The Jackie Chan Museum Coming Soon

The world is about to get their first Jackie Chan museum as it is expected to open later this year. The museum, which is built inside a revamped factory, is located in the Changfend Ecological Business District (CEBD) in the Putuo district of Shanghai.

Hong-Kong born Chan, 57, is a worldwide celebrity, truly embodying the theme of “China symbol, kung fu star, [and] charity ambassador” that the museum is designed along.

Reported to be housed within the 10,000-square-meter museum that has been under construction for the past three years is an Avenue of Stars, a gallery for movie art, a four-story Italian restaurant, Chan’s own movie studio as well as a soon-to-open gallery of Chan’s four-decade spanning movie career displaying movie costumes, properties and posters. Additionally, Chan has also said that fans will be able to meet Chinese celebrities while touring the studio.

Shanghai certainly has their fair share of … Read the rest…

A Tale of Two Toucans

Toucan Sam has been representing Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal since 1963. (Yes I spell-checked, they are ‘FROOT LOOPS’) Beside’s being Archie Bunker’s favorite cereal, it is a favorite of dentists all over the world because the sugary goodness of the morning breakfast treat. A little known fact – in blind taste tests, very few people can tell the difference between the individual flavors of the loops.

The recently organized Maya Archaeology Initiative provides educational opportunities and training in Mayan history and culture for Guatemalan young people. Using a locally favorite creature, which has been well known and even documented as long ago as 1815, a ‘Toucan’ bird was selected as the unofficial mascot for the MAI. MAI is associated with Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli, a world-renowned expert on the Maya, and many other experts on the culture and the area.

Background on the ‘MAI Search For A Mascot’: There were other … Read the rest…

Classic Red Phone Box Turns 75

We all know that classic red phone box. In fact, little more represents Britain than the very kiosk which today celebrates its 75th anniversary. Designed by English architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Kiosk no. 6 (K6) was introduced to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V in 1936.

Upon introduction, the K6 was installed in every town or village with a post office, citing 8,000 installations in the first year. By the end of production in 1968, there were nearly 70,000 placed throughout the country.

While the K6 model eventually faced replacement in the 1980s with the more modern KX series, many of the originals were sold off in auctions and the design was also registered as a trademark. The K6 still represents about 20 percent of Britain’s phone boxes, roughly 11,000, though payphone use has plunged in the last five years more than 80 … Read the rest…

Motown Great Nick Ashford Passes Away at 69

Nick Ashford, Motown legend and one half of the singer-songwriter duo Ashford and Simpson, died of throat cancer Monday in a New York hospital. He was 69.

Along with his wife and musical counterpart, Valerie Simpson, they penned several legendary hits like “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By” and “I’m Every Woman” for such renowned artists as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and Chaka Khan among others. The 1966 #1 R&B hit “Let’s Go Get Stoned” by Ray Charles was their breakthrough record.

But the duo also wrote and performed their own songs, breaking out in the late 70s and 80s with songs like “Don’t Cost You Nothing,” “It Seems to Hang On,” “Found a Cure,” “Street Corner” and, perhaps their best know hit, “Solid (As a Rock).”

The couple, who had been married since 1974, … Read the rest…

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