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    Sentai announced DanMachi Season 2 for Dubcast on Hidive in July!
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    The first details on how Final Fantasy VII Remake will actually, you know, play, plus the first look at Avengers, were the highlights of Square Enix’s E3 briefing on Monday night. Lots of smaller announcements, including the long-awaited Western releases of some classic Japanese RPGs, followed. Here’s all the new news. Crystal Dynamics’ long-awaited Avengers game arrives May 15, 2020. Play as five characters: Cap, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Iron Man. Square Enix said it will release content for the game over “multiple years.” It will have four-player online co-op, and every new character and map added to the game will be free. No “random lootboxes or pay-to-win scenarios.” Xbox, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia. Final Fantasy VII Remake is still episodic. Square Enix expects the game to ship on two Blu-ray discs, when all is said and done. The first disc, the one it’ll ship on March 3, will include the Midgar portion, which has been expanded. It talked quite a bit about how the battle system will work. A demo will be playable at Square Enix’s booth at E3 starting tomorrow. Final Fantasy VIII is getting remastered. It’ll be out on PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC this year. Romancing Saga 3 is finally leaving Japan. The Classic Super NES role-playing game is getting a cool-looking remake with original pixel art and such. It’s coming to PS4, Vita, Switch, PC, Xbox One, iOS, and Android (trailer). Saga: Scarlet Grace is also finally leaving Japan. The latest release in Square’s SaGa RPG series came out in Japan on Vita years ago, but is heading to the West on Switch, PS4, Steam, iOS, and Android. It’ll have the subtitle “Ambitions” here. Outriders is a new shooter from People Can Fly. It’s coming Summer 2020. It’s a 1 to 3 player cooperative shooter. Square Enix calls it “a journey across a dark and desperate sci-fi world in search of the source of a mysterious signal.” It’ll talk more about the game this winter. Xbox One, PS4, PC (trailer). Oninaki will be available on August 22, 2019. It’s the latest from Tokyo RPG Factory, makers of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear. War Of The Visions is a new followup to the mobile game Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. It’s “now in development.” Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will be out this winter. It’s also coming to mobile phones, in addition to Switch and PlayStation 4. The Last Remnant Remastered is available today on Switch. It was released for PlayStation 4 at the end of last year (trailer). Square Enix Collective will publish Circuit Superstars in 2020. It’s a top-down automobile racing game. Developed by Vancouver-based Original Fire Games. Formerly known as “Apex Racing League.” Kingdom Hearts III is getting DLC called “Re:Mind.” This winter. Yes, this was announced a couple days ago, but just in case you missed it.
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    Watch Dogs Legion, a new action adventure with a beautiful look called Gods & Monsters, and a $15 per month subscription that’ll get you access to over 100 different Ubisoft games were the highlights of Ubi’s E3 presentation on Monday afternoon. There was also a dog. Read on for more about the dog. Watch Dogs Legion will be out March 6, 2020 (trailer) We saw a teaser of a beautiful new action adventure game with a cartoon aesthetic, like Breath of the Wild, in which you fight mythological creatures called Gods & Monsters. February 25, 2020. Ubisoft is launching its own game subscription, UPlay+. $15 a month gets you access to a library of over 100 Ubisoft games and all their DLC. It will include early access, and new releases like Watch Dogs Legion. It’ll launch on September 3. In 2020 it’ll be playable on Google Stadia. Roller Champions is a “skill-based, team PVP sports game.” You’ll be able to play a pre-alpha demo for the next few days on PC (trailer). Rainbow Six: Quarantine is the next Rainbow Six. It’s a three-player tactical player-versus-enemy co-op game coming in early 2020 (trailer). Just Dance 2020, is coming to Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia... and Wii. Yep. A Wii game in 2019. A new mobile strategy game called Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad will bring characters from multiple Clancy franchises together. The Division 2 will be free to play from June 13-16 and the game’s first major update, “D.C. Outskirts Expeditions,” will kick off in July with Episode 1. Episode 2, this fall. And Episode 3, in early 2020. The upcoming movie will be produced with Netflix. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is getting Story Creator and Discovery Tour modes (trailer). Rainbow 6: Siege’s next season, “Operation Phantom Sight,” is out tomorrow. For Honor has a new limited-time event called “Shadows of the Hitokiri.” It’s available this week. Adventure Time is crossing over with Brawlhalla. The update is available today; they’re playable for free until June 25 and then they will cost money. Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia showed up to discuss Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, a television show that he and castmate Charlie Day are putting together with Ubi, a comedy for Apple TV+ about game development (announcement). Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, available October 4. The game will include AI teammates for solo players as part of its “post-launch plan.” It’ll also have an official community for Ghost Recon fans called “Ghost Recon Delta Company.” The beta of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint launces on September 5.
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    Final Fantasy VIII is getting remastered, Square Enix announced today at E3. It’ll be out this year for PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch. Last year, when Square announced Switch and Xbox ports for many of its other Final Fantasy games including FFVII, FFIX, FFX, FFXII, Squall and crew were the odd title out. Now, it’s clear why FFVIII got short shrift—the remaster was coming.
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    As is tradition, Nintendo finished out the four-day marathon of E3 livestreams with its Direct presentation Tuesday morning. The big news? A full sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We also got updates on Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and a bunch of smaller announcements, plus two exciting new Smash characters. The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is in development. We didn’t get more than a teaser trailer, but it showed Link and Zelda exploring a dungeon together, so let your mind wander as far as what that might mean. Banjo-Kazooie and Dragon Quest’s Hero are the next two Smash Ultimate DLC fighters. Banjo and Kazooie are indeed coming to Smash this fall. Before that, this summer, will be The Hero, a single character that can represent the heroes from several different Dragon Quest games. Animal Crossing: New Horizon for Switch has been delayed to March 20, 2020. Nintendo said it would reveal more information about Animal Crossing on its Treehouse Live livestreams, which run today through Thursday. The Switch remake of Link’s Awakening will have a sort of custom-dungeon mode, and drops on September 20. The crossover of Crypt of the NecroDancer and Legend of Zelda, titled Cadence of Hyrule, in which you fight through Hyrule to the beat of guitar-shreddin’ Zelda soundtrack remixes, will be out on June 13. Luigi’s Mansion 3 has couch co-op and an online mode. A second player will be able to join in the fun when Luigi’s Mansion hits Switch in 2019. They can play as “Gooigi,” a Luigi made of goo. Gooigi can walk on spikes and through obstacles, but will melt in water. You’ll also play as both Luigi and Gooigi in single-player, swapping between them to solve puzzles. The “ScareScraper” online coop mode lets you seek out Toads and take out ghosts with 8 players. Daemon X Machina will be available on September 13, 2019. No More Heroes 3 is in development, and will arrive in 2020. The Pokéball Plus controller can be used with Pokémon Sword And Shield. It can’t be used as a controller in the game, but it'll let you take your Pokémon out into the world. “If you spend quality time with a favorite Pokémon, then something might happen,” said Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi. Collection of Mana, a Switch retro collection that includes the first three games in the Mana series: Final Fantasy Adventure for the Game Boy, Secret of Mana for the SNES, and the third game, now titled Trials of Mana for its English-language debut. A 3D remake of Trials of Mana, in the vein of last year’s Secret of Mana remake, is heading to Switch in “early 2020.” Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition will hit Switch on September 27. It’s been “fall” for a while now, but now we have a date. Witcher 3 is coming to Switch. It’s called the “Complete Edition” and will arrive this year. Resident Evils 5 and 6 are coming to Switch. They’ll both be out this fall. Contra: Rogue Corps is coming to Switch on September 24. It’ll have local and online multiplayer for four players. Also, the Contra anniversary collection is available today. The remake of Panzer Dragoon is coming to Switch this winter. The Netflix Dark Crystal series is getting a tie-in tactics RPG. Called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, it’s got Claymation-style graphics. Coming this year. Empire Of Sin is a new game from John Romero. It’ll be out Spring 2020. A sizzle reel showed off even more games getting ported to Switch: The Spyro the Dragon trilogy (September 3), Ni no Kuni (September 20), Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020), The Sinking City (fall 2019), Alien: Isolation (2019), New Super Lucky’s Tale (Fall 2019). Other games that had already been announced but that had release date updates during the Direct: Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics (November 2019), Dead By Daylight (September 24), Dauntless (late 2019).
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    Today during its E3 press conference, Square Enix showed off new gameplay footage of the Final Fantasy VII remake and reaffirmed that it’ll be released as a series of episodes. The Midgar portion of FFVII will be its own game, with subsequent episodes to follow. “Remaking Final Fantasy VII has allowed us to dive much deeper into the world and its characters than ever before,” said producer Yoshinori Kitase. “The game design was optimized for this title as well, and we anticipate two Blu-Ray discs’ worth of gameplay content. The first game in this project expands on the story of Midgar and is such an elaborate retelling that it’s become a solid standalone game in its own right.” Next came a demo of the remake’s combat, which diverges from that of the original by fusing real-time action and strategic command-based combat. Every time you press square, Cloud swings his buster sword. He can also dodge and block. However, Cloud also has active time battle meters that fill on their own, but do so faster while he’s landing attacks. When the ATB meter is full, you can enter a tactical mode that slows down time and lets you choose actions from the command menu. These include abilities, items, and spells. You can bind abilities and spells to shortcuts if you want. “The game has been made so that players can choose how they want to play,” said Kitase. “I hope players get excited about that.” You can also switch between characters, which Square Enix demonstrated with Barret. The two battled a giant scorpion robot and a number of smaller enemies. Combat was dynamic and cinematic, with the robot leaping to different areas of the level while Cloud and Barret bantered and bickered. At one point, the two even took cover behind debris while the robot fired a giant death laser. They then proceeded to finish it off with signature moves including Cloud’s cross-slash. Later, Square Enix showed off a trailer featuring Cloud and Tifa teaming up in a similar fashion. Characters will fight on their own when you’re not controlling them. Final Fantasy VII Remake (or at least, the Midgar part) will be out on March 3, 2020.
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    The Final Fantasy VII remake will launch on March 3, 2020, Square Enix announced during a concert dedicated to the iconic role-playing game. We’ll see much more of it tomorrow. First announced at E3 2015, the Final Fantasy VII remake went through a long period of silence before showing up again last month during a PlayStation event. Now, it’s back in the public eye, and will be one of the big centerpieces of Square Enix’s E3 press conference on Monday night. A new trailer was also shown at the concert alongside the announcement:
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    Bethesda’s E3 2019 show featured new games plus lots of updates for Doom, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein and more. Even Commander Keen is back. Ghostwire: Tokyo is the next game from Shinji Mikami’s studio (trailer). Arkane Lyon’s next game is called Deathloop (trailer). Doom Eternal is coming out on November 22 (trailer). Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is a VR game coming this July, and will put you in the role of a hacker in the French Resistance. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op shooter in which you play as B.J. Blazkowicz’s twin daughters. That’s coming July 26. The Id Software classic Commander Keen is coming back. A classic Saturday morning cartoon in free-to-play, mobile game form (trailer). Rage 2 is getting a new expansion, “Rise of the Ghosts.” It’ll be out “later this year.” (trailer) Bethesda is introducing “Orion,” developed by Id and “implemented at the game engine level” that lets games stream with lower latency. You’ll be able to test it out by joining the Doom Slayer’s Club. Fallout While Bethesda acknowledged that Fallout 76 had a rough launch, it’s looking forward to the future, and a much-requested feature. A free new update called “Wastelanders” will add actual computer-controlled human NPC characters with “full dialogue trees” and a “new main quest.” It’ll be out this fall. A new game mode called “Nuclear Winter” is a 52-player battle royale mode “born from the Fallout universe” and also born from the success of Fortnite. A “sneak peek” of “Nuclear Winter” will be available during the free-to-play period. Elder Scrolls Elder Scrolls: Blades is coming to Switch AKA “Switchblades,” as they called it on stage. The mobile game is coming to Nintendo’s system, with Joy-Con motion controls, this fall. It’ll be free to play, cross-play, and cross-progression with the mobile version. So if you’ve already been playing on the phone, you can pick up there where you left off on Switch. The mobile version will get a new update tonight with a “new dragon questline.” Elder Scrolls Online is getting a “dungeon DLC adventure” called “Scalebreaker.” Elder Scrolls Legends’ next expansion will be available June 27. It’s called “Moons of Elsweyr.” Bethesda is still “hard at work” on Elder Scrolls VI, but that’s all it had to say about it.
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    The first details on a powerful new Xbox console, release dates for anticipated games like Cyberpunk 2077, and another developer acquired by Xbox Game Studios led Microsoft’s packed slate of announcements for its E3 briefing on Sunday. Project Scarlett, the next-generation Xbox console, will be released for the 2020 holiday season. Halo Infinite will launch alongside it. The pitch sounds a lot like what Sony was talking about with PlayStation 5. The emphasis is on “reducing load times.” There will be a solid-state hard drive which can be used as “virtual RAM” to cut down on loading times. The AMD processor will be “four times more powerful than Xbox One X,” it will use “high-bandwidth GDDR6” RAM, and will be able to do 8 K resolution and 120 FPS. Cyberpunk 2077 will star Keanu Reeves, and it’s coming out on April 16, 2020. Double Fine Productions is joining Xbox Studios. Xbox One is getting “console streaming,” aka remote play. Gears 5 is coming on September 10 (trailer). An all-new, redesigned Elite controller, called “Series 2” with an internal battery that will give you up to 40 hours of gameplay on a single charge. It’s got a charging dock & Bluetooth. Sega’s free to play online RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 is finally coming to the West, on Xbox One and PC. Tales of Arise is coming to PC & XBOX in 2020. Elden Ring, a collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls) and George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones), was officially announced. Battletoads. It’s a 2-D, 3-player, couch co-op sidescrolling brawler with Saturday morning cartoon animation. No release date details. Microsoft Flight Simulator is back, for Xbox One and PC (trailer). Action RPG Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming in 2020. It’s an action RPG (trailer). The latest RPG from Obsidian, The Outer Worlds, will be released on October 25. Bleeding Edge, the new first-person action combat multiplayer game from Ninja Theory, got a new trailer. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is out February 11, 2020. Minecraft Dungeons is coming Spring 2020 (trailer). We saw some more footage from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. It’s still releasing on November 15. A Blair Witch game is coming on August 30. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, with remastered audio and 4K graphics. Coming this fall to PC. Forza Horizon 4 is getting a Lego Speed Champions expansion. More games. So many more games. Spiritfarer (ThunderLotus). The Legend of Wright, an RPG that looks like a kid is drawing it on notebook paper and cardboard (coming 2020). A new Wasteland 3 trailer. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (“all nine films, all-new game”), coming 2020. 12 Minutes is an “interactive thriller about a man in a time loop,” coming soon. Way to the Woods (2020). Dying Light 2 (Spring 2020). The mobile Gears Pop! game that crosses Funko Pops with Gears of War (“pre-order soon”). And there’s State of Decay 2: Heartland (available now). Crossfire X, a new game based on the popular online shooter from Smilegate (“first to console on Xbox One in 2020"). A new trailer for Borderlands 3 (September 13). Lots of stuff is coming to Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC. Microsoft showed a sizzle reel of indie games, then said that all of them will be on Xbox Game Pass on day one: Dead Static Drive, Pathologic 2, Star Renegades, The Good Life, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, Creature in the Well, Killer Queen Black, Riverbond, Unto the End, Blazing Chrome, Felix the Reaper, Undermine, Supermarket Shriek, Secret Neighbor, Ikenfell, Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Totem Teller, and Cross Code. Batman Arkham Knight, Metro: Exodus, Hollow Knight, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection have all hit Xbox Game Pass today. So will Commander Lilith and the Fight For Sanctuary, a new piece of content for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection that will lead into 3. Xbox Game Pass for PC is also launching in open beta today for $10 per month, with over 100 games including Imperator: Rome and Football Manager 2019. The Master Chief Collection is also coming to PC, “starting with Halo: Reach.” There’s also a membership called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, where you get access to both console and PC Game Pass services, plus Xbox Live Gold, all together.
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    Fact of the Day - SOLAR FLARES Did you know... that solar flares are tremendous explosions on the surface of the Sun? In a matter of just a few minutes they heat material to many millions of degrees and release as much energy as a billion megatons of TNT. They occur near sunspots, usually along the dividing line between areas of oppositely directed magnetic fields. They release energy in many forms – high intensity electro-magnetic radiation (Gamma rays, X-rays, UV), energetic particles (protons and electrons), and mass flows. Solar flares were first observed on the Sun by Richard Christopher Carrington, and independently by Richard Hodgson in 1859, as small visible areas within a sunspot group. The frequency of occurrence of flares varies, from several per day when the Sun is particularly "active" to less than one each week when the Sun is "quiet". Large flares are less frequent than smaller ones. Solar activity varies with an 11-year cycle (the solar cycle). At the peak of the cycle there are typically more sunspots, and consequently more solar flares.
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    They had the best E3 presentation this year.
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    Fact of the Day - MYTHIC CREATURE: GRIFFIN Did you know... that the foundation of the griffin dates back to the ancient Greek historian named Herodotus? He traveled the world meticulously making notes about everything he saw. The reason why he described these creatures in his book is because the Scythian nomads presented him with detailed reports. Scythia was the area we today know as central Asia and Ukraine. These nomads not just described the location of these creatures but also talked of the feeding habits linked to the griffin. Additionally they explained the geographical range that was mainly located around Asia’s Gobi Desert, particularly near gold deposits.
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    While Marvel and Square Enix first announced their deal back in 2017, it’s taken until now to get our first look at Avengers, which is being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. Interestingly, while the game will be sticking very close to the visual style laid down in the movie series, the likenesses and voice actors of each character have nothing to do with their big-screen counterparts (though they did get Troy Baker and Nolan North in to play Cap and Tony Stark respectively).
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    E3 news clearly can’t be contained to E3 week or E3 press conferences anymore, as Square Enix just debuted a trailer for a Kingdom Hearts III downloadable add-on during a concert for the franchise’s music in Los Angeles. After some initial panic from fans who couldn’t see the trailer, it popped up on the company’s YouTube page. The 80-second video hypes Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind and dates it for winter for PS4 and Xbox One. It’s unclear exactly what the DLC consists of and how extensive it will be. Fans online are discussing whether Re:Mind changes situations from the main game, is more of an expansion or what. Square Enix will presumably reveal more about Re:Mind at the company’s Monday night E3 press briefing, which is running when E3-skipping Sony would normally do their event. Square’s event was already going to showcase more of the Final Fantasy VII remake and the debut of Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers game.
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    Fact of the Day - POKEMON Did you know... that Rhydon was the first Pokemon ever created? Most people would probably point to Pikachu or Bulbasaur as the first Pokemon. However, according to Ken Sugimori, Rhydon was the first Pokemon ever created by the original team.
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    Fact of the Day - THE MOON Did you know... that a 95-percent illuminated moon appears half as bright as a full moon? Believe it or not, the moon is half as bright as a full moon about 2.4 days before and after a full moon. Even though about 95 percent of the moon is illuminated at this time, and to most casual observers it might still look like a "full" moon, its brightness is roughly 0.7 magnitudes less than at full phase, making it appear one-half as bright.
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    It’s happening, people! After 4 long years of waiting, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is returning for a second season and it will be available on HIDIVE! To add to this celebration, the series will also have an English DUBCAST edition directed by none other than Kyle Colby Jones. Make sure you’re all caught up on the first season and the OVA ‘cause Season 2 streams on HIDIVE starting Friday, July 19, 2019, at 16:30 UTC! Additional details on the DUBCAST release will be announced in the coming weeks. Sentai Filmworks has this to say about the series: The exciting follow-up to the first season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is produced by J.C. Staff (Food Wars!, Familiar of Zero, Waiting in the Summer) and is based upon the light novel series created by Fujino Omori. Season 2 follows Bell and Hestia on a new adventure, beginning with events covered in the sixth light novel volume. Territory List United States Canada United Kingdom Ireland Australia New Zealand South Africa Latin America Netherlands Turkey Middle East Scandinavia and Nordic countries
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    Fact of the Day - CANADIAN PROVINCES ( Nova Scotia ) Did you know... that few provinces have an official dog? The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, which has been bred in the province for more than 100 years, was declared the official provincial dog in 1995. It is the smallest of all retrievers and is a purely Canadian breed. There are 150 passengers of the Titanic buried in Halifax, the largest number anywhere in the world. The bodies were recovered by ships whose crews spent several days searching the sea where the Titanic sank. The class barriers so prevalent aboard the Titanic were adhered to in death: the bodies of first-class passengers were unloaded in coffins, those of second-class passengers in canvas bags and the crew on open stretchers. Alexander Graham Bell built a summer home in the town of Baddeck on Cape Breton Island in 1886, calling it Beinn Bhreagh, Gaelic for beautiful mountain. He gradually came to spend more time in Baddeck, dying there in 1922 at age 75. The location is now a national historic site.
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    Fact of the Day - TELESCOPES Did you know... that it all started with the first patented telescope design that was made by Dutch spectacle-maker Hans Lippershey in 1608? He used the expertise that was collected and explained by the Arab scientists Alhazen in his “Book of Optic” and 2 centuries of European experience of crafting spectacles. By using larger lenses and larger overall design, Lippershey managed to create first crude telescope that made significant waves in the scientific community of Europe. While Lippershey’s design was very important, another design was remembered as beginning of true “usable” era of telescopes. That model was created by none other than Galileo Galilei, who fixed some of the most important problems of Hans Lippershey (most notably inverted image). Galilean telescope became the basis of all future telescopes, who very quickly received numerous updates from wide array of scientists and inventors. Even the word telescope was created after Galileo made his design (coined by Greek mathematician Giovanni Demisiani who was smitten by Galileo’s design).
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    Fact of the Day - ROSA PARKS Did you know... that Parks had a prior encounter with James Blake, the bus driver who demanded she vacate her seat? In 1943, Blake had ejected Parks from his bus after she refused to re-enter the vehicle through the back door after paying her fare at the front. “I never wanted to be on that man’s bus again,” she wrote in her autobiography. “After that, I made a point of looking at who was driving the bus before I got on. I didn’t want any more run-ins with that mean one.” After the written order from the Supreme Court outlawing bus segregation arrived and the Montgomery Bus Boycott ended on December 21, 1956, one of the newly integrated buses that Parks boarded to pose for press photographs happened to be driven by Blake.
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    Fact of the Day - WISHING WELLS Did you know... that a wishing well is a term from European folklore to describe wells where it was thought that any spoken wish would be granted? The idea that a wish would be granted came from the notion that water housed deities or had been placed there as a gift from the gods. This practice is thought to have arisen because water is a source of life, and was often a scarce commodity. The Germanic and Celtic peoples considered springs and wells sacred places. Sometimes the places were marked with wooden statues possibly of the god associated with the pool. Germanic peoples were known to throw the armor and weapons of defeated enemies into bogs and other pools of water as offerings to their gods. Water was seen to have healing powers, and wells became popular, with many people drinking the water, bathing in it or just simply wishing over it. Some people believed that the guardians or dwellers of the well would grant them their wish if they paid a price. After uttering the wish, one would generally drop coins in the well. That wish would then be granted by the guardian or dweller, based upon how the coin would land at the bottom of the well. If the coin landed heads up, the guardian of the well would grant the wish, but the wish of a tails up coin would be ignored. It was thus potentially lucky to throw coins in the well, but it depended on how they landed. The tradition of dropping pennies in ponds and fountains stems from this. Coins would be placed there as gifts for the deity to show appreciation.
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    Fact of the Day - HUMMINGBIRDS Did you know... that hummingbirds have tongues that are grooved like the shape of a "W"? Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tips of their tongues to help them lap up nectar… similar to a cat. A hummingbird's bill is longer in proportion to its body, as compared to other birds. They have no sense of smell, but can hear better than humans and are attracted to all bright colors, although red is most prominently associated with these tiny birds. Hummingbirds see in ultraviolet light and they can see further than a human. They have a great memory – they remember every flower & feeder they've been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill. The hummingbird brain is 4.2% of its body weight – this is the largest, in proportion, of the wild bird group. They are the only birds that can fly like a helicopter… up, down, sideways, front, and back! Hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds with over 300 species. Hummingbirds have weak feet – they mainly use them just for perching. When food is scarce and they are fatigued, hummingbirds go into a hibernation-like state (also known as torpor) to conserve energy. A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute. Hummingbirds do not mate for life. A baby hummingbird is roughly the size of a penny and is unable to fly. The average life span of a hummingbird is 5 years, but they have been known to live for more than 10 years. Hummingbirds fly at an average of 25-30 miles per hour, and are able to dive up to 50 miles per hour. Some hummingbirds will travel over 2,000 miles twice a year during their migration.
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    Fact of the Day - OLD HOLLYWOOD STARS Did you know... that Canadian-born Mary Pickford,, “the girl with the curls,” was one of the first bonafide Hollywood movie stars? She made a record-breaking $10,000 a week at the peak of her popularity. Pickford, along with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, formed the United Artists studio in 1919. The studio was intended to protect their work, and to wrest control from commercially minded producers and distributors. This event is said to have given rise to the saying “the lunatics have taken over the asylum,” remarked by Richard A. Rowland, then head of Metro Pictures.
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    Our dearest member @PannenkoekenNL is no more! May his soul rest in peace!
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    I found out I have severe pancreatic cancer, that has already gotten to my liver, and have at best a few months to live. I am sorry I will not be able to help maintain this forum with my tomes again, but I wanted to say goodbye. I will try to check in from time to time while I am still here, but this is the worst form of cancer it seems and I have the worst variant of it, so time is not on my side. Take care and be well everyone, ad treat this forum as the precious place it truly is. Bluenoser
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