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  2. Lol... this is funny... in my native language, Dada is the word used for a paternal grandfather!
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  4. Fact of the Day - ROLLER SKATES Did you know... that roller skates are shoes, or bindings that fit onto shoes, that are worn to enable the wearer to roll along on wheels. The first roller skate was effectively an ice skate with wheels replacing the blade. (Wikipedia) The first recorded roller skate inventor, John Joseph Merlin, originally of Belgium, decided to debut his metal-wheeled roller skates at a fancy masquerade party in London in 1760. Merlin’s plan was to suavely skate into the salon while simultaneously playing a violin. Unfortunately, Merlin hadn’t practiced skating much prior to the soiree, nor were his skates engineered for turning. Merlin ended up crashing into a large mirror and suffering serious physical injuries, though his pride might have been the part of him most severely bruised. John Joseph Merlin Though many more inventors would create their own versions of the roller skate over the next century, it wasn’t until 1863, when James Plimpton tried his hand at this whole roller-skate-inventing thing, that there came into existence a skate actually capable of turning. Plimpton’s four-wheeled skate made use of springy carriages called trucks that allowed the skater to turn by leaning in the direction of travel. Plimpton built a roller rink in his New York furniture-business office, and he also established the New York Roller Skating Association to promote skating. Roller skating tends to have its heydays and its fallow eras. Though the 1970s may be thought of as the most famous roller skating decade, the early 1900s experienced its own roller skating craze. In 1905, roller skating rinks opened in cities on the East Coast, and skating was often chosen over dancing and other types of entertainment. The craze then snaked its way across the Heartland and to major cities on the West Coast. By 1906, newspapers were running trend pieces about roller skating fashions. Then, in 1916, Charlie Chaplin starred in The Rink, the first movie about roller skating (below). The first recorded marriage on roller skates took place in 1912 in Milwaukee between a Miss Hattie Baldwin and a Mr. W. McGrath, according to the National Museum of Roller Skating. And, yes, there is a National Museum of Roller Skating. It’s in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. In the 1950s and early ‘60s, the roller skating carhop was a ubiquitous sight at drive-ins. Movies like American Graffiti and TV shows like Happy Days further solidified the carhop’s place in American pop culture. Roller skating carhops still exist today, and the Sonic restaurant chain hosts an annual event called the Sonic Skate-Off, a competition to find the most skillful skating carhop from its 3,500 drive-ins nationwide. Utah carhop is finalist in national SONIC skating competition At the height of the 1970s roller revolution, each major American city developed its own skate style, though some styles were more distinctive than others. Chicago especially became known as a roller skating city and became famous for JB skating, which borrowed many of its intricate moves from the Godfather of Soul (“JB” is said to be an abbreviation for “James Brown.”) Fancy footwork and standing dance routines are hallmarks of the JB style, and a well-known move is aptly called the “Crazy Leg.” The JB style is still practiced on Chicago skating rinks today. In 1979, Cher released a song called “Hell on Wheels.” The accompanying video was one of the very first modern, MTV-style music videos. It features an interesting mix of truck drivers, bikers, and Cher on roller skates wearing a zebra-print jumpsuit. Before he was Johnny of nobody-puts-Baby-in-a-corner fame, Patrick Swayze made his big-screen debut as Ace in 1979’s Skatetown USA. Dubbed “The Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year,” the film also starred Scott Baio and The Brady Bunch's Maureen McCormick. In the clip below, you can see Swayze as Ace, using his belt as an imaginative prop in a roller disco contest. The Amish typically eschew technology and complicated machinery in favor of a very simple life. Cars, motorcycles, and even bikes are forbidden modes of transportation, but roller skates have been used for decades in Amish communities. In the 1990s, however, in the middle of the Rollerblade craze, the New York Times reported that though the Amish youth had adopted inline skates as transportation, only a third of Amish congregations had approved their use. Some of the elders were concerned that Rollerblades, which were able to achieve greater speeds than roller skates, could dilute the Amish no-frills lifestyle. The largest parade of roller skaters took place in Paris on June 15, 2008, according to Guinness World Records. The parade consisted of 1188 participants who skated for 12.68 miles. Once a mecca of roller skating, New York City now has only one remaining indoor roller rink, RollerJam USA on Staten Island (though another makeshift rink operates out of a gym in Brooklyn). RollerJam USA was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and for a while it looked as though New York’s rink count would be reduced to zero. It took $750,000 and six months of extensive repairs to finally reopen the rink this past spring, according to RollerJam USA’s owner Joe Costa. “It was worth it,” Costa says. “There’s still this whole underground skating community that you wouldn’t even know exists—people from the ‘70s who are still doing it. And there’s a new generation that’s definitely getting interested in roller skating. Gliding on skates to the music—there’s no feeling like it.” My note: there's also another movie I enjoyed and that was Xanadu. Source: MentalFloss - Roller Skates
  5. Wait, weren't download sections removed already? Did you remove it when it was already removed?
  6. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/remnant-from-the-ashes Remnant: From the Ashes is currently free on Epic Games Store. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/the-alto-collection The Alto Collection is currently free on Epic Games Store. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/3-out-of-10-ep-2/home 3 out of 10, Episode 2: "Foundation 101" is currently free on Epic Games Store.
  7. What's the Word? - DADA pronunciation: [DAH-dah] Part of speech: noun Origin: French, 1916 Meaning: 1. An early-20th-century international movement in art, literature, music, and film, repudiating and mocking artistic and social conventions and emphasizing the illogical and absurd. Example: "I didn't understand Dada art until I visited the Marcel Duchamp exhibition." "The Italian film festival had many Dada-inspired entries." About Dada As an artistic movement, Dada, or Dadaism, took off in the early 1920s in Paris. This appreciation of nonsense, chaos, and the absurd is thought to be a backlash against the effects of World War 1 and a capitalist society. As technology was advancing, Dada spanned across artistic mediums. Did you Know? The word "dada" can be found in many languages and cultures to refer to a father. It transcends language barriers perhaps because "da" is one of the first and easiest sounds for a baby to make.
  8. Thank you for clarifying. I was one of those asking about the downloads. The way you have it now is fine for me. Maybe members if they want downloads and find them somewhere else can post links to those places for the other members.
  9. A Total War Saga: Troy is free to claim on the Epic Store for the first 24 hours. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/a-total-war-saga-troy/home Link your Epic account with Total War Access to get the Amazons DLC for free. 1. Register and log in to your Total War Access account here. https://access.totalwar.com/auth/control_panel/?source=troy 2. Click on My Account in the upper navigation bar. 3. Click on the Epic Connect logo, and log in with your Epic account credentials. 4. Grant permission to connect Access to your Epic account. 5. “Account Connected” will be displayed in My Account screen. When the Amazons DLC is available in September, follow the instructions from the in-game menu to claim. You will need to collect your code from the Access dashboard, and redeem the product Amazons DLC from the Epic Store’s web page or launcher here. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/redeem
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  11. Hey everyone! It has come to my attention that many people were coming across bookmarked/linked threads that led to a 'no permission' message. Let me take the time to clarify this for you. As you may or may not have been aware, quite some time ago Kametsu was the victim of copyright trolls - we were forced to make a very difficult decision. Do we care more for keeping the download sections? Or do we prioritize the site and its members? Ultimately, to protect the site's members, we made the difficult decision to remove all the download sections from the site. Unfortunately, there was no right or wrong decision here, as there would have been highly negative consequences with either decision. We were stuck between a rock and a hard place with no other way out. As it would turn out, though, the initial purge of those sections didn't exactly go as I planned. While the vast majority of those threads were indeed purged...what ended up happening in the end was, many of the old download threads were somehow missed in the initial round, and thus ended up "orphaned" when their parent forum/content they were attached to were purged. Thus, there were no longer any parent permissions to inherit - which resulted in the "No permission" message. Koby discovered this only recently and executed a more thorough cleanup, which now should correctly result in a "Not found" message instead. This does not change anything - we are not in any position to "go back" to the way things were. We have instead asked repeatedly what sort of site you'd like to see Kametsu become. To that end, we are most certainly open to ideas as to format change. That aside, please stop asking us about downloads. There's nothing we can tell you that hasn't already been said. We want to refocus the site, so if you have something constructive to contribute to that, you are more than welcome to send us a PM. Thanks for taking the time to read and understand this. As we've said many times in the past, we know this is a heartbreaking thing, we didn't want to have to do it but there was just little alternative left. We care more about the site, and of course the people that make up its community, than any 'downloads'.
  12. RIP College Football season. Since Nebraska wants to be COVIDiots... they can just be kicked out of the Big 10.
  13. https://bethesda.net/en/game/bethesda-launcher Quake II is free to claim on Bethesda Launcher for 72 hours.
  14. AT&T is in discussions to sell WarnerMedia’s Crunchyroll Japanese anime-streaming service to Sony, according to three people familiar with the situation. If the two sides could reach a deal—which is far from certain—it would strengthen Sony’s position in the niche market, as it already owns a rival anime service FUNimation. But there’s a sticking point in the potential deal: price. AT&T is asking $1.5 billion, a price that Sony has balked at. It is well above recent values for other niche streaming services, analysts said. Sony also recently took a stake in Bilibili. It is speculated that the reason for possibly selling the company might have been to reduce debt. The company had been under pressure from shareholder Elliot Management to reduce their debt over the past year, but reportedly cut a deal with Elliott Management back in October. They also believe that plans to sell the company might have also changed with WarnerMedia’s new CEO Jason Kilar stepping into the role. Kilar previously worked at Hulu and a report insinuates that anime was a key pillar at Hulu, one that Kilar hopes to replicate with WarnerMedia’s upcoming new streaming service HBO Max. HBO Max and Crunchyroll recently announced that a number of animes available on Crunchyroll would also be available on HBO Max when the streaming service launches later this month. Crunchyroll also promises they will “curate additional top anime titles for HBO Max each quarter, cultivating fresh offerings that appeal to new and existing anime fans including Hunter x Hunter and Death Note coming to the streamer within the first year of launch.” HBO Max’s Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly also praised anime in general, “Anime is a celebrated, diverse art form with a rich culture rooted in imaginative worlds and vibrant characters. Crunchyroll has centralized these fantastic adventures for everyone to enjoy.” Not only are they going to be receiving anime from Crunchyroll, but HBO Max will also feature Studio Ghibli movies including Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Clownfish TV’s Kneon speculates that Crunchyroll could be phased out and become wholly part of HBO Max, “So we are starting to get a bigger picture of what’s going on here. So it might be the new CEO who realizes that Hulu does do really well with anime. He might be like, ‘Stop! Stop it. We are not going to sell it off, but we might just fold the anime into HBO Max.'” What do you make of this report? What do you think the future holds for Crunchyroll?
  15. Many of you have been asking me for updates about the Avatar live-action Netflix series. I can finally tell you that I am no longer involved with the project. In June of this year, after two years of development work, Bryan Konietzko and I made the difficult decision to leave the production. When Bryan and I signed on to the project in 2018, we were hired as executive producers and showrunners. In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped. Look, things happen. Productions are challenging. Unforeseen events arise. Plans have to change. And when those things have happened at other points during my career, I try to be like an Air Nomad and adapt. I do my best to go with the flow, no matter what obstacle is put in my way. But even an Air Nomad knows when it’s time to cut their losses and move on. I started to reevaluate what is truly important in my life and what I wanted to do with what’s left of it. I took some advice from Uncle Iroh. I looked inward and started asking myself the big question: “Who are you and what do you want?” I also sought wisdom from Stoic philosophers who were big on differentiating between what is within our control and what isn’t. I realized I couldn’t control the creative direction of the series, but I could control how I responded. So, I chose to leave the project. It was the hardest professional decision I’ve ever had to make, and certainly not one that I took lightly, but it was necessary for my happiness and creative integrity. And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make. I also want to be clear that this doesn’t mean the end of my involvement in the Avatar universe. These stories and characters are important to me and the renewed interest and excitement in Avatar and Korra has been inspiring to see. Writing this letter has left me with a very heavy heart. I know many of you will be disappointed and frustrated by this news. I get it. I share your disappointment and frustration. I also recognize this creative setback is small compared to the problems we’re all facing as a society right now. Thankfully, Iroh offered some wisdom for that, too: “Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving you will come to a better place.” May we all keep moving and come to a better place. Thanks for reading and for your continued enthusiasm for the Avatar universe. With gratitude, Michael Dante DiMartino Source: https://www.michaeldantedimartino.com/an-open-letter-to-avatar-the-last-airbender-fans/
  16. Fact of the Day - LASSIE Did you know... that Lassie is a fictional character created by Eric Knight. She is a female Rough Collie dog, and is featured in a short story that was later expanded to a full-length novel called Lassie Come-Home. Knight's portrayal of Lassie bears some features in common with another fictional female collie of the same name, featured in the British writer Elizabeth Gaskell's 1859 short story "The Half Brothers". In "The Half Brothers", Lassie is loved only by her young master and guides the adults back to where two boys are lost in a snowstorm. Published in 1940, Knight's novel was filmed by MGM in 1943, as Lassie Come Home with a dog named Pal playing Lassie. Pal then appeared with the stage name "Lassie" in six other MGM feature films through 1951. Pal's owner and trainer Rudd Weatherwax then acquired the Lassie name and trademark from MGM and appeared with Pal (as "Lassie") at rodeos, fairs, and similar events across America in the early 1950s. In 1954, the long-running, Emmy winning television series Lassie debuted, and, over the next 19 years, a succession of Pal's descendants appeared on the series. The "Lassie" character has appeared in radio, television, film, toys, comic books, animated series, juvenile novels, and other media. Pal's descendants continue to play Lassie today. (Wikipedia) In the mid-1950s, when television was still gaining momentum, "Lassie" stunned and entertained audiences. The canine became a household name. When the famous canine Lassie hit the small screen in 1954, fans were ecstatic. After the brave pup became famous through a slew of hit films it made sense to launch a series. The series quickly became one of the most beloved television shows in history. It had a massive audience for nearly 20 years but here are some interesting facts fans may not know about Lassie. Lassie and actor Jon Provost (aka Little Timmy) 1. Timmy Never Fell Down A Well Even though Timmy had many mishaps during the show and often needed Lassie to save him, he never fell down a well. The scenario was popular but never happened in the show. 2. Lassie Was A Stunt Double The handsome collie named Pal who ended up playing Lassie had been rejected at first for the role in "Lassie Come Home" because he was a male. However, after impressing the filmmakers as a stunt dog, they decided to give him the role completely. 3. Lassie Was Actually A Male Since Pal did such an amazing job, the producers ended up casting all the dogs after him to play the role of the iconic lady were actually male dogs. Especially because the producers realized female dogs shed more when they went into heat and looked smaller than the male dogs. 4. Pal Played His Own Son Pal was an amazing actor. In "Son of Lassie," the amazing pup played both the mother and son roles. Pal 5. His Last Appearance Pal played the legendary dog "Lassie" in "Lassie Come Home" and his last appearance before he passed was the pilot of the "Lassie" TV series. He died in 1958. 6. Tommy Rettig Was Allergic To Dogs The actor behind the character "Jeff Miller" in "Lassie" was allergic to dogs. In fact, besides getting too old for the childish role, it was one of the reasons why he left the show after just three seasons. 7. Knocked Off Air The only time that "Lassie" was taken off air in the USA was for the annual CBS television showcase of "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). The film was played once a year from 1959 to 1967 and took place on a Sunday evening. 8. Timmy Had Two Sets Of Parents From December 1957 to September 1958, Cloris Leachman and Jon Shepodd played Timmy’s parents. However, reports claim that Cloris argued a lot with the cast and crew and was eventually fired. They were replaced with June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly. June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Jon Provost, Lassie 9. There Were More Dogs Involved To ensure the dog playing Lassie was not lonely, there were other dogs on set. When the cameras were done filming, the dogs were allowed to play. In the early ’70s, a pup named Hey Hey played Lassie in the episodes Peace is Our Profession. He had two miniature poodles called Buttons and Bows on set to keep him company. 10. Jeff And Porky Didn't Really Get Along Even though Jeff and Porky played best friends on the show, they apparently did not get along off-camera. The pair reportedly often fought on set. 11. Alcoholism Made Robert Bray Leave Robert Bray left the show after four seasons. Reports claim that the star left due to his struggles with alcoholism however, the official statement that was released claimed he had grown tired of his role. He never acted in anything else after "Lassie." 12. The Role Was A Family Affair After Pal passed away after filming the first two episodes, his son, Lassie Jr., stepped up to the role. He took over the role until 1959 and was followed by Lassie Jr.’s sons, Spook and Baby, who took turns in the role until the last two seasons of the show before their brothers Mire and Hey Hey took over. Lassie (1940 - 1958) 13. Longest Lassie Pup The collie that played Lassie the longest was named Baby. He was the grandson of Pal, the original Lassie and played the role for six years. 14. Baby Lived the Shortest Even though Baby played Lassie the longest he actually lived the shortest. Baby passed away suddenly at age 8 while most of the other dog actors lived to about 17 years. 15. Famous Theme Song The famous "whistle" theme song which the show became known for was not the original opening and closing credits. It was introduced in Season 5 and the previous four seasons had a more traditional orchestral theme song. 16. Real Lassie The real Lassie on whom the show was based was owned and trained by Rudd Weatherwax. She reportedly lived to be 19 years old. Rudd Weatherwax and Lassie, 1955 17. Andy Clyde's Final Performance Andy Clyde's one-shot return to the series as "Ben Adams," after his recurring role as "Cully Wilson" was his final performance ever. 18. Syndicated Titles When the seasons starring Jon Provost were syndicated to the daytime TV, they were titled "Jeff's Collie." Then when Provost left the series, his shows were syndicated as "Timmy and Lassie". 19. Who Was Timmy Named After Timmy got his name from producer Bonita Granville. He was named after her mother, Timmie. 20. Full Cast Change When Jon Provost grew tired of his role and left the series after seven seasons it led to the entire fire the rest of the human cast. Lassie (2005 film) Source: AmoMama - "Lassie" Facts You Might Not Know | Wikipedia - Lassie | Wikipedia - Lassie (1954 TV series)
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    Edge of Eternity

    Summer Update #6 Bug Fixes and adjustments: Added ES localization Updated global localization Added haptics vibrations throughout the game Revamped loot chances / tables of a lot of drops throughout the game Improved a few cutscenes Added new shading for teethes of characters Save points are now grouped by areas Locked save points will now be displayed in red instead of being invisible Enabled new dynamic events Added a feedback VFX on world collectibles Fixed a bug where collectibles on the world could not disappear after looting Ordo will not take a death stance during the tutorial battle when defeated Fixed Selene eyelashes not following blend-shapes Muted a few SFX during cutscenes and combats (save points for example) Beta Release Edge Of Eternity is entering its Beta phase! This new update brings a huge amount of polish to the existing game, from fixing bugs to cleaning-up animation and optimizing UI. Spanish is also available as a language option now! Here are some (but not all!) improvements we made to the game: The Battlecam was revamped to make the fights more understandable and immersive, with the help of occluding and both a cinematic and strategic camera. Cutscenes were improved upon, regarding lipsync, lighting and sfx in particular. Character models were reworked Dynamic events were added to make the world feel more alive, along with new landmarks. The crafting system was reshaped, including recipes and material gathering. With the Beta release, our game is entering a new stage, and we hope that you will like this new update! A discount will start at 7:00 pm CEST and last for a week: this will be your last chance to grab the game before the price increases!
  18. What's the Word? - MUGGLE pronunciation: [MUH-ɡəl] Part of speech: noun Origin: British English, 1990s Meaning: 1. A person who is not conversant with a particular activity or skill. Example: "We joked that my dad was a muggle in the kitchen because everything turned out burnt." "I'm quite a muggle when it comes to any sport." About Muggle It's a silly little word created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series. Muggle simply means someone without magical skill. It proved to be so useful that it was added to the dictionary to describe someone without skill, not restricted to the wizarding world. Did you Know? For a relatively recent addition to the world of literary classics ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was published in 1997), the vocabulary of Hogwarts has been quickly adopted. In addition to muggle, you're likely to hear wizarding lingo such as Quidditch, Voldemort, galleon, and patronus cast about like spells.
  19. Crunchyroll announced the English dub casts and August premiere dates for Monster Girl Doctor, The God of High School, Rent-A-Girlfriend, and the second season of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on Tuesday. Crunchyroll will launch the English dub of the television anime of Yoshino Origuchi's Monster Girl Doctor (Monster Musume no Oisha-san) light novel series on August 16. New episodes will debut every Sunday. The dub cast includes: Griffin Puatu as Dr. Glenn Litbeit Cristina Vee as Saphentite "Sapphee" Neikes Julia McIlvaine as Tisalia Scythia Ryan Bartley as Lulala Heine The English dub of the television anime of Yongje Park's The God of High School manhwa will premiere on August 24. New episodes will debut every Monday. The dub cast includes: Robbie Daymond as Mori Jin Sean Chiplock as Daewi Han Veronica Taylor as Mira Yoo The English dub of the television anime of Reiji Miyajima's Rent-A-Girlfriend (Kanojo, Okarishimasu) manga will launch on Crunchyroll on August 28. New episodes will debut every Friday. The dub cast includes: Aleks Le as Kazuya Lizzie Freeman as Chizuru Laura Stahl as Mami The English dub of the second season of the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- anime will premiere on August 26. New episodes will debut every Wednesday. The dub cast includes: Sean Chiplock as Subaru Kayli Mills as Emilia Brianna Knickerbocker as Rem Ryan Bartley as Ram Kira Buckland as Beatrice Erica Mendez as Puck
  20. Hey there, I tryd it for month but without any luck, so may someone here can help out with his discord or any way. Thanks. Still missing the days before the big deletion.
  21. Fact of the Day - WISHING WELL Did you know... that a wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted. The idea that a wish would be granted came from the notion that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods. This practice is thought to have arisen because water is a source of life, and was often a scarce commodity. (Wikipedia) Folktale Origins Of Wishing Wells Wishing well at Ramona marriage place old town, San Diego, California, 1930. Source: (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) In the mall, in the park, or in your neighbor’s front yard, we see wishing wells in a lot of places and we all know what we are supposed to do…drop a coin in and make a wish. But how did this custom start and what was the original meaning of it? Did our ancestors truly believe that they had to pay for their wishes? And what is the significance of a well? Let’s dive deep into the folklore of wishing wells. Wishing Wells and Sacred Water Since water is the key to life, finding sources of fresh water was important to our ancestors. Occasionally, fresh water sprang from unexpected places, like from underground springs or rivers. For many cultures, particularly ancient European cultures, underground springs were viewed as special, sacred waters that were given to mankind as a gift from the gods. To thank the gods for their gift, they would drop small tokens of their appreciation into the spring. Later, coins were used. Ancient Well. Source: (terriwindling.com) Wishing Wells and Clean Water Clean, potable drinking water was—and still is—a concern. Anthropologists will tell you that settlements and town were established near sources of clean drinking water. To protect the water and keep it safe from contaminants, the people often built structures, such as wells or well houses and, these structures began a gathering place for the people of the town. Even if the water source was large, like a river or harbor, forts and castles were constructed to protect it. Oftentimes, it was thought that spirits or gods lorded over these water sources and kept them clean. Pliny the Younger mentioned wishing wells in his writing. Source: (reasonabletheology.org) Wishing Wells and Ancient Rome Wishing wells seem to be a very old tradition that was prevalent across Europe. One of our earliest written references to wishing wells came from the second century in the works of Pliny the Younger. He described several individual springs that converge into a still body of water. He wrote, “There the water, clear as glass, allows you to see gleaming pebbles on the bottom and the coins the people have thrown in.” Wishing Well - Picture of Amigos Castle, Lightning Ridge. Wishing Wells and the Germanic People The Germanic tribes of Europe believed that spirits lived in the waters and actually created the water. The spirits liked to intervene in the lives of the humans living near them. If a person spoke aloud a wish or hope while standing over the water, the spirits might take pity of them and grant their wish. A person could sweeten the deal by dropping a small coin or another valuable token into the well in hopes that the spirits would be pleased. Coventina's Well in Northumberland. Source: (northernvicar.co.uk) Wishing Wells and the Celts The idea of appeasing the spirits by tossing tokens into a well was especially common in the Celtic culture. The Celtic goddess, Coventina, who ruled overhealing and childbirth, had a famous well attributed to her in Northumberland. The people built a small temple to Coventina around the source of the spring water. Archeologists have discovered small token gifts to Coventina, including coins, glass and pottery items, buttons, and beads, dating back as far as 407 C.E. Mimir guards the Well of Wisdom in Norse mythology. Source: (ancientpages.com) Wishing Wells and the Norse One popular Norse legend revolves around a water deity named Mimir. According to the stories, Mimir lived in the Well of Wisdom and guarded the sacred waters. He drank from the well every day, making him the wisest being in all the land. The Norse god Odin, desperate to save the world from destruction, sought a sip from the Well of Wisdom. Mimir, however, demanded payment from Odin before he could drink. The price Mimir demanded was high. He asked for Odin’s right eye. Odin eventually agreed to pay the price and his eye was thrown into the well so others could see that a price must be paid in order to seek wisdom from the well. Chalice Well in Somerset. Wishing Wells and the Holy Grail The Chalice Well, or Red Well, is located in Somerset, England. Iron oxide gives the water a red color that the ancient Brits associated with human blood. According to local legends, the well was the place where Joseph of Arimathea hid the Holy Grail, the chalice that was used to catch Jesus’s blood at the time of his crucifixion. This legend was used to explain the red color of the water. Since then, people have paid their respects by leaving offerings at the well. Trevi Fountain in Rome. Source: (hubpages.com) Wishing Wells are Big Business Since tossing a coin into a wishing well or fountain in exchange for a granted wish is such a widespread custom, it had become big business. Take Rome’s Trevi Fountain, for example. More than 3,000 coins are tossed into the famed fountain each day. That adds up to about $1.5 million U.S. dollars per year! The city of Rome uses the money to fund programs for needy people in the community. Source: Mr-Mehra - Folktale Origins of Wishing Wells | Wikipedia - Wishing Well
  22. What's the Word? - FINITE pronunciation: [FAHY-nahyt] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, 15th century Meaning: 1. Having limits or bounds. 2. (of a verb form) having a specific tense, number, and person. Example: "'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.' ― Martin Luther King Jr." "Use finite verbs in order to avoid any confusion." About Finite Buzz Lightyear exclaims, "To infinity and beyond!" The opposite of this unlimitless prospect is finite. There's a clear and defined end, which isn't a bad thing, unless you're a toy astronaut. Did you know? In a grammatical sense, finite verbs give information about the subject. They can inflect the gender, person, number, tense, aspect, mood, and voice of the subject. You're probably most familiar with changing the tense (present, past, future) and person (I, you, it, they) of finite verbs.
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  24. Fact of the Day - HAND FAN Did you know... that a handheld fan, or simply hand fan, may be any broad, flat surface that is waved back-and-forth to create an airflow. (Wikipedia) The origin of hand fan can be dated back to as far as 4,000 years ago, in Egypt. At that time, it was considered a sacred instrument and used in religious ceremonies. It was also seen as a symbol of royalty, as is evident from the two elaborate fans found in King Tut’s tomb. Other cultures where hand fans were used include Persian, Hebrew, Greek, Roman and Chinese. Read on to know more interesting and amazing information on the history, origin and background of fans. Bodbezan, Persian Handheld Fan Hand fan is known to have been invented in China and Japan, with both holding different legends of its creation. In Japan, the fan was created after the folding wings of a bat, while the Chinese believe that the sight of a woman fanning her facemask at a festival led to the tool’s creation. The hand fan was taken to Europe by way of trade routes in the 1500s. In Europe, it became an exotic and stylish symbol of wealth and class. Japanese Fans Chinese Wall Fan; Prosperity Blossoms with Black Bamboo The Italians became the first users of the hand fan in Europe. Trade increased and so did the fans. In the 17th century, fan making became a professional undertaking and the ‘Guild of Fan Makers’ was established. Until the mid-17th century, hand fans were considered a luxury item and made from expensive materials. They were often bejeweled as well. Printed fans turned up with the French Revolution, produced to make a political statement. 17th century European Fan The next hundred years saw a large range and variety of hand fans being developed. By the 18th century, they were being produced in almost all the countries across the world. Some even developed painted fans, which eventually became a recognized art form. In the 1920s, a single ostrich plume became a high fashion statement that was dyed to the same color as one’s dress. However, the early 20th century saw a decline in the use of hand fans, though they were still produced as an advertising medium. French Painted Fan Spain engrained hand fans into their culture and still use them for their original purpose - that of keeping cool. The Japanese hand fan symbolizes various things, such as friendship, respect and good wishes. It is gifted to people on special occasions and forms an important stage prop for various Japanese dance performances. Japanese believe that the handle of the fan represents the beginning of life and the ribs are for the roads of life, going out in all directions. Traditional Japanese Dancers In the present times, there are different styles of fans that are being manufactured, namely folding, brisé (made from separate sticks, linked together top and bottom), cockade (opens into a full circle) and a simple rigid shape on a handle. The two outer sticks are known as guards and are more decorated. Materials like tortoiseshell, ivory, bone, mother of pearl, metal and wood are used as guards and sticks. However, they are now more used for decorative purposes, rather than functional. Source: WIkipedia - Hand Fan | Lifestyle - History of Hand Fan
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