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Marilyn Monroe – The Lost LOOK Photos

The Atlantic Ocean Road Or The Atlantic Road

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a12036_atlanterhavsveien_00The Atlantic Ocean Road or the Atlantic Road (Norwegian: Atlanterhavsveien) is a 8.3-kilometer (5.2 mi) long section of County Road 64 that runs through an archipelago in Eide and Averøy in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. It passes by Hustadvika, an unsheltered part of the Norwegian Sea, connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland and Romsdalshalvøya peninsula. It runs between the villages of Kårvåg on Averøy and Vevang in Eida. It is built on several small islands and skerries, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts and eight bridges—the most prominent being Storseisundet Bridge.

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The route was originally proposed as a railway line in the early 20th century, but this was abandoned. Serious planning of the road started in the 1970s, and construction started on 1 August 1983. During construction the area was hit by 12 European windstorms. The road was opened on 7 July 1989, having cost 122 million Norwegian krone(NOK), of which 25 percent was financed with tolls and the rest from public grants. Collection of tolls was scheduled to run for 15 years, but by June 1999 the road was paid off and the toll removed. The road is preserved as a cultural heritage site and is classified as a National Tourist Route. It is a popular site to film automotive commercials, as it has been declared the world’s best road trip, and been awarded the title as "Norwegian Construction of the Century". In 2009, the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel opened from Averøy to Kristiansund; together they form a second fixed link between Kristiansund and Molde.

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Text from Wikipedia


Filed under: Article, Facts, Nature, Norway, Photography Tagged: Norwegian roads, The Atlantic Ocean Road, The Atlantic Road, The world's best road trip

Yes, I Wonder

The Forgotten Ones – Zeudi Araya

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Zeudi Araya
(born 10 February 1951 in Dekemhare, Eritrea) is an Eritrean-Italian actress and film producer.

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Career

Araya became Miss Eritrea in 1969. On a journey to Italy in 1972, she recorded a commercial for coffee, and was discovered by the director Luigi Scattini, who cast her with Beba Lončar in La ragazza dalla pelle di luna shot in theSeychelles. In 1973, songs composed by Piero Umiliani she sang in the score of another Scattini film where she played the lead role (La ragazza fuoristrada) were released on a 45 rpm record. From 1973 to 1975, several roles in erotic-themed movies followed, most of them directed by Scattini. In 1976, she appeared with Paolo Villaggio in the Fantozzi-style comedy Il signor Robinson by Sergio Corbucci. She also appeared in the Italian version of Playboy magazine in February 1977.

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Her last prominent appearance was in the epic Hearts and Armour, released in 1983. Araya subsequently withdrew from acting, and has since then been producing movies.

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Personal life

Coming from a Westernised Tigrinya family, Araya’s father was a politician and her uncle was a diplomat in Rome. She was married to film producer Franco Cristaldi from 1984 until his death in 1992. Araya now lives with the director Massimo Spano, with whom she has a son.

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On This day In 1966 – Future Of Monte Carlo Rally In Doubt

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The Monte Carlo rally has ended in uproar over the disqualification of the British cars expected to fill the first four places. The first four to cross the finishing line were Timo Makinen (Finland) driving a British Motor Corporation Mini-Cooper, followed by Roger Clark (Ford Lotus Cortina), and Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk, both also driving BMC Minis.

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But they were all ruled out of the prizes – with six other British cars for alleged infringements of complex regulations about the way their headlights dipped. The official winner was announced as Pauli Toivonen, a Finn who lives in Paris, driving a Citroen.

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BMC and Ford have lodged protests but even if they are upheld, the reputation of the rally has been severely dented. After the race, a British official said: "This will be the end of the Monte Carlo rally. Britain is certain to withdraw."

Timo Makinen said: "None of us dreamed that the stewards would turn the results upside down – and for such a stupid reason."

This will be the end of the Monte Carlo rally

British team spokesman

The British cars were disqualified because they used non-dipping single filament quartz iodine bulbs in their headlamps, in place of the standard double filament dipping glass bulbs, which are fitted to the series production version of each model sold to the public.

According to new rules introduced at the end of last year, any car entering the rally must come off a standard production line, with at least 5,000 cars being built to a similar specification. The British cars were equipped with standard headlamps – but the only way of dipping them was to switch to non-standard fog lamps.

Richard Shepherd, from the BMC, said: "There is nothing new about the lights at all. They have been used in our rallies, on rally cars, including the Monte for two years now and we’ve had no trouble at all in the past."

The confusion arose because the rally organisers initially said the race would be run under the old rules – and only announced the switch after entries had been accepted. The BMC says it spent £10,000 on preparing for the Monte Carlo rally – and is now considering withdrawing from next year’s race.

In Context
The British teams’ protest to the race organisers was rejected. They boycotted the official farewell dinner held at the International Sporting Club. Prince Rainier of Monaco showed his anger at the disqualifications by leaving the rally before attending the prize-giving which he had always done in previous years.

On 13 October 1966, the supreme motor racing and rally tribunal upheld the disqualifications. The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile in Paris said the iodine quartz headlights fitted on the British cars were not standard.

The Citroen declared the official winner, which had similar lamps, was approved because the bulbs were fitted as standard on some models.

Pauli Toivonen never drove for Citroen again. In 1986, his son Henri won the Monte Carlo rally.

Text from BBCs OnThisDay


Filed under: Article, Automobiles, British, Racing, The sixties Tagged: 1966, Citröen, Mini Cooper, Monte Carlo Rally

More Norwegian Roads – E16 Down The Nærøy Fjord Valley

Lynn Bari – American Actress

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A curvaceous, dark-haired WWII pin-up beauty (aka “The Woo Woo Girl” and “The Girl with the Million Dollar Figure”), “B” film star Lynn Bari had the requisite looks and talent but few of the lucky breaks needed to penetrate the “A” rankings during her extensive Hollywood career. Nevertheless, some worthy performances of hers stand out in late-night viewings.

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She was born with the elite-sounding name of Margaret Schuyler Fisher on December 18, 1913 (various sources also list 1915, 1917 and 1919), in Roanoke, Virginia. She and her younger brother, John, moved with their mother to Boston following the death of their father in 1926. Her mother remarried, this time to a minister, and the family relocated once again when her stepfather was assigned a ministry in California (the Institute of Religious Science in Los Angeles).

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Paying her dues for years as a snappy bit-part chorine secretary, party girl and/or glorified extra while being groomed as a starlet under contract to MGM and Fox, her first released film was the MGM comedy Meet the Baron (1933), in which she provided typical window dressing as a collegiate. For the next few years there was little growth at either studio, as she was usually standing amidst others in crowd scenes and looking excited. Finally in Amour d’espionne (1937), she received her first billing on screen for a minor part as “Miss Fenwick”. Though more bit parts were to dribble in, the year 1938 proved to be her breakthrough year. She finally gained some ground playing the “other woman” role in glossy soaps and musicals, first giving Barbara Stanwyck some trouble in Adieu pour toujours (1938).

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Fox Studios finally handed her some smart co-leads and top supports in such second-tier films as Return of the Cisco Kid (1939), Pack Up Your Troubles (1939), Hôtel pour femmes(1939), and Hollywood Cavalcade (1939). Anxiously waiting for “the big one”, she made do with her strong looks, tending toward unsympathetic parts. She enjoyed the attention she received playing disparaging society ladies, divas, villainesses, and even a strong-willed prairie flower in such films as Pier 13 (1940), Earthbound (1940), Kit Carson (1940), and Tu seras mon mari (1941), but they did little to advance her in the ranks.

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The very best role of her frisky career came with the grade “A” comedy The Magnificent Dope (1942), in which she shared top billing with Henry Fonda and Don Ameche. But good roles were hard to find in Lynn’s case, and she good-naturedly took whatever was given her. Other above-average movies (she appeared in well over 150) of this period came withLa pagode en flammes (1942), Hello Frisco, Hello (1943), The Bridge of San Luis Rey(1944), and Nocturne (1946).

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With diminishing offers for film parts by the 1950s, she started leaning heavily towards stage and TV work. She continued her career until the late ’60s and then retired. Her last work included the film The Young Runaways (1968) and TV episodes of “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.” and “The F.B.I.” Divorced three times in all, husband #2 was volatile manager/producer Sidney Luft, better known as Judy Garland‘s hubby years later, who was the father of her only child.

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Her third husband was a doctor/psychiatrist, and she worked as his nurse for quite some time. They divorced in 1972. Plagued by arthritis in later years, Bari passed away from heart problems on November 20, 1989. Although she may have been labeled a “B” leading lady, she definitely was in the “A” ranks when it came to class and beauty.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh

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Filed under: Actresses, Article, Hollywood, Models & starlets, The fifties, The forties, The sixties, The thirties Tagged: American actresses, Lynn Bari

This Is Why Your Mum ……

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How To Make Perfect Tea Without Teabags

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Why don’t more of us use loose-leaf tea when it makes a better cuppa and is better for the environment?

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Economist, environmental campaigner and wife-of-the-governor-of-the-Bank-of-England Diana Fox Carney has taken some stick for getting exercised over the environmental cost of teabags. It may sound trivial to some, but she makes a good point on the waste involved – we use about 55bn teabags in the UK each year – that’s about 370,000 tonnes of waste that mostly end up in landfill.

Even Unilever, maker of a little brand called PG Tips, deems sustainability an important enough issue to tackle, asking people whether they will compost or recycle used bags

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But the question should be, why do we need any kind of bag when loose leaves make better tea? In 1968, only 3% of households in Britain used teabags – a foreign, American invention that went against our love of leaves. Loose leaf tea, on the other hand, has been made for around 3,000 years, and just requires one brilliant bit of kit – a teapot.

I have never understood why so many of us think it’s a real hassle to make proper tea, but happily use a cafeterie for coffee. You get better flavour when you allow the leaves room to unfurl as they infuse. No chemicals, no waste and it’s really not complicated.

And the waste isn’t just limited to the bags. If you’re using good tea leaves, you’ll find they can be infused several times. Each time you brew the tea, different subtleties of the delicate flavours will be released. In China it is widely believed that the second or third brew of fine tea is the best.

The trick is not to leave the tea leaves to stew once they have been brewed to the desired strength. Straining the tea completely will prevent the leaves from becoming bitter and allow a second and third brew.

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Making a perfect cup of tea

Measure out a cup of water and a teaspoon of tea for each person, with one for the pot if you like it strong.

Pour the water from the freshly boiled kettle into the teacup first and then into the teapot – this way the proportions will be perfect – once the tea is brewed all the liquid is poured out so the leaves won’t stew and will be in perfect condition for a second or third infusion. It will also cool the water to the right temperature – for proper tea, an ideal temperature is around 85 C.

Remember, leaf teas need a little longer to infuse than teabags. Teabags give up their paltry flavour in an instant. A tealeaf has so much more to offer and takes its time.

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White and green teas don’t really work with milk but with black tea, anything goes. It’s entirely a matter of taste. The great thing about proper leaf tea is that it’s delicious on its own or with milk.

Milk in first or second? It’s up to you. I put it in second so I can tell how strong the tea will be by the colour. No doubt there will be some who disagree – do share your tea rituals.

An article from The guardian


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A Mobile Home – The latest Invention In 1937

Ethel Hays – American Syndicated Cartoonist

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Ethel Hays (March 13, 1892 – March 19, 1989) was an American syndicated cartoonist specializing in flapper-themed comic strips in the 1920s and 1930s. She drew in Art Deco style. In the later part of her career, during the 1940s and 1950s, she became one of the country’s most accomplished children’s book illustrators.

Newspaper comics and illustrations

This experience with comic art changed the course of her career. Hays was subsequently offered work as a staff illustrator for the Cleveland Press, a job procured for her by the designer of the correspondence course himself, Charles N. Landon. Soon after, Landon would be touting Ethel Hays as among the "former students who are now successful comic strip artists" in his magazine ads of the 1920s.

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Hays’ first work at the Cleveland Press was for a trendy feature called Vic and Ethel, which consisted of flapper-themed satire and social commentary—including stories of "steeple-climbing and swimming in ice-filled lakes" and interviews with visiting celebrities — accompanied by Hays’s cartoons. Her first comic strip for Newspaper Enterprise Association was derived from that feature and was called simply Ethel. Here Hays continued to chronicle the era when women "bobbed their hair and took up active sports." Even at the beginning of her career, Hays’ style was "already polished and breathtakingly lovely."

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Hays also drew the noted one-panel cartoon series Flapper Fanny Says, also for NEA and starting in about 1924, with a Sunday page following in 1928.  In this panel, which featured a flapper illustration and a witticism, Hays "moved away from the fancy style of Nell Brinkley, drawing sleeker women with short hair—some even wearing pants." Her panel inspired competition for a time from Faith Burrows‘ similarly-themed Flapper Filosofy from the rival King Features Syndicate.

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Ethel Hays was married in 1925 to W.C. Simms of Kansas City, Missouri (she continued to use her maiden name in signing her art throughout her career). By 1928 she was a mother. After she had her second child, she found the daily workload becoming too heavy, and she turned Flapper Fanny Says over to promising newcomer Gladys Parker around 1931. Between 1931 and 1936, however, Hays did find time to illustrate at least 17 stories by noted and prolific author Ellis Parker Butler that were distributed to newspapers. Hays continued to produce a variety of other work for NEA, including full-page illustrations and montages for Every Week magazine, a Sunday newspaper supplement. Her final comic strip for NEA wasMarianne, beginning around February 1936, which ran weekly. Comic strip historian Allan Holtz wrote, "While the art was vintage Hays, the gags were strictly jokebook material. You could tell her heart was no longer in it." Her final installment ran on December 26, 1937, though the strip continued without her for another year or two.

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The Forgotten Ones – Filiz Akın

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Filiz Akın
(born Suna Filiz Akın, 2 January 1943 in Ankara, Turkey) is a Turkish film actress. She is one of the famous actresses in the history of Turkish cinema with more than 120 films, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Biography

She graduated from TED Ankara College and then studied archeology at the Faculty of Arts at Ankara University. In 1962 she won a competition held by the "film star" magazine and made debut the same year in Akasyalar Açarken. Then she acted with Ajda Pekkan in the film “Kadın Berberi (Ladies’ Hairdresser) and established herself with roles in Kadın Terzisi (The Tailor) and Yankesici Kız (The Snatcher Girl) in 1964 where she successfully played characters in different genres. A year later in 1965, she acted in Kolejli Kızın Aşkı (The Love of the Young Girl) opposite Ayhan Işık.

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Then Akın appeared in Çıtkırıldım (Softy) opposite Cuneyt Arkin where she played a rebellious girl to Arkin’s character of a strict teacher. The same year, she acted as a rich girl in Tamirci Parçası (The Penniless Repairman) with Ayhan Işık. Akın’s next films included Hindistan Cevizi (Coconut) and Gül ve Şeker (Rose and Candy) withZeki Müren and Efkarlı Sosyete (Blue Riches) with Sadri Alışık.In 1967, Akın acted in a film adaptation of Peyami Safa’s Sözde Kızlar (So-called Girls). Then she appeared in a series of films opposite Cuneyt Arkin such as Seni Seviyorum (I Love You), Silahlı Paşazade (Armed Pasha), Hüzünlü Aşk (Sad Love), Lekeli Melek(Stained Angel) and Affedilmeyen (The Unforgiven).

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She married director Türker İnanoğlu and they had a son İlker İnanoğlu who would go on to become a prominent child actor, appearing with Akın in the Yumurcak film series. In 1969, she starred opposite Kartal Tibet in Reyhan and opposite Ayhan Işık in Karlı Dağın Eteği (Foot of the Snowy Mountain). Then Akın played twins inAğlıyorum (I am Crying) with Ediz Hun. She performed songs on the films ‘Cilveli Bir Kız (The Demure Girl), Oyun Bitti (Game Over), Cambazhane Gülü Fadime(Fadime: The Rose of the Circus) ve Oyun Bitti (Game Over). Other prominent films in this period were Aşka Tövbe (Remorse of Love), Acı Hatıralar (Bitter Memories) and Seni Sevmek Kaderim (Doomed to Love You).

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In 1971, she won the Golden Orange for best actress for her performance in Ankara Ekspresi (Train to Ankara) where she starred opposite Ediz Hun. Then she acted in Tatlı Dillim (Sweet Honey) and Memleketim (Homeland) with Tarık Akan and Beyaz Gül (White Rose) with Kartal Tibet

After her divorce from Türker İnanoğlu (who went on to marry Gülşen Bubikoğlu), she married former MİT director and diplomat Sönmez Köksal. After her retirement from acting in 1975, she appeared in television in the TRT series Geçmiş Bahar Mimozaları.

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It Pays To Be A Scout Chief ;-)

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Baden Powell’s Rolls Royce and Caravan from 1929.

The year 1929 was a special year for Scouting as it was to celebrate it’s 21st Birthday, it was also the year of the 3rd World Jamboree, which was going to be held at Arrowe Park, just outside Liverpool.

At the Jamboree to mark 21 years of Scouting Baden Powell was honoured with a number of gifts including a Baronetcy by King George V, Baden Powell took the title of Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell, other gifts included a set of Braces and from the 50.000 Scouts of the World attending, a very special gift of a Rolls Royce Car and a touring Caravan.

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As a good scout master Baden Powell knew how to take care of things
so both the Rolls and the caravan is still around.

Text and image from The Scouting Pages


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dolly Parton

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Over the past fifty-some years, she has gone from a chipper country starlet to a worldwide icon of music and movies whose fans consistently pack a theme park made in her honour. Dolly Parton is loved, lauded, and larger than life. But even her most devoted admirers might not know all there is to this Backwoods Barbie.

1. AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES AREN’T FOR HER.

Her theme park Dollywood offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages. Though she’s owned it for nearly 30 years, Parton has declined to partake in any of its rides. She has explained, "My daddy used to say, ‘I could never be a sailor. I could never be a miner. I could never be a pilot,’ I am the same way. I have motion sickness. I could never ride some of these rides. I used to get sick on the school bus."

2. SHE ENTERED A DOLLY PARTON LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST—AND LOST.

Apparently Parton doesn’t do drag well. She told ABC, “At a Halloween contest years ago on Santa Monica Boulevard where all the guys were dressed up like me, I just over-exaggerated my look and went in and just walked up on stage…I didn’t win. I didn’t even come in close, I don’t think.”

3. PARTON SPENT A FORTUNE TO RECREATE HER CHILDHOOD HOME.

She and her eleven siblings were raised in a small house in the mountains of Tennessee that lacked electricity and indoor plumbing. When Parton bought the place, she hired her brother Bobby to restore it to the way it looked when they were kids. "But we wanted it to be functional," she recounted on The Nate Berkus Show, "So I spent a couple million dollars making it look like I spent $50 on it! Even like in the bathroom, I made the bathroom so it looked like an outdoor toilet.” You do you, Dolly.

4. SHE WON’T APOLOGIZE FOR RHINESTONE.

Parton is well-known for her hit movies Steel Magnolias and 9 to 5, less so for the 1984 flop Rhinestone. The comedy musical about a country singer and a New York cabbie was critically reviled and fled from theaters in just four weeks. But while her co-star Sylvester Stallone has publicly regretted the vehicle, Parton declared in her autobiography My Life and Other Unfinished Business that she counts Rhinestone’s soundtrack as some of her best work, especially "What a Heartache."

5. PARTON IS MILEY CYRUS’S GODMOTHER, SORT OF.

"I’m her honorary godmother. I’ve known her since she was a baby," Parton said to ABC. "Her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) is a friend of mine. And when she was born, he said, ‘You just have to be her godmother,’ and I said, ‘I accept.’ We never did do a big ceremony, but I’m so proud of her, love her and she’s just like one of my own." Parton also played Aunt Dolly on Cyrus’s series Hannah Montana.

6. SHE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS FROM THE KU KLUX KLAN.

In the mid-2000s, Dollywood joined the ranks of family amusement parks participating in "Gay Days," a time when families with LBGT members are encouraged to celebrate together in a welcoming community environment. This riled the KKK, but their threats didn’t scare Dolly. "I still get threats," she has admitted, "But like I said, I’m in business. I just don’t feel like I have to explain myself. I love everybody."

7. PARTON STARTED HER OWN "LIBRARY" TO PROMOTE LITERACY.

In 1995, she founded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with the goal of encouraging literacy in her home state of Tennessee. Over the years, the program—built to mail children age-appropriate books—spread nationwide, as well as to Canada, the U.K., and Australia. When word of the Imagination Library hit Reddit, the swarms of parents eager to sign their kids up crashed the Imagination Library site. It is now back on track, accepting new registrations and donations.

8. PARTON’S HOMETOWN HAS A STATUE IN HER HONOR.


A stone’s throw from Dollywood, Sevierville, Tennessee is where Parton grew up. Between stimulating tourism and her philanthropy, this proud native has given a lot back to her hometown. And Sevierville residents returned that appreciation with a life-sized bronze Dolly that sits barefoot, beaming, and cradling a guitar, just outside the county courthouse. The sculpture made by local artist Jim Gray was dedicated on May 3, 1987. Today it is the most popular stop on Sevierville’s walking tour.

9. THE CLONED SHEEP DOLLY WAS NAMED AFTER PARTON.

In 1995 scientists successfully created a clone from an adult mammal’s somatic cell. This game-changing breakthrough in biology was named Dolly. But what about Parton inspired this honour? Her own ground breaking career? Some signature witticism or beloved lyric? Nope. It was her iconic big bust. English embryologist Ian Wilmut revealed, "Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton‘s."

10. SHE TURNED DOWN ELVIS.

After Parton made her own hit out of "I Will Always Love You," the King’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, reached out in hopes of having Presley cover it. But part of the deal demanded Parton surrender half of the publishing rights to the song. She has shared, "Other people were saying, ‘You’re nuts. It’s Elvis Presley. I’d give him all of it!’" Parton has admitted, "But I said, ‘I can’t do that. Something in my heart says don’t do that.’ And I didn’t do it and they didn’t do it." It may have been for the best. Whitney Houston’s cover for The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992 was a massive hit that has paid off again and again for Parton.

Text and images from MentalFloss


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On This Day In 1961: End of the road for Monroe and Miller

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The Hollywood screen star Marilyn Monroe has divorced her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, after less than five years of marriage. The divorce was granted in Mexico, where a judge signed the decree. The grounds of divorce were listed as "incompatibility".

a12046_monroe_03It has been rumoured that the pair have had frequent quarrels over their differing lifestyles. Mr Miller has recently been working with his wife on her most recent film, The Misfits, based on a short story he wrote, although the pair were reported to be barely speaking on set. The film is due to be released this month.

Affair

The divorce was officially announced last November, and a spokesman at the time said they had already separated. Sources close to the couple said Arthur Miller had in fact left Miss Monroe for German-born photographer Inge Morath, whom he met on the set of The Misfits.

The couple married in 1956, five years after they first met. Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism for her new husband, who rose to prominence with his play "Death of a Salesman" in 1949, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

a12046_monroe_01Soon after they were married, Arthur Miller told journalists: "Marilyn will only make one film in every 18 months or so, which will take her about eight weeks."When asked what she would do for the rest of the time, he replied, "She will be my wife. That’s a full-time job."

Risked career

Marilyn Monroe disagreed, and continued to pursue her film work to the full, travelling to England to shoot "The Prince and the Showgirl" with Laurence Olivier shortly after the wedding. However, she used her influence – and risked her own career – to help her husband after he was found guilty of contempt of Congress by the House Un-American Activities Committee for refusing to reveal the names of a literary group suspected of Communist sympathies.

Marilyn Monroe went with him to Washington to speak in his favour at the contempt hearings, and her intervention is widely thought to have contributed to the overturning of his conviction the following year.

Marilyn Monroe had been married twice before. Her first husband was Jimmy Dougherty, whom she married aged 16. The marriage did not survive her "discovery" and subsequent rise to fame. In 1954, she met and married baseball star Joe DiMaggio, but it was a tempestuous partnership and ended just nine months later.

In Context

Marilyn Monroe’s divorce was part of a decline which was marked by her erratic behaviour on set and persistent abuse of alcohol and drugs.  The Misfits was to be her last completed film. Soon after, in 1962, she also made her last major public appearance, singing "Happy Birthday" to President John F Kennedy at a televised party for him.

On 5 August 1962 she was found dead in her Los Angeles home, aged 36. Her death was officially attributed to suicide by drug overdose, but has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. She had been due to re-marry her second husband, baseball star Joe DiMaggio, three days later.

Arthur Miller married photographer Inge Morath a month after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe. He later wrote compassionately of Monroe in his autobiography, referring to his marriage to her as "the best of times, the worst of times".

He stayed with Inge Morath until her death in 2002. Arthur Miller died in 2005.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay


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S/S Oslo

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S/S Oslo, Wilson Line
Burden Built Shipowner or operator Dimensions
2,296 gross 1906 at Hull, England by
Earle‘s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Wilson Line, Hull, England 290ft x 39.1ft x 25.3ft
Year Remarks
1906 Launched April 9th for the Oslo (Kristiania)-Kristiansand-Hull route

1906

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1907

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1908

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1909

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1910

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1911

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1911

Trondheim – other to Hull  

1912

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1912

Trondheim – other to Hull  

1913

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1913

Trondheim – other to Hull  

1914

Kristiania – Kristiansand – Hull  

1914

Kristiania – Liverpool  

1914

Trondheim – other to Hull  

1915

Kristiania – Hull  

1917

Aug 21; torpedoed by U-87 off Shetland
on passage Trondheim-Liverpool
1 passenger and 2 crew lost

The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information
will be added as it emerges

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Morgenbladet Thursday May 24th 1906
(submitted by Per Helge Seglsten)

The new steamer which now will depart on her first voyage from Norway to England, has by all maritime authorities received a great deal of praise. The ship is built specially for the Christiania route, and is equipped with all remedies which modern shipbuilding techniques can offer to these new floating hotels.

The first class dining salon, library, ladies saloon and smoking saloon is located amidships. None of these saloons are equipped with te same luxury as the great steamers, but the tasty arrangements, and the English elegance has made these bright saloons the most comfortable and wonderful places to stay during a voyage at sea. The saloon is seldomly nice, held in a light English oak, without any paint and gold. In stead of curtains, the windows are decorated with sash stained glass-paintings with Norwegian prospects.

Also the 2nd class is specially comfortable equipped, with cabins on the lower deck, equipped with toilet and bathroom. On 3rd class there are 15 nice cabins with accommodation for 90 passengers, and on the steerage there is accommodation for 410 passengers. Also here the equipment is nice and proper, with bright and well ventilated rooms. The ship is built by Earles shipbuilding & engineering Co. It is the highest class in the British Lloyds, is 290 feet of length, 39 feet breadth and on trails the 12th of May achieved a speed of 13½ miles.

It is worth mentioning that the ship is equipped with modern installations as a smart device which controls the electric lanterns, which can nor go out without setting off an alarm which will notify the duty officer. The ship is mastered by captain Pepper, who before was the master of the Christiania route ship "Montebello"


Filed under: Maritime history, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: SS Oslo, Steamships

Saturday Quiz: Guess That Ass

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Let’s see how well you have studied classic celebrity backsides visitors.
The question is simple; Who’s famous ass is this?

Tip: American film, television and stage actress, film producer, director, writer and Playboy magazine Playmate of the Month”

NOTE: don’t leave an answer in a comment on the post.
Send it by mail to tidiousted@gmail.com

And last week’s ass belonged to Virginia “Ding Dong” Bell.
Extra points to Flamingo Dancer for remembering her nick name.


Filed under: Models & starlets, Nudes Tagged: Quiz, Saturday Quiz

The Sunday Comic – A Nice Change Of Scenery

The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 31

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Young Johnny’s class mates would go ballistic  if they got their hands of an issue of Playboy magazine or similar publications. He on the other hand could just wait for his aunt Mabel to call him on the phone to ask for his help in some matter or other to get his fill of bare female skin. But that was something he kept to himself of course. Some secrets you share, some you don’t

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Just the other day, for instance,  she called him because she had misplaced her bath brush and felt like having someone scrub her back. But in case his mother was listening in on the extension (which she often did) she just said she needed his help to fix something in the bathroom. Drunk or not she has always had a way with words.

It was not the first time that brush was misplaced, if she had one at all, so when Young Johnny arrived he just shook his head in mock disbelief, took the sponge she handed him and set to work on her back.


Filed under: Humour, Tackieness Tagged: Aunt Mabel, Back scrubs, Naughty aunts, Relatives