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    Fact of the Day - STEAMBOATS A typical river paddle steamer from the 1850s-the Ben Campbell Did you know.... that a steamboat is a boat that is propelled primarily by steam power, typically driving propellers or paddlewheels. Steamboats sometimes use the prefix designation SS, S.S. or S/S (for 'Screw Steamer') or PS (for 'Paddle Steamer'); however, these designations are most often used for steamships. The term steamboat is used to refer to smaller, insular, steam-powered boats working on lakes and rivers, particularly riverboats. As using steam became more reliable, steam power became applied to larger, ocean-going vessels. (Wikipedia) The History of Steamboats Before Steam Engine Trains, There Was the Steamboat By Mary Bellis | Updated January 13, 2020 The era of the steamboat began in the late 1700s, thanks initially to the work of Scotsman James Watt. In 1769, Watt patented an improved version of the steam engine that helped usher in the Industrial Revolution and spurred other inventors to explore how steam technology could be used to propel ships. Watt's pioneering efforts would eventually revolutionize transportation. The First Steamboats John Fitch was the first to build a steamboat in the United States. His initial 45-foot craft successfully navigated the Delaware River on August 22, 1787. Fitch later built a larger vessel to carry passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey. After a contentious battle with rival inventor James Rumsey over similar steamboat designs, Fitch was ultimately granted his first United States patent for a steamboat on August 26, 1791. He was not, however, awarded a monopoly, leaving the field open for Rumsey and other competitive inventors. Between 1785 and 1796, Fitch constructed four different steamboats that successfully plied rivers and lakes to demonstrate the feasibility of steam power for water locomotion. His models utilized various combinations of propulsive force, including ranked paddles (patterned after Indian war canoes), paddle wheels, and screw propellers. While his boats were mechanically successful, Fitch failed to pay sufficient attention to construction and operating costs. After losing investors to other inventors, he was unable to stay afloat financially. "Plan of Mr. Fitch's Steam Boat" Robert Fulton, the "Father of Steam Navigation" Before turning his talents to the steamboat, American inventor Robert Fulton had successfully built and operated a submarine in France but it was his talent for turning steamboats into a commercially viable mode of transportation that earned him the title of the "father of steam navigation." Fulton was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1765. While his early education was limited, he displayed considerable artistic talent and inventiveness. At the age of 17, he moved to Philadelphia, where he established himself as a painter. Advised to go abroad due to ill health, in 1786, Fulton moved to London. Eventually, his lifelong interest in scientific and engineering developments, especially in the application of steam engines, supplanted his interest in art. As he applied himself to his new vocation, Fulton secured English patents for machines with a wide variety of functions and applications. He also began to show a marked interested in the construction and efficiency of canal systems. By 1797, growing European conflicts led Fulton to begin work on weapons against piracy, including submarines, mines, and torpedoes. Soon after, Fulton moved to France, where he took up work on canal systems. In 1800, he built a successful "diving boat" which he named the Nautilus but there was not sufficient interest, either in France or England, to induce Fulton to pursue any further submarine design. Fulton's passion for steamboats remained undiminished, however. In 1802, he contracted with Robert Livingston to construct a steamboat for use on the Hudson River. Over the next four years, after building prototypes in Europe, Fulton returned to New York in 1806. Fulton's 1806 submarine design for the U.S. government Robert Fulton's Milestones On August 17, 1807, the Clermont, Robert Fulton's first American steamboat, left New York City for Albany, serving as the inaugural commercial steamboat service in the world. The ship traveled from New York City to Albany making history with a 150-mile trip that took 32 hours at an average speed of about five miles per hour. Four years later, Fulton and Livingston designed the New Orleans and put it into service as a passenger and freight boat with a route along the lower Mississippi River. By 1814, Fulton, together with Robert Livingston’s brother, Edward, was offering regular steamboat and freight service between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi. Their boats traveled at rates of eight miles per hour downstream and three miles per hour upstream. The Orleans, or New Orleans, first steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Steamboats Rise Can't Compete with Rail In 1816, when inventor Henry Miller Shreve launched his steamboat, Washington, it could complete the voyage from New Orleans to Louisville, Kentucky in 25 days. But steamboat designs continued to improve, and by 1853, the New Orleans to Louisville trip took only four and a half days. Steamboats contributed greatly to the economy throughout the eastern part of the United States as a means of transporting agricultural and industrial supplies. Between 1814 and 1834, New Orleans steamboat arrivals increased from 20 to 1,200 each year. These boats transported passengers, as well as cargoes of cotton, sugar, and other goods. Steam propulsion and railroads developed separately but it was not until railroads adopted steam technology that rail truly began to flourish. Rail transport was faster and not as hampered by weather conditions as water transport, nor was it dependent on the geographical constraints of predetermined waterways. By the 1870s, railroads— which could travel not only north and south but east, west, and points in between—had begun to supplant steamboats as the major transporter of both goods and passengers in the United States. Steamboats and Paddle Wheelers by Ted Barris | Published Online April 8, 2009 | Last Edited March 4, 2015 An old paddle steamer used in the Yukon by the gold miners of the last century Demonstrated in France on the Saône River in 1783, the paddle-wheel steamboat first appeared in North America for use on the Delaware River in 1787. After inauguration at New Orleans in 1811 by Robert Fulton, hundreds of boats worked the Mississippi River system between 1830 and 1870. Steamboats and Paddle Wheelers Steamboat refers to the flat-bottomed, shallow-draft, steam-powered vessels, generally associated with inland navigation, as opposed to deep-keeled, oceangoing steamships. As invented in 1685 by French physicist Denis Papin, the paddle wheel (driven by compressed steam from wood- or coal-fired boilers) was affixed to the boat hull either laterally (side-wheeler) or at the rear of the boat (sternwheeler) and provided forward and reverse propulsion. The first paddle steamer in Canadian waters, the ACCOMMODATION, was a side-wheeler launched for a 36-hour maiden voyage from Montréal to Québec in 1809. Other paddle-wheel steamboat firsts in Canada include the Frontenac on Lake Ontario (1816); the General Stacey Smyth on the Saint John River (1816); the Union on the lower reaches of the Ottawa River (1819); the Richard Smith visiting PEI (1830); the ROYAL WILLIAM steaming from Québec to Halifax (1831); the seagoing BEAVER, which first plied waters off BC (1836); the Spitfire, first steamboat into St John's harbour (1840); and the ANSON NORTHUP, first paddle wheeler to cross the international boundary on the Red River (1859). This is the Anson Northrup riverboat Paddle steamers figure significantly in Canadian history. The Swiftsure moved troops on the St Lawrence during the War of 1812. The Royal William, built at Québec, was the first vessel to cross the Atlantic almost entirely under the power of steam in 1833. BC steamers ferried thousands of gold seekers into the Fraser (1858), Cariboo (1862) and Yukon (1898) river valleys (300 steamboats worked BC and Yukon waterways between 1836 and 1957). The Red River steamer International was commandeered by the forces of Louis Riel at Fort Garry in 1870; and the Saskatchewan River stern-wheeler Northcote engaged Gabriel Dumont's Métis at the Battle of BATOCHE. Paddle steamers carried the first wheat exported from Manitoba, precipitated a sophisticated inland canal and lock system in Ontario, freighted the first locomotive to Winnipeg for the CPR, brought the first mail to the Klondike and ferried the first fresh fruits and missionaries into the Far North. The utilitarian steamboat was also a social force. Staterooms, grand pianos and fine wines came with first-class passage aboard even the frontier steamers, and cabin and boiler decks below had fiddle playing, folk dances and card games. After 1900, when railways replaced steamboats as the major means of freight transport, hunting and picnic excursions and moonlight cruises were commonplace aboard steamboats. The last fully operational stern-wheeler, the Samson V (built in 1936 for use on the Fraser River), was taken out of service in 1981. Stern-wheelers still operate, or are displayed, at various historic sites and attractions. In the Yukon, the steamer Keno, which transported silver, lead and zinc ore between Stewart City and Mayo Landing in 1922, has been preserved to commemorate the mining history of the Yukon Territory. The Keno now occupies a berth in Dawson City. In Edmonton, the Edmonton Queen cruises along the North Saskatchewan River, treating passengers to a scenic view of the river valley. Source: Wikipedia - Steamboat | Brief History of Steamboats | Canadian Encyclopedia - Steamboats and Paddle Wheelers
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    Momonosuke bites Kaido, giving Luffy opportunities to hit the latter hard. While this is broadcasted throughout Onigashima, the clouds brought about from the dragons' appearance blocks the moon. As Luffy clashes with Kaido in half-beast form, the conflict breaks the clouds apart and gives the big cat and dog Minks another chance to finally take down their respective opponents. And they do so in great fashion.
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    What's the Word? - OOLOGY pronunciation: [oh-AHL-ə-jee] Part of speech: noun Origin: Greek, 19th century Meaning: 1. The study or collecting of birds' eggs. Example: "The only scientific study Leo seemed interested in was oology." "Oology can lead to the illegal collection of wild birds’ eggs." About Oology This word comes from the combination of “oo-,” a Greek word-forming element meaning “egg” and a cognate with Latin’s “ovum.” This is combined with “-logy,” meaning “a speaking, discourse, treatise, theory, science” from the Greek “-logia.” Did You Know? In the 1960s, British naturalist Derek Ratcliffe compared peregrine falcon eggs from historical collections with more recent egg shells and was able to determine a decline in shell thickness over time. This helped establish the link between the use of pesticides and insecticides, and the declining British populations of birds of prey.
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1260130/Banana_Hell/ Banana Hell is currently free on Steam https://sorceressgamelab.itch.io/tizahls-quest-full Tizahl's Quest is currently free on Itch.io.
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    Fact of the Day - APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS The Monongahela National Forest Did you know.... that the Appalachian Mountains, often called the Appalachians, are a system of mountains in eastern to northeastern North America. The Appalachians first formed roughly 480 million years ago during the Ordovician Period. They once reached elevations similar to those of the Alps and the Rocky Mountains before experiencing natural erosion. The Appalachian chain is a barrier to east–west travel, as it forms a series of alternating ridgelines and valleys oriented in opposition to most highways and railroads running east–west. (Wikipedia) Facts about the Appalachian Mountains by Lilian | August 2, 2020 Blue Ridge Mountains The great Appalachian Mountains are found on the eastern side of the United States. They are some of the oldest natural landmarks in the US. The mountains provide a rich source of natural resources and spill over to Canada. The mountain range is massive such that it is divided into three sections, the northern, central and southern. These mountains are a source of many rivers and lakes, home to a variety of plants and animals. The natural beauty bestowed by this mountain range has earned it a place in so many people’s hearts. Several people visit the mountain for hikes, camping and other recreation activities. It is no wonder then that it is among the most visited natural reserves. 1. The Appalachian Mountains extend to Canada By Shenandoah National Park from Virginia These mountains are not only found in the United States but also the southwestern side of Canada. The mountains start from Alabama and end in Newfoundland, Canada. That is not all about these mountains, the range extends in 14 states making it 2,200 miles long. The states are Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. It is also interesting to note that the mountain range is divided into five geological provinces defined by its formation. One of the provinces is Adirondack, while this forms part of the geological province, they are different mountain ranges. The other four provinces are the Appalachian Basin, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont Province and the New England Province. 2. The Appalachian Mountain range is the oldest in America These Mountains form the oldest mountain chain in North America. They stretch for 1,500 miles in Canada and the United States. Geologists estimate that the mountains are 480 million years old. The mountains were formed during the Ordovician period from the Paleozoic era, this was way before the Ice age period. Would you also believe that the highest peak was as high as the Himalayas! Well, it is no longer the case because of consistent erosion that has weathered it down. Its highest peak today stands at 6,684 feet. How it got its name was through the Indian tribe called the Apalachees that lived around it. 3. The Appalachian Mountains has a humid climate The weather of the Appalachians changes with the time of year. However, the weather is mostly pleasant and humid. This is loved by many tourists and hikers that go up the mountain. This beautiful climate and weather have provided a conducive environment for wildlife and plant species. Animals found in the forest around the mountain range include black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, foxes, chipmunks and a variety of birds. This does not mean that there are no extremes. An example is the White Mountains in Canada that have arctic climate while Mount Washington experiences strong hurricane winds for the most of the year. The soil in the Appalachian valley is said to be the most fertile in the United States. 4. The Appalachian Trail is the longest in America By Billy Hathorn The Appalachian Trail is said to be the longest footpath in the United States, it is approximately 3,500 kilometres long. It extends from the Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. If one was to walk the entire trail, they would have taken 5 million steps. Walking or hiking up the trail one will be part of unspoiled scenery of wooded, pastoral, wild and clean crisp air. A large part of the trail is found in Virginia while the shortest segment of the trail is in Maryland. 5. The Appalachian Mountains is rich with minerals These Mountains are rich with major mineral deposits of coal, petroleum and natural gas. The coal found here is initially formed as anthracite found in northeastern Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania and western Maryland have the sedimentary form of coal. Other minerals found here include iron, zinc, natural gas, and petroleum. Petroleum was discovered in 1859 in western Pennsylvania, soon after commercial quantities were ready for production. The discovery of natural gas also led to commercial production of the same. 6. The Appalachian Mountains features different wildlife Wood Warbler The Appalachian forests are thick and are home to more than five species of tree squirrels. Other unique and rare species of wildlife live here such as moose, black bears, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, bats, raccoons, white-tailed deer, skunks, weasels, beaver, chipmunks, and rabbits. Birds such as flycatchers, wrens, warblers and hawks can also be found here. Other interesting animals found here are the wild horses. They are related to domesticated horses but have adapted to their life in the wild. They have lived in the forest since the early 1600s. 7. Tallest Appalachian Mountain Mount Mitchell The tallest peak from the Appalachians is Mount Mitchell found in North Carolina. It stands at 2,037 meters above sea level. This is the highest point in eastern North America. The summit of this mountain has mild summers and cold winters. The weather patterns around Mount Mitchell is similar to south-Eastern Canada. Another interesting peak is Mount Washington found in New Hampshire. It stands at 1,916 meters above sea level and is known for having extreme weather conditions. The mountain experiences strong tropical cyclones winds at the summit, about 100 days every year. 8. Millions of people visit the Great Smoky Mountains, National Park By Aviator31 Millions of tourists and hikers visit the Great Smoky Mountains that is part of the Appalachian mountain range. The national park welcomes more than 12 million people each year for different activities. This park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The main attractions in this park include rivers, lakes, ponds, hiking trail, bird watching, skiing and other recreational activities. The park is made up of 76,000 hectares of old-growth forest. This mountain is naturally foggy and from a distance, one would take it to be a cloud of smoke. The name smoky therefore refers to the fog. At least a million people hike up the trail of the Smoky mountain national park every year. 9. The Appalachian Mountains are the best for recreational Sports all four seasons During the winter season, the Appalachian Mountains turns into a paradise of snow sporting activities. There are snowmobiles, ice skating, tubing and skiing that tourists enjoy. The ski resorts have 849 ski lifts serving more than 100 snow slopes The summer and fall seasons welcome several hikers and motorists using its hiking trails and parkways. The campers also take advantage of this and spend some quiet and pleasant time in the wild. Summer activities include rafting, fishing and balloon ride over the range. 10. The Appalachian region functions as a geographical divide By National Park Service The Appalachian Mountains form a geographical boundary between the eastern seaboard and the Midwest. Its Eastern continental divide creates a border along the stretch between Georgia and Pennsylvania. The northern section of the mountain range extends from Newfoundland in Canada to the Hudson River in New York. In each region that the range crosses, the mountains have their names like Smoky mountains, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the Blue Ridge mountains among other names. Source: Wikipedia - Appalachian Mountains | Appalachian Mountains Facts
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    What's the Word? - ROBORANT pronunciation: [RO-bər-ənt] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, mid 17th century Meaning: 1. A medicine, treatment, etc. that has a strengthening or restorative effect. Example: "The antibiotic was an immediate roborant for his infection." "The ointment felt like a short-term roborant." About Roborant This word comes from the Latin “roborant-,” meaning “strengthening.” It comes from the verb “roborare,” from “robor-” meaning “strength.” Did You Know? “Roborant” can also be an adjective, meaning “having a strengthening or restorative effect.” For example, “The crux of the surgeon’s roborant treatment was physical therapy.”
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    Fact of the Day - COFFEE Did you know.... that coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. From the coffee fruit, the seeds are separated to produce a stable, raw product: unroasted green coffee. The seeds are then roasted, a process which transforms them into a consumable product: roasted coffee, which is ground into a powder and typically steeped in hot water before being filtered out, producing a cup of coffee. (Wikipedia) Fascinating Facts About Coffee BY MENTALFLOSS .COM | SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 | (UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 29, 2020) Coffee: You know it would be impossible to start your day without a cup of it, but how much do you really know about your favorite caffeinated beverage? Read on and find out. 1. COFFEE WAS ORIGINALLY CHEWED. Sipping may be your preferred method of java consumption, but coffee has not always been a liquid treat. According to a number of historians, the first African tribes to consume coffee did so by grinding the berries together, adding in some animal fat, and rolling these caffeinated treats into tiny edible energy balls. 2. DRINKING DECAF COFFEE FUELS THE SODA INDUSTRY. After coffee beans are decaffeinated, several coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soda and pharmaceutical companies. 3. INSTANT COFFEE HAS BEEN AROUND FOR NEARLY 250 YEARS. Instant coffee has been around for a while, making its first appearance in England in 1771. But it would take another 139 years for the first mass-produced instant coffee to be introduced (and patented) in the U.S. in 1910. 4. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN SPENDS ABOUT $1100 ON COFFEE EACH YEAR. You’d think that spending an average of $1100 on coffee each year would be enough to make America the world’s most caffeinated nation. You would be wrong. 5. FINLAND IS THE WORLD’S COFFEE CAPITAL. Though Finland does not produce any beans of its own, its citizens drink a lot of the brown stuff—the most of any country in the world. 6. BEETHOVEN WAS A BARISTA’S WORST NIGHTMARE. Beethoven enjoyed a cup of coffee, and was extremely particular about its preparation; he insisted that each cup he consumed be made with exactly 60 beans. 7. COFFEE BEANS SENT BRAZILIAN ATHLETES TO THE OLYMPICS IN 1932. In 1932, Brazil couldn't afford to send its athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles. So they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way. 8. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO BAN COFFEE ENTIRELY. As recently as the 18th century, governments were trying to eradicate coffee. Among the many reasons for outlawing the beverage were its tendency to stimulate “radical thinking.” In 1746 Sweden took things to an extreme when it banned both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (i.e. cups and saucers). 9. COFFEE COULD EXTEND YOUR CAT’S LIFE. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but the Guinness World Record holder for “Oldest Cat Ever”—a 38-year-old kitty named Creme Puff—drank coffee every morning of her furry little life (plus enjoying bacon, eggs, and broccoli). Before you dismiss that outright, consider this: The cat that Creme Puff beat out for the record (a 34-year-old cat, appropriately named Grandpa Rex Allen) had the same owner, and was fed the exact same diet. 10. 17TH-CENTURY WOMEN THOUGHT COFFEE WAS TURNING THEIR MEN INTO “USELESS CORPSES.” In 1674, the Women's Petition Against Coffee claimed the beverage was turning British men into "useless corpses" and proposed a ban on it for anyone under the age of 60. 11. CHOCK FULL O'NUTS COFFEE CONTAINS NO NUTS. It's named for a chain of nut stores the founder converted into coffee shops. 12. THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE COMES FROM ANIMAL POOP. Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, earns its pricey distinction thanks to a surprising step in its production: digestion. In Indonesia, a wild animal known as the Asian palm civet (a small critter similar to the weasel) cannot resist the bright red coffee cherries that abound, even though they can’t digest the actual coffee beans. The beans pass through the civets' systems without being fully digested. At which point, some brave coffee farmer collects the beans from the civets’ droppings, (hopefully) thoroughly washes them, and sells them for up to $600 per pound. 13. THE WORLD’S FIRST WEBCAM WATCHED A COFFEE POT. Though it was hardly what one might described as “action-packed,” it allowed researchers at Cambridge to monitor the coffee situation in the Trojan Room without ever leaving their desks. After the webcam portion of the Trojan Room coffee pot experiment was pulled, the pot itself—a non-working Krups ProAroma pot that would normally retail for about $50—was put up for auction on eBay, where it sold for just under $5000. 14. IT WOULD TAKE 70 CUPS OF COFFEE TO KILL A 150-POUND PERSON. Too much of anything can be a bad thing—yes, even your favorite customized coffee beverage. A video from AsapSCIENCE determined that it would take 70 cups of coffee to kill a roughly 150-pound person. 15. THERE’S A STARBUCKS AT CIA HEADQUARTERS. Some officers at the Central Intelligence Agency call it “Stealthy Starbucks,” but employees at the Langley, Virginia location definitely aren’t your typical Starbucks employees. For one, they must undergo extensive background checks and they cannot leave their post without a CIA escort. On the positive side: They don’t have to write down or shout out their customers’ names! Source: Wikipedia - Coffee | Quick Coffee Facts
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    What's the Word? - SELVAGE pronunciation: [SEL-vij] Part of speech: noun Origin: Late Middle English, 15th century. (Geological term is from the 1930s.) Meaning: 1. An edge produced on woven fabric during manufacture that prevents it from unraveling. 2. (Geology) a zone of altered rock, especially volcanic glass, at the edge of a rock mass. Example: "The curtain’s selvage was a different color, creating a noticeable border." "Tom wanted to study how the selvage of obsidian formed." About Selvage This word hails from late Middle English. It is an alteration of “self” + “edge,” patterned off of the early modern Dutch “selfegghe.” Did You Know? “Selvage” doesn’t just refer to fabric. For instance, in printing, it means the excess area of a printed or perforated sheet, such as the white border area of a sheet of stamps or the wide margins of an engraving. It can also refer to the clay-like material found along a geological fault.
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    Seems like half the time now these Epic freebies are repeats that I've already got from Epic as a freebie prior.
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    Fact of the Day - DISNEY PRINCES Did you know.... that there’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to your all-time favorite Disney characters. Some of them almost had different names, others originally had totally different storylines, some were inspired by real-life people/animals, others almost looked completely different and some have really unique qualities that only super Disney trivia fans would know about. With all the focus on the princesses, it’s time to look at some facts about the Disney princes. I find it interesting to see the role differences the princes have in films like “Cinderella” and “Aladdin.” It’s really interesting to me that the film is named after Aladdin, not Princess Jasmine. Check out these facts about Disney princes and you might learn something new! (Disney Characters) Disney Prince Facts You Never Knew as a Kid by HILARY WHITE | April 26, 2016 Cinderella married a man without knowing his actual name, and apparently Pocahontas is the only princess with a thing for blonds. We know pretty much everything there is to know about the Disney princesses, but what about the leading men in their lives? We found some juicy facts about the princes — both the official and the unofficial (but still as beloved) Disney princes — that will change the way you see the knights in shining armor you know and love. 1. Aladdin Aladdin was supposed to have a mom — but she was cut out of the movie. She even had a song called "Proud of Your Boy," which, despite being cut from the movie, was brought back for the Aladdin Broadway musical. Apart from the fact that this Disney prince had his film named after him, Aladdin is a pretty cool guy. He's a sly liar so that rules out him being perfect. In fact, the feather on his hat falls forward whenever he tells a lie. Clever! Another fun fact about this Disney prince is that Aladdin is modeled after Tom Cruise. 2. Prince Charming Cinderella's Prince Charming's name — or lack thereof — is a matter of major dispute. Although he officially has no name other than Prince Charming in the original Cinderella movie, Disney France has since claimed that his name is Henri, and the new 2015 live action Cinderella dubbed him "Kit." Kit? It’s time to get married! Prince Charming is the first Disney Prince to be featured in a wedding. And he even dances with his love interest after just meeting her. What’s more, he is the first prince to have a father alive during the story. The other two princes being Prince Phillip and Prince Naveen. 3. Prince Eric Prince Eric is the only official prince who doesn't sing. Some of the "unofficial" princes forego singing as well, but Eric's the only one in the official lineup who skips out on this traditional Disney duty. Did you know that Prince Eric from "The Little Mermaid" is the first prince to be saved by his love interest? Eric does carry his own in some ways. He is the first prince to play a musical instrument and risk his life to save his dog Max. It’s interesting because Eric never takes the form of a merman throughout the three films, yet fans love to draw him with a blue tail. 4. Flynn Ryder Flynn Ryder aka Eugene Fitzherbert is the only prince to have facial hair. Unless you count the Beast. But we're talking princes in human form here. Flynn Rider is the daredevil con who helps Rapunzel in Disney’s 2011 film “Tangled.” He’s a wanted man but the ironic thing is that he is destined to be king. By marrying Rapunzel at the end of the film, he’s officially married to a princess. His dream of having a great castle with a beautiful view comes true. Crazy, right? 5. Li Shang The second prince to be saved by a Disney princess is Li Shang. Mulan basically saves an entire empire . . . but she also individually saves Li Shang's ass a few times, too. Li Shang has incredible physical strength and can out-lift everyone in his army, but when you really think about it, he wasn't a traditional prince and Mulan was an actual princess. And yet, Disney (and its fans) like to think of both as prince and princess. 6. Prince Naveen Prince Naveen is the only prince to have a non-American accent. He is from the fictional kingdom of Maldonia, and voice actor Bruno Campos ad-libbed the accent as a combination of Portuguese and French. He’s a bit of a selfish schemer to start, but Prince Naveen learns the value of honesty and hard work over the course of The Princess And The Frog. Naveen’s power lies in his perseverance. Despite the seemingly impossible odds when he’s turned into a frog, he finds love and a whole new appreciation for life that can inspire those around him. 7. Tarzan The animator of Tarzan was inspired by his skateboarding son. Glen Keane drew inspiration from his teenage son, Max, who "loved performing fearless skateboarding stunts and watching extreme sports, such as snowboarding. Thus, Tarzan seemed to 'surf' through the trees." Tarzan might not have been actual royalty, but he was certainly a prince when it came to the animal kingdom. He knew exactly how to survive with his gorilla family, and managed to get them to accept other humans into their midst. Tarzan’s power lies in his understanding and compassion. He not only understands and protects animals, but does the same for those humans who aren’t out to destroy anyone. 8. John Smith John Smith is the only blond Disney prince. You think he had more fun? Let's be real, John Smith is considered a Disney prince because of his fictional relationship with Native American princess Pocahontas. But in reality, he wasn't a prince at all. He and Pocahontas never married in the 1995 movie. He simply set sail back to England after he was practically murdered in front of his warriors. John Smith did lead an entire army and was very much a leader, but he didn't have the kind of reign other princes on this list did. John Smith is the only prince based on a real person. While the real story differs greatly from Disney's version, the basis is still in fact. 9. Prince Florian Snow White's Prince Florian was kind of a mystery. He popped up at the beginning of the movie to woo Snow and then where did he go? The next time we see him isn't until after Snow was poisoned. After he kisses her and awakes her from her slumber, they ride off into the sunset. But we never hear much about his kingdom and what he can offer Snow White besides the role of a princess. 10. Prince Phillip Prince Phillip is Princess Aurora's love interest from Sleeping Beauty and were destined to be together from the start. In fact, if she was never taken away by her fairy godmothers, she and Phillip would have had an arranged marriage anyway. As fate would have it, Phillip and Aurora did run into each other in the forest and fell for each other instantly. Unlike some of the other princes on this list, Phillip didn't need Aurora to make a difference in his kingdom. After seeing his and Aurora's father come to terms about combining their kingdoms, it was clear Phillip was quite powerful. And when Aurora needed help, Phillip fought a fire-breathing dragon and rode through thorns to get to her. Prince Philip had both the physical strength and a strong reign to make a difference in his kingdom. Princess Aurora’s dashing man Prince Phillip is the first Disney prince to have a name. But apart from his name, he’s got a way of making people do things they didn’t intend. He convinces his horse to go find the source of singing in the woods. He also managed to persuade his father into agreeing that he should marry who he loves rather than who he is betrothed to. Source: Disney Characters | Disney Prince Facts | Powerful Disney Princes
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    What's the Word? - ANTHESIS pronunciation: [an-THEE-sis] Part of speech: noun Origin: Greek, mid 19th century Meaning: 1. The flowering period of a plant, from the opening of the flower bud. Example: "The roses’ anthesis happens in the early spring." "Spring’s anthesis is really on display when the azalea bushes bloom." About Anthesis This word stems from the Greek “anthesis,” a noun of action from “antheein,” meaning “to blossom.” That comes from “anthos,” meaning “flower.” Did You Know? If read quickly, “anthesis” can easily be mistaken for “antithesis,” a person or thing which is the direct opposite of something else. The antithesis of “anthesis” would be when leaves are falling in autumn.
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    Fact of the Day - CANADA Monument to Multiculturalism, by Francesco Pirelli in Toronto. Did you know... that Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. (Wikipedia) Fun Facts About Canada That Will Blow Your Mind By Daniel Reid | readersdigest.ca | Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These fun facts about Canada will have you seeing our beautiful country in a whole new way. Canada is bigger than the European Union Ever been travelling abroad and had someone ask you if you know Kimberly from Vancouver or Theo from Montreal after you told them you were Canadian? Our country’s vast land area is often hard to comprehend for those who haven’t experienced it firsthand. Here are some fun facts about Canada to put its breathtaking scale into perspective: It’s bigger than the entire European Union (33 times bigger than Italy and 15 times bigger than France), more than 30 per cent larger than Australia, five times as big as Mexico, three times as big as India and about the same size as 81,975 Walt Disney Worlds put together. So, in other words, no, you don’t know Kimberly or Theo! Canada’s lowest recorded temperature is as cold as Mars One of the least surprising facts about Canada is that it can get pretty cold in the winter (anyone who’s ever had to chisel their car out of a block of ice in the morning knows this to be true). The average low for the month of January in Ottawa is -14.4 C (6.1 F). That’s pretty cold! However, a temperature recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon makes the rest of Canada’s winter weather seem like a relaxing beach vacation. A temperature of -63 C (-81.4 F) was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars! Learn more about the coldest day in Canadian history. There are more lakes here than anywhere else in the world Canada has a lot of great things in abundance, like hockey players, parkas and Tim Hortons franchises. But one of the most fascinating facts about Canada is that we also have more surface area covered by lakes than any other country in the world. It’s true! The Great White North has 563 lakes larger than 100 square kilometres. The Great Lakes alone contain about 18 per cent of the world’s fresh lake water. That’s a lot of water—and a lot of gorgeous scenery. Check out the 10 places in Canada every Canadian should visit. Canada has the world’s longest coastline If you walked and never stopped—not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep—it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline. While our country might not conjure up images of blue waters and white sandy beaches, Canada has the world’s longest coastline, bordered on three sides by three different oceans: the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific. To put that fun fact about Canada into perspective, that accounts for 202,080 of the world’s total 356,000 kilometres of oceanfront property. The only other country that even comes close is Indonesia, which has 54,716 km of coastline. Ready to explore that vast shoreline? These 10 essential east coast experiences are a great place to start. Canada has 10 per cent of the world’s forests One of the most widely-known facts about Canada is that we’ve got an abundance of trees, but did you know that Canada actually boasts 30 per cent of the world’s boreal forest and 10 per cent of the world’s total forest cover? An incredible 396.9-million hectares of forest and other wooded land can be found across the country, and 68 per cent of that is coniferous. The best part of all? Most of our forest land is publicly owned, and much of it can be explored in these 50 gorgeous parks across Canada. Canada has the only walled city in North America Quebec City has a special feature that makes it unique in Canada (and the U.S., for that matter it has walls. One of the most fascinating facts about Canada is that Quebec City is the only city north of Mexico that still has fortified walls. First the French, and later the English, built up Quebec City’s fortifications between the 17th and the 19th centuries. Quebec’s entire historic district, including the ramparts, has since been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Find out more must-see historical attractions across Canada. Canada has six times more oil than Russia It’s thick, it’s sticky and Canada has an estimated 176.8 billion recoverable barrels of it. That’s right, crude bitumen—a semi-solid source of petroleum—is available in abundance in Canada’s oil sands. There’s an estimated 249.67 billion accessible barrels of the black stuff in the world and Canada has about 70.8 per cent of it—four times more than Kazakhstan and six times more than Russia. Here’s what one recent immigrant wishes he’d known before moving to Canada. Canada’s national parks are bigger than most countries Canada is so vast, even our parks dwarf other countries. Just look at Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s also an incredible 30,050 square kilometres—bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger at 44,807 square kilometres, which makes it bigger than Denmark and Switzerland. Don’t miss this spectacular gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls. Canada has North America’s strongest current Here’s a fun fact about Canada for all you adrenaline junkies. If you’re up for the swim of your life (be sure to wear a life-jacket), check out the Seymour Narrows in British Columbia. The stretch of the Discovery Passage has some of the strongest tidal currents ever measured with flood speeds of 17 km/h and ebb speeds of 18 km/h. It’s on the other coast, of course, you’ll find those incredible 15 metre tides at the Bay of Fundy. Read up on that mind-blowing phenomenon in this roundup of fascinating Canadian geography facts. Alert, Nunavut, is the world’s northernmost settlement At the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, just 817 kilometres from the North Pole, you’ll find the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Alert, Nunavut. It might not have malls or movie theatres but Alert is the temporary home to military and scientific personnel working in the area. The “temporary home” part will make sense once you realize how cold this place gets: the warmest month, July, has a balmy average temperature of 3.4 C (38.1 F). By January, the coldest month, the mean temperature has plunged to -32.19 C (-26 F). No wonder they named it Alert. For more fun facts about Canada, check out the best Canadian attractions you’ve never heard of. Source: Wikipedia - Canada | Facts About Canada
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    What's the Word? - PIA pronunciation: [PI-ə] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 14th century Meaning: 1. The delicate innermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord. Example: "The medical residents looked for studies that specifically focused on the pia." "The pia acts as a protective layer for the nervous system." About Pia This word stems from medieval Latin. In full, the literal translation is “tender mother,” translating Arabic “al-'umm ar-raḳīḳa.” Did You Know? The full name of this thin, fibrous membrane is “pia mater.” Even though the pia is a barrier that closely covers the brain, it allows blood vessels to pass through and nourish the brain. It also helps in production of cerebrospinal fluid.
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    Fact of the Day - FRENCH LANGUAGE Did you know.... that French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the Latin spoken in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French. (Wikipedia) FUN FACTS ABOUT THE FRENCH LANGUAGE Rebecca Twose | 19/03/2020 Bonjour! March 20th is French Language Day, so we’ve put together 10 fun facts all about the French language… 1. Official status in 29 countries French is second only to English for the number of countries where it has official status. French is an official language in 29 countries whereas English is one of the official languages in 67 countries. French is an official language in countries such as France, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Congo, Mali, and Senegal. 2. Over 300 million speakers Around 80 million out of 300 million French speakers are native. As well as the 80 million native French speakers in the world, there are an estimated 220 million partial speakers, and these numbers are increasing. Owing to population growth in Africa, the total number of French speakers could rise to as much as 700 million by 2050, according to demographers. 3. Around 30% of English words are of French origin About 30% of modern English words are of French origin. After the Norman conquest of England in 1066, French became the language of the aristocracy and administration, which resulted in a great number of French words and expressions being incorporated into English. Over the centuries, French remained a major language influencing modern English. English continues to borrow words from French and adapt them into its everyday lexicon, for example, words like déjà vu or cul-de-sac. 4. Kinshasa is the second-largest French-speaking city Kinshasa, the capital of The Democratic Republic of Congo, is the second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, followed by Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and Brussels. 5. Counting in French Every language approaches counting in their own, unique way, but with French, it can be particularly interesting, especially between 80 and 99. While in English you would say “eighty”, in French you would say, “quatre-vingts”, or “four twenties”. It gets really interesting when you reach 99. Instead of saying, ninety-nine, you would say, “quatre-vingt-dix-neuf” or “four twenties, ten, nine.” 6. Romance language French is a Romance language descended from Latin, with influences across the centuries from the Celts, the Romans, and the Vikings. 7. French literature French is a language of literature. You’re probably familiar with Les Misérables but did you know that some of the most famous children’s fairy tales were originally written in French as well? Think La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), Cendrillon (Cinderella), La Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard), and La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty). 8. French-speaking celebrities When we think of Bradley Cooper, we think of a talented actor (and singer), but did you know he also speaks French? Other French-speaking celebrities include Jodie Foster, Johnny Depp, Serena Williams, and Emma Watson! 9. Liberté, égalitié, fraternité ‘Liberty, equality and fraternity’ (or brotherhood) is the national motto of France. It first appeared around the time of the Revolution and today you’ll see it on coins, postage stamps and government logos often alongside ‘Marianne’ who symbolizes the ‘triumph of the Republic’. 10. French Language Day The United Nations celebrates six “Language Days” each year, dedicated to the six official languages of the United Nations, which are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Language Days at the United Nations were introduced in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. The date of the Day of the French language was chosen symbolically with reference to March 20, 1970, which marks the creation of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT), which has become the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF). So, there you have our ten facts about the French language! If you have any other interesting facts about French then let us know in the comments below. If you require French translation and language services, then please get in touch with our teams today to discuss our range of services! Bonus Facts: About 45% of modern English words are of French origin After the Norman conquest of England in 1066, French became the language of the aristocracy and administration, which resulted in a great number of French words and expressions being incorporated into English. Over the centuries, French remained a major language influencing modern English. Along with English, French remains an influential language in the diplomatic world Many international institutions have French as one of their official languages, including the United Nations, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the Red Cross, and Médecins sans Frontières. Many international courts also use French as an official language. Source: Wikipedia - French Language | Facts About the French Language
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    What's the Word? - BUTTLE pronunciation: [BUH-dl] Part of speech: verb Origin: Old French, time period unknown Meaning: 1. (humorous) Work as a butler. Example: "Niles buttled for the whole Sheffield family in the TV show “The Nanny.”" "It’s not as common to see someone buttle as it was in centuries past." About Buttle “Buttle” comes from the Old French “boteille” and later the Old French “butiller,” meaning “butler” or “officer in charge of wine.” Did You Know? There’s no way around it: “buttle” is a funny-sounding word! Since it’s not part of American vernacular, people tend to use it facetiously. But knowing the word “buttle” can really up your game — in Scrabble, it’s worth 8 points, and in Words With Friends, it’s worth 11 points.
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    Fact of the Day - HOBBIES Collecting sea shells Did you know... that a hobby is considered to be a regular activity that is done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. (Wikipedia) FUN FACTS: UNUSUAL HOBBIES Cristobal Gomez | July, 2020 Everyone has different hobbies. It can be doing things, making things, collecting things or learning things. You are doing it to relax or to belong. Some people like to dress up as anime characters while others collect coins. Some think a little bit outside the box and take up hobbies you might not even know existed. Here is a list of the most unusual hobbies we found: 1. TREE SHAPING It’s a very cool hobby in which you train living trees and other woody plants into artistic shapes or useful structures. Think about growing your own chair! It might take a while though. 2. BEETLE FIGHTING Choose different types of beetles to fight against each other. Beetle fighting enthusiasts sometimes breed different species of beetles for fighting. You can find videos about it online, but while some might find it interesting, others may think it's a bit gross! 3. NEWSRAIDING This consists of appearing as a bystander in the background of television shows. Very few have the resolve, planning skills, and perfect star-alignment to call this a hobby and not just a mere pipe dream. There has only been one truly great newsraider, Paul Yarrow, from the UK. He has appeared in many many broadcasts. Check out a collection here! 4. EXTREME IRONING Yes, it’s a competitive sport, also known as “EI”. Extreme ironing consists of ironing clothing in different, usually extreme, situations like while rock climbing, surfing, on a kayak… 5. STONE SKIPPING Yes it’s exactly that. You take a nice oval stone and you try to make it bounce on water as many times as possible. The current record holder managed a 51 bounce throw. 6. GEOCACHING This is free real-world treasure hunting hobby using technology. There are hidden containers called geocaches with items inside these are located using a smart phone or GPS. This hobby good for exploring the world and sharing experiences with other members. If you're interested in getting started, check out the Geocaching website. 7. SUING Ok, this belong more in the comedy category but it seems there was at least 1 person who made suing into an actual hobby. Despite being incarcerated at a federal prison in Kentucky, Jonathan Lee Riches has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. He was named as the person who has filed the most lawsuits ever. So what did he do next? He filed a lawsuit against the folks at Guinness! He filed lawsuits against the New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, former President George W. Bush, Somali pirates, Britney Spears and Martha Stewart. He's also filed lawsuits against Plato, Nostradamus, James Hoffa, “Various Buddhist Monks,” the Lincoln Memorial, the Eiffel Tower and Three Mile Island. In his latest court filing, Riches wrote about how he sued Black History Month, the president of Iran and butter substitute I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! 8. ELEMENT COLLECTING Hafnium samples for collectors You collect elements from the periodic table. People do this in different ways and of different purities. Heavy elements, poisonous and radioactive ones are not recommended to collect. 9. COMPETITIVE DUCK HERDING Yes competitive duck herding is a hobby. You learn to herd duck like you would sheep. Apparently it has become popular for corporate days out... at least according to this article. 10. TOY VOYAGING Do you have a toy that needs a vacation? Some people create a travel log and profile for their traveling toy! You can also include Life Missions for your toy, where you tell potential hosts what your toy wants to do while visiting. Hosts and owners update the travel log and add pictures. People taking part in these hobbies are no different than you or me, they just found something unique to put their interest into. Even among celebrities there are hobbies that you might have not even thought of. For example did you know that… Claudia Schiffer is an insect collector? John Travolta is a jumbo jet pilot? Mike Tyson is a pigeon racer? Or Tom Selleck is an avocado farmer? Source: Wikipedia - Hobby
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    What's the Word? - GEMUTLICH pronunciation: [ge-MOOT-lik] Part of speech: adjective Origin: German, mid 19th century Meaning: 1. Pleasant and cheerful. Example: "The dinner party had a gemütlich, easygoing vibe." "Steven was known for his gemütlich demeanor." About Gemütlich This word comes from the Middle High German “gemüetlich,” meaning “pleasant.” Originally from “gemüete,” meaning “mentality, mind.” Did You Know? There is no single word in English that is a direct translation of “gemütlich.” Even though it’s often likened to “cozy,” that one word lacks the elements of belonging and friendliness intrinsic to the term. “Gemütlich” in its German usage is more of an overall aesthetic term.
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1748780/Minion_Masters__Mordars_Malediction/ https://store.steampowered.com/app/489520/Minion_Masters/ Minion Masters: Mordar’s Malediction DLC is currently free on Steam. The base game is free to play. https://masterdevmed.itch.io/unforgiven-carry-the-pain Unforgiven: Carry the Pain is currently free at Itch.io.
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    Fact of the Day - GLITTER Did you know... that glitter is an assortment of small, reflective particles that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Glitter particles reflect light at different angles, causing the surface to sparkle or shimmer. Glitter is similar to confetti, sparkles and sequins, but somewhat smaller. (Wikipedia) Incredible Facts You Never Knew About Glitter It's even been used for military purposes! Buuuuut it can also be not so great for the environment. by Juliana Kataoka | March 2017 1. There is an evolutionary reason why we are so attracted to glitter. Ever wonder why people are so mesmerized by these little, shiny dots? Well, according to this article from "Fast Co Design," it's because glitter reminds us of something else that also glistens, reflects, and that we can't live without: that's right, water. 2. Glitter has been around since ancient times. If we were to map out glitter's family tree, the mineral group mica would be at the top! According to this article in "The New Yorker," mica flakes have been used this way since the days of cave paintings. In fact, it was being used by some ancient civilizations (including the Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans) since as early as 40,000 B.C.! 3. But glitter as we know it today was actually invented by accident by a machinist. Glitter as we know it today was invented in 1934 by the American machinist Henry Ruschmann. He basically created a machine that crushed plastic in large quantities. According to this article from "The Huffington Post," the company he founded remains one of the industry's largest in the United States to this day. 4. Glitter is made more or less like this: According to this Reddit AMA (answered by a guy who worked in a glitter factory), the color is applied to a sheet of plastic polymer that is glued to a sheet of reflective material, such as aluminum. The new sheet goes into a rotary crusher and the result is glitter in small pieces of identical size. The smaller the glitter, the longer it takes to make because there are more cuts needed. 5. Did you know that glitter has even been used for military purposes? According to this article by Mental Floss, for some time the US Air Force used a military strategy called "chaff," which consisted of releasing glitter from the back of warplanes to confuse the radar of enemy forces. The UK also tried a similar trick to fool German radar, using strips of aluminum-coated paper. 6. Here is a brief guide to getting glitter off any part of your body: Fingernails: To remove glitter nail polish, moisten a cotton ball with acetone, place it on the nail, secure it with an elastic band or wrap it with tinfoil, and leave it there for a few minutes. The acetone will practically melt away most of the polish that's sticking the glitter to the nail, which makes removal very easy. The face: According to makeup artist Hannah Levy Nunes, when you're applying makeup and get glitter in an area where you don't want it, the quickest way to get it off is by using adhesive tape. Try to use tapes specifically meant for the skin, such as a micropore medical tape, for example. And remember, you shouldn't use stationery glitter near your eyes. "You can use it everywhere except the eyes. It's itchy, and your eyes could become inflamed or you could even scratch your cornea!" explains the makeup artist. The face and body after partying: To get the glitter to come off easily with water, apply a little cream makeup remover or even conditioner. Just be careful not to rub too hard, or else you might irritate the skin. The oilier makeup removers only work if you used a product to glue the glitter onto your skin, such as eyelash glue, for example. Otherwise, they may have the opposite effect and make the glitter stick even better! If a lot of glitter still remains even after you've showered, you can use the tape trick, or even use one of those adhesive lint and hair removers for clothes. Hair: A recent beauty trend is glitter roots, which consists of applying glitter to the roots of your hair. But if there's a technique for putting it on, there's usually one for taking it off, too. Here it is: separate the part that you slathered with glitter and saturate it with conditioner. Pass a fine-tooth comb through it, and then rinse thoroughly. Then simply wash your hair as you normally would. If, after shampooing, there are still some remnants of glitter, when your hair is dry, you can then use paper towels sprayed with a little hairspray and dab the area with the sticky towels to remove the excess pieces of glitter. 7. Glitter at the scene of a crime is every investigator's dream. The glitter particles spread all over the place — on the victim, at the crime scene, in the car, on the criminal's clothes — and it can be a fundamental piece of evidence to incriminate a criminal. That's what happened in this case of a pedophile who tried to attack a little girl who left home wearing glittery tennis shoes. 8. Glitter can be an enemy to the environment. Glitter is at the center of an ecological controversy. Because they're so tiny, glitter particles can pass through sewage treatment filters and then end up being dumped into the ocean. Since they're made of plastic, it can take up to 400 years for each tiny particle to degrade. And in the meantime, they interfere with ocean life and could even end up in YOUR stomach! 9. But if you still want to sparkle without messing up the planet, don't worry! You can buy eco-friendly glitter! It's made from ingredients like vegetables, seaweed, minerals, and other biodegradable materials. This special glitter is perfect for all those who want to keep on shining without messing with Mother Earth. Source: Wikipedia - Glitter | Facts About Glitter
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    What's the Word? - RIMPLE pronunciation: [RIM-pl] Part of speech: verb Origin: Middle English, date unknown. Meaning: 1. To form into small folds or undulations; to wrinkle; especially (of water) to ripple. Example: "Serena hates it when the bed sheets rimple." "Some women don’t like taffeta in their formal wear because it is prone to rimpling." About Rimple This word’s origins are murky, but it possibly stems from Old English’s “hrympel,” meaning “wrinkle” or might be influenced by the Middle Dutch “rumpelen,” related to Old English “hrimpan,” meaning “to fold, wrinkle.” Did You Know? “Rimple” can also be used as a noun. Example: Troy folded rimples into the paper to create origami.
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    Since my last post I've seen: Candyman [2021] Cry Macho [2021] Escape Room 2 [2021] Kate [2021] Meagan Leavey [2017] Nightbooks [2021] The Amateurs [2005] The Open Road [2009] The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [2003] Wyatt Earp [1994]
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    I've been playing through A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS5 version), really dark game but immersive story. After I beat this, will fire up Destroy all Humans remake.
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    Fact of the Day - STUDIO GHIBLI Did you know.... that Studio Ghibli Inc. is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Koganei, Tokyo. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also produced several short subjects, television commercials, and one television film. The studio's mascot and most recognizable symbol is a character named Totoro, who is a giant cat-like spirit from the 1988 anime film My Neighbor Totoro. Among Studio Ghibli's highest-grossing films are Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004) and Ponyo (2008). The studio was founded on June 15, 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki, after the successful performance of Topcraft's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). It has also collaborated with video game studios on the visual development of several video games. (Wikipedia) Things Even Die-hard Fans Don't Know About Studio Ghibli Films Studio Ghibli has had a profound effect on the animation industry over the years. But as famous as they are, there's a lot you don't know about them. BY ARCHITA MITTRA | PUBLISHED AUG 17, 2019 It's not a surprise that many of us wish that our lives were like a Studio Ghibli film. Studio Ghibli films have a charm of their own. Most of them are wholesome, without being overtly sentimental and they teach us important lessons about life, as well as remind us not to take the little moments for granted. Often, they carry socially relevant messages that gently nudge us to pause and think deeper about certain issues. In addition to being aesthetically delightful, they are also laden with Easter eggs and several of the films have interesting backstories that are almost as fascinating as the movies themselves. How many of these fun facts do you already know? Miyazaki's Inspiration For Princess Mononoke Came From Diverse Sources Princess Mononoke (1997) has often been hailed as Studio Ghibli's best and most nuanced of all films, especially for its strong critique of environmental destruction and war, themes that were also explored in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Being a pacifist throughout his life, Miyazaki's inspiration to make this film came from a variety of sources. Firstly, he was impacted by the wars in former Yugoslavia that contributed to the strong anti-war tone in the film. A manga called "Mudmen" that refers to the Asaro Mudmen from Papua New Guinea perhaps provided the basis for the conception of San and the Spirit of the Forest. Miyazaki's own childhood encounters with blacksmiths in turn led to the creation of Irontown in the film. Finally, John Ford's westerns also provided some ideas and the magical forest depicted in the film was inspired by the Shiratani Unsuiky forest in Japan. A Worm Was Named After The Catbus In My Neighbor Totoro My Neighbor Totoro (1988) is a heart-warming film that can be re-watched anytime to rediscover the magic of childhood. It also showcased the Ghibli mascot as a forest spirit that loves cuddles, affection and children. While the figure of Totoro itself is a mixture of several animals (including a racoon, cat and an owl), a species of velvet worms (Eoperipatus totoro) in the animal kingdom has been named after its resemblance to the Catbus- another beloved character in the film. The Water In Ponyo Was Hand-Drawn By Miyazaki Almost every frame in a Ghibli film is a work of art in itself- beautifully detailed and illustrated that captures a small moment in life. And it appears that Miyazaki seems to prefer the personal and traditional touch of hand-drawn animation over CGI imagery. In fact, his attention to detail is so on-point that he drew most of the waves and the sea in Ponyo On The Cliff (2008) by himself. The film which is loosely based on the "Little Mermaid" fairytale literally features the director's own artistry. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya Is Based On An Anonymous Science Fiction Fairytale The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) is one of Ghibli's more recent efforts. It tells a poignant story about a magical princess who must return to her immortal realm on the moon following a bittersweet stay on the planet. However the story isn't a Ghibli original, but based on an anonymous Japanese folktale dating back to 1592. The story has been characterized as a proto science fiction story on account of its references to the moon and the fact that Princess Kaguya or "Lil' Bamboo" is technically an extraterrestrial being. Moreover, it has been adapted onscreen before- Princess of the Moon (1987) and Claire (2001), both of which are live-action films. The Character Of Howl From Howl's Moving Castle Is Different In The Book Howl's Moving Castle (2004) which is based on the book of the same name by British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones is perhaps one of the Ghibli films that are more well-known to western audiences. It's a rather unusual and pretty colorful love story and the characters of Sophie Hatter (who is cursed to look like an aged woman) and Howl (a young wizard) have been particularly praised. However, the character of Howl as he appears in the film is notably different from the book. For one, Howl in the book is more vain and prone to throwing tantrums while Howl in the movie has the vibe of a somewhat brooding Byronic hero. Moreover, the movie Howl can also transform himself into a bird. The Same Characters Appear Across Films If You Can Spot Them There are some creatures that reappear in Ghibli films and you have to be an astute fan to spot them. For instance, near the end of The Secret World of Arietty (2010), when Arietty and her family leave the house in search of a new home, there's a racoon in that scene. The same racoon appeared in Pom Poko (1994). Similarly, the fox squirrel that was seen near the robot in Laputa's garden in Castle In The Sky (1986) had previously appeared in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). Gaiman Wrote Two Scripts For Ghibli And Miramax Princess Mononoke (1997) was immensely successful, broke numerous records, and even made Ghibli films familiar to a western audience. In fact, Neil Gaiman was hired with the task of adapting the Japanese script to English. However, while Ghibli wanted Gaiman to retain the Japanese flavor and cultural nuances, Miramax wanted the script to be westernized. Unable to reach a compromise, Gaiman wrote two scripts for the two companies and let them figure out the rest. Porco Rosso Was Supposed To Be An In-Flight Film. Porco Rosso (1992) wasn't supposed to be a full-length film. It was originally planned as a short in-flight film for the Japan Airlines of 30 to 45 minutes. However the war in Yugoslavia that had recently broken out made the director consider a more serious and extensive approach. Set during the 1930s, the film follows the adventures of a war veteran who presently freelances as bounty hunter, who is suddenly transformed into a pig. The title literally translates to "Red Pig" in Italian. Nevertheless, before the film was released in the theaters, it was showcased as an in-flight film. Kiki Is Almost Hit By A Bus Named "Studio Ghibli" Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) follows the adventures of young Kiki, a loveable witch who moves into the city and begins a flying courier service as well as makes new friends on the way. There's a scene near the beginning of the film where she's almost hit by a passing bus. Now that would have been a pretty unremarkable detail had it not been for the fact that the bus bore the name "Studio Ghibli" on it. That's a pretty clever self-insert, don't you think? Whisper Of The Heart Has A Spin-Off Sequel The numerous Easter Eggs also seems to suggest that all Ghibli films are set more-or-less in the same universe, due to the many meta-references and the reappearances of familiar faces. For instance, Whisper Of The Heart (1995) is a beautiful coming-of-age romance film that ends with a happily ever after. The heroine in the film Shizuku is a passionate bookworm and she meets her future boyfriend when she notices that a certain Seiji is the one who had checked out her library books. Her love for reading also gives way for her talent for writing and she even writes a fantasy story. And it seems that stories do have a life of their own. For example, there's a scene in the library where she is looking for a new book and one of the books on the shelf is called "Totoro"- a not-so-subtle reference to My Neighbor Totoro (1988). Moreover the cat figurine "The Baron" that features in her fantasy novel also appears The Cat Returns (2002) which is a sort of spin-off sequel to the film. There's another stray cat Muta who is introduced in there and who appears in The Secret World of Arietty (2010). Looks like the Ghibli films are all full of interconnected and delightful secrets! Source: Wikipedia - Studio Ghibli | Amazing Studio Ghibli Facts
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    What's the Word? - AVIDITY pronunciation: [ə-VID-ə-dee] Part of speech: noun Origin: Late Middle English, mid 15th century Meaning: 1. Extreme eagerness or enthusiasm. 2. [Biochemistry] the overall strength of binding between an antibody and an antigen. Example: "The doctor scoured the medical studies on antibody avidity, hoping to find answers." "Kate binged the Netflix series with an avidity she rarely showed for anything." About Avidity This word stems from the French “avidité” or directly from the Latin “aviditas,” from “avidus,” meaning “eager, greedy.” Did You Know? In biochemistry, “affinity” and “avidity” are closely related. “Affinity” is how well a single antibody-antigen site binds, whereas “avidity” refers to the strength of all those interactions collectively. With avidity, binding strength depends on the effects that come from multiple proteins “working together” because it’s easier for one to bind if another is already tethered nearby.
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    Fact of the Day - EXTREMADURA Towering over 2,400 m, the Calvitero is considered to be Extremadura's highest point. Did you know... that Extremadura is an autonomous community of Spain. Its capital city is Mérida. The provinces Cáceres and Badajoz are a part of Extremadura. Extremadura is bordered by Portugal to the west. To the north, it borders Castile and León. To the south, it borders Andalusia. To the east, it borders Castile-La Mancha. (KidsKiddle) Things You Should Know About Extremadura by Irene Corchado Resmella | April 2018 Despite being known for its Iberian ham, its vast open landscapes and for being an ideal birdwatching destination, Extremadura still is by far Spain’s most overlooked region by international travelers. Yet this fascinating area has many treasures and secrets to be discovered. Read on to discover 10 things you may not know about Extremadura. It’s a wine-lovers paradise Spain is a world-leading wine producer, but fierce competition means many high-quality wines are unheard of abroad. Did you know, for example, that Extremadura has the second biggest wine-making area in Spain (over 80,000 hectares)? The main Denomination of Origin is Ribera del Guadiana, and two of the best areas to try local wines are Cañamero (Caceres province) and the Tierra de Barros area (Badajoz province). Many cities around the world are named after places in Extremadura Most Spanish conquistadors of the Americas hailed from Extremadura, and that’s why you can find towns and cities sharing their name on both sides of the Atlantic. Mérida is Extremadura’s capital city and also a large city in México. Trujillo is a Peruvian city sharing its name with one of Extremadura’s most beautiful towns (and with cities in Colombia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico). Cáceres has a Colombian counterpart. Medellín is Colombia’s second largest city, but not many know that the original Medellín is a small town in Badajoz province. Even fewer know that there are other cities called Medellín in Mexico, Argentina and the Philippines. It boasts six UNESCO sites Despite still being Spain’s most underrated and overlooked region for foreign travelers, Extremadura is a perfect destination for history, architecture and nature lovers. It proudly boasts six UNESCO sites, comprising three World Heritage Sites: Mérida’s archaeological ensemble, Cáceres’ medieval city centre and Guadalupe’s Royal Monastery; two Biosphere Reserves: Monfragüe and Tajo International Natural Parks; and one Geopark: Villuercas-Ibores-Jara. Extremadura has some crazy festivals If you think famous Tomatina is crazy, wait until you see the quirky festivals northern Extremadura has in for you. In January, head up to the mountain town of Piornal to take part in its Jarramplas festival, where a local guy wearing a colourful demon-inspired costume walks the streets playing the drum while everybody else throws huge turnips at him. Jarandilla de la Vera celebrates an equally crazy festival in December, involving fire and called Los Escobazos. Locals wearing flame-resistant clothing and a broom gather in the main square and smack each other for three hours with their brooms, which are on fire. It has been featured in ‘Game of Thrones’ The popular TV series chose three locations in Extremadura for filming scenes of its seventh season, all of them within Cáceres province. Trujillo’s Arab castle became Casterly Rock, while Cáceres’ magnificent medieval streets were chosen to serve as King’s Landing. Not far from Cáceres is the Los Barruecos Natural Park, a protected area, is home to one of Europe’s biggest colonies of white stork. In the series, the park served as the perfect background for the season’s most important battle. Spain’s only blue flag award-winning inland beach is in Extremadura Extremadura may be far from the coast, but that doesn’t mean the region lacks places for swimming. Not only is it the Spanish region with the most freshwater coastline and a great place for wild swimming, it’s also home to Spain’s only Blue Flag-awarded inland beach – Orellana reservoir. Located within a special protection area for birds in Badajoz province, it’s one of the biggest reservoirs along River Guadiana. It has a secret language only 6,000 people speak In a small and remote corner in the northwest of Extremadura, between Salamanca province and Portugal, you can hear a Fala. This secret language is only spoken by around 6,000 people from three villages – San Martín de Trevejo, Eljas and Valverde del Fresno. There are several hypotheses about its origins, linking a Fala with Galician, Portuguese, and the Castilian language spoken in the former Kingdom of León. Despite being such a little-known language, spelling and pronunciation still varies from one town to another. Spain’s famous omelette was invented in Extremadura There have been numerous claims from different cities as the place of origin of the famous Spanish tortilla. A recent study published by scientist Javier López Linaje revealed that the Spanish omelette was invented by two landowners from Villanueva de la Serena (Badajoz province) in 1798. To show how proud villanovenses are of their omelettes, the local authorities have announced a monument will be erected in its honour. Extremadura is the cheapest region in Spain to buy a house According to the latest data released by Tinsa, the Spanish home valuation specialists, Extremadura is Spain’s cheapest region for buying a house. The average price per square metre is only €768 (US$950), a figure that contrasts sharply with the €2,159 (US$2670) per square metre you would pay on average in the Madrid community. Extremadura is also one of the three Spanish regions where the house prices continue to fall year after year. If you’re looking for your dream country house in Spain on a budget, Extremadura will offer plenty to choose from. It’s home to a ghost town Granadilla was a thriving little town in northern Extremadura until the mid-1950s when plans to build a reservoir and the declaration of a ‘flood zone’ forced everyone to leave. Granadilla itself was never flooded, but it got surrounded by water and, even today, it’s only accessible by one pot-holed road. After decades of neglect, a restoration process started in the eighties, and some 20 houses have been restored so far. The castle tower and a walk around the fortress offer fantastic panoramic views over the remains of the old city and the nearby reservoir. Source: Kids Encyclopedia Facts | Facts About Extremadura
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    What's the Word? - SCUMBLE pronunciation: [SKUM-bəl] Part of speech: verb Origin: Unknown location, late 17th century Meaning: 1. [With object] modify (a painting or color) by applying a very thin coat of opaque paint to give a softer or duller effect. 2. Modify (a drawing) with light shading in pencil or charcoal to give a softer effect. Example: "Today’s online art lesson will teach students how to scumble." "Pablo decided to scumble the sharp lines in his painting." About Scumble Even though the word’s specific roots are unknown, “scumble” is possibly related to the verb “scum,” an antiquated version of “skim.” Did You Know? Scumbling became a popular artistic technique during the 15th century. Some art historians believe Renaissance-era painter Titian invented the technique.
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