The Church, “Under the Milky Way”

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Under The Milky Way (Arista, 1988)

Under the Milky Way is a single by Australian alternative rock band The Church, released on February 15, 1988 and appears on their fifth studio album Starfish. The song was written by bass guitarist and lead vocalist Steve Kilbey and his then-girlfriend Karin Jansson of Curious (Yellow). It peaked at #22 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart, #24 on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, #25 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and appeared in the Dutch Single Top 100. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1989, the song won ‘Single of the Year’.

Under the Milky Way was written by Kilbey and Jansson. Kilbey and Jansson had become friends in 1983 and lived together in Australia from 1986. Kilbey said, “I smoked a joint and started playing the piano and she came in the room and we just made it up.” According to a press release issued with Starfish, the title is from an Amsterdam music and cultural venue, Melkweg (Dutch for “Milky Way”), which Kilbey used to frequent.

Rita Hayworth

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Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987)

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn, New York, Hayworth began her career billed as Rita Cansino. Her father wanted her to become a professional dancer while her mother wanted her to become an actress. She spent much of her early career playing the exotic foreigner in and out of dance roles in film. Late in the 1930s, studio head Harry Cohn was interested in signing her to a 7-year contract but he felt her look was too Mediterranean and that her name was too Spanish. She then took on her mother’s maiden name and became Rita Hayworth. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term “The Love Goddess” to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.

Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role. She is also known for her performances in, Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Pal Joey (1957), and Separate Tables (1958). Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), and You Were Never Lovelier (1942), once called her his favorite dance partner. She also starred in the Technicolor musical Cover Girl (1944), with Gene Kelly.

Hayworth was married and divorced five times. She had affairs with several of her leading men, most notably with Victor Mature in 1942, during the filming of My Gal Sal. Hayworth also had a long-term on-and-off 40-year affair with Glenn Ford, which they started during the filming of Gilda in 1945. In 1960 Ford moved next door to her in Beverly Hills so they could continue their relationship for many years until the early 1980s. In 1937, at age 18, Hayworth married Edward Judson, an oilman turned promoter who was more than twice her age. He had played a major role in launching her acting career. They divorced in 1942. Hayworth married actor Orson Welles in September 1943, during the run of The Mercury Wonder Show. They had a daughter, Rebecca, who was born in December 1944, and died at the age of 59 on October 17, 2004. They struggled in their marriage, with Hayworth saying that Welles did not want to be tied down. Despite this, Hayworth called Welles the “great love of her life”. They divorced in 1948. In 1948, Hayworth left her film career to marry Prince Aly Khan, a son of Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam. They were married in May 1949. They had a daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan in December 1949. They divorced in January 1953. Hayworth married Argentinian singer Dick Haymes in September 1953. When they met, Haymes was still married nor did he have American citizenship. She assumed responsibility for his citizenship and ended up paying off most of his debts. They divorced in 1955 after a physical assault in public. Her final marriage began in February 1958 to film producer James Hill. In 1961, the couple divorced after their marriage collapsed amidst claims of extreme mental cruelty from Hayworth.

In 1980, Hayworth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which contributed to her death at age 68. The public disclosure and discussion of her illness drew attention to Alzheimer’s, which was largely unknown by most people at the time, and helped to increase public and private funding for Alzheimer’s research.

“Cruising Attitude”

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Cruising Attitude (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2012)

Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in “Crew Gardens” Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of Galley Gossip, a weekly column for AOL’s award-winning travel website http://Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant’s jump seat.

Bit-O-Honey

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Bit-O-Honey (now Pearson’s Candy Company)

Bit-O-Honey is a candy product that first appeared in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company. Bit-O-Honey was a new kind of candy bar consisting of six pieces wrapped in waxed paper and then packaged in a cover wrapper. The candy consists of almond bits embedded in a honey-flavored taffy, which makes for a long-chewing candy. Both a large bar and a small, bite-sized version are available for sale, the latter in bags of multiple units. Bit-O=Honey first changed hands in 1969 when Schutter-Johnson merged into the Ward Candy Company. Between the mid- and late-1970s, a chocolate-flavored version called Bit-O-Chocolate was made, but this product was later dropped. Other spin-offs included Bit o’ Licorice and Bit-O-Peanut Butter. In 2017, Bit-O-Honey Chocolate was reintroduced.

Bit-O-Honey and Ward Candy Company were acquired by Terson Company in 1981. The eventual sale of Bit-O-Honey brand happened in 1984, when the Terson Company sold Ward Candy Segment brands to Nestle. In May 2013, Nestlé sold the Bit-O-Honey brand to the Pearson’s Candy Company.

“Twilight Zone”

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Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-1964)

The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, horror and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964. The success of the series led to a feature film (1983), a TV film (1994), a radio series (2002–2012), literature including a comic book, novels and a magazine and a theme park attraction and various other spin-offs that spanned five decades, including three revival television series. The first revival (1985–89) ran on CBS and in syndication in the 1980s, while the second revival ran on UPN (2002–2003). In December 2017, CBS All Access officially ordered the third Twilight Zone revival to series, helmed by Jordan Peele. The series premiered on April 1, 2019.

As a boy, Serling was a fan of pulp fiction stories. As an adult, he sought topics with themes such as racism, government, war, society, and human nature in general. Serling decided to combine these two interests as a way to broach these subjects on television at a time when such issues were not commonly addressed. Throughout the 1950s, Serling established himself as one of the most popular names in television. He was as famous for writing televised drama as he was for criticizing the medium’s limitations. His most vocal complaints concerned censorship, which was frequently practiced by sponsors and networks.

Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

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Somebody That I Used To Know (Eleven, 2011)

Somebody That I Used to Know is a song written by Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer Kimbra. The song was released in Australia and New Zealand by Eleven Music as the second single from Gotye’s third studio album, Making Mirrors (2011). It was later released by Universal Music in December 2011 in the United Kingdom, and in January 2012 in the United States and Ireland. Somebody That I Used to Know was written and recorded by Gotye at his parents’ house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, and is lyrically related to the experiences he has had with relationships. In Australia, Somebody That I Used to Know won an ARIA Award for Song of the Year and Best Video, while Kimbra was voted Best Female Artist and Gotye was named Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year. In 2013, the song won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year. Commercially, Somebody That I Used to Know is Gotye’s most successful and signature song. It has topped charts in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well as 22 other national charts, and reached the top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world. The song has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time.

“Sleepaway Camp”

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Sleepaway Camp (United Film, 1983)

Sleepaway Camp (released as Nightmare Vacation in the United Kingdom) is a 1983 American slasher film written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, who also served as executive producer. It is the first film in the Sleepaway Camp franchise, and tells the story of a young girl sent to a summer camp that becomes the site of a series of murders shortly after her arrival. It stars Felissa Rose, Katherine Kamhi, Paul DeAngelo, and Mike Kellin in his last screen appearance. Released during the genre’s heyday, the film is known for its infamous twist ending, considered one of the most shocking of its kind. Since its release, it has become a cult film. It was followed by three sequels, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), and Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008).

“Thank You”

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Thank You (Parlophone, 1995)

Thank You was a cover album named the worst ever album by Q magazine in March 2006. Gareth Grundy, the deputy editor for Q magazine, said of the album, “Duran Duran was the one that united everyone in agreement. We put it on in the office to remind ourselves how bad it was. Sometimes these things are redeemed by some sort of kitsch or novelty value, but it didn’t even have that. It’s not funny for even a split second and not even the sort of thing that you would put on for a laugh if you were drunk.” Ken Scott, the engineer of the album, also thought “it turned out pretty badly”. The band considered it commercial suicide. Chris Gerard of Metro Weekly ranked it as Duran Duran’s worst album.

Blanket

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Blanket

Children have played with blankets ever since ancient agrarians domesticated woolly animals and spun their coats for fabrics. In imaginative play and make-believe, kids have discovered the many playful uses for the blanket. It fills in for a king’s robe, a bride’s veil, a superhero’s cape, a Roman soldier’s cloak, a princess’s flowing gown, and a wizard’s flying carpet. Thrown over a table, it forms a tent; draped around two chairs, it becomes a fort; on top of the carpet, it serves as a safe island surrounded by sea monsters. In puppet shows, the blanket substitutes for theater curtains; for a magician, the blanket conceals the secrets of the show. And in tug-of-war, the blanket gets top billing. It is also suitable for tossing toys in the air or for parachuting them back to earth. And best of all, blankets gave cover to legions of kids who read by flashlight long into the night. Blankets were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Whit Sunday

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Whit Sunday (May 31, 2020)

In many parts of the world, Pentecost has become a traditional day for baptisms to take place. On this day, many people enjoy family gatherings, picnics, or outings to the country. Whit Sunday is linked to pagan spring rites, such as the English custom of Morris dancing and the drinking of “Whitsun ale”. Whit Sunday is a public holiday in some places around the world, though it is not a federal holiday. As recorded in the New Testament of the Bible, it was on the 50th day after Easter that the apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them. They received the “gift of tongues”, the ability to speak in other language and immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot. Christian Pentecost became not only a commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s visit but also marks the birth of the Christian Church. Although it is not certain when Pentecost began to be observed by Christians, it may have been early as the first century. Whitsuntide, also referred to as Whitsun in modern times, is the period beginning with the Saturday before Whit Sunday and ending the following Saturday. According to church tradition, Pentecost is always about seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or 50 days after Easter, including Easter Day. In some Orthodox churches, Whit Sunday is observed after the date set by the western churches. This is because some Orthodox churches still observe holidays according to the Julian calendar, which preceded the Gregorian calendar adopted by many western churches. The Easter date depends on the ecclesiastical approximation of the March equinox.