Sunday, June 8, 2014

This Dog Snores Like They Do in Cartoons and Old Comedies

The dog in this video is an English bulldog. Its owner posted the clip to YouTube with the comment, "My English Bulldog, Apollo, snoring after a long day at the beach. He often snores like this." What does the headline mean? Well, you'll know exactly what it means after you listen to Apollo the bulldog snoring:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Meet the Chimp Act the Rolling Stones Had to Follow at Some of their Earliest American Concerts

There's a terrific article in the San Antonio Express-News edition of Jan. 7, 2014, written by Hector Saldana, about one of the Rolling Stones' earliest concert appearances in America. Alas, the article is hidden behind a pay wall.

But the gist of it is this: At their San Antonio appearance on June 6, 1964, the Rolling Stones were heckled, booed, hissed, pelted with various objects - and those weren't even the biggest indignities.

What was? They had to follow a trained chimpanzee act onto the stage.

The Stones were in San Antonio in June 1964 to play a series of 20-minute sets at something called the Teen Fair of Texas. They were on a bill that included country music's George Jones and a chimp act that was actually very well-known at the time called the Marquis Chimps.

The Marquis Chimps appeared as guests on early television variety shows, performed in commercials and movies. And, obviously, they did live performances on stage.

They also co-starred (with, among others, Jack Weston) in a sitcom called The Hathaways that ran on ABC from late 1961 through Spring 1962.

And they were regulars on the Jack Benny Show; he continued performing with them for years, even doing a TV special in 1963 called Jack Benny and the Marquis Chimps. This is who the Rolling Stones followed on stage in one of their very first American gigs - go to the 38:22 mark in the video:

The clip above is from the Jack Benny Hour, an episode that included SeƱor Wences and Bob Hope. Make sure you catch Hope's quip at the end of the clip - he made fun of having to follow a bunch of chimps.

Saldana's article Stones bassist Bill Wyman's memoir about the Stones' 1964 San Antonio sets: "Everyone got a poor reception from a mixed crowd of cowboys and kids. We had to go on after some performing monkeys. What the hell were we doing there? People didn't know whether to take us serious or as a joke."

Saldana brings up something odd, though: In Keith Richards' book, he mis-remembers the act they followed as circus seals; then-Stones-manager Andrew Oldham also told Saldana that they followed trained seals. Great examples of how easily malleable memories are.

More of the Marquis Chimps: Here they are in a 1950s-era commercial for Red Rose Tea:

And the following short, titled Monkey Tale, was produced by the New Zealand National Film Unit for the country's Transport Department:

Their June 1964 appearances in San Antonio weren't the only trying gigs for the Stones on their short swing through the United States. They were openly mocked in at least one television appearance by the show's very famous host.

Here's a great look at the Rolling Stones as they appeared in 1964, from an episode of the Dean Martin Show, filmed at the Hollywood Palace. At the end of the song, a clearly unimpressed and disinterested Martin says, "Aren't they great?" and rolls his eyes, which draws a laugh from the crowd:

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dunkin Donuts Adds Grilled Chicken Flatbread

Grilled chicken has arrived at Dunkin Donuts. The chain has announced the introduction of the Grilled Chicken Flatbread sandwich, which is available now at participating locations.

"Shake up your taste buds," DD's website proclaims about the new offering. The grilled chicken is served inside a multigrain flatbread. It is topped with a slice of reduced-fat cheddar cheese, and an ancho chipotle sauce tops it off.

Nutritional info: One Dunkin Donuts Grilled Chicken Flatbread has 360 calories, 12 grams of fat (3.5 saturated), 1020mg of sodium, 3 grams of fiber and 28 grams of protein.

We really loved the Turkey Breakfast Sandwich that DD had on its menu a while back, so we're looking forward to trying the Grilled Chicken Flatbread. If you've already tried one, let us know what you think of it in comments.

Engineer's Dog Uses Catapult to Play Fetch By Himself

Here's a cute video of a dog playing fetch all by itself, without the need for any human to throw the ball it is fetching. How? His owner, an engineer, built a catapult for the dog to use. And the dog learned how to use it!

The video quality is terrible, but you'll enjoy it anyway: