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  4. Fact of the Day - EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS Did you know... that Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American drama musical film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P. F. Kluge. A sequel, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives!, followed in 1989. (Wikipedia) Soulful Facts About Eddie and the Cruisers BY JAKE ROSSEN | MARCH 28, 2016 A classic example of a movie finding its audience despite a weak theatrical run, 1983’s Eddie and the Cruisers gained a cult following for its original soundtrack and the convincing lip-syncing talents of star Michael Paré. Read on to find out why the story of a fictional '60s musician struck a chord with viewers, how Rick Springfield nearly starred, and whether we’ll ever see Eddie Wilson one more time. IT WAS BASED ON A MURDER MYSTERY. Eddie and the Cruisers was not originally conceived as a nostalgia trip for Jersey rock. Author P. F. Kluge wrote the 1980 novel it was based on as more of a thriller, with Eddie’s former bandmates reflecting on their heyday with the presumed-dead Wilson as a killer tries to find some “missing” recordings the singer made before his apparent death. While the movie stuck to the same basic structure, the killer angle was dropped. RICK SPRINGFIELD WANTED TO PLAY EDDIE. Itching to grow out of his scrubs on General Hospital, soap opera actor-slash-singer Rick Springfield lobbied for the title role in Eddie and the Cruisers. Unfortunately, director Martin Davidson—who bought the novel rights—didn’t think he could be convincing as anyone other than Rick Springfield. While he “might have been great” in the part, Davidson said, “he wouldn’t have spanned the history” of the missing musician. THE BAND GOT ADVICE FROM THE BOSS. When producers went looking for a group to supply original music that would be lip-synched by the cast, they found John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (named after a paint color) toiling in and around New Jersey. Their Bruce Springsteen-esque sound actually had some endorsement from Springsteen himself: Cafferty told People that the Boss was around for their early gigs and helped guide him through some songwriting challenges. “It was like getting batting tips from Mickey Mantle,” Cafferty said. ELLEN BARKIN HATED MAKING IT. Ellen Barkin, who played the latter-day investigative reporter looking into Eddie Wilson’s death, was not enthused about making the film. “That’s what we liked to call a 'pay the rent' job,” she told The A.V. Club in 2010. “It wasn’t a script I liked.” Barkin said her agent more or less talked her into it on the premise she’d only have to work on it for a couple of weeks. THE DIRECTOR WAS PRETTY MEAN TO MICHAEL PARÉ. Paré’s most notable acting gig up to that point was as a supporting cast member of NBC’s The Greatest American Hero. Davidson didn't have much confidence the young actor could pull off some of the more emotionally demanding scenes required: He essentially put him on acting probation. “If you f*ck up tomorrow, you’re fired,” he allegedly told Paré. The animosity was strong enough that Paré’s co-stars held a meeting and told Davidson that if he fired the actor, they’d walk off the shoot. SYLVESTER STALLONE MADE AN IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION. When Davidson had Cafferty’s master recording set, he needed a record label to distribute it. Having directed Sylvester Stallone in 1974’s The Lords of Flatbush, he approached the actor to put him in touch with Scotti Bros. Records, the label that had helped facilitate a meeting between Stallone and the group Survivor that eventually paved the way for “Eye of the Tiger.” Scotti Bros. agreed to distribute the soundtrack, giving Cafferty’s band its first real break after toiling in local clubs for over a decade. HBO AND MTV GAVE THE MOVIE A SECOND WIND. Dumped unceremoniously by its distributor in September 1983 after a chunk of its potential audience was back in school, Eddie and the Cruisers was a theatrical flop. But in 1984, when the film hit HBO in heavy rotation and one of Cafferty’s songs was featured in a music video, audiences who had missed it the first time around caught on. Buoyed by the television exposure, the soundtrack cracked Billboard’s top 10 before topping one million in sales to go platinum. (Through 1989, it sold an astounding three million copies.) THE PALACE OF DEPRESSION REALLY EXISTED. Eddie’s existential crisis—to stay true to his music or placate record industry executives—comes during a scene shot at the “Palace of Depression,” a massive junkyard with parts and assorted junk artistically arranged. It wasn’t just set dressing: the Palace opened in 1932 in Vineland, New Jersey, after a man named George Daynor lost his savings in the stock market crash. Arriving in the state, he took to using trash to build out on a small patch of land. A restoration society is hoping to re-open the site in 2017. THE SEQUEL WENT THROUGH 14 DRAFTS. After the success of the album, Scotti Brothers purchased the sequel rights in 1985. That film wouldn’t see the light of day until 1989: It took 14 drafts for producers to be satisfied with a script for a follow-up that sees Eddie (Paré) living in anonymity in Canada as blue-collar worker “Joe West” before he gets the urge to start recording music again. Unfortunately, not everyone was interested in hearing it: Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! was an even bigger box office disappointment than the original, grossing just $536,508 in its opening weekend in roughly 400 theaters. THE SEQUEL WAS SHOT AT A BON JOVI CONCERT. To capture the atmosphere of a live arena crowd for Eddie’s climatic return to performing, the crew of Eddie II set up cameras at a Bon Jovi concert in April 1989 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. According to one concertgoer, the “fake” band lead by Paré was more well-received than the real warm-up band—Skid Row. PARÉ RECORDED AN ALBUM OF HIS OWN. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times in 1989, Paré revealed he had recently finished an album featuring his own vocals and planned on touring overseas to avoid any Michael/Eddie overlap. While there’s no evidence the album was ever released, you can still hear Paré sing (a little) on a track from the film Road to Hell. PARÉ HAS WRITTEN A SECOND SEQUEL. In 2015, Paré told The Washington Post that he’s been pecking away at a script for a third movie with a friend. “I’ve got up to page 78,” he said. Director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), who is a fan of the original, said he would consider directing. In a time where Netflix and other venues are catering to some highly specific tastes, there might be more to Eddie Wilson’s story yet. After watching Eddie and cruisers I became a fan of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. On the Dark Side from the movie is my very favorite song. (DarkRavie) Source: Wikipedia - Eddie and the Cruisers | Soulful Facts About Eddie and the Cruisers
  5. What's the Word? - FELICITOUS pronunciation: [fə-LIS-ə-dis] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, 17th century Meaning: 1. Well-chosen or suited to the circumstances. 2. Pleasing and fortunate. Example: "It turned out to be a felicitous decision to bring an umbrella." "She discovered a number of felicitous finds with her trusty metal detector." About Felicitous One of the definitions of felicitous is something that is well-chosen or suited to the circumstances. Similarly, something that is opportune occurs at a well-chosen or appropriate time. Did You Know? A truly felicitous occurrence is winning the lottery. Only 1 in 14 million people ever draw the correct numbers to win the lottery, making it a real stroke of luck to actually win a huge amount of money.
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  7. Fact of the Day - THE TARDIS Did you know... that the TARDIS is a time machine and spacecraft that appears in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs. The TV show Doctor Who mainly features a single TARDIS used by the central character The Doctor. However, in the series other TARDISes are sometimes seen or used. (Wikipedia) Things Only Real Doctor Who Fans Know About The TARDIS A spaceship/time machine that's bigger on the inside is cool enough as it is, but here are 10 things that make the TARDIS even cooler. BY MICHELLE SANDERS | JAN 12, 2019 Nothing says Doctor Who quite like the TARDIS. This iconic time machine is such an integral part in the series, it's the only one featured in the opening theme! Even the Doctor isn't seen in the beginning credits in his (and now her) own show! That's how important this machine is. The fact is, the Doctor wouldn't be the Doctor without that blue police box. The TARDIS is the Doctor's constant companion, his trusty sidekick, the one who's always there to take care of him and to get him where he wants to go. It's high time the TARDIS gets her dues. Show that beautiful box some love and check out these 10 things only real Doctor Who fans know about the TARDIS. There's More Than One TARDIS As it turns out, the TARDIS isn't the one and only. There are loads of TARDISes out there, as we see in the episode titled "The Name of the Doctor." The Doctor is shown stealing his TARDIS, which appears as a silver cylinder, not unlike one of those stainless steel trash cans sitting in a row of other TARDISes. The SIDRAT, or the Space and Interdimensional Robot All-Purpose Transporter, was an earlier version of the TARDIS, and it was also bigger on the inside. But, alas, even with a catchy name like SIDRAT, this predecessor of the Doctor's time machine simply couldn't compete with the TARDIS. It's Designed To Have Six Pilots Most of the time, The Doctor flies the TARDIS all by himself. If he's lucky, he'll have a few companions to help him out. But, as it happens, the TARDIS is actually supposed to be piloted by six Time Lords. Six! Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey, that's a lot of people (or aliens). Of course, it's no surprise that it takes so many Time Lords to fly one of these things. Just look at how big the console is! All those buttons, all those levers, all those dials! There's so much high tech-ness with just one guy to keep track, the fact that the Doctor can fly solo is mighty impressive. It's A Sentient Being The Doctor's TARDIS is special. Most Time Lords don't bond with their time machines to the extent that the Doctor has with his. In the episode "The Doctor's Wife," an asteroid called The House traps the Doctor and places the matrix of the TARDIS in a woman, who calls herself Idris. Idris reveals to the Doctor that even though she doesn't always take him where he wants to go, she always takes him where he needs to go. The TARDIS is more than a "Time and Relative Dimension in Space" machine; it's a sentient being that thinks and feels and, above all else, protects the Doctor — a lot like Baby does for Sam and Dean in Supernatural. The TARDIS Is Picky About The Doctor's Companions The TARDIS loves the Doctor, but the TARDIS doesn't always love The Doctor's companions. Now, the TARDIS doesn't really object to any of the Doctor's companions until Clara Oswin Oswald comes along. Then, for whatever reason, the Doctor's beloved spaceship takes on a whole new personality, making Clara concerned. It could be that the TARDIS disliked competing with Clara for the Doctor's attention. Or, more likely, it could be because the TARDIS is highly sensitive to temporal anomalies. As the "impossible girl," born to save the Doctor at various points throughout his timeline, it's no wonder the TARDIS picked up on some red flags when it came to Clara. The TARDIS Is An Asteroid Well, okay, you caught us. That's not quite right. The Doctor's TARDIS isn't an asteroid, it's a time machine and a spaceship. But the TARDIS is so iconic that in 1984, when American astronomer Brian Skiff discovered a new Alauda asteroid at the Anderson Mesa unit of Lowell Observatory in Arizona, it was named after that beautiful blue police box. Everyone, say hello to 3325 TARDIS, which is up there in the sky, somewhere... We're sure it's there, but we still don't even know where the Big Dipper is, so when it comes to finding it with your telescope, it looks like you're on your own. In any case, the Doctor would be so proud! It's Bigger On The Inside — A LOT Bigger We all know the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. Heck, that one-liner has been said so often, you don't even have to watch Doctor Who to know it! But just how much "bigger on the inside" is the TARDIS? We don't know the exact square footage of the Doctor's spaceship, but we do know it's got plenty of space —and presumably time. There's a library, an art gallery, a wardrobe, an observatory... The TARDIS also has a room where the Doctor stores keepsakes from his past companions, and another one called the Zero Room, which is a healing chamber that assists the Doctor during regeneration. The TARDIS Isn't The Doctor's Only Form Of Transportation Obviously, the TARDIS is the Doctor's main method of transport. Whether he's hopping from one planet to the next, fighting off the baddies, or he's trekking to the past and back to the future, the TARDIS is his favorite way of getting around, but it's not the only way. We've seen the Doctor ride mopeds, horses, and even a dinosaur, but for a while back in season seven of the original Who, the Doctor was spending some time in exile here on earth. It's there that he worked closely with UNIT. During that time, the Doctor relied on an adorable little yellow car named Bessie to get from point A to point B. The TARDIS Is Broken, That's Why It's A Police Box Originally, the writers of Doctor Who thought it would be fun if the TARDIS changed its appearance in every episode to blend in with its surroundings. But, when they discovered this idea proved to be too much for their budget, they decided to keep the TARDIS permanently stuck as a police box, and explained that the spaceship's chameleon circuit was broken. "It's not that we can't afford to change the TARDIS's appearance, it's that the chameleon circuit broke!" Man, when it comes to getting themselves out of a jam, the Doctor Who writers are more than up to the task. There's A Reason The TARDIS Makes *That Sound* What exactly is *that sound* you ask? Well, if you're a bonafide Whovian, then chances are you can hear it in your head right now! But to anyone who doesn't know the sound of the Doctor's TARDIS materializing and/or dematerializing, it sounds like someone scraping piano strings with a key. Funnily enough, that's exactly how *that sound* is made. Of course, according to River Song, the TARDIS isn't actually supposed to make that high-pitched screeching sound. The reason it does is because the Doctor doesn't fly it correctly. Turns out, he leaves the brakes on. That's probably not too good for the TARDIS's brake pads, eh Doctor? The Doctor And The TARDIS Are Connected The Doctor has had dozens of companions over the centuries, but no companion has been more constant than the TARDIS. The bond that these two have is unshakeable. They look out for each other and they take care of each other. They're more than good buddies or travel partners — they're connected. As Idris reveals in "The Doctor's Wife," the fact that The Doctor chose her was no coincidence. In fact, it was actually the other way around. The TARDIS chose the Doctor. She wanted the Doctor to steal her away from Gallifrey, and after spending so much time with each other, the TARDIS has developed a psychic link with the Doctor. Source: Wikipedia - TARDIS | Doctor Who Tardis Fact Trivia
  8. Considering Big Mom and Kaido are Emperors, of course it won't be an easy fight. Though some good hits did impact Kaido some more. I did get a laugh at the 3 panels of funny faces that Luffy, Law, & Kidd made when dealing with Linlin's fireballs.
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  10. SSSS.Gridman started airing on Toonami last night. I've heard a lot about it so I watched ep. 1. I can't really say much yet. I mean... it seems okay...? I guess...?
  11. Have you received your key from that?
  12. Fact of the Day - STRAWBERRY Did you know.... that the garden strawberry is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as the strawberries, which are cultivated worldwide for their fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as jam, juice, pies, ice cream, milkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry flavorings and aromas are also widely used in products such as candy, soap, lip gloss, perfume, and many others. (Wikipedia) About Strawberries ROBINTIDE Farms | June 2019 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW Fresh, juicy, ripe strawberries are one of the best treats to enjoy during the summer. They’re great on their own, or baked in a pie, or made into jam, or served with vanilla ice cream—really, they are great no matter how you serve them. There are so many different ways to enjoy strawberries and so many benefits to eating them. To celebrate strawberry picking season, here are some interesting facts you didn’t know about strawberries! 1: STRAWBERRIES ARE ONE OF THE ONLY FRUITS WITH ITS SEEDS OUTSIDE Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside? Some say that because of this, it cannot be considered a real berry (thus, see Fact #10 below), since all other berries have their seeds on the inside. The average strawberry has about 200 seeds on it! 2: ANCIENT ROMANS BELIEVED THEY HAD MEDICINAL POWERS Since ancient days, strawberries have been used for medical purposes. They were used by the Romans to alleviate symptoms of kidney stones, fainting, inflammation, melancholy, fever, gout, bad breath, throat infections, and diseases of the blood, liver, and spleen. 3: STRAWBERRIES MAY HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE & CERTAIN CANCERS It wasn’t only the Romans who believed in the healing abilities of strawberries—today, there is research suggesting that they may have a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. They are low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin K, fiber, folic acid, amino acids, and potassium. 4: STRAWBERRIES CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATE Nitrate is a naturally occurring substance in the human body that helps oxygen move throughout the body. Oxygen is essential for the body to function properly. Strawberries contain high levels of nitrate, which can have a role in increasing blood and oxygen flow to the muscles in the body. This makes them the perfect snack before exercising, as they may increase endurance and help you burn more calories. 5: STRAWBERRIES HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS Strawberries may aid in weight loss for the following reasons: They are an anti-inflammatory, helping the body effectively produce the hormones that keep you lean and regulate body weight They increase the body’s production of adiponectin (hormone), which can stimulate your metabolism and suppresses your appetite They contain substances that control the rise of blood sugar that occurs as a result of eating a starchy meal 6: STRAWBERRIES ARE A SYMBOL OF PERFECTION & LOVE According to folklore, if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with someone of the opposite sex, you will fall in love. Medieval stone masons used to carve strawberry designs on altars, around the tops of church pillars, and other sacred places as a symbol of perfection. 7: STRAWBERRIES CAN BE PICKLED It may sound unusual, but strawberries can also be pickled, especially when they are green or unripe. When they are overripe, however, they are perfect for making jam. Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberries Yield: 1 pound pickled berries These vanilla bean pickled strawberries are super simple to make and are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Serve with yogurt or ice cream or even throw them on a salad. You’ll love this easy springtime recipe! Ingredients: 1 pound strawberries, small berries halved and large berries quartered 2 Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, cut down the middle 1-1/2 teaspoons peppercorns 3/4 cup (180 ml) apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup (180 ml) water 1/2 cup (120 ml) honey 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Directions: In a large jar add berries, vanilla beans, and peppercorns. For a more intense vanilla bean flavor scrape out 1 of the halved beans. In a medium-sized saucepan add apple cider vinegar, water, honey and kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and pour over the berries. Put the lid on the berries and cool to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator and let sit overnight. 8: THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRAWBERRIES There are three different types of strawberries, and depending on the type you choose, each has its own distinct flavour and benefits. The three types of strawberries are determined based on the time of year they are produced. June bearing: These plants have a huge crop of strawberries each year. Generally, they are grown in June, but they can sprout earlier or later, depending on your zone. Everbearing: These plants have smaller sized crops but start producing as soon as there are 12 hours of daylight. They will continue to bear thereafter until the end of summer. Day-neutral: These strawberry plants have three peak times for fruiting—early June, mid-July, and late August. This provides a steady crop that spreads through the summer. There are also many different types of strawberry plants, called varietals, including at Robintide Farms, Cabot, Cavendish, Honeyoye, Brunswick, AC Valley Sunset, St. Laurent, Sable and Malwina. 9: THERE IS A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO STRAWBERRIES IN BELGIUM In Belgium, there is a gift shop called Le Musée de la Fraise, or The Strawberry Museum in English. At this museum, you can buy everything strawberry-related, from jam to beer. 10: STRAWBERRIES AREN’T TECHNICALLY BERRIES The most surprising fact of all is that strawberries (and raspberries), despite their appearance and name, are not actually berries. This is because their seeds are on the outside, whereas all berries are characterized by their seeds on the inside. Since they are a flowering plant, they belong to the rose family. Their botanical name is Fragaria ananassa. Click here to learn what the University of Vermont has found on the History of the Strawberry. Source: Wikipedia - Strawberry | Facts About the Strawberry
  13. What's the Word? - MANSUETUDE pronunciation: [man-SOO-ə-tood] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, unknown Meaning: 1. Meekness; gentleness. Example: "Grant handled the difficult situation with the utmost mansuetude." "It's important to approach the shelter animals with mansuetude." About Mansuetude Mansuetude developed through Late Middle English and Old French, but originated from the Latin words "mansuetudo" (gentle, tame) and the combination of the words "manus" (hand) + "suetus" (accustomed). Did You Know? Adopting a pet is exciting, and you might want to spend a lot of time playing with your adoptee immediately. However, experts advise mansuetude; give your new pet some room to explore and be gentle. As they get used to their surroundings, they'll warm up to you.
  14. What's the Word? - HOLUS-BOLUS pronunciation: [hol-əs-BOL-əs] Part of speech: adverb Origin: Unknown, mid 19th century Meaning: 1. All at once. Example: "Everything was happening holus-bolus, and I couldn't keep up." "After a lull in my business, holus-bolus, I have all sorts of great opportunities." About Holus-Bolus Holus-bolus possibly originated as a pseudo-Latin rhyme based on the phrase "whole bolus" (all at once), but might also come from the Greek word "hólos bôlos" (clump of earth). Did You Know? When it seems like everything is happening holus-bolus (all at once), it might seem bad to procrastinate. However, sometimes taking a step back from something overwhelming is exactly what you need to figure out a different approach.
  15. Fact of the Day - RAIN Did you know... that rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation. Weird Facts About Rain Beth Dreher | Meghan Jones | Updated: Dec. 05, 2018 The least rainy place on earth isn’t in the desert It may be covered with ice, but Antarctica gets only 6.5 inches of rain or snow per year, making it the continent with the lowest annual rainfall by far. On the other end of the spectrum, Lloró, Colombia, absorbs more than 500 inches of rainfall per year. North America is relatively dry by comparison, collecting 256 inches of rain annually. Find out some old wives’ tales about weather that just aren’t true. Rain doesn’t always make the ground wet In dry, hot places, rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. Environmentalist Edward Abbey describes “phantom rain” this way: “You see curtains of rain dangling in the sky while the living things wither below for want of water. Torture by tantalizing, hope without fulfillment. Then the clouds dissipate into nothingness.” Not all raindrops are made of water On Venus, and other moons and planets, rain is made of sulfuric acid or methane. Even stranger: On a planet 5,000 light years away, scientists found raindrops made of iron rather than water. For more watery wisdom, check out these facts you never knew about Earth’s oceans. There’s a scientifically proven way to get less wet in the rain Run! As Henry Reich, the brains behind the YouTube Channel MinutePhysics, explains, the faster you get out of the rain, the drier you’ll be, regardless of the additional raindrops you run into. The shape and color of clouds can help you predict rain Generally speaking, if you see a cumulonimbus cloud (a tall, puffy cloud that looks flat at the top), or a nimbostratus cloud (a flat low-level gray cloud), you can be fairly certain that rain is in the 24-hour forecast. Find out more ways to predict the weather just by looking at the clouds. There’s a reason you love the smell of rain Water doesn’t smell like anything, so why does rain produce a pleasant aroma after it falls? Well, it’s because of a molecule, called geosmin, created by soil-dwelling bacteria. When rain falls, it creates air pockets, which contain small amounts of geosmin. The rain traps and then releases these air pockets, dispersing geosmin into the air, where it’s free to travel to human sniffers. The smell of rain even has a name: “Petrichor.” Learn some surprising facts you never knew about lightning, too. It’s not actually “drop”-shaped The “raindrop” designation is actually a misnomer, since scientists have concluded that rain is not actually shaped like a teardrop. When water molecules condense and bind together in the atmosphere before falling, they form a more-or-less spherical shape. As they fall, they encounter air pressure, flattening the bottom of the drops, so that they end up taking on a shape more like a hamburger bun. The United States record for 24-hour rainfall was just broken In a single day in July 1979, Tropical Storm Claudette dropped a whopping 43 inches of rain on a small Texas town called Alvin. Alvin, which is just south of Houston, held the record for the most rainfall in the United States in 24 hours—until 2018. In April of that year, a rain gauge in the Hawaiian town of Hanalei recorded 49.69 inches of rainfall in one day. Learn about some more unbelievable weather phenomena you never knew happened in America.\ Rain is money In the African nation of Botswana, the currency is the Botswanan pula. The word “pula,” though, also means “rain,” and its use as the name of the primary currency demonstrates just how rare and precious rain is in this sub-Saharan country. It’s been raining a long time Scientists have discovered fossils containing indentations of raindrops dating back as far as 2.7 billion years ago. According to Scientific American, the early liquid rain fell on layers of ash from volcanic eruptions, and then more ash fell on top, preserving the miniature craters from the raindrops. Interestingly, it was erosion created by more rain that exposed the rain fossils for modern study. Source: Wikipedia - Rain | Reader's Digest - Rain Facts
  16. What's the Word? - ANAGNORISIS pronunciation: [an-ag-NOR-ih-sis] Part of speech: noun Origin: Greek, late 18th century Meaning: 1. The point in a play, novel, etc., in which a principal character recognizes or discovers another character's true identity or the true nature of their own circumstances. Example: "My favorite part of a story is the big reveal that happens at the anagnorisis." "The hallmark of Scooby Doo is the moment of anagnorisis when we finally get to see who is under the monster's mask." About Anagnorisis This word aims to make everything crystal clear: it originated from the Greek words "ana" (back) and "gnorisis" (to make known), which when combined literally means "recognition." Did You Know? The anagnorisis is important in many different stories — and some reveals are particularly surprising. One of the most famous examples was "The Empire Strikes Back," when audiences were shocked to find out that Darth Vader was actually Luke Skywalker's father.
  17. Fact of the Day - RANDOM TRIVIA Did you know... that whether it's an interesting truth about blue whales or some mind-boggling facts about American food, it's always good to know some random trivia — and even more fun to quiz your friends and family with some crazy facts that are wildly unknown but still surprisingly true. The next time you're gathered around the table for some quality family dinner time, pull out one (or more) of these cool-but-unknown facts as an interesting conversation starter or a fun quizzing game — you'll even be sure to impress everyone with your knowledge and have tons of fun while you're at it, too! Celebrate National Trivia Day with these fun facts. BY CAROLINE PICARD | Dec 27, 2019 The hashtag symbol is technically called an octothorpe. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the "octo-" prefix refers to the eight points on the popular symbol, but the "thorpe" remains a mystery. One theory claims that it comes from the Old English word for "village," based on the idea that the symbol looks like a village surrounded by eight fields! The 100 folds in a chef's hat represent 100 ways to cook an egg. Yes, that tall, pleated white hat that chefs wear — technically called a toque — has 100 folds for a reason! According to Reluctant Gourmet, the pleats used to signify a chef's level of experience, like the number of ways he or she knew how to prepare eggs. The longest wedding veil was longer than 63 football fields. If you thought Meghan Markle's wedding veil was long, get this: there's a woman in Cyprus who set the Guinness World Record for the longest wedding veil. How long was it, you ask? Nearly 23,000 feet, which is the same length as about 63.5 football fields. Some cats are allergic to people. FYI for all you people allergic to cats: they might be allergic to you, too! It's pretty uncommon due to the fact that we bathe ourselves more often than other species and don't shed as much hair or dead skin, but yes, it does happen. Apple Pie isn't actually American at all. The next time you call something "as American as apple pie," you might want to consider the fact that neither apple pies nor apples originally came from America. Apples are in fact native to Asia, and the first recorded recipe for apple pie was actually written in England. The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. Yes, although it's a fabled creature, the national animal of Scotland is actually the mythical unicorn — chosen because of its association with dominance and chivalry as well as purity and innocence in Celtic mythology. BRB, moving to Scotland real quick. The largest known living organism is an aspen grove. Pando (Latin for "I spread out") is a group of genetically identical quaking aspens in Utah with an interconnected root system. It's an estimated 80,000 years old and takes up more than 100 acres. M&M stands for Mars and Murrie. Forrest Mars (son of the Mars Company founder) first spotted the British confection Smarties during the Spanish Civil War and noticed the candy shell prevented the chocolate from melting. He teamed up with Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey Chocolate's president) and the company later trademarked the "Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand" slogan. Neil Armstrong didn't say "That's one small step for man." The astronaut insists he actually stated, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." "That's the only way the statement makes any sense," Armstrong told biographer James Hansen. And for the record, no real astronaut ever uttered "Houston, we have a problem" — Tom Hanks only said that in the movie Apollo 13. You can hear a blue whale's heartbeat from more than 2 miles away. The world's largest animal's heart weighs about 400 pounds — approximately the size of a small piano. Click the link below to read more Random Trivia. Source: GoodHousekeeping - Random Trivia
  18. How many Switch games do I have? Over 60? Why? Sales-Satan?
  19. Ys 4: Memories of Celceta (PC) - $14.99
  20. Here is the US version of the Little Nightmares giveaway: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/little-nightmares-2
  21. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that I wasn't able to stream World of Final Fantasy a second time. Because I am. But unfortunately I have no control over when my stream breaks and when it doesn't and then I was literally at endgame and there would have been too many spoilers shown. So there was literally nothing I could do about it. Hopefully it doesn't happen again anytime soon. Otherwise I don't know what I'll do about my streams. Anyway... I finished World of Final Fantasy (Maxima) to my liking on Tuesday night. I didn't go for the Platinum even though it's listed as a 3/10 difficulty Platinum. Which, to me, is utterly wrong. The Platinum is too grindy, too ridiculous, and too dependent on RNG and luck and I wasn't going to put myself through that. So I just decided against it. I did what I could in the game and I'm satisfied with what I was able to do and accomplish. Anyway... here's what's up next... Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. a.k.a. The Studio Ghibli game. Which it literally is so far. lol. It also seems like a fusion between Yo Kai Watch (also Level 5) and Persona. Or just a Ghibli version of Persona I guess. It's very pretty graphically so far though. Even the anime cutscenes are very crisp and Ghibli-esque. Of course I knew this beforehand. Like always I'll be playing quite a bit of it on my own before attempting any streams. Possibly a large chunk of it. We'll see but I'll inform you all, as always, when I decide to attempt to do the first stream of it.
  22. I finished World of Final Fantasy (Maxima) Tuesday night finally. With both endings. Honestly... I really loved that game. It was just tons of fun and all of the Final Fantasy crossovers just made it even better for me. Plus the fact that it was pretty much a video game fusion between Pokemon and Final Fantasy was just great. The final bosses (including True Ending versions) were probably the easiest final bosses I've fought since Persona 5. It was a good 'pretty much a break game' for me after all of the frustrations and difficulty I endured in Tales of Zestiria. Anyway next up I'm tackling from my backlog, which I started last night, is Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered. Although I can't say all that much yet... it's very pretty. Graphically I mean. Even the anime cutscenes look very crisp as well as Ghibli-esque but I knew that going into it. Pretty fun so far but I've barely started.
  23. https://www.humblebundle.com/store/bomber-crew-free-game Bomber Crew is currently free on Humble Bundle via newsletter.
  24. Fact of the Day - SKATEBOARDING Lenna performs a 360 flip in front of the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Did you know.... that the first skateboards started with wooden boxes, or boards, with roller skate wheels attached to the bottom. Crate scooters preceded skateboards, having a wooden crate attached to the nose (front of the board), which formed rudimentary handlebars. The boxes turned into planks, similar to the skateboard decks of today. Skateboarding is an action sport that involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, as well as a recreational activity, an art form, an entertainment industry job, and a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2009 report found that the skateboarding market is worth an estimated $4.8 billion in annual revenue, with 11.08 million active skateboarders in the world. In 2016, it was announced that skateboarding will be represented at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Since the 1970s, skateparks have been constructed specifically for use by skateboarders, freestyle BMXers, aggressive skaters, and very recently, scooters. However, skateboarding has become controversial in areas in which the activity, although illegal, has damaged curbs, stoneworks, steps, benches, plazas, and parks. (Wikipedia) History of Skateboarding by SkateDelux.com Skateboarding is more than just cruising around. Skateboarding is a lifestyle. Skateboarding is love. Over the past 60 years Skateboarding went through a kind of evolution. The main points of the story we clarified for you in our skateboarding history: THE 1950S By the early 1950s, surfing can be traced as the source of skateboarding. Some surfers had the idea to transfer the feeling of riding waves onto the streets to defy times of days with a gentle swell. Not without any reason these dudes were called “asphalt surfers”. At two spots in the world a kind of a skateboard was developed at the first time in the early 1950s: California and Hawaii. They used shorter surfboards and wheels made out of metal without some bearings. In the late 1950s, skateboarding had a first peak. During the post-war period, the U.S. economy boomed and this also affected the toy industry. During that time, the toy industry became aware of the board with wheels. In 1959, Roller Derby released the first official skateboard with some new technical developments. Thereby, the handling characteristics have been improved. For this reason, skateboarders were able to develop new tricks and maneuvers. THE 1960S Between the years 1959 and 1965, skateboarding became more and more popular in the United States. Particularly affected were the states on the east and west coasts. Due to the industrial development, the skateboard’s status changed from toy to sports equipment. In 1962, the surf shop “Val-Surf” in Hollywood sold the first self-produced skateboards. These boards featured a typical surfboard shape and roller skate trucks and were sold as complete boards. In the same year, the company Patterson Forbes developed the first industrially produced complete boards with more developed trucks. In 1963, the publisher of the “Surf Guide Magazine” Larry Stevenson released the first advertisement for skateboards in his magazine. Also the clothing industry specialized more and more on skateboarding. One of the most famous skateboarding shoe brand named Vans was established in 1966. From this day on, Vans supported skateboarders from all over the world. Especially shoe companies like Vans, Etnies, Converse and DC Shoes developed and manufactured skateboarding related footwear and streetwear. Another landmark event in 1963 was the first skate contest in Hermosa Beach, California. Skateboarding was not just cruising anymore. Skateboarders showed their skills in different disciplines like slalom or freestyle and companies started to assemble a team to sponsor the riders. As the popularity of skateboarding began to expand, the first skateboarding magazine “The Quarterly Skateboarder” was published in 1964. A next big step was the further development of the shape of the boards. Larry Stevenson invented the “kicktail“, and with it came a lot more possibilities to ride a skateboard. THE 1970S The only consistent thing is change and so it came to a point where everything changed for skateboarding. Frank Nasworthy’ invention of polyurethane wheels in 1972 made it possible for skateboarding to come back. Nasworthy started the company Cadillac Wheels and with the new material it was possible to ride smoother, faster and more comfortable. A variety of disciplines such as freestyle, downhill and slalom experienced a real high point. New magazines like the “Skateboarder Magazine” from 1975 were published and new events were launched. In 1976, the first artificially created skate park was inaugurated and new parks emerged with new elements such as vertical ramps and kickers. In the mid-1970s, skateboarding reached Germany. The American soldiers brought the trend with them and by 1976 Munich became the first German skateboard center. In Munich Neuperlach, the first skate park was built, first skateboard magazines followed and in 1978 the first German skateboard championships were held in Munich. All the different riders with their individual styles enhanced lots of new tricks. Therefore, skateboarding hardware was developed further and further: Shapes changed, boards became wider, got more concave and they featured nose and tail. Then in 1978, Alan Gelfand invented a maneuver that gave skateboarding another revolutionary jump: The “Ollie”, which counts as the greatest trick ever invented and completely revolutionized skateboarding. That was the birth of street skateboarding! THE 1980S Rodney Mullen was one of the first riders who transferred the Ollie for different maneuvers onto the streets and spread a new style of skateboarding. Next to other fun sport activities like BMX or inline skating, street skateboarding developed more and more and became very popular. In 1981, the “Thrasher Magazine” was founded and since then, this magazine stands for street skateboarding, the core scene, punk rock and the lifestyle slogan “Skate And Destroy”. In 1983, another well-known magazine was founded, namely the “Transworld Skateboarding Magazine”. Next to these magazines, a few smaller ones were founded and more skate shops opened. Because of this, the popularity of skateboarding continued to grow. A global dissemination of new tricks and unseen skate maneuvers allowed the first skate videos on VHS. Videography has become increasingly important to the scene. Titus Dittmann was instrumental in the development of skateboarding in Germany. He imported skate-related products from the US and organized contests and various skateboarding events. The “Münster Monster Mastership” became one of the biggest international skateboarding competitions in the 1980s. For that reason, skateboarding became more and more famous in Germany. From the mid-1980s on, it was possible to earn good money as a professional skateboarder and the skateboard industry boomed in the US. In the late 1980s, companies like Powell Peralta, Santa Cruz and Vision dominated the international market of the scene. The fashion was mainly determined by shoes. Shoes by Vans, Converse or Vision became flagships for the skateboarding scene. Skateboarding was now absolutely established the US and in Germany and vert skateboarding was replaced by street skateboarding. The number of skateboarders increased significantly and professional skateboarders became more and more famous just like baseball or football stars. FROM THE 1990S In the early 1990s, skateboarding went through a further depth phase due to the increase in various trend sports. So skateboarding went back to its roots. But because of the digitalization, skateboarding maintained its presence in public. From the mid-1990s, the modern skateboarding experienced a next high phase, which continues until today. Mega events like the “X-Games” were launched and televised. Due to numerous magazines, all the events, videos and last but not least the internet, skateboarding became common worldwide. Because of brands like Chocolate, Girl Skateboards or Flip Skateboards, the skateboarding hardware was developed more and more and skateboarders could buy high-quality skateboards in every bigger city. More indicators are the big and worldwide known events of “Street League”. “Street League Skateboarding” is a contest series for international pro skaters. Here, you only see the best street skateboarder you can think of like Nyjah Huston, Eric Koston, Paul Rodriguez, Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Sheckler or Torey Pudwill. Due to the cash prizes of 200.000 US Dollars or more for the winner and 10.000 visitors at the “Street League” stops, skateboarding has become a professional sport. 2012 Champion, Nyjah Huston In Germany, street skating is the most popular discipline at contests just like in the USA. The European and German skate scene is independent, has its own industry, pros and a national contest series. This is an evidence of how big the role of skateboarding is in our society. Skateboarding has become a job for a lot of people. Because of the increasing networking inside the skate scene, skateboarding will grow and bring more innovations in the future. But for the most of us, skateboarding is and will be a hobby and an attitude to life. The only thing we have left to say is: Thank you skateboarding! Source: Wikipedia - Skateboarding | History of Skateboarding
  25. Friday's Word What's the Word? - MAECENATISM pronunciation: [may-SI-nə-tɪz-əm] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, early 17th century Meaning: 1. Patronage. Example: "The museum honored the donors at a reception for their maecenatism." "Thanks to the maecenatism of regular shoppers, the local businesses were thriving." About Maecenatism This word originates from the classical Latin word "maecēnāt," which means a patron of the arts. Did You Know? The word maecenatism comes from the ancient Roman diplomat Gaius Maecenas. Besides being well-known for being a counselor to Emperor Augustus, Maecenas was famous for patronizing the arts — specifically literature and poetry.
  26. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/star-wars-battlefront-2/home Star Wars Battlefront II: Celebration Edition is currently free on Epic Games Store.
  27. What's the Word? - DEMIURGIC pronunciation: [dem-ee-ER-jik] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Greek, early 17th century Meaning: 1. A powerful creative force or being. Example: "When she's in her studio, she's a demiurgic force." "I meditate before I work to try to access a demiurgic state." About Demiurgic Demiurgic is thought to have originated from the Greek word "dēmiourgós," or "skilled worker." Did you Know? While demiurgic describes a powerful creative force or state of being, a demiurge is a creative entity — such as an artisan or craftsman. One notable demiurge is the Greek god Hephaestus, who was a talented blacksmith known as the god of the forge.
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