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  • ABBA Will Release 5 New Songs in 2021!

    Among the many pop culture events preempted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one whose postponement strikes an especially brutal blow is the years-in-waiting reunion of the greatest pop band in human history: ABBA. In 2018, the long-defunct Swedish supergroup announced plans to reconvene with a pair of new songs, which by then had already been written and recorded. ABBA’s reunion would take the form of what was being dubbed an “avatar tour project.” That is, holographic avatars of the bandmates would perform new and old songs in major concert venues throughout 2020.

    While this method of performance would indubitably keep the four members of ABBA safe from infection, all attending fans would be put at tremendous risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. But there is a silver lining (via Deadline). When the planned touring project does pick up again in 2021 (per its present schedule), three more new songs will grace ABBA’s lineup. This is in addition to the two announced in ’18, which, yet unheard, are named “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” (Both very ABBA-sounding titles, don’t you think?)

    This will be the first new music from ABBA since the band’s breakup in 1983, following the divorces of bandmates Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and bandmates Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Marital fissures aside, the four pillars of ABBA are clearly devoted once again to bringing their bright and bouncy tunes to the listening public. Perhaps the band has taken notice of the world’s ongoing affection for their music, as showcased by films like the newly released Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and the newly announced third Mamma Mia venture.

    Whatever it was that inspired the members of ABBA to treat the world to their inimitable brand of music for the first time in 35 years, we’re thankful for it. paign=social+flow&fbclid=IwAR1KaTK-xWzCHwOMYvGl7KAljgG9EjizT8m-4PIavHFLx_azpS0Ghc7GVy0


    • Sanitizing N95 respirator masks in an electric multi-cooker

      By electric cooker, we mean even an Instant Pot or a rice cooker able to sustain a dry heating cycle of at least 50 minutes at 212 F (100ºC). The best news is that you can perform this kind of decontamination for at least 20 times.

      This was the result of a study performed by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, that found the N95 respirators were decontaminated inside and out while maintaining their filtration and fit. This could enable wearers to safely reuse limited supplies of the respirators, originally intended to be one-time-use items.

      N95 respirator masks are the gold standard of personal protective equipment since they work not only against large droplets but they also filter out smaller airborne particles that might carry the new coronavirus causing COVID-19.

      These findings are especially important for health care professionals in smaller clinics or hospitals that do not have access to large-scale heat sanitization equipment, but also for all those who may have an N95 respirator at home and need to reuse it.


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            • Lost Actor Launches Fundraiser for Blade Runner Star to Be Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame

              James Hong, a prolific actor known for his work in Blade Runner, Big Trouble in Little China, and the Kung-Fu Panda franchise, is one step closer to getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lost and Hellboy star Daniel Dae Kim recently launched a campaign for Hong's star, with the hope of raising money to fully fund it. The GoFundMe campaign, which was launched last Wednesday, already met its goal of $55,000 within the span of three days. As Kim tweeted, the money will be used to help apply for Hong's nomination in the spring of next year.

              "This man epitomizes the term "working actor," and that's not even taking into account all he's done to help further representation for actors of color," the GoFundMe account reads. "Not only was he one of the few who worked steadily when there were even fewer roles than there are now, but he also served the Asian American community by co-creating the legendary East West Players theater company with fellow pioneers like Mako and Nobu McCarthy, just to name a few."

              "Let's show this man the respect and love his career has merited by getting him a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame! We all know what an important part of Hollywood lore the Walk of Fame has been over the years. Tourists from around the world flock to these star-studded blocks stretching across Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. If you're reading this you probably agree that James deserves to be among them."

              Now that the money has been raised, Kim and those behind Hong's campaign will submit an application to the Walk of Fame selection committee, which will meet to decide its applicants in June of next year. If Hong's nomination does not make it into the Class of 2022, he can be submitted the next year. As Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez explained, the online fervor and fundraising surrounding Hong's star will not affect whether or not he is chosen.

              “We are happy to consider Mr. Hong if he agrees on the nomination in writing,” Martinez explained to Variety. “We don’t endorse GoFundMe petitions because what happens with the funds if the person is not selected? They should have a back-up plan in case that happens. Otherwise, there will be many angry donors wondering where the money they sent will go to. The Walk of Fame stars are sponsored by the nominators and the stars cannot be purchased, which is what the group may be thinking by setting up this petition.”



              • When People Used the Postal Service to Mail Their Children

                In January 1913, one Ohio couple took advantage of the U.S. Postal Service’s new parcel service to make a very special delivery: their infant son. The Beagues paid 15 cents for his stamps and an unknown amount to insure him for $50, then handed him over to the mailman, who dropped the boy off at his grandmother’s house about a mile away.

                Regulations about what you could and couldn’t send through the mail were vague when post offices began accepting parcels over four pounds on January 1, 1913. People immediately started testing its limits by mailing eggs, bricks, snakes and other unusual “packages.” So were people allowed to mail their children? Technically, there was no postal regulation against it.

                “The first few years of parcel post service—it was a bit of a mess,” says Nancy Pope, head curator of history at the National Postal Museum. “You had different towns getting away with different things, depending on how their postmaster read the regulations.”

                Pope has found about seven instances of people mailing children between 1913 and 1915, beginning with the baby in Ohio. It wasn’t common to mail your children, yet for long distances, it would’ve been cheaper to buy the stamps to send a kid by Railway Mail than to buy her a ticket on a passenger train.

                In addition, people who mailed their children weren’t handing them over to a stranger. In rural areas, many families knew their mailman quite well. However, those two viral photos you might have seen online of postal workers carrying babies in their mailbag were staged photos, taken as a joke. A mailman might have carried a swaddled child who couldn’t walk, but he wouldn’t have let a diaper-wearing baby sit in a pile of people’s mail.

                In the case of May Pierstorff, whose parents sent her to her grandparent’s house 73 miles away in February 1914, the postal worker who took her by Railway Mail train was a relative. The Idaho family paid 53 cents for the stamps that they put on their nearly six-year-old daughter’s coat. Yet after Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson heard about this incident—as well as another inquiry someone had made that month about mailing children—he officially banned postal workers from accepting humans as mail.

                Still, the new regulation didn’t immediately stop people from sending their children by post. A year later, a woman mailed her six-year-old daughter from her home in Florida to her father’s home in Virginia. At 720 miles, it was longest postal trip of any of the children Pope has identified, and cost 15 cents in stamps.

                In August 1915, three-year-old Maud Smith made what appears to be the last journey of a child by U.S. post, when her grandparents mailed her 40 miles through Kentucky to visit her sick mother. After the story made the news, Superintendent John Clark of the Cincinnati division of the Railway Mail Service investigated, questioning why the postmaster in Caney, Kentucky, had allowed a child on a mail train when that was explicitly against regulations.

                “I don’t know if he lost his job, but he sure had some explaining to do,” Pope says.

                Though Maud seems to be the last successfully mailed child, others would later still tried to mail their children. In June 1920, First Assistant Postmaster General John C. Koons rejected two applications to mail children, noting that they couldn’t be classified as “harmless live animals,” according to the Los Angeles Times.



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                  YouTuber Reenacts Viral "Coke-Mentos" Challenge With 10,000 Liters Of Soda

                  A visionary decided earlier this year to finally give the people what they want, in dropping a fat load of baking powder into the equivalent of 10,000 liters of Coca Cola. The “experiment” is estimated to cost just over $9,000 (should’ve used a generic brand), a hefty price for a soda fountain but the stunt has already amassed over 6 million views on YouTube, so maybe it was worth it after all.

                  Known to YouTube as Mimax, the popular Russian blogger Maxim Monakhov had reportedly been planning the stunt for years as he explains in the video’s caption that the seed for his cola fountain was first sowed four years ago. “Yes, it would seem such an absurd and useless thing – but for me it means a lot,” he explained. “My whole career is about this.”

                  The video sees scores of people preparing a custom-made vat inside which thousands of bottles of coke are poured. While the exploding coke viral trend more commonly features Mentos as the catalyst, for his experiment Mimax instead used baking soda. The chemical reaction this triggers is significantly different from that created by Mentos, but in similar quantities the aesthetic result is basically the same. He opted for baking soda as it’s cheaper, he explains in the video. Smart to be wary of the budget when you’ve blown several thousand on soda, I guess.



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                    • Grace Jones was filming the James Bond classic 'A View to a Kill' in the adjacent studio at Pinewood whilst Tim Curry was filming 'Legend' during 1984. Jones used to hang out with Tim whilst he was having his prosthetic makeup applied for the character of Darkness. Tim's makeup took up to six hours to apply and the two would chat and pose for humorous Polaroids together throughout the day.


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                          • Chadwick Boseman Visited Terminally Ill Kids While Battling Colon Cancer

                            Chadwick Boseman was doing more than just putting on a brave face during his 4-year battle with cancer -- the guy was actively visiting and inspiring kids while privately suffering with the same disease.

                            St. Jude's Children's Hospital paid tribute to the fallen star, reminding folks he popped into their facility in 2018 to meet with patients ... bringing gifts and words of inspiration for the kids.

                            They write, "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Chadwick Boseman. Two years ago, Chadwick visited the St. Jude campus and brought with him not only toys for our patients but also joy, courage and inspiration." The organization sang his praises, adding ... "He was an incredible role model for our patients and children from all around the world. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

                            At the time, St. Jude's posted more photos from the face-to-face ... and it's clear the guy made the rounds and met with a bunch of kids who couldn't have looked more overjoyed to meet a Marvel superhero. The fact he was right in the thick of his own cancer battle just makes this gesture all the more heartbreaking, especially considering he didn't utter a word about his battle.

                            Chadwick discussed meeting some of these kids and how much of an impact it had on him -- he even broke down during the Sirius XM interview while talking about two terminally ill children who passed before the next Marvel movie could come out. Dude was a true saint.

                            As we reported ... Chadwick succumbed to his illness and died Friday, shocking the entertainment world -- scratch that, shocking the entire world. He was just 43 years old.




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