Only in America
September 18, 2013

A Hawaii woman was encouraged by local officials to shorten her name because it exceeded the number of characters that could fit on her state ID card. Janice Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele called the suggestion disrespectful to the Hawaiian people, as her last name has been passed down for several generations. She is urging the Department of Transportation to change its character limit to 40. Samantha Rollins

finally something for the men
10:49 a.m. ET

Forget business class: If you were an upscale male traveler between 1953 and 1970, United Airlines wanted to offer you an entire "executive" plane.

In the mid-20th century, United appealed to businessmen with "executive flights" across two routes — between New York and Chicago and between Los Angeles and San Francisco — that were "for men only," according to the flying-focused blog Boarding Area. Neither women nor children were allowed on the planes, and stewardesses catered to the passengers with special meals and complimentary cigars.

(Boarding Area)

Touted as a "club in the sky," the flights also boasted comfortable digs, including provided slippers and a "deep, soft Mainliner seat." See more at Boarding Area. Kimberly Alters

the wonderful world of disney
10:47 a.m. ET

"Colors of the Wind," the Oscar-winning ballad from Disney's 1995 hit Pocahontas, is undeniably stirring — but if you actually listen to the lyrics, you might walk away a little puzzled. Have I ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon? Tell me what a blue corn moon is, and I'll let you know.

There's another person who's baffled by that lyric: Judy Kuhn, who sang "Colors of the Wind" for Pocahontas. "Actually, I have no idea what a blue corn moon is," said Kuhn in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. "I have always hoped someone could explain it to me."

As it turns out, there's a reason Kuhn has no idea what a "blue corn moon" is: lyricist Stephen Schwartz invented it. "I feel somewhat guilty to have to tell you that the phrase 'blue corn moon' has no actual meaning in Indian lore," wrote Schwartz in a Q&A with fans. "I made it up because I liked the sound of it."

Mystery solved! Now tell us why the grinning bobcat grins. Scott Meslow

10:29 a.m. ET

First the Oscar snub, now this — The Lego Movie can't catch a break. (Well, save that it grossed nearly $500 million, but other than that.)

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a businessman himself, condemned the animated children's movie as "insidious" propaganda, wherein "Mr. Evil Businessman" plots to destroy the world so he alone may profit. "That's done for a reason," Johnson said. Hollywood is cultivating a "cultural attitude" in which people believe "government is good and business is bad."

On Thursday, Johnson responded on his website to a Huffington Post article which reported his comments, saying the writer "can’t seem to figure out why I or anyone else would say this about 'The Lego Movie.'"

Johnson's critique is notable not for labeling the movie anti-business (as others have), but that he claims it to be pro-groverment. In The Lego Movie, villain President Business functions simultaneously as "Mr. Austere Government Overlord," who imposes strict guidelines for the Lego people, effectively keeping them over-caffeinated worker bees, who lack imagination and are highly disjointed from each other. In that sense, pro-government seems an ill-fitting descriptor.  Stephanie Talmadge

Watch this
10:24 a.m. ET

As part of our ongoing series on the 2016 candidates, produced in partnership with Rubin Report, The Week's Marc Ambinder and Dave Rubin concisely analyze the former Florida governor's biggest strengths and weaknesses. Watch below:

court reports
10:00 a.m. ET
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Marion "Suge" Knight's lawyer filed a motion Friday to throw out the former rap music mogul's charges for murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run, the Associated Press reports.

Knight, 50, allegedly ran over two men, killing one, outside a Compton, California, burger stand in January. Defense attorney Matt Fletcher argued the case should be thrown out because the injured man's testimony does not specifically name Marion Knight.

"There is nowhere in the entire transcript that Mr. Sloan even identifies Marion Knight as a driver of the red truck in question; the red truck that hit the victims," Fletcher wrote in the motion.

The prosecutor's response contended her client, Cle "Bone" Sloan, has clearly identified the driver as "Suge," AP reports.

Knight is also due in court for a separate robbery case but told deputies he was too sick to come in. The judge has said he would forcibly bring Knight to court Friday if necessary. Knight's murder trial is scheduled for July 7. Julie Kliegman

mad men madness
9:43 a.m. ET

What ever happened to Sal, anyway?

Apparently, even Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wanted to revisit that plot point. But just like new year's resolutions and that ten dollars you borrowed from your friend three months ago, some things are bound to be left on the backburner.

During a Writer's Guild Foundation panel with Mad Men's writers, Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican supposedly got his hands on Weiner's plot-point wish list, which is aptly titled "WISH LIST: Things We Want to Deal With Before the Series Ends." Behold:

While we can't verify the list's authenticity, Breznican is a pretty trustworthy source, and the list matches the style of many of Weiner's notes about the show, which are currently being displayed at the Museum of the Moving Image.

If real, the list is an interesting look into what could have been. Maybe, in some alternate universe, Don did the right thing and ended up with Dr. Faye Miller. Samantha Rollins

9:36 a.m. ET
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Europe is taking a rather unorthodox approach to the problem of long-term unemployment, according to The New York Times: networks of fake businesses. While engaged in no actual economic activity, the routines of these fake businesses provide unemployed Europeans with the chance to keep up habits, skill sets, social connections, and a sense of purpose. Their incomes come from Europe's social safety net programs, in particular jobless benefits — though these often replace only a fraction of a previous salary.

The idea for the fake businesses got its start in Europe after World War II, when many people needed to learn new skills. Now there are 5,000 of them across the Continent, pretending to be engaged in everything from selling pets to providing office furniture.

Years after the 2008 collapse, large swaths of Europe remain mired in economic sclerosis. In 2014, just over half of the Continent's unemployed had been without work for a year or more, and many had been without work for two years. Jeff Spross

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