Paizo Top Nav Branding
  • Hello, Guest! |
  • Sign In |
  • My Account |
  • Shopping Cart |
  • Help/FAQ
About Paizo Messageboards News Paizo Blog Help/FAQ

Did you know...?


Off-Topic Discussions

3,451 to 3,500 of 3,500 << first < prev | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | next > last >>

DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Christopher Lee, 1922-2015. R.I.P.

Wow. I didn't even know he was dead.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Jaelithe wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Christopher Lee, 1922-2015. R.I.P.
Wow. I didn't even know he was dead.

From what I read, he died on Sunday, but his estate kept it quiet while friends and family were notified.


Tengu (Bestiary 1) are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings). Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but this feature has often been humanized as an unnaturally long nose, which today is widely considered the tengu's defining characteristic in the popular imagination.

Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice known as Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the distinctive garb of its followers, the yamabushi.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Malcolm McDowell has a fear of reptiles. When Stanley Kubrick learned this while shooting A Clockwork Orange (1971), he introduced Basil, Alex's pet snake.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Before Marla Gibbs was a successful actress, she worked as a reservations agent on the telephone for United Airlines, from 1963 to 1975.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

James Belushi filed a $4-million lawsuit against neighbor Julie Newmar in 2004. He accused her of using harassment and defamation to force him from the Brentwood, California, street they share. A newspaper article quoted a resident not involved with the dispute as saying "She's weird" and "He's a bully." In January 2006 the two announced they had settled their differences out-of-court, and later that year Newmar guest-starred on an episode of According to Jim (2001) that poked fun at their feud by having Newmar play a neighbor who annoys Belushi's character.


Went to Gettysburg this past weekend, so:

The Gettysburg National Cemetery and Gettysburg National Military Park are maintained by the U.S. National Park Service as two of the nation's most revered historical landmarks. Although Gettysburg is one of the best known of all Civil War battlefields, it too faces threats to its preservation and interpretation. Many historically significant locations on the battlefield lie outside the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park and are vulnerable to residential or commercial development.

On July 20, 2009, a Comfort Inn and Suites opened on Cemetery Hill, adjacent to Evergreen Cemetery, just one of many modern edifices infringing on the historic field. The Baltimore Pike corridor attracts development that concerns preservationists.

Some preservation successes have emerged in recent years. Two proposals to open a casino at Gettysburg were defeated in 2006 and most recently in 2011, when public pressure forced the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to reject the proposed gambling hub at the intersection of Routes 15 and 30, near East Cavalry Field. The Civil War Trust also successfully purchased and transferred 95 acres at the former site of the Gettysburg Country Club to the control of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2011.

Less than half of the over 11,500 acres on the old Gettysburg Battlefield have been preserved for posterity thus far. The Civil War Trust has preserved 815 acres around the site, some of which is now part of the 4,998 acres of Gettysburg National Military Park.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

In the oil industry, Blanket Gas is a gas phase maintained in a vessel containing liquid to protect the liquid against air contamination, to reduce the hazard of explosion, or to maintain pressure of the liquid. The source of the gas is external to the vessel.


Superfluidity is a state of matter in which the matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity; where it appears to exhibit the ability to self-propel and travel in a way that defies the forces of gravity and surface tension. While this characteristic was originally discovered in liquid helium, it is also found in astrophysics, high-energy physics, and theories of quantum gravity. The phenomenon is related to Bose–Einstein condensation, but it is not identical: not all Bose-Einstein condensates can be regarded as superfluids, and not all superfluids are Bose–Einstein condensates.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sho Kosugi left Japan at only 19 years old to study and reside in Los Angeles, USA where he achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.


2 people marked this as a favorite.

The creature described as the gnole first appeared in Lord Dunsany's 1912 story in The Book of Wonder: How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art upon the Gnoles and subsequently reappeared in Margaret St. Clair's, The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles. In Middle English the word noll could refer to a stupid or very drunk person.

Lord Dunsany's story gives little or nothing in the way of physical description of the gnoles, but they live on the edge of a sinister wood and watch intruders through holes bored in trees. They are said to own emeralds of very large size. In St. Clair's story they also live on the edge of a wood, watch through holes bored in trees and prize emeralds, but a "senior gnole" is described as looking "like a Jerusalem artichoke" and although he has feet, has tentacles rather than arms and no ears. His eyes are small, red and faceted like a gemstone.

The gnoll (Bestiary 1), as introduced in the earliest edition of the Dungeons & Dragons game, is the literary descendant of Lord Dunsany's "gnoles", who were clever, evil, and nonhuman. In the Dungeons & Dragons "white box" set (1974), gnolls are described as a cross between gnomes and trolls, to which Gary Gygax explains: "A cross between gnomes and trolls (...perhaps, Lord Dunsany did not really make it all that clear) with +2 morale. Otherwise they are similar to hobgoblins..."

With the 1977 publication of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual gnolls were described as hyena-men, a characterization that continues to the present.


The character Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or Män Som Hatar Kvinnor (Men who Hate Women) in Swedish, was inspired by Pippi Longstocking.


Kajehase wrote:
The character Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or Män Som Hatar Kvinnor (Men who Hate Women) in Swedish, was inspired by Pippi Longstocking.

Heh. On reflection, I can see that.

Scarab Sages

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Keye Luke was an accomplished artist who specialized in murals. Examples of his work appear in the films The Shanghai Gesture (1941) and Macao (1952). He also painted the garden fairytale setting murals on the interior of Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Chinese Theater massive auditorium ceiling.


Peter Parker's (Spider-Man) eyes are hazel colored.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

In 1994, Mia Sara received her own private pilot's license.


2 people marked this as a favorite.

On the original Star Trek series, in the hallways of the Enterprise there are tubes marked "GNDN", these initials stand for "goes nowhere does nothing".

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

At age 17, Martin Landau joined the New York Daily News as a cartoonist and worked there for five years.


1 person marked this as a favorite.

Alfred Molina holds the record for having the most LEGO figures based on a single actor: four different versions of Doctor Octopus from the 'Spider-Man' films, plus Satipo from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' and Sheik Amar from 'Prince of Persia.'

Scarab Sages

1 person marked this as a favorite.
Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Chris Pratt and his wife, Anna Faris, each had a dead bug collection before they met and they have since combined their collections.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Kris Kristofferson wrote two tribute songs to his friend Sam Peckinpah. He called them "Sam's Song (Ask Any Working Girl)" and "One for the Money".


4 people marked this as a favorite.

First of all I need to start off with a mea culpa. Yesterday was Father's day and I should have made this post then. Unfortunately I didn't think about it until after the global warming debate started up in the other thread. But if I were to have made the post there it would have gotten lost in the noise. Here it has a slightly better chance of staying findable. So, prepare to be subjected to <gasp> historical family trivia.

My Father, may he rest in peace, actually accrued a minor amount of fame in his lifetime. During the International Geophysical Year (1957 - 1958) he took part in Operation Deep Freeze. He was on the first wintering over expedition at the geographic South Pole.

Dad was in the Navy. At the time he was a UT2. For those unfamiliar with Naval ratings that means he was a Utilities Technician Second Class (E5). That also means that he was a "Seabee". A member of one of the United States Navy's Mobile Construction Battalions which, with all due respect to similar units in other services, is one of the premier combat engineering units in the world.

Arriving before some of the other members of the expedition Dad played a significant role in building what became the first Amundsen Scott South Pole station. He wintered over tending to various electrical generators, heaters, vehicles, and other assorted odds and ends that needed maintenence. He even ended up getting a mountain pass in Antarctica named after him.

All well and good. Would you like to see the station that my Father built? Sorry but you can't. It is buried so deep in snow and ice that it isn't safe to go there. IIRC they closed off all access to it sometime in the 1970's. The current Amundsen Scott South Pole station rests on jacks so it can be continually raised as needed to keep it above the level of the falling snow.


When writing his novel about William Shakespeare, Nothing Like the Sun, Anthony Burgess only used words that appear in texts written by Shakespeare - and he did it on a typewriter.


Kajehase wrote:
When writing his novel about William Shakespeare, Nothing Like the Sun, Anthony Burgess only used words that appear in texts written by Shakespeare - and he did it on a typewriter.

Did Burgess do that on purpose, or was it just that Shakespeare had used so many words that "vocabularic range" wasn't issue? (I assume the typewriter thing is A historical artifact.)


1 person marked this as a favorite.

On purpose - and I mentioned the typewriter because, yes, he couldn't just make a spellcheck file with just Shakespearian words in it.

(Although I think it is late enough in his career that he could've used an early PC if he'd wanted to.)


The cap of the Australian mushroom Cortinarius australiensis can reach 30 centimetres (12 in) across.

Shadow Lodge

Natural Science wrote:
The cap of the Australian mushroom Cortinarius australiensis can reach 30 centimetres (12 in) across.

Aberzombie just failed a will save :)


DNA repair refers to a collection of processes by which a cell identifies and corrects damage to the DNA molecules that encode its genome. In human cells, both normal metabolic activities and environmental factors such as UV light can cause DNA damage, resulting in as many as 1 million individual molecular lesions per cell per day. Many of these lesions cause structural damage to the DNA molecule and can alter or eliminate the cell's ability to transcribe the gene that the affected DNA encodes. Other lesions induce potentially harmful mutations in the cell's genome, which affect the survival of its daughter cells after it undergoes mitosis. Consequently, the DNA repair process must be constantly active so it can respond rapidly to any damage in the DNA structure.


This was the first major, high-profile film with music by James Horner. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the score for this film's predecessor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and the following quote by Horner likely references this fact: "I'm sure that I was influenced by Goldsmith's large orchestral scores when I started out, and that was because the people who employed me wanted that kind of sound. I wasn't in a position to say, 'Go To Hell!'"


M-theory is a theory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of superstring theory. The existence of such a theory was first conjectured by Edward Witten at a string theory conference at the University of Southern California in the spring of 1995. Witten's announcement initiated a flurry of research activity known as the second superstring revolution.


Astatine is a very rare radioactive chemical element with the chemical symbol At and atomic number 85. It occurs on Earth as the decay product of various heavier elements. All its isotopes are short-lived, with half-lives of 8.1 hours or less. Elemental astatine has never been viewed because a mass large enough to be seen by the naked eye would be immediately vaporized by its radioactive heating. The bulk properties of astatine are not known with any certainty, but they have been predicted based on its similarity to the other halogens, the lighter elements directly above it in the periodic table: fluorine, chlorine, bromine and especially iodine. It is likely to have a dark or lustrous appearance and may be a semiconductor or possibly a metal; it probably has a higher melting point than iodine. Chemically, several anionic species of astatine are known and most of its compounds resemble those of iodine. It also shows some metallic behavior, including the ability to form a stable monatomic cation in aqueous solution (unlike the lighter halogens).


Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help a patient relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a medical or dental procedure. The patient will probably stay awake but may not be able to speak. Conscious sedation lets a patient recover quickly and return to everyday activities soon after procedure.


Charles Hoy Fort (August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932) was an American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena. Today, the terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena. Fort's books sold well and are still in print today. His work continues to inspire people, who call themselves Forteans, and has influenced some areas of science fiction.


On this day in 1886, French chemist Henri Moissan reported he was able to successfully isolate elemental fluorine (liquid fluorine pictured), for which he later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Betsy Wetsy was a "drink-and-wet" doll originally issued by the Ideal Toy Company of New York in 1934. It was one of the most popular dolls of its kind in the Post–World War II baby boom era.

Named for the daughter of Abraham Katz, the head of the company, the doll's special feature was simulating urination after a fluid was poured into her open mouth.

Betsy Wetsy was also one of the first major dolls to be produced in African American versions.


The great knot (Calidris tenuirostris) is a small, strongly migratory wader which breeds in the tundra of north eastern Siberia and winters on coasts from southern Asia through Australia. The species feeds on molluscs and insects.


1 person marked this as a favorite.

...that this is my 800th post.


Pappochelys (meaning "grandfather turtle" in Greek) is an extinct genus of diapsid reptile closely related to turtles. The genus contains only one species, Pappochelys rosinae, from the Middle Triassic of Germany, which was named by paleontologists Rainer Schoch (de) and Hans-Dieter Sues in 2015. The discovery of Pappochelys provides strong support for the placement of turtles within Diapsida, a hypothesis that has long been suggested by molecular data, but never previously by the fossil record. It is morphologically intermediate between the definite stem-turtle Odontochelys from the Late Triassic of China and Eunotosaurus, a reptile from the Middle Permian of South Africa whose relationships were unclear prior to the discovery of Pappochelys, but now likely lie with stem-turtles as well.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Dan Aykroyd is very interested in the supernatural and has an extensive collection of books on the subject.


The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, but its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s.


2 people marked this as a favorite.
Aberzombie wrote:
Dan Aykroyd is very interested in the supernatural and has an extensive collection of books on the subject.

He believes in UFOs, astral projection, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full-trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster, and the theory of Atlantis.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Randarak wrote:
The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, but its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s.

Sadly, much like the rest of Philthadelphia, it's a real s~!* hole.


The larva of Aphidius nigripes, a parasitoid of the potato aphid, can control the behaviour of its host?


Aberzombie wrote:
Randarak wrote:
The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, but its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s.
Sadly, much like the rest of Philthadelphia, it's a real s&$+ hole.

I wouldn't agree with that. That area that its in is, I'll say unpleasant, but the zoo itself is nice. I've lived near and around the city my whole life, and while there are some bad areas, I won't dismiss Philadelphia as whole. Like most cities, there are good parts and bad parts. There are far worse places to live.


The gibbering mouther (Bestiary 1) first appeared in the AD&D module C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (1980), and later appeared in the Monster Manual II (1983).


It has begun...

Robot Kills Man

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Randarak wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Randarak wrote:
The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River, was the first zoo in the United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, but its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo in the 1850s.
Sadly, much like the rest of Philthadelphia, it's a real s&$+ hole.
I wouldn't agree with that. That area that its in is, I'll say unpleasant, but the zoo itself is nice. I've lived near and around the city my whole life, and while there are some bad areas, I won't dismiss Philadelphia as whole. Like most cities, there are good parts and bad parts. There are far worse places to live.

We'll have to agree to disagree. I lived there for 12 years, and consider it much like where I grew up (New Orleans) - s*+$ hole, only colder.

A good place for beer lovers though.


Agreed that we'll have to agree to disagree.

In an unrelated topic, every time I see you post, I think of Abercrombie the Zombie from the Milton the Monster cartoon...

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Never heard of it before now. I ain't that old....

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Kurtwood Smith won the role of Red Foreman on That '70s Show (1998) when the original choice, Chuck Norris, was unavailable because of his commitment to filming Walker, Texas Ranger (1993). Set near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was the only cast member to actually be from the state. Wisconsin is a Native American term for "land of red stone".

3,451 to 3,500 of 3,500 << first < prev | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | next > last >>
Paizo / Messageboards / Paizo Community / Off-Topic Discussions / Did you know...? All Messageboards

Want to post a reply? Sign in.

©2002–2015 Paizo Inc.®. Need help? Email customer.service@paizo.com or call 425-250-0800 during our business hours: Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5 PM Pacific Time. View our privacy policy. Paizo Inc., Paizo, the Paizo golem logo, Pathfinder, the Pathfinder logo, Pathfinder Society, GameMastery, and Planet Stories are registered trademarks of Paizo Inc., and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Pathfinder Adventure Path, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Player Companion, Pathfinder Modules, Pathfinder Tales, Pathfinder Battles, Pathfinder Online, PaizoCon, RPG Superstar, The Golem's Got It, Titanic Games, the Titanic logo, and the Planet Stories planet logo are trademarks of Paizo Inc. Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon, Dungeon, and Polyhedron are registered trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., and have been used by Paizo Inc. under license. Most product names are trademarks owned or used under license by the companies that publish those products; use of such names without mention of trademark status should not be construed as a challenge to such status.