Real Life Phantom Of The Opera Shuts Down The Met

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(PCM) A performance of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City was cut short after an audience member was seen sprinkling a mysterious powdered substance in the orchestra pit during intermission.

Officials at The Met called in counterterroism officials to investigate and run test on the substance which turned out to be none other than human ashes. Definitely creepy and certainly on The Met’s side to take necessary precautions.

Authorities questioned several of those in attendance for the performance who claimed that an unidentified man revealed to them that he had plans to sprinkle the ashes of his dead friend and opera aficionado at the historic opera house.

The man was seen on security camera footage reaching into his jacket and sprinkling the contents for a black bag in the orchestra pit during intermission when hardly any musicians were still present. The rest of the evenings performance was then cancelled when the counterterrorism officials were called in and another performance was also cancelled later that evening as an extra precaution.

The powder is still being tested however authorities are nearly positive that it is indeed human ashes. No word on whether or not charges will be filed against the man who attempted to create a literal phantom of the opera, but we are sure it’s a safe bet that he will be facing some type of criminal charges, but he is seriously one heck of a loyal friend.

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Nude Trump Statues With Questionable Anatomy Are Removed From Five U.S. Cities

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(PCM) The underground art movement INDECLINE recently erected statues depicting a overly exaggerated and severely poor endowed naked Donald Trump in five U.S. cities, as part of their “Emperor Has No Balls” art campaign.

The statues were designed by an artist named Joshua “Ginger” Monroe for INDECLINE, which is an anonymous art collective.  The statues were discovered in the early morning hours in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Before they were removed, as they were placed without proper authorization, people were already flocking to see/take selfies with the naked Trump likeness.

The statues, which were created in an exaggerated likeness of the Republican presidential nominee, also featured a certain part of the male anatomy to be minuscule with a lack of testicles. In a statement released to the BBC, INDECLINE says, “It is through these sculptures that we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians. ”

INDECLINE went on to tell the Washington Post “Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment. Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues.”

All of the statues have now been removed, however New York got a slight dig in on Trump with a press release about the incident saying “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small”.   Ouch!

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Welcome To The Super Mario Bros Corn Maze In New York!

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(PCM) A large farm in upstate New York has created quite an elaborate new corn maze and while corn mazes themselves are pretty awesome, the fact that this one depicts characters from the Super Mario Bros. video game franchise, makes it even better.

We seriously have to check this one out!

The farm located in Newark Valley shared an impressive aerial shot of the maze where you can clearly see the faces of beloved characters such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad and of course Yoshi. We can’t even imagine the amount of hours it must have taken them to craft something so detailed.

Elaborate corn mazes are nothing new for the Stoughton Farm, as they have been putting together theme mazes since 2005.  Owner Tim Stoughton claims that his wife Deb decides on each year’s theme and picked Super Mario Bros because it is a staple of pop culture and has characters that nearly everyone will immediately recognize.

The farm uses grid patterns to lay out the images and place them down early in the season before the corn is too tall to see over, once the corn grows up around the grid the amazing images/maze paths are created.

Fascinating!

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Scary Lucille Ball Statue Has Been Replaced By A Far Less Terrifying Version

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(PCM) The residents of Celoron, New York have finally gotten their wish and the terrifying Lucille Ball statue that was stirring up a ton of controversy throughout the town has finally be replaced by a much for fitting tribute statue.  The new statue looks amazingly better! Definitely a more fitting tribute to one of the most beloved actresses in the world.

The previous statue looked nothing like the late actress and residents were actually terrified of its’ appearance staring an online petition to have it either replaced or removed as soon as possible. A new bronze statue was erected and it is a far more accurate portrayal of the Lucille Ball we all know and love. The new statue was crafted by sculptor Carolyn Palmer and was unveiled by Celoron mayor Scott Schrecengost.

Fans and residents are thrilled with the new statue and even broke out into the humming the infamous “I Love Lucy” theme song during the unveiling ceremony. The last we heard, the scary Lucy statue was making it’s way around various haunted attractions in upstate New York, but no one knows for sure exactly where its’ final resting place will be. Residents are just happy that it is finally gone and many hope to never see it again!

Here’s hoping the new statue has wonderful life!

 

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Harry Houdini Born March 24, 1874

Harry-Houdini_Water-TortureHarry Houdini AKA Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest Hungary.  His parents were Mayer Samuel Weiss a rabbinical lawyer and Cecilia Sterner.  Erik was the fourth of seven children.  The family moved to the United States in 1878 and settled in Appleton Wisconsin where his father got work as a Rabbi.

The position of Rabbi would not last long and the family found themselves living in poverty in Milwaukee.  At this time Erik whose first name would slowly change to Harry ran away from home.  He changed his last name to White and was trying to make it to Galveston Texas.  This however did not occur and the family had again moved, this time to New York, Harry would soon join them there.

In New York, Harry’s father found work on a sawing bench, Harry was working as a tie cutter and was now in his teens.  It was during this time that Harry read the Memoirs of Robert Houdin, a famous French magician.  Harry became fascinated with the working of illusion and a dream began.

Harry soon adapted a stage name by adding an I to Houdin and Harry Houdini was born.

Harry’s first act was that of a team called The Brothers Houdini, but this was not actually the case.  He performed the act with a co worker by the name of Jacob Hyman.  The crowd pleaser of the act was The Metamorphosis.  This was a substitution trunk trick which supposedly csat Harry $25.00.  Hyman was soon replaced by Harry’s real brother Theo, who was nick named Dash.

The real Houdini Brothers then began to perform in a number of venues including the midway of The Columbia Exposition in 1893 and Coney Island.  It was in Coney Island that Harry would meet Bess Rahner, a showgirl in an act called The Floral Sisters.  After a brief three week courtship the couple was married much to the dismay of Bess’s family who were Catholic.

The act was now renamed The Houdini’s and Bess and Harry traveled the country getting any work they could.  They would, of course, do the standard act that Harry had created, but they also worked in other show business venues including doing comedy sketches and card tricks.  Harry even masqueraded as Projea The Wild Man of Mexico in a circus sideshow.

In 1899 Harry was seen by Martin Beck, A Vaudeville great.  Beck told Harry to get rid of the magic act part of his performance and start concentrating on The Metamorphosis and Harry’s handcuff escapes which had become a staple of the act by this time.  Harry took the advice and Beck booked Harry in his circuit of theaters in the west.  Harry soon began to promote his act by escaping the handcuffs in local jails using actual police cuffs.  This gave Harry plenty of press coverage and insured an audience for his shows.

Soon Beck booked Harry for a tour of Europe, but when the Houdini’s reached London they found that the bookings had not actually been secured.  So, Harry came up with a plan and ended up escaping handcuffs at the great Scotland Yard.  The European act was then insured complete success

Returning to The United States Harry quickly went to work to secure his fame in his adapted country.  He was invited to escape from the infamous Murderers Row after he had had successfully escaped from the cells of many other prisons.  The prison was along the eastern branch of the Potomac River in Washington and the cell Harry would escape from once held the man who had assassinated President James Garfield.  Harry did not only escape the cell, he also rearranged all the other prisoners in the wing, moving them from one cell to another.

According To John Cox, “Now it wasn’t just handcuffs that harry could be challenged with.  It was anything man could devise.  He freed himself from government mail bags, a giant football, riveted boilers, packing crates, a convict ship, and an iron maiden.  In New York he escaped from a packing crate after it was nailed shut, and dropped into a river.  He would later escape from a straightjacket while suspended by his ankles 100s of feet in the air.  All of his outdoor escapes drew tens of thousands of spectators.  Before long, Houdini was the highest paid entertained in Vaudeville”

Harry’s working life continued to be along the lines of escape artistry and magic, but his personal life took a different turn.  In the early part of the twentieth century, society had become much involved in what is known as spiritualism.  Spiritualism allowed you to connect to the world of the dead through a medium.  Harry had worked much of his life around circus people and magicians and he knew most of this was fakery.  He set out to debunk the whole thing.  And he had great success, exposing some of the most notable mediums of the time.

Harry at one time became great friends with the author of The Sherlock Holmes series of books and stories, Arthur Conan Doyle.  The friendship was strained however as Doyle believed in spiritualism and Harry did not.  One has to ask, what Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes would think of his creator’s beliefs.

Houdini would go on to perform many other escapes even going so far as to allow himself to be buried in a coffin under a tone of sand.  In 1926 Houdini was performing in Montreal Canada.  A college student entered his dressing room and, believing that Harry could with stand any blow to his stomach. the student struck him several times.  Harry ignored the pain and went on stage and then with a fever well over a hundred degrees Harry went to perform in Detroit Michigan.  It was there with a fever of 104 degrees that Harry gave in and went to the hospital.

At the hospital it was discovered that his appendix had ruptured and he had appendicitis, after a second operation to save him Harry Houdini died on Halloween 1926.  His last words were reported as being “I’m tired of fighting.”

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The 4 best roles of Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has more or less admitted that his days of being an action hero are over after confirming that he will no longer be playing the iconic John Rambo ever again. On the UK chat show, The Jonathan Ross Show, he also stated that he plans to act in movies that have a stronger dramatic theme.

The 69 year old actor, who is born from Italian heritage, won a Golden Globe award for his latest movie, Creed, a spinoff to his hit boxing themed movie series, Rocky. He has also been nominated for an Oscar award for Best Supporting Actor for the same picture. Stallone has had an illustrious career so far, and it will be interesting to see how it continues from here.

Although it is strongly believed that both his career and his acting ability is one dimensional, let’s examine those claims by delving into some of his best work to see if that holds up to scrutiny.

1. Rocky

The one that started it all, Rocky has a heavy historical making of process that almost saw Stallone never get to play the title character! The Rocky films have been heavily parodied throughout the years, and one would be forgiven for mostly referring to the unrealistic fight sequences to come to the conclusion that the Rocky movies, especially the sequels, are nothing but cheesy B-fiction. But the original installment had a substantial dramatic approach that was mainly character driven. The fight scenes at the end were narratively told with a highlight effect with the exception of the first and last rounds. It was really only from the third film on that things started to go toward the route of fantastical, as even the first sequel contained many elements that the first picture employed.

2. Copland

Copland was sadly the start of Stallone’s 1990’s demise, and it was unjustifiably so. You have to give credit where it’s due when an actor, mainly known for playing peripheral characters, dips his toe in deeper waters. Copland is a relatively indeterminate film about police corruption in New Jersey. Stallone plays half deaf sheriff, Freddy Heflin. Instead of seemingly infinite shootouts and car chases, Copland is a dramatic thriller that takes its time to unfold. But sadly for Sly, the film sunk and has disappeared without much of a vocal recalling from anybody. That is a shame, but that goes to show the extensive damage that stereotyping can achieve. Do your best to seek this one out should you be in the least bit curious!

3. Daylight

This road tunnel disaster movie was released in 1996 and was probably the last great action film that Stallone acted in that decade before roaring back ten years later with Rambo in 2008. Kit Latura is a former fire commander who was once involved in a rescue attempt that went tragically wrong. When a tunnel in New York City collapses and attempts to persuade the authorities that he should be involved doesn’t materialise, he sets about going it alone to search for any survivors and getting them out. Daylight’s narrative always made sure that the action scenes had their consequences for the characters involved, some really serious in particular. But being a disaster picture, one should expect that. It is a little more serious than what Sylvester had done up to that point, possibly with the exception of the 1980’s film, Over The Top due to that film’s own main theme of what a devoted father would do to get rightful custody of his son. Right up until the end, you never know whether Kit will ever make it out alive with the rest of them! Daylight is one of those movies you watch every time it shows on television.

4. Creed

Okay, so the author here admittedly thought that the new Rocky spinoff was rather dry and could not connect with the film’s main protagonist. But there must be a reason why Stallone was nominated for an Oscar and has already won a Golden Globe award for it! Being mindful to not include any spoilers due to Creed’s still current release, the character of Rocky Balboa has to fight a battle that is a lot different to what he has faced before, all the while training the son of his former nemesis, Apollo Creed. Sometimes there was a feeling of Deja Vu when watching this movie, and memories of Rocky V may come to the minds of a few, but Creed was still different enough to separate itself in particular from the creative camp feeling of Rocky III and Rocky IV and is more in line with Rocky Balboa and the first two installments. Creed 2 is set for a 2017 release with Stallone again taking a close back seat.

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