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Frances Victoria Schenk was born in East Orange, New Jersey in 1908, and was dancing in New York speakeasies by the age of 16.
She was spotted by Australian entrepreneur Beaumont Alexander, who whisked her off to London, dyed her hair platinum blonde, and changed her name to Frances Day.
With Alexander’s promotion, Day quickly became one of the most talked-about cabaret acts in the city, her stunning looks and fearlessly bawdy performances driving audiences wild.
“Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no.” Are those the “Crazy in Love” lyrics at the end of the Fifty Shades Darker trailer, or is that a cry from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which lost one of its records this week to Universal’s steamy sequel.
Apparently there has been a lot of pent-up, uh, demand for the Darker trailer, because it broke The Force Awakens‘ worldwide record for the largest trailer debut ever, whipping up 114 million views in its first 24 hours of release. That’s even better…
If you’ve been talking about learning how to skateboard but have been putting it off for ages, this cat might serve as some inspiration.
Didga (as in “didgeridoo”) is an Australian rescue cat who’s favourite food is raw kangaroo mince. Now now, she’s breezily entered the Guinness World Records for the most skateboard tricks performed by a cat.
A trio of streamliners from the H- and I-classes, with Wheel Centre Company #901H at top, “The Ball Point Banana” #555 at center and “The Orange Crate” #222 at bottom.
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In 1907, Bill Rishel and his business partners were the first to drive a Pierce-Arrow automobile across Utah’s vast Bonneville Salt Flats. Seven years later, Teddy Tetzlaff set a land speed record on the flats, pushing a custom Blitzen-Benz to 141.73 miles per hour.
Revelator raised $2.5 million this week by promising to efficiently track music rights and distribute royalties to rights owners.
The media has rehashed the Serena Williams origin story so many times at this point in her career that anybody with even a passing interest in tennis probably has some knowledge of the superstar’s life.
Dear The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia,
The following is an open letter signed by 154 Australian atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists, including several leading climatologists, for your and your government’s attention.
There is no Planet B
In July 2016, global temperatures soared to the , 0.1℃ warmer than…
One person’s lucky charm could be a local government’s national treasure.
Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, a tourism official from Puerto Princesa, Philippines, says the city is home to what could be the world’s largest natural pearl on record. Weighing in at almost 75 pounds, it’s bigger than the Pearl of Lao Tzu, the 14-pound previous record holder.