Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trivia Tuesday

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There are strict rules about which horse names are acceptable or otherwise when registering in various countries.

Nonetheless owners still try to get imaginative names through with creative spellings.

In the US names that have sneaked past the watchful eye of the Jockey Club have included 
Hoof Hearted
Isitingood, and 
Peony's Envy. 

Closer to home, some Oz names that have managed to achieve registration include:
Screaman Seaman
Cunning Stunt

Blackman, named after the artist Charles Blackman, had a name change after a complaint.  It was changed to Lady Blackman.
Belle Terras (“Belt her arse”)
Tsipura (Backwards, “Are you pissed?”)
Sirjonker, a colt from the stallion Imperial. It was required to be changed when the suits realised that it sounded as Sir John Kerr.  It didn't matter that when Kerr presented the winner’s cup and made a speech at the 1977 Melbourne Cup he was as drunk as a lord.
Far Call

And more. . . 
Was That You [out of Northern Scent]
Esranit (Tin Arse backwards)
Esrasgip (Pig’s Arse backwards)
Anaratta De Toor (Rooted at Tarana backwards) – the owners were from Tarana
Topsipp (Ppis Pot backwards)

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The word “Tonto” means “stupid” in Spanish. When The Lone Ranger was shown in Latin America, he was called Toro, meaning bull.

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Australia is the only country that is also a continent.

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The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.

The king of hearts is sometimes called the "suicide king" because he appears to be sticking his sword into his head. However, it is debated whether or not the sword and hand holding it actually belong to the king, due to a different design pattern that could indicate someone else stabbed him.

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When Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency on 9 August, 1974, he flew home aboard Air Force One. However, the resignation was not official until he was more than halfway in the journey. At that point the pilot, contacted Kansas City Centre and had the aircraft's call sign changed from Air Force One to SAM 27000 Nixon is the only President to have boarded Air Force One as a President and disembarked as a private citizen.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Miscellany: Some Odds, Ends and Personals

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No personals this week, no emails received, except one from Byter Brett with a risqué joke response to the canary joke from last Friday.

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Some more charts showing fundamental truths in a simple manner:

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Beatles' White Album Tracks, Continued

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Although credited to Lennon - McCartney, it was written by John Lennon.

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She's not a girl who misses much
Do do do do do do, oh, yeah

She's well acquainted
With the touch of the velvet hand
Like a lizard on a window pane
The man in the crowd with the
Multicolored mirrors on his hobnail boots

Lying with his eyes
While his hands are busy working overtime
A soap impression of his wife
Which he ate and donated to the National Trust

I need a fix cause I'm going down
Down to the bits that I left uptown
I need a fix cause I'm going down

Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun

Happiness is a warm gun
(Bang bang, shoot shoot)
Happiness is a warm gun mama
(Bang bang, shoot shoot)
When I hold you in my arms
(Oh yeah)
And I feel my finger on your trigger
(Ooo, oh yeah)
I know nobody can do me no harm
(Ooo, oh yeah)

Because happiness is a warm gun mama
(Bang bang, shoot shoot)
Happiness is a warm gun, yes it is
(Bang bang, shoot shoot)
Happiness is a warm, yes it is, gun
(Happiness, bang bang, shoot shoot)
Well, don't you know that happiness is a warm gun mama
(Happiness is a warm gun yeah)

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Video clip:

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The creator of the Peanuts comic strip, Charles M Schilz, once wrote a book “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”. 

John Lennon once commented on how he came up withy the song concept and title:

"I think he [George Martin] showed me a cover of a magazine that said 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun.' It was a gun magazine. I just thought it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means you just shot something."
  - John Lennon

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"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" was McCartney’s and Harrison’s favourite song on the White Album.

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As with many Lennon lyrics, Happiness is a Warm Gun can be interpreted on a number of levels: 

  • it is a song about drugs, Lennon was doing heroin at the time and the gun is a symbol of a hypodermic syringe (although he was snorting, not injecting); 

  • it is a song about his sexual desire for Yoko Ono, who is the Mother Superior referred to; 

  • it is a nonsense thing with phrases selected at random to write the lyrics.

From the Lennon 1980 Playboy interview:

PLAYBOY: "'Happiness Is a Warm Gun.'"

LENNON: "No, it's not about heroin. A gun magazine was sitting there with a smoking gun on the cover and an article that I never read inside called 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun.' I took it right from there. I took it as the terrible idea of just having shot some animal."

PLAYBOY: "What about the sexual puns: 'When you feel my finger on your trigger'?"

LENNON: "Well, it was at the beginning of my relationship with Yoko and I was very sexually oriented then. When we weren't in the studio, we were in bed."

PLAYBOY: "What was the allusion to 'Mother Superior jumps the gun'?"

LENNON: "I call Yoko Mother or Madam just in an offhand way. The rest doesn't mean anything. It's just images of her."

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The BBC banned the song for sexual suggestiveness.

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According to Susan Kreutzer:

The lyrics were a typical Lennon hodgepodge of images most of which came from an acid laced get together with friends Derek Taylor, Pete Shotton, and longtime Beatles assistant Neil Aspinall.

John said he had half a song and wanted to throw out ideas while Neil wrote them down.  
They were looking for a phrase that described a very smart girl and Taylor remembered a phrase his father used to say, ‘She’s not a girl who misses much’.  
Then Taylor told a story of man he and his wife had met late one night at a bar at the Carrick Hotel, who said he liked to wear moleskin gloves when out with his girlfriend.

The line, ‘which he ate and donated to the national trust’ was the most curious. They remembered walking the public places of Merseyside and finding that people had defecated behind the bushes and at old air raid shelters hence, donating what they ate. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Photographs of the Year, 1974

Caution: Disturbing images

The Pulitzer and World Press Photos of the Year continued: 

Between 1942 and 1967 a Pulitzer Prize for Photography was awarded for photojournalism, that is, for photographs telling a news story. In 1968 that award was replaced by awards in two new categories:

· the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography (photography in the nature of breaking news, as it has been called since 2000); and

· the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography (human interest and matters associated with new items).

From1955 World Press Photo has awarded prizes for the best photographs in 10 categories, with an overall award for the image that "... is not only the photojournalistic encapsulation of the year, but represents an issue, situation or event of great journalistic importance, and does so in a way that demonstrates an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity".

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Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography:
Year: 1974
Photographer: Anthony K Roberts, freelance photographer
Photograph: Picture series, "Fatal Hollywood Drama," in which an alleged kidnapper was killed.

The photograph:

About the photograph:

Above is the 1974 Spot News Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of an incident that occurred in a Hollywood parking lot in 1973. The photographer, Anthony Roberts was walking through a Hollywood parking lot in the afternoon when he heard the screams of a woman. He found a man on top of her, attempting to subdue her with punches and slaps. Roberts was unarmed except for his camera, and so he shouted to the man that his picture had just been taken. The man shouted back that he didn’t care—and continued to beat the woman as Roberts watched helplessly. This commotion finally brought a security guard, who told the man to stop—but when he continued wrestling with the woman, who was screaming for her life, the security guard leveled his pistol across the roof of a car and shot the man in the head, killing him. Roberts’ final photograph shows the instant before the guard pulled the trigger. 

About the photographer:

Roberts (1939-2005) was an American actor and photographer. His teenage years spent in California surfing and hot rodding brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Unfortunately he did not go beyond one film, The Beach Girls and the Monster, although he did obtain work modelling and in advertising. His photography activities resulted in his winning the 1974 Pulitzer for news photography but he also varied out commercial photography, including stills for films and album covers. 

Whilst shooting movie stills of the 1986 remake of Stagecoach he was recruited to play the role of one of the outlaws, which resulted in further gigs in films and appearances in music videos.

Additional comment:

The photograph may be a prize winning image of breaking news but it raises questions that remain unanswered:

· The assailant was unarmed, could not Roberts have assisted in a more meaningful way than calling out he was taking photographs? Even by swinging his camera at him?

· Could not the security guard have done more, short of shooting the assailant?

· Could not Roberts and the security guard together have taken him down without shooting him dead?

· Why not him over the head with the pistol?

· Why a head shot? Could not a shoulder or leg shot have achieved its purpose?

Some additional pics taken by Roberts:

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Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography:
Year: 1974
Photographer: Slava Veder, Associated Press
Photograph: “Burst of Joy”, which illustrated the return of an American prisoner of war from captivity in North Vietnam."

The photograph:

About the Photograph:

From Iconic Photos at:

For a war where the public opinion was shaped by the photographs from the homefront and the warfront, it was fitting that the U.S. involvement in Vietnam ended with an especially poignant image of joy, an ephemeral meeting of homefront and warfront. The photograph came to symbolize the end of United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and the prevailing sentiment that military personnel and their families could begin a process of healing after enduring the horrors of war.

In Burst of Joy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, Associated Press photographer Slava “Sal” Veder captured this moment. Taken on March 17, 1973 at Travis Air Force Base in California, the photograph depicts United States Air Force Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm being reunited with his family, after spending more than five years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. Stirm was shot down over Hanoi on 27 October 1967, while leading a flight of F-105s on a bombing mission, and not released until 14 March 1973.

About the Photographer:

See film of the reunion and comments by the photographer, Slava Veder, at:

Slava Veder

Further comment:

Despite the joy and happiness depicted in Stirms’ 15 year old daughter Lorrie running to her father with outstretched arms and the rest of the family – wife Loretta, son Robert Jnr, son Roger and daughter Cindy - following behind, the reunion was not as joyous as may have been thought. Three days before he arrived in the United States, the same day he was released from captivity, Stirm received a Dear John letter from his wife Loretta informing him that their marriage was over. In 1974 the Stirms divorced and Loretta remarried. Robert retired from the Air Force as a colonel in 1977 and worked as a corporate pilot and businessman. He married and was divorced again. Now 72 and retired, he lives in Foster City, California.

All of the family members depicted in the picture received copies of the photograph. They all display it prominently in their homes, except Stirm, who says he cannot bear to look at it.

According to the Smithsonian.com at:

That the moment was considerably more fraught than we first assumed makes it all the more poignant and reminds us that not all war casualties occur on the battlefield. “We have this very nice picture of a very happy moment," Lorrie says, "but every time I look at it, I remember the families that weren't reunited, and the ones that aren't being reunited today—many, many families—and I think, I'm one of the lucky ones."
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World Press Photo of the Year:
Year: 1974
Photographer: Ovie Carter
Photograph: Sahel famine: A small child suffers during a drought in Niger 

The photograph:

Ovie Carter’s photograph which won the World Press Photo Contest is for a photograph from ‘The Faces of Hunger' series, which documented hunger in Africa and India.  A mother comforts her child, both victims of drought.

About the photographer:

Ovie Carter is an American photojournalist who was born in Mississippi in 1946. Carter served with the U.S. Air Force and, upon his discharge, attended the Ray Vogue School of Photography, following whioch he worked for The Chicago Tribune. In 1974, Carter travelled for nearly three months through African and India with fellow Chicago Tribune reporter William Mullen documenting the famine affecting almost half a billion people. Their journey, entitled Faces of Hunger, appeared in The Chicago Tribune as a five-part series and won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Photos from the series also won Carter the World Press Photo Contest in Amsterdam and the Overseas Press Club of America Award. He retired in 2004

Further comment:

Some further images by Ovie Carter from the book The Faces of Hunger:

Images of Ovie:

Ovie Carter (left) and David Trotman-Wilkins 

(l-r) Former CAAAP President Jim Morris and Pulitzer winner Ovie Carter

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Funny Friday

The following item was sent to me by Byter Nadia. Because of its length it will be in parts. 

I was amazed, on first reading, at the profound life truths summed up in such simple charts and graphs. Some of them have appeared in Bytes before but even those are worthy of a repost.

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Facts of Life Illustrated

Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler – the creative duo known as Wumo – has created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world.

Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them a delight to look at.

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And for those who like their humour in word format or other than by charts, a couple of items. . .

Risque content follows.

You know that classic oldie about how Native Americans get their names. . . 

A Native American lad asks the tribe’s chief how he names the tribe’s children. “When a papoose is born,” says the chief, “I enter the teepee and hold the child in my arms, then I walk outside and the first thing I see is what I name that child. That is why your brother is named Lone Eagle and your sister is Moonlight on Water. Why do you ask, Two Dogs Fucking?”

I came across a reference to a possible source for that joke, a book called Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett. Even if that book is not the origin of the joke, the variation in the book on the classic joke is quite witty:

"Why are you called One-Man-Bucket?"  
"...In my tribe we're traditionally named after the first thing my mother sees when she looks out of the tepee after the birth. It's short for One-Man-Pouring-a-Bucket-of-Water-Over-Two-Dogs."  
"That's pretty unfortunate."  
"It's not too bad. It was my twin brother you had to feel sorry for. She looked out ten seconds before me to give him his name."  
"Don't tell me, let me guess. Two-Dogs-Fighting?"  
"Two-Dogs-Fighting? Two-Dogs-Fighting? Wow, he would have given his right arm to be called Two-Dogs-Fighting."

And a further variation:

Back in 2001, Chrysler was running an ad that praised the roomy interior of its Concorde model.

The ad showed a Chrysler Concorde being driven through a leafy suburban neighborhood. 

A prim mom, who looks vaguely like Hillary Clinton, is driving with her young daughter. "Mom," the girl asks earnestly, "How did I get my name?" Mom, equally earnest, smiles warmly and says, "We named you kids after the places where you were conceived." Daughter: "So, that's why I'm named Savannah." Mom, smiling and pleased: "Right." At this point a female voice-over remarks, "Some like the redesigned Chrysler Concorde for its engaging style and engineering." Then another question occurs to the little girl. "But Mom, how did she get the name Concorde?" Mom's smile drops, and they both look at the infant strapped into a car seat in the back. Mom doesn't answer, and the earnest daughter's eyes fall on the car's name engraved in the dashboard. Mom smiles weakly.

The girl stares at her, appalled. The voice-over butts in again to say, "Others just like its really big back seat." We cut to an exterior shot of the car puttering through the burbs, as we hear the daughter say, "Aw, yuk, Mom."

Unfortunately complaints forced the ad to be taken off air.

See the ad by clicking on:

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More risque content:

Three young women are at a cocktail party.

The conversation turns to their position in life and it’s clear that they are trying to one-up each other.

The first one says, “My husband is taking me to the French Riviera for two weeks on vacation” and then looks at the others with a superior demeanor.

The second one says, “Well, my husband just bought me a new Mercedes,” and looks about with considerable pride.

Number three says, “Well, to be perfectly honest with you, we don’t have much money and we don’t have any material possessions. However, one thing I can tell you about my husband is that thirteen canaries can stand shoulder to shoulder on his erect penis.”

After this, the first one looks shamefaced and says, “Girls, I’ve got a confession to make. I was just trying to impress you. You know that vacation I was telling you about? Well, it’s not to the French Riviera, it’s to my parents’ house for two weeks.”

The second one says, “Your honesty has shamed me. It’s not a Mercedes, he bought me a Plymouth.”

“Well,” the third one says, “I also have a confession to make, canary number thirteen has to stand on one leg!”

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Corn Corner:



I'm holding a latte and a croissant while I break into this Mercedes... That way people will think its mine and I locked my keys inside!

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