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    Colored title bars became available in Windows many updates ago, but the title bar of a window when it becomes inactive/unfocused is just white without any option to change it. It's even more glaring if you use Dark Mode. Many users are looking for a way to change the color of inactive title bars in Windows 10. Read this article to learn how it can be done. Open the Settings app. Go to Personalization - Color and turn on the option "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar" if it is not enabled. Turn off the option "Automatically pick an accent color from my background" if enabled. Pick a color you want to apply to the title bar of inactive windows. It will be applied to the active window's title bar. Don't worry about that - it is exactly what we need. Now, open Registry Editor and go to the following Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM Create here a new 32-bit DWORD value named AccentColorInactive. Don't set any AccentColorInactive value data yet. Double click the value named AccentColor which already exists in the DWM subkey. Copy its value. Then double click the value AccentColorInactive you just created and paste the copied value to AccentColorInactive. Now, return to the Settings app and set another color for active windows again. Voila. You can opt for focused and unfocused Windows to use the same color if you wish, but with this guide you can set them to be different.
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    Premise Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is an action role-playing game in which players explore environments and fighting monsters of the Final Fantasy series. Combat takes place in real-time, with Jack being able to switch between two assigned jobs and use physical and magical attacks. Once an enemy's "break gauge" is depleted, Jack can perform a finishing blow that crystallizes the enemy, allowing Jack to harvest them and restore a portion of his magic meter. It is set in a dark fantasy interpretation of the setting for the original Final Fantasy game, with a group of people drawn into it from another world. The main character is Jack, a man consumed by a need to destroy Chaos. He is accompanied by his companions Ash and Jed, and during the journey faces the knight Garland who has taken on the role of Chaos; while seemingly the foretold Warriors of Light, each has doubts as to whether that is their role. Development Final Fantasy Origin is being co-developed by franchise creators Square Enix and Koei Tecmo division Team Ninja. It is being co-directed by Daisuke Inoue, Hiroya Usuda and Nobumichi Kumabe; co-produced by Jin Fujiwara and Fumihiko Yasuda. The story and scenario are being written by Kazushige Nojima. Tetsuya Nomura created the original concept, and acts as character designer and creative producer. Nomura created the initial idea for Origin after production finished on Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, imagining an action-focused game about conquering locations. When later approached for a new Final Fantasy concept, he combined this initial concept with a different concept of a game series focusing on an angry older protagonist to create the final concept. The aim behind the title was a mature, "brutal" take on the Final Fantasy series that would separate it from the rest of the franchise while retaining connections to it. The gameplay was designed to emulate Team Ninja's known style of challenging action combat; Team Ninja had previously worked with Square Enix on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Commenting on the scenario, Nojima highlighted one line, "It's not a hope or a dream. It's like a hunger. A thirst.", as the mainspring of the story, saying it. The game's existence was leaked by industry insiders in May 2021. It was announced during a Square Enix livestream forming part of E3 2021; its platforms are PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. A limited time trial version was also launched alongside the announcement, intended as a standalone demo to elicit feedback from players to fine tune the game prior to release. The trailer met with a mixed response from journalists and fans due to its tone and characters designs. The demo was balanced so it was approachable using different playstyles, incorporating different job types and difficulty levels. At release, the demo was found to not launch due to corrupted files, prompting Square Enix to work on a fix. A patch released on June 15, fixing the corrupted files and allowing the demo to be played. The patch came included with first-time downloads.
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    Square-Enix recently announced that the original Final Fantasy games are coming to Steam and mobile platforms as 2D pixel remasters. The Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series will comprise Final Fantasy I through Final Fantasy VI, with each game releasing individually. For long-term fans that will be hugely exciting news - a chance to revisit some of their most beloved RPGs of all time in a way that perfectly captures the spirit of those original game.
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    https://store.steampowered.com/app/297130/Titan_Souls/ Titan Souls is currently free on Steam. https://www.gog.com/game/loria https://store.steampowered.com/app/946660/Loria/ Loria is now permanently free on GOG and Steam.
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    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/hell-is-other-demons Hell is Other Demons is currently free on Epic Games Store. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/overcooked-2 Overcooked! 2 is currently free on Epic Games Store.
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    What's the Word? - CULL pronunciation: [kəl] Part of speech: verb Origin: Old French, 13th century Meaning: 1. To select from a large quantity or obtain from a variety of sources. Example: "The reading list was culled from all the books published in the last five years." "Some believe that culling certain species can prevent animal overpopulation." About Cull This word is rooted in the Old French “coillier,” which is based on the Latin “colligere.” Did You Know? “Cull” is almost always used as a verb. But it can also be a noun that refers to selectively reducing a surplus of livestock or an overpopulation of wild animals.
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    https://www.gog.com/game/absolute_drift Absolute Drift is currently free on GOG.
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    Fact of the Day - NETFLIX Did you know... that Netflix, Inc. is an American over-the-top content platform and production company headquartered in Los Gatos, California. Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph in Scotts Valley, California. (Wikipedia) Facts About Netflix, Recommended For You BY JAKE ROSSEN | AUGUST 19, 2019 Netflix has become the world’s intravenous line for filmed entertainment. And like any media empire, it has a few stories of its own to tell. Take a look at some lesser-known, non-buffering facts about the streaming giant. 1. EARLY NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS GOT A LOT OF CHINESE PORNOGRAPHY. In 1998, Netflix was still in the business of selling as well as renting DVDs. To try and offer consumers something new, co-founder Marc Randolph decided to offer footage of President Bill Clinton’s Grand Jury testimony about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky. But according to the book Netflixed, the duplicating house had a mix-up: out of the 1000 customers who ordered Clinton's interview, a few hundred received discs full of hardcore Chinese pornography. 2. NETFLIX WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED KIBBLE. Choosing a name for the company was a drawn-out process. Directpix.com, Replay.com, and other names were considered; so was Luna.com, which was the name of Randolph’s dog. When the company was being incorporated, he named it Kibble.com until they could decide on something permanent. 3. NETFLIX EXECUTIVES USED TO MAKE HOUSE CALLS. From the beginning, Netflix has been preoccupied with seeing how users interact with its software in order to select titles. In the late 1990s, subscribers near the company’s location in Los Gatos, California were reached via telephone and asked a series of questions. Then staffers would ask if they could stop by to watch them use the site. Surprisingly, most agreed. Netflix brought them coffee, a small investment for gaining valuable information about their usage. 4. NETFLIX GOT DENNIS QUAID TO SING. For a 2006-2007 publicity tour, Netflix decided to screen films in thematically-correct locations: For example, Field of Dreams was shown in the “real” Iowa cornfield-slash-baseball diamond featured in the movie. But the company also wanted actors to make appearances. Their approach: offer to let those with bands perform for the crowds. Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Dennis Quaid, and Kevin Bacon all agreed to the barter deal. Quaid and his band, The Sharks, played in New Orleans before a screening of his film The Big Easy. 5. NETFLIX HAS MADE A SCIENCE OUT OF SPOILERS. Because so much of Netflix’s high-profile content can be “binged” in a single weekend, the company commissioned cultural anthropologist Grant McCracken to examine how spoilers affect a person’s viewing habits. McCracken identified classifications of spoiler-prone people by whether they ruin a plot twist intentionally or hold it over others. (Some people are “Coded Spoilers,” too self-aware to let anything slip. These people are your friends.) His verdict? Some people enjoy the power they get from having knowledge of spoilers. But if a show is good enough, knowing about key scenes won't dissuade viewers from watching. 6. NETFLIX STAFFERS THINK YOU DECIDE ON A MOVIE IN TWO MINUTES. Netflix spends more than $150 million on improving their recommendation system every year, trying to arrange selections based on what they think you might like. That kind of personalized menu is necessary: The company estimates that users spend only two minutes browsing for a title before choosing one or opting for another diversion entirely. 7. NETFLIX STAFFERS ALSO THINK YOU MIGHT BE KIND OF A LIAR. You can stop trying to impress Netflix with the streaming version of keeping Ulysses on your coffee table. In a 2013 WIRED interview, Carlos Gomez-Uribe—the company's vice president of product innovation from 2010 to 2016—noted that viewers often report viewing documentaries or esoteric foreign movies. “But in practice,” he said, “that doesn’t happen very much.” 8. THE FIRST "NETFLIX ORIGINAL" WAS AN ABSTRACT TEST FOOTAGE SHORT. In order to test frame rates and how their streaming service handles different kinds of content, Netflix produced 11 minutes of test footage in 2011 that can be viewed by typing “example show” in their search engine. Cut together (as seen above), the shorts become a very strange, very abstract art film, with an unidentified man juggling and reciting Shakespeare. (But not, sadly, juggling while reciting Shakespeare.) 9. NETFLIX BINGE-WATCHING MIGHT CORRELATE WITH DEPRESSION. A 2015 study by the University of Texas found that respondents who claimed to binge Netflix shows were more likely to suffer from depression, lack of self-control, or loneliness. The good news? The sample group was small—only 316 people—and the university’s definition of “binge-watching” was as low as two episodes. Amateurs. 10. THERE’S A SECRET NETFLIX MENU. No, not that kind of secret menu. Pressing Shift + Alt + a left mouse click brings up a troubleshooting menu that allows you to adjust the bit rate of a stream so it doesn’t buffer. (On a Mac, it's Shift + Option + click.) The picture quality won’t be as good, but it’s better than a pixelated Demogorgon. 11. THERE WAS ONCE A GLITCH IN THE NETFLIX MATRIX. In 2014, Netflix’s content descriptions became odd amalgamations of two different titles to create one completely nonsensical listing. The summaries were quickly fixed, but not before someone took several screen shots of the mishaps. 12. YOU'LL SOON BE ABLE TO STREAM NETFLIX IN A TESLA. In July 2019, Tesla founder Elon Musk informed Tesla owners they would soon be able to stream both Netflix and YouTube in their cars, an attractive option for anyone looking to keep passengers occupied. But there's a catch: The services only work when the cars are parked. The feature will be available in newer-model cars at a date to be determined. Source: Wikipedia - Netflix | Facts About Netflix
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    What's the Word? - FAUNA pronunciation: [FAH-nə] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 18th century Meaning: 1. The animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. Example: "The fauna in the Serengeti includes the increasingly rare black rhino." "A trip to the aquarium is a great way to study the fauna of the sea." About Fauna This word derived from a modern Latin application of Fauna, a Roman rural goddess and sister of Faunus, in the late 18th century. Did You Know? There’s a reason “flora and fauna” are often paired together. The word “fauna” became popular after Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus used it in the title of his 1746 catalog, “Fauna Svecica.” It detailed all the animals in his country, and he paired the word as a companion to “flora” within the text.
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    Fact of the Day - SAILOR MOON Did you know... that Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 60 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the adventures of a schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into Sailor Moon to search for a magical artifact, the "Legendary Silver Crystal". She leads a group of comrades, the Sailor Soldiers (Sailor Guardians in later editions) as they battle against villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System. (Wikipedia) What You Didn't Know About Sailor Moon Sailor Moon changed anime as a whole, but there's a lot to its creation that fans may have never known. BY RICHARD KELLER | PUBLISHED AUG 07, 2020 Before the advent of streaming services, anime lovers got their fill of shows from videos and television. One of the places it came from was the Cartoon Network block called Toonami. This is where the popularity of the female-driven Sailor Moon got its start in Western screens. Based on the successful manga Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, the anime series ran in Japan from 1992 to 1997. Once acquired and dubbed for American audiences, it ran on Toonami for several seasons. Though fans of the series know a lot about it and its characters, others only know the basics. To fill in the blanks, here are ten things you didn't know about Sailor Moon. [Sailor Moon: When Is Every Sailor Scouts’ Birthday] There's A Prequel Of Sorts Sailor Moon doesn't start with Usagi. In reality, it begins in another manga series produced by creator Naoko Takeuchi. It's here that she introduces an important Sailor Scout. In Codename: Sailor V, a girl named Minako meets Artemis, a white cat with a crescent moon symbol on its head. During the series, Artemis tells Minako she has powers that are ready to be released. In Sailor Moon, Minako would become Sailor Venus. Naoko Takeuchi Has A Scientific Background Takeuchi didn't start her life as a manga/anime artist. Truth be told, her love in school was science. In high school, she was president of the astronomy club. This admiration for the stars was actually one of the main influences for Sailor Moon. Encouraged to follow other paths than animation, Takeuchi enrolled in pharmacy school and received a degree in chemistry. Her time at university also provided an interest in geology. This is why the villains are named after gemstones in the original Japanese version of the show. The Tsukino Family Has A Real-World Connection Outside of Takeuchi's scientific influences, there's another real-world connection in Sailor Moon. It's the names Takeuchi gave to Usagi's parents and brother. In truth, they're named after her own family. As for the creator herself, there's a deep link to the show's Scouts. Out of all of them, Usagi is the one whose personality is most like hers. Sailor Moon Isn't The Only Usagi Around In the original Japanese manga and anime, Sailor Moon's real first name is Usagi. Translated, this means rabbit or bunny. Hence, the reason she's known by the name Bunny Tsukino in some versions of the show. While it seems unique, Usagi is the name of another Japanese hero older than Sailor Moon. That would be Usagi Yojimbo. Created by Stan Sakai, the 17th-century samurai has been around since 1984. Also, Usagi is a rabbit. [Sailor Moon: 5 Marvel Villains Sailor Jupiter Could Defeat (& 5 She Couldn’t)] There's A Stage Musical Of Sailor Moon How big Sailor Moon is across the Pacific, you may ask? Well, it spawned several musical theater productions. Close to three dozen, to be specific. They started in 1993 and ran during the winter and spring until 2005. The format was resurrected again in 2013. All totaled, the musicals have run over a whopping 800 times. The live-action performances feature all the Sailor Scouts along with the show's only male hero, Tuxedo Mask. Musical numbers include the theme song and ones connected to family life and battle. In 2019, a version of the musical appeared in New York City for a limited engagement. It's been so popular in Japan that it helped spawn a live-action TV series. There Was An Attempt To Americanize Sailor Moon Children's television was in another creative peak during the early '90s. When producers saw how successful Sailor Moon was, they thought it would be a great idea to create an American version. However, it wouldn't have the same format as the original. Instead of just dubbing the anime, the American version starred real-life actresses. When called upon to save the world, the Scouts would then become animated. Needless to say, this Power Rangers-styled approach to localization didn't really pan out, and the only example of this concept is a demo video that has made its way across the internet. Speaking of the Power Rangers... [Sailor Moon: Usagi's 10 Best Disguises, Ranked] Sailor Moon Was Inspired By The Power Rangers Naoko Takeuchi has revealed a secret about her influence on Sailor Moon. The number of scouts and their color schemes were taken from another Japanese creation about heroes assigned to save the galaxy. These would be The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. That's what they'd eventually become. When they were introduced in 1975, the group's name was Super Sentai and it was comprised of five boys who have to protect the world by becoming costumed superheroes. Takeuchi wanted to introduce an all-female version of the same idea, resulting in Sailor Moon. Needless to say, neither franchise has suffered from the cross-influence. Sailor Moon's Creator Married A Fellow Mangaka Believe it or not, there's a connection between the Sailor Moon universe and the ones of another pair of anime -- Hunter X Hunter and Yu Yu Hakusho. It's not related to any type of crossover between the stories. Rather, it's the fact the creator of these shows is married to Sailor's creator. Award-winning creator Yoshihiro Togashi is the man who married Takeuchi in 1999. Since then, they've both continued to work successfully in various forms of media to display their works. Usagi's Transformation Has A Hidden Signed Message Superhero-based anime always feature some of the best transformation scene; it's practically a signature of the genre. Think of the sequence where the Lions become Voltron. Sailor Moon also has a well-known transformation scene for Usagi, and it's here that one secret lies. The hand motion she uses when she starts the change is not simply there for the sake of it, as it represents the phrase "I love you" in American sign language. On the other hand, the sideways 'V' symbol she salutes with at the end of the transformation doesn't represent anything. It's a simple creative flair, made courtesy of the creator. Tuxedo Mask Is Technically Sailor Earth The lone male hero in the Sailor Moon universe is Tuxedo Mask. Dressed in a cape and (of course) a tuxedo and white mask, the hero can read past, present, and future events through a single touch. Additional psychic abilities come and go, depending on the series. Though he isn't technically a Sailor Scout, the translation of his Japanese name makes him an honorary one. Called Chiba Mamoru, his English name is Protector of the Earth. In other words, he is technically Sailor Earth. Source: Wikipedia - Sailor Moon | Sailor Moon - Facts You Didn't Know
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    What's the Word? - PARLANCE pronunciation: [PAR-ləns] Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 16th century Meaning: 1. A particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest Example: "Sarah wasn’t used to the parlance in the medical journal." "The parlance of the mental health field is becoming easier for the general public to understand." About Parlance Parlance derives from the Old French “parler,” meaning “speak,” and from the Latin noun “parabola,” meaning “comparison.” Did You Know? The parlance in the 1998 movie “The Big Lebowski” is so quotable for audiences because characters often repeat specific phrases they’ve heard other people say in prior conversation. In fact, both The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) and Maude (played by Julianne Moore) slip the phrase “the parlance of our times” into their own parlance.
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    Fact of the Day - DRAGONFLY Did you know... that a dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera. Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar in structure, though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold their wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural colouration, making them conspicuous in flight. An adult dragonfly's compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each. (Wikipedia) Fascinating Facts About Dragonflies By Debbie Hadley | Updated February 09, 2020 Prehistoric-looking dragonflies can be a little intimidating as they swoop about the summer skies. In fact, according to one dragonfly myth, the uncanny creatures would sew up the lips of unsuspecting humans. Of course, that's not even remotely true. Dragonflies are essentially harmless. Even better, these large-eyed aeronauts love to feed on pests like mosquitoes and midges for which we can be truly grateful—but those aren't the only interesting qualities that make them so fascinating. 1. Dragonflies Are Ancient Insects Long before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth, dragonflies took to the air. Griffenflies (Meganisoptera), the gigantic precursors to modern dragonflies had wingspans of over two feet and dotted the skies during the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago.2 2. Dragonfly Nymphs Live In the Water There's a good reason why you see dragonflies and damselflies around ponds and lakes: They're aquatic! Female dragonflies deposit their eggs on the water's surface, or in some cases, insert them into aquatic plants or moss. Once hatched, the nymph dragonfly spends its time hunting other aquatic invertebrates. Larger species even dine on the occasional small fish or tadpole. After molting somewhere between six and 15 times, a dragonfly nymph is finally ready for adulthood and crawls out of the water to shed its final immature skin. 3. Nymphs Breath Through Their Anus The damselfly nymph actually breathes through gills inside its rectum. Likewise, the dragonfly nymph pulls water into its anus to facilitate gas exchange. When the nymph expels water, it propels itself forward, providing the added benefit of locomotion to its breathing. 4. Most New Dragonfly Adults Are Eaten When a nymph is finally ready for adulthood, it crawls out of the water onto a rock or plant stem and molts one final time. This process takes several hours or days as the dragonfly expands to its full body capacity.2 These newly emerged dragonflies, known at this stage as teneral adults, are soft-bodied, pale, and highly vulnerable to predators. Until their bodies fully harden they are weak flyers, making them ripe for the picking. Birds and other predators consume a significant number of young dragonflies in the first few days after their emergence. 5. Dragonflies Have Excellent Vision Relative to other insects, dragonflies have extraordinarily keen vision that helps them detect the movement of other flying critters and avoid in-flight collisions. Thanks to two huge compound eyes, the dragonfly has nearly 360° vision and can see a wider spectrum of colors than humans. Each compound eye contains 28,000 lenses or ommatidia and a dragonfly uses about 80% of its brain to process all of the visual information it receives. 6. Dragonflies Are Masters of Flight Dragonflies are able to move each of their four wings independently. They can flap each wing up and down, and rotate their wings forward and back on an axis. Dragonflies can move straight up or down, fly backward, stop and hover, and make hairpin turns—at full speed or in slow motion. A dragonfly can fly forward at a speed of 100 body lengths per second (up to 30 miles per hour). 7. Male Dragonflies Fight for Territory Competition for females is fierce, leading male dragonflies to aggressively fend off other suitors. In some species, males claim and defend a territory against intrusion from other males. Skimmers, clubtails, and petaltails scout out prime egg-laying locations around ponds. Should a challenger fly into his chosen habitat, the defending male will do all he can to chase away the competition. Other kinds of dragonflies don't defend specific territories but still behave aggressively toward other males that cross their flight paths or dare to approach their perches. 8. Male Dragonflies Have Multiple Sex Organs In nearly all insects, the male sex organs are located at the tip of the abdomen. Not so in male dragonflies. Their copulatory organs are on the underside of the abdomen, up around the second and third segments. Dragonfly sperm, however, is stored in an opening of the ninth abdominal segment. Before mating, the dragonfly has to fold his abdomen in order to transfer his sperm to his penis. 9. Some Dragonflies Migrate A number of dragonfly species are known to migrate, either singly or en masse. As with other migratory species, dragonflies relocate to follow or find needed resources or in response to environmental changes such as impending cold weather. Green Darners, for example, fly south each fall in sizeable swarms and then migrate north again in the spring. Forced to follow the rains that replenish their breeding sites, the Globe Skimmer—one of several species that's known to spawn in temporary freshwater pools—set a new insect world record when a biologist documented its 11,000 mile trip between India and Africa. 10. Dragonflies Thermoregulate Their Bodies Like all insects, dragonflies are technically ectotherms ("cold-blooded"), but that doesn't mean they're at the mercy of Mother Nature to keep them warm or cool. Dragonflies that patrol (those that habitually fly back and forth) employ a rapid whirring movement of their wings to raise their body temperatures. Perching dragonflies, on the other hand, who rely on solar energy for warmth, skillfully position their bodies to maximize the surface area exposed to sunlight. Some species even use their wings as reflectors, tilting them to direct the solar radiation toward their bodies. Conversely, during hot spells, some dragonflies strategically position themselves to minimize sun exposure, using their wings to deflect sunlight. Source: Wikipedia - Dragonfly | Facts About Dragonflies
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    https://www.gog.com/game/hellpoint Hellpoint is currently free on GOG.
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    What's the Word? - GAMESOME pronunciation: [GEYM-səm] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Middle English, 14th century Meaning: 1. Playful and merry Example: "The toddler was gamesome as he ran happily through the field." "Stacy had a bubbly, gamesome personality that made her welcoming to all newcomers." About Gamesome Gamesome originates from the Germanic gaman-, meaning “amusement” and Middle English suffix -some Did You Know? Gamesome can be found in many forms of literature, but perhaps its most famous usage is when Brutus tells Cassius, “I am not gamesome. I do lack some part of that quick spirit that is in Antony” early in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” And Brutus proves to have a less-than-gamesome personality when he aids in the assassination plot against Caesar, causing the dictator to ask the famous line “Et tu, Brute?” in his last moments.
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    This week, the thing that used to be the sentient cloud Zeus now sticks around with Nami and helps her beat that headbutt happy opponent they keep running into. And Otama takes the opportunity to use that loudspeaker girl to talk to everyone. Plus Yamato engages against her dad until Luffy comes back. So a break next week it seems.
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    Fact of the Day - MADE UP BUT NOT Did you know.... that polar bears aren't white, strawberries aren't berries, and the Earth isn't round—we'll have you rethinking everything you thought you knew for sure! by Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 Froot Loops are all the same flavor Sure those sweetened O’s are all different colors but that doesn’t mean they are different flavors. Kellogg’s, the company who makes them, has admitted that each Froot Loop is “froot flavored” which they describe as “a blend of fruit flavors.” Not all facts are factual—like these 51 “facts” everyone believes, that are actually false. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. were born the same year Anne Frank is an iconic symbol of the Nazi brutality of World War II in the 1940s while Martin Luther King, Jr. was the face and voice of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The two events seem so far apart in history but both figures were born in 1929—January 15 for King, and June 12 for Frank. How’s that for a mind-blowing fact? On the flip side, here are 12 Martin Luther King, Jr. “facts” that just aren’t true. Most Canadians live south of Seattle Canada and the United States are both large countries which can make understanding the relative geography difficult. But the contiguous United States goes farther north than you think and the majority of Canadians live near the southern border. The result? At 45 degrees latitude, Seattle is farther north than Toronto and Montreal, meaning that 64 percent of Canadians live south of Seattle. Here are 23 more mind-blowing facts you didn’t learn in geography class. More French soldiers died during World War I than American soldiers during all of U.S. history World War I was catastrophic on levels that most of us alive today cannot even comprehend. One example? The numbers of total deaths. During the first world war, France lost about 1,360,000 soldiers. In contrast, the United States has recorded about 1,350,000 military deaths total, over every war since 1775. Here are 20 cool everyday things that were actually designed for WWI. There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal Think that immortality is just a fantasy? Well, it is for humans. But scientists have discovered that the Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish can revert back to its juvenile polyp stage after maturing, continuing in an endless cycle making it the only known officially immortal creature. Love mind-blowing facts? Check out 100 interesting facts about practically everything. The U.S. government has an official plan for a zombie apocalypse Think The Walking Dead is straight-up fiction? Well, it is—but the government wants to be prepared for a real-life version anyhow. The 31-page Counter-Zombie Dominance Plan, or CONPLAN 8888-11, was designed in 2011. And just in case you think it’s weird bureaucratic humor, the first line reads, “This plan was not actually designed as a joke.” There is a country with no capital Nauru is the only country in the world without an official capital city. The government offices of the tiny Pacific island nation are located in the Yaren District. These are the only 5 countries in the world without airports. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are Overcharging You By The Penny Hoarder — How many times have we fallen for this? The “word of the year” in 2015 was a picture Proof that Internet culture has overtaken reality: In 2015, Oxford dictionaries chose the “smiling with tears of joy” emoji as its official word of the year. The pictograph “best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015,” they said. Prince Charles has a car fueled by wine In the search for more efficient fuels, Prince Charles is taking a strange-but-entertaining approach: The heir to the British throne had his vintage Aston Martin reworked to use wine as it’s primary fuel. Do you know these facts about Prince Charles? Click the link below to read more Mind Blowing Facts! Source: Mind Blowing Facts
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    What's the Word? - PIED pronunciation: [pihyd] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin and Middle English, 14th century Meaning: 1. Having two or more different colors Example: "The horse had a pied coat even though his mother’s coat was a solid brown." "The pied scarf contained all the colors of the rainbow." About Pied Pied is a Middle English term that combines the Latin pica with the Old English suffix -ede, used to turn nouns into adjectives. Did You Know? The notion of the “pied piper” comes from a legend called “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” In it, a piper wearing a multicolored (pied) coat comes to the German town of Hamelin because he has been hired to lure the overflowing rat population away with the music from his magical pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay his fee, he strikes back by luring the town’s children away with his pipe. Various iterations of this tale appeared in the writings of The Brothers Grimm and Robert Browning.
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    Finally started playing Pokemon Shield last week. Did the entire Isle of Armor DLC island before the first gym... which put me in a little predicament of being extremely overleveled to the point of my team being level 30-35. Had a few of them that wouldn't listen to commands very well as a result of not having the badges. Ended up wiping out Gyms 1-4 back to back without any trouble at all within like an hour tops. Then the next day I knocked out Gyms 5 & 6. Now I'm in Spikemuth about to face off against the 7th Gym. My team is between level 50 and 57. Still extremely overleveled it seems considering my daughter, whose also playing Shield, last night just finished beating the Champion Leon at the end of the game with Pokemon whose levels were between 48 and 60. I reckon at this rate I'll probably hit level 100 before I get to Leon. Especially since I still have the entirety of Crown Tundra DLC to complete. This is by far the easiest generation of Pokemon games I've ever played. I admit it's pretty funny though when non-dynamax Pokemon one-shot Dynamax and Gigantamax Pokemon. EXP is given away like candy and EXP Share is always on... so you toss a level 5 on your team and go battle some trainer with 3-4 Pokemon and your level 5 Pokemon jumps up to level 30 by the end of it. No lie, Addie was given a level 5 Charmander by Leon after becoming the champion in her play. She put it in her party and fought two trainers with a grand total of 7 Pokemon between them... and the end result was a level 40 Charizard. It also doesn't help that you get an item from the Dojo in the Isle of Armor that outright doubles ALL EXP and it seems there is no option to disable it. I've got about 14 hours of gameplay now... and roughly 4 of those hours were the Isle of Armor DLC. Current team is: Cinderace Urshifu (Single Strike Style) Bisharp (Shiny) Toxtricity (Low Key Form) Noivern Drednaw I'm thinking of replacing Drednaw but I'm not sure with what. Not really interested in utilizing Pokemon I've used from past games so that eliminates most of the Pokemon I really like. I'm trying to maintain an all new-to-me roster. I've only played Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, and HeartGold prior. I did intend to play Emerald but didn't get to it. I also have plans to play either Brilliant Diamond or Shiny Pearl sometime next year. Probably hold off on playing any others the rest of this year and I figure I'll have Shield done before the month is up. Just I plan to get back to my other games that I haven't finished up yet. Just got a wild itch to play Pokemon out of the blue and blazed through Shield pretty quickly.
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    Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an action role-playing game, a first for the main-series of Pokémon games. Despite this distinction and the changes that come with it, Legends: Arceus is said to honor the core gameplay of past entries in the series. It features an open world setting building on the Wild Area introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The game is set in a bygone era of the Sinnoh region's history, long before the events of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl take place. It was stated that the objective of the game would be to create Sinnoh's first Pokédex. The mythical Pokémon Arceus will play a major role in the story. Players can capture Pokémon directly in the overworld immediately without going through a battle, and can engage in battle by releasing Pokémon they have previously captured near a wild Pokémon. Poke Balls in this era were made of wood and puffed steam when the Pokémon was caught. At the start of the game, three starter Pokémon options are available: Rowlet (from Pokémon Sun and Moon), Cyndaquil (from Pokémon Gold and Silver), and Oshawott (from Pokémon Black and White), making it the first main series game to feature starter Pokémon from three different generations of games.
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    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are remakes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl released within Generation 8 for Nintendo Switch in 2021. These games retell the story of the originals with higher fidelity graphics. These games are to be faithful to the original Pokémon Diamond & Pearl games and feature the same story and features with the latest improvements in gameplay that have come in the Pokémon franchise Details about this game are currently scarce.
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    Fact of the Day - OTAKU The Akihabara neighborhood of Tokyo, a popular gathering site for otaku Did you know... that Otaku is a Japanese word that describes people with consuming interests, particularly in anime and manga. Its contemporary use originated with a 1983 essay by Akio Nakamori in Manga Burikko. Otaku may be used as a pejorative; its negativity stemming from a stereotypical view of otaku as social outcasts and the media's reporting on Tsutomu Miyazaki, "The Otaku Murderer", in 1989. According to studies published in 2013, the term has become less negative, and an increasing number of people now identify themselves as otaku, both in Japan and elsewhere. Out of 137,734 teens surveyed in Japan in 2013, 42.2% self-identified as a type of otaku. Things To Know About The Otaku Culture In Japan By Trevor Jones | October 28, 2020 What does “otaku” mean? In high school, there was an afterschool club that one could join called the “Otaku Club.” I later learned that it was for people who were fans of Japanese media, typically in the form of manga and anime. Upon moving to Japan, I learned that the term was multi-faceted. In America it tends to have a negative connotation, and is similar to “nerd” or “geek.” In Japan, I learned that it could have a negative connotation, but it is not always negative. I discovered that “otaku” came in all different varieties. There are, of course, “otaku” that are interested in manga and anime. But there are other “otaku” that are interested in idol groups, trains, and even bird-watching. Anybody who is very passionate about a hobby of theirs can be dubbed an “otaku.” Here are some important things to know about “otaku” culture and a brief summary on why these features are important. Anime Many people’s first introduction to “otaku” culture is through anime. As a child, Dragon Ball Z was incredibly popular with my peers and then the Pokémon craze exploded in America. Because of the popularity of these two shows, I learned that Japan had a very unique style of animation that included large eyes and intense sound effects. In the 80’s and 90’s Japan was churning out these animated television shows at an unbelievable rate. Upon export to Western audiences, some Japanese anime series were cut in a way that created different story lines and they were dubbed into English to be more accessible. Ghibli One of the most popular anime studios in Japan is Studio Ghibli, founded be Hayao Miyazaki. Ghibli is responsible for such classic films as “My Neighbor Totoro,” and the award winning “Spirited Away.” Ghibli characters can be seen all over Japan. They are on lunch boxes, t-shirts, bags and countless other items. Studio Ghibli is considered Japan’s Disney Studios. The films and stories are known by most Japanese, whether young or old. Manga Manga is an integral part of “otaku” culture. Many anime series were born as manga before being adapted for the screen. Manga has a long history in Japan and they are incredibly similar to Western comic books. It is thought that one of the first manga was created by the famous Japanese artist Hokusai. Manga is so popular in Japan that many people read manga on their daily commute. “Manga kissa,” or manga cafes are places where one can buy a beverage and peruse the extensive manga library available at the café and read to their heart’s content. Osamu Tezuka Known as the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka is known for “AstroBoy,” “Kimba the White Lion” and others. He is also a descendant of the famous ninja Hattori Hanzo. Tezuka was originally from the Osaka area, and moved to Tokyo as his popularity grew. After the success of his first work, “The New Treasure Island” he opened his own production company, Mushi Productions in Tokyo. Mushi was rivaled at the time by Toei Animation. Many of Tezuka’s stories were adapted from Western literature, but given a unique Japanese twist. The characteristic large eyes in manga and anime today were a signature of Tezuka, and he is credited as originator of this style. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum is located in Takarazuka in Hyogo, Tezuka’s hometown. Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is an incredibly popular franchise based on a manga and adapted into many animated incarnations. It was created in 1984 by Akira Toriyama. Dragon Ball originally appeared in a serialized format in Weekly Shōnen Jump and has gone on to become one of the most successful manga and anime series of all time. In addition to the manga and show, the Dragon Ball franchise includes games, films and countless merchandising in the form of figures, apparel and toys. Dragon Ball has gone on to become a pop culture again all over the world. Video Games Once Nintendo made the pivot to home-gaming, the world was changed forever. Sony is a well-known Japanese electronics brand that has also entered the video game market with their PlayStation gaming consoles. Both companies are now synonymous with the video game industry. Idols Idols usually start their career at a very young age, in their pre-teens, and when they reach adulthood, they “graduate” out of the group. The idol phenomenon attracts armies of fans. Office workers come to see shows performed by their favorite idols and feel a connection to them. Some fans border on obsessive in their collection of memorabilia from their favorite idols. AKB48 AKB48 is the most famous idol group in Japan. Assembled in the otaku mecca of Akihabara, this group includes 48 girls who sing, act and dance. The group has been around for decades, and when the girls reach the maximum age, they “graduate” and new recruits are voted in to carry on the AKB legacy. AKB48 have a performance venue and café in Akihabara. The merchandizing for AKB48 is very lucrative, with fans collecting everything from photos to ticket stubs and more. Tsutomu Miyazaki Tsutomu Miyazaki is the inspiration for the negative connotation of the term “otaku” in modern society. Also known as the “vampire killer” or “otaku murderer,” Miyazaki was convicted of murdering numerous young girls in Tokyo during the early 90’s. A police search of his apartment exposed numerous VHS tapes containing anime as well as manga comics. The photograph of his apartment was widely published and described as a typical “otaku” apartment. Hikikomori Hikikomori: Behind Japan’s modern hermits “Hikikomori” is a Japanese word used to describe members of society who do not go outside and are “shut-ins.” These individuals may venture outside for food or necessities, but they tend to prefer staying in their rooms. The term was coined by psychologist Tamaki Saitō, and it is estimated that there are somewhere between 500,000 to 1 million “hikikomori” today. In today’s internet age it is much easier to seclude oneself and it’s an ongoing issue and discussion topic of policymakers. Doujinshi The term “doujinshi” indicates a self-published work. It could be a magazine, manga, novel, etc. Many times these works extract characters or themes from popular works. “Doujinshi” is very similar to fan-fiction. There have been some copyright issues in the past, but for the most part, “doujinshi” is permitted as it is seen as honoring the root story that it borrows from. These items can be found and sometimes sold at conventions, the most well-known being Comiket. Click the link below to know more about Otaku Culture in Japan. Source: Facts About Otaku Culture in Japan | Wikipedia - Otaku
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    What's the Word? - RURITANIAN pronunciation: [rə-rə-TAY-nyən] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, Late 1890s Meaning: 1. Relating to or characteristic of the imaginary kingdom of Ruritania from the novels of Anthony Hope, especially with reference to romantic adventure and intrigue Example: "David planned a Ruritanian trip to several exotic locales." "My daydreams can become quite Ruritanian." About Ruritanian Ruritanian hails from Latin rus, meaning "rural," and the Latinate ending -itania. British author Anthony Hope helped create the term in one of his novels. Did You Know? British author Anthony Hope published his mythical novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1894. It quickly grew in popularity, capturing readers’ imaginations with its sense of adventure, courtly romances, heroes, and sword fights. Shortly after the book’s release, George Bernard Shaw used the story’s fictional locale, Ruritania, as an adjective when he said, “Our common sense ... must immediately put a summary stop to the somewhat silly Ruritanian gambols of our imagination.” It's an obscure term for fanciful places and attitudes, but perhaps it deserves to be brought back?
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    Fact of the Day - ATTACK ON TITAN Cover art for the first volume of the manga series Attack on Titan. Did you know... that Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from the gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans; the story follows Eren Yeager, who vows to exterminate the Titans after a Titan brings about the destruction of his hometown and the death of his mother. Attack on Titan was serialized in Kodansha's monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from September 2009 to April 2021, with its chapters collected in 34 tankōbon volumes. An anime television series was produced by Wit Studio (seasons 1–3) and MAPPA (season 4). A 25-episode first season was broadcast from April to September 2013, followed by a 12-episode second season broadcast from April to June 2017. A 22-episode third season was broadcast in two parts, with the first 12 episodes airing from July to October 2018 and the last 10 episodes airing from April to July 2019. A fourth and final season premiered in December 2020, airing 16 episodes in its first part, with the remainder announced to air in early 2022. Attack on Titan has become a critical and commercial success. As of December 2019, the manga has over 100 million tankōbon copies in print worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. It has won several awards, including the Kodansha Manga Award, the Attilio Micheluzzi Award, and Harvey Award. (Wikipedia) Attack on Titan: 10 Crazy Facts You Didn't Know About Armin Armin is one of Attack On Titan's greatest heroes, though he may not seem like it at first, but what else are fans missing? BY WINSTON WALLACE | PUBLISHED SEP 29, 2020 The hit series Attack on Titan is the pinnacle of Shonen storytelling. Series creator, Hajime Isayama, is a genius when it comes to story, world-building, and characters. Speaking of characters, AoT has some of the most iconic characters of all time. The characters feel like actual people. That’s not prevalent in most anime, so it’s imperative to give credit where credit is due. Armin Arlert is one of the most underrated characters in the series. He has done so much for the scouts. Sure, he’s not one of the strongest fighters, but he is helpful in other areas. He’s extremely intelligent, levelheaded, and a loyal friend. There are also some interesting facts about his character that many fans might not be aware of. Seeing that the final season has not yet aired, this article will only cover events about Armin and the plot up to season 3. Voice Actors Both voice actors of Armin, Sub and Dub, have a long catalog of voice roles. Japanese voice actress Marina Inoue, for example, has voiced Yoko from the infamous Gurren Laggann, Eve from Baccano!, Maiko Ogure form Kill la Kill, Momo, of My Hero, and Ikeda Aasemon from Gintama. American voice actor, Josh Grelle, has voiced William Vangeance from Black Clover, Mark Ibaraki from 7 Seeds, and Hughes from Fairy Tale. Both voice actors are well-versed with voice roles. He Killed A Human Before He Actually Killed A Titan Armin still hasn’t technically killed a Titan, but he has gotten blood on his hands. In season 3 of episode 2 Armin shoots one of Kenny Ackerman's cronies. Armin is so traumatized by what he has done, he constantly vomits. At the time, Armin only believed he would be killing Titans, which, again, he hasn’t technically done yet. So, it does make sense that this would be a little traumatizing for him. This also took many fans by surprise. No one ever thought Armin would kill someone. Eren killing another human isn't surprising. We've seen him do it. Armin, however, is another story. He Ranked 10 In Popularity Poll Despite being a main character in the series, Armin isn't that popular amongst the fans. The first popularity poll that was released, he ranked 10th. Since then, he's gone up in ranking, though, not by much. In the second character popularity poll, he ranked 6th. In the third, he ranked 8th. Perhaps in the final season, he'll move up in the ranking? The Reason For His His Name There’s an interesting reason why Isayama chose the full name Armin Arlert as the character's name. He claims it sounds like the word “aluminum”. Writers often have a comical reason why they give the characters they create certain names. And, as it seems, mangaka's are no different. He also proclaims he chose this full name for Armin seeing that its easier to remember. His Birthday Armin’s birthday, November 3rd is Culture Day in Japan. This holiday centers around all thing's academics, fine arts, and culture. Writers also tend to give characters birthdays around events. Monkey D. Luffy of One Piece, for instance, birthday is May 5th, which is Children's Day in Japan. Since Luffy has a childlike sense of wonder, this does make sense. Armin’s Interest In The Outside World Ever wondered how Armin and Eren knew about the beach, despite being cut off from the outside world? Armin’s grandfather gave him a book when he was young, detailing what was beyond the walls. This is the sole reason why Armin and Eren have such a strong bond. They both possess the same dream of seeing the world. Eren and Armin constantly looked at it, with aspirations of going beyond the walls. This book is considered illegal for someone to have their possession. How did Armin’s grandfather get his hands on this book? Never Made It Into The Top Ten Of His Graduating Class Despite his high intelligence and resourcefulness, Armin surprisingly didn’t graduate at the top of his class, from the training corps. To be fair, this ranking is mainly based on combat performance. In fact, he’s the only scout in Levi's squad, currently, that’s not in the top ten of his graduating class. It’s still jarring though because Eren’s in the top 5 of the graduating class, and he’s not that much better than Armin when it comes to combat. He’s In The Top Five In Academics Seeing that Armin’s, the guy that devises some of the most brilliant plans, it’s not surprising he graduated top five from the 104th Training Corps in academics. It’s true he’s not the strongest fighter, but he is a great strategist. It’s was his idea to use Eren’s Titan form to use the bolder to cover up Wall Rose. By doing this, it will prohibit any more Titans from entering the city. He also figured out Annie was the Female Titan. Moreover, he orchestrates the plan to trap her. His Name Has Multiple Meanings The name Armin is a German name with many meanings such as, “whole”, “ universal”, “warrior” and “soldier”. Given the fact Armin is indeed a soldier, the writer may have picked this name, for that very reason. In a previous entry, it’s discussed that Isayama had another reason why he chose Armin Arlert as his full name. Clearly, a lot of thought went into his name. How His Parent’s Died In the series, Armin divulges that his parents died in a recovery mission to take back Wall Maria. As of now, this information has been retconned. According to the Attack on Titan Encyclopedia, it is revealed that Armin's parents were executed, after attempting to leave the walls via air balloon. As a matter of fact, this information gets lightly touched on in the anime. In episode 2 of season 3, their killer, Djel Sannes, admits to killing a couple trying leave, by using an air balloon. Source: Wikipedia - Attack On Titan | Attack On Titan Facts
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    What's the Word? - CADUCOUS pronunciation: [kə-DYOO-kəs] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, late 17th century Meaning: 1. (of an organ or part) easily detached and shed at an early stage Example: "The protective layer of a poppy can be caducous, falling off to reveal the bright petals." "Jane slid the bulky fur coat off her body in a caducous manner." About Caducous Caducous is a botany term that derives from the Latin caducus, meaning “liable to fall,” and -ous, meaning “characterized by.” Did You Know? It would be easy to think that “caducous” and “deciduous” are synonyms because they both refer to plants shedding parts of themselves. But a closer look at their definitions proves otherwise. Caducous refers to something on a plant or creature that is easily shed at an early stage of development; deciduous describes a tree or shrub that sheds its leaves annually.
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    Fact of the Day - SCIENCE-FICTION The alien invasion featured in H. G. Wells' 1897 novel The War of the Worlds Did you know... that science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction that typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. It has been called the "literature of ideas", and often explores the potential consequences of scientific, social, and technological innovations. (Wikipedia) Fun Facts about Science Fiction By Kristine Tucker | Updated April 24, 2017 Science fiction might not appeal to every reader or viewer, but public interest in the genre has increased. In 2008, 41.4 million TV watchers claimed to watch science fiction shows. In 2013, 47.58 million people tuned in to watch sci-fi episodes, according to Statista. The genre encompasses short stories and books, movies, television -- and sometimes even a place where science fiction intersects with science facts. Scary Themes Science fiction stories have common themes, such as space travel, scientific progress, catastrophic events, supernatural powers, alien invaders, robots and the dangers of machines. For example, in Douglas Adams' novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," the protagonist and his alien friend navigate outer space and defeat evil Vogons who plan to destroy Earth. In the blockbuster hit "The Matrix," a human computer hacker defeats a race of machines that feed off human energy and erase human minds. Sci-fi themes often have underlying social or political messages that address human interactions on a global level. Universal Robots The term "robot" wasn't invented by scientists or alien life forms. Karel Čapek, a Czechoslovakian author, wrote a play in 1920 called "R.U.R. -- Rossum’s Universal Robots." Capek derived the word "robot" from a term in the Czech language that means forced labor. In his play, humans are threatened with extinction when robots try to take over the world. Authors and producers often strive to make robots seem as human as possible. In the 1968 novel "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes, later made into a 1999 animated film entitled "The Iron Giant," a huge, three-story metal robot survives by consuming old metal parts on a family farm turned junkyard. Eventually, the robot sacrifices its life for a boy it befriends. Beam Me Up Teleportation isn't just a bizarre and crazy travel method used by characters in sci-fi books and movies such as "Star Trek." According to NASA, the "basic premise of teleportation is sound." Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, successfully teleported individual atoms using the principle of quantum entanglement. Some technology experts believe teleportation could eventually lead to the production of lightning fast quantum computers. However, there's no evidence to show that scientists will ever be able to teleport human beings -- that concept is purely science fiction. Subgenres Galore Science fiction contains a wide range of categories and attributes. There are over 36 subgenres of science fiction, according to SciFiLists.com. Subgenres include space opera, steampunk, space Western, retrofuturism, nanopunk, gothic science fiction, slipstream and pulp science fiction. Better-known subgenres include hard science fiction, alien invasion, robot fiction, superhero fiction, apocalyptic science fiction, zombie fiction and time travel. Superhero Powers Honorable, heroic characters contribute to the popularity of science fiction. For example, Superman has super powers, but his moral code doesn't allow him to kill anyone, according to StarPulse.com. As a result, he must use his supernatural abilities, such as X-ray vision, to protect himself, defend others and solve crimes. Superman isn't the only one who can see through walls with his X-ray vision. In 2013, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a way to see through walls -- a method they call "Wi-Vi." Wi-Vi tracks movements through walls using an inexpensive wireless system that could potentially be installed in smart phones or small hand-held devices. This could help rescuers search for victims trapped in rubble or aid law enforcement agents in their quest to defeat crime. The best part -- you don't have to wear blue tights and a red cape to use Wi-Vi. Epic Sci-Fi Thriller Big-screen movies elevated science fiction to a new level. One of the most critically acclaimed science fiction movies -- George Lucas' "Star Wars" -- is the second highest grossing movie of all time when you adjust sales for inflation, according to Celebrity Networth. Box Office Mojo reports that the gross income, including adjustments for ticket price inflation, exceeded $1.4 billion as of 2014. That's not bad considering Lucas produced the film on an $11 million budget and agreed to a $150,000 salary plus merchandising rights. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 will forever remain science-fiction legacies, and "Star Wars" will always be remembered as a gigantic box office hit. Source: Wikipedia - Science Fiction | Science Fiction Facts
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    What's the Word? - FRUITION pronunciation: [froo-ISH-ən] Part of speech: noun Origin: Old French and Latin, early 15th century Meaning: 1. The point at which a plan or project is realized 2. The state or action of producing fruit Example: "Everything started falling into place as her plan came to fruition." "The chemist’s lab research came to fruition." About Fruition Fruition originates from the Latin verb frui, meaning “to enjoy.” Did You Know? Even though “fruition” and “fruit” both come from the Latin verb frui, they were developed independent of each other. In fact, when “fruition” was first used in the 1400s, it simply meant “pleasurable use or possession.” It wasn’t until the 1800s that the word developed its modern-day definition: “the state of bearing fruit.” This newer definition might be a simple case of mistaken etymology; regardless, the meaning has clearly expanded into metaphorical language.
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