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    The 26th and final episode of Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) ended with an announcement on Saturday that a sequel anime film is in production. The film will cover the Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Train) arc. Synopsis Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado's shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night. When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister's humanity. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Kimetsu no Yaiba adapts Koyoharu Gotouge's supernatural action manga of the same title, which began airing on April 6. Aniplex of America licensed the anime series and streamed it on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. Adult Swim's Toonami programming block will run the show with English dub beginning October 12. Prior to serialization, Gotouge received an honorable mention at the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards in 2013 for their Kagarigari one-shot, which became the prototype for Kimetsu no Yaiba. The latter began serializing in Weekly Shounen Jump in February 2016. Shueisha published the 16th volume on July 4, with the 17th volume planned for an October 4 release. Kimetsu no Yaiba has a cumulative 10 million copies of its compiled volumes in circulation. VIZ Media licensed the manga in English in July 2017 and publishes it simultaneously with the Japanese release in their Shounen Jump service. The eighth volume went on sale on September 3, and the ninth volume will be published on November 5. Shueisha's Manga Plus platform also began simulpublishing the manga in English this January. Kimetsu no Yaiba ranked among the top 20 manga in the male readers category in the 2018 Kono Manga ga Sugoi rankings.
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    Fall Anime 2019 AniChart | MAL Chart | AniDB Chart My Personal Autumn Watch List is currently as follows: Left-Overs: Dr. Stone Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Fire Force Vinland Saga Definite Pick-ups: Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia My Hero Academia Season 4 Psycho-Pass Season 3 Sword Art Online Season 3, Part 2 The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3 Possible Pick-ups (Pending Impressions on further PVs and/or first couple episodes): Assassins Pride Babylon Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious CHOYOYU!: High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! No Guns Life Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit Movies Blackfox Human Lost: Ningen Shikkaku My Hero Academia the Movie 2: Heroes:Rising Our Seven-Day War Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito yo OVAs A Certain Scientific Accelerator Blu-ray Special Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Blu-ray Specials Levius Obsolete One Piece: Romance Dawn One Punch Man 2nd Season Specials Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades - Clementine Toubou-hen
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    The official website of the Psycho-Pass anime series revealed new characters, theme song performers, a new key visual (pictured), and a second promotional video for the third season on Friday. The new anime season will premiere on Fuji TV's noitaminA programming block on October 25 at 12:55 a.m., and air in eight episodes, each running for an hour. A special program for the anime series will air on October 18. Amazon's Prime video service will stream the anime exclusively and debut the first episode ahead of the television premiere on October 24 after 12:00 a.m. The subsequent episodes will steam an hour after the television broadcast. New cast members are Tenma Todoroki: Akio Ootsuka (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage), Kazumichi Irie: Junichi Suwabe (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka), Mao Kisaragi: Kaori Nazuka (Grisaia: Phantom Trigger The Animation). Yuki Kaji (Black Bullet) and Yuuichi Nakamura (Guilty Crown) will star as the protagonists Arata Shindou and Kei Mikhail Ignatov. respectively. Returning cast members include Tomokazu Seki as Kougami Shinya, Kana Hanazawa as Akane Tsunemori, Kenji Nojima as Nobuchika Ginoza, Miyuki Sawashiro as Shion Karanomori, Shizuka Itou as Yayoi Kunizuka, and Ayane Sakura as Mika Shimotsuki, among others. Who-ya Extended will perform the opening theme "Q-vism," while J-pop rock band Cö shu Nie will perform the ending theme "bullet." Naoyoshi Shiotani is reprising his director role for the third season at Production I.G, with Tow Ubukata once again handling the series composition. Naoyuki Onda is reprising as the character designer and chief animation director. Yugo Kanno is also returning as the music composer. The original 22-episode Psycho-Pass anime series premiered in Fall 2012, which was followed by an 11-episode second season by Tatsunoko Production in Fall 2014. The Psycho-Pass anime film opened in Japan in January 2015. The franchise also released a Sinners of the System film trilogy, the first of which opened on January 25. The second and third films premiered on February 15 and March 8, respectively.
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    The 12th and final episode of the second Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) season ended with a third season and a new original video anime announcement on Saturday. The new anime season is scheduled for a Summer 2020 premiere, and the original video episode will debut on January 29, 2020. Voice actress Rina Hidaka (Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari) will join the cast as the character Wiene. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, also known by its short name DanMachi, adapts Fujino Omori's adventure fantasy light novel of the same title, which he originally submitted for the 4th GA Bunko Award in 2012 and received a publication offer. SB Creative began printing the novel with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda in January 2013 and shipped the 15th volume on June 15. DanMachi has a cumulative 12 million copies of its volumes in circulation. Kunieda launched a manga adaptation in Young Gangan in August 2013. Taisei Yagami took over as the manga artist beginning with the magazine's 18th issue on September 6. Square Enix published the tenth volume in June 2018. The first anime season aired with 13 episodes in Spring 2015. The second season premiered on July 13. Crunchyroll simulcast the second season, while HIDIVE streamed an English dub. The light novel also inspired the Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka: Orion no Ya anime film, which opened in theaters in Japan on February 15. J.C.Staff also produced a 12-episode television anime of Omori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura's Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria side-story novel in Spring 2017, adapting the first four volumes. SB Creative published the 12th volume on July 13. Square Enix shipped the 14th compiled volume of Takashi Yagi's manga adaptation on July 12. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime series in North America and released the first season and the Sword Oratoria side-story anime on Blu-ray and DVD in March 2017 and May 2018, respectively. The company also screened the Orion no Ya anime film in the United States theaters on July 23, and will ship it on Blu-ray and DVD on October 22. Yen Press licensed the original light novel and the Sword Oratoria side-story novel, as well as their respective manga adaptations in English in 2014 and 2015. The 13th light novel volume and the ninth Sword Oratoria novel volume went on sale on March 19 and June 18. The tenth manga volume and the eighth Sword Oratoria manga volume was released on January 22 and August 6, respectively.
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    The official website of the third Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime season revealed the lead staff members and a new key visual (pictured) on Friday. The new season, titled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T, will begin airing on AT-X, Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11 in January 2020. AbemaTV will also stream the anime. Shougo Yasukawa (Shokugeki no Souma, Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin) is handling the series composition for the third season. Kentarou Izumi (Amanchu! Advance background art) will serve as the art director, replacing Tomonori Kuroda. Returning staff members include director Tatsuyuki Nagai, character designer Yuuichi Tanaka, color designer Tomomi Andou, editor Shigeru Nishiyama, sound director Jin Aketagawa, photography director Shingo Fukuyo, and music composer Maiko Iuchi. Indie pop duo fripSide will perform the opening theme, while J-rock band Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets will perform the ending theme. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun adapts Kazuma Kamachi and Motoi Fuyukawa's spin-off manga of the same title, which has been serialized in Dengeki Daioh since February 2007. Kadokawa will publish the 15th compiled volume on October 10. The first two 24-episode anime seasons produced by J.C.Staff premiered in Fall 2009 and Spring 2013, adapting the first six volumes and the earlier chapters of the seventh volume. Geneon Universal Entertainment (now NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan) released a standalone original video episode in October 2010. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga in English in July 2010 and published the 14th volume on August 20. Funimation licensed the anime series in North America and released the first season on DVD in April 2013 and on Blu-ray in January 2015. The second season was shipped on DVD between July and August 2014 and on Blu-ray in January 2016.
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    Fresh from Sunday’s Emmy win for Best Directing in a Drama Series for Netflix’s Ozark, Jason Bateman is in early talks direct Ryan Reynolds in Clue, the live-action feature adaptation of the Hasbro board game for Fox/Disney. Bateman also plans to star in the film, though it’s early going. Bateman, who won the Emmy for the Ozark episode “Reparations,” will develop the Clue script with Reynolds, who’s producing through his Maximum Effort banner, along with Allspark Pictures, the film division of Hasbro. Reynolds made a three-year producing deal early last year off the success of the two Deadpool movies, and the studio at that time set Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first Deadpool film, to script Clue. Bateman just began production today on the new season of Ozark. He will direct two episodes of the show in Season 3, as well as reprise his role as the drug cartel financial advisor Marty Byrde. Byrde, you might recall, took his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks to launder $500 million, and thanks to his wife Wendy (Laura Linney), ended last season at the helm of a riverboat casino instead of fleeing the murderous cartel. Bateman separately is directing the first two episodes of The Outsider for HBO. He’s repped by CAA and Lighthouse Media & Management along with Hansen Jacobson.
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    https://ca.ign.com/keys Drone Strike Force is currently free on IGN.
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    Fact of the Day - FERRETS Did you know... that the word “ferret” is from the Latin fur, meaning “little thief.”? Indeed, one of the ferret’s favorite activities is stealing and hiding things. Ferrets belong to the weasel (Mustelidae) family. Besides weasels and ferrets, this group of animals also includes minks, otters, and badgers as well as polecats and sables. An endangered species of ferrets previously thought to extinct, the black-footed ferret, was recently rediscovered in America. Like cats, pet ferrets use litter boxes to go to the bathroom, though they are not quite as easily trained as cats. It is illegal to own a ferret in California, Hawaii, New York City, and Washington D.C. as well as in some communities in other states. The ferret was domesticated several thousand years ago to help hunters flush rabbits from their holes (“ferreting out”) and also to catch small animals such as rats and mice. They that are neutered very young may not grow as big as those neutered after they reach 6 months old. Ferrets are considered to be geriatric by the time they reach 4 years old. Baby ferrets are called kits, adult males are called hobs, and adult females are called jills. A castrated male is called a gib and a spayed female is called a sprite. Hobs and gibs are up to 50% larger than jills and sprites. There are about 5 to 7 million pet ferrets in the U.S. Though the ferret has been domesticated for over 2,000 years, it has only been a popular pet in the U.S. for the last 30 years. A group of ferrets is called a “business.” Like all members of the weasel family, ferrets are closely related to skunks and, like skunks, they can emit an odorous smell when excited or afraid. Consequently, many ferret owners decide to have their ferrets de-scented. “Ferret legging” is a contest in which participants drop 2 live ferrets into their pants (without underwear) that are tied off at the waist and the ankles. The animals then claw and bite to try to get free. The winner of the contest is the participant who can keep the ferret in his pants the longest. While most people can only last a few minutes, in 2010 two men kept the ferrets in their pants for over 5 hours. Ferrets are prone to several medical conditions, including adrenal diseases and intestinal blockage (from gobbling inedible objects). They also carry the same afflictions as a cat or dog, such as canine distemper, rabies, and heartworm. There are several populations of feral ferrets throughout the world. The most notable and destructive population lives in New Zealand. They were initially imported from England from 1879 to 1883 to help control the rabbit population. When that population was under control, the hybrids began eating New Zealand’s native birds which, until that time, had no natural predators. When ferrets are excited, they perform what is called a “weasel war dance,” which is a series of leaps, sideways hops, and bumping into nearby objects. Such a display is not a sign of aggression but rather an invitation to play. Ferrets imprint on their food at about 6 months old, which makes introducing new food to older ferrets difficult. The ferret is the most popular companion mammal in the U.S. behind the dog and cat.
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    Hmm DanMachi season 3 was announced. Psycho-Pass 3 was confirmed to be 8 1-hour long episodes. Fire Force episode 12 won't air till 10/11 due to special programming.
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    Fact of the Day - SOLAR FLARES Did you know... that the definition of a solar flare is a very sudden, intense, and fast change in brightness? These explosions or ejections happen at different intensities and frequencies, from several per day to one every week. There are times when the sun gives of very few or low-intensity flares, during its minimum stage of the cycle. The solar flares will gain in intensity until the height of the cycle. When magnetic energy builds up in the solar atmosphere and needs to be released, a solar flare occurs. In a typical flare, there are three stages: The release of magnetic energy is activated in the first stage—the precursor stage. In this stage, soft x-ray emission will be detected. In the impulsive stage, electrons and protons are accelerated to energies well over 1 MeV (1 million electron volts). Hard x-rays, radio waves, and gamma rays are emitted during this stage. The decay stage is the third and final stage. During this stage, the slow build up and decay of soft x-rays are detected. The stages of solar flares vary in length and there is no reliable way to predict their intensity or duration. Any of these stages can take as little as a few seconds to as much as an hour in length. Even though solar flares will typically happen on areas of the sun where the magnetic fields are higher, it’s still not entirely clear what causes the flares to happen. Scientists are still unsure as to how the magnetic energy is transformed, or what causes the acceleration of the particles. Solar flares cannot be seen by the naked eye and this shouldn’t be attempted. Specialized instruments are used to detect the flares. Optical telescopes can be used to see flares. There are also radio telescopes which capture the wavelengths of solar flares. Space telescopes are also used to capture images of flares and transmit the data to earth. While most solar flares go undetected by most people, the stronger flares have been known to knock out communications and electrical systems. Solar flares are what cause the aurora borealis and the aurora australis. These beautiful light shows are the result of energetic particles in the magnetosphere. Because there is no way to predict solar flares, the greatest danger is to astronauts in space. The radiation from the flares can affect any astronauts outside of their ships much faster and stronger than anyone on earth. The solar flare with the largest concentration of protons (directly measured to date) happened on January 20, 2005. At the time, astronauts had only 15 minutes to get to shelter. Other problems caused by solar flares include the orbital decay of low-orbiting satellites, interference with short-wave radio communication, and damage to spacecraft electronics. In general, the solar winds caused by solar flares can affect the earth’s magnetosphere and create radiation hazards for astronauts, cosmonauts, and spacecraft. The first solar flare to be observed was also the most powerful flare ever detected. On September 1, 1859, a British astronomer, Richard Carrington and an observer, Richard Hodgson reported the mega flare. In this event, the flare was visible to the naked eye and caused borealis to be seen as far as Hawaii and Cuba. The flare set telegraph wires on fire and left a trace of nitrates and beryllium-10, which can still be measured today in Greenland. As recently as 2003, the largest modern-time flare was detected and measured. Because it saturated the devices used to detect the intensity of solar flares, it’s possible that the classification of the flare is much higher than recorded. This solar flare enabled astronomers to set the bar higher, knowing that the flares can get that much stronger.
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    Fact of the Day - COTTON CANDY Did you know... that it was a dentist who introduced cotton candy to the world? His name is Dr. William Morrison who partnered with a candy maker to invent the worlds first cotton candy machine. However, his idea of spun sugar was probably a ploy to bring in more kids with cavities. They called their new found treat Fairy Floss and sold 68,000 boxes in 1904 at St. Louis World's Fair. Then, dentist number 2 came around and decided that Fairy Floss need a little fine tuning. (probably making it harder to brush the candy out of teeth) In 1921, Dr. Josef Lascaux improved the machines design and trademarked the name Cotton Candy. When cotton candy is spun, the sugar can create up to a 4 mile long string of sugar! That means cotton candy can literally last you for miles. These miles of sugar are not only long, but are thinner then human hair. Cotton Candy is known by a different name all around the world! What Americans call cotton candy is called “candyfloss” in the UK and India, “fairy floss” in Australia and Finland, “papa’s beard” (barbe à papa) in France, and “old ladies’ hair” in Greece. The sugar in Cotton Candy can help restore will power! For difficult tasks, some sugar makes people persevere longer and keeps them focused. Eat some cotton candy while taking on a big project — from yard work to homework — might go a long way. Cotton candy helps create new blood vessels! According to researchers at Cornell University, cotton candy can be melted down to create artificial blood vessels. The cotton candy fibers are coated with a thicker, stronger substance made from silicone (a polymer), which is biocompatible but not biodegradable (meaning that it can stay within the body safely and does not break down). Now we could get deeper into the science of it all or you can take our word for it! Either way its pretty cool!
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    https://www.gog.com/game/freespace_2 Freespace 2 is currently free on GOG. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/everything/home Everything is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/metro-2033-redux/home Metro 2033 Redux is currently free on Epic Game Store.
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    Fact of the Day - SLOGANS Did you know... that a slogan is a phrase, usually only a few words in length, that is highly memorable? Good slogans are punchy, effective, and powerful snippets that advertisers use to promote a product, brand, company, or certain aspect of a given product. Slogans often appear with the logo of a brand, and usually their goal is to emulate the mission statement of an organization or the intention behind a product. Slogans can be highly effective for advertisers; if they can create one that sticks, they can craft a lasting image of the organization that will exist maybe even years after a product has left shelves. Slogans are sometimes also known as catch lines or taglines. Even with all these tips and insights, it might seem like a difficult task to jump into the creative process of coming up with an advertising slogan that will succeed. Here are a few slogans that have successfully stuck with brands and products for years. Skittles — “Taste the Rainbow” Red Bull — “Red Bull Gives You Wings” Maybelline – “Maybe She’s Born With it, Maybe it’s Maybelline” Disney – “The Happiest Place on Earth” McDonalds – “I’m Lovin’ It” Kentucky Fried Chicken — “Finger-Lickin' Good” Kellogg’s Rice Krispies — “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” The U.S. Marine Corps — "Semper Fi" Bounty — "The Quicker Picker Upper" What makes a great slogan? Keep it Short and Sweet For a slogan to make a statement, it needs to be short. You’re not describing the entire product or organization here; you’re just giving people a taste of what it’s all about. Generally, keeping a slogan under eight words will ensure you’re using all 8 words as effectively as possible. Don’t Give it an Expiration Date When it comes to crafting a catchy brand slogan or ad slogan, you want it to transcend time. Don’t include references to current events or social/political climates. The world is always changing, evolving, and growing. If your slogan is to current, it won’t be relateable into the future and people will forget about it. Make Sure its Powerful without any Added Effects Slogans run alongside logos, but make sure they don't need any context or boost from other images and phrases. In other words, the most successful famous advertising slogans can stand alone. Your product or brand will be known for these words, so make them count. Don’t Get too Fancy with Your Word Choice When it comes to word choice, keep it simple. You don't need to assume that consumers are not intelligent, but trying to throw in big, fancy words to make your brand or product seem super smart and sophisticated can turn away a whole audience or come off as pretentious. In addition, big words are sometimes not as catchy; when every word you’re using has 3 syllables or more, the slogan can become to long-winded and clunky. Be Honest While marketers and advertisers want to puff up their products, they shouldn't lie. A slogan shouldn’t dishonestly portray a product or brand. If your slogan says your product does something that it doesn’t, your audience will find out and you will lose all credibility. Creating famous advertising slogans and taglines is a difficult business, but one that can do your brand or company many favors for years to come. A catchy slogan doesn’t go away, which is exactly what you want for brand awareness and sales from a marketing campaign.
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    Arrow proper may be ending in early 2020, but some of its characters are poised to carry on — via an offshoot. The CW and Warner Bros. TV are developing a potential spinoff of the Arrowverse’s flagship series, to be introduced as a backdoor pilot during Arrow Season 8. Arrow vets Katie Cassidy Rodgers and Juliana Harkavy, along with Season 7 addition Katherine McNamara, are set to star in the new project as Canaries Laurel Lance and Dinah Drake, and Mia Smoak. For this spinoff, Mia, apparently, will formally pick up the mantle of Green Arrow (which of course originated with her father, Oliver Queen). No confirmation as to whether the spinoff would be set circa 2040, as much as McNamara’s casting strongly indicates it will be. Arrowverse auteurs Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama will serve as executive producers on the project, with Schwartz, Guggenheim, Blankenship and Balderrama co-writing the backdoor pilot. The Arrowverse launches its new season on Sunday, Oct. 6, with the arrival of Batwoman and the season premiere of Supergirl. The Flash returns Tuesday, Oct. 8, with Arrow following a week later (now airing Tuesdays at 9 pm). Legends of Tomorrow returns at midseason.
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    Fact of the Day - SERVICE ANIMALS Did you know... that there are three different kinds of support animals? Service dogs are task trained to assist handlers with disabilities so the handlers can lead more independent lives. Only service dogs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and must be allowed in public places such as restaurants, grocery stores and on public transportation. Emotional Support Dogs or Companion Dogs provide emotional comfort to their owners with disabilities but do not require any extra training. Emotional support animals are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA). Landlords can request that tenants obtain documentation from their doctor that they have a disability and their well-being benefits from having an emotional support animal. It can be as simple as a note written on a prescription pad that you benefit from the presence of the animal. Therapy dogs provide comfort to many people in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and more. Therapy dogs are not protected under either the ADA or the FHAA and their access is at the discretion of business owners or managers. There is an ever- growing number of tasks that a dog can do. There are seeing-eye dogs for the blind and visually impaired; seizure alert dogs; hearing alert dogs; psychiatric service dogs that do tasks such as remind their handler to take their medication or assist their owner during a panic attack and guide them from a crowded room; diabetes alert dogs who alert to drops and spikes in blood sugar; dogs that pull wheelchairs, open doors, alert to allergens in food, and so much more! Any size or breed of dog can be a service dog. Some dogs are more appropriate for tasks than others. For example, it is not practical for a Chihuahua to pull a wheelchair but they might be able to serve as an alert dog for allergens in food or a hearing alert dog that lets their hearing-impaired owner know when the doorbell or phone rings. Although we typically see Labs, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, many other breeds make wonderful service dogs. As we learn about the incredible things service dogs can do and they become more visible, we also learn about the challenges that face our community in the form of fake service dogs. If you do not have a disability and if your dog is not task trained, it is NOT a service dog. Fake service dogs pose a great threat to the disabled community and to the public. They can distract or attack a real service dog team causing injury or death to the handler or their service dog. They damage public trust in legitimate service dog teams, and they can physically injure other members of the public. Service dog fraud is a federal crime and is punishable by fine. You may be held liable if your dog causes an injury to someone else if you presented your dog as a service animal when it is not. Having a service dog is not a convenience so that people can take their dog with them everywhere they go. A service dog is a tool that a disabled person uses to be independent where they otherwise could not be! When you are trying to work would it be distracting if people were trying to touch you, whistle or blow kisses at you? What if someone’s life depended on your ability to work and someone else did this? That is a reality that many service dog teams face. If you see a service dog, ignore it! No matter how cute the dog is, let the dog do their job. Under the ADA there is no certification required for a service dog. The differences between a service dog and a non-service dog are very apparent. Service dogs may be trained professionally or by their owners to learn how to assist disabled handlers. They must do at least one specifically trained task to assist their owner or disabled handler and be well behaved in public in order to mitigate the impact of that person’s disability. They are essentially medical equipment, such as when a person needs an oxygen tank, a cane, a hearing aid, blood sugar monitor, etc.
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    Fact of the Day - URBAN LEGENDS Did you know... that Urban legends are popular stories alleged to be true and passed from individual to individual via oral or written (e.g. forwarded email) communication? Typically, said stories concern outlandish, humiliating, humorous, terrifying, or supernatural events — events which, in the telling, always seem to happen to someone other than the teller. In lieu of evidence, the conveyor of an urban legend relies on narrative flourishes and/or reference to putatively trustworthy sources (e.g., "I heard this from a friend of a friend," or "This really happened to my sister's co-worker's hairdresser") to buttress its credibility. Sometimes, but not always, there's an implied moral message, like in "The Hook Man", e.g., "Be careful, or the same horrible (or embarrassing, or enraging, or inexplicable, etc.) thing might happen to you!" Urban legends are a type of folklore — defined as the beliefs, stories and traditions of ordinary people ("the folk") — so one way of differentiating between urban legends and other kinds of narrative (popular fiction, for example) is by examining where they come from and how they're disseminated. Legends arise spontaneously and are rarely traceable to a single point of origin. And again, they're spread primarily through interpersonal communication and only in atypical cases via mass media or other institutional means. Because they end up being repeated by many different people in many different places, the stories tend to change over time. Hence, no two versions of an urban legend are ever exactly alike; there can be as many variants as there are tellers of the tale. "The Exploding Cactus" is one good example of this. Are Urban Legends Set in Cities? Well, we needn't take the phrase so literally. While it's true that the phenomena we commonly refer to as urban legends are more accurately characterized as contemporary legends (because the stories don't, in fact, always take place in big cities like the NYC sewer alligator story), the more familiar term picturesquely differentiates between these latter-day folktales and their traditional, mainly rural predecessors. It makes a better catchphrase, too. You're welcome to call them contemporary legends if you like. Many folklorists do. Are Any Urban Legends True? Yes, every now and then they do turn out to be true. "The Body in the Bed" is one example. Often, legends that are demonstrably false in their particulars turn out to be based on a kernel of fact, however slight. An urban legends truth doesn't make it ineligible for being an urban legend. Remember, urban legends aren't defined as false stories; they're defined as stories alleged to be true in the absence of actual knowledge or evidence, such as "The Microwaved Pet". True or not, as long as a story continues to be passed off as factual by folks who don't really know the facts, it's an urban legend. Why Are People so Willing to Believe in Urban Legends? Surely there are a lot of factors, but, to suggest one possibility, we wonder if we, as human beings, aren't simply storytellers (and story believers) by nature. Maybe our brains are "hard-wired" in some way to be susceptible to well-told stories. It does seem to be the case that we have a built-in tendency to interpret life in narrative terms, in spite of how rarely events in the real world unfold in a story-like fashion. Maybe it's a psychological survival tactic. Consider the sometimes horrifying, sometimes absurd, often incomprehensible realities we must reckon with during our short sojourns as mortal human beings on earth. Perhaps one of the ways we cope is by turning the things that scare us, embarrass us, fill us with longing and make us laugh into tall tales. We're charmed by them for the same reasons we're charmed by Hollywood movies: good guys win, bad guys get their comeuppance, everything is larger than life and never a loose end is left dangling.
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    To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the One Piece TV anime broadcast, the franchise's official website announced on Saturday that the Romance Dawn one-shot manga, which is considered to be the origin of the One Piece franchise, will get an anime adaptation to broadcast on the anime's birthday, October 20. Romance Dawn was released by Eiichiro Oda in two versions in 1996: one was in WJ Summer Special magazine which was later included in One Piece Red. Another was in Weekly Shounen Jump magazine, which was later included as one of the short stories in the Wanted! collection. It describes a different Monkey D. Luffy from the One Piece franchise. The WJ Summer Special version previously received an OVA adaptation in 2008. The news described that it will be the first anime adaptation for the one-shot, which refers to the Weekly Shounen Jump magazine version. Source: One Piece.com
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    Fact of the Day - THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON Did you know... that the Great Fire of London was an inferno of such all-consuming proportions that it left 85 per cent of the capital’s population homeless? Striking on 2 September 1666, it raged for nearly five days, during which time its destructive path exposed London’s makeshift medieval vulnerability. The fire tore through the city’s densely packed wooden buildings with such ease that the task of rebuilding the city demanded a modernizing vision. The Great Fire was a transformative moment for London – devastatingly destructive but also, in many ways, a catalyst for changes that have come to define the city we know today. Thomas Farriner’s bakehouse, located in Fish Yard off Pudding Lane in the City of London, was the source of the blaze. It is thought that the fire ignited when a spark from the oven fell onto a pile of fuel at around 1am. Far from leveling the city, the Great Fire of London scorched the skin and flesh from the city’s buildings – but their skeletons remained. The ruins of many of London’s buildings had to be demolished before rebuilding work could begin. A sketch from 1673 by Thomas Wyck shows the extent of the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral that remained. John Evelyn described the remaining stones as standing upright, fragile and “calcined”. What’s more, the burning lasted months, not days: Pepys recorded that cellars were still burning in March of the following year. With plenty of nooks and crannies to commandeer, gangs operated among the ruins, pretending to offer travelers a ‘link’ (escorted passage) – only to rob them blind and leave them for dead. Many of those who lost their homes and livelihood to the fire built temporary shacks on the ruins of their former homes and shops until this was prohibited. The Great Fire of London was predicted? A few weeks before the fire, one Mr Light claimed to have been asked by a “zealous Papist”: “You expect great things in ’66, and think that Rome will be destroyed, but what if it be London?” Meanwhile, five months before the fire Elizabeth Styles claimed to have been told by a Frenchman that at some point between June and October there would not be “a house left between Temple Bar and London Bridge”. In 1651, an astrologer named William Lilly created a pamphlet entitled Monarchy or No Monarchy that contained illustrative predictions of the future state of England. The images depicted not only a city blazing with fire, but scenes of naval warfare, infestations of rodents, mass death and starvation. Unsurprisingly, Lilly was called in for questioning following the fire of 1666. The Great Fire wasn’t the only blaze in London in 1666. London was thrown into a panic during the evening of 9 November when a fire broke out in the Horse Guard House, next to Whitehall Palace. It was believed that the blaze had been caused by a candle falling into some straw. According to Samuel Pepys, the whole city was put on alarm by the “horrid great fire” and a lady even fell into fits of fear. With drums beating and guards running up and down the streets, by 10pm the fire was extinguished, with little damage caused.
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    Fact of the Day - SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE Did you know... that Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system? Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform atmospheric test flights after being launched from a modified Boeing 747. Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter, was originally to be named Constitution, in honor of the Constitution of the United States. However, "Star Trek" fans started a write-in campaign urging the White House to instead select the name of the starship that James T. Kirk captained in the original TV series. Although President Gerald Ford did not mention the campaign, he directed NASA officials to change the name, saying he was "partial to the name" Enterprise. In recognition of their namesake, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and most of the principal cast of the original series were on hand when the shuttle Enterprise was rolled out of Rockwell's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1, Palmdale, Calif., assembly facility on Sept. 17, 1976. Enterprise was built for NASA to perform test flights in the atmosphere; lacking engines or a functional heat shield, it was not capable of actual spaceflight. NASA planned to eventually outfit Enterprise for spaceflight and to make it the second space shuttle to fly, after Columbia, but final design plans for the fuselage and wings of the orbiters changed during the construction of Columbia, and refitting Enterprise in accordance with the new plans would have required significant effort: Entire sections would have to be dismantled and shipped across the country to subcontractors. Instead it was deemed less expensive to build the space shuttle Challenger from existing materials. Once NASA completed its critical tests of Enterprise, the shuttle was retired from flight and partially stripped of certain components for use on other orbiters. It then went on an international tour, and in 1985 it was transported to Washington, D.C., where it was brought into the Smithsonian Institution's hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport for restoration. It was then installed at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at the airport, where it was the museum's centerpiece until it was replaced by the space shuttle Discovery on April 19, 2012. Enterprise is now bound for its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.
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    Fact of the Day - WATERFALLS Did you know... that a waterfall is a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river? They often form in the upper stages of a river where it flows over different bands of rock. It erodes soft rock more quickly than hard rock and this may lead to the creation of a waterfall. Sometimes, the land formation causes a waterfall. If there is a cliff or ledge naturally, rushing river waters will simply fall over the edge. Waterfalls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf. Waterfalls can have a wide range of widths and depths, and this diversity is part of what makes them such a charismatic and interesting natural phenomenon. Waterfalls are classified into 10 different types depending on the way they descend: • Plunge: Water descends vertically, losing contact with the bedrock surface. • Horsetail: Descending water maintains some contact with bedrock. • Cataract: A large, powerful waterfall. • Multi-step: A series of waterfalls one after another of roughly the same size each with its own sunken plunge pool. • Block: Water descends from a relatively wide stream or river. • Cascade: Water descends a series of rock steps. • Segmented: Distinctly separate flows of water form as it descends. • Tiered: Water drops in a series of distinct steps or falls. • Punchbowl: Water descends in a constricted form and then spreads out in a wider pool. • Fan: Water spreads horizontally as it descends while remaining in contact with bedrock Some waterfalls freeze. It happens like this: the water in the river/stream that supplies water to the waterfall supercools (when water experiences a temperature less than its freezing point without becoming a solid) when the temperature dips below the freezing point (around -6 degrees Celsius). This results in a gradual slowing down of the flow as water molecules begin to stick to each other and form tiny, solid particles of ‘frazil ice’. Frazil ice, which has an oily appearance when seen on the surface of water, is a cluster of loose, randomly-oriented ice crystals shaped like tiny needles. It usually forms in rivers, lakes, oceans, and other water bodies containing turbulent, open and supercooled water. Because waterfalls are so dramatic and dangerous, thrill-seekers like to perform stunts or events on or around them. People cross waterfalls on tightropes, in canoes, and even in barrels, which provide more protection. Many of these stunts, such as jet-skiing over Niagara Falls, do not go off as planned, and many daredevils have plunged to their deaths. Only two people are known to have survived a plunge from Niagara Falls without any protection. Those two men sustained serious injuries.
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    Fact of the Day - FINGERPRINTS Did you know... that almost everyone has fingerprints? While your fingerprints are similar to those of other people's, no two people have the same fingerprints. Scientists have studied fingerprints, handprints, and other body prints, including the patterns on people's tongues. Biometrics is the science of studying human body characteristics. Fingerprints develop before babies are born. Your fingerprints are made of several layers of twisted skin that formed prior to your birth. These ridges of skin make patterns. Scientists studying fingerprints identified three main patterns of ridges: loops, whorls, and arches. Everyone's fingerprints are a combination of these patterns. While very, very rare, some people are born without fingerprints. Because of the raised skin patterns on our fingertips and palms, we are able to hold on to things. The ridges of the skin help you get a grip on objects that you are trying to grasp. Without them, things would slide right out of your hands! In the millions of fingerprints that have been collected and examined, no two identical sets of fingerprints have been found! Believe it or not, even identical twins have different fingerprints. This is why fingerprints are used to identify criminals. As people get older, their appearance may change - hair may turn gray or white or fall out, and the shape of the face might change. People grow mustaches or change hairstyles to alter their appearance. But one thing that does not change is their fingerprint pattern. Your fingerprints stay the same for your whole life. Many people think that the use of fingerprints for identification is a fairly new approach, but that isn't true. Archaeologists, or scientists who study history by digging up artifacts and bones have found that people in ancient Babylon used fingerprints. Babylonians who lived thousands of years ago put their fingerprints on clay tablets.
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    Fact of the Day? - VENUS FLYTRAPS Did you know... that unlike most plants, Venus flytraps are carnivorous, which means they eat meat? Charles Darwin wrote in his 1875 publication, "Insectivorous Plants," that the Venus flytrap is "one of the most wonderful [plants] in the world." There's no doubt that this opinion was formed after watching the jaws of this plant snap around an insect, capturing it for a meal. Venus flytraps grow to around 5 inches (13 centimeters) in diameter. Each plant usually has about six stems with hinged leaves. The edges of the leaves are lined with "teeth," and the leaves fit together like a clamshell. When the leaves snap shut, they form a trap. An individual trap grows to around 1 inch (3 cm), according to The International Carnivorous Plant Society. Venus flytraps are native to North Carolina and South Carolina, but they have been introduced to other states, including Florida and New Jersey. They like the moist, acidic soil found in the understories of forests, according to the National Wildlife Federation. They also need high humidity and a lot of sunlight to flourish. The most interesting thing about this plant is how it eats. Flytraps lure insects by the reddish lining in the leaves and by secreting a fragrant nectar. When bugs land in the jaws of the flytrap, it doesn't clamp down right away. Sensory hairs, called trichomes, on the inside of the petals essentially count the movements from the insect. There must be at least two movements in 20 seconds or the petals won't close. This prevents it from trapping debris or other items that wouldn't make a good meal. On the second movement, the plant closes its jaws in under a second by snapping from a convex shape to concave shape. The bristles on the edges of the leaves work like jail bars to prevent the insect from making an escape. On the third movement, it starts to digest the insect. Digestive juices are introduced to the mouth area and they break down the insect. After five to 12 days, the plant will reopen and the parts of the bug that couldn't be digested fall out. The Venus flytrap's primary prey is ants, but it will also eat flies, beetles, slugs, spiders and even tiny frogs. Flytraps don't just eat bugs for nutrition, though. Like other plants, they also need water, gases and sunlight. Insects simply supplement their diet, according to the Botanical Society of America.
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    Fact of the Day - ANIME ROOTS Did you know... that anime has been around since the early 1900's? Believe it or not, anime did not begin with Sailor Moon or Pokemon (they were late to the party, originating in 1992 and 1997). Anime has been dated back to 1907, potentially even earlier – records of this time are spotty at best – as an extension of theatre. While Osama Tezuka is known as the anime expert, three men are thought to be the anime originators: Katsudo Shashin, Junichi Kouichi, and Seitarou Kitayama. THE THREE FATHERS (1907-1923) Film first hit Japan in 1896 and had flourished into burgeoning culture by the 1910s, complete with film criticism. Along with the initial wave of films from the west came Western animation. It was only a matter of time before Japan, with its rich visual culture, began experimenting with its own animated creations. The earliest example (speculated to be the oldest surviving anime) is Katsudo Shashin (Moving Picture, 1907?-1918?). The boy is writing the kanji for katsudo shashin which translates to "moving picture" in English. It seems that in these early years, both Japan and the west were amused enough with the novelty of an image in motion. In the early 1900s, animators experimented with inexpensive ways to bring their visions to life. Katsudo Shashin and many others were drawn directly onto the strips of film from which they were projected, making these animations one of a kind. This and other early animation techniques were pioneered by Oten Shimokawa, a political cartoonist for Tokyo Puck magazine. His first animated work, Imokawa Mukuzo Genkanban no Maki (The Story of the Concierge Mukuzo Imokawa, 1917) was long believed to be the first animated short made in Japan, though it is likely still the first short ever screened for a wide audience. After creating only five shorts, chronic health problems forced Shimokawa into early retirement. His contribution, however, gives him the honor as one of the three fathers of early anime. The second of the three fathers is Junichi Kouichi, who holds the honor of the oldest confirmed anime in existence (Katsudo Shashin could have been made as early as 1907, but there is no real proof as to its age). Namakura Gatana (Dull Sword, 1917) is a two minute short about a samurai attempting to test his newly purchased katana on innocent townspeople and failing miserably. This film was thought to be lost until a copy was found in an Osaka antique shop in 2008. Kouichi animated this short using paper cut-outs laid out on a table which he moved and changed to create the characters' movements. This was a technique that would later be taken to a level of artistic excellence by the Japanese animation directors of the 1930s. Junichi Kouichi began creating political propaganda in 1924 and retired from animation in 1930. The third father of this generation had arguably the most impact on the generation that followed him, mostly because he had the largest body of work and many animators of the 1930s were his students. Seitarou Kitayama created shorts focusing on Japanese folktales like Sarukani Gassen (Monkey-Crab Battle), Urashima Taro, and Momotarou. Aside from creating anime's first commercials and documentary, Kitayama stood apart from his contemporaries as the only animator to found his own studio. Kitayama Eiga Seisakujo opened in 1921 and gave jobs to a slew of talented individuals including Sanae Yamamoto. Sadly after only two years, most of Kitayama's studio was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. He left Tokyo for a fresh start in Osaka the next year, but eventually abandoned animation completely for a career shooting newsreels.
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    Fact of the Day - THE SUN Did you know... that the sun lies at the heart of the solar system, where it is by far the largest object? It holds 99.8 percent of the solar system's mass and is roughly 109 times the diameter of the Earth — about one million Earths could fit inside the sun. The visible part of the sun is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius), while temperatures in the core reach more than 27 million F (15 million C), driven by nuclear reactions. One would need to explode 100 billion tons of dynamite every second to match the energy produced by the sun, according to NASA. The sun is one of more than 100 billion stars in the Milky Way. It orbits some 25,000 light-years from the galactic core, completing a revolution once every 250 million years or so. The sun is relatively young, part of a generation of stars known as Population I, which are relatively rich in elements heavier than helium. An older generation of stars is called Population II, and an earlier generation of Population III may have existed, although no members of this generation are known yet. Ancient cultures often modified natural rock formations or built stone monuments to mark the motions of the sun and moon, charting the seasons, creating calendars and monitoring eclipses. Many believed the sun revolved around the Earth, with ancient Greek scholar Ptolemy formalizing this "geocentric" model in 150 B.C. Then, in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus described a heliocentric, sun-centered model of the solar system, and in 1610, Galileo Galilei's discovery of Jupiter's moons revealed that not all heavenly bodies circled the Earth. To learn more about how the sun and other stars work, after early observations using rockets, scientists began studying the sun from Earth orbit. NASA launched a series of eight orbiting observatories known as the Orbiting Solar Observatory between 1962 and 1971. Seven of them were successful, and analyzed the sun at ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths and photographed the super-hot corona, among other achievements.
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    Fact of the Day - VANILLA Did you know... that vanilla is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in the world.? There are over 150 varieties of vanilla plants. Just like grapes that make wine, no two vanilla beans are the same in flavor, aroma, or color. Vanilla is still the most favorite ice cream flavor in the US. The vanilla vine is an orchid which is indigenous to South Eastern Mexico. Dating back to Cortez’s conquest of the Aztec Kingdom in 1519, it is one of the most ancient flavors. Many people have tried to re-locate the vanilla plant but initially failed because those locations did not have the Melipone Bee. Now, in other parts of the world, humans must hand-pollinate the vanilla vines. A stick, the size of a toothpick is used to hand-pollinate the vanilla beans. It is possible to grow the same vanilla vine in Madagascar, Indonesia, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea and India, but all five cured beans have their own distinctive flavor due to differing soil and climate conditions. The United States is the world’s largest consumer of vanilla, followed by Europe – especially France. Vanilla is not only used as a flavor in foods and beverages but also in perfumes. Vanilla has many industrial applications such as a flavoring for medicines and as a fragrance to conceal the strong smell of rubber tires, paint and cleaning products. About 2,000-2,500 tons of vanilla beans are produced worldwide each year. Spiders don’t like vanilla. Use whole vanilla beans to drive away those eight-legged creatures.
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