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The name of the planet Triginta Petra in the 2012 video game Mass Effect 3 means "Thirty Rock" in Latin, a reference to the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. The description of the planet in the in-game lore mentions, "The farmer's maxim on Triginta Petra was "if you can last five seasons, you officially know what you're doing." 30 Rock had been on-air for five seasons when the game was in development (it would go on for two more seasons afterward). Finally, the capitol of the planet is referred to as "Licitron," which may be a reference to 30 Rock's Liz Lemon (played by actress Tina Fey).
During the filming of the 1986 film Platoon, actor Keith David (The Thing, Pitch Black, Mass Effect) saved the life of co-star Charlie Sheen. While shooting in an open-doored Huey gunship, the helicopter banked too hard, and Sheen was thrown towards - and would have gone through - the open door. David grabbed Sheen by the back of his shirt and pulled him back in.
On a semi-related note, Charlie Sheen is the son of actor Martin Sheen, who played the villainous Jack Harper AKA The Illusive Man opposite Keith David (as Captain/Counselor/Admiral David Anderson) in the Mass Effect video game series.
The oft-quoted line, "Live the good life in the off-world colonies," attributed to the sci-fi film Blade Runner (1982), is actually a misquote by actor Kevin Murphy (as the character Tom Servo) from a 1991 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ("Gamera"). The actual line from Blade Runner is, "A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies."
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Thankfully, I was forewarned when they swapped out Daeny's Fabio-lookalike boyfriend for Mr. Unremarkable the Stock Background Character.
The character of Daario Naharis on the HBO television series Game of Thrones has been played by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman since season 4 (2014). In season 3 (2013) (the character's first appearance), the character was played by British actor and rapper Ed Skrein, who was replaced between seasons due to "politics" (unconfirmed, but most likely a contractual agreement to appear in the 2015 film The Transporter Refueled). Though the character's physical appearance was changed dramatically, the character's costume remained the same between seasons.
After his roles on Game of Thrones and in The Transporter Refueled, Ed Skrein went on to play the villain Ajax (spelled F-r-a-n-c-i-s) in the 2016 comedy-action film Deadpool
The Minis Maniac wrote:
Ok here. Is a fun one. Favorite Comic Book series, hero/villain, and storyline.
Series: TIE - Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi (Dark Horse) / Hellboy (Dark Horse)Character: Hellboy (Hellboy, Dark Horse)
Storyline: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith / The Fall of the Sith Empire (Dark Horse)
Patrick Curtin wrote:
I just came up with the best character concept ever.
The main character "The Avatar" in the widely-panned 1999 role-playing video game Ultima IX: Ascension was portrayed by voice actor J.C. Shakespeare. After his role in the ninth single-player Ultima game, Shakespeare played a handful of voice roles in the realms of film and gaming, such as small parts in the 2003 video game Freelancer (alongside Mass Effect's Jennifer Hale) and the 2001 animated film Waking Life (with Ethan Hawke). However, since 2004, Shakespeare has since become a licensed professional counselor and part-time new age religious blogger. And given the quality of his dramatic performances, it's a good thing, too...
My folks called me today to let me know that a) they got a dog, and b) I should drive out and visit for a few days. Sounds like they either forgot about my violent allergy to dog dander & saliva (hives on contact, airway starts to close up around hour 6), or they remembered and are trying to find a subtle way to kill me.
Though separated by the country of Belgium on the European mainland, France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands share a 15-kilometer border on the Caribbean island of St. Martin (French: Saint-Martin; Dutch: Sint Maarten), which is divided between France's Collectivité de Saint-Martin and the Kingdom of the Netherlands' Nederlandse Antillen (Netherlands Antilles).
As France and The Netherlands are members of the European Union, and native residents of Saint-Martin/Sint Maartin are French and Dutch citizens, respectively, inhabitants of the island are classified as European citizens, despite its closer proximity to Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States' Territory of Puerto Rico.
The bearded fictional paleontologist Dr. Robert Burke, who is eaten by a Tyrannosaurus rex in Steven Spielberg's 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park, is an affectionate caricature of famed paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker. In real life, Bakker has argued for a predatory T. rex, while Bakker's rival paleontologist Dr. John R. "Jack" Horner views it as primarily a scavenger. According to Horner (who served as the technical advisor for all four of Spielberg's Jurassic Park films), Spielberg wrote the character of Burke and had him killed by the T. rex as a favor for Horner. After the film came out, Bakker recognized himself in Burke, loved the caricature, and actually sent Horner a message saying, "See, I told you T. rex was a hunter!"
Just to put it out there before this gets out of hand-- I'm not pissed off at anyone here.
I'd be fine with talking politics if we were talking face-to-face, but unfortunately, this is a moderated public forum run by a private company, and political threads here have a marked tendency toward getting locked.
In the interest of all of us being able to post and read interesting facts that we all find, I would suggest not trying to inject any posts with any particular political aim.
This kind of thing can get exhausting very quickly, and I really don't want to have to talk about this again, so let's just drop it and move on.
Against Me! - "Exhaustion & Disgust"
Roger Rocha & The Goldenhearts - "Song For Daniel J."
Just over a year before the 2001 release of Peter Jackson's critically-acclaimed film adaptation of the fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, film studio & distributor New Line Cinema released another well-known epic fantasy film. The earlier film, however, is well-known for entirely different reasons.
Earth's 25 largest cities by population (city proper; as of 2014):
1. Shanghai (China) - pop. 24,256,800
Earth's 25 largest cities by land area (metropolitan area; as of 2007):
1. New York (United States of America) - 8,683 sqKm
In other words, there are way more people in South and East Asia than there are in North America, but the cities in North America are way more spread-out. For example, the largest city in the world by population, Shanghai (China), has a land area slightly smaller than that of Allentown, Pennsylvania (United States), even though Shanghai's population is nearly 30 times as large.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
OK man. This conversation is done. I don't want this thread getting locked.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Granted, Miller also believes that Bush orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so I'd take that with a king-sized brick of salt. I doubt Bush could successfully have orchestrated a weekend barbecue, much less a massive government conspiracy.
There have been 43 people sworn into the office of President of the United States of America, and 44 presidencies (Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) served two non-consecutive terms and is counted chronologically as both the 22nd and 24th president).
Of the individuals elected as president, four died in office of natural causes (William Henry Harrison (#9; 1773-1841), Zachary Taylor (#12; 1784-1850), Warren G. Harding (#29; 1865-1923), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (#32; 1882-1945)), four were assassinated (Abraham Lincoln (#16; 1809-1865), James A. Garfield (#20; 1831-1881), William McKinley (#25; 1843-1901), and John F. Kennedy (#35; 1917-1963)) and one resigned (Richard Nixon (#37; 1913-1994)).
Four presidents (John Q. Adams (#6; 1767-1848), Rutherford B. Hayes(#19; 1822-1893), Benjamin Harrison (#23; 1833-1901) and George W. Bush(#43; 1946-)) lost the popular vote but assumed office. Bush was subsequently re-elected for a second term with a popular majority.
There are currently five living people who have held the office of President of the United States: James Carter Jr. (#39; 1924-), George H.W. Bush (#41; 1924-), William J. Clinton (#42; 1946-), George W. Bush (#43; 1946-), and current sitting president Barack Obama (#44; 1961-)
One of the most widely-accepted origin of the generally pejorative term "cracker" (referring to Americans of European descent, especially the "poor whites" of the American South descended from the Borderer people of the northern British Isles) is that it is derived from the Middle English crak or craic, which originally meant the sound of a cracking whip but came to refer to "loud conversation, bragging talk".
In Elizabethan times this could refer to "entertaining conversation" (one may be said to "crack" a joke) and "cracker" could be used to describe loud braggarts; this term and the Gaelic spelling craic are still in use in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England. It is documented in Shakespeare's King John (1595): "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?"
This usage is illustrated in a letter to the Earl of Dartmouth which reads:
"I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by Crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia, who often change their places of abode."
90% of English Puritan names were taken from the Bible. Some Puritans took pride in their learning by giving their children obscure Biblical names they would expect nobody else to have heard of, like Mahershalalhasbaz. Others chose random Biblical terms that might not have technically been intended as names; “the son of Bostonian Samuel Pond was named Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin Pond”. Still others chose Biblical words completely at random and named their children things like Maybe or Notwithstanding.
Wasting time in Puritan Massachusetts was literally a criminal offense, listed in the law code, and several people were in fact prosecuted for it. Another law just said “If any man shall exceed the bounds of moderation, we shall punish him severely”.
The role of villain Simon Phoenix in the 1993 sci-fi action comedy film Demolition Man was originally slated to go to Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, but ended up going to Wesley Snipes after Chan declined. Also, actress Lori Petty was originally cast in the role of Lenina Huxley, but was replaced with Sandra Bullock after less than a week of filming.
Alanis Morissette wrote:
Rick Astley update, courtesy of Skeptic Stack Exchange (2012):
"[I]t wasn't until 2011 that YouTube settled the 2007 lawsuit to allow artists and publishers to enter into a licensing agreement with YouTube. This was after the "$12" quote was provided above. ...
[A]n artist/publisher has the following three options: keep the song there, take it down or make money off of it. If the third option is chosen the song appears with the artist information and typically a link to iTunes. ...
[I]f you look at the main RickRoll video from Youtube, the one with 64 million views, it isn't marked with artist information. However, the VEVO one does and so does another one that was added later.
So they have chosen not to make money from the original video. Thus the $12 is realistic, maybe the $12 wasn't even made from that version of the video. Considering the VEVO video now has over 50 million views and there are other videos marked as copyright, someone is making money from them. However, how much Rick gets directly from this is not currently public information."
Rick Astley weighs in:
"I think it’s just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it ... but that’s what's brilliant about the Internet. Listen, I just think it’s bizarre and funny. My main consideration is that my daughter doesn’t get embarrassed about it."
I was invited to a friend's bachelor party, which was tonight. I was asked to meet them at a local bar at 10 PM. I get there at 9:50 PM. I spend the next 30 minutes looking around the place for everyone, then spend another 40 just sitting in the entryway. Finally, I give up and go home. I check my Facebook account, and there are like five messages from the guy, all of which consist of "u here?" I inform my friend that no, in fact, I went home because I couldn't find him or his friends in the crowded bar, and he never called me. His response was to the effect of "But I sent you a message on Facebook." My reply: "I have a flip-phone, genius." To which he responded, "You can't get Facebook on a flip phone?" F@@%ing idiot.
The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, which is native to the Americas. Despite the name, turkeys are not found in the region (and modern nation-state) of Turkey, though the area does factor into two conflicting explanations for the bird's name:
1. When Europeans first encountered turkeys in America, they incorrectly identified the birds as a type of guineafowl – i.e., as members of a group of birds which were thought to typically come from the country of Turkey. The name of the North American bird thus became "turkey fowl", which was then shortened to just "turkey."
2. The birds came to England via merchant ships from the Middle East where they were domesticated successfully. These merchants were called "Turkey merchants" as much of the area was part of the Ottoman Empire. Hence the name “Turkey birds” or, soon thereafter, “turkeys."
In 1550, the English navigator William Strickland, who had introduced the turkey into England, was granted a coat of arms including a "turkey-cock in his pride proper." William Shakespeare used the term in Twelfth Night, believed to be written in 1601 or 1602. The lack of context around his usage suggests that the term had widespread reach.
The genus Basilosaurus, meaning "king lizard" actually represents a number of primitive whales. The first fossil of B. cetoides was discovered in the United States and was initially believed to be some sort of reptile, hence the suffix -"saurus", but it was later found to be a marine mammal. Renowned English naturalist Sir Richard Owen wished to rename the creature Zeuglodon ("yoked tooth"), but, per taxonomic rules, the creature's first name remained permanent.
The real-life American soldier Albert Blithe was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers (based on the book by Stephen Ambrose) by actor Marc Warren. In the series, Blithe is shot in the neck shortly after the Battle of Carentan and sent home, dying a few years after the war.
However, the real-life Blithe was shot in the shoulder and spent the rest of the war in a military hospital. After a brief career with Westinghouse Electric, he rejoined the US Army and served on bases in Korea, Taiwan, and Germany from 1957 to 1967. He died of a perforated ulcer in 1967 at the age of 44.
Easy Company veterans interviewed while writing the book and mini-series had believed that Blithe was wounded in the neck, and that he did not recover and as such Ambrose's book stated that Blithe had died in Philadelphia in 1948. This carried over into episode 3, "Carentan," which ends with a slide stating that "Albert Blithe never recovered from the wounds he received in Normandy. He died in 1948." Though his family publicly corrected this error, not all editions of the book, or of the series, have the correction.
In director Jun Gallardo's 1988 B-movie action film The Firing Line, an American commando (played by B-action veteran Robert "Reb" Brown) leads a group of rebels against a corrupt Central American government. The country is never specifically named, but in one scene, a map of the country's capitol city is shown-- a map of Melbourne, Australia.
On today's edition of incredibly lame jokes:
A Higgs Boson walks into a church. "We don't allow Higgs Bosons in here," shouts the priest, to which the Higgs Boson replies, "but Father, without me, how can you have Mass?"
Werner Heisenberg is out for a drive when he's stopped by a traffic cop. "Do you know how fast you were going?" asks the officer. "No, but I know where I am," replies Heisenberg.
A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.