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Sing out, louise
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It's Thorsday.



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Magnificent
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Aside from the beautifully sculpted pectorals and the magnificently placed, perfect nipples, I love that this stripper hasn't shaved off his pubes.




Monument Men
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Here is the real story of the "Monument Men". I want you to read this.

It's about a group of art historians and professors who were drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942, and told to do one thing: Save Italy's art treasures. The Allies were about to invade Fascist Italy, whose government had allowed the rich and powerful to seize much of the country's great artwork and move it into isolated castles, warehouses, or estates. Throughout Italy, too, there were thousands of churches, convents, abbeys, and ruins which would undoubtedly come under artillery fire and aerial bombardment no matter how careful the Allies were.

These treasures needed to be identified, and saved.

These treasures needed to be protected from looting. (Many starving Italians, unaware of their national treasures, might melt down silver or gold items just to obtain food.)

These treasures needed to be publicly turned over to the Italian people, whose national treasures they were. This would restore the people's faith in local government and church, help mute any guerrilla attacks on Allied troops, and show the Italian people that democracy was better than fascism.

It worked.


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What a great story, huh?

It's being made into a movie by George Clooney.

George Clooney's movie is going to be about gun-fights and hand-to-hand combat and Matt Damon falling in love with some peasant girl whose tattered dress barely covers her heaving bosom.

It will suck.

But still, there is a great story behind it all...

Affirmative!
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[The Krillitane leader sees that K-9 has an explosive that will destroy him and his kind]

Krillitane leader [hissing]: Bad dog...

K-9: Affirmative!

[K-9 dies in the explosion that saves the Doctor]





McIntosh
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I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.

Did You Know ... Carl W. McIntosh was a professor of forensics and acting who left Long Beach State College (now known as California State University, Long Beach) in 1970 to become president of Montana State University in 1970 -- where he established the nursing and pre-medical education programs, built the school's first football stadium, and built a creative arts complex?

Soldiers?
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Ah. I see, now, why he's holding his hands protectively against his backside............







(This is actually a panel from a 1942 LIttle Orphan Annie!!)
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Peter Capaldi
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Peter Capaldi, the Doctor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He has a long list of movie, television, and stage credits, from the 1983 film Local Hero to a role alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z. He's also an Oscar winner -- he directed Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, which won the Academy Award for best short film in 1994.



Andromeda
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This is how big the Andromeda galaxy would actually look in our sky if it were brighter, or our sky darker.

The picture shows the crescent Moon in the sky, and superposed near it is the Andromeda galaxy, the nearest big spiral to our own Milky Way.



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You green skinned STUD...
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Oh, Beastboy!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are soooooooooooooooooooooo hot!

Dump that cold bitch Raven, and ignore that slut Terra.






I love his love-hate relationship with Kid Flash...



The Dead End
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The Dead End is a very famous 1937 movie directed by William Wyler and starring Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, and Wendy Barrie. Originally a play on Broadway, it was made into a movie almost immediately. The film is about a poor girl (Sidney) who is engaged to a poor architect (McCrea). They live in the "Dead End", a slum on the East River in New York City. A major street defines the southern end of the Dead End, and on the south side of that street are large, wealthy mansions behind high gated walls. Another girl (Barrie) used to be the girlfriend of gangster-on-the-run Bogart, who is rumored to be returning to the neighborhood before he heads for Miami and fresher pastures. The Dead End is home to a gang of kids, about 15 in numbers, who basically live in rags, have little to eat, and don't attend school. They mostly play on the dock and swim in the sewage-infested river. The wealthy boy who lives across the main drag envies the Dead End Kids, and wants to join their "play". When he escapes his butler/governor and joins up with the street kids, the Dead End Kids sexually molest and physically abuse him. The boy is then severely injured when Bogart comes to town and engages in a shoot-out with the cops. The boy's grandfather blames the Dead End Kids for his grandson's shooting, and the cops begin to chase the innocent (?) boys. One of them dies after he falls from a rooftop while trying to escape the police. There's more, but why give away the ending?

The Dead End had a major impact on American social policy. New Yorkers were so horrified by the depiction of actual conditions of destitution and immorality that large amounts of money began pouring into schools, public housing, soup kitchens, and playgrounds. When Eleanor Roosevelt saw the film, she told her husband -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt -- and the president sought and won passage of the National Housing Act of 1934. For the first time, the U.S. federal government gave money to states and localities to build acceptable housing for the poor.

Sadly, the Dead End Kids didn't end up so well.

The Dead End Kids went from being representatives of the poor, outcast, and powerless desperate to get a meal and a decent home....







...to comic relief in B-movies as The Bowery Boys. Leo Gorcey was something like 43 years old when he stopped playing a "kid".



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