Thursday, October 1, 2015

Aktrivia - The Flying Wallendas and Akron

According to the Wallenda family, they earned their nickname here in Akron in the 1930s.  From their website:
The Great Wallendas were headliners with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus during much of the 1930s and 1940s. Once in Akron, Ohio, the wire slipped slightly as they were performing. All four members fell to the wire, yet they were relatively unhurt. The next day, a reporter who witnessed the accident stated in the newspaper, "The Wallendas fell so gracefully that it seemed as if they were flying,", and the headline read "THE FLYING WALLENDAS." That name is still synonymous with the family to this day.

You can see several other sources mentioning this incident, but I haven't actually found a single smoking gun - primary source.  They were definitely using the name by 1937, but I can't find it anytime before that.
The Beacon Journal does not have a good online archive going back that far, but I have emailed the special collections desk to see if they can dig out more.

There's also a cool article from the Beacon Journal describing when one of the Wallendas walked over the Rubber Bowl in 1973.


Necco Wafers at the Frozen North and Why Archivists are Awesome

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's all in the timing.

Hey all,

Remember a long time ago, when I wrote about how the song "Happy Birthday" was still technically under copyright?

Looks like I spoke (typed?) too soon.

The TL/DR version:

Warner Music never actually had copyright on "Happy Birthday", and the sisters may have not actually had it to begin with.  Doesn't necessarily mean that it's in the public domain, and it could be an orphan work.
NO word on whether Warner will refund the millions they have collected in royalties.

In related news, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a fictional vehicle could be covered by copyright, as if it were a character.  What is that vehicle?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Recent Berfday To ME!

You may not have realized this, but "Happy Birthday" is still technically under copyright.


Thanks to some diligence and plain old research (have I explained how archivists and librarians are my heroes?) there may be some evidence that Mildred and Patty Hill never really had a valid copyright claim to the song at all.

You can read more about it here and here.



There are also several Bananapants sites explaining that celebrating birthdays are sinful:
and here (bonus points to this one with tying in with Anton LaVey).  

I bring all of this up for no particular reason at all.

Celebrated horror author Stephen King celebrated a birthday this week.  
With what famous author (and SF genre creator) does he share a birthday?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

House of Trivia - In 2-D!

Twitter seems to be ephemeral, by design.

(Note, I am on twitter, but it's mainly mentions of the new blog post, and retweeting comedians, podcasters and SJWs whose work I enjoy. No need to follow me.  Honest.)

I just learned that the Library of Congress is archiving all of Twitter.

Every last #$%@! tweet.

Imagine a bottomless hole, filled with jokes, venom and cat-pictures - FOREVER!


In 1953 The House of Wax, the first color 3-D movie from a major studio premiered.  
The very first commercial 3-D film premiered in 1922 and shares a title with what song by Huey Lewis and the News?

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Unicorned Beef Hash - Trivia Tonight!

More doom and nonsense in the news, so here's a round of unicorn chasers.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson saves puppy from untimely death by drowning.

Because, of course he did.

Upside of climate change?  Grizzly bears gettin' it on with polar bears.
The kids are called "pizzlies."
(Yes, I read the article and realize that the offspring are sterile, and a horrible threat to biodiversity.  But the mental image is just so great.)

John C. Reilly and his childhood friends once stole 500 boxes of  Sugar Corn Pops.

QUIZ: Although MLPFIM uses this as a term for a winged-unicorn, what word originally referred to a unicorn horn, typically separated from its original host?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What Did The Goat See? - Trivia Tonight!

Have you ever looked into the dead, soulless eyes of a goat, imagining them as a sign of humanity's existential tortured loneliness?

Uhhhhhhh. . . . me neither.

But apparently, earlier this month, scientists published a paper explaining WHY goats have those eyes.  The short version - the odd shape helps them see predators.

wait for it . . . . . 

I think this means we're all winners.

QUIZ: In 2002, what horror movie, a remake of a Japanese film, both featuring a cursed videotape was released?

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Let the clouds part, and let the light enter!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Take Out Enough To Win! Tonight @ Franks!

You may recall a certain discussion from last week.

Why is this man smiling?  You might too. . . 
I have done a bit of research, and I'd rate the story as "probably tru-ish".
You can click on the link above, and you can  see the relevant citations.

QUIZ: In 1971, the chaps of Monty Python visited Bavaria and filmed two episodes of their programme for German TV, under the title Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus.  Some sketches were translated their from pre-Python days, such as At Last the 1948 Show, and much was original. What was the only sketch that was taken from a pre-existing BBC Flying Circus episode? 
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