Harold Lloyd – lasting impressions at Grauman’s Chinese

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Following Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd was the second actor, and 5th person, to set his handprints at the Chinese Theater forecourt

The short Harold Lloyd walking tour I gave prior to my presentation at the Egyptian Theater included a stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  There, on November 21, 1927, Harold Lloyd became the fifth celebrity, and the first comedian, to be immortalized in cement in the theater forecourt.  Preceding him during ceremonies held earlier that year were Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, as a couple, Norma Talmadge, and Norma Shearer.  Harold’s first leading lady Bebe Daniels was the 12th inductee at Grauman’s; her prints were made May 13, 1929.

The thumb and index finger of the right hand do not leave a deep impression

If you study his casting closely, you’ll notice that the thumb and forefinger of Harold’s right handprint did not leave a deep impression.  In 1919, Lloyd…

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If Asian Americans saw white Americans the way white Americans see black Americans


White Americans often use Asian Americans as examples of the “model minority,” a reference to the perception that they are high achievers relative to other American ethnic groups.

Anil Dash, an Indian American and co-founder of social media analytics company ThinkUp, put out a series of tweets challenging the thinking behind that trope. Asian Americans aren’t just model minorities, he argues.  Data show that they have surpassed white Americans in so many ways that Asian Americans could talk about white Americans as disparagingly as white Americans talk about the country’s black population.

Asian American men and women both earn 

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Chef and restaurant owner shows how to eat a bowl of ramen like a pro 【Video】


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It seems to be a pretty well-known fact nowadays, but in case, you haven’t heard: slurping while eating is totally cool in Japan. One of the most commonly slurped foods is the delicious noodle dish ramen. Lately ramen has started taking off globally too, with restaurants popping up all over the place. So before things get too crazy, one ramen shop owner wants to teach you how to eat a bowl of ramen.

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The beautiful flowers of Hydrangea Temple: Possibly the best thing about Japan’s rainy season


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As much as I look forward to summer every year, I’ll admit it can be a little hard getting excited about the early part of the season in Japan. The humidity rises, mosquitos come out in force (although we’ve got a secret trick for dealing with them), and the weather is rainy enough that going almost a week without seeing the sun isn’t that unusual.

Still, there’s at least one nice part about June in Japan, which is the blooming of the hydrangeas. The bundles of blossoms are blooming right now, and if you’re in the Tokyo area, there’s no better place to see them than at Meigetsuin Temple in Kamakura.

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Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP


Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a good society. His alternative? The Social Progress Index, which measures things like basic human needs and opportunity.

Analysts, reporters and big thinkers love to talk about Gross Domestic Product. Put simply, GDP, which tallies the value of all the goods and services produced by a country each year, has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But there’s a big, elephant-like problem with that: GDP only accounts for a country’s economic performance, not the happiness or well-being of its citizens. With GDP, if your richest 100 people get richer, your GDP rises … but most of your citizens are just as badly off as they were before.

That’s one of the reasons the team that I lead at the Social Progress…

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