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Thank you. Apparently, then, it wasn't the franchise. I liked the 2005 movie, though many didn't, and I have already forgotten the sequel, so I assume it wasn't very good.


Sissyl wrote:
Thank you. Apparently, then, it wasn't the franchise. I liked the 2005 movie, though many didn't, and I have already forgotten the sequel, so I assume it wasn't very good.

I was not a huge fan of the 2005 Fantastic Four, though it did have a couple of decent scenes in it. Never saw the sequel, though critics seemed to like it more than the first one.

Scarab Sages

I liked the first one, too. The second one...well, let's just say that Galactus took the form of a big blackish cloud-like thing rather than a character. Disappointing.


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
I liked the first one, too. The second one...well, let's just say that Galactus took the form of a big blackish cloud-like thing rather than a character. Disappointing.

You ain't kidding, man; I was all, "Wait, Lawerence Fishburn is doing the Silver Surfer's voice, and the dude who played both the faun and the pale man in Pan's Labyrinth is doing the motion capture? This movie's going to be so awesome that I'm going have to change my pants after I see it!"

But Norrin Radd wasn't a tragic character who became the Herald of the World Devourer to save his home planet, he was just some weirdo who was scared of a space tornado, and my pants remained pristine and unsoiled.


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The people of Canada consume more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (sold under the name Kraft Dinner in Canada) than any other nation on earth, purchasing 1.7 million (~24%) of the 7 million boxes sold globally each week. The packaged dry pasta and cheese mix is the most popular grocery item in the country, where "Kraft Dinner" (often referred to simply as "KD") has become a generic trademark of sorts for macaroni and cheese.

To quote Canadian writer Douglas Coupland, "Cheese plays a weirdly large dietary role in the lives of Canadians, who have a more intimate and intense relationship with Kraft food products than the citizens of any other country...In particular, Kraft macaroni and cheese, known simply as Kraft Dinner, is the biggie, probably because it so precisely laser-targets the favoured Canadian food groups: fat, sugar, starch and salt"


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
I liked the first one, too. The second one...well, let's just say that Galactus took the form of a big blackish cloud-like thing rather than a character. Disappointing.

I too liked the first movie.


David M Mallon wrote:

The 1994 film The Fantastic Four, directed by Oley Sassone and produced by Roger Corman, was filmed on a $1 million budget and never officially released, a net loss of $1 million for production company Constantin Film Production.

The 2015 film Fantastic Four (AKA Fant4stic), directed by Josh Trank and produced by Simon Kinberg, was filmed on a $120 million budget, with an estimated additional $150-$200 million in marketing and distribution costs. During its theatrical run, Fantastic Four grossed a total of $167.8 million for production company 20th Century Fox, a net loss of approximately $100-$150 million.

The director of the 2015 film really went to bat for his work, saying that Marvel- or someone- screwed him post production. I wonder if there was anything to that.

Scarab Sages

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David M Mallon wrote:

The people of Canada consume more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (sold under the name Kraft Dinner in Canada) than any other nation on earth, purchasing 1.7 million (~24%) of the 7 million boxes sold globally each week. The packaged dry pasta and cheese mix is the most popular grocery item in the country, where "Kraft Dinner" (often referred to simply as "KD") has become a generic trademark of sorts for macaroni and cheese.

Maybe it's the choice of labeling?

John Q. Canadian Shopper: "Ah-ha, yes! 'Dinner!' That is precisely what I want!"


Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
The 2015 film Fantastic Four (AKA Fant4stic), directed by Josh Trank and produced by Simon Kinberg, was filmed on a $120 million budget, with an estimated additional $150-$200 million in marketing and distribution costs. During its theatrical run, Fantastic Four grossed a total of $167.8 million for production company 20th Century Fox, a net loss of approximately $100-$150 million.
The director of the 2015 film really went to bat for his work, saying that Marvel- or someone- screwed him post production. I wonder if there was anything to that.

Not saying it was any group of people in particular, but... it was 20th Century Fox.


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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

The people of Canada consume more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (sold under the name Kraft Dinner in Canada) than any other nation on earth, purchasing 1.7 million (~24%) of the 7 million boxes sold globally each week. The packaged dry pasta and cheese mix is the most popular grocery item in the country, where "Kraft Dinner" (often referred to simply as "KD") has become a generic trademark of sorts for macaroni and cheese.

Maybe it's the choice of labeling?

John Q. Canadian Shopper: "Ah-ha, yes! 'Dinner!' That is precisely what I want!"

Not sure if it's due to my growing up within relative proximity to the Canadian border, but that's basically my thought process when buying anything at the grocery store.

"Yes... yes... it says "food" right on the label. And it's on sale! This will go perfectly with tonight's selection of bottom-shelf intoxicants!"


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David M Mallon wrote:

The people of Canada consume more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (sold under the name Kraft Dinner in Canada) than any other nation on earth, purchasing 1.7 million (~24%) of the 7 million boxes sold globally each week. The packaged dry pasta and cheese mix is the most popular grocery item in the country, where "Kraft Dinner" (often referred to simply as "KD") has become a generic trademark of sorts for macaroni and cheese.

This explains that one Kids in the Hall sketch*.

* From 1992!!! Holy crap I feel old.


Abed Nadir wrote:
This explains that one Kids in the Hall sketch*.

My people...


David M Mallon wrote:
Abed Nadir wrote:
This explains that one Kids in the Hall sketch*.
My people...

Do you know Bruce McCulloch?


Maybe not, but just don't ask me about the Chicken Lady or Rooster Boy.


Noh (Nogaku), derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent," is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan'ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art still regularly performed today.


Requirements for being the prospective bride of a Crown Prince of Japan include being an upper-class virgin of Shinto or Buddhist faith, and being no taller than the Crown Prince.


The first and only occupation by foreign powers of the home islands of Japan took place between 2 September 1945 and 28 April 1952*, in which the country was occupied by military forces from the United States and governed by American military leaders (Gen. Douglas MacArthur from 1945 to 1951, and Gen. Matthew Ridgway from 1951 to 1952). The occupation was formally ended by the San Francisco Treaty of 1951, which went into effect the following year, returning full authority to the Prime Minister, the Diet, and Emperor of Japan.

*Ryukyu Prefecture (including Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands) was occupied and administered by the United States Navy from 1 April 1945 (the beginning of the Battle of Okinawa) to 15 May 1972.


If he succeeds his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge will be the tallest English monarch in history. At 6'3", he will surpass the previous record-holder, the 6'2" Edward I "Longshanks" (1239-1307) by one inch.


The longshanks....


As of January 2016, there are only two documented living people who were born in the 19th century: Emma Morano Martinuzzi of Verbania, PIE, Italy (born 29 November 1899 in Civiasco, PIE, Italy), and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, NY, USA (born 6 July 1899 in Montgomery, AL, USA).

Scarab Sages

David M Mallon wrote:
As of January 2016, there are only two documented living people who were born in the 19th century: Emma Morano Martinuzzi of Verbania, PIE, Italy (born 29 November 1899 in Civiasco, PIE, Italy), and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, NY, USA (born 6 July 1899 in Montgomery, AL, USA).

Do they still have their marbles? The stories they might tell - somebody get them some documentary crews before it's too late!


David M Mallon wrote:
As of January 2016, there are only two documented living people who were born in the 19th century: Emma Morano Martinuzzi of Verbania, PIE, Italy (born 29 November 1899 in Civiasco, PIE, Italy), and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, NY, USA (born 6 July 1899 in Montgomery, AL, USA).

BROOKLYN BROOKLYN BROOKLYN BROOKLYN


Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
As of January 2016, there are only two documented living people who were born in the 19th century: Emma Morano Martinuzzi of Verbania, PIE, Italy (born 29 November 1899 in Civiasco, PIE, Italy), and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, NY, USA (born 6 July 1899 in Montgomery, AL, USA).
BROOKLYN BROOKLYN BROOKLYN BROOKLYN

Pfft... Brooklyn is so 2015. All the cool kids are living in Jersey City now.

Scarab Sages

Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
As of January 2016, there are only two documented living people who were born in the 19th century: Emma Morano Martinuzzi of Verbania, PIE, Italy (born 29 November 1899 in Civiasco, PIE, Italy), and Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, NY, USA (born 6 July 1899 in Montgomery, AL, USA).
BROOKLYN BROOKLYN BROOKLYN BROOKLYN

Wanna hop on over and ask for her stories for us?


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In 1994, at the age of 45, boxer George Foreman became the oldest world heavyweight champion in history after his defeat by knockout of 27-year-old Michael Moorer. Foreman still holds this record over two decades later, as well as the record for being the second-oldest world champion boxer in any weight class (after Bernard Hopkins Jr, who won the world middleweight championship title in 2011 at the age of 46). Foreman retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76 wins (including 68 knockouts) and 5 losses.

George Foreman has twelve children-- five sons and seven daughters. All five of his sons are named George, and one of his daughters is named Georgetta.


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The George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine, commonly known as the George Foreman Grill, is an indoor, electrically-heated grill manufactured by Spectrum Brands (previously Rayovac Inc. and subsidiary Russell Hobbs / Salton Inc). Invented by Michael Boehm and Bob Johnson, concept was pitched by Tsann Kuen to Salton Inc. Salton sent samples of the grill to George Foreman's colleagues, who then sent the grill to George to test out. Boehm and Johnson had nothing to do with teaming up the grill and George, or with the final marketing campaign.

The worldwide popularity of the George Foreman grill has resulted in sales of over 100 million units since it was first launched, a feat that was achieved in a little over 15 years. Although Foreman has never confirmed exactly how much he has earned from the endorsement, Salton Inc paid him $137 million in 1999 in order to buy out the right to use his name. Previous to that he was being paid about 40% of the profits on each grill sold (earning him $4.5 million a month in payouts at its peak). It is estimated that Foreman has made a total of over $200 million from the endorsement, a substantially higher sum than that which he earned as a boxer.

The success of the George Foreman Grill spawned a variety of similar celebrity-endorsed products such as the Evander Holyfield Real Deal Grill, the Carl Lewis Health Grill, and the Hulk Hogan Ultimate Grill. In Asia, the George Foreman grill is jointly promoted by George Foreman and Jackie Chan.

Scarab Sages

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Albus Dumbledore and Obi-Wan Kenobi were once mortal enemies - inasmuch as years before those roles, Richard Harris (as Oliver Cromwell) faced off against Sir Alec Guinness (as King Charles I) in the 1970 historical drama Cromwell.


Potential minor spoiler for 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens:
In J.J. Abrams' 2015 film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the sound effect used for the roughly spherical "rathtar" creature as it pursues the characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew & Joonas Suotamo) down the corridor of a cargo ship is the same sound effect used in the famous "rolling boulder trap" scene in Steven Spielberg's 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, also starring Harrison Ford, this time in the role of adventurer Indiana Jones.


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David M Mallon wrote:
Potential minor spoiler for 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens:
In J.J. Abrams' 2015 film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the sound effect used for the roughly spherical "rathtar" creature as it pursues the characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew & Joonas Suotamo) down the corridor of a cargo ship is the same sound effect used in the famous "rolling boulder trap" scene in Steven Spielberg's 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, also starring Harrison Ford, this time in the role of adventurer Indiana Jones.

(Linkified... sorry)


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AdmiralAckbar wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
(Linkified... sorry)

Spoiler:
Well, it is a trap...

David M Mallon wrote:
The first and only occupation by foreign powers of the home islands of Japan took place between 2 September 1945 and 28 April 1952*

I'd argue that when Commodore Perry steamed into Yokohama in 1854 and told them that the islands were now open to U.S. ships, that could be considered sort of an absentee occupation, if you will.

Scarab Sages

Kirth Gersen wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
The first and only occupation by foreign powers of the home islands of Japan took place between 2 September 1945 and 28 April 1952*
I'd argue that when Commodore Perry steamed into Yokohama in 1854 and told them that the islands were now open to U.S. ships, that could be considered sort of an absentee occupation, if you will.

"Racketeering," "extortion," and "bullying" all sound like suitable words.


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
"Racketeering," "extortion," and "bullying" all sound like suitable words.

Only when conducted intra-nationally. When international, they're "projection of power" and "strong statesmanship" if you get away with them, and "uncountenanced invasion" if you don't.


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In March of 2000, BioWare and Wizards of the Coast writer Drew Karpyshyn (Mass Effect, Star Wars, Baldur's Gate) appeared on an episode of the game show Jeopardy!, finishing third.


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The name "William Shakespeare" is an anagram of "Here was I, like a psalm."

William Shakespeare was 46 years old when the King James Bible was created.

The 46th word of Psalm 46 in the King James Bible is "shake," and the 46th word from the bottom of the page is "spear."


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^I remember hearing that later biblical translators noted that while most of the King James followed the text fairly well, that particular verse was translated and jumbled up, as if they rearranged the entire bible verse after translation.

This has led to some theories, though the two I heard is that either Shakespeare may have had a job as a translator for the bible along with his playwriting, or he made friends with somebody who did, who stuck in that reference to his name for laughs.


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As per International Astronomical Union regulations, all montes (mountains) on Titan, a moon of the planet Saturn, are named after mountains from the fictional Middle-earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition, all colles (hills) are named after characters from Tolkien's Middle-earth, and freta (straits) are named after characters from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Finally, labyrinthi (intersecting valley/ridge complexes) and planitiae (plains) are named after planets from Frank Herbert's Dune universe.


Despite being released just 13 days before the year's end, J.J. Abrams' film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was the highest-grossing film of 2015. At a domestic gross of $900,831,469 before year's end, the film made half again as much money as the second-highest-grossing film of 2015 (Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World), which had a domestic gross of $652,270,625 by the end of its three-month US theatrical run.


American football player Peyton Manning is the first quarterback to win two Super Bowls playing for two separate teams named after horses. Manning was quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts during their 2007 win against the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, and quarterback for the Denver Broncos during their 2016 win against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.


Now here's a taste of something awful...

Zima Clearmalt is a clear, lemon-lime-flavored, lightly carbonated, alcoholic beverage made and distributed by the Coors Brewing Company. Zima (meaning "winter" in some Slavic languages) was introduced in 1993, after being test-marketed two years previously in Syracuse, New York. Production in the United States ceased in October 2008, but it is still quite popular in Japan.


The Carrier Dome is a 49,262-seat domed sports stadium located on the campus of Syracuse University in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. The Dome is the largest domed stadium of any college campus, and the largest domed stadium in the Northeastern United States. Also, it is the largest on-campus basketball arena in the nation, with a listed capacity of 33,000.

Despite being named after and partially financed by Carrier (an HVAC manufacturer), there is no air conditioning in the stadium.


Due to his frequent appearances in low-budget horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films (such as Postal, Freddy Vs. Jason, Battle Planet, The Devil's Tomb, Alone In The Dark 2, BloodRayne 2, etc.), it's easy to forget that the first film appearance of Canadian actor Zack Ward was as the bully Scut Farkus in the classic 1983 holiday film A Christmas Story.

Scarab Sages

David M Mallon wrote:
Due to his frequent appearances in low-budget horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films (such as Postal, Freddy Vs. Jason, Battle Planet, The Devil's Tomb, Alone In The Dark 2, BloodRayne 2, etc.), it's easy to forget that the first film appearance of Canadian actor Zack Ward was as the bully Scut Farkus in the classic 1983 holiday film A Christmas Story.

So...his career's gotten more interesting? Kinda? I keep hearing what a big deal that movie is, yet having seen it, I've never been able to see why.


It's just a fun movie with lines that have become memorable parts of our modern lexicon. It's also sort of like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, depicting a simpler time and the joy and expectations some folks feel for Christmas.


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Due to his frequent appearances in low-budget horror, sci-fi, and exploitation films (such as Postal, Freddy Vs. Jason, Battle Planet, The Devil's Tomb, Alone In The Dark 2, BloodRayne 2, etc.), it's easy to forget that the first film appearance of Canadian actor Zack Ward was as the bully Scut Farkus in the classic 1983 holiday film A Christmas Story.
So...his career's gotten more interesting? Kinda? I keep hearing what a big deal that movie is, yet having seen it, I've never been able to see why.

I've actually only seen it once, when I was about 8 or 9. My point was more to contrast the fact that, while basically nobody saw Alone In The Dark 2, a ton of people saw A Christmas Story, and that it' a pretty big shift in genre.


David M Mallon wrote:

Now here's a taste of something awful...

Zima Clearmalt is a clear, lemon-lime-flavored, lightly carbonated, alcoholic beverage made and distributed by the Coors Brewing Company. Zima (meaning "winter" in some Slavic languages) was introduced in 1993, after being test-marketed two years previously in Syracuse, New York. Production in the United States ceased in October 2008, but it is still quite popular in Japan.

That sounds revolting...

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