Feb 10, 2018
By the age of 18 he was making a good living with a combination of fights, exhibition matches, and starring in a film. Soon became the World Heavyweight Champion.
His fights in America were cancelled; he did some exhibition matches, then decided to become an American citizen so he could enlist in the American army. But before he had the chance, he was hospitalized with septicaemia and endocarditis. He died on May 24, 1917, at the age of 21.
He had funeral processions in San Francisco, Sydney (where 125,000 people lined the streets), and in his home town of Maitland.
There are memorials to Les Darcy all over Maitland today, including this life-sized statue, unveilled in 2000.
I see that the sculptor kept his physique intact.
Feb 6, 2018
By the way, kaanga means "do not kiss" in Swahili and "session" in Hausa. I'm sure Alex Blum didn't know that.
Ka'anga was a complete Tarzan ripoff: abandoned in the jungle, raised by apes, with superheroic strength acquired by swinging on vines. He was King of the Jungle, not Lord of the Jungle, and blond. Otherwise he was Tarzan. He even acquires a Jane in the first issue, an American girl named Ann.
Jungle Comics lasted for 164 issues, until the 1950s, but most fanboys don't know about or care about its origin in beefcake.
Feb 5, 2018
Very few episodes of Frasier (1993-2004) involved the wacky mental problems of callers -- the producers thought that concentrating on the radio station would make it too much like WKRP in Cincinnati -- although producer Roz (Peri Gilpin) became a regular, and there were occasional appearances by leering, hetero-horny sports show host Bulldog (Dan Butler) and swishy food show host Gil (Edward Hibbert).
Most episodes were about Frasier's home life, conflicts with his macho, working class father, Martin (John Mahoney) and his even more elitist younger brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce).
Plus Frasier featured the most intense, passionate, and open gay romance on tv during the period.
Frasier and Niles were boyfriends. Ok, they were scripted as heterosexual brothers, but come on...brothers simply do not act like that.
Their relationship was deliberately written as quasi-romantic. Even other characters commented on it.
But, to keep it from crossing over the boundary into over romance, the writers gave Frasier any number of hetero-romantic conquests, and Niles a wife plus an ongoing crush on Daphne (Jane Laneves), Martin's live-in physical therapist, who remained oblivious (or pretended to be).
And they drew pitiably few gay plotlines, and all of the most simplistic, 1970s type.
In the fifth season, Niles and Daphne are mistaken for gay, and Frasier is embarrassed when his friends discover him in bed with a man, and conclude that he is...you know (shades of Three's Company!).
The most substantial gay plotline involved Gil the Food Critic, who was assumed gay throughout, and often ridiculed for his effeminacy,
In the ninth season, he reveals that he is actually heterosexual, married to a butch woman named Bev, and is rather offended by the gay rumors: "honestly, just because a man dresses well and knows how to use a pastry bag, people jump to wild conclusions!"
To recap: an entire cast full of gay men playing heterosexuals, the focus character involved in a same-sex romance barely hidden under the "brothers" label, and no gay references except for a few retro "mistaken for gay" excursions.
Was it the gayest show on tv, or the most homophobic?
See also: Cheers, Where Nobody Knows Your Name; and WKRP in Cincinnati
The Dinka have long been a favorite with anthropologists, who enjoy investigating their beliefs, rituals, and physiques. They are reputedly the tallest ethnic group in Africa, and superb athletes.
For the last 30 years, Sudan has been involved in a massive civil war and many other internal conflicts. As a result, millions of Dinka have fled the country. There are sizeable refugee populations in the United States, especially in Des Moines, Iowa, Jacksonville, Florida, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The well-received movie The Lost Boys of Sudan is about the Dinka.
Since many Dinka tend to be tall, they are often recruited to play basketball. Peter Jok plays for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The other thing you should know about the Dinka is that their traditional costume consists of necklaces. No clothes. I can't show you here, of course, but they aren't just the tallest ethnic group in Africa.
A simple google image search should provide you with ample examples of Dinka men in the buff.