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 eccentric museums, like the Shanghai Typewriter Museum, Calligraphy Museum and Antique Music Box Gallery, but the Jackie Chan Museum is part of a larger government plan to redevelop it’s 14 kilometer-long Suzhou River bank area, including the opening of 10 other museums by the end of 2013, like the Shanghai Textile Museum and Shanghai Matchbox Museum.

It sounds like if you’re looking for some interesting museum visits, Shanghai is going to be the place to be! And, of course, if you’re a huge Chan fan!

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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 choices, each of which was knocked down – Maya Mouse Peromyscus mayensis (Vladimir Dinets) they felt, was too close to Mickey Mouse, a well-known American rodent owned by the Disney Corporation.

The Big Deer Mouse Peromyscus grandis, it was feared, would be too close to both Disney’s claim over mice and deer, thanks to the family film ‘Bambi’, about an orphaned deer.

The Guatemala Little Brown Bat Myotis cobanensis could have been thought of as a derivative of DC Comic’s Batman and two local shrews: Cryptotis lacertosus and Cryptotis mam could have been mistaken for Warner Brother’s Tasmanian Devil cartoon character.

There were even more types of flowers, plants, even spores and sponges in the area, but was determined that the well known Toucan would be best to help with identifying what they were doing, and would be more helpful in raising funds than a fungi.

The non-profit organization never expected a copyright suit from Kellogg’s, who claim that the Toucan too closely resembled thier own Toucan Sam. They also claim that the use of a pryamid in the logo is even more of a violation, because the cartoon spokesbird was drawn in some commercials in the style similar to the location where MAI is based. We at the World of Pop Culture will keep you informed as the tense situation unfolds.

Born: 9,999,952 B.C. Born: 1963
Mother Nature, for life
Manuel R. Vega, for Kellogg’s
Beak Colors:
between Orange and Green
through blue and yellow.
Beak Colors:
red / cherry
yellow / lemon
orange / orange
black / cavities
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Ramphastidae
Home: Guatemala, Central America
Kingdom: Cartoon
Phylum: ink on celluloid
Class: Spokesbird
Order: Big Business
Family: Cereal
Home: Battle Creek, Michigan
Language: Bird Language: English
Clothes: none Clothes: optional
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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 percent and reportedly 64 percent of phone boxes actually lose the company’s money.

Instead of just removing the boxes, which each weigh in at three quarters of a ton, the BT has been selling the decommissioned phone boxes and urging parish councils to adopt the local phone boxes and safeguard them through its Adopt a Kiosk scheme which sees villagers use the boxes for everything from art exhibitions to local libraries.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary, BT has donated a K6 kiosk to the Design Museum for permanent display and is set to feature in the museum’s “This is Design” exhibit. The exhibit features highlights from the museum’s collection including Anglepoise lamp, the candlestick telephone, the Moulton bicycle and the 1997 Apple iMac.

Happy Birthday, K6! You’ll always hold a special place in our hearts.

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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, released their last album in 1996 and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, slated as “one of the most prolific and versatile musical couples in recording history.”

They continued to perform sporadically, particularly at their Manhattan Restaurant, Sugar Bar. When they worked with the late Amy Winehouse on her song “Tears Dry on Their Own,” the pair received songwriting credit as well as the ability to connect with a younger generation of music lovers.

Ashford is survived by his wife, Valerie Simpson, and two daughters, Nicole and Asia.

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