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    Generation eight of Pokémon is officially here, as this morning Nintendo announced Pokémon Sword and Shield, to release this fall on the Switch. The pair of games are three-dimensional and cel-shaded. Pokémon Sword and Shield will be the first mainline games in the series to appear on a home console, they’ll take place in a new region (“Galar”), with a whole bunch of new Pokémon, including three starters that Nintendo showed off in a trailer this morning: Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble. The previous generation of monster-collecting games, gen seven, began with Pokémon Sun and Moon on the 3DS in 2016. Now, three years later, it’s time for the next one.
  2. 5 points
    4 is well known to be an unlucky number because 四 sounds similar to 死 (sǐ), which means "death" in Chinese. People will go to extremes based on superstitions of the number 4. In China, the presence of the number 4 is avoided in most public settings; in addition to elevator buttons, addresses, ID numbers, phone numbers, license plates, and product names will usually omit the number 4 for fear of being attached to bad luck. Houses and apartments that have 4 in the address number will sell for much less than ones without. Mentioning the number four to an ill family member is considered to be highly offensive, and giving anything with 4 on it to someone can be seen as a death threat.
  3. 5 points
    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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    The first movie released on VHS was The Young Teacher, a South Korean drama about a teacher who organizes a volleyball game at her school to boost self-confidence and school spirit in her students. While the film received little recognition, the VHS format proved to be very successful and quickly became the number one format for buying and selling movies.
  5. 5 points
    The site migration was completed, albeit with a few bumps along the way that made it take like 6 hours instead of 2 and a half, lol. Really sorry about that, but things should be working properly again. Notice - Site Migration When: February 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours What: Site migration to a different server Sorry for the short notice on this one, but it's important. I will be migrating the forums off of the current server onto my own servers. This is because, at this point, we're essentially paying for server hardware resources we're not even really using, and this is due in large part to the removal of downloads from the site. It simply doesn't make any sense to continue to pay for the server the forums are on because of this, so I have instead made an offer to Koby to host the forums on my own server, free of charge. To facilitate this move, I will be deactivating the forum website right around 7:30 PM CST this evening. I've set aside 2.5 hours to perform the move, but if things go as planned it'll not take the entire window to do. The gameplan is as follows: At or around 7:30 PM CST, deactivate the forum website in the webserver configuration, redirect all traffic to a static page Perform full database dump (expected time: about 15-30 minutes maximum) After confirming dump integrity, migrate the dump file to the new server and import it (expected time: about 15-30 minutes maximum) Begin transferring website-related files to the new server (expected time: about 45 min to an hour maximum) Migrate webserver configuration files to the new server, and locally test configuration (expected time: about 10 minutes or so) Make the necessary changes within DNS (expected time: will vary depending on various ISP's DNS caching policies and refreshes) Obviously, since I have offered to host the forums completely free of charge, this raises the question for many of you: should I still donate? The answer to that is, absolutely! Even though I will be hosting the site itself free of charge, Koby still has to pay the licensing costs of the forum software itself as well as the themes. So yes, continue to donate. The only change is that money will just be used to keep the forum software license current as well as pay for these wonderfully designed themes we have. Oh and, of course, @Koby is still insistent upon compensating me for the trouble even though I said I'd do it for free (stubborn guy, LOL), so a portion might also be used for that as well. As always, IRC and Discord will both remain available. Again sorry for the short notice, but this move is that important and we feel that it's the best way to move forward from here. Thank you for your understanding!
  6. 5 points
    English dub confirmed for Haikyu!! S3 https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-02-19/sentai-filmworks-confirms-english-dub-for-haikyu-season-3/.143636
  7. 4 points
    Did you know... that the aurora borealis is visible from space ? Satellites can take pictures of the aurora from Earth's orbit and the images they get are pretty striking . In fact , auroras are bright enough that they show up strongly on the nightside of the Earth even if one were looking at them from another planet .
  8. 4 points
    The northern lights look like fire, but they wouldn't feel like one. Even though the temperature of the upper atmosphere can reach thousands of degrees Fahrenheit, the heat is based on the average speed of the molecules. After all, that's what temperature is. But feeling heat is another matter – the density of the air is so low at 60 miles (96 kilometers) up that a thermometer would register temperatures far below zero where aurora displays occur.
  9. 4 points
    Fact of the Day - AURORA BOREALIS Did you know... that the Aurora Borealis makes sound ? The answer is yes! However, not everyone hears the sound and not all aurora produce it. Several credible witnesses in both the Northern Hemisphere (aurora borealis) and Southern Hemisphere (aurora australis) report hearing a sound accompanying the Northern Lights and Southern Lights. According to Neal Brown, former director of the Poker Flat Research Range, which conducts extensive experiments on the aurora borealis, witnesses say they hear the sound of the aurora when it is visible. Since the lights we see from the aurora are produced at 60 miles (100 kilometers) and higher up in the atmosphere, it’s unlikely the sound is coming directly from the aurora. This is simply because the light reaches an observer much faster than any sound. However, the reports of sounds, usually described as a hissing or crackling, are credible. Certain blindfolded subjects, unable to see the aurora, correctly announced the presence of the aurora, based on sound. Not everyone hears the aurora, plus it seems likely the conditions aren’t right for all aurora to produce the sound. The sound has been reported in both summer and winter, on a variety of terrains.
  10. 4 points
    You’re probably pretty familiar with number prefixes that we use in English—uni-, mono-, di-, tri-, hexa-, octo-, and so on. And many of you have undoubtedly been reciting the Gregorian months of the year since before you could tie your shoes. But did you ever stop to think about how these do not match up at all? The first eight months are named after various gods, goddesses, festivals, and rulers. For instance, January (Januarius) is named for Janus, the god of doorways and beginnings. February (Februarius) is named for Februa, a feast of purification. September, on the other hand, literally means “seventh month,” October likewise means “eighth month,” and I’m sure you can see where this is going for November and December. This would be awesome and super easy to remember if those weren’t the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th months, respectively. So what the heck happened? As you may have guessed, the original Roman calendar, said to have been invented by the first king of Rome, had 10 months. It started with March, which may seem kind of strange to us now. Later, Roman ruler Numa Pompilius added January at the beginning and February at the end of the calendar. Eventually February was moved between January and March.
  11. 4 points
    Fact of the Day - ACUPUNCTURE Did you know... that historically, Chinese medical practitioners didn't get paid and that the very first acupuncture needles were made of stone? Back in the day, Chinese medicine practitioners were paid to keep people healthy. People paid their doctor a regular fee unless they got sick. Then the doctor would not be paid until they were better. Clearly, this shows that Chinese medicine is a preventative form of medicine. Bian Shi (stone needle) was a sharpened, polished stone used to treat illness during the New Stone Age in China. Much later, needles were made of silver and gold. Some practitioners still use silver or gold needles on occasion, but most opt for stainless steel. Much more comfortable for patients than getting poked with sharp stones!
  12. 4 points
    Did you know... that as a tribute to Alexander Graham Bell when he died in 1922, all the telephones stopped ringing for one full minute. As a result, 14 million telephones in US and Canada were affected.
  13. 4 points
    Fact of the Day - TELEPHONE Did you know... that “Ahoy” was the original telephone greeting? Alexander Graham Bell suggested ‘ahoy’ (as used in ships), but was later superseded by Thomas Edison, who suggested ‘hello’ instead. Also, the very first phone call was: “Watson come here, I want you!” It was made on March 10, 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas A. Watson
  14. 4 points
    Did you know... that you can’t directly see a black hole ? Because a black hole is indeed “ black ” ( no light can escape from it ) , it’s impossible for us to sense the hole directly through our instruments , no matter what kind of electromagnetic radiation you use ( light , x-rays , whatever ) . The key is to look at the hole’s effects on the nearby environment , points out NASA . Say a star happens to get too close to the black hole , for example. The black hole naturally pulls on the star and rips it to shreds . When the matter from the star begins to bleed toward the black hole , it gets faster , gets hotter and glows brightly in x-rays .
  15. 4 points
    Did you know... that the VCR was sold for $1000-$1400 in 1975 when they were first introduced? that's nuts!!! That's $4,444-$6,222 in today's economy.
  16. 4 points
    Fact of the Day - RINGS Did you know... that Saturn has an invisible mega-ring? In 2009, Astrophysicist Douglas Hamilton and his team discovered the so-called Phoebe ring using infrared imagery from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and it was literally a big discovery. If Saturn’s famous rings were toe rings, the Phoebe ring would be a monster truck tire, for a simple comparison. The Phoebe ring, as its name suggests, may owe its existence to dust flaking off Saturn’s moon Phoebe. However, it’s also possible that smaller, undetected moons are also serving as feeders to the Phoebe ring — Saturndoes have 62 moons that we know of.
  17. 4 points
    Did you know... that we have not always been able to “cut and paste”, this action, which has saved millions of accumulated hours for users around the world, was developed in 1981 by Larry Tesler, an engineer. A hero to Humanity…. a hero indeed.
  18. 4 points
    Fact of the Day - COMPUTERS Did you know... that Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was the the first entirely computer generated movie sequence in the history of cinema. That studio later become Pixar.
  19. 4 points
    Fact of the Day - MARTIAL ARTS Did you know... that very few activities have as many legends and myths surrounding them as do martial arts? Hundreds of practices are included under the title of martial arts, and some of these were passed down in secrecy for many generations. Furthermore, martial arts developed in countries that have been historically isolated from the Western world. Thus, there are many conflicting theories and opinions concerning the origins of martial arts. What is known is that martial arts began in the ancient cultures of Asia, including China, India, and Japan. In both China and India, artifacts from 2,000 to 4,000 years old have been found with paintings of people striking possible martial arts poses. Qigong , one of the oldest systems that may be considered a martial art, is believed by some historians to be 5,000 years old or older, originating in ancient China. Some scholars trace the development of martial arts much later to the sixth century a.d. According to legend, that is when a Buddhist monk from India named Bodhidharma brought Buddhism, yoga exercises, and meditation techniques to the Shaolin Monastery in China.
  20. 4 points
    Did you know... that a giraffe only needs 1.9 hours of sleep a day, whereas a brown bat needs 19.9 hours a day. The extremes of both sleep deprivation and being the biggest lazy f*ck you can be. Also, did you know that the record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days... had to believe when I can barely manage 24 hours.
  21. 4 points
    Usually sleepers pass through four stages: 1, 2, 3, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress cyclically from 1 through REM then begin again with stage 1. A complete sleep cycle takes an average of 90 to 110 minutes, with each stage lasting between 5 to 15 minutes. The first sleep cycles each night have relatively short REM sleeps and long periods of deep sleep but later in the night, REM periods lengthen and deep sleep time decreases.
  22. 4 points
    Did you know... that whisky does not age further once bottled ? Therefore a whisky bottled in 1999 as 10 years old , is not now 20 years old in 2019 . However , whiskies bottled in decades or centuries ago can show some change , especially if the closure is not air-tight .
  23. 4 points
    Did you know... that Nascar drivers can lose 5-10 pounds in sweat during a race ? If a driver loses more than 3 percent of his body weight in sweat and doesn’t replace those fluids , focus and reflexes start declining .
  24. 4 points
    The official website for the Psycho-Pass anime franchise revealed on Friday that the anime is getting a third season titled Psycho-Pass 3. The anime will air on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block. The anime will star Yuuki Kaji as Arata Shindō and Yūichi Nakamura as Kei Mikhail Ignatov. Naoyoshi Shiotani is returning to direct the series at Production I.G, and manga creator Akira Amano is returning as the original character designer. The original Psycho-Pass anime premiered in 2012 and ran for 22 episodes. The 11-episode Psycho-Pass 2 television anime series then premiered in October 2014, and the Psycho-Pass movie opened in Japan in January 2015. Funimation released all three anime on home video. The franchise also includes the newly released three-film Psycho-Pass SS or Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System project. The first film, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.1 Tsumi to Batsu (Crime and Punishment), opened in Japan on January 25. The second film, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.2 First Guardian, opened in Japan on February 15. The third film, Psycho-Pass: Sinners of the System Case.3 Onshū no Kanata ni ____ (In the Realm Beyond Is ____), opened in Japan on Friday. The franchise has inspired several manga adaptations and spinoff manga, as well as the Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness game.
  25. 4 points
    Here is a collection of promotional videos (PVs), TV ads (CMs), and trailers for the last week. Osomatsu-san Movie The Osomatsu-san movie will screen on March 15. Psycho-Pass SS Case 3: Onshuu no Kanata ni The final part of the Psycho-Pass SS Case trilogy will premiere on March 8. Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3 Part 2 Will begin its broadcast on April 29. Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu - Yabai Yabai serves as episode 14 of Kyoto Animation's Fall 2018 anime. The episode will be pre-screened at an event on March 3, and will be bundled with the anime's fifth BD & DVD that will ship on May 1. Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi The seventh and final chapter of Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi, titled "Shinsei-hen," is slated to premiere on March 1. The promotional video previews the song "Yamato yori Ai wo Komete" by Kenji Sawada. Birthday Wonderland The movie will premiere in Japanese theaters on April 26. Carole & Tuesday The anime will air starting April 11 for total of two cours. Netflix will also stream the anime worldwide.
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