A painting of a nude maiden standing shin deep in a lake created a major scandal in America in 1913. Matinee de Septembre (September Morn) was painted by French artist Paul Emile Chabas over three summers, ending in 1912. The next year, when it was in the window of a Chicago art gallery, a complaint was issued to the mayor's office and the owner of the gallery was subsequently charged with indecency. He beat the rap. Two months later a similar controversy erupted in New York City when the painting was displayed by another art dealer. Anthony Comstock, a self-appointed crusader against vice, vowed to file obscenity charges against the man but never followed through. The surrounding publicity naturally made September Morn the most sought after piece of art in America. Thousands of lithograph reproductions were made in the next decade. The painting is often denounced as kitsch by art critics who claim it lacks contrast, co-ordinated lines, and a worthy subject. Today the original painting is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Added: 23rd November 2007
Posted By: Lava1964
The deadliest fire in American history occurred on December 30, 1903 at Chicago's sparkling new Iroquois Theater. The death toll was staggering: 602. The theater had only been open for 37 days and was ironically advertised as fireproof. A huge crowd of mostly women and children were present for a Wednesday matinee performance of a gala show starring Eddie Foy and featuring a cast of more than 500 extras. The fire began when a spotlight shorted out and ignited the ceiling decorations. Most of the cast managed to escape through a large rear door. However, when that door opened, the new cold oxygen source created a fireball that ripped through the rest of the theater. Many people died because they were unfamiliar with the newfangled lock mechanisms on the theater's doors. Other escape routes were blocked to prevent patrons from sneaking down to more expensive seats. An investigation later showed that fire officials had been bribed to overlook safety concerns so the theater could open for business in time for the lucrative winter holidays. The only person convicted of a crime was a lone man who was found guilty of stealing posessions from the dead.
Added: 29th September 2009
Posted By: Lava1964
John Forsythe, the debonair actor whose matinee-idol looks, confident charm and mellifluous voice helped make him the star of three hit television series, including ABC’s glamour soap “Dynasty,” died on Thursday in Santa Ynez, Calif. He was 92.
Added: 2nd April 2010
Posted By: Cliffy
Nickelodeon Commercials December 11, 1993
1. "Looney Tunes" End Credits
2. Up Next...
3. Dimension Cable
4. Promo for "Rugrats: The Santa Experience"
5. Shark Attack (OMG I totally forgot about this)
6. Kirby's Pinball Land
7. Happy Chanukah Bumper
8. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumper
9. Lickin' Lizards (With Michelle Trachtenberg)
10. Baby Get Well (Yep, the cheeks of babies glow neon pink when they're feverish)
11. Huffy Dr. Shock (Dr. Shock is still recovering from his mental breakdown and is prohibited from working with bicycles per a court order)
12. Chuck E. Cheese's
14. Barbie Golden Dreams Motorhome
15. Barbie Fountain Pool
16. Promo for "Muppet Babies"
17. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumpers
18. Promo for "Can't Wait 'til Christmas Week"
19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Am I watching a video game commercial or some weird music video for an alternative band?)
20. Kirby's Dreamland (As the owner of a Game Gear, I sort of missed out on the whole Kirby thing)
21. Apple Jacks (With Devin Ratray aka Buzz from the "Home Alone" movies)
22. Station ID (Awesome)
23. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumper
24. Aladdin Gift Set
25. Sally Secrets (So she hides stickers in her prosthetic feet? Neat)
26. X-Men Video Pack at Pizza Hut (That poster is amazing)
27. Stack-a-saurus Nex (I forgot so many of these cheesy electronic board games)
28. Eat At Ralph's (Vomitastic!)
29. Power Wheels Barbie Lamborghini (While watching her spoiled, delusional child drive around the block, little Cindy's mother thought to herself, "What sort of monster have I created?")
30. Promo for "Can't Wait 'til Christmas Week"
31. "Muppet Matinee" Commercial Bumpers
Added: 19th August 2012
Posted By: masonx31