueline responded:
   Jimmy Durante



John I from Hawai`i says,
   Jimmy Durante



Mac Mac replied:
   Jimmy Durante



Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Jimmy Durante



Michelle in AZ said:
   Jimmy Durante



Daniel in The City answered:
   Jimmy Durante



Dave in Tucson replied:
   Jimmy Durante.





Paul of Seattle responded:
   that would be Jimmy Durante



Barbara, of Peppy Tech fame wrote:
   Jimmy Durante



Joe    said:
   About 70 years ago we lived very rural, out in the woods, no neighbors. I was the president of the Jimmy Durante fan club. Actually I was the only member, but I really liked Durante and I wrote him a fan mail letter and he sent me an autographed picture. I watched his show every week.



Adam answered:
   Jimmy Durante



Deborah, the Master Gardener replied:
   Ah, the incomparable Jimmy Durante. I don’t know much about him; my mother taught me his more popular songs. I have seen him on tv as a child. I like his nickname.
  Watched tv today for the first time in over two weeks. Of course, I tuned into the Olympics, a spectacle I enjoy.
  Toasty-hot up here today, and so on, and so forth.




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MAM     In memory.



  





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BRUCE'S RECOMMENDATION

BANDCAMP MUSIC

BRUCE'S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

Music: "Moves"

Album: LORD

Artist: Near Death Experience (NDX)

Artist Location: London, UK

Info: Near Death Experience (NDX) are based in West London, England. Their hook-filled songs draw on '60s garage, rock, indie & psychedelia with a hint of soul and blues.”

Near Death Experience (NDX) are a four-piece band from Ealing, London. They formed in 2016 and began writing songs and performing across the UK capital. NDX established a reputation for powerful, emotive live performances and a ‘shimmering psyche-tinged rock 'n' soul" sound, securing a spot on one of Glastonbury 2017's smaller stages.’





Price: £1(GBP) for track; £6 (GBP) for 4-track album

Genre: Blues. Rock.

Links:

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New Venture

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This GOP rep wore body armor to Trump's 'Save America' rally after saying he didn't believe it would end in violence | AlterNet


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GOP Could Retake the House in 2022 Just by Gerrymandering Four Southern States | Mother Jones


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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

One of the lizards laid an egg!



Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Secret Celebrity Renovation', followed by a FRESH 'Love Island', then a RERUN 'Blue Bloods'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 7/19/21) are Joy Reid and Alessia Cara.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 4/15/21) are Forest Whitaker and Kane Brown.



NBC fills the day & night with FRESH 'Olympics'.
Jimmy Fallon is pre-empted.
Seth Meyers is pre-empted.
Lilly Singh is pre-empted.



ABC opens the night with a RERUN 'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel, with guest host Phoebe Robinson (from 7/14/21) are Chelsea Handler, Chris Bosh, and Moneybagg Yo.



The CW offers a FRESH 'Burden Of Truth', followed by a FRESH 'Dynasty'.



Faux fills the night with FRESH 'WWE Friday Night SmackDown'.



MY recycles an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by 'Schitt's Creek', then an old 'King Of Queens', followed by another old 'King Of Queens'.



A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.



AMC offers the movie 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?', followed by the movie 'Forrest Gump'.



BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]   AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
 [8:00AM]   ENDER'S GAME
 [10:30AM]   TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
 [2:00PM]   PLANET EARTH: A CELEBRATION
 [3:00PM]   WILD INDIA
 [4:00PM - 8:00PM]   PLANET EARTH: AFRICA
 [9:00PM]   EDEN: UNTAMED PLANET
 [10:15PM - 12:35AM]   PLANET EARTH: AFRICA
 [1:45AM]   EDEN: UNTAMED PLANET
 [3:00AM - 5:00AM]   PLANET EARTH: AFRICA    (ALL TIMES ET)



Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then the movie 'Pretty Woman'.



Comedy Central has has an hour of old 'The Office', followed by 3 hours of 'Schitt's Creek'.



FX has the movie 'Men In Black International', followed by the movie 'Deadpool 2'.



History has 'Ancient Aliens', another 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Unidentified: UFOs In The Headlines'.



IFC  -   
 [6:00am - 8:00am]   Parks And Recreation
 [8:30am]   Coneheads
 [10:30am]   Raising Arizona
 [12:45pm]   The Golden Child
 [3:00pm]   Eurotrip
 [5:15pm]   Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
 [7:30pm]   Super Troopers 2
 [9:40pm]   Robin Hood: Men In Tights
 [12:10am]   Eurotrip
 [2:25am - 5:30am]   Scrubs    (ALL TIMES ET)



Sundance  -   
 [6:00am - 9:30am]   the andy griffith show
 [10:00am - 10:00pm]   law & order
 [11:00pm]   columbo
 [1:15am]   columbo
 [3:30am - 5:30am]   the andy griffith show    (ALL TIMES ET)



SyFy has the movie 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2', followed by a FRESH 'SurrealEstate'.



TCM:
 [6:00AM]      British Agent (1934)
 [7:30AM]      After Tonight (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [9:00AM]      I Was an American Spy (1951)
 [10:30AM]      Rendezvous (1935)
 [12:15PM]      The Spy in the Green Hat (1966)
 [2:00PM]      The Conspirators (1944)
 [3:45PM]      Confidential Agent (1945)
 [5:45PM]      Virginia City (1940)
 [8:00PM]      Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
 [10:15PM]      Mona Lisa (1986)
 [12:15AM]      Tequila Sunrise (1988)
 [2:30AM]      Piranha (1978)
 [4:15AM]      The Swarm (1978)    (ALL TIMES ET)



Saturday - 07/31/21

TCM:
 [7:00AM]      Waterfront (1939)
 [8:00AM]      Lonesome Lenny (1945)
 [8:10AM]      Ice Climbers (1956)
 [8:19AM]      Land of the Mayas (1946)
 [8:29AM]      According to Mrs. Hoyle (1951)
 [9:30AM]      Flying Spies (1943)
 [10:00AM]      Snow Place Like Home (1948)
 [10:09AM]      The Falcon's Adventure (1946)
 [11:30AM]      SUCKER LIST (1941)
 [12:00PM]      Five Came Back (1939)
 [1:30PM]      The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
 [3:30PM]      Where Eagles Dare (1968)
 [6:15PM]      The Late Show (1977)
 [8:00PM]      A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
 [10:00PM]      For a Few Dollars More (1967)
 [12:30AM]      Hollow Triumph (1948)
 [2:15AM]      Secrets & Lies (1996)
 [4:45AM]      The Secret Bride (1935)    (ALL TIMES ET)




Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jul 28, 1977) - Charles Nelson Reilly, Evelyn Keyes, Norm Crosby, and Janelle Commissiong.

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BUZZR

CHARGE!

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Circle

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Decades TV Network

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ION Television - Positively Entertaining

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff

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Sues Di$ney

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. over its streaming release of “Black Widow,” which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court, the “Black Widow” star and executive producer said her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of the lawsuit.

Johansson’s potential earnings were tied to the box office performance of the film, which the company released simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service Disney+ for a $30 rental.

“In the months leading up to this lawsuit, Ms. Johansson gave Disney and Marvel every opportunity to right their wrong and make good on Marvel’s promise,” the lawsuit said. “Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the Agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.”

After its release was delayed more than a year because of COVID-19, “Black Widow” debuted to a pandemic-best of $80 million in North America and $78 million from international theaters three weeks ago, but theatrical grosses declined sharply after that. In its second weekend in release, the National Association of Theater Owners issued a rare statement criticizing the strategy asserting that simultaneous release lends itself only to lost profits and higher quality piracy.

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1 Billion YouTube Views

Rick Astley

The official video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” — uploaded almost 12 years ago — surpassed 1 billion lifetime views on YouTube on Wednesday.

The video has benefited from one of the earliest YouTube memes: “Rickrolling,” a prank in which someone shares a link promising one thing — but which, in fact, launches the red-headed Brit’s dance-pop iconic music video. The indestructible Rickrolling meme has generated untold millions of views for Astley’s video: On April Fool’s Day 2021 alone, it topped 2.3 million views, according to YouTube.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” is only the fourth music video from the 1980s to join YouTube’s Billion Views Club, behind Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” A-ha’s “Take on Me,” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Astley, 55, celebrated the milestone in a tweet, saying in a video, “So I’ve just been told that ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ has been streamed a billion times on YouTube. That is mind-blowing. The world is a wonderful and beautiful place, and I am very lucky.”

“Never Gonna Give You Up,” Astley’s best-known song, hit No. 1 on singles charts in 25 countries when it was first released. Thanks to Rickrolling, Astley in 2008 won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Act Ever for the song after a crowd-sourced internet voting effort.

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Wedding Cake For Sale

Princess Di

A slice of one of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cakes is up for auction 40 years after the nuptials watched around the world.

The iced slice came from one of the 23 official wedding cakes marking the July 29, 1981 marriage of the heir to the British throne and his shy 20-year-old bride. It features a marzipan base and a sugar onlay coat-of-arms, colored in gold, red, blue, and silver, on top.

The piece of cake was given to Moyra Smith, a member of the Queen Mother’s household at Clarence House. Smith kept it in a floral cake tin and with a handmade label on the lid reading: “Handle with Care - Prince Charles & Princess Diane’s (sic) Wedding Cake” which she signed and dated 29/7/81.

Smith’s family sold the cake to a collector in 2008, but it is up for auction again Aug. 11. It is expected to fetch between 300 pounds ($418) and 500 pounds ($697), together with an order of service, ceremonial details and a royal wedding breakfast program.

“It appears to be in exactly the same good condition as when originally sold,? Chris Albury, auctioneer and senior valuer at Dominic Winter Auctioneers, said. “But we advise against eating it.”

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Court Sides With Lindt

Gold Bunny

A German federal court ruled Thursday that the golden shade of the foil wrap on Lindt & Spruengli’s Gold Bunny, a popular chocolate Easter bunny, enjoys protected status.

The Federal Court of Justice delivered its verdict in a battle between Switzerland’s Lindt and a German company, Heilemann, which in 2018 also marketed a chocolate bunny in a gold foil wrap. Lindt argued that it had a trademark on the color acquired by use, that its rival had infringed that trademark and that Heilemann should be prevented from selling its product.

A state court in Munich ruled against Lindt last year. But the federal court found the Swiss company had proven that the gold shade of its bunny had acquired trademark status by reputation, citing a survey presented by the manufacturer showing that 70% of respondents associated the hue with the Lindt product.

The court said it didn’t matter that the company didn’t use the gold color for all or most of its products, or that the Lindt bunny has other distinguishing features, such as a red collar.

Lindt has sold its Gold Bunny in Germany since 1952, and the product has had its current gold shade since 1994. It is by some distance the best-selling chocolate Easter bunny in Germany, with a market share over 40% in 2017, according to the court.

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Yipped Off To 'Risks'

Mo

Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks said he wore body armor to former US President Donald Trump (R-Lock Him Up)'s rally at the Ellipse on January 6, claiming he was tipped off about "risks" in the days leading up to the event, reported Slate.

"I was warned on Monday [Jan. 4] that there might be risks associated with the next few days," Brooks told Slate politics writer, Jim Newell.

"And as a consequence of those warnings, I did not go to my condo. Instead, I slept on the floor of my office. And when I gave my speech at the Ellipse, I was wearing body armor," the Alabama Congressman added.

"That's why I was wearing that nice little windbreaker," he continued. "To cover up the body armor."

It is unclear whether Brooks warned other lawmakers of "risks." Brooks also declined to name who had warned him.

Mo

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Nothing Fishy Here

Arizona

Groups connected to prominent supporters of former President Donald Trump's movement to cast doubt on the 2020 election results have raised $5.7 million for Arizona Republicans' election audit.

Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the little-known firm hired to lead the audit, ended months of silence about who was paying for it and how much it cost Wednesday night. The money from pro-Trump groups dwarfs the $150,000 contributed by the Arizona Senate, which commissioned the audit and hired Cyber Ninjas.

Among those leading the fundraising groups are Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor; Sydney Powell, his attorney who filed a number of baseless lawsuits challenging election results; Patrick Byrne, a former chief executive of Overstock.com; and correspondents from the pro-Trump One America News Network.

The confirmation that the audit is being overwhelmingly funded by groups promoting false narratives about the election will raise further questions about the validity of the final report. The audit has already been widely discredited by election experts who say Cyber Ninjas and other contractors are biased and using unusual procedures that won’t produce reliable results.

Before he was hired to lead the audit, Logan promoted Trump’s false narrative that the election was stolen from him, and pro-Trump media has aggressively promoted the effort.

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Jetpack Man Is Back

LAX

Nearly a year after a man was first spotted flying around Los Angeles International Airport on a jetpack, it appears that he may be making a return trip.

Pilots in the L.A. area were warned of another possible jet pack sighting on Wednesday evening near LAX, the Federal Aviation Administration told multiple news outlets in a statement.

The person was flying thousands of feet in the air, leading air traffic control to compare him to the Marvel superhero Iron Man, KCBS reported, citing recordings.

"A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jet pack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude," the FAA said. "Out of an abundance of caution, air traffic controllers alerted other pilots in the vicinity."

The sighting comes after a flight school instructor first reported spotting someone flying on a jetpack off the coast of Los Angeles County in August 2020, posting a video that led to more reports. In total, at least four pilots reported spotting a similar flying mystery last year, CBS News News reported.

LAX

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YouTuber Bet A Physicist

Land Yacht

When Derek Muller took an experimental land yacht for a spin this spring, he wasn't aiming to stir up scientific controversy. He certainly wasn't trying to win $10,000 in a bet.

Muller, the creator of the Veritasium YouTube channel, likes to break down funky science concepts for his 9.5 million subscribers. So in May, he published a video about a vehicle called Blackbird that runs on wind power.

Created by Rick Cavallaro, a former aerospace engineer, Blackbird is unique because it can move directly downwind faster than the wind itself for a sustained period. Any sailor worth their salt can tell you that a boat can travel faster than the wind by cutting zigzag patterns; that's called tacking. But the idea that a vehicle can beat the breeze traveling straight downwind, no tacking involved, is controversial.

Blackbird is so counterintuitive, in fact, that less than a week after Muller released his video, Alexander Kusenko, a professor of physics at UCLA, emailed to inform him that it had to be wrong. A vehicle like that would break the laws of physics, Kusenko said.

"I said, 'Look, if you don't believe this, let's put some money on this,'" Muller said. He suggested a wager of $10,000, never imagining Kusenko would take it.

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