The stories contain enough evidence to identify the four Turtles as specimens of the Red-eared Terrapin Trachemys scripta elegans. That encouraged a big craze for keeping them as pets.
After the craze passed, it was speculated that people often disposed of unwanted turtles by releasing them into the wild, including in areas where they do not occur naturally, risking upsetting the ecology of that area.
“In 2002, Savage starred in the PG-13 film Swimming Upstream playing the best friend, who was not the most mature person in the world but whose support makes up for that, to his terminally ill friend.”—Wikipedia - Ben Savage
“One memorable example of the power of choice architecture comes from the men’s rooms at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. There the authorities have etched the image of a black housefly into each urinal. It seems that men usually do not pay much attention to where they aim, which can create a bit of a mess, but if they see a target, their attention and accuracy improve. Spillage at the airport decreased by 80%.”—LA Times - Designing Better Choices
I can never figure out how the media can get away with calling Obama an out-of-touch elitist. Of all the remaining candidates, he’s got the least personal wealth, the least cushioned upbringing, overcome the most socio-economic barriers, spent the most time physically organizing and motivating marginalized communities in recent years, and didn’t depend on anyone else’s connections or money to get him where he is today. I can’t find anything in his personal history or world-view that would qualify him as an out-of-touch elitist. Anyone willing to take a good, hard honest look at him would undoubtedly reach the same conclusion.
The thing is, elitism is not merely economic. Most of my law professors, poor as they were, were elitists: their viewpoint is the only one that carried any credence. And this is where Obama’s condescending statement paints him in that light: we’ve been listening for the last two weeks how he takes comfort in his religion throughout the Jeremiah Wright scandal, but he does it for the ‘right’ reasons, whereas Pennsylvanians ’cling’ to it because they’re ‘bitter’. Furthermore, what makes it so elitist is the idea that his views are held as the logical, rational result of what he sees and experiences whereas Pennsylvanians hold their beliefs because they believe in boogeymen. He is saying once Pennsylvanians get their jobs back, then they won’t want guns or religion. When you think that others are incapable of making rational arguments—that they’re just blindly reacting to stimuli—just because they disagree with you, then you’re an elitist. Obama’s idea—that men spend time hunting and women go to church because of deindustrialization, as opposed to because they like to hunt and believe in their religion—seems inherently elitist.
“In 2006, Ashlee Simpson, in career limbo after she was humiliated for lip-synching on Saturday Night Live, received the ideal image rehab in the UK. On the opening night of her stint as Roxie Hart in Chicago, critics raved that her performance had been “dazzling and near flawless.” Robert Smith of The Cure even dropped by backstage one night; the pair are now said to be collaborating on an album.”—
My son and I often stop by McDonald’s for a bite to eat after homeschool bowling on Fridays.
But not today.
I first heard about McDonald’s in 1963. I was a kid. Kennedy had been shot. I heard the news on the radio in a new white Ford station wagon while crossing a D.C. bridge.
We were returning from having been stationed in Germany. The Cuban missile crisis had come and gone. I saw the howitzers in Gelnhausen, lined up and ready to roll.
Sometime later, stateside, we were in Columbus, Ohio. Twenty-five cents, I think, for a McDonald’s hamburger. What fun! A great welcome home!
But not now.
Not today, in light of reports that McDonald’s has decided, apparently, to declare war on my family. And to declare war on the civilization of liberty, independence, creativity, and humanity under God that my Dad fought for in World War II.
“After allegedly contracting hepatitis after accidentally cutting his face and making himself a “bloody mess” while attempting to shave with a straight razor in India, Nabors received a liver transplant in 1994. He performs occasionally, although he prefers to operate his macadamia nut plantation in Hawaii, where he also grows tropical flowers.”—Wikipedia - Jim Nabors
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme in Chinese, then translated back literally
Teenage mutant ninja supernatural turtlesHeroes in a half-shell 身披硬甲的英雄们 [Heroes draped in hard armor]Turtle power! 龟的力量! [Turtle power!]They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team 他们要迎接世界的可怕挑战 [They take on the world’s fearsome challenges]We’re really hip! 我们是最棒的 [We’re the greatest!]They’re heroes in a half-shell and they’re green 他们是身披硬甲的绿色英雄 [They are green heroes draped in hard armor]Hey - get a grip! 嘿，快跟上! [Hey, catch up!]When the evil Shredder attacks, 当坏蛋史莱德来捣乱的时候 [When bad egg Shredder comes to make trouble,]These Turtle boys don’t cut him no slack! 神龟小子们是不会让他好过的 [The supernatural turtle guys will not give him an easy time]Splinter taught them to be ninja teens 斯普林特老师教授他们成为忍者少年 [Teacher Splinter taught them to become ninja youths]He’s a radical rat! 他是一个激情满怀的老鼠 [He is a rat brimming with passion]Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines 里昂那多是领导，多纳泰罗是个天才发明家 [Leonardo is the leader, Donatello is a genius inventor]That’s a fact, Jack! 这都是真的，伙计 [This all is true, man]Raphael is cool but crude 拉菲尔很酷但有些鲁莽 [Raphael is cool, but he’s a bit crude]Gimme a break! 饶了我吧~ [Forgive me!]Michaelangelo is a party dude 米开朗基罗可是一个万人迷 [Michaelangelo is a mack daddy]Party! Party!
Co-worker: commenters on Jezebel were NOT THRILLED about the chick lit book covers. they were all THIS IS NOT FUNNY! SIX MILLION DIED!! WAHHHH BALK: I saw. Retards. Co-worker: i know BALK: The joke is about THE BOOK INDUSTRY. BALK: I hate Jews. Co-worker: i especially liked the one who was like “I am a holocaust studies grad student” BALK: My fave too! Co-worker: hahahahah Co-worker: it’s like, then the joke’s on you, my friend, for wasting 5 years of your life BALK: Seriously! The ACTUAL HOLOCAUST didn’t take that long!
Born a peasant, Christina was orphaned at 15. When she was 21 (22 according to some sources), she is said to have suffered a massive seizure. According to legend, her condition was so severe that witnesses assumed she had died. A funeral was held, but during the service, she awoke, and is said to have levitated before the crowd. A priest eventually ordered Christina to descend, and she did so, only to land on the altar and proclaim that she had witnessed heaven, hell, and purgatory. Purgatory would henceforth become a major theme in her life.
After the levitation incident, Christina continued to be tormented by strange behavior and unusual events. As chronicled by her contemporaries, she suffered massive seizures (leading some modern scholars to postulate she was stricken with epilepsy). She also began to claim she could “smell sin” on other parishioners. She is said to have climbed trees, hidden in ovens and scaled roofs (when she did not levitate outright) in dramatic attempts to escape the sensation.
Christina displayed other odd behavior as well. She is said to have handled fire with impunity, and to have strapped herself to a mill wheel to be dragged, apparently without injury, round and round through the water. She is also said to have swum unmotivated through freezing waters. When tied to a pillory to prevent her from causing self harm (or according to other sources, because witnesses assumed she was “full of devils”), she is said to have always escaped unharmed. Christina died in 1224 of natural causes, aged 74.