Where does Popeye’s name come from? 88 years of the first comic strip

first_imgThe term comes from the English ‘pop-eye’, which means ‘bulging eye’ The term comes from the English ‘pop-eye’, which means something like ‘bulging eye’, a common term among sailors of the 20s in the United States. He didn’t exactly have the bulging eye, rather he was one-eyed.The character was created by Elzie Crisler Segar. First it appeared in comic strips and then animated series were made for television, movies and even video games. Popeye became such a popular character during the years of the Great Depression that he increased spinach sales by 33% in the United States. They became the third most popular food among children, after ice cream and turkey.I was rubbing a chicken to gain strengthHowever, Popeye has not always been a spinach-born eater. In the first stories of the comic strip, the sailor drew his special powers by rubbing the head of a magical hen named Bernice.There is an urban legend that states that the spinach consumed by Popeye is really a drug, since in the period in which the character was created, the word spinach was used as a nickname for marijuana. In cartoons of the 1960s, Popeye repeatedly aspirates spinach with his pipe. Popeye is a sailor with a peculiar way of speaking and laughing, with highly developed forearm muscles, with anchor tattoos, with a prominent jaw and drawn with a pipe in his mouth. His strange humor is shared in a series of adventures throughout the world in which he has faced various enemies, the best known being Bluto or Brutus. This Tuesday, January 17, 2017, marks the 88th anniversary of the first time Popeye appeared in a comic strip. It was in the Timble Theater King Features Syndicate, in the edition of The New York Evening Journal. And what better way to celebrate this peculiar ‘birthday’ than revealing some curious facts about the sailor? As for example, why is it called Popeye.center_img Popeye graffiti. Image: Pixabaylast_img read more

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IOC: ‘No evidence’ of bribery for 2016, ’20 Games

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has seen “no evidence” so far to support allegations of possible bribery in the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Games, an IOC spokesman said yesterday. The IOC said it has applied to be a party to the investigation by French authorities into corruption in track and field that could spread to possible bribery in Olympic bidding. The IOC said it was in “close contact” with French prosecutors, who have been investigating bribery and money-laundering involving doping cover-ups at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday that the prosecutors have widened the probe to include the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. “The IOC has been in close contact with the French prosecutors since the beginning of this investigation last year,” the Olympic body said in a statement. “The IOC’s chief ethics and compliance officer had already asked for the IOC to be fully informed in a timely manner of all issues that may refer to Olympic matters and has already applied to become a party to the investigations led by the French judicial authorities.” IOC spokesman Mark Adams, speaking to reporters, said no proof of any Olympic wrongdoing had been uncovered to date. “At the moment, there is no evidence,” he said. “We have the structure in place. We have an independent ethics commission. But so far there is no evidence. When we get evidence, we have shown we will act on it. “It is any easy thing to talk about, but no one has any evidence,” Adams added. “There is nothing that has been put forward to us. At the moment, there is nothing to act on.” The Guardian reported in January that it had seen leaked e-mails linking the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack to alleged “parcels” to be delivered to six IOC members during the bidding for the 2016 Games. The British newspaper said the e-mails were sent by Papa Massata Diack to a Qatari business executive in May 2008. The Qatari capital, Doha, was bidding for the 2016 Olympics at the time. The Guardian said the email suggested that six people, referred to by their initials which corresponded with six IOC members at the time, requested “to have their parcels delivered through Special Adviser in Monaco”. The paper said the “special adviser” was believed to be Lamine Diack, who was then an IOC member. The Guardian said it wasn’t known whether any “parcels” were sent. In any case, a month after the email was sent, Doha failed to make the list of finalists in the 2016 bidding. Papa Massata Diack was banned for life by the IAAF ethics commission in January for corruption and cover-up allegations linked to Russian doping. He has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Papa Massata Diack is also wanted for questioning by prosecutors in France. Interpol has issued a wanted notice for him to face corruption charges in France. The elder Diack, who headed the IAAF for 16 years until he stepped down in August, is accused by French prosecutors of pocketing more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) from bribes in exchange for covering up doping cases, mainly involving Russian athletes. Lamine Diack resigned as an honorary IOC member in November, a day after he was provisionally suspended by the IOC executive board. He served as a full IOC member for 15 years until 2014.last_img read more

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Heats, K-Delta Flatten Scores

first_imgDivision two Heats scraped Blazers 62-56 points to level the score 2-2, in their best-out-of-five encounters, at the Sports Commission on Broad Street last Wednesday.Heats controlled the floor in the first quarter 20-11 points, but the Blazers made some amendments and led the 2nd quarter 19-12 points. After recess, Blazers sustained the floor in the third quarter 15-12 points, but Heats consolidated and repaired to blast Blazers 18-11 points to win.In the female division, triple champs K-Delta dashed the dream of Timber Wolves 47-45 points to rotate the tally to 2-2.For the 1st division, LPRC Oilers chipped the tally 2-1 on Wednesday to also deny Mighty Barrolle the glory.Oilers bashed Mighty Barrolle 73-67 points in an entertaining basketball game which put the gold-and-black fans to their heels and saddened the red fans.A diehard Barrolle fan, Edith Gray said: “We are still in the lead and hopeful of this year’s championship.”“This is our time,” Bobby Morris of Paynesville said. “Nothing will stop us this time around…nothing…absolutely nothing.”The best-out-of-five games were supposed to continue on Friday but the games were rained off as well as on Saturday and were scheduled for yesterday.A win for Barrolle will automatically make her champion after more than a decade of title drought but a loss will flatten the tally 2-2 and the final battle would be on Wednesday.Meanwhile, a win for either side in the second and female divisions will make them champions for the LBA 2014 Basketball League.A lot of diehard female fans tipped Timber Wolves to emerge champions to undercut K-Delta’s dominance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Higuain set for Arsenal? Napoli want Icardi as replacement for in-demand striker

first_img With Higuain expected to leave this summer, Napoli want Inter captain Icardi as his replacement Napoli are ready to swoop for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi – if Gonzalo Higuain leaves for Arsenal or Juventus.Higuain has been heavily linked with a move away this summer after scoring a record-breaking 36 Serie A goals last season.Arsenal and Juventus are both interested in the 28-year-old but as of yet neither club has made a formal approach.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli are drawing up a contingency plan in case they are forced to sell Higuain.The Italian club are keen on Icardi, who they believe can be snapped up from Inter Milan for around £40million.The 23-year-old has already been linked with several other sides, including Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. 1last_img read more

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Antelope Valley rents lowest in L.A. County

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley continues to be Los Angeles County’s most affordable apartment submarket, according to the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast released by the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate. Average monthly apartment rent last year was $916 per month in the Antelope Valley, the report said. The report said the cost of renting an apartment in Southern California continues to rise, pushed upward by steady gains in the Southern California economy. Southland apartment rents and occupancy rates are among the highest in the country, the report said. Nearly 97 percent of apartments in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties currently are rented, and those occupancy rates should remain steady this year, according to the study. Rent hikes of 6 to 7 percent can be expected in Los Angeles, where the average monthly rent at the end of last year was $1,416. Renters in Orange County also can expect a rent increase of 6-7 percent beyond the average monthly rent of $1,390, while Inland Empire rents, which averaged $1,012 per month at the end of 2005, should rise about 5 percent this year. “The recent run-up in home prices makes apartment living more desirable,” said Delores Conway, director of the Casden Forecast. “And the tight supply of land coupled with more condo conversions means fewer available units,” which “translates into higher rents and occupancy rates for the next couple of years,” she said.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MUSIC STUDENT GETS €6.8M AFTER CRASH

first_imgA music student from Donegal who was rear-ended in her car in Carrigaline, Co Cork on her way to conduct a carol concert for children is to receive damages of €6.8m.The High Court heard Hazel McGarrigle of Drumstevlin House, Donegal lived for her music.The Irish examiner reports that McGarrigle was in her second year of a masters degree course at the CIT Cork School of Music when she suffered permanent brain damage in a road traffic accident in Carrigaline. The 25-year-old was injured in December 2009 when her Nissan Micra was rear-ended with such force she was pushed into the car in front.She suffered an intercranial injury that means she now uses a wheelchair and is fed through a tube.Mr Justice Sean Ryan approved a settlement of €6.8m in an action against the other driver where liability was not an issue.He said he was conscious relatives may think the concentration on money is to ignore the human tragedy involved and the heroism of the family in the care they provide.DONEGAL MUSIC STUDENT GETS €6.8M AFTER CRASH was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CorkcrashdonegalHazel McGarriglelast_img read more

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PARENTS APPEAR IN COURT FOR FAILING TO SEND CHILDREN TO SCHOOL

first_imgThe parents of four families who failed to have their children attend school regularly have appeared in court.Kids failed to turn up for classThey pleaded guilty to “failing to cause a pupil to attend schools” after charges were brought by the Child and Family Agency. The parents appeared at Letterkenny District Court.The court heard that charges related to ten children failing to attended two secondary and two nationals schools on dates in September and May 2014.The parents was charged for failure to attend a number of schools including Loreto Convent, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, St Eunan’s College and Scoil Cholmcille.The children involved ranged in age from eight to 14.The court heard that the children had been “absent more than they were present” but there has been “dramatic improvements” in attendance recently.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing to June 2.PARENTS APPEAR IN COURT FOR FAILING TO SEND CHILDREN TO SCHOOL was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtJUDGEletterkennyPARENTSSCHOOLlast_img read more

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Hot-hitting Highland finds unexpected power source

first_imgHighland High features one of the Golden League’s most feared lineups. The Bulldogs boast a .332 team batting average and have three players – Noel Luongo, Marissa De Lima and Stephanie Parker – hitting better than .400 and ranked among the league’s top five in batting average. In the last two weeks, Highland has gotten production from an unexpected source. Jennifer Alestri, a slight, 5-foot-5 sophomore second baseman, is 3 for 5 with two grand slams and 11 RBIs in her past three games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAlestri was 2 for 3 with a grand slam in Tuesday’s 9-0 win Tuesday over Palmdale. She also had a grand slam in her only official at-bat in a 19-3 rout of Littlerock on May 2. Alestri, whose natural position is shortstop, hasn’t come out of nowhere. She was the only freshman to start last season, and Highland coach Dan Morrow believed she had great potential. But her recent power surge is a surprise, considering she had just one home run and six RBIs in her previous 14 games. “When you look at her, you really wouldn’t think she has that kind of power,” Morrow said, “but she just has a really sweet stroke.” She also has excelled defensively and leads the team in putouts. “She works really hard, and she’s done a great job for us the last couple of weeks,” Morrow said. Nice accomplishment: Highland’s quest for a share of a Golden League title effectively ended May 4, when the Bulldogs lost 11-6 to Knight. Highland (12-6 overall, 9-2 heading into Thursday’s game against Lancaster), was the league’s surprise story after winning 10 consecutive games and sweeping through the first round of league, a run highlighted by an 3-1 victory over Quartz Hill (17-3-1, 10-1 going into Thursday’s game against Antelope Valley). The Bulldogs clinched second place with Tuesday’s victory over Palmdale. Morrow said he thought Highland had a chance of getting a first-round home game in the Southern Section Div. III playoffs. “I think it’s a nice accomplishment,” Morrow said of his team’s second-place finish. “Last year we didn’t even make the playoffs, so it shows that we have improved.” Morrow was disappointed in his team’s play against Knight, when it committed four errors. He said he thought the Bulldogs might have let down after a 10-0 loss to Quartz Hill on April 25. “We lost for all the wrong reasons,” Morrow said. “We didn’t play very well at all, and (Knight) did.” Knight moves: Knight (11-7, 4-4), a second-year program with no seniors, clinched its first playoff berth by beating Highland. The Hawks play drew high praise from Morrow. “I’m proud to say I’m in their league,” Morrow said. “They’re not afraid to dive and get their uniforms dirty, and the they looked like they were having a great time playing softball when they beat us. “Hopefully, they’ll get a playoff win. That’d be fun.” Legacy: Palmdale senior pitcher Johanna Ilejay and senior catcher Rebecca Zapata concluded distinguished four-year varsity careers in Thurday’s game against Littlerock. Ilejay was the Falcons’ second-leading hitter, batting .423, and was 7-13 with a 2.42 ERA. Only 44 of the 107 runs she allowed were earned. Zapata batted .379 with four homers and 17 RBIs. Palmdale coach Deb DiMeglio said both will play at Antelope Valley College next year. “When Johanna and Rebecca came here, they put our program on the map,” DiMeglio said. “They’ve brought a lot of competitiveness, and they’ll both be missed.” Palmdale returns a solid nucleus of young players that includes sophomore standout Stephanie Gutierrez, who batted .425 with six homers and 31 RBIs. Power numbers: Quartz Hill junior Candice Miller among four players tied for third in the Southern Section with nine home runs. Lancaster freshman Shawna Wright is among four tied for seventh with eight. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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ALL THE THRILLS (AND SPILLS!) OF THE FALCARRAGH RACES – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgThe races on the beach at Falcarragh made a spectacular return last Sunday.And well-known photographer Tony Nee was hand to capture some amazing pictures. ALL THE THRILLS (AND SPILLS!) OF THE FALCARRAGH RACES – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Falcarragh racesphotographerTony Neelast_img read more

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HEAT WAVE SET TO LAST MORE THAN A WEEK – FORECASTERS

first_imgThe pier at Malin Head. Picture Michael McCandless. @candless_mcA BRILLIANT blast of summer on its way to Donegal will last at least a week – and may last much longer, forecasters have said.Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack says a stable high pressure system bringing temperatures of 23C and perhaps even higher will be a welcome sign of summer.“At this stage it looks as though it will continue right through next weekend according to the models,” she said. Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online said this week will “pleasant warm and sunny.”He added: “Local cloud near coasts may come and go, even some fog banks that may remain offshore or drift some distance inland in a few places, with east to northeast sea breezes becoming a little stronger during the period.”He is prediction inland high temperatures of 21C to 25C, with around 18C to 22C on the coasts, with overnight lows of 7C to 11C.Peter added: “By next weekend the guidance begins to diverge into two camps, one saying that conditions will remain almost unchanged with perhaps a little more cloud in the mix and temperatures a couple of degrees lower, the other theme being a return to mostly cloudy but largely dry weather with isolated outbreaks of light rain or drizzle and temperatures around 17-19 C. “As these are not very much different, the compromise forecast would be something like intervals of cloud and sun, highs 20-22 C.” HEAT WAVE SET TO LAST MORE THAN A WEEK – FORECASTERS was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalheat eavesunshineweatherlast_img read more

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