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Animator and director Dave Filoni, best known for his work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, is an avid hockey fan, and participates in amateur hockey tournaments. Filoni is also a member of the 501st Legion Star Wars fan organization, occasionally appearing in costume as Jedi Master Plo Koon at events. In 2015, he made his live-action big-screen debut in a cameo appearance as a screaming Jakku villager in J.J. Abrams' film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.


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I MET HIM AT LAST YEAR'S NYCC!

I was at my table selling shirts. A tired looking man comes up to look at shirts wearing the most AWESOME star wars rebels jacket I have ever seen and I ask him whee when got it. He says he can't sell it to me, it is a cast jacket. I am confused and then I put two and two together and flip out. He puts the hat on for me and I take a picture of him.

It was awesome!


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During the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the Spanish galleon trade crossed the Pacific ocean, exchanging goods from China and Japan for silver and gold mined in Central and South America. Many thousands of East Asians traveled along with the Spanish ships, mainly to Mexico, but with some settling as far away as Peru and Argentina.

In the Philippines, especially, the Spanish relied on the services of mercenary Japanese rōnin (masterless samurai) to protect inland trade roads and suppress rebellions. When the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu enacted his policy of sakoku in 1636 and closed Japan's borders to foreigners, Japanese expatriates, many of them rōnin, became stranded wherever they were.

At least several hundred rōnin migrated to Mexico during this period. Initially, the Spanish viceroy had forbidden non-Spaniards from carrying weapons, but an exception was made for the samurai, allowing them to wield their swords to protect Spanish silver shipments.

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Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F&~!.


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Rysky wrote:

Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F&@%.

"Mexican Samurai" is also the name of a mixed drink made with lime juice, TY KU Citrus Liqueur, and tequila.

As far as how appetizing it looks & smells, I'd say it ranks just below an Azteca Margarita (possibly made with real paint thinner) and just above a Green God (definitely made with real absinthe).


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Rysky wrote:

Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F#%@.

Must. Make. Character. Now.

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Gisher wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F#%@.

Must. Make. Character. Now.

God-No, wait, do it! Do eet.

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John Cleese holds a law degree from Cambridge University.


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'Girl', in Middle English, meant 'child', regardless of gender.

A moment was once precisely 90 seconds. In the Medieval period, each hour was divided into four 15-minute segments known as points, which, in turn, were divided into 10 shorter segments known as moments.


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I MET HIM AT LAST YEAR'S NYCC!

I was at my table selling shirts. A tired looking man comes up to look at shirts wearing the most AWESOME star wars rebels jacket I have ever seen and I ask him whee when got it. He says he can't sell it to me, it is a cast jacket. I am confused and then I put two and two together and flip out. He puts the hat on for me and I take a picture of him.

It was awesome!

That was actually Joss Whedon in disguise.

Spoiler:
Just kidding. Please continue.


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Limeylongears wrote:
A moment was once precisely 90 seconds. In the Medieval period, each hour was divided into four 15-minute segments known as points, which, in turn, were divided into 10 shorter segments known as moments.

In 1e D&D a "turn" was 10 minutes long. It was subdivided into 1-minute "rounds," which were further subdivided into 6-second "segments."


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Rysky wrote:

Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F&@%.

"Mexican Samurai" is also the name of a mixed drink made with lime juice, TY KU Citrus Liqueur, and tequila.

As far as how appetizing it looks & smells, I'd say it ranks just below an Azteca Margarita (possibly made with real paint thinner) and just above a Green God (definitely made with real absinthe).

HEY!!!


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Kung Fu Joe wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

I MET HIM AT LAST YEAR'S NYCC!

I was at my table selling shirts. A tired looking man comes up to look at shirts wearing the most AWESOME star wars rebels jacket I have ever seen and I ask him whee when got it. He says he can't sell it to me, it is a cast jacket. I am confused and then I put two and two together and flip out. He puts the hat on for me and I take a picture of him.

It was awesome!

That was actually Joss Whedon in disguise.

** spoiler omitted **

impossible. My camera has special Freeholdian technology that would allow me to detect Whedon in disguise.

Scarab Sages

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After graduating from college, Dennis Franz was drafted into the United States Army. He served 11 months with the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions in Vietnam.


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French writer and Super Librarian Georges Bataille once formed a secret society called 'Acephale', devoted to reviving human sacrifice. The society fell apart (without doing anything) due to the fact that, while everybody wanted to be the sacrifice, nobody wanted to do the sacrificing.

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Limeylongears wrote:
French writer and Super Librarian Georges Bataille once formed a secret society called 'Acephale', devoted to reviving human sacrifice. The society fell apart (without doing anything) due to the fact that, while everybody wanted to be the sacrifice, nobody wanted to do the sacrificing.

Dawww (in a very dark, twisted way but still).

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Kate Jackson's breakout roles in the Dark Shadows franchise led to a series of lead casting in the horror/thriller genre, where directors began to dub her "the brunette Carol Lynley" who up to that point had been the leading actress to appear in typecast roles of terrified women in the television horror productions that flourished during the late '60s and early '70s.


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Limeylongears wrote:
French writer and Super Librarian Georges Bataille once formed a secret society called 'Acephale', devoted to reviving human sacrifice. The society fell apart (without doing anything) due to the fact that, while everybody wanted to be the sacrifice, nobody wanted to do the sacrificing.

Wasn't it the other way around?


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Kung Fu Joe wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

I MET HIM AT LAST YEAR'S NYCC!

I was at my table selling shirts. A tired looking man comes up to look at shirts wearing the most AWESOME star wars rebels jacket I have ever seen and I ask him whee when got it. He says he can't sell it to me, it is a cast jacket. I am confused and then I put two and two together and flip out. He puts the hat on for me and I take a picture of him.

It was awesome!

That was actually Joss Whedon in disguise.

** spoiler omitted **

Whenever you see Joss Whedon, it's actually Kevin Bacon in disguise.


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Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Kung Fu Joe wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

I MET HIM AT LAST YEAR'S NYCC!

I was at my table selling shirts. A tired looking man comes up to look at shirts wearing the most AWESOME star wars rebels jacket I have ever seen and I ask him whee when got it. He says he can't sell it to me, it is a cast jacket. I am confused and then I put two and two together and flip out. He puts the hat on for me and I take a picture of him.

It was awesome!

That was actually Joss Whedon in disguise.

** spoiler omitted **
Whenever you see Joss Whedon, it's actually Kevin Bacon in disguise.

Dammit... do you realize what a gigantic number of Bacon numbers this will force a recount of?


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Sissyl wrote:
Drahliana Moonrunner wrote:
Kung Fu Joe wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

I MET HIM AT LAST YEAR'S NYCC!

I was at my table selling shirts. A tired looking man comes up to look at shirts wearing the most AWESOME star wars rebels jacket I have ever seen and I ask him whee when got it. He says he can't sell it to me, it is a cast jacket. I am confused and then I put two and two together and flip out. He puts the hat on for me and I take a picture of him.

It was awesome!

That was actually Joss Whedon in disguise.

** spoiler omitted **
Whenever you see Joss Whedon, it's actually Kevin Bacon in disguise.
Dammit... do you realize what a gigantic number of Bacon numbers this will force a recount of?

Get your abacus ready! Mwa ha ha ha!

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David M Mallon wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F&@%.

"Mexican Samurai" is also the name of a mixed drink made with lime juice, TY KU Citrus Liqueur, and tequila.

As far as how appetizing it looks & smells, I'd say it ranks just below an Azteca Margarita (possibly made with real paint thinner) and just above a Green God (definitely made with real absinthe).

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.


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Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

Owww...oooh...oowwww....

I applaud this one.

Scarab Sages

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While making a documentary about dyslexia, Henry Winkler himself found, at age 31, that he is dyslexic.


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Rysky wrote:

Mexican Samurai.

HOLY F&@%.

"Mexican Samurai" is also the name of a mixed drink made with lime juice, TY KU Citrus Liqueur, and tequila.

As far as how appetizing it looks & smells, I'd say it ranks just below an Azteca Margarita (possibly made with real paint thinner) and just above a Green God (definitely made with real absinthe).

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

no no no no no no no no no no

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I like Absinthe, but I'm not getting the reference :(


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{whispers:} It's a play on "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."


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A broken/stopped clock is correct twice a day, but a clock running backwards is correct four times frice a day.

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Hunt, the PugWumpus wrote:
{whispers:} It's a play on "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Ah, thankies, probably would've gotten it if I said it aloud XD

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In the film Hocus Pocus, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a witch who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 1600s. While researching her family history for the show Who Do You Think You Are? (2004), Parker was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother Esther Elwell was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing "sundry acts of witchcraft" and choking a neighbor to death. Esther's case never went to court, she escaped with her life and the accusation ended the Salem Witch Trials. Parker said: "It has changed everything about who I thought I was."


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"It has changed everything about who I thought I was."

Growing up, I was always taught that a maternal ancestor of mine was James Wilson of Fife, Scotland, lawyer and Declaration of Independence signatory, son of William Wilson, grandson of Thomas Wilson. This had been accepted as fact for many years, including by my own great-grandparents.

After some independent research, however, I learned that the line of descent traced back not to James Wilson of Fife, Scotland, lawyer and Declaration of Independence signatory, son of William Wilson, grandson of Thomas Wilson, but instead to James Wilson of Armoy, Northern Ireland, penniless dirt farmer, son of William Wilson, grandson of Thomas Wilson.

One of my aunts still refuses to believe me.


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Parker said: "It has changed everything about who I thought I was."

Parker is a twit.


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I'd love to trace my roots. I know a little about my dad's side of the family but almost nothing about my mom's. She didn't care at all about her genealogy so she never talked about it. Are there free alternatives to ancestry.com one could use?


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Kullen wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

Parker said: "It has changed everything about who I thought I was."

Parker is a twit.

Amok, amok, amok...!

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I confess. I can't stand the guilt any longer. I took the line "Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder" from Benny Hill.

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Anthony Kiedis broke his back when he was 16 when misjudging a jump from a rooftop into a pool.


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Aberzombie wrote:
Anthony Kiedis broke his back when he was 16 when misjudging a jump from a rooftop into a pool.

I just need Uatu to voiceover: "And then Kiedis recovered suddenly after he was bitten by a radioactive Flea, his life changing forever..."

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Stefanie Powers is fluent in six languages.


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The physical appearance and mannerisms of the comic book character Negan, who first appeared in issue #100 of The Walking Dead, were based on those of singer, writer, and actor Henry Rollins. Though Rollins auditioned for the role of Negan on the AMC television series based on the comics, the role ultimately went to actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. After the role was cast, Rollins expressed disappointment at not landing the part, but also thought that Morgan looked the part and gave a great performance.


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Stefanie Powers is fluent in six languages.

19 more and she'll catch up to Paul Robeson.

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Tom Savini is a skilled fencer.


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US Civil War Union general Ambrose Burnside was noted for his unusual facial hair, joining strips of hair in front of his ears to his mustache but with the chin clean-shaven. The word "burnsides" was coined to describe this style, and eventually the syllables were reversed to give rise to the word "sideburns." Though his name gave rise to the term, Burnside's facial hair today would be described as "friendly muttonchops," much like the facial hair of the late musician Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister.


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Braxton Bragg, a general in the army of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, had a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian and one who adhered to regulations literally. There is a famous, apocryphal story, included in the memoirs of United States President (formerly General) Ulysses S. Grant, about Bragg as a company commander in the pre-war United States Army at a frontier post where he also served as quartermaster.

According to Grant, Bragg submitted a requisition for supplies for his company, then as quartermaster declined to fill it. As company commander, he resubmitted the requisition, giving additional reasons for his requirements, but as the quartermaster he denied the request again. Realizing that he was at a personal impasse, he referred the matter to the post commandant, who exclaimed, "My God, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself!"

Over the course of the US Civil War, CSA general Braxton Bragg acquired a reputation as an obstinate and prickly officer, and as an infamously incompetent tactician. After the 1863 Battle of Chickamauga (Georgia), a sweeping victory for the Confederate Army of Tennessee and one of Bragg's only victories in the war, Bragg stubbornly refused to admit that he had actually won a battle.

In the aftermath of the battle, CSA lieutenant general Bishop Leonidas Polk reported to Bragg that the Federals had fled, and that a pursuit was needed. According to an aide present, Bragg "could not be induced to look at it in that light, and refused to believe that we had won a victory."

Later in the day, a Confederate soldier who had escaped being captured by Union forces was produced to corroborate the story of the retreating Federal army. Bragg still refused to believe that he had won, asking the soldier, "do you know what a retreat looks like?" The Rebel soldier in question fired back, "I ought to, General, I've been with you during your whole campaign." Bragg's reply was not captured for the record.


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Among the actors considered for the role of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas' 2002 film Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (a role that ultimately went to Canadian actor Hayden Christensen) were Ryan Philippe (Flags Of Our Fathers), Paul Walker (The Fast & The Furious), Colin Hanks (Orange County), Jonathan Brandis (seaQuest DSV), and Leonardo DiCaprio (needs no introduction).

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Jackson Guice's cover for Doctor Strange #15 (1990) used Christian music singer Amy Grant's likeness without her permission, leading to a complaint saying that the cover gave the appearance that she was associating with witchcraft. A US District Court sealed an out-of-court settlement between Grant and Marvel in early 1991, with a consent decree in which Marvel did not admit to liability or wrongdoing.

This issue is one of my favorites of my entire collection.


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The "devil horns" sign used by many heavy metal musicians and their fans was first introduced by the American psychedelic rock band Coven in 1969 on the cover to their album Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls. Coven is most famous for their one hit single, a cover of The Original Caste's "One Tin Soldier," which was used as the theme for the 1971 film Billy Jack. They have also become known in recent years for having a song called "Black Sabbath" (unrelated to the song by the British band of the same name that was released the same year on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean) and a band member named "Oz" Osbourne.

Despite having been introduced a decade earlier (with sporadic usage by the likes of KISS' Gene Simmons, the Parliament Funkadelic, and Wings' Paul McCartney), the "devil horns" did not become widely known or used until 1979, when it became the trademark gesture of Black Sabbath's replacement lead singer, Ronnie James Dio (after the departure of original singer "Ozzy" Osbourne, not to be confused with Coven's "Oz" Osbourne, who played bass). The members of Black Sabbath, however, said that they had never heard of Coven, and the Italian-American Dio (born Ronald James Padavona) had gotten the idea from his Italian grandmother who used the gesture to ward off the "evil eye."

Confused yet?


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By the early 20th century, it had become apparent that John Rennie's "New" London Bridge was sinking into the bed of the River Thames and would have to be replaced. In 1967, London Common Council member put forward the idea of selling the existing bridge, and the bridge was put on the market. A year later, London Bridge was purchased by American businessman Robert P. McCulloch for US$2,460,000, then disassembled, numbered, and put onto ships, whereupon it was shipped overseas through the Panama Canal to California. Finally, the bridge was transported by truck to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where it was reassembled and re-dedicated in 1971.

The reconstruction of Rennie's London Bridge spans the Bridgewater Channel canal that leads from the Uptown area of Lake Havasu City and follows McCulloch Boulevard onto an island that has yet to be named. The London Bridge that was rebuilt at Lake Havasu City consists of a frame with stones from Rennie's London Bridge used as cladding. The cladding stones used are 150 to 200 millimeters (6 to 8 inches) thick. Some of the stones from the bridge were left behind at Merrivale Quarry at Princetown in Devon, and when Merrivale Quarry was abandoned and flooded in 2003, some of the remaining stones were sold in an online auction.

The current modern London Bridge was designed by architect Lord Holford and engineers Mott, Hay, and Anderson. It was constructed by contractors John Mowlem and Co from 1967 to 1972, and opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1973. It comprises three spans of prestressed-concrete box girders, a total of 928 feet (283 m) long. The cost of £4 million (£51 million when adjusted for inflation), was met entirely by the Bridge House Estates charity. The current bridge was built in the same location as Rennie's bridge, with the previous bridge remaining in use while the first two girders were constructed upstream and downstream.

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Tilda Swinton funded and held her own very successful Film Festival in her small Scottish highland home-town: The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams. A purely cinephile, glamour-free community event. For eight and a half days in August 2008, she personally introduced and showed an eclectic mix of classics and rare films from around the world. The admission price was 3 pounds for adults, 2 pounds for children or a plate of home-baked cakes.


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In the 3rd through 1st centuries BC/BCE, the ancient Britons walked a path leading from the area of modern Canterbury, Kent to the area of modern St. Albans, Hertfordshire, using a ford across the River Thames near modern Westminster, London.

After their invasion in the first century AD/CE, the Romans paved the path, and extended the new road's length from Rutupiae (modern Richborough, Kent) in the east to Urioconium (Wroxeter, Shropshire) in the west, a distance of some 230 miles (370 kilometers).

By the time of the Saxon invasions (during the 6th through 7th centuries AD/CE), the Roman roads and bridges had fallen into disrepair, though the route was still used by travelers. During this time, it had begun to be referred to as "Wæcelinga Stræt" or "Watlingestrate" ("Watling Street" in modern English).

During the Medieval Period and English Renaissance, Watling Street remained unpaved, but its use increased to the point where, in 1707, a turnpike trust was established to pave parts of the road. By the mid-19th century, the road was almost entirely paved, and the tolls were ended in 1875.

In the early 20th century, several large sections of Watling Street were incorporated into the Great Britain road numbering scheme, becoming the parts of the A2 and A5 motorways (sections of the road passing through urban areas often retain the designation "Watling Street"). The road is now entirely paved for use by automobiles, and passes through several cities (most notably Milton Keynes) that are over a thousand years younger than the road itself.

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Jonathan Harris would often sit up at night thinking of ways to insult the robot ("Be quiet, you bubble-headed booby!") while on Lost in Space (1965). His colorful put-downs for his mechanical colleague, almost all of them unscripted, are among the best-remembered aspects of the series.

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