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I’m so Glad(well)…

Readers can create their own best-sellers at The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator.

[TotH to the wonderful Pop Loser]

As we decide what to do with our royalties, we might recall that it was on this date in 1940 that MGM’s first Tom and Jerry cartoon, “Puss Gets the Boot,” premiered; the inter-species couple would go on to “star” in over 100 more cartoons.  It was the first collaboration between William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (founding a partnership that would last over 50 years and yield such treasures as The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, Top Cat, and Yogi Bear); at over nine minutes in length, it’s the longest T&J ever produced– and the first of three T&J essays (with “Puss n’ Toots” and “Puss ‘n’ Boats”) to pun it’s title on the fairy tale “Puss in Boots.”  “Puss Gets the Boot” was nominated for an Academy Award– the first of Hanna and Barbera’s many Oscar nominations.

The cat in “Puss Gets the Boot” was actually named “Jasper”; the mouse, “Jinx.”  But when the pilot got the go-ahead to become a series, animator John Carr won a studio-wide naming contest with his suggestion: “Tom and Jerry.”  Jasper’s owner, “Mammy Two-Shoes,” was voiced by June Foray— who later earned immortality as the voice of Rocky J. Squirrel.


Sacrificing oneself for Progress…

Fred “The Flying Tailor” Reichelt, who died in 1912 when he attempted to use this self-styled garment as a parachute in a jump off of the Eiffel Tower (source)

One is, of course, supposed to practice what one preaches, to eat one’s own dog food.  But even as it’s only right to suggest that a physician “heal thyself,” it’s only fair to reference that healer’s Hippocratic Oath, and caution him/her “first, do no harm”…

Consider this List of Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions.

As we head back to the drawing board, we might recall that it was on this date in 1950 that the daily comic strip Peanuts premiered in eight newspapers: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe.  Its creator, Charles Schulz had developed the concept as a strip (L’il Folks) in his hometown paper, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, from 1947 to 1950.  At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages.

First Peanuts strip

How many can YOU name?!?!?…

From Chilean designer Juan Pablo Bravo, “600 Hanna-Barbera Characters“…

The characters are shown in chronological order, with their respective names in English and Spanish (of the TV series and the characters).  Excluded repeats and new versions of some series.  The image sizes are not to scale.

The full catalogue looks like this:

… only, of course, much larger.  To see the rendering full-size, click here.

TotH to Laughing Squid.

As we wonder why the live-action version of The Flintstones hasn’t been remade at least once, we might recall that it was on this date in 1989 that French law enforcement officials admitted that they had a computer problem:  41,000 Parisians had received letters over the prior weekend accusing them of murder, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking and other felonious pursuits.   But consolingly– if bewilderingly– to the accused, they were asked only to pay minor fines.

When the Gendarmerie came clean, they admitted that the recipients of the notices were in fact guilty of unpaid parking and traffic fines.  Revised invoices were mailed– along with letters of apology.


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