At least, that's what it sounds like the dog is saying. He's clearly not impressed with the conversation!
At least, that's what it sounds like the dog is saying. He's clearly not impressed with the conversation!
Videographer Scott Gold shot this clip, called January in Japan. He posted it to Vimeo with the very simple description: "Wife and I went to Japan in January, it's a beautiful place and a beautiful culture." Not much more need be said, as you'll discover watching this beatifully shot video.
We arrive in Japan at sunrise, and we are taken around the country. We visit fish markets, sumo matches and hot springs, ride on a bullet train, and, of course, pay a visit to the famous snow monkeys. We see many other scenes, both city scenes and country scenes. Very well done, and by someone who clearly loves Japan and its culture.
The following video, posted by Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo, is titled Stormscapes. It's a timelapse look at the stormclouds of the Great Plains.
If you've never experienced the awesome beauty and majesty of a Great Plains thunderstorm rolling in, you're in for a treat. The video was shot in Wyoming and South Dakota, and the videographer writes: "The Great Plains of the United States produce the most beautiful thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures in the world. I spent the summer of 2013 on the northern Great Plains photographing some of these storms."
Poor kitty. Blame this cat fail on the clear glass of the aquarium, which apparently fooled the cat.
Lucky for Silver, his owner whips out a head massager that looks like it could double as a kitchen whisk. And soon enough, Silver is all like, "Oooo, yeah, that's the spot ... that's the spot ..."
But now, through the magic of YouTube, those weird celebrity commercials done for overseas markets are pretty easy to find. Why, right here, right below, is a compilation of some of them!
In the following video you'll see the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, a very weird Nicolas Cage (redundant?), Hugh Laurie, Uma Thurman, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio and more doing some selling and shilling.
What's cuter than a baby horse? How about little girl and that baby horse playing together?
The following video was posted to YouTube by Gigja Einarsdottir with the simple explanation, "My daughter playing with an orphan foal." Wait - the baby horse was also an orphan? Cuteness code red!
The video was shot in Iceland.
Card throwing is nothing new; it's been a staple among magicians for hundreds of years. Card sharks in Las Vegas and elsewhere are often very good at card throwing, too (it seems to be a natural outgrowth of manipulating playing cards with your hands).
Another video features magician Rick Smith Jr. demonstrating his card throwing talent on the G4 network's Attack of the Show:
So here's Hazel the sugar glider:
And much like the tug-of-wars on the old Battle of the Network Stars show, this tug-of-war ... just ... keeps ... going ....
If you're Franklin, N.J., police officer Rafael Burgos, you don't hesitate: You head into the pet store and start saving animals from possible fiery death.
Once fire trucks arrived, and passers-by noticed what was happenings, others started helping Officer Burgos. In the end, not a single animal was lost to fire or smoke, despite the fact that the building was full of smoke when Burgos arrived.
Burgos himself, however, did suffer smoke inhalation. He'll be OK. And thanks to him, so will the dogs, cats, gerbils, birds and other pet shop animals.
I wonder if, like Pee Wee Herman, Burgos waited until the last minute before saving the snakes?
In a conversation with a movie buff friend recently, my friend mentioned that he once owned a 35mm film of nothing but Humphrey Bogart bloopers. Well, you know what they say: If it's on tape, it's on YouTube. And sure enough, I found some examples. Here's a roughly 4-minute reel of Humphrey Bogart bloopers, which shows Bogie's reaction to blowing his lines was sometimes laughter but more often a sharp "goddamn!":
Where do these come from? From 1936 through 1947, blooper reels were compiled by "The Warner Club." That was an organization comprised of Warner Brothers studio cast and crew members. The club met annually for a dinner, and the blooper reels were shown during those dinners. The blooper reels were known as "Warner Bros Breakdowns" or "Warner Bros Blow-ups," and eventually made their way out into the public (these would be the 35mm films that my friend once owned).
You can find the full Warner Club clips on archive.org.
As for the Bogart blow-ups and breakdowns clip above, YouTube user afrenchindublin took all the Bogie* bloopers from the Warner Club clips of 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944 and edited them into their own video.
(*Is it "Bogie" or "Bogey"? Varies from publication to publication, person to person. But Bogart himself spelled it "Bogie."
The video was shot off the coast of Baja, California. Thankfully, the woman in the video is OK. But the operators of this whale watching tour deserve to be investigated by the appropriate wildlife authorities for getting this close. They are endangering their passengers, whether from threat of a stray tail fin coming down on someone, or the risk of their little skiff being overturned and sending passengers into the water.
There is! It's called the PPlanter, and it's a public restroom (for urinating only - no No. 2 here) that doubles as a planter or garden. It works by filtering the, well, pee-pee of patrons into a bamboo planter; the bamboo then does its own filtering job and releases clean water back into the environment. The process eliminates urine odors while adding greenery to the public scene.
On its website, PPlanter.com, the unit is described as "a rapidly deployable, reconfigurable public urinal and sink that uses modular biofilters to treat urine and wastewater." Here is a more in-depth description of how the PPlanter works:
- An ADA-compliant sink is supplied with a human powered foot or hand pump connected to a freshwater supply tank. The greywater from the sink, along with soap residue, flushes and cleans the urinal, keeping odor to a minimum.
- The greywater, soap and urine (blackwater) from the ADA-compliant urinal are funneled to a sealed storage tank. The combined water is then pumped into an adjacent planter that houses bamboo plants set in a lightweight mixture of soil and recycled styrofoam coated in pectin. The water from the urinal and sink is evapotranspired by the bamboo and released into the air as distilled, purified water. The bamboo harnesses the incredible amount of nitrogen and phosphorus found in the urine and uses it to produce more bamboo. With high traffic urinals additional planters can be added to the system.
This is what the PPlanter unit looked like during a public trial in 2013:
The concept is great, but there are a couple obvious issues: The PPlanter as pictured doesn't provide full privacy; also, it offers a urinal only, so women would have to use a specially designed, provided funnel to pee standing up. Those issues will have to be addressed before the PPlanter would ever gain widespread use. But it's very early days in the PPlanter's design.
You can read more about the PPlanter on Gizmodo.
Brodie writes on his YouTube channel, "What happens when Frisbee meets NASCAR? EPIC trick shots, obviously. I visited Daytona International Speedway and got to throw the disc around with drivers like Kyle Larson, Parker Kligerman and Justin Allgaier, with a special appearance by my girl Danica Patrick."
Bet you didn't know these things could be done with a Frisbee:
Awwww, isn't that cute? A tiny little kitten being bottle-fed. If that was all there was to the video below, it would still be worth watching for the cute factor. But there's more! This tiny kitten is so happy to get at that bottle that it starts wiggling its ears in delight as it slurps away.
The kitten is only 2 weeks old and is named Polly. Wiggle away, Polly:
(Via Laughing Squid)
Here's a small snippet from the Times:
The problem is as universal as cockroaches, and seemingly as unsolvable. Urban dog ownership demands a balance of love and duty, and not everyone is dutiful about cleaning up after the morning walk. Cities have tried everything from the postal service (a Spanish mayor mailed the stuff back to dog owners) to shaming (some cities have publicized the names of offending owners) to bribery (some parks in Mexico City offered free Wi-Fi in exchange for bags of waste).
Naples has opted for science and technology. The idea is that every dog in the city will be given a blood test for DNA profiling in order to create a database of dogs and owners. When an offending pile is discovered, it will be scraped up and subjected to DNA testing. If a match is made in the database, the owner will face a fine of up to 500 euros, or about $685.
Read the rest on nytimes.com.
He's settled down into a plus doggy bed when he wakes up. And he discovers it can be a struggle getting out of bed in the morning ...
One thing is certain: This meerkat is very sleepy, but he doesn't want to fall asleep. He struggles and struggles to keep his eyes open. But I think it's a losing battle.
Here is the adorable video, which appears to have been shot in a zoo or other captive environment (don't feel too bad for Mr. Meerkat - the little guys live twice as long in captivity as in the wild):
Here's a scary piece of video, posted to Vimeo by Wes Livingston. The clip wasn't posted with any explanatory text, but the video - and the comments in the video by the man doing the filming - are pretty self-explanatory.
With a camera attached to his head, the man releases a "baby moose" - a large moose calf - into the wild in Maine. Once the moose is untied and on her feet, however, she turns on the man and attacks. "First time I ever got beat up by a baby moose," the man says at one point. But it's pretty scary - she comes at him, hooves flying, knocks him to the ground and stomps on him. And it's all on this point-of-view clip that is ironically titled "Sweet Little Girl Moose":
"There's no call in being nasty!" the guy says to the moose. At least he keeps his sense of humor.
Beachgoers on Sorrento Beach, north of Perth, Australia, got a surprise recently: a 2-ton elephant seal pushed himself ashore and settle in for a little rest. Naturally, the spectacle drew a crowd, and local wildlife officials cordoned off an area around the seal to keep people back. (Frankly, it looks to me like the people are still too close, for their safety and the seal's comfort, but the wildlife officials know much better than I.)
There was initial concern that the elephant seal came ashore due to illness; later, officials said they believed he was simply tired after many days of hunting in deep water. If he's moulting, officials say, it could be up to 40 days before the big fella decides to leave.
Here's a report from Australian TV station 9Perth:
Douglass' speech stands as one of the firiest - and greatest - speeches in American history. Part of the punch it packs comes from its relative brevity; Glover's reading clocks in at under six minutes. But most of the punch comes from Douglass' powerful words, written in reaction to being asked to speak in commeration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The speech took place at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York, and Douglass wasted no time letting those in attendance know that this speech would be something different. "Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?" Douglass asked.
"Within the now-famous address," says a page on PBS.org about the speech, "is what historian Philip S. Foner has called 'probably the most moving passage in all of Douglass' speeches' " and quotes this section:
"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour."
Here is Glover's reading of the speech:
I wonder what the reaction of those in attendance must have been. But we probably don't have to wonder: They must have been shocked, aghast, that someone would speak such powerful truths to them about the hypocrisy of the country's behavior in relation to the country's foundational document.
For some reason, Glover's reading actually stops short of the full speech; another couple paragraphs conclude with Douglass expressing the hope he somehow managed to maintain for his country. "... Notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery," Douglass said. " 'The arm of the Lord is not shortened' and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope."
Here is the concluding part of the speech missing from Glover's reading:
Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented, of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery. "The arm of the Lord is not shortened," and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from "the Declaration of Independence," the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age. Nations do not now stand in the same relation to each other that they did ages ago. No nation can now shut itself up from the surrounding world and trot round in the same old path of its fathers without interference. The time was when such could be done. Long established customs of hurtful character could formerly fence themselves in, and do their evil work with social impunity. Knowledge was then confined and enjoyed by the privileged few, and the multitude walked on in mental darkness. But a change has now come over the affairs of mankind. Walled cities and empires have become unfashionable. The arm of commerce has borne away the gates of the strong city. Intelligence is penetrating the darkest corners of the globe. It makes its pathway over and under the sea, as well as on the earth. Wind, steam, and lightning are its chartered agents. Oceans no longer divide, but link nations together. From Boston to London is now a holiday excursion. Space is comparatively annihilated. Thoughts expressed on one side of the Atlantic are distinctly heard on the other.
The far off and almost fabulous Pacific rolls in grandeur at our feet. The Celestial Empire, the mystery of ages, is being solved. The fiat of the Almighty, "Let there be Light," has not yet spent its force. No abuse, no outrage whether in taste, sport or avarice, can now hide itself from the all-pervading light. The iron shoe, and crippled foot of China must be seen in contrast with nature. Africa must rise and put on her yet unwoven garment. 'Ethiopia, shall, stretch. out her hand unto Ood." In the fervent aspirations of William Lloyd Garrison, I say, and let every heart join in saying it:
God speed the year of jubilee
The wide world o'er!
When from their galling chains set free,
Th' oppress'd shall vilely bend the knee,
And wear the yoke of tyranny
Like brutes no more.
That year will come, and freedom's reign,
To man his plundered rights again
God speed the day when human blood
Shall cease to flow!
In every clime be understood,
The claims of human brotherhood,
And each return for evil, good,
Not blow for blow;
That day will come all feuds to end,
And change into a faithful friend
God speed the hour, the glorious hour,
When none on earth
Shall exercise a lordly power,
Nor in a tyrant's presence cower;
But to all manhood's stature tower,
By equal birth!
That hour will come, to each, to all,
And from his Prison-house, to thrall
Until that year, day, hour, arrive,
With head, and heart, and hand I'll strive,
To break the rod, and rend the gyve,
The spoiler of his prey deprive --
So witness Heaven!
And never from my chosen post,
Whate'er the peril or the cost,
The full text of Douglass' "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" can be read here on PBS.org.
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Do our contentions hold up? TV consumer affairs reporter Connie Thompson of KOMO recently took the Perfect Bacon Bowl home and, using her microwave, performed a couple tests. And she came away very impressed by it - even though it didn't work exactly as promised in the instructions:
Thompson also found that using another kitchen product that she already owned allowed her to do the same job as the Perfect Bacon Bowl without having to buy something new. Still, the Perfect Bacon Bowl did pass Thompson's test.
Have you tried it?
OK, in your best Jim Gaffigan inner monologue vogue, altogether now: "Hoooooooooot Pockets!"
The Hot Pockets recall is not due to any problem within Nestle, but rather with a supplier of meats. Nestle's recall is due to an abundance of caution; the manufacturer doesn't believe any of the supplier's bad meat got into the recalled Hot Pockets, which is why the recall is voluntary. But why take chances? Which is why there is a recall notice at all.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan's Hot Pockets routine, which appeared on his Beyond the Palecomedy record and TV special, has become one of the best-known comedy bits in America. Suffice it to say Gaffigan is not a fan of Hot Pockets. Here's the bit:
Here is an appearance on Letterman that predates the Beyond the Pale recording; it contains many of the same jokes about Hot Pockets but also some differences, and the delivery is a bit different:
How much you want to bet that Gaffigan eats Hot Pockets all the time?
Krispy Kreme has a couple new, limited-time doughnuts on the men: Mocha Kreme (left) and Caramel Coffee Kreme. The names alone set my mouth to watering.
Krispy Kreme describes the Mocha Kreme doughnut this way:
"A moist yeast doughnut filled with a tasty blend of chocolate and coffee flavors, topped with mocha icing, a milk chocolate swirl and decorated with milk chocolate icing."
"A decadent glazed treat topped with smooth caramel and coffee flavored icing, a mocha drizzle and dollop of coffee Kreme."
What about the nutrition? Do you really want to know? Seriously, do you really want to know? OK, here you go: the Caramel Coffee Kreme has 330 calories and 14 grams of fat; the Mocha Kreme has 350 calories and 16 grams of fat.
YMMV, but I'm with Mini the Corgi: Sour lemon candies are not fit for human - or puppy - consumption!
History of young United States is captured in span from President John Tyler's father (born 1747) to Tyler's grandsons, still living today.— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 17, 2014
Beschloss references President John Tyler's father, who was born in 1747. The president's father was John Tyler Sr., who was a college buddy of Thomas Jefferson, and served in the Virginia House of Delegates with Benjamin Harrison V, whose own son, William Henry Harrison, became the 9th president of the USA.
John Tyler was William Henry Harrison's vice president, and became the 10th president of the USA upon Harrison's death in office.
That's a span of 224 years, yet President Tyler still has grandkids who are with us. Amazing. How can that be? Well, as you can probably guess, it involves Tyler himself plus one of Tyler's children siring kids in their old age.
President Tyler had 15 kids (most of any US president), eight with his first wife and seven with his second wife. Tyler served as president from 1841-45. The last of Tyler's children with his first wife was born in 1830. That first wife, Letitia Christian Tyler, died during Tyler's presidency. Letitia was 51 years old at the time of her death, which makes her the youngest First Lady to die.
Tyler's second wife was Julia Gardiner Tyler, who married the president in 1844. John was 54 years old at the time, and Julia was 24 years old. The first of their seven children was born in 1846, after Tyler's departure from the White House; the last of their children was born in 1860, when Tyler was 70 years old.
One of John and Julia's children, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, was born in 1853. John Tyler was 63 years old at the time. Lyon Tyler was also married twice, and had children with both his wives. Lyon married his second wife in 1921, when he was 68 years old. Lyon fathered three children with his second wife: Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., Harrison Ruffin Tyler and Henry Tyler. Henry Tyler died in infancy, but Lyon Jr. and Harrison Tyler are still alive today, as of 2014.
So, here's how you get from President Tyler to 2014 in the the span of grandchildren:
1. John Tyler is born in 1790.
2. In 1853, at the age of 63, John Tyler fathers Lyon Tyler.
3. In 1924, at the age of 71, Lyon Tyler fathers Lyon Jr.
4. In 1928, at the age of 75, Lyon Tyler fathers Harrison Tyler.
5. And as of 2014 Lyon Jr. (age 80) and Harrison (76) are still alive.
The video below shows he final minute of approach and landing of a Boeing 767 airplane touching down through a 40 mph crosswind. This is not for the faint of heart - if you are a nervous flier, you probably don't want to watch.
Don't worry, the plane safely reaches the ground. But the strong winds blowing across the runway buffet the plane as if it was some kind of toy. It rocks back and forth, up and down, one wing dipping then the other, and when it hits the ground it does so crooked and bouncing.
The footage was shot at Birmingham Airport in England.
What forces can deposit spherical boulders on a beach without anyone noticing how they got there? No, not mysterious forces - geological forces.
The round (and round-ish) rocks of Bowling Ball Beach can be viewed within the confines of Schooner Gulch State Beach, on the Pacific Ocean, near Mendocino, Calif. If you want to get a great view of the "bowling balls," you'll need to plan a visit to coincide with low tide.
(Note that the three photos on this page are found on Flickr and used here under a Creative Commons license.)
The California Parks Department website describes Schooner Gulch State Beach - a k a, Bowling Ball Beach - this way: "The beach and headlands preserve a scenic spot along the Mendocino Coast and offers a stunning perch for watching sunsets, or merely sitting in the grass as the afternoon sun glistens on the waters below. Fishing, picnicking, and surfing are popular activities here."
And while the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are spectacular, it is the odd rock formations at water's edge that bring this beach its fame. What causes these spherical rock formations? The processes of concretion and erosion.
Wikipedia explains geologic concretion:
"A concretion is a hard, compact mass of sedimentary rock formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between the sediment grains. Concretions are often ovoid or spherical in shape, although irregular shapes also occur. The word 'concretion' is derived from the Latin con meaning 'together' and crescere meaning 'to grow'. Concretions form within layers of sedimentary strata that have already been deposited. They usually form early in the burial history of the sediment, before the rest of the sediment is hardened into rock. This concretionary cement often makes the concretion harder and more resistant to weathering than the host stratum."
Then, if the "host stratum" - in this case, the beach cliffs - is eroded away over time, the ovoid concretions are revealed. And someone comes along and says, "Hey, those rocks look like bowling balls!" And then you have Bowling Ball Beach.
This young kangaroo is named Boomeroo, and he (or is it a she?) is apparently pretty spoiled. It dances around with its humans, plays with (and appears to scare) an anteater mate, chases bubbles, goes up and down stairs, wears bibs and bonnets, and generally spends all day looking very, very cute.
Careful: Watching this will make you want to hang out with baby kangaroos!
Why is the group doing this? Well, for one, it's the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, the album with which De La Soul burst onto the scene. And because the group's music has never been available from modern outlets such as iTunes and Spotify ("because of label and sample clearance issues," according to Gizmodo).
So go get your De La Soul download. And here are my two favorite Da La Soul songs:
The red fox in this video is named Dawn, and she lives at the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary in England. Why does she live there, instead of in the wild where red foxes belong? As a young fox, Dawn was scooped up by a well-meaning person who mistook her for a stray dog, and taken to a dog rescue center. The folks there, recognizing her as a fox, transferred Dawn to the wildlife rescue center.
The wildlife center, as it explains on its YouTube page, has a goal of returning its animals to the wild. However, Dawn was already socialized by the point the sanctuary received her, and so will continue living at the sanctuary.
And the sanctuary cautions anyone who watches this video and thinks, "wow, I'd like to have a red fox as a pet!" - "Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet."
She may not be a pet, but she's awfully cute, especially when getting a belly rub:
I bet Redd Foxx loved getting belly rubs, too.
Was the Kitten Bowl on TV? What do you think the cat was planning on watching?
It's pretty freaky when you see it happen. Like these hunters did (warning: NSFW language - the hunters let loose some "excited utterances" watching this owl do its thing) early in this clip:
Owls need to be able to do this, because - here's something else you might not know about owls - their eyes are fixed in place. Owls cannot move their eyes around in their eye sockets; they have to turn their whole head to see to the side. (Owls can also tilt their heads 180 degrees on the vertical, which makes for a very maneuverable noggin.)
Owls' skeletons allow them to spin their heads in this manner, and their arterial system also accommodates head-spinning.
The specific biological design that allows owls to rotate their heads was, until recently, unknown. But scientists finally figured it out. This video from SciFri explains the owls' tricks, and it also includes a few more examples of the owl's head-spinning in action:
So what does Veritasium find? That Facebook ads pay off, or ... not so much? Well, the provocative title of the blog - "Facebook Fraud" - gives away the conclusion. Watch:
To be clear, Veritasium does not accuse Facebook itself of engaging in fraud, but that's about the kindest interpretation one can come away with after watching the clip. In short, Veritasium began buying Facebook ads - promo spots designed to increase the "likes" for its Facebook page. And those likes did, in fact, skyrocket after the ads ran. The problem: While Veritasium found it had tens of thousands of new "likes," engagement with its Facebook page actually dropped.
What gives? A large percentage of those new likes were from "like farms" - they were fraudulent, phony. But why? Veritasium hadn't paid a "like farm" for new likes, it had paid Facebook for legetimate promotion.
Short version: Like farms are also liking pages they were not paid to like in order to disguise their spamming. You can watch the video to discover the full answer that Veritasium uncovered.
I will add that Nifty Niblets has seen the same pattern in response to our own Facebook ads. We started with zero "likes" after creating our own Facebook page about two months ago. To jump-start the page, we bought several Facebook ads. "Likes" went up by several hundred, but post engagement did not follow, and has even dropped as the "likes" climbed. We've seen no benefit whatsoever to all those new likes.
Watching this video, and matching it up to our own experience, has convinced me that paying for any further Facebook ads is a waste of time, and probably counterproductive.
The goalscorer is pretty excited, as soccer goal scorers tend to be. This one runs around until he come upon the dugout that protects the bench players. He leans forward and throws his head into the side of it ... and his head-butt smashes right through the dugout!
Well, destroying the dugout is a no-no. And our overly excited goalscorer is shown a red card, resulting in his expulsion from the match.
This couple in Australia noticed a koala bear in their eucalyptus tree. It was a very hot day, and they figured the little koala might be thirsty. So they filled a bowl with water and lifted it up toward the koala. What happened? Lots of and lots of cuteness, that's what. Watch the thirsty koala reach for his drink:
Another way a dog gives itself away is the slooooow walk of shame. This video includes dogs with guilty looks, and other dogs slow-walking their way past the "crime scene":
February 9, 2014, is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' Ed Sullivan Show debut. The band performed five songs that night - "All My Loving," "Till There Was You" and "She Loves You" at the beginning of the show, and "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at the end. In-between, Sullivan brought out his usual quirky assortment of guests.
Do you know who any of the other guests were that night, Feb. 9, 1964? We do, and we'll show you who they were.
Coincidentally, one of the most famous non-Beatles on the Sullivan show that night was a future member of the Monkees, the Beatles-inspired group (who became much, much better than their made-for-TV origins, by the way - a very underrated group). That would be Davy Jones. But Jones wasn't the headliner in the act in which he appeared.
Georgia Brown (with Davy Jones, et.al.)
Broadway star Georgia Brown performed the song "As Long as He Needs Me" from the musical Oliver! And in the role of The Artful Dodger, dueting with Brown, was young Davy Jones:
For Jones, the night was an eye-opening, life-changing experience. "The kids went banzai, you know, they loved it," Jones later said of the Beatles' appearance, "and I saw the reaction and I thought, 'I want a piece of this action.'
"That particular night changed my whole way of thinking around. If I hadn't of been on The Ed Sullivan Show that night and wanted that reaction as much as I did, then I wouldn't have taken part in the Monkees. ... If there hadn't of been a Beatles, there would never have been a Monkees."
Welsh singer (and banjo player) Tessie O'Shea was also a Broadway performer, and later an Emmy winner. A portly woman, in this clip she does a song called "Two-Ton Tessie":
"They played tennis on her double chin." Who knows, maybe this song inspired Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." (OK, we do know, and it didn't.)
Fred Kaps was a magician from the Netherlands, and he was a very good magician, one of the best of his era and still very highly regarded today. According to Wikipedia, Kaps is "the only magician to become FISM Grand Prix world champion three times" (FISM being the acronym for the International Federation of Magic Societies).
This is Kaps' performance on the Sullivan show of Feb. 9, 1964 (Sullivan has to settle the crowd down before bringing Kaps out). His card trick is hurt by the poor quality of the video, but his second trick, called "the Long Pour Salt trick," is one he was famous for:
If you're a fan of traditional magic, check out YouTube for better clips of Kaps in action.
Wells & the Four Fays
Wells & the Four Fays was part vaudeville, part acrobatics, all strange. One of the troupe members was the mother of choreographer and "Mickey" one-hit wonder Toni Basil (Hey Mickey, you're so fine, you're fine you blow my mind! Hey Mickey!). Here they are on Sullivan:
Among the non-Beatles on the Feb. 9, 1964 Ed Sullivan Show, the best-known at the time was impressionist and comedian Frank Gorshin. Gorshin was a nightclub regular, a Las Vegas regular, a favorite (and sometime opening act) of the Rat Pack. We know him best today, however, as The Riddler on TV's Batman.
This performance by Gorshin is from an episode of The Dean Martin Show, with Gorshin imagining other actors in the roles of Batman and Robin:
There's a better Gorshin performance, from the 1975 Sammy Davis Jr. series Sammy and Company, on YouTube here (non-embeddable, alas.)
McCall & Brill
And finally, there was McCall & Brill, the husband-and-wife comedy team of Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall. They went on to appear on a lot of game shows in the 1970s, such as The Gong Show and Tattletales, as well as plenty of TV guest acting roles.
The following clip is from one of those 20/20 or Dateline type shows, although what, exactly, it's from I'm not sure. But it's a good clip because it begins by explaining why Sullivan (seemingly alone among the Serious Adults of the time) recognized that the Beatles were must-haves for his show. The clip also includes the Davy Jones quotes used above.
And it includes scenes from the McCall & Brill performance during the Sullivan show, which both members of the comedy team describe as a disaster.
Brill says that when they got back to their dressing room after bombing, they wondered, "How are we ever going to face the world again? This was the worst thing that ever happened to us."
Yes, it was tough being one of the other acts on The Ed Sullivan Show that aired Feb. 9, 1964.