When Elvis Performed On an Aircraft Carrier

The USS Hancock was built in 1943 and was almost immediately put to work in the Pacific Theater of World War II. When Japanese foreign affairs minister Mamoru Shigemitsu formally surrendered on board the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, the Hancock’s planes circled overhead.

A decade later, she bore witness to another, much different moment in history: one of Elvis Presley's first national TV appearances.

It was 1956—Elvis’s breakout year. By the second week in April, the 21-year-old had recorded several hit songs (including “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Blue Suede Shoes”), released his first album, and signed a film contract with Paramount Studios. He also made his national TV debut on January 28 on CBS’s Stage Show. He went on to guest five more times through February and March.

On April 3, he made his NBC debut on The Milton Berle Show, hosted by the man dubbed “Mr. Television.” That night, the show made the unorthodox move of broadcasting from the deck of a U.S. Navy ship docked in San Diego, with sailors and their dates as the show's audience. That ship was the Hancock, which had been decommissioned, renovated, and then recommissioned.

Berle hosted the show in an oversized admiral’s uniform. “This is the first time the Hancock is going to rock and roll while still anchored,” he punned while introducing Elvis. “Here is a young man who, in a few short months, has gained tremendous popularity in the music business.”

Elvis and his three-man backup band ripped through “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and a snippet of “Shake Rattle & Roll.” (The website of his guitarist, Scotty Moore, has extensive documentation of the Hancock gig.) Berle also enlisted Elvis in a sketch. “Now, I got a little surprise for you,” the singer joked, “Here, for his very first public appearance, I’d like you to meet, my twin brother, Melvin Presley!” Berle appeared in a suit to match Elvis’s, playing a bumbling Southerner who misreads the name of the ship and takes credit for Elvis’s trademark dance moves.

Unbeknownst to Berle, Elvis’s actual twin brother died at birth, which always haunted him. However, he never objected during the planning of the bit, writes Wilborn Hampton in his biography Elvis Presley. “If Elvis felt any resentment over the skit, he never showed it.”

On June 5, Elvis returned to The Milton Berle Show to play his new single, “Hound Dog.” At Berle’s suggestion, he sang it without his guitar (“Let ’em see you, son,” Berle reportedly said), exposing 40 million viewers to an unimpeded look at Elvis's gyrating hips in a scandalizing performance.

As for the Hancock, she went back on duty. In 1962, she first appeared in the waters off Vietnam and dedicated the rest of her years to that war effort, before her final decommission and scrapping in 1976.

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The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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