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Leap Year Tradition According to a custom that emerged in the British Isles sometime in the nineteenth century, a woman may propose marriage to a man during a leap year. This postcard from 1908 (a leap year) shows a female about to take advantage of the 366-day year and land her man with a butterfly net.
Tags: leap  year  marriage  proposal  custom 
Added: 25th February 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
Condo -  1983 Sitcom Disaster McLean Stevenson's sixth and final sitcom in the space of 15 years was the short-lived ABC show Condo, which aired for four months in 1983. The premise of the show was that James Kirkridge (Stevenson), a middle-aged insurance salesman, was experiencing a gradual reversal in finances. Accordingly, his family had to downgrade their lifestyle so much that he and his wife Kiki (Brooke Alderson) had to sell their rambling, palatial house in the suburbs and downsize. Jesse Rodriguez (Luis Avalos), an upwardly mobile native of the Los Angeles barrio, had recently become a successful owner of a landscaping business, enabling he and his wife Maria (Yvonne Wilder) to trade up to a more upscale neighborhood. Both couples ended up purchasing condominium units right outside a quaint Los Angeles-area fairway, and became each other's not-so-neighborly next-door neighbors. The Kirkridges initially mistook the Rodriguezes as the condo's groundskeepers. When Jesse informed them that he and his clan were in fact owners of the condo next door, weariness and bigotry ensued, mostly from staunch traditionalist James. Kiki, slightly daffy but strong enough to keep James from stepping too much out of line, was a little more accepting of her Hispanic neighbors, but often experienced culture shock causing occasional friction between her and feisty Maria. There was a Romeo-and-Juliet aspect to the show: The older Kirkridge son fell in love with and married the Rodriguez daughter. Condo was rare for its time as it had an animated opening sequence. Disliked by TV critics and viewers alike, Condo was yanked by ABC after just 13 episodes. Marc Price, who played the younger Kirkridge son, moved on to play Skippy Handelman, the Keatons' awkward yet lovable next-door-neighbor in Family Ties.
Tags: Condo  TV  sitcom 
Added: 21st June 2012
Views: 2825
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lifesavers Sweet Storybook 90s Memories Yes I know there form the Early 50's and started as a tradition, but they go in the 90's Section as well, due to the Popularity during a Kids Christmas of the 90's.. really who didn't get these in their Stocking? 12 Rolls 9 Ounces. They cut back to 8 or 6 I think in the last 5-10 years. The designs today on the package are to cartoony and they lost the fact of looking like a book..they got lazy on the quality.. This is one thing I like other then the candy in the 90's..the fact it looked like a book or something neat that every kid could like.. but now, You look at it and throw it out.. NOT cool.. make the Kids like the box and want more, even possible collect them!...by doing such the company would sell more too !
Tags: Lifesavers  Sweet  Storybook  90s  Memories 
Added: 19th August 2012
Views: 3385
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Posted By: masonx31
Sing Along With Mitch - Anyone Seen My Gal Sing Along With Mitch aired on NBC from 1961 and was canceled during the British Invasion in 1964. He died July 31, 2010 at the ripe old age of 99.
Tags: Sing    Along    With    Mitch        Anyone    Seen    My    Gal    British    Invasion    Choral,    traditional    pop    Musician,    singer,    conductor,    record    producer,    record    company    executive     
Added: 27th August 2012
Views: 3654
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Posted By: Cliffy
Grinch Airs on CBS in 1966 A holiday tradition for many families. The Grinch Steals Christmas aired on CBS in 1966
Tags: Grinch  Airs  CBS  1966  Christmas  Steals 
Added: 19th December 2013
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Posted By: dusman
Andy Griffith Football Monologue From 1953, Andy Griffth, in the best traditions of southern comedy, describes what a football game looks like from the eyes of someone who has never seen one before.
Tags: Andy  Griffith  football  monologue 
Added: 4th May 2013
Views: 4185
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Posted By: Lava1964
George H. Bush First To Pardon A Turkey Although turkeys have been presented to presidents in front cameras since the 1940s, it wasn’t until 1989 that George H. Bush used the presidential pardon and the tradition stuck.
Tags: George  H.  Bush  First  To  Pardon  A  Turkey  White  House 
Added: 27th November 2014
Views: 892
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Posted By: Cliffy
The Rock This Is Your Life In 1999, Mick Foley paid "tribute" to The Rock with This Is Your Life, starting a partial tradition that he carried on with other WWE superstars, but this was the first, and one of the funniest.
Tags: TV 
Added: 4th December 2014
Views: 895
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Herb Washington Pickoff - 1974 WS In 1974 Oakland Athletics' owner Charlie Finley signed 22-year-old Herb Washington to an MBL contract. Washington's baseball experience was minimal, but he did hold the indoor world record in the 50-yard dash. Throughout the 1974 season, Washington never once batted or played a defensive position. His sole task was to pinch-run. He stole 29 bases in 45 attempts--which is not really a good success rate for a fast MLB baserunner. In Game #2 of the 1974 World Series, Washington was brought in to pinch-run for Joe Rudi in the top of the ninth inning with one out and the A's trailing the L.A. Dodgers 3-2. To the delight of baseball traditionalists who viewed Washington as an unqualified interloper, Mike Marshall decisively picked off Washington in front of a huge NBC television audience. Curt Gowdy and Vin Scully call the play. Washington's out effectively squelched an A's rally. (They had scored twice in the top of the ninth to make the game close.) The Dodgers won the game 3-2. Washington was cut by the A's in May 1975 and never played baseball again.
Tags: Herb  Washington  MLB  runner  pickoff 
Added: 30th April 2015
Views: 1636
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Posted By: Lava1964
10cc - I 'I'm Mandy, Fly Me' by Eric, Graham and Lol begins with the hook-line from 'Clockwork Creep' (on second album 'Sheet Music') and an airplane flying overhead before being swiped aside by a fat bass line, exotic synthesiser sound effects, a vocoder apparently whispering 'amazing grace' and whistling. We find out later that the airplane has crash-landed in the water, with the narrator thrown out of the plane (his first line is that he's 'on the outside looking in') but rather than sound petrified or angry, the narrator bobbing in the water is ecstatic. The poster he sees on the side of the aircraft, of an air-hostess named Mandy, 'with a smile as bright as sunshine' causes him to hallucinate (or so it seems) and takes him out of himself ('The world was spinning like a ball, and then it wasn't there at all!') Mandy gives him the 'kiss of life' that saves him, his addled brain setting off on a journey of exotic acoustic guitars and psychedelic effects that ends only when he's pulled from the wreckage; he asks for Mandy but she's not there. A love song to an imaginary person, created by a situation so intense and extreme that the 'real essence' of life comes into sharp contrast, 'Mandy' is balancing a lot of things for a humble catchy single. For a start we don't know who to believe: the narrator is clearly awake enough to realise that what's happening to him seems like a film (Mandy acts 'just like the girl in Dr No, no no no') and yet when he tells his rescuers later that it might have all been in his head they tell him 'no no no no' and that she was was real, yet currently missing - do they mean this? Or is that simply a ruse to keep him awake and conscious in the hope that the pair might be reunited? (note the sheer amount of denies in each of those two lines, the sort of things you do when you're lying to someone). The key line of this song is 'if your chance would you take it?' - would you be prepared to create a whole new life for yourself in your mind to keep yourself alive? And if you did, what would happen to you afterwards when you realised you were making it all up? It's interesting in this context that the band chose an 'air hostess' as their 'exotic woman' (the first in a whole sequence of imaginary confident Eric Stewart girls who'll end up seducing him on subways and all sorts in albums to come): air hostesses never seem quite real anyway, what with all that make-up and being made up to look the same. This clearly isn't a 'real' woman: she's the sort you see everywhere if you travel by plane a lot and even that name - Mandy - isn't a common one amongst 'real' people, though it's used a lot in books. The result is a fourth straight song in a row that's easy to admire and yet there's something difficult to fall in love with compared to earlier classic 10cc singles: there's too many questions and not enough answers for this to be an 'easy ride', with the sudden switch of gears every time the band break out for another instrumental making this song less easy on the ears than, say, 'I'm Not In Love' or 'Rubber Bullets'. Still, this is a lot of people's favourite 10cc song for a reason: its a love song told with such a radical twist that no one on first hearing could have heard it coming (if they'd understood it at all), traditionally loved by 'true' fans (although interestingly co-writer Lol Creme wasn't one of them; it was this song he quoted as evidence that the band were growing stale). In actuality 'Mandy' is a clever hybrid of catchy commercialism and bonkers uniqueness that couldn't possibly have been thought up by another band, but there are better mixtures of the same ingredients around, even on this same album.
Tags: 10cc,  Pop  Music,  Rock  Music,  1976 
Added: 11th August 2018
Views: 870
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Posted By: Maitlandsplace

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