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  2. Fact of the Day - CANADA GOOSE Did you know.... that The Canada goose is a large wild goose with a black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and a brown body. It is native to the arctic and temperate regions of North America, and its migration occasionally reaches across the Atlantic to northern Europe. It has been introduced to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. Like most geese, the Canada goose is primarily herbivorous and normally migratory; it tends to be found on or close to fresh water. (Wikipedia) Facts About Canada Geese BY MATT SONIAK | JUNE 8, 2016 If you live in North America, you're probably familiar with—and perhaps annoyed by—the Canada goose (Branta canadensis). But how much do you know about the birds besides the fact that they're everywhere and honk a lot? Here are a few tidbits to get you better acquainted with the big, loud birds. 1. THEY’RE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THEY LIKE THE HABITATS WE CREATE … Canada geese look for a few things in a place to live and breed: grass to eat, water to drink, and unobstructed views to scan for danger. Part of the reason the geese are so common and so successful is that people have created a lot of spaces that fill those needs in the form of lawns, parks, golf courses, agricultural fields, and airports. After decades of decline due to hunting and habitat loss, all of that safe, reliable habitat has allowed the number of Canada geese in North America to grow rapidly, from less than 500,000 in the 1980s to more than 5 million today. 2. … AND THAT’S CAUSED SOME PROBLEMS. The increase in goose numbers and their concentration around humans has led to the goose getting branded as a nuisance or pest for eating grass and crops, fouling lawns and water with their waste, making a racket, and sometimes attacking people while defending their territory. Around airports, the geese also pose a serious danger to aircraft in the form of bird strikes. While geese and other waterfowl don’t account for very many bird-aircraft collisions, Canada geese are among the species that can cause the most damage to planes because of their size and the large flocks they fly in. Government agencies and private landowners have tried plenty of ways of deterring the geese, including audio repellents that play goose alarm calls or the calls of birds of prey; swapping out shorter grasses for taller ones that geese don’t eat; scaring them with pyrotechnics; and relocating or culling the birds. 3. THEY FORM GANGS. Where populations are dense, Canada geese commonly form “gang broods,” groups of 20-100 goslings from different parents that move around and feed together accompanied by a few adults. This is sometimes cooperative, with families joining up so that some adults can watch the babies while the others forage for food. Sometimes, though, joining a gang brood isn’t voluntary, and dominant pairs of geese have been known to attack and kill other adults and absorb their broods into their own. Either way, it’s good for the goslings, since larger families can more easily control the best foraging spots. 4. THEY’RE MONOGAMOUS THROUGHOUT THEIR RELATIVELY LONG LIVES. Canada geese find mates when they’re around two years old, and pairs stay together for the rest of their lives (24 years on average). The birds usually pick partners that are similar to their own body size, a pattern known as “assortative mating.” 5. THEY FLY IN A “V” FOR EFFICIENCY. Canada geese usually fly in a large V-shaped formation, with one bird in the lead and the others trailing behind it in two diverging lines. There are two reasons for this. First, the V shape makes the flock more energetically efficient, with vortices of air created by each goose’s flapping giving some lift to the birds behind it. Second, the formation makes it easier for the geese to maintain visual contact with each other and communicate, which helps navigation and flock cohesion. 6. THEY COULD BE THE NATIONAL BIRD OF CANADA (BUT PROBABLY WON’T BE). Canada has more than 450 resident bird species and its fair share of national emblems but no official national bird. The Royal Canadian Geographic Society aims to fix that by next year, the nation’s 150th birthday. They’ve picked 40 candidates from the birds that call the country home and asked the public to vote for their favorite. The society will then lobby the government to give the winning bird official designation. As of this writing, the Canada goose is in a distant fourth place, with 2703 votes to the common loon’s 9209. At least it's slightly ahead of the black-capped chickadee (2530 votes). Source: Wikipedia - Canada Goose | Honking Canada Geese Fats
  3. What's the Word? - BURGEON pronunciation: [BUR-jən] Part of speech: verb Origin: Old French, 14th century Meaning: 1. Begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish. Example: "The market for feminist literature has burgeoned over the last five years." "Austin’s suburbs continue to burgeon because it’s so trendy." About Burgeon This word stems from the Old French “bourgeonner,” meaning “put out buds.” And that is based in the late Latin “burra,” meaning “wool.” Did You Know? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, usage of the word “burgeon” died out around the 18th century with one exception — when talking about gardening. However, the word found a new literary audience in the poetry of the 19th century.
  4. Early Access Patch #3: A few improvements Early Access version 2021-06-17 Change Log - Fast Forward can now be toggled by pressing once R3 / T. You can also still activate it as before by keep pressing L3 / F. - The "Steal" skill now better indicate if it succeeded or failed. - Fixed the pause menu window getting stuck on the screen - as reported on the discussions. - And a few more fixes / improvements.
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  6. Fact of the Day - STEAMBOAT WILLIE Did you know.... that Steamboat Willie is a 1928 American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios and was released by Celebrity Productions. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie, although both characters appeared several months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy. Steamboat Willie was the third of Mickey's films to be produced, but was the first to be distributed because Walt Disney, having seen The Jazz Singer, had committed himself to produce one of the first fully synchronized sound cartoons. (Wikipedia) Fun Facts about “Steamboat Willie” BY JIM KORKIS | NOVEMBER 18, 2018 I wrote The Book of Mouse (2013) that featured two chapters on the making of Steamboat Willie and just recently Secret Stories of Mickey Mouse (2018). This being the Mouse’s official “birth date”, I thought this would be good day to share some of my research – in regards to Mickey’s first sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie. When did Mickey celebrate his third birthday? October 24, 1931. The Los Angeles Times at the time contacted the Disney Studios in Burbank to confirm that fact. When did Mickey celebrate his fifth birthday? October 1, 1933. Walt told Film Pictorial magazine “that was the date on which his first picture was started so we have allowed him to claim this day as his birthday”. Walt was incorrect as to the starting date of Mickey’s first cartoon (Plane Crazy which was April 1928) as well as the starting date of Steamboat Willie (which was in August 1928) but Mickey’s birthday was occasionally celebrated on October first for several years. When was Mickey’s lucky seventh birthday when every available print of all Disney animated cartoons were in use across the country in theaters, cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson drew a special birthday-themed installment of the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip and Guy Lombardo and his orchestra recorded a special fox trot “Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Trot”, September 28th, 1935. Of course, those dates were all in the earliest years of the Mouse where things were in turmoil and Walt had a small staff and documentation was not as important. So, let’s try an easier one. When was Mickey’s 40th birthday in 1968? September 27th, 1968. Basically, for over forty years, Disney selected any date from mid-September to mid-November to celebrate Mickey’s birthday in order to encourage theaters to rent Mickey Mouse cartoons for promotional birthday parties and to drive in hordes of children who were back in school to those theaters before the big Christmas holiday season. Mickey’s 40th was a huge success, unleashing a wave of unprecedented merchandising nostalgia for the original, pie-eyed Mickey. With even more elaborate plans for Mickey’s 50th in 1978 and the hiring of Disney Archivist Dave Smith in June 1970, it became a priority to finally establish an official date that had some legitimate foundation in time for the big birthday. Smith cleverly decided that the premiere of Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theater in New York on November 18, 1928 was truly the first time that Mickey Mouse made his debut. Of course, both Plane Crazy and Gallopin’ Gaucho had had extremely limited one day theatrical appearances in single, local Los Angeles theaters to judge the audience’s reaction and to try to find a distributor for the series but it was Steamboat Willie that made a huge hit nationwide, had an extended run and garnered tons of publicity. So Mickey first celebrated his official birthday on November 18th, 1978 thanks to Dave Smith and has continued to do so for the last forty years. Of course, it is also Minnie’s birthday but it is rude to acknowledge a lady’s age. Most articles refer to the cartoon as a parody of comedian Buster Keaton’s last independent silent comedy, Steamboat Bill Jr., which had been released in May 1928. Both films do feature a steamboat, and Keaton’s character is named Willie, but the Disney cartoon makes no direct references to Keaton’s film, unlike Gallopin’ Gaucho, which parodies the action and style of the Douglas Fairbanks’ silent film, The Gaucho (1927). While Walt may have hoped that audiences would associate his cartoon with the popular Keaton film, no direct parody was intended. It was just Walt’s way of drawing attention to the cartoon. Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, is perhaps the most important and well known of the early animated cartoons. It transformed a fading cinematic novelty into an art form and became the foundation of the Disney Company. According to Roy O. Disney's personal handwritten ledger books, the film cost $4,986.69, which included not only the production costs but the prints for movie theaters. Steamboat Willie debuted on a Sunday afternoon, November 18, 1928, at Manhattan’s Colony Theatre on 53rd Street and Broadway in New York. The theater was later renamed the Broadway Theater and for Mickey’s 50th birthday in 1978 a plaque was installed at the theater designating it the official birthplace of Mickey Mouse. A costumed Mickey and Disney Legend Ward Kimball were in attendance for the ceremony. That same theater premiered Fantasia in 1940. The original story script for Steamboat Willie written by Walt with two fingers on a manual typewriter and illustrated by Ub Iwerks was found in Walt’s desk by Disney Archivist Dave Smith when he was hired in 1970 and one of his first jobs was cataloging Walt’s office. Dave told historian Jim Korkis, “The fact that he [Walt] saved the Steamboat Willie script proved to me that he did at least treasure this special moment in history, which had started him on the road to success.” In 1988, to celebrate the 60th birthday of its most famous cartoon character, the Disney Company donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History six original drawings from Steamboat Willie selected personally by Walt’s nephew Roy E. Disney. Steamboat Willie was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998 as a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant film” deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. In the opening of Steamboat Willie, Mickey is whistling the chorus of a popular parlor song of the time called “Steamboat Bill,” written by the Leighton Brothers (who also composed “Frankie and Johnny”) and Ren Shields (who wrote “In the Good Ol’ Summertime”) in 1911. The song helped inspire the title of the cartoon. (The song recounts the story of Steamboat Bill, commander of the steamboat Whippoorwill, who was attempting to break the record of the Robert E. Lee, which in 1870 had set a record time covering the stretch of the Mississippi between New Orleans and St. Louis.) Captain Pete had previously been a villain in both the Oswald cartoons and the Alice Comedies. He is the longest continually appearing Disney animated character. He is a cat because that would be a natural adversary of a mouse. Pete is the captain of the steamboat and is so identified that way in Walt’s script as “cat Captain”. Mickey is the pilot who helps navigate and is the only crew member on board. Walt Disney not only did the squawks for Mickey Mouse in this cartoon but provided the voice for the smart aleck parrot. Walt must have liked this particular parrot because he later appeared in three other black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoons. Disney Legend Ub Iwerks animated virtually the entire film himself in what was known as “straight ahead” animation, a technique in which he did the first drawing, then the second drawing, then the third, and so on. He had help on two very short scenes by Les Clark and Wilfred Jackson of Minnie running on the riverbank and Mickey feeding the cow some hay. It was documented that Iwerks could produce over 600 drawings a day that were usable or roughly one drawing a minute during a ten hour day. Weekly Film Review proclaimed after that first screening that Steamboat Willie “kept the audience laughing and chuckling from the moment the lead titles came on the screen, and it left them applauding.” Exhibitor’s Herald stated, “It is impossible to describe this riot of mirth, but it knocked me out of my seat.” Disney Legend Wilfred Jackson later recalled: “Walt didn’t know if people would believe that the character on the screen was making the noise. Nobody had ever seen a drawing make noise, and there was no way to be sure that the people would believe it. It might just look like some kind of a fake thing, and Walt wanted it to seem real, as if the noise was coming right from what the character was doing.” Source: Wikipedia - Steamboat Willie | Facts About "Steamboat Willie"
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  8. Colored title bars became available in Windows many updates ago, but the title bar of a window when it becomes inactive/unfocused is just white without any option to change it. It's even more glaring if you use Dark Mode. Many users are looking for a way to change the color of inactive title bars in Windows 10. Read this article to learn how it can be done. Open the Settings app. Go to Personalization - Color and turn on the option "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar" if it is not enabled. Turn off the option "Automatically pick an accent color from my background" if enabled. Pick a color you want to apply to the title bar of inactive windows. It will be applied to the active window's title bar. Don't worry about that - it is exactly what we need. Now, open Registry Editor and go to the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM Create here a new 32-bit DWORD value named AccentColorInactive. Don't set any AccentColorInactive value data yet. Double click the value named AccentColor which already exists in the DWM subkey. Copy its value. Then double click the value AccentColorInactive you just created and paste the copied value to AccentColorInactive. Now, return to the Settings app and set another color for active windows again. Voila. You can opt for focused and unfocused Windows to use the same color if you wish, but with this guide you can set them to be different.
  9. What's the Word? - CULL pronunciation: [kəl] Part of speech: verb Origin: Old French, 13th century Meaning: 1. To select from a large quantity or obtain from a variety of sources. Example: "The reading list was culled from all the books published in the last five years." "Some believe that culling certain species can prevent animal overpopulation." About Cull This word is rooted in the Old French “coillier,” which is based on the Latin “colligere.” Did You Know? “Cull” is almost always used as a verb. But it can also be a noun that refers to selectively reducing a surplus of livestock or an overpopulation of wild animals.
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  13. Fact of the Day - NETFLIX Did you know... that Netflix, Inc. is an American over-the-top content platform and production company headquartered in Los Gatos, California. Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. (Wikipedia) Facts About Netflix, Recommended For You BY JAKE ROSSEN | AUGUST 19, 2019 Netflix has become the world’s intravenous line for filmed entertainment. And like any media empire, it has a few stories of its own to tell. Take a look at some lesser-known, non-buffering facts about the streaming giant. 1. EARLY NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS GOT A LOT OF CHINESE PORNOGRAPHY. In 1998, Netflix was still in the business of selling as well as renting DVDs. To try and offer consumers something new, co-founder Marc Randolph decided to offer footage of President Bill Clinton’s Grand Jury testimony about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky. But according to the book Netflixed, the duplicating house had a mix-up: out of the 1000 customers who ordered Clinton's interview, a few hundred received discs full of hardcore Chinese pornography. 2. NETFLIX WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED KIBBLE. Choosing a name for the company was a drawn-out process. Directpix.com, Replay.com, and other names were considered; so was Luna.com, which was the name of Randolph’s dog. When the company was being incorporated, he named it Kibble.com until they could decide on something permanent. 3. NETFLIX EXECUTIVES USED TO MAKE HOUSE CALLS. From the beginning, Netflix has been preoccupied with seeing how users interact with its software in order to select titles. In the late 1990s, subscribers near the company’s location in Los Gatos, California were reached via telephone and asked a series of questions. Then staffers would ask if they could stop by to watch them use the site. Surprisingly, most agreed. Netflix brought them coffee, a small investment for gaining valuable information about their usage. 4. NETFLIX GOT DENNIS QUAID TO SING. For a 2006-2007 publicity tour, Netflix decided to screen films in thematically-correct locations: For example, Field of Dreams was shown in the “real” Iowa cornfield-slash-baseball diamond featured in the movie. But the company also wanted actors to make appearances. Their approach: offer to let those with bands perform for the crowds. Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Dennis Quaid, and Kevin Bacon all agreed to the barter deal. Quaid and his band, The Sharks, played in New Orleans before a screening of his film The Big Easy. 5. NETFLIX HAS MADE A SCIENCE OUT OF SPOILERS. Because so much of Netflix’s high-profile content can be “binged” in a single weekend, the company commissioned cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken to examine how spoilers affect a person’s viewing habits. McCracken identified classifications of spoiler-prone people by whether they ruin a plot twist intentionally or hold it over others. (Some people are “Coded Spoilers,” too self-aware to let anything slip. These people are your friends.) His verdict? Some people enjoy the power they get from having knowledge of spoilers. But if a show is good enough, knowing about key scenes won't dissuade viewers from watching. 6. NETFLIX STAFFERS THINK YOU DECIDE ON A MOVIE IN TWO MINUTES. Netflix spends more than $150 million on improving their recommendation system every year, trying to arrange selections based on what they think you might like. That kind of personalized menu is necessary: The company estimates that users spend only two minutes browsing for a title before choosing one or opting for another diversion entirely. 7. NETFLIX STAFFERS ALSO THINK YOU MIGHT BE KIND OF A LIAR. You can stop trying to impress Netflix with the streaming version of keeping Ulysses on your coffee table. In a 2013 WIRED interview, Carlos Gomez-Uribe—the company's vice president of product innovation from 2010 to 2016—noted that viewers often report viewing documentaries or esoteric foreign movies. “But in practice,” he said, “that doesn’t happen very much.” 8. THE FIRST "NETFLIX ORIGINAL" WAS AN ABSTRACT TEST FOOTAGE SHORT. In order to test frame rates and how their streaming service handles different kinds of content, Netflix produced 11 minutes of test footage in 2011 that can be viewed by typing “example show” in their search engine. Cut together (as seen above), the shorts become a very strange, very abstract art film, with an unidentified man juggling and reciting Shakespeare. (But not, sadly, juggling while reciting Shakespeare.) 9. NETFLIX BINGE-WATCHING MIGHT CORRELATE WITH DEPRESSION. A 2015 study by the University of Texas found that respondents who claimed to binge Netflix shows were more likely to suffer from depression, lack of self-control, or loneliness. The good news? The sample group was small—only 316 people—and the university’s definition of “binge-watching” was as low as two episodes. Amateurs. 10. THERE’S A SECRET NETFLIX MENU. No, not that kind of secret menu. Pressing Shift + Alt + a left mouse click brings up a troubleshooting menu that allows you to adjust the bit rate of a stream so it doesn’t buffer. (On a Mac, it's Shift + Option + click.) The picture quality won’t be as good, but it’s better than a pixelated Demogorgon. 11. THERE WAS ONCE A GLITCH IN THE NETFLIX MATRIX. In 2014, Netflix’s content descriptions became odd amalgamations of two different titles to create one completely nonsensical listing. The summaries were quickly fixed, but not before someone took several screen shots of the mishaps. 12. YOU'LL SOON BE ABLE TO STREAM NETFLIX IN A TESLA. In July 2019, Tesla founder Elon Musk informed Tesla owners they would soon be able to stream both Netflix and YouTube in their cars, an attractive option for anyone looking to keep passengers occupied. But there's a catch: The services only work when the cars are parked. The feature will be available in newer-model cars at a date to be determined. Source: Wikipedia - Netflix | Facts About Netflix
  14. What's the Word? - FAUNA pronunciation: [FAH-nə] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 18th century Meaning: 1. The animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. Example: "The fauna in the Serengeti includes the increasingly rare black rhino." "A trip to the aquarium is a great way to study the fauna of the sea." About Fauna This word derived from a modern Latin application of Fauna, a Roman rural goddess and sister of Faunus, in the late 18th century. Did You Know? There’s a reason “flora and fauna” are often paired together. The word “fauna” became popular after Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus used it in the title of his 1746 catalog, “Fauna Svecica.” It detailed all the animals in his country, and he paired the word as a companion to “flora” within the text.
  15. Demo Gives a pretty good in-depth view of the mechanics, job system, skill sets, etc. Actually somewhat interested in the game after seeing this... versus that shitty trailer that made me think it was going to be complete garbage. Shame no PC demo though. One thing to note is one of the biggest gripes from the E3 presentation trailer was the very basic character design and shitty outfit, but turns out they were just showing us the non-equipment version in the trailer cause they're idiots. Every piece of equipment changes the character. Would've been smart to show off a decked out character instead of a raggedy shirt. In the demo this is the only playable character. The other two guys just follow you around and are AI controlled. You don't even see their health bars though it does ask you to heal them when they're near death. Seems equipment has it's own level too. Not something you can actually level up or nothing... but for example: Twilight Tunic (Lv. 3) and Twilight Tunic (Lv. 5). So you can find equipment that is the same but has better stats. Also weapon type can change your job. Started off as a Swordsman, can unlock Warrior Job through the Swordsman Skill Tree, but then equipping a Mace type weapon turned him into a Mage.
  16. Premise Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an action role-playing game in which players explore environments and fighting monsters of the Final Fantasy series. Combat takes place in real-time, with Jack being able to switch between two assigned jobs and use physical and magical attacks. Once an enemy's "break gauge" is depleted, Jack can perform a finishing blow that crystallizes the enemy, allowing Jack to harvest them and restore a portion of his magic meter. It is set in a dark fantasy interpretation of the setting for the original Final Fantasy game, with a group of people drawn into it from another world. The main character is Jack, a man consumed by a need to destroy Chaos. He is accompanied by his companions Ash and Jed, and during the journey faces the knight Garland who has taken on the role of Chaos; while seemingly the foretold Warriors of Light, each has doubts as to whether that is their role. Development Final Fantasy Origin is being co-developed by franchise creators Square Enix and Koei Tecmo division Team Ninja. It is being co-directed by Daisuke Inoue, Hiroya Usuda and Nobumichi Kumabe; co-produced by Jin Fujiwara and Fumihiko Yasuda. The story and scenario are being written by Kazushige Nojima. Tetsuya Nomura created the original concept, and acts as character designer and creative producer. Nomura created the initial idea for Origin after production finished on Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, imagining an action-focused game about conquering locations. When later approached for a new Final Fantasy concept, he combined this initial concept with a different concept of a game series focusing on an angry older protagonist to create the final concept. The aim behind the title was a mature, "brutal" take on the Final Fantasy series that would separate it from the rest of the franchise while retaining connections to it. The gameplay was designed to emulate Team Ninja's known style of challenging action combat; Team Ninja had previously worked with Square Enix on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Commenting on the scenario, Nojima highlighted one line, "It's not a hope or a dream. It's like a hunger. A thirst.", as the mainspring of the story, saying it. The game's existence was leaked by industry insiders in May 2021. It was announced during a Square Enix livestream forming part of E3 2021; its platforms are PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. A limited time trial version was also launched alongside the announcement, intended as a standalone demo to elicit feedback from players to fine tune the game prior to release. The trailer met with a mixed response from journalists and fans due to its tone and characters designs. The demo was balanced so it was approachable using different playstyles, incorporating different job types and difficulty levels. At release, the demo was found to not launch due to corrupted files, prompting Square Enix to work on a fix. A patch released on June 15, fixing the corrupted files and allowing the demo to be played. The patch came included with first-time downloads.
  17. Fact of the Day - SAILOR MOON Did you know... that Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 60 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the adventures of a schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into Sailor Moon to search for a magical artifact, the "Legendary Silver Crystal". She leads a group of comrades, the Sailor Soldiers (Sailor Guardians in later editions) as they battle against villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System. (Wikipedia) What You Didn't Know About Sailor Moon Sailor Moon changed anime as a whole, but there's a lot to its creation that fans may have never known. BY RICHARD KELLER | PUBLISHED AUG 07, 2020 Before the advent of streaming services, anime lovers got their fill of shows from videos and television. One of the places it came from was the Cartoon Network block called Toonami. This is where the popularity of the female-driven Sailor Moon got its start in Western screens. Based on the successful manga Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, the anime series ran in Japan from 1992 to 1997. Once acquired and dubbed for American audiences, it ran on Toonami for several seasons. Though fans of the series know a lot about it and its characters, others only know the basics. To fill in the blanks, here are ten things you didn't know about Sailor Moon. [Sailor Moon: When Is Every Sailor Scouts’ Birthday] There's A Prequel Of Sorts Sailor Moon doesn't start with Usagi. In reality, it begins in another manga series produced by creator Naoko Takeuchi. It's here that she introduces an important Sailor Scout. In Codename: Sailor V, a girl named Minako meets Artemis, a white cat with a crescent moon symbol on its head. During the series, Artemis tells Minako she has powers that are ready to be released. In Sailor Moon, Minako would become Sailor Venus. Naoko Takeuchi Has A Scientific Background Takeuchi didn't start her life as a manga/anime artist. Truth be told, her love in school was science. In high school, she was president of the astronomy club. This admiration for the stars was actually one of the main influences for Sailor Moon. Encouraged to follow other paths than animation, Takeuchi enrolled in pharmacy school and received a degree in chemistry. Her time at university also provided an interest in geology. This is why the villains are named after gemstones in the original Japanese version of the show. The Tsukino Family Has A Real-World Connection Outside of Takeuchi's scientific influences, there's another real-world connection in Sailor Moon. It's the names Takeuchi gave to Usagi's parents and brother. In truth, they're named after her own family. As for the creator herself, there's a deep link to the show's Scouts. Out of all of them, Usagi is the one whose personality is most like hers. Sailor Moon Isn't The Only Usagi Around In the original Japanese manga and anime, Sailor Moon's real first name is Usagi. Translated, this means rabbit or bunny. Hence, the reason she's known by the name Bunny Tsukino in some versions of the show. While it seems unique, Usagi is the name of another Japanese hero older than Sailor Moon. That would be Usagi Yojimbo. Created by Stan Sakai, the 17th-century samurai has been around since 1984. Also, Usagi is a rabbit. [Sailor Moon: 5 Marvel Villains Sailor Jupiter Could Defeat (& 5 She Couldn’t)] There's A Stage Musical Of Sailor Moon How big Sailor Moon is across the Pacific, you may ask? Well, it spawned several musical theater productions. Close to three dozen, to be specific. They started in 1993 and ran during the winter and spring until 2005. The format was resurrected again in 2013. All totaled, the musicals have run over a whopping 800 times. The live-action performances feature all the Sailor Scouts along with the show's only male hero, Tuxedo Mask. Musical numbers include the theme song and ones connected to family life and battle. In 2019, a version of the musical appeared in New York City for a limited engagement. It's been so popular in Japan that it helped spawn a live-action TV series. There Was An Attempt To Americanize Sailor Moon Children's television was in another creative peak during the early '90s. When producers saw how successful Sailor Moon was, they thought it would be a great idea to create an American version. However, it wouldn't have the same format as the original. Instead of just dubbing the anime, the American version starred real-life actresses. When called upon to save the world, the Scouts would then become animated. Needless to say, this Power Rangers-styled approach to localization didn't really pan out, and the only example of this concept is a demo video that has made its way across the internet. Speaking of the Power Rangers... [Sailor Moon: Usagi's 10 Best Disguises, Ranked] Sailor Moon Was Inspired By The Power Rangers Naoko Takeuchi has revealed a secret about her influence on Sailor Moon. The number of scouts and their color schemes were taken from another Japanese creation about heroes assigned to save the galaxy. These would be The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. That's what they'd eventually become. When they were introduced in 1975, the group's name was Super Sentai and it was comprised of five boys who have to protect the world by becoming costumed superheroes. Takeuchi wanted to introduce an all-female version of the same idea, resulting in Sailor Moon. Needless to say, neither franchise has suffered from the cross-influence. Sailor Moon's Creator Married A Fellow Mangaka Believe it or not, there's a connection between the Sailor Moon universe and the ones of another pair of anime -- Hunter X Hunter and Yu Yu Hakusho. It's not related to any type of crossover between the stories. Rather, it's the fact the creator of these shows is married to Sailor's creator. Award-winning creator Yoshihiro Togashi is the man who married Takeuchi in 1999. Since then, they've both continued to work successfully in various forms of media to display their works. Usagi's Transformation Has A Hidden Signed Message Superhero-based anime always feature some of the best transformation scene; it's practically a signature of the genre. Think of the sequence where the Lions become Voltron. Sailor Moon also has a well-known transformation scene for Usagi, and it's here that one secret lies. The hand motion she uses when she starts the change is not simply there for the sake of it, as it represents the phrase "I love you" in American sign language. On the other hand, the sideways 'V' symbol she salutes with at the end of the transformation doesn't represent anything. It's a simple creative flair, made courtesy of the creator. Tuxedo Mask Is Technically Sailor Earth The lone male hero in the Sailor Moon universe is Tuxedo Mask. Dressed in a cape and (of course) a tuxedo and white mask, the hero can read past, present, and future events through a single touch. Additional psychic abilities come and go, depending on the series. Though he isn't technically a Sailor Scout, the translation of his Japanese name makes him an honorary one. Called Chiba Mamoru, his English name is Protector of the Earth. In other words, he is technically Sailor Earth. Source: Wikipedia - Sailor Moon | Sailor Moon - Facts You Didn't Know
  18. What's the Word? - PARLANCE pronunciation: [PAR-ləns] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 16th century Meaning: 1. A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest Example: "Sarah wasn’t used to the parlance in the medical journal." "The parlance of the mental health field is becoming easier for the general public to understand." About Parlance Parlance derives from the Old French “parler,” meaning “speak,” and from the Latin noun “parabola,” meaning “comparison.” Did You Know? The parlance in the 1998 movie “The Big Lebowski” is so quotable for audiences because characters often repeat specific phrases they’ve heard other people say in prior conversation. In fact, both The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) and Maude (played by Julianne Moore) slip the phrase “the parlance of our times” into their own parlance.
  19. Square-Enix recently announced that the original Final Fantasy games are coming to Steam and mobile platforms as 2D pixel remasters. The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series will comprise Final Fantasy I through Final Fantasy VI, with each game releasing individually. For long-term fans that will be hugely exciting news - a chance to revisit some of their most beloved RPGs of all time in a way that perfectly captures the spirit of those original game.
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  21. Fact of the Day - DRAGONFLY Did you know... that a dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera. Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar in structure, though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold their wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural colouration, making them conspicuous in flight. An adult dragonfly's compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each. (Wikipedia) Fascinating Facts About Dragonflies By Debbie Hadley | Updated February 09, 2020 Prehistoric-looking dragonflies can be a little intimidating as they swoop about the summer skies. In fact, according to one dragonfly myth, the uncanny creatures would sew up the lips of unsuspecting humans. Of course, that's not even remotely true. Dragonflies are essentially harmless. Even better, these large-eyed aeronauts love to feed on pests like mosquitoes and midges for which we can be truly grateful—but those aren't the only interesting qualities that make them so fascinating. 1. Dragonflies Are Ancient Insects Long before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth, dragonflies took to the air. Griffenflies (Meganisoptera), the gigantic precursors to modern dragonflies had wingspans of over two feet and dotted the skies during the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago.2 2. Dragonfly Nymphs Live In the Water There's a good reason why you see dragonflies and damselflies around ponds and lakes: They're aquatic! Female dragonflies deposit their eggs on the water's surface, or in some cases, insert them into aquatic plants or moss. Once hatched, the nymph dragonfly spends its time hunting other aquatic invertebrates. Larger species even dine on the occasional small fish or tadpole. After molting somewhere between six and 15 times, a dragonfly nymph is finally ready for adulthood and crawls out of the water to shed its final immature skin. 3. Nymphs Breath Through Their Anus The damselfly nymph actually breathes through gills inside its rectum. Likewise, the dragonfly nymph pulls water into its anus to facilitate gas exchange. When the nymph expels water, it propels itself forward, providing the added benefit of locomotion to its breathing. 4. Most New Dragonfly Adults Are Eaten When a nymph is finally ready for adulthood, it crawls out of the water onto a rock or plant stem and molts one final time. This process takes several hours or days as the dragonfly expands to its full body capacity.2 These newly emerged dragonflies, known at this stage as teneral adults, are soft-bodied, pale, and highly vulnerable to predators. Until their bodies fully harden they are weak flyers, making them ripe for the picking. Birds and other predators consume a significant number of young dragonflies in the first few days after their emergence. 5. Dragonflies Have Excellent Vision Relative to other insects, dragonflies have extraordinarily keen vision that helps them detect the movement of other flying critters and avoid in-flight collisions. Thanks to two huge compound eyes, the dragonfly has nearly 360° vision and can see a wider spectrum of colors than humans. Each compound eye contains 28,000 lenses or ommatidia and a dragonfly uses about 80% of its brain to process all of the visual information it receives. 6. Dragonflies Are Masters of Flight Dragonflies are able to move each of their four wings independently. They can flap each wing up and down, and rotate their wings forward and back on an axis. Dragonflies can move straight up or down, fly backward, stop and hover, and make hairpin turns—at full speed or in slow motion. A dragonfly can fly forward at a speed of 100 body lengths per second (up to 30 miles per hour). 7. Male Dragonflies Fight for Territory Competition for females is fierce, leading male dragonflies to aggressively fend off other suitors. In some species, males claim and defend a territory against intrusion from other males. Skimmers, clubtails, and petaltails scout out prime egg-laying locations around ponds. Should a challenger fly into his chosen habitat, the defending male will do all he can to chase away the competition. Other kinds of dragonflies don't defend specific territories but still behave aggressively toward other males that cross their flight paths or dare to approach their perches. 8. Male Dragonflies Have Multiple Sex Organs In nearly all insects, the male sex organs are located at the tip of the abdomen. Not so in male dragonflies. Their copulatory organs are on the underside of the abdomen, up around the second and third segments. Dragonfly sperm, however, is stored in an opening of the ninth abdominal segment. Before mating, the dragonfly has to fold his abdomen in order to transfer his sperm to his penis. 9. Some Dragonflies Migrate A number of dragonfly species are known to migrate, either singly or en masse. As with other migratory species, dragonflies relocate to follow or find needed resources or in response to environmental changes such as impending cold weather. Green Darners, for example, fly south each fall in sizeable swarms and then migrate north again in the spring. Forced to follow the rains that replenish their breeding sites, the Globe Skimmer—one of several species that's known to spawn in temporary freshwater pools—set a new insect world record when a biologist documented its 11,000 mile trip between India and Africa. 10. Dragonflies Thermoregulate Their Bodies Like all insects, dragonflies are technically ectotherms ("cold-blooded"), but that doesn't mean they're at the mercy of Mother Nature to keep them warm or cool. Dragonflies that patrol (those that habitually fly back and forth) employ a rapid whirring movement of their wings to raise their body temperatures. Perching dragonflies, on the other hand, who rely on solar energy for warmth, skillfully position their bodies to maximize the surface area exposed to sunlight. Some species even use their wings as reflectors, tilting them to direct the solar radiation toward their bodies. Conversely, during hot spells, some dragonflies strategically position themselves to minimize sun exposure, using their wings to deflect sunlight. Source: Wikipedia - Dragonfly | Facts About Dragonflies
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  23. What's the Word? - GAMESOME pronunciation: [GEYM-səm] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Middle English, 14th century Meaning: 1. Playful and merry Example: "The toddler was gamesome as he ran happily through the field." "Stacy had a bubbly, gamesome personality that made her welcoming to all newcomers." About Gamesome Gamesome originates from the Germanic gaman-, meaning “amusement” and Middle English suffix -some Did You Know? Gamesome can be found in many forms of literature, but perhaps its most famous usage is when Brutus tells Cassius, “I am not gamesome. I do lack some part of that quick spirit that is in Antony” early in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” And Brutus proves to have a less-than-gamesome personality when he aids in the assassination plot against Caesar, causing the dictator to ask the famous line “Et tu, Brute?” in his last moments.
  24. This week, the thing that used to be the sentient cloud Zeus now sticks around with Nami and helps her beat that headbutt happy opponent they keep running into. And Otama takes the opportunity to use that loudspeaker girl to talk to everyone. Plus Yamato engages against her dad until Luffy comes back. So a break next week it seems.
  25. This week, Anti rambles about Dr.Stone: Stone Wars and Baccano
  26. Fact of the Day - MADE UP BUT NOT Did you know.... that polar bears aren't white, strawberries aren't berries, and the Earth isn't round—we'll have you rethinking everything you thought you knew for sure! by Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 Froot Loops are all the same flavor Sure those sweetened O’s are all different colors but that doesn’t mean they are different flavors. Kellogg’s, the company who makes them, has admitted that each Froot Loop is “froot flavored” which they describe as “a blend of fruit flavors.” Not all facts are factual—like these 51 “facts” everyone believes, that are actually false. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. were born the same year Anne Frank is an iconic symbol of the Nazi brutality of World War II in the 1940s while Martin Luther King, Jr. was the face and voice of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The two events seem so far apart in history but both figures were born in 1929—January 15 for King, and June 12 for Frank. How’s that for a mind-blowing fact? On the flip side, here are 12 Martin Luther King, Jr. “facts” that just aren’t true. Most Canadians live south of Seattle Canada and the United States are both large countries which can make understanding the relative geography difficult. But the contiguous United States goes farther north than you think and the majority of Canadians live near the southern border. The result? At 45 degrees latitude, Seattle is farther north than Toronto and Montreal, meaning that 64 percent of Canadians live south of Seattle. Here are 23 more mind-blowing facts you didn’t learn in geography class. More French soldiers died during World War I than American soldiers during all of U.S. history World War I was catastrophic on levels that most of us alive today cannot even comprehend. One example? The numbers of total deaths. During the first world war, France lost about 1,360,000 soldiers. In contrast, the United States has recorded about 1,350,000 military deaths total, over every war since 1775. Here are 20 cool everyday things that were actually designed for WWI. There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal Think that immortality is just a fantasy? Well, it is for humans. But scientists have discovered that the Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish can revert back to its juvenile polyp stage after maturing, continuing in an endless cycle making it the only known officially immortal creature. Love mind-blowing facts? Check out 100 interesting facts about practically everything. The U.S. government has an official plan for a zombie apocalypse Think The Walking Dead is straight-up fiction? Well, it is—but the government wants to be prepared for a real-life version anyhow. The 31-page Counter-Zombie Dominance Plan, or CONPLAN 8888-11, was designed in 2011. And just in case you think it’s weird bureaucratic humor, the first line reads, “This plan was not actually designed as a joke.” There is a country with no capital Nauru is the only country in the world without an official capital city. The government offices of the tiny Pacific island nation are located in the Yaren District. These are the only 5 countries in the world without airports. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are Overcharging You By The Penny Hoarder — How many times have we fallen for this? The “word of the year” in 2015 was a picture Proof that Internet culture has overtaken reality: In 2015, Oxford dictionaries chose the “smiling with tears of joy” emoji as its official word of the year. The pictograph “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” they said. Prince Charles has a car fueled by wine In the search for more efficient fuels, Prince Charles is taking a strange-but-entertaining approach: The heir to the British throne had his vintage Aston Martin reworked to use wine as it’s primary fuel. Do you know these facts about Prince Charles? Click the link below to read more Mind Blowing Facts! Source: Mind Blowing Facts
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