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    Fact of the Day - FIREWORKS Did you know.... that fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices used for aesthetic and entertainment purposes? The most common use of a firework is as part of a fireworks display, a display of the effects produced by firework devices. The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China. They were invented more than 2000 years ago in China. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world. 90% of all fireworks originate from here. In 1240 the Arabs acquired knowledge of gunpowder. A Syrian named Hasan al-Rammah wrote of fireworks using terms that suggested he derived his knowledge from Chinese sources. The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486. Dreaming about fireworks means that you like to be the centre of attention and are showing off to others. It also symbolizes enthusiasm and exhilaration. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities, scare off evil spirits and promote prosperity. The largest chocolate firework was measuring 3m high and 1.5m in diameter and containing 60kg of Swiss Cailler chocolates. The firework was released in Zurich on New Year's Eve 2002. Fireworks are not fun for animals. Always keep dogs and cats inside the house when fireworks are being let off. Stay calm and make sure they have somewhere to hide. The biggest occasion for fireworks in the UK is Guy Fawkes Night (5th November). It is a celebration of the failing of the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, an attempt to kill King James I at the Houses of Parliament. The largest firework rocket is 13kg and was produced and launched in Portugal in 2010. Queen Elizabeth was so fascinated with fireworks that she created an honorary title, "Fire Master of England" for the individual who created the best fireworks. The word for firework in Japanese, 'hanabi', which actually means "fire-flower". Amédée-François Frézier published a "Treatise on Fireworks" in 1706, covering the recreational and ceremonial uses of fireworks. The book became a standard text for fireworks makers. A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph, however the shell can reach as high as 200 metres. A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch. When your sparkler goes out, put it in a bucket of water. France uses fireworks to celebrate Bastille Day and celebrate storming the prison of Bastille. The record for the largest firework display consisted of 66,326 fireworks and was achieved in Portugal in 2006. Static electricity in synthetic clothing can set off firecrackers. People making firecrackers wear only cotton clothing while making firecrackers. Italy was the first country to truly master and experiment with fireworks in Europe. They were the first to use shells for firecrackers to be loaded into canons and shot into the air. Half of all firework injuries are to children under the age of 16. The biggest annual fireworks display event in Europe is the International Festival concert held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in which a million fireworks are set off in less than an hour. At first fireworks were only orange and white. In the Middle Ages new colours were achieved by adding different salts. The hardest colour to create is blue. Sparklers can be used to make funny pictures. All you need is a totally dark setting, a sparkler to draw with and a camera recording a long exposure. A record breaking 56,000 firework rockets were launched simultaneously in a spectacular opening to the Plymouth, UK Fireworks Championships by Scientist Roy Lowry. A string of firecrackers that went on and on lasting 22 hours marked the New Years day celebrations in Hong Kong in 1996.
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    S1 has ended. I'll be honest... this is probably the BEST show I've watched in a LONG time. I can't wait for S2. However... it seems as though I was right? I think? S1 covered more than the movie... but... I think it still only covered Book 1 Golden Compass? I honestly don't know because I never read the books. Maybe they are going to cover one book per season? This is just my guess.
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    Fact of the Day - BOXING Did you know.... that Boxing was introduced for the first time in Ancient Greece and it was a part of the Olympic Games in 688 B. C? Wilfred Benitez was able to win the title of the winner when he was only 17 years old and he is considered to be the youngest boxer in the history of this sport. Boxing is a sport in which two opponents fight each other with their fists. A boxer tries to score more points than his or her opponent by the use of skills in which the boxer has been trained. In amateur boxing, especially, skill is more important than strength. Boxers wear gloves made of soft leather padded with sponge rubber. Gloves usually weigh from 8 to 10 ounces (230 to 280 grams). A boxer's hands are wrapped in soft cotton or linen for protection from the impact of his or her own blows. Amateur boxers wear headgear to protect their heads and ears from injuries. All boxers use a rubber mouthpiece that helps prevent injuries to the teeth. The space in which a boxing match (bout) takes place is called a ring. It is generally 18 to 20 feet (5 to 6 meters) square, closed in by lengths of muslin-wrapped rope. The ropes are 2, 3, and 4 feet (0.6 meter, 0.9 meter, and 1.2 meters) above the floor of a platform on which the ring is mounted. A canvas floor covering is laid over thick padding. The cornerposts and turnbuckles that hold the ropes are also heavily padded. The length of a round in men's amateur and professional boxing is 2 or 3 minutes. There is a 1-minute rest period between rounds. During this period the fighters go to corners of the ring opposite one another and are tended by their cornermen. Amateur matches are three, four, or six rounds. Professional championship bouts can be as many as twelve rounds. A timekeeper marks the beginning and end of each round by sounding a bell. The referee is a very important third person in the ring during a bout, seeing that the rules are obeyed and separating the boxers if they clinch one another. Blows below the beltline, on the kidneys, or on the back of the neck (rabbit punches) are fouls. So too are pushing, head-butting, or hitting an opponent when he or she is down (on the floor; getting up; or outside, between, or hanging helpless over the ropes). If a fighter is knocked down, the other fighter must go to a neutral corner—a corner of the ring not occupied by either fighter between rounds. The fighter who is down must get back up within the ring before the referee counts to 10 at 1-second intervals. If the fighter does not do this, the opponent is declared the winner by a knockout (KO). Until 1963, if a round ended before the count reached 10, the boxer who was down was said to have been "saved by the bell" because he or she could recover between rounds and continue. In 1963, though, the rules were changed. The count continues despite the bell, and the fight can end if the count is completed. In some bouts, the count may continue even after the bell has sounded, ending the final round. If a downed boxer gets up before the count of 10, both fighters are usually forced to wait for a count of 8 before action can continue. The referee can stop a fight if it appears that a boxer is too hurt to continue. This is called a technical knockout (TKO). A physician must be on hand to determine whether an injured fighter should continue. It is also a TKO if a fighter is knocked down three times in one round. But this rule does not apply to professional championship bouts. If there is no knockout or technical knockout in a professional bout, three judges decide the winner based on points awarded. They note the effectiveness of the fighters' punches, how well they defend themselves, and how aggressive they are. Points are deducted for repeated fouls such as low blows or holding. In case of a tie, a bout is declared a draw. In amateur boxing (under Olympic rules), five judges determine the winner by registering scoring blows on a computer. Amateur and Professional Boxing In boxing, as in any physical contact sport, there are bound to be injuries. In 1938 the Society of State Directors of Physical and Health Education adopted an official policy disapproving of boxing as an interscholastic sport. A few years later boxing was dropped from collegiate competition. Supporters of amateur boxing claim that when it is conducted under proper rules and supervision, it is a safe competitive sport. Many youth and athletic clubs provide instruction in basic boxing skills. They stress sound body condition, proper training, knowledge of the rules, and principles of fair play. They match only opponents of nearly equal size and experience. Olympic and other international amateur boxing is governed by the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA). In the United States, USA Boxing is the chief governing organization. Men's professional boxing—fighting for cash prizes (purses)—is regulated mainly by the World Boxing Association (WBA), the World Boxing Council (WBC), and the International Boxing Federation (IBF). However, these organizations often disagree on which boxer is champion of his division. Professional boxing in Canada is regulated by the Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) and by various provincial and local boards. Boxing Past and Present Boxing has a very long history. Archaeologists have found an ancient Sumerian stone carving that shows two boxers in combat. Greek and Roman athletes fought with their hands wrapped in a kind of leather covering called a cestus. To this the ancient gladiators attached metal studs or spikes. A Roman boxer was called a pugil, from which we get the word "pugilism," another name for boxing. Revival in England Little more is known about fistfighting until the 1600's. Then in England the name "boxing" was given to a contest in which men boxed, or beat, one another with their bare fists. In 1719, James Figg became the first British champion. Figg opened a boxing school in London, and interest in the sport spread quickly. Men often fought for prizes, hence the term "prizefighting." Jack Broughton, a champion from 1743 to 1750, drew up the first London Prize Ring Rules. Boxers of the bareknuckle era stood toe to toe and wrestled, shoved, or struck each other until one man was knocked down. That marked the end of a round. After a brief rest the fight began again. When one man could no longer fight, his opponent was the victor. In 1865 the Marquis of Queensberry drew up rules that are the basis for those in use today. The rules provided for 3-minute rounds with a 1-minute rest period between rounds. They required fighters to wear "fair-sized" boxing gloves, banned wrestling holds, and set the 10-second count for a knockout. With the adoption of the Queensberry rules, boxing gradually became acceptable in the United States, where it had been illegal. Heavyweight bouts were the most popular. The Modern Era In 1892, John L. Sullivan, the last of the bareknuckle champions, was defeated by James J. (Gentleman Jim) Corbett in the first heavyweight title bout fought with gloves under the Queensberry rules. Three other great heavyweight champions of the early modern era were James J. Jeffries, who retired undefeated in 1905; Jack Johnson, who became the first black champion in 1908; and Robert Fitzsimmons, who was also a middleweight and light heavyweight champion during his career. As the 1900's progressed, boxing began drawing huge crowds. The heavyweight division produced some of the greatest names in the sport, beginning with William Harrison (Jack) Dempsey and James J. (Gene) Tunney in the 1920's. From the late 1930's to the late 1940's, Joe Louis was the heavyweight champion. The 1950's saw the emergence of Rocky Marciano (who retired undefeated in 1956), Floyd Patterson, and Ingemar Johansson Foremost among the greats of the 1960's and 1970's was Muhammad Ali. He won his first heavyweight crown in 1964, and he would go on to become the first boxer to win the title three different times. Two other top champions during the 1970's were Joe Frazier and George Foreman. During the 1980's, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, and Mike Tyson dominated the heavyweight division. In the 1990's, Evander Holyfield held the heavyweight crown three different times. Riddick Bowe, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis also held the title. There have been notable champions in other weight classes too. Lightweights Joe Gans, who held the title from 1902 to 1908, and Benny Leonard, who held the title from 1917 to 1925, are two of boxing's greats. Henry Armstrong was the first boxer to win three different titles—featherweight (1937–38), lightweight (1938–39), and welterweight (1938–40). Sugar Ray Robinson held the middleweight title five times (1951–58) and he was also a welterweight champ (1946–51). Rivals Willie Pep and Sandy Saddler ruled the featherweight class (1946–57). Roberto Duran won lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight titles between 1972 and 1984. Sugar Ray Leonard held welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight titles. (To learn more about some of boxing's greatest stars, see the Profiles accompanying this article.) Women and Boxing Women have been boxing since the 1720's in England. Until recently, however, women's bouts did not receive much attention, acceptance, or respect. A women's boxing match was televised for the first time in 1954, featuring the famed boxer Barbara Buttrick. It was not until 1988, however, that a national boxing association (Sweden's) sanctioned, or gave official approval to, women's boxing. During the 1990's, interest in women's boxing grew. USA Boxing developed guidelines in 1993 for the inclusion of women's boxing in its organization. The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), the governing body of international amateur boxing, officially recognized women's boxing in 1994. Professional organizations include the International Female Boxers Association (IFBA) and the Women's International Boxing Federation (WIBF). The same weight divisions used in men's boxing, except the superheavyweight, are used in women's. The rules for women's bouts differ slightly from those of men's bouts. Women's boxing became an official Olympic sport at the 2012 Summer Games in London, United Kingdom. Much publicity has surrounded former champions' daughters, such as Laila Ali, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, and Freeda Foreman. But other women have established themselves as champions in the sport. They have included Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Deirdre Gogarty, Valerie Mahfood, Mia St. John, Kathy Collins, and Katie Taylor. Rocky Marciano Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
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    Fact of the Day - KITES Did you know... that though the exact origin of kites are not known, it is known that they were flown in China and the Malay Archipelago two to three thousand years ago? The earliest written accounts of kite flying were the exploits of the Chinese general Han Hsin, Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.). During one military campaign, the general was said to have had a kite flown above a besieged town to calculate the distance his army would have to tunnel to reach under the city wall. Knowing the exact measurement, his troops surprised their enemy and were victorious. The popularity of kite flying spread from China along trade routes to Korea, India, and Japan. They arrived in Korea in the period of the Three Kingdoms (4-645 A.D.). During the Silla dynasty (595-673 A.D.), General Gim Yu-sin was ordered to subdue a revolt. However, his troops refused to fight after a large shooting star appeared to have fallen from the sky. It was believed that this was a bad omen. To regain control, the next night the general had a kite carry a fire ball into the sky where it disintegrated. His troops, seeing the shooting star returning to the sky, rallied and routed the rebels. Kites were brought to Japan around the 7th century by Buddhist monks. They were used as magical figures or “talismans” to avert evil spirits and as invocations for a rich harvest. In the Edo Period (1603-1868), kite flying became very popular when, for the first time, Japanese people below the samurai class could fly kites. The Edo (now Tokyo) government tried unsuccessfully, to discourage this pastime because “too many people became unmindful of their work.” In 1712, a thief named Kakinoki Kinsuke is said to have used a large kite to carry himself to the top of Nagoya Castle. There, under the cover of darkness, Kinsuke stole the scales from a pair of golden dolphin. The luckless Kinsuke boasted of his exploits and was captured and boiled in oil. The first lighter-than-air balloon was flown in 1783 and the first powered aircraft took flight in 1903. These are very recent when compared with the age of kites. The earliest evidence of Indian kite flying can be seen in miniature paintings from the Mogul Period (1483-1530). A favorite theme was of a young lover skillfully dropping his message-bearing kite onto a roof top and into the hands of his waiting love, where his fair maiden was held in strict seclusion from the outside world. We know from early accounts that the people of Micronesia had known about kite fishing for centuries. A leaf kite allowed bait, made from a thick loop of spider’s web, to be placed on the surface of the water where the gar-fish fed. A fish was snared when its long snout became entrapped by the loop. The Polynesians also have a long kite history. One of their myths tells of two brother gods, Tan and Rango, who introduced kites to man when they challenged each other to a kite duel. The bout was short lived because young Tan’s kite became entangled in a tree while Rango’s flew free and high. Today, in celebration of the event, the person whose kite flies the highest is honored by having his kite dedicated to Rango. The earliest Malay reference to kite flying comes from the 15th century Malay Annals. Rajah Ahmad, the eldest son of Malacca’s Sultan Mahmud, once cut all the kites from the sky with a large kite, flown from strong fishing twine. The next day the Rajah went through the same process until he found Hang Isa Pantas’s smaller kite. Unknown to the Rajah, Hang had applied jungle gum and powdered glass to his twine. When the two lines crossed, the Rajah’s parted and his kite tumbled to the ground. Around the end of the 13th century, stories of kites reached Europe via Marco Polo. European illustrations of the period show dragon or pennant-shaped kites based on non-flying, three dimensional, Roman military banners. Later, in the 16th and 17th century, Europeans, most prominently the Dutch, found a sea route around the Cape of Good Hope and began trading throughout the East Indies. It was through their contacts with the Malay Peninsula that the fore-runner of today’s diamond kite was introduced to the west. Because they were regarded as curiosities, kites at first had little impact on European culture. In the 18th and 19th centuries, kites were used as vehicles for discovery. Men like Ben Franklin and Alexander Wilson applied their knowledge of kite flying to gain a greater understanding of the elements such as electricity. Others, such as Sir George Cayley, Samuel Langley, Lawrence Hargrave, the Wright Brothers, and Alexander Graham Bell experimented with kites and contributed to the evolution of the airplane. The U.S. Weather Bureau flew kites designed by William Eddy and Lawrence Hargrave to raise meteorological instruments. One of the strangest uses of kite power was developed in 1822 by George Pocock, a U.K. schoolmaster. Pocock created a carriage pulled by a pair of arch top kites. His “char-volant” was capable of speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The kites were flown in tandem and steered by four independent lines. Since the road toll was based on the number of horses pulling a carriage, this horseless rig was ruled exempt from road tolls because no animals were used. After years of research and experimentation, the Wright Brothers tested their flying-machine as a kite before they flew it as the first manned airplane in 1903. As the airplane became firmly established, there is little evidence to show that kites were used other than for recreational flying. The main styles of kites flown for the next fifty years were the 3-stick Barn Door, the Diamond, and the Box kite. The doldrums in kite development were broken for short periods by World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945). World War I created a practical use for trains of man-lifting kites. The British, French, Italian, and Russian armies all had kite units for enemy observations and signal corps. The introduction of military airplanes quickly made these units obsolete. The German Navy also used man-lifting box kites to increase their viewing range from surface cruising submarines. In World War II the U.S. Navy found uses for kites such as Harry Saul’s Barriage Kite (anti-aircraft), the Gibson-Girl Box Kite (air rescue), and Paul Garber’s Target Kite (target practice and aircraft recognition). As in World War I, the German Navy sent observers aloft from surfaced submarines, but this time they used highly maneuverable rotating, gyroplane kites. Since World War II there has been renewed interest in kiting. For example, two of this century’s greatest kite innovations, Rogallo’s flexi-wing (1948) and Jalbert’s parafoil (1964) kites, helped develop the modern hang-gliders and sports parachutes, respectively. In 1972, Peter Powell from England made the dual line stunt kite popular. This led to the public’s awareness that kiting could be a “sport” and not just “child’s play.” With the “kites are for kids” stigma removed, many adults (and children) are again enjoying this healthy, active pastime. The renaissance in the west has led a number of Asian countries to revive their own kiting heritage. Today Kite flying is a worldwide sport, recreation, and pastime for thousands of people – from the very young to the eldest, in almost every culture. There are regular kite festivals celebrated annually. There are national and international kite competitions for single-line, dual-line, and quad-line kites. Kites are used for traction on snow, ice, water, and land reaching speeds of more than 40mph. Kites are regularly used for science, artistic expression, celebration, and decoration.
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    Fact of the Day - ORNAMENTS Did you know... that the traditional spherical ornaments you see on a multitude of Christmas trees are called baubles? They were created in Lauscha, Germany by a man named Hans Greiner (1550-1609), who made them from glass. Baubles were based on the original decoration material for Christmas trees- fruits and nuts. In the eleventh century, religious plays called "mystery plays" became popular throughout Europe. One of the most prevalent plays was the annual Christmas "Paradise Play" This play told of the Biblical account of Adam and Eve and the partaking of the forbidden fruit. The only prop on the stage was the "Paradise tree", a fir tree adorned with apples, which represented their sin. Later, wafers were added to the tree which stood for Christ's atoning sacrifice. Red and White flowers later adorned many of these trees. Red symbolized knowledge, and the White flowers represented innocence. Many credit the common Christmas ornament colors of Red, Green and White to the Paradise Tree. The first account we have of a tree decorated with Christmas ornaments in a home dates from 1605 in Strasbourg, Germany. The use of Christmas ornaments spread in Germany with cookies, bread, nuts and the like serving as decorations. So many sweets decorated the German Christmas tree it was nicknamed the "sugar tree." Small gifts also made their way to the branches of the Christmas tree. German immigrants brought their Christmas tree decorating habits to America, where the tradition spread. The Christmas ornaments that caught the public's eye were the glass-blown ornaments hand-crafted in Lauscha, Germany. Besides their visual appeal, their lightweight design may have been equally appealing. With all the Christmas candles and the food, wood and metal ornaments, Christmas trees became rather heavy. The light glass-blown ornaments may have been a welcome replacement for some of the heavier ornaments. There are several legends behind using tinsel to decorate the Christmas tree. The primary one tells of a woman whose husband had died. She needed to bring up a large family of children herself. She worked hard and was determined to make a happy time for them at Christmas. She prepared a Christmas tree to surprise them on Christmas Day. Unfortunately spiders visited the tree, and crawled from branch to branch, making webs all over it. The Christ Child saw the tree and knew she would be devastated to find this on Christmas morning. He changed the spiders' webs to shining silver. In the 1860s and 70s, the first commercial Christmas tree ornaments began to emerge. Some of these commercial Christmas ornaments were crafted out of embossed and painted cardboard. These were Dresden ornaments, named for the German city where they were produced. In Germany in the 1600's, Christmas Trees were decorated with colored paper, small toys, food, and sometimes candles. Later, tinsel, silver wire ornaments, candles and small beads became common. The custom was to have several small trees on tables, one for each family member, with their gifts stacked on the table under the tree. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison had his first public demonstration of electric lights in 1879. The early Christmas tree lights were handmade and rather expensive. In the 1900's, popular decorations included strings of popcorn, homemade cards, pictures, cotton to look like snow, candy, and eventually glass balls and figurines. Some people used candles, but they often caused devastating fires. In the 1930's, common Christmas tree decorations included bells, balls, and tinsel, and with a beautiful golden haired angel at the top. Commercial Christmas ornaments took off in America when F.W. Woolworth, of five-and-dime store fame reluctantly began selling German glass ornaments and they sold out in two days. That convinced him and he began his buying trips to Germany. Translucent plastic shapes, honeycomb paper angels, and glow-in-the-dark icicles became popular items. Not until WWII did an American company succeed in manufacturing Christmas ornaments. Using a machine designed to make lightbulbs, the Corning Glass company was able to produce more than 2,000 Christmas ornaments a minute. The mid-1960's saw another major change. The world was changing and modernist ideas were everywhere. Silver aluminum artificial trees were so popular that they were imported from America throughout the world. Colored lights placed below the tree made decorations unnecessary. In the 1970's, America made a return to Victorian nostalgia and the trees had a refreshing new look. Some American companies specialized in making antique replicas, but others found the original makers in Europe to recreate wonderful glass ornaments and real silver tinsels. Real Christmas trees were popular. However, several manufacturers starting creating artificial trees that looked real. Many homemakers preferred the convenience of a real looking artificial Christmas tree. If your room was big enough, you could have a 14-foot artificial spruce right in your living room-with no dropped needles! The new pine scented sprays claimed to give your artificial Christmas tree that "real tree smell"! In the 1990's, "theme trees" gain in popularity. For example, popular Christmas ornaments helped complete the decorations for the "Starry Night tree", the "Twilight tree", and even pop culture trees. In the 2000's, personalized ornaments lead in popularity. Today, you can find Christmas ornaments in nearly every size, color, and shape imaginable. From handmade ornaments to limited edition and collector's edition Christmas ornaments, thousands of styles exist to decorate your Christmas tree.
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    After a fight between the Whitebeard Pirates and Roger's crew, they then do a gift exchange & other such pleasantries. Then Oden travels with Roger and finds out the latter has 1 year left to live. Among the stops they went to Skypiea & leave a message on the Poneglyph there.
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    Fact of the Day - TINSEL Did you know... that Tinsel is a type of decorative material that mimics the effect of ice, consisting of thin strips of sparkling material attached to a thread? When in long narrow strips not attached to thread, it is called "lametta", and emulates icicles. It was originally a metallic garland for Christmas decoration. Christmas in the 1950s and 1960s was much shinier. Aluminum Christmas trees — illuminated blue, green and red by a rotating color wheel — sparkled in American living rooms. The trendy fake trees were a Midwestern creation, first manufactured in Chicago in 1955. They were all the rage for a decade, as the natural evergreen in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas is credited with killing off the trend. The decoration of choice for these twinkling Tannenbaums, of course, was tinsel. Perhaps no holiday decoration better captures a retro Christmas than tinsel. Many of us share memories of draping strands of the thin, reflective strips with the family. Then again, some of us had to pick the strands off one by one to save for the next year. The Cunningham's Christmas tree on Happy Days was covered in the silvery tinsel. Perhaps you nostalgists out there still use the stuff. However, it is not the same material of our youth. In fact, it has changed often over the centuries. Yes, it's that old. Tinsel is mainly used to decorate Christmas trees, although its also used for ceilings, walls or anything festive. Tinsel is usually flexible which makes it easy to wrap around anything such as posts, picture frames or ornaments. We decorate our house and trees with tinsel every Christmas, but why? And where did tinsel originate from? It should come as no surprise that Germany, Nuremberg specifically, the country that created the Christmas tree, also dreamt up tinsel as an adornment. What might surprise you is just how long ago it was. Tinsel dates back to the Renaissance, the word itself coming from the French estincelle ("spark"). The Oxford English Dictionary dates the usage of "tinsel" as "very thin strips of shiny metal" back to the 1590s. It's unknown which genius thought to drape some on a fir tree. Some other historical accounts only trace Xmas tinsel back to the 1840s. Those 17th-century Germans certainly did not skimp when it came to tinsel. While using real silver to make tinsel sounds fancy, anyone with silverware will tell you there is a downside, especially when you put the stuff near candle flame — it tarnishes, turns black. As rubbing strands of tinsel with Tarn-X is time consuming, if not impossible, eventually the material was switched to aluminum. Those purists out there can still buy vintage silver tinsel from its homeland on Etsy. As you can see in a newspaper article from November 1972, the FDA deemed tinsel an "unnecessary risk to children with symptoms of lead poisoning" in August 1971. Manufacturers had switched to lead foil in the 20th century for tarnish-proof sparkle and weight. However, it was off the shelves by Christmas 1972. Today, the stuff is made from far lighter plastic or mylar, if you're wondering why it hardly hangs like it used to. Oddly, the nickname "Tinseltown" only dates back four decades, not to the silver age of Hollywood. Some etymology sites trace the moniker back to 1972, while others claim 1975. For what it's worth, we were able to find a usage of the term in a 1972 issue of The Chicago Tribune, in an article about The Who's rock opera Tommy. Is it only coincidence this coincides with lead tinsel being deemed a health hazard? In modern usage, we tend to forget that "Tinseltown" was meant to be derogatory. Now that we have warm and fuzzy nostalgia feelings for tinsel, the term does not seem so cruel. Philadelphia-based Brite Star is responsible for about 80% of the tinsel on the market in U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal, and started making the strands in the mid-1950s. The Brite Star tinsel is 1/16th of an inch wide and 18 inches long. The Kinderman family, which owns the company, claims to have churned out enough tinsel to reach the moon and back, which is about 1.6 billion strands by the math.
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    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/into-the-breach/home Into the Breach is currently free on Epic Game Store. https://freebies.indiegala.com/ubersoldier-ii/ Ubersoldier II is currently free on IndieGala.
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    Fact of the Day - TEMPLE OF SATURN Did you know... that The 4th century CE Temple of Saturn is situated in the north west corner of the Roman Forum of Rome and has eight majestic columns still standing? Built in honour of Saturn it was the focal point of this ancient cult and stood on the site of the original temple dedicated in c. 497 BCE, which itself had replaced the god's first shrine, the Ara Saturni. In addition, during the Republic the temple also housed the public treasury (aerarium), a function it kept, albeit in a more limited function, in the Imperial period. Saturn is something of a mysterious figure in Roman religion. Depictions of the god in surviving art have him wearing a veil and brandishing either a sickle or a pruning knife. Perhaps a version of the Greek god Kronos, he was especially worshipped in the Saturnalia festival held every 17th of December (from at least the 5th century BCE) and which lasted several days. This was a festive occasion when people gave gifts to one another, slaves had the freedoms enjoyed by ordinary citizens, more informal clothes were worn instead of the usual toga, and there was a general round of partying and merrymaking which made it the jolliest Roman festival in the calendar; a fact which led Catullus to describe it as 'the best of times'. In later centuries the festival would metamorphose into the Brumalia festival and the similarity of its features and timing - pushed later into December in subsequent centuries - suggest an influence on the Christmas celebration. The surviving ruins of the temple stand on a pediment of travertine blocks and are themselves composed of pieces recycled from earlier temples. The columns are of the Ionic order and eight still remain on the northern facade. The shafts of the columns are made from Egyptian granite, the two on the side from pink Aswan and the six facade ones from grey Mons Claudianus. Indicative of their differing history, three are monoliths and the others are composed of two pieces fitted together. The Ionic capitals are, in fact, the only parts made specifically for the temple and are from Thasian marble and carved in typical Late Antique style. The architrave carries an Ionic frieze of acanthus leaves and palmettes and came from the previous temple on the site, commissioned by one of Julius Caesar's generals, Lucius Munatius Plancus, in 43 BCE using spoils from the campaigns in Syria. Within the temple once stood a cult statue of Saturn which became the centre of attention during the Saturnalia when his feet were symbolically freed from the woollen bonds that tied him up for the rest of the year. This act has led to Saturn being associated with liberation, certainly a feature of the Saturnalia festival. The inscription on the exterior of the architrave relates to the reconstruction carried out in the 360s and 370s CE and reads as follows: SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS INCENDIO CONSVMPTVM RESTITVIT (The Senate and People of Rome, restored following destruction by fire).
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    What's the Word? - RACONTEUR Par of speech: noun Origin: French, early 19th century meaning: 1. A storyteller --- 2. One who seems to have an anecdote for every occasion "She was more than a performer — between songs, she shared fascinating stories like a modern-day raconteur." "Someone needs to tell Mr. Smith that we need a geology professor, not a raconteur with a story for every situation."
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    Believe me, I would do that, if they were not insanely overpriced, especially shows from Disney and Nickelodeon. $20–30 every 10 episodes? No thanks, I'd rather support the creators in other ways. Strange, I've never had issues like that. Issues like that should be reported in their forum or directly to support. But was it confirmed that the corruption was caused by Real-Debrid and not any of the multiple other possible reasons? You can also change two-factor authentication to require TOTP (Google Authenticator) instead of email under "My Account".
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    Rory Mercury... YOU've got TASTE! \O
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