Byberry - If you listen closely, you can still hear the screams
Officially know as The Philadelphia Hospital for Mental Diseases at Byberry City
Over the years it became know to all as simply, Byberry
Chip R. Jones
Robert Andrew Scott
G. A. Carafelli
Thomas Jefferson University and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Laurie Ann Haus - vocals
interview with the vampire - libera me
conceived and produced by Dale Caruso
Added: 25th September 2008
Posted By: dalecaruso
Speedy Gonzales, the cunning cartoon Mexican mouse that could run at blazing speeds, was first introduced by Warner Bros. in 1953. (Mel Blanc provided Speedy's voice.) By 1999, however, the Cartoon Network ceased to air Speedy Gonzales. In an interview with Fox News on March 28, 2002, Cartoon Network spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg commented, 'It hasn't been on the air for years because of its ethnic stereotypes.' This is widely believed to refer to Speedy's fellow mice, who are all shown as being very slow and lazy, and sometimes even appear intoxicated. This is particularly true of Speedy's cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez, who is exceptionally slow and lazy.
In one cartoon, titled Gonzales' Tamales, the town mice instigate a feud between Speedy and Sylvester the Cat because Speedy has been stealing the hearts of all the females. Much of the dialogue between Mexican characters is in English and the small amount of Spanish that peppers the dialogue consists of basic greetings, goodbyes, exclamations, and misplaced references to popular Mexican foods. Criticism prompted the Cartoon Network to largely shelve Speedy's films when it gained exclusive rights to broadcast them in 1999. However, fan campaigns to put Speedy back on the air and lobbying by the League of United Latin American Citizens saw the shorts return to air in 2002. Ironically Speedy Gonzales remains a very popular character in Latin America. In Mexico, Speedy Gonzales cartoons have been part of the regular programing of Televisa's Canal 5 national channel ever since it was created. In 2010, a Looney Tunes New Year's Day marathon on the Cartoon Network showed the episode 'Mexican Boarders' featuring both Speedy and Slowpoke.
On the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, the Speedy cartoons are prefaced by a disclaimer that states:
'The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in American society. These depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While the following does not represent the WB view of society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed.'
Added: 29th January 2011
Posted By: Lava1964
Since at least 2009, pranksters in Canada have been 'Spock-ing' $5 banknotes as an ongoing practical joke. The portrait on the Canadian $5 bill actually is of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who served as Canada's prime minister from 1896 to 1911. Someone apparently realized there was a resemblance between Laurier and Mr. Spock from Star Trek. With a pencil or a black marker and a little artistic talent...Voila! You have a Spock-ed $5 bill! It is not a crime to deface Canadian banknotes, but officials at the Bank of Canada advise against it as it may make merchants reluctant to accept such bills and some people may find the gag disrespectful. Although there have been reports of renewed interest in the Spock-ed fives because of the recent death of Leonard Nimoy, the practice is doomed to extinction. The Bank of Canada unveiled a new-look $5 note in 2013 that uses a frontal view of Laurier's face rather than the more Spock-able profile. Moreover, the new $5 bills are printed on polymer--a surface which makes drawing on them more difficult.
Added: 3rd March 2015
Posted By: Lava1964