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“We better keep an eye on this one. She’s tricky”*…

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From Endless Noise, “Mary Poppins Sings Death Metal

* “Michael Barker” (Matthew Garber),to his sister on meeting Mary Poppins, in Mary Poppins

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As we prepare to shred, we might recall that it was on this date in 1970, that Janis Joplin was fined $200 by authorities in Tampa, Florida– thus ending an episode that began with her arrest the prior November for shouting obscenities at the police from the stage of Curtis Hixon Hall, where she was performing.

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Written by LW

March 4, 2015 at 1:01 am

Tea and Koans…

Julian Fellowes (with his wife Emma Joy Kitchener)

Julian Fellowes is a man of many talents:  after a career as an actor, he lifted his pen to write plays (including the book for the West End/Broadway production of Mary Poppins), films (e.g., Gosford Park, for which he won an Oscar), novels (including the wonderful Past Imperfect), and television series (among them, Downton Abbey, now running on Masterpiece Theater).

Fellowes, who has been married since 1990 to the great-great-niece of the 1st Earl Kitchener, a Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Michael of Kent, was recently elevated in the Queen’s Honors List to Baron Fellowes of West Stafford.

But surely he will be remembered for this insight, quoted in the New York Times [January 7, 2011]:

… there are times when a sincere imitation is not only better than nothing – it’s nearly as good.

[TotH to World Wide Words for the lead to the quote]

As we deliberate over Debrett’s, we might recall that it was on this date in 1935 that Coopers Inc. sold the world’s first “briefs” (at the Marshall Field’s State Street store in downtown Chicago).  Designed by apparel engineer Arthur Kneibler, who’d been inspired by a postcard he’d received in 1934 from the French Riviera (featuring a man in bikini trunks), briefs dispensed with leg sections of traditional men’s underpants and had a Y-shaped overlapping fly.  The company dubbed the design “the Jockey,” as it offered a degree of support that had previously only been available from a jockstrap.  Jockey briefs proved so popular that over 30,000 pairs were sold within three months of their introduction; shortly thereafter, Coopers changed its corporate name to Jockey.

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How are you supposed to make a fish act that way? Some kind of local weed in the water or something?*…

On screen, Dick Van Dyke has been rescued from untimely death by flying cars and magical nannies. Off screen, the veteran star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins had to rely on the help of a pod of porpoises after apparently dozing off aboard his surfboard. “I’m not kidding,” he said afterwards.

Van Dyke’s ordeal began during an ill-fated trip to his local beach. “I woke up out of sight of land,” the 84-year-old actor told Craig Ferguson on his TV chat show. “I started paddling with the swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought ‘I’m dead!'”

Van Dyke was wrong. “They turned out to be porpoises,” he said. “And they pushed me all the way to shore.” The porpoises were unavailable for comment.

Van Dyke made his screen debut on the Phil Silvers Show before bagging his own TV sitcom in 1961. His film credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Dick Tracy, while his TV drama Diagnosis: Murder ran from 1993 to 2001. In recent years he has appeared on screen in Night at the Museum and its 2009 sequel.

Via The Guardian.

* How are you supposed to make a fish act that way? Some kind of local weed in the water or something? – Flipper’s New Adventure (1964)

As we celebrate cooperation across the animal kingdom, we might recall that this date in 2002 a U.S. patent for “Registered pedigree stuffed animals” was issued to David L. Pickens of Honolulu, Hawaii (No. 6,482,067). The toy animals are designed “to simulate the biological laws of inheritance both for educational, recreational and aesthetic purposes.”  Pairs of opposite sex “parent” toy animals were to be sold with serial numbers encoding the parents’ genotype and phenotype. So, owners of the “parent” toy animals, having registered with the manufacturer, could later request “breeding”– and receive at least one “offspring” toy animal randomly selected from a litter having traits determined according to the registered genotypes of the parents, as dictated by the Mendelian laws of inheritance.

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The interspecies possibilities were alluring; but sadly, the concept never found commercial acceptance.

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