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Doctor Fate (also known as Fate) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character has appeared in various incarnations, with Doctor Fate being the name of several different individuals in the DC Universe who are a succession of sorcerers. The original version of the character was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Howard Sherman, and first appeared in More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940).

Not all of them are sorcerers. The current version is a Lord of Order who manifests as a helmet, and possesses anyone who puts it on. He's also a major class jerk.


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Drah,

Well he CAN be but I think he's improving lately. I mean he's not trying to KILL Blue Beetle. So far.

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Bred from the wolves and inhabited with an evil spirit sent by Morgoth himself, Draugluin was the sire of all werewolves of Beleriand, including Carcharoth, and lived with his master Sauron in Tol-in-Gaurhoth, the former watchtower of Finrod Felagund.

Draugluin was slain by the hound Huan during the Quest for the Silmaril, and Beren and Lúthien used his pelt to sneak into Angband.


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... context...?

There are a lot of names, there, I don't recognize... XD


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Tacticslion wrote:

... context...?

There are a lot of names, there, I don't recognize... XD

Tolkien's The Silmarillion


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David M Mallon wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

... context...?

There are a lot of names, there, I don't recognize... XD

Tolkien's The Silmarillion

"Sauron" should have given it away.

LOTR stuff that isn't from LOTR or The Hobbit? Must be that Sillimarian...thing. The other one. You know, that one. The one with the weird name that nobody has read.


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Or prof. Tolkien's letters. Or Unfinished Tales compiled by his son out of leftover and, well, unfinished texts.

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David M Mallon wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:

... context...?

There are a lot of names, there, I don't recognize... XD

Tolkien's The Silmarillion

Indeed. An enjoyable book. I'll have to get a new copy soon. My old one is starting to come apart.


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Aberzombie wrote:
Indeed. An enjoyable book. I'll have to get a new copy soon. My old one is starting to come apart.

I kept falling asleep.

Snowblind wrote:
Tolkien's The Silmarillion

"Sauron" should have given it away.

LOTR stuff that isn't from LOTR or The Hobbit? Must be that Sillimarian...thing. The other one. You know, that one. The one with the weird name that nobody has read.

Should have, but I kept glazing over, trying to come up with context. I was pretty tired, and was failing to recognize all the things that I didn't know. XD

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Tacticslion wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Indeed. An enjoyable book. I'll have to get a new copy soon. My old one is starting to come apart.
I kept falling asleep.

It's not a book for everyone.


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Especially when I've got other things to read.

I love me some Tolkien, but then again, The Silmarillion was just a really hard book for me. I've technically read through the whole thing, once.

... I just can't remember it.

Make no mistake: I am not saying it is a bad book. It just read so dry... not my favorite of J.R.R.'s.

I'm really glad other people like it, though!


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Aberzombie wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Indeed. An enjoyable book. I'll have to get a new copy soon. My old one is starting to come apart.
I kept falling asleep.
It's not a book for everyone.

Yes, literary tastes can vary a lot. It's my favorite Tolkien work by a large margin.


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Tacticslion wrote:

Especially when I've got other things to read.

I love me some Tolkien, but then again, The Silmarillion was just a really hard book for me. I've technically read through the whole thing, once.

... I just can't remember it.

Make no mistake: I am not saying it is a bad book. It just read so dry... not my favorite of J.R.R.'s.

I'm really glad other people like it, though!

It had a lot of really cool ideas in it, and it really puts The Lord of the Rings in a different light, but the presentation was incredibly dry. Years after first reading it, I bought the audiobook so I could listen to it in the car on my way to work, and I spent most of it spacing out and almost falling asleep at the wheel.


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Exactly. I loved the concept of the thing far more than the execution.

But I am glad when people like it. Liking things is awesome!

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Keurig Green Mountain, formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, is a specialty coffee and coffeemaker company founded in 1981 and headquartered in the U.S. It sources, produces, and sells coffee, hot cocoa, teas, and other beverages under various brands in portion packs for its Keurig brewing systems; and sells coffee beans and ground coffee in bags and fractional packs. It sells many of its beverage varieties in K-Cup single-serve pods, and as of 2015 offers Vue, Rivo, Bolt, and K-Carafe pods as well.

Through its own and its partnership licensed brands, the company offers over 400 different varieties of coffee and other beverage selections. These include coffees that are certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, specialty blends, and flavored coffees and beverages.

Begun as a small specialty coffee roaster and store in Vermont in 1981, after regional and national expansion in the late 1980s and an IPO in 1993, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters completed its acquisition of the brewing-machine manufacturer Keurig, Inc. in 2006, enabling rapid growth through the high-margin sales of its many varieties of single-serve K-Cup pods for home and office use. GMCR changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain in March 2014.

The company is headquartered in Waterbury, Vermont. Its Canadian business unit subsidiary operates as Keurig Canada Inc.

A publicly traded company from 1993 through 2015, in December 2015 the company announced that a group of investors led by JAB Holding Company would acquire Keurig Green Mountain for $13.9 billion in cash. The acquisition closed in March 2016. Keurig Green Mountain is now a privately held company, and is an independent entity run by its pre-existing management team and a new CEO.


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I used to work for Heifer International (www.heifer.org) and we were partners with Green Mountain.

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Karaoke is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which an amateur singer sings along with recorded music (a music video) using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically an instrumental version of a well-known popular song. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing color, or music video images, to guide the singer. In China and Cambodia, a karaoke box is called a KTV. It is also a term used by recording engineers translated as "ghost orchestra" meaning there is no vocal track. The global karaoke market has been estimated to be worth nearly $10 billion.

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is an American family-owned and operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto-racing sports events. Bill France Sr. founded the company in 1948 and his grandson Brian France became its CEO in 2003. NASCAR is motorsport's preeminent stock-car racing organization. The three largest racing-series sanctioned by this company are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. The company also oversees NASCAR Local Racing, the Whelen Modified Tour, the Whelen All-American Series, and the NASCAR iRacing.com Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 of the 50 US states as well as in Canada. NASCAR has presented exhibition races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico, and the Calder Park Thunderdome in Australia.

NASCAR has its official headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida, and also maintains offices in the North Carolina cities of Charlotte, Concord, and Conover. Regional offices are located in New York City and Los Angeles, with international offices in Mexico City and Toronto. Owing to NASCAR's Southern roots, all but a handful of NASCAR teams are still based in North Carolina, especially near the city of Charlotte.

NASCAR is second to the National Football League among professional sports franchises in terms of television viewers and fans in the United States. Internationally, its races are broadcast on television in over 150 countries. In 2004, NASCAR's Director of Security stated that the company holds 17 of the Top 20 regularly attended single-day sporting events in the world. Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR more than any other motor sport, although this sponsorship has declined since the early-2000s.

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is larger than the island of Manhattan.


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Well, of course. It's in Texas, after all. :-)

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Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works. Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies. He was the recipient of two Grammy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee.


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I remember Silverstein.

"Here I am on the inside,
Lookin' at you on the outside,
Lookin' at me on the inside,
Lookin' at you on the outside,
Lookin' in."

It was about a man who built a bomb shelter in his back yard.

I also remember a page of cartoons in Playboy in which he drew interpretations of certain phrases. The one that comes to mind was a picture of a guy in the belly of the beast, looking out through its rib cage. The phrase was "in a Quandary".

Funny fellow, Silverstein.

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Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Known as the "Apostle of Ireland", he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with saints Brigit of Kildare and Columba. He is also venerated in the Anglican Communion, the Old Catholic Church and in the Eastern Orthodox Church as equal-to-apostles and the Enlightener of Ireland.

The dates of Patrick's life cannot be fixed with certainty but there is broad agreement that he was active as a missionary in Ireland during the second half of the 5th century. Early medieval tradition credits him with being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland, and they regard him as the founder of Christianity in Ireland, converting a society practising a form of Celtic polytheism. He has been generally so regarded ever since, despite evidence of some earlier Christian presence in Ireland.

According to the Confessio of Patrick, when he was about 16, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain, and taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; it is also a celebration of Ireland itself.

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MY FAVORITE SHEL SILVERSTEIN POEM


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Theconiel wrote:
MY FAVORITE SHEL SILVERSTEIN POEM

When I clicked on your link, the pre-video ad was for Miller Beer and, I kid you not, started off with the narrator saying "welcome to the high life."

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The J. C. Penney Company, doing business as JCPenney, is a department store with 1,014 locations in 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. In addition to selling conventional merchandise, JCPenney stores often house several leased departments such as Sephora, Seattle's Best Coffee, salons, optical centers, portrait studios, and jewelry repair.

Most JCPenney stores are located in suburban shopping malls. Before 1966, most of its stores were located in downtown areas. As shopping malls became more popular during the latter half of the 20th century, JCPenney followed the trend by relocating and developing stores to anchor the malls. In more recent years, the chain has continued to follow consumer traffic, echoing the retailing trend of opening some freestanding stores, including some next door to competitors. Certain stores are located in power centers. The company has been an Internet retailer since 1998. It has streamlined its catalog and distribution while undergoing renovation improvements at store level.


And they're beginning to close down stores as brick and mortar slowly dies.


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The last player to score for the England national football team while sporting a moustache and no beard was Viv Anderson, MBE who scored in a 2-0 win against Yugoslavia on 12 November 1986 during the qualifications for Euro 1988.


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British rock band The Buggles was first formed in 1977 by Trevor Horn, Bruce Woolley, and Geoff Downes. In 1978, the trio wrote the song "Video Killed The Radio Star," and shortly thereafter, Woolley, who had been signed by Epic Records as a solo artist, recorded a single. The remaining Buggles, Horn and Downes, also recorded a version, and it was this version (in part due to its accompanying music video) that achieved success, reaching #1 on the UK singles charts.

The Buggles' debut album, The Age Of Plastic, was released in 1980, and that same year, Horn and Downes were invited to join progressive rock band Yes, replacing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman, respectively, and contributed to the 1980 album Drama. After recording the album, however, Horn left Yes to focus on his work as a producer. Shortly thereafter, Yes disbanded, and Downes and Yes guitarist Steve Howe left to form the band Asia. (Yes would later re-form in 1983.)

Also in 1981, The Buggles' version of "Video Killed The Radio Star" debuted as the first ever video on MTV, bringing a resurgence in popularity to the band, especially in the United States. However, follow-up attempts were lackluster, and Trevor Horn left performing for good and became a full-time producer.

Since the early 1980s, Trevor Horn has accrued an impressive list of production credits, including (but not limited to):

Yes - 90125 (1983)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (1984)
Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (single, 1984)
Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm (1985)
Pet Shop Boys - Introspective (1988)
Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt (1989)
Seal - Seal (1991)
Tom Jones - "If Only I Knew" (single, 1994)
Seal - "Kiss From A Rose" (single, 1994)
Cher - It's A Man's World (1995)
Tina Turner - Wildest Dreams (1996)
Various artists - Coyote Ugly (2000)
Faith Hill - "There You'll Be" (single, 2001)
t.A.T.u. - "All the Things She Said" (single, 2002)
Belle And Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)

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The Swamp Thing is a fictional character in the DC Universe. He is a humanoid/plant elemental creature, created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing has had several humanoid or monster incarnations in various different storylines. He first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971) in a stand-alone horror story set in the early 20th century. The character then returned in a solo series, set in the contemporary world and in the general DC continuity. The character is a swamp monster that resembles an anthropomorphic mound of vegetable matter. He fights to protect his swamp home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.

The character found perhaps his greatest popularity during the 1970s and early 1990s. Outside of an extensive comic book history, Swamp Thing has inspired two theatrical films, a live-action television series, and a five-part animated series, among other media.


I had a Swamp Thing Number One when I was a kid. I didn't keep it, because I didn't collect comics. I bought them to read and trade with other kids.

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Kohler Co., founded in 1873 by John Michael Kohler, is an American manufacturing company based in Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler is best known for its plumbing products, but the company also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines, and generators. Destination Kohler also owns various hospitality establishments in the United States and Scotland.

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Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991) was an American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, or "Fender" for short. In January 1965, he sold the company to CBS and later founded two other musical instrument companies, Music Man and G&L Musical Instruments.

The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s on are still widely used: the Fender Telecaster (1950) was the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world's most iconic electric guitars; the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars, and the Fender Bassman amplifier, popular enough in its own right, became the basis for later amplifiers (notably by Marshall and Mesa Boogie) that dominated rock and roll music. Leo Fender was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992—a unique achievement given that he never learned to play the instruments that he made a career of building.


British actor and martial artist Lewis Tan (10,000 Days), who played the villainous drunken master Zhou Cheng on the Marvel Studios / Netflix web series Iron Fist (2017), was one of the front runners to play series protagonist, Danny Rand, AKA the Iron Fist. The role of Danny Rand ultimately went to British actor Finn Jones (Game Of Thrones).

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The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the air corps' performance specifications. Although Boeing lost the contract because the prototype crashed, the air corps ordered 13 more B-17s for further evaluation. From its introduction in 1938, the B-17 Flying Fortress evolved through numerous design advances.

The B-17 was primarily employed by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German industrial and military targets. The United States Eighth Air Force, based at many airfields in central and southern England, and the Fifteenth Air Force, based in Italy, complemented the RAF Bomber Command's nighttime area bombing in the Combined Bomber Offensive to help secure air superiority over the cities, factories and battlefields of Western Europe in preparation for the invasion of France in 1944. The B-17 also participated to a lesser extent in the War in the Pacific, early in World War II, where it conducted raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

From its prewar inception, the USAAC (by June 1941, the USAAF) promoted the aircraft as a strategic weapon; it was a relatively fast, high-flying, long-range bomber with heavy defensive armament at the expense of bombload. It developed a reputation for toughness based upon stories and photos of badly damaged B-17s safely returning to base. The B-17 developed a reputation as an effective bomber, dropping more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. Of the 1.5 million tonnes of bombs dropped on Germany and its occupied territories by U.S. aircraft, 640,000 tonnes were dropped from B-17s. In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft.

As of May 2015, ten aircraft remain airworthy. None of them are combat veterans. Dozens more are in storage or on static display. The oldest of these is a D-series veteran of combat in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

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The Ford Country Squire is a line of full-size station wagons that was assembled and marketed by Ford Motor Company from the 1950 to 1991 model years in North America for its namesake Ford division. Throughout its entire production run, the Country Squire was the premium station wagon model of the division, sold only in the full-size car range. In use for 41 years, it was the third longest-used car nameplate used by Ford in North America (behind only the Thunderbird and Mustang).

Although all Country Squires feature woodgrain body trim, only the first-generation 1950-1951 versions are true "Woodies". To reduce the production cost, for 1952, Ford replaced wood trim with an all-steel body; ever since, exterior body trim has consisted of simulated woodgrain (with varying degrees of coverage on the body). The genuine wood body panels were manufactured at the Ford Iron Mountain Plant in the Michigan Upper Peninsula from lumber owned by Ford Motor Company.

As part of the full-size Ford model line, the Ford Country Squire would be paired with several Ford models over its production run. During its first two generations, the Country Squire was based upon the Ford Custom Deluxe (and the Ford Crestline that replaced it). From 1955 to 1968, station wagons were a separate model line from Ford sedans, though the Country Squire shared its interior trim with the Fairlane (and the Ford Galaxie that replaced it). For 1969, as station wagons were consolidated with Ford sedans, the Country Squire became part of the Ford LTD model line. As the LTD became the Ford LTD Crown Victoria in 1983, the LTD Country Squire remained a full-size station wagon through the 1991 model year.

During its production run, the Ford Country Squire was joined by two other equivalent woodgrained station wagons in other Ford divisions: In 1958, the Edsel division sold the Edsel Bermuda (which became the rarest Edsel); from 1957 to 1991, Lincoln-Mercury sold the Mercury Colony Park, sharing the bodyshell of the Country Squire from 1961 onwards. During the 1970s and early 1980s, other variations of the Squire name would be used on other Ford woodgrained station wagons, including the Pinto, Fairmont, Gran Torino, LTD II, Escort, and mid-size LTD (the last to use the Squire name).

Based on the expansion of the minivan and four-door SUV segment during the late 1980s, Ford Motor Company elected to discontinue the Ford LTD Country Squire and Mercury Colony Park as it redesigned their Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedan counterparts for the 1992 model year. In terms of functionality, the LTD Country Squire would be superseded by the Ford Club Wagon, the Ford Aerostar, and the Ford Explorer (the full-size Ford Expedition was introduced in 1997).

With the 1996 discontinuation of the competing Buick Roadmaster Estate and Chevrolet Caprice Estate (the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser was discontinued in 1992; Chrysler discontinued its Chrysler Town & Country full-size wagon in 1977), full-size station wagon production came to an end in North America, with the lone exception of the 2005-2008 Dodge Magnum.

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The Chevrolet Corvette, known colloquially as the Vette, or Chevy Corvette, is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet. The car has been produced through seven generations. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car after the type of small, maneuverable warship called a corvette. Originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette is currently manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


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In Robert Jordan's 15-book fantasy series The Wheel of Time, the character Nynaeve tugs her braid 60 times, with a full 3rd of the braid-tuggings occurring in the book The Dragon Reborn.


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In Robert Jordan's 15-book fantasy series The Wheel of Time, the character Nynaeve tugs her braid 60 times, with a full 3rd of the braid-tuggings occurring in the book The Dragon Reborn.

The most common phrase in Lee Child's 21 (and counting) Jack Reacher thrillers is "Reacher said nothing." It is so prevalent, in fact, that author Andy Martin used it as the title of his book on Child and the writing of Make Me (Reacher #20; the phrase appears 21 tines in that novel alone, even excluding minor variations like "He said nothing.").

My favorite:

Lee Child wrote:

"We don’t want the book rights."

"Why wouldn’t you?"
"I’m too busy and he [Reacher] can barely write his own name with a crayon."
Reacher said nothing.


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Solas slightly approves.


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Solas slightly approves.

[disgusted noise]


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The Faroe Islands has 705 17-year olds, 632 16-year olds, and 773 15-year olds. Today, their under-17 football team managed to become one of 16 teams to qualify for the U-17 European Championships.

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Photinia is a genus of about 40–60 species of small trees and large shrubs, but the taxonomy has recently varied greatly, with the genera Heteromeles, Stranvaesia and Aronia sometimes included in Photinia.

They are a part of the rose family (Rosaceae) and related to the apple. The botanical genus name derives from the Greek word photeinos for shiny and refers to the often glossy leaves. Most species are evergreen, but deciduous species also occur. The small apple-shaped fruit has a size of 4 to 12 mm and forms in large quantities. They ripen in the fall and often remain hanging on the bush until well into the winter. The fruits are used as food by birds, which excrete the seeds with their droppings and thereby distribute the plant.

The natural range of these species is restricted to warm temperate Asia, from the Himalaya east to Japan and south to India and Thailand. They have, however, been widely cultivated throughout the world as ornamentals for their white flowers and red fruits.

Some varieties of Photinia are toxic due to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in the foliage and fruit.

The scientific name Photinia is also widely used as the common name. Another name sometimes used is "Christmas berry", but this name is a source of confusion, since it is commonly applied to plants in several genera including Heteromeles, Lycium, Schinus, and Ruscus. The name "photinia" also continues to be used for several species of small trees in the mountains of Mexico and Central America which had formerly been included in the genus Photinia.


About a 35% of the world population drives on the left side of the road.

In the past, almost everybody travelled on the left side of the road because since most people are right-handed, swordsmen preferred to keep to the left in order to have their right arm nearer to an opponent and their scabbard further from him. Furthermore, a right-handed person finds it easier to mount a horse from the left side of the horse, and it would be very difficult to do otherwise if wearing a sword (which would be worn on the left). It is safer to mount and dismount towards the side of the road, rather than in the middle of traffic, so if one mounts on the left, then the horse should be ridden on the left side of the road.

In the late 1700s, however, teamsters in France and the United States began hauling farm products in big wagons pulled by several pairs of horses. These wagons had no driver’s seat; instead the driver sat on the left rear horse, so he could keep his right arm free to lash the team. Since he was sitting on the left, he naturally wanted everybody to pass on the left so he could look down and make sure he kept clear of the oncoming wagon’s wheels. Therefore he kept to the right side of the road.

More information can be found here.

The following countries and territories all drive on the left-hand side of the road:

Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Bermuda
Bhutan
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Christmas Island
Cocos Islands
Cook Islands
Cyprus
Dominica
East Timor
England
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Grenada
Guyana
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
New Zealand
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Ireland
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Helena
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Scotland
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Swaziland
Tanzania
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
United States Virgin Islands
Wales
Zambia
Zimbabwe


A coin is a small, flat, usually disc-shaped piece of metal or plastic used primarily as a medium of exchange or legal tender. They are standardized in weight, produced in large quantities at a mint in order to facilitate trade, and most often issued by national governments.

Coins made of valuable metal are stored in large quantities as bullion coins. Other coins are used as money in everyday transactions, circulating alongside banknotes. Usually the highest value coin in circulation is worth less than the lowest-value note.

The earliest coins are mostly associated with Iron Age Anatolia, especially with the kingdom of Lydia. Early coins were not standardized in weight, and in their earliest stage may have been ritual objects, such as badges or medals, issued by priests. Many early Lydian and Greek coins were minted under the authority of private individuals and are thus more akin to tokens or badges than to modern coins, though due to their numbers it is evident that some were official state issues, with King Alyattes of Lydia being a frequently mentioned originator of coinage.

The first Lydian coins were made of electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of silver and gold that was further alloyed with added silver and copper. Most of the early Lydian coins include no writing ("legend" or "inscription"), only an image of a symbolic animal. Therefore, the dating of these coins relies primarily on archaeological evidence, with the most commonly cited evidence coming from excavations at the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, also called the Ephesian Artemision.


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During filming of The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russell mistakenly smashed a priceless 1870s Martin Guitar on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum, instead of a replica. Because of this, the museum now refuses to loan out its guitars for any reason. (Source)

Depictions of a Tyrannosaurus Rex attacking humans are technically more accurate than depictions of a Tyrannosaurus Rex attacking a Stegosaurus. The Stegosaurus lived 145 million years ago, and the Tyrannosaurus lived 65 million years ago.

Van Halen demanded that M&M's be provided for them in any venue they performed at, with the brown ones removed. This was not, however, due to petty caprice, but to determine if the rather considerable safety specifications they demanded (Due to massive amounts of equipment) were also in place. If the brown M&M's weren't removed, it was a good sign the venue didn't follow through on the much more important demands. (Source)

62% of Americans have less than $1000 saved. 21% don't even have a savings account. (Source)

Leaving lime juice on your skin on a sunny day can react with the ultraviolet light and cause chemical burns and discolouration for years. This is informally known as Lime disease, or Margarita Dermatitis, due to being frequently caused by people making margaritas outside. (Source)

There is evidence that a long lost painting of Leonardo Da Vinci (The Battle of Anghiari) is hidden behind a wall in Florence, upon which The Battle of Marciano by Giorgio Vasari is painted. (Source)

The USSR held a televised song contest (Intervision) to compete with the Eurovision Song Contest. Because few people in the Soviet Union had phones, voting was done by turning the lights on in the house if you liked a performer, or turning them off if you didn't. The state power company would then measure the power spike and report the results for each contestant.

The Phantom Of Heilbronn was a female serial killer linked to 40 crimes, six of which were murders. Though there was suspicion before, in 2009 it was finally confirmed that she didn't actually exist, and was the result of DNA contamination on cotton swabs used at the crime scenes. (Source)

Baby carrots were initially designed as a way to sell the large amounts of twisted, unsightly carrots that were considered unsuitable for sale. Today, they account for 70 percent of all carrot sales.


American actor Bill Mumy (1954-) started his career as a child actor in the 1960s on television shows such as The Twilight Zone, in which he played the character of Anthony Fremont in the episode "It's A Good Life," (1961) as well as playing the character Will Robinson on the series Lost In Space (1965-1968).

During the 1990s, Mumy's career experienced a revival, serving as one of the narrators of A&E's Biography from 1995 to 2009, as well as portraying the character Lennier on the series Babylon 5 (1993-1998).

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The Doom Patrol is a superhero team appearing in publications from DC Comics. The original Doom Patrol first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 (June 1963). Writers Arnold Drake (who was the feature's regular scripter) and Bob Haney, artist Bruno Premiani, and editor Murray Boltinoff are generally credited as the team's creators; however, Drake insisted that Haney did no more than answer Drake's call for help to meet the short deadline he had been given for the first story. The Doom Patrol has since appeared in multiple incarnations.

The first Doom Patrol consisted of super-powered misfits, whose "gifts" caused them alienation and trauma. Dubbed the "World's Strangest Heroes", the original team included The Chief (Niles Caulder), Robotman (Cliff Steele), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), and Negative Man (Larry Trainor). The series was canceled in 1968, when Drake killed the team off in the final issue, Doom Patrol #121 (September–October 1968).

In the years after this story, five Doom Patrol series have been launched. Each series tried to capture the spirit of the original team, but the only character constant to all was Robotman.

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Wahlburgers is an American reality television series that premiered on the A&E network, on January 22, 2014. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the titular chain of restaurants owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his brothers, Mark and Donnie. On February 10, 2014, A&E ordered an initial order of 18 episodes of Wahlburgers. Through January 11, 2017, the series has run for seven seasons.


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Both Richard Dawkins and his wife Lalla Ward have appeared in Doctor Who.

Dawkins played himself in an episode of the rebooted series 4th season, whereas Ward played the second regeneration of the Time Lady Romanadvoratrelundar for 32 episodes between 1979 and 1980, as well as the character of Princess Astra in the The Armageddon Factor episodes in 1978.

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