Saturday, May 27, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (17)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with the 1955 Sam the Sheepdog Looney Tunes cartoon, Double Or Mutton:

This is the third short featuring Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf. This is the first episode where it is clearly established that Sam and Ralph are coworkers, as well as the first episode where their names are consistent.

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour is celebrating the anniversary of the first live performance of Declan MacManus as Elvis Costello, backed by The Rumour (without Graham Parker,) at London's Nashville Rooms, in West Kensington, on this date in 1977. Today we are listening to a live recording of a later concert on August 7th of that year, at the same venue.

The recording is from the first week of a month-long, Monday-night residency at the Nashville Rooms, West Kensington. By the final week, the show is threatened with police closure when crowds become too big for the tiny venue.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

I love that it has 1969 pieces

The LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V,

The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions

I might have to rethink my birthday wish this year.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The measure of a man is what he does with power.

May 21, 427BC  (Obviously is date is merely a best guess; the classical Greeks, at the time, were too busy improving the practice of sodomy to bother with perfecting the calendar.)

The Greek philosopher Plato was born on this date.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (16)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with the 1955 Road Runner/ Wile E. Coyote Looney Tunes cartoon, Guided Muscle:

Look for Wile E. to pull the 'That's All, Folks!' tag onto the screen at the end of this cartoon.

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour is celebrating the anniversary of the release of Elton John's ninth studio album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy on May 19th in 1975. Today we are listening to a live recording of his concert on June 21st 1975, where at Wembly Stadium, in London, Elton John performs the entire album.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, the first album to do so, and stayed top for seven weeks. For the first time since 1971’s Friends, only one single was issued from an Elton album: Someone Saved My Life Tonight. This was because of the immense success of his past two non-album 45s, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Philadelphia Freedom. Both were recorded during the Captain Fantastic sessions and each reached number one in America.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Poem Posted at the 14th Street 'L' Station

     A sky
like an enormous
Friedrich Nietzsche-looking
manhole cover
tries to explain your mind
to you.

You stand on the street,
     holding an ineffective umbrella
over your head like a regurgitated
question mark,

      missing the good ol' glory days
of depression

when all the sky
ever did
was rain on you.

by Homeless

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (15)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with the 1955 Road Runner/ Wile E. Coyote Looney Tunes cartoon, Ready.. Set.. Zoom!:

Look for the mine shaft sign, Selzer Mining Company. It's a reference to producer Edward Selzer.

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour is celebrating the anniversary of the release of Dire Straits' fifth studio album, Brothers In Arms on this date in 1985. The album won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and is one of the best selling albums ever.

In 2007, a new version of the track, Brothers In Arms, featuring Mark Knopfler was released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War. Proceeds from the sale of the single went to a program that brought British veterans back to the site of the war in an effort to help them deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (14)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with the 1955 Bugs Bunny/ Daffy Duck Looney Tunes cartoon, Beanstalk Bunny:

Look for the scene of Elmer sticking corks in his ears and trying to get Bugs and Daffy out of his head by smoking a cigarette (only for Bugs and Daffy to crawl through the cigarette to blow the match out); it's sometimes edited out when the cartoon is shown on TV.

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour is celebrating the anniversary of the recording Proud Mary, by Ike and Tina Turner getting a gold record on this date in 1971 by playing their import album Olympia 1971, recorded at the Olympia Theatre in Paris on January 30, 1971.

ACME recommends that you should definitely crank this one up.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

You may stand down sir

Philippos Andreou of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderberg-Glücksburg, our favorite itinerant Greek sailor.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I'm hoping -

My ACME time share with the family this summer:

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Monday, May 1, 2017

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art

A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity; it should make perfect sense for those ingredients to share a bowl.

You may not have known it, but in the United States, May is National Salad Month. By an astonishing coincidence, the second full week of May is National Herb Week. It's a time to celebrate the verdure of the earth with verdure on a plate. Or in a bowl—salad is just that versatile!

Salad has a long and noble history. The word itself comes from the Latin herba salta, which sounds like urban assault but actually means salted herbs. They called their salads salted herbs because that's what they were: bits of leafy herbs dressed with salty oils.

The Romans weren't the first people to enjoy salad. Though it's hard to imagine, people were eating herbs and vegetables long before the invention of salad forks. Many of our evolutionary forebears ate leaves and veggies right off the plants, vines, and trees on which they grew. In fact, scientists believe our ancient grazing tendencies may explain the popularity of salad bars and our willingness to overlook the inadequacy of most sneeze guards.

The salad was not perfected, however, until the develop of Bac-O Bits®, a genetically altered bacon substitute whose artificial bacon flavor and resistance to radiation have made it a staple of American salads, to say nothing of its cult popularity as driveway gravel.

According to the Association for Dressings and Sauces, the altruistic sponsors of National Salad Month, salad dressings and sauces have a history as rich and varied as salad itself. The Chinese have been using soy sauce for over five thousand years, the Babylonians used oil and vinegar, and Worcestershire was popular in Caesar's day. (Ironically, however, the Caesar salad was not invented by Julius Caesar. It wasn't even invented by Sid Caesar. It was invented by Caesar Cardini, a Mexican restauranteur, in 1924.)

The Egyptians favored oil and vinegar mixed with Oriental spices. Mayonnaise was invented by the Duke de Richelieu in 1756 after defeating the British at Port Mahon on Majorca (hence "Mahonnaise," later corrected to mayonnaise). The Duke was best known not for his military victories, however, but his all-nude dinner parties. I'm not going to speculate as to how a bunch of naked people got the idea of covering their salads in a creamy sauce.

In 1896, Joe Marzetti of Columbus, Ohio, opened a restaurant and served his customers a variety of dressings developed from old country recipes. His restaurant might have done better if he had served them actual meals, but his dressings became so popular that he started to bottle and sell them.

It was the birth of a market niche.

Half a century later, in 1950, Americans bought 6.3 million gallons of salad dressing. In 1997, they bought more than 60 million gallons. (This information is indisputable, because it appears on the Association of Dressings and Sauces' website.)

Since the United States had a population of about 260 million in 1997, it looks like the average American buys about 4.3 gallons of salad dressing each year. That's enough to drip a tablespoon per mile from New York to Chicago. I myself don't buy salad dressing, which means that some poor bastard has to buy 8.6 gallons each year to make up the difference. But it all comes out in the wash: I'm probably drinking his gin.

It's informative to note, however, that the Association of Dressings and Sauces measures salad dressing sold, not consumed. We've all seen salad dressing in the final stages of decomposition, the once creamy sauce crusting around the edges and congealing in the bottom of the bottle. Added up nationwide, that's got to be a few million gallons a year.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (13)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would like to start the evening with the 1959 Road Runner Looney Tunes cartoon, Wild About Hurry:

In the opening title sequence, Wile E. Coyote is seated on a rocket with "directed by CHUCK JONES" superimposed on the side. When the rocket blasts off with Wile E., the letters fall off the rocket.

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour is proud to celebrate the anniversary of the second of two 1978 concerts that Cheap Trick performed at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Toyko, Japan on this date.

The album was never supposed to be released in the US. For Epic/Sony, this was their first release. It was supposed to be for the Japanese fans only. But then the live version of I Want You To Want Me started to get airplay and it began to be a hit. It eventually became the largest-selling live album import ever, and finally the record label released it domestically.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Terror and Horror to Astound Mankind!

April 26, 1956 -

Godzilla: King of All Monsters debuted in America on this date (Gojira premiered in Japan on November 3, 1954) :

With the ashes of World War II only recently cooled, Japan is plagued by a sudden wave of maritime disasters: Without warning, ships are exploding into flame and sinking beneath the waves. The few survivors are able to shed little light on the situation, as they quickly die from radiation and strange burns. (Hmmm, sound familiar) A group of investigators, including prominent paleontologist Dr. Yamane and American reporter Steve Martin (who was detoured from his trip to cover the Suez Crisis,) are sent to Odo Island to investigate. The natives warn that the ships are being destroyed by Gojira (Godzilla), a legendary monster. These claims are verified when a gigantic, dinosaur-like creature comes ashore and demolishes the native village. Dr. Yamane concludes that Godzilla is a prehistoric creature that has been awakened and mutated by atomic bomb tests. It's just the same conclusion you'd come to having just seen the ruins of a Japanese fishing village.

The military decides to use depth charges on the monster. However, the attack is unsuccessful, and Godzilla follows the ships back to Tokyo Bay. (Again, probably just what you would do - annoy a giant radioactive monster.) Coming ashore at night, Godzilla razes Tokyo. The destruction left in his wake is comparable to an atomic bomb. Military firepower proves useless against the monster. It is feared that Godzilla will continue to lay waste to the cities of Japan, and perhaps the entire world.

It is up to Emiko Yamane (Dr. Yamane’s daughter) to convince her former fiancé, Dr. Serizawa, to use his Oxygen Destroyer against Godzilla. Serizawa is skeptical; he fears that this terrible device might be more dangerous than the monster. However, he finally decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of Godzilla.

So here in a nutshell, you have the greatest fever dream movie ever re-edited - a very good Sci-Fi film intercut with, the undisputed king of deadpan delivery and nipple rouge entrepreneur.

(We take Godzilla very seriously in our home.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Troy lost her grace and glory

Dionysiac ( die-uh-NIS-ee-ak ), (Latin Dionysiacus, from Greek Dionusiakos, from Dionusios.), adjective 1. Of or relating to Dionysus, the god of wine and of an orgiastic religion celebrating the power and fertility of nature. Of or relating to Dionysia, ancient Greek festivals held seasonally, chiefly at Athens, in honor of Dionysus. 2. Often dionysiac. Ecstatic or wild; Dionysian.

Keep it in mind (we'll come back to it.)

April 24, 1184 BC (this is an approximated date.)
Most of the people who could have verified this date were too busy smearing olive oil on each other and inventing Greco-Roman wrestling in the nude, so the creation of an accurate calendar wasn't a high priority.

Think Dionysiac

... Is this the face that launched a thousand ships? ....

OK kids, here's your quick Lit Hum course.

Once upon a time, a pretty naked Greek girl was lolling around a limpid pool (lots of pretty naked Greek girls were doing that back then, trust your ole doc, I've known a lot of lolling Greek girls, some of them naked) and she saw a beautiful swan.

Before you could said By Zeus, Leda lays an egg (psst, don't tell Ted Cruz but bestiality was involved) and out pops Helen - another pretty naked Greek girl. But Helen wasn't just any pretty naked Greek girl, she was the MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD.

So when it was time for Helen to marry (at about 12), literally everyone who was anyone wanted to marry her, including Odysseus (who doesn't marry her but Penelope but that's another story), Menestheus, Ajax the Great, Patroclus and Idomeneus, Agamemnon (who doesn't marry her but her sister, Clytemnestra and lives (or dies) to regret it, but that again is another story). It doesn't hurt to mention at this point that her 'father' was the King of Sparta or the fact that he never noticed that she was hatched from a egg.

Yadda, yadda yadda, Helen marries Menelaus. Yadda, yadda, yadda, three more naked Greek goddesses, handsome naked Greek youth named Paris (how the French got into this story even I can't explain) and a golden apple.

Also, I bet you never realized how much nudity plays into this story.

Yadda, yadda yadda, an abduction and a promise extracted - bang zoom, you have the Trojan war. I have just saved you from reading Edith Hamilton's Mythology and most of the Iliad.

The Greek siege of Troy had lasted for ten years with no end in sight. The Greeks devised a new ruse: a giant hollow wooden horse. It was built by Epeius and filled with Greek warriors led by Odysseus. Meanwhile, a Greek spy, Sinon, convinced the Trojans that the horse was a gift despite the warnings of Laocoön (who gets to utter the line, "Beware Greeks bearing gifts" moments before being strangled by sea-serpents with his two sons - but that's another story)

and Cassandra (who has the gift of prophecy because of the God Apollo as a token of his love has snakes lick her ears clean but that again is another story) ;

Helen and Deiphobus (who won Helen in a game with his brother after the death of Paris but let's stay on course here) even investigated the horse; in the end, the Trojans accepted the gift on this date. In ancient times it was customary for a defeated general to surrender his horse to the victorious general in a sign of respect.

It should be noted here that the horse was the sacred animal of Poseidon; during the contest with Athena over the patronage of Athens, Poseidon gave men the horse, and Athena gave the olive tree. It should also be noted that after living ten years under a siege, one's reasoning seems to go out the window.

The Trojans have a huge orgy, I mean, party (think sodomy but on a grand scale - think Dionysiac) to celebrate the end of the siege, so that, when the Greeks emerged from the horse, on this date, the city was in a drunken stupor. The Greek warriors opened the city gates to allow the rest of the army to enter, and the city was pillaged ruthlessly, all the men were killed, and all the women and children were taken into slavery.

And so ends the Iliad. Oh yeah, Brad Pitt ends up dead but Orlando Bloom is alive.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Today is believed to be the birthday of William Shakespeare, born in Stratford-on-Avon, England (1564). He was a playwright and poet, and is considered to be the most influential and perhaps the greatest writer in the English language.

His tragedies have been celebrated for centuries. For example, there’s the Tragedy of Julius Caesar, in which a Roman general thinks he’d like to be emperor, other people disagree, and everyone dies in the end. There is the Tragedy of Macbeth, in which a Scottish Thane thinks he’d like to be king, other people disagree, and everyone dies in the end. There is the Tragedy of Richard III, in which a hunch-backed noble thinks he'd like to be king, other people disagree, and everyone dies in the end. There is even the Tragedy of Hamlet, in which a young prince thinks and everyone ends in mincemeat.

(That last is naturally set in Denmark, where the relationship between thinking and dying has been most famously chronicled by Soren Kierkegaard, who called life itself the sickness unto death. He was a very happy fella.)

He gave us many beloved plays, including Romeo and Juliet (1594), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595), Gay Boys in Bondage (1601), Othello (1604), and King Lear (1605). Only a few scattered facts are known about his life. He was born and raised in the picturesque market town of Stratford-on-Avon, surrounded by woodlands. His father was a glover and a leather merchant; he and his wife had eight children including William, but three of them died in childbirth. William probably left grammar school when he was thirteen years old, but continued to study on his own.

He went to London around 1588 to pursue his career in drama (or to sleep with actresses or men who dresses like women) and by 1592 he was a well-known actor. He joined an acting troupe in 1594 and wrote many plays for the group while continuing to act. Scholars believe that he usually played the part of the first character that came on stage, but that in Hamlet he played the ghost.

Some scholars have suggested that Shakespeare couldn't have written the plays attributed to him because he had no formal education. A group of scientists recently plugged all his plays into a computer and tried to compare his work to other writers of his day, such as Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and the Earl of Oxford. The only writer they found who frequently used words and phrases similar to Shakespeare's was Queen Elizabeth I, and although Shakespeare had been seen in women's clothing several times, the Queen was eventually ruled out as well.

Shakespeare used one of the largest vocabularies of any English writer, almost 30,000 words, and he was the first writer to invent or record many of our most common turns of phrase, including foul play, as luck would have it, your own flesh and blood, too much of a good thing, good riddance, in one fell swoop, so is your mother, play fast and loose, up your nose with a rubber hose, d'oh, that's what she said and in the twinkling of an eye.

Shakespeare wrote a lot of other plays and died in the end—on April 23, 1616. His accomplishments are all the more remarkable when you consider that he died on the same day he’d been born.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour (12)

Another page from the ACME Catalog -

Before our feature presentation, ACME would love to show you the 1953 Road Runner Looney Tunes cartoon, Zipping Along:

In this outing, the Road Runner - who is shown outracing a fast train - is labeled "velocitus tremenjus." Wile E. Coyote, watching from above, is now labeled "Road Runnerus Digestus."

The ACME Eagle Hand Soap Radio Hour is proud to celebrate the anniversary of the 1979 release of the movie Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, which featured The Ramones.

The Ramones were paid a total of $25,000 for appearing in the film, and had to play shows in southern California to help pay their hotel bills. During the 21-day shoot, Dee Dee Ramone got arrested for fighting with a roadie, overdosed in jail, and wound up in Cedars Sinai Hospital with a $3,000 medical bill.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rocket Man

April 20, 1961 -
Harold Graham made the first untethered flight in a rocket belt near Niagara Falls, New York.

Harold Graham reached an height of approximately 4 feet (1.2 meters), and then flew smoothly forward at a speed of approximately 10 km/h for a distance of 108 feet (less than 35 meters) and then landed. The flight lasted 13 seconds.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Something happened on this date

April 17, 1975: Cambodia falls when communist insurgents known as the Khmer Rouge enter the capital city of Phnom Penh.

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