Monday, April 29, 2013
A man was trying to cross the street. But when he stepped off the curb, a car came screeching around the corner, heading straight for him. The man walked faster, trying to hurry across the street, but the car changed lanes and continued to come at him. So the guy turned around to go back, but the car changed lanes again and charged at him. By now, the car was so close and the man so scared that he just stopped in the middle of the road. The car got really close, then swerved at the last possible second, stopping next to the man. The driver rolled down the window. It was a squirrel. He said, “See, it’s not as easy as it looks!”
A towering bronze likeness of what entertainer stands at the entrance to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City?
Comedian Jackie Gleason. The statue depicts Gleason carrying a lunchbox and dressed as Ralph Kramden, the blustering bus driver he portrayed on the TV sitcom The Honeymooners.
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Writer/actor Jack Webb created the cop show Dragnet in the 1950s and revived it in the late 1960s. The new show then spun off another police drama called Adam-12, which in turn begat Emergency!, about a pair of paramedics/firefighters. And a 1975 episode of Emergency! served as a pilot for yet another Dragnet-derived show. 905-Wild, as it was to be titled (based on police code for “wild animal, loose and threatening”), followed a Los Angeles animal control worker (portrayed by Mark Harmon). Most of the pilot episode showed Harmon fighting off a tiger in a grocery store and saving dogs caught in a brush fire. Apparently, the Dragnet magic didn’t transfer to the animal kingdom—NBC passed on 905-Wild.
The first experimental 3-D TV broadcast took place on April 29, 1953.