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  1. This Day In History

    Because why not? On March 30 in History: 1432 - Future Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II is born. A collective chill runs up the spine of every citizen of Constantinople, but is dismissed as just the wind. 1841 - The National Bank of Greece, a private company owned by a Swiss man, is founded. The nation of Greece is immediately in debt to it. 1863 - The Greeks need a king. "Hey, how about this Danish guy?" "Sure, seems legit." 1867- U.S. Secretary of State William Seward buys a massive piece of land from Russia for peanuts. It is filled with gold, oil, and myriad untold natural and mineral resources. He is mocked for it until his dying day. 1870 - The United States let Texas back in. Both sides regret it to this day. 1870 again - The U.S. Constitution is amended to make clear that non-white people should be allowed to vote. Not women, though. That'd be crazy. 1981 - John Hinckley, Jr. shoots the president of the United States in order to impress a young girl he saw in a movie. It reportedly does not work.
  2. Story: Fri. Jul. 20, 2018

    http://www.egscomics.com/comic/sister3-305 Woo! Diane! Excited to see her again. Also, glad to see that Susan is already considering her for things like this.
  3. This Day In History

    On July 20 in History: 325 BCE - Alexander the Great is born. Legend says he was conceived when Zeus threw a thunderbolt directly into his mother's uterus. I'm not making that up, by the way. 1304 - Edward Longshanks takes Stirling Castle in Scotland by means of the War Wolf, supposedly the largest trebuchet ever built. The 30 defending Scots, whose refusal to surrender was the source of Edward's frustration leading to the construction of the War Wolf, tried to give up when they saw it being built. Edward said, "Too late, bitches. You made me build this thing; I'm gonna effing use it. Come back after I smash your puny wall." I might be paraphrasing. 1779 - Tekle Giyorgis I becomes emperor of Ethiopia. Over the next 21 years, this would happen to him four more times. Makes the War of the Roses seem almost trivial, doesn't it? 1903 - The Ford Motor Company ships its first car. Also presumably its second, third, etc.. I can't see them building success by shipping only one car at a time. 1932 - The Bonus Expeditionary Force, a group of out-of-work veterans, march on Washington to demand payment on their service certificates, which for some reason had been deferred until 1945. Instead of doing this, the government and police thought it would be a good idea to fire tear gas into a group of WWI veterans, many of whom probably had PTSD. Gas. Think about that for a second. 1940 - Denmark leaves the League of Nations. Bet they're kicking themselves now, eh? Eh? 1944 - Adolf Hitler survives the assassination attempt known as Operation Valkyrie. This sounds impressive, even without a Tom Cruise movie, but in reality this is like Tuesday for Hitler. 1949 - Israel and Syria sign a truce, ending their 19 month war. It lasts forever. 1960 - The world's first elected female head of government is in...Sri Lanka? What, seriously? Get with the program, Western civilization. 1969 - Neil Armstrong botches a simple and carefully rehearsed line, causing one of the greatest achievements in human history to forever be associated with a phrase that doesn't make any sense. 1976 - Viking I lands on Mars. I think the fact that they timed it to coincide with the anniversary of the Moon Landing is as impressive as getting it there in the first place. 1977 - The CIA releases documents that show it had undertaken various experiments in mind control. This would be terrifying if it weren't hilarious. 1997 - The USS Constitution sets sail under its own power for the first time in 116 years. We can only hope we're as spry on our 200th birthdays.
  4. Story: Fri. Jul. 20, 2018

    The last couple Die Hard movies probably fit the bill.
  5. Crazy Counting Guy

    Wed. Jul. 11, 2018 Mr. Raven: 112 Noah: 70 (2018 debut) Max: 8 (1st appearance since 2016) Fri. Jul. 13, 2018 Tedd: 735 Sarah: 633 Grace: 803 Mon. Jul. 16, 2018 Nanase: 583 (2018 debut) Ellen: 664 Mrs. Dunkel: 17 Mr. Dunkel: 13 *All main characters have now appeared this year Wed. Jul. 18, 2018 Greg: 80 (1st appearance since 2016) Elliot: 924 Fri. Jul. 20, 2018 Susan: 501 Diane: 164 FULL COUNT
  6. Crazy Counting Guy

    It's going to be a while before this is up and running again, since while I still have and use my notebook, it's been a while since I've updated it and I relied on the thread in the old forum to remind me of when I left off. I've heard rumors of an attempt at data recovery, but barring that I'll probably have to recount a lot of things to make sure I'm on track.
  7. This Day In History

    On July 19 in History: 64 - The Great Fire of Rome begins (or was it yesterday?), and will last for six days. I'm being told that Nero secretly ordered it, and watched while playing the lyre. No wait, he openly ordered it and watched while playing the lyre. Hang on, this says he openly ordered it and watched while playing the lyre somewhere else. Now I'm being told that it was the Christians, but they're actually just a scapegoat to cover up that Nero ordered it and may or may not have played the lyre. And THIS one says it was an accident and he wasn't even in the city. Gah! It's that bloody fifth dentist again! 711 - The Visigoth king Roderic is killed by victorious Umayyad invaders at the Battle of Guadalete, during what I am very cleverly calling the Conquista. 1553 - The Privy Council of England to Lady Jane Grey: "Lol, J/K, you're not the queen. Go ahead and stay in that tower, though." 1702 - A massive Polish and Saxon army with a strategically defensive position gets its ass handed to it by a force half its size of Charles XII's Swedes at the Battle of Klissow.. Serious consideration is given to renaming Saxon leader Augustus II "The Strong" to Flebilus "The Total Loser". Yes, I made a Latin joke. Look it up. 1870 - France, perhaps fearing a unified Germany under Prussian rule, declares war on Prussia, directly resulting in a unified Germany under Prussian rule. 1952 - The summer Olympics kick off in Helsinki, Finland. Because when I think summer sports, I think Finland. 1976 - Benedict Cumberbatch is born. His parents reason, "His name is already 'Cumberbatch.' In for a penny, in for a pound?" 1980 - Summer Olympics again, this time in Moscow. The U.S. and 65 other countries don't go, because they don't like that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. "Fine!" they say. "We'll just have our own games! With blackjack! And hookers! You know what, forget the games!"
  8. This Day In History

    Not a good day for Rome. On July 18 in history: 477 BCE - A Roman army is ambushed and defeated by Etruscans at the Battle of the Cremera. It's okay; they're still just getting their footing. I mean, they still have a king, for crying out loud. 390 BCE - A Roman army is defeated at the Battle of the Allia by an army of Gauls, who then sack the city of Rome. Yeesh, get it together over there. 64 - The Great Fire of Rome ignites. It lasts for six days and destroys half the city. No fiddling emperors were harmed, though depending on whom you ask, Nero either started it, or worked to contain it and provide relief for victims and refugees. That's a fairly wide margin of error. 452 - Atilla the Hun lays siege to the Roman city of Aquileia and destroys it beyond recognition. Oh, come on. Romans must to this day shit their pants when they see July 18 coming up on the calendar. 1290 - Edward the First of England banishes all Jews from his kingdom. Just to make sure he was being as big a dick as possible about it, he waited until Tisha B'Av, which is a fast day on the Hebrew calendar commemorating the various calamities and misfortunes that have befallen their people. 1389 - France and England decide to take a break from a century of war. It lasts for 13 years - coincidentally just long enough for a new generation of soldiers to grow up. 1841 - The coronation of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil. That's right; the SECOND. You didn't know Brazil had emperors, did you? 1870 - The Vatican declares that the Pope is infallible. Like, starting now. Anything before now? Doesn't count. 1925 - Some emo Austrian dude publishes a book he wrote in prison about how his life is so hard. What a douche. 1984 - A man opens fire in a McDonald's in San Diego, killing 21 people and injuring 19 more. A horrified nation bands together to enact common sense legislation to ensure such a despicable act will never happen again. That was supposed to be funny, but I've made myself sad.
  9. Favorite Quotes

    Instead of quoting the entirety of Tim Minchin's "Storm", which is about ten minutes long, I'll just pluck out a few of my favorite bits: "By definition [...] 'alternative medicine' [...] has either not been proved to work, or been proved not to work. Do you know what they call alternative medicine that's been proved to work? Medicine." "Life is full of mysteries, yeah, but there are answers out there, and they won't be found by people sitting around looking serious and saying, 'Isn't life mysterious?'" "If you wanna watch telly, you should watch Scooby Doo. That show was so cool because every time there was a church with a ghoul, or a ghost in a school, they looked beneath the mask. And what was inside? The f****ng janitor or the dude who ran the water slide. Because throughout history, every mystery ever solved has turned out to be not magic." "Isn't this enough? Just...this world? Just this beautiful, complex, wonderfully unfathomable natural world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made myths and monsters?"
  10. Main Monday Jul 16, 2018

    Geez, that's even freakier to think about. Given that I started reading 16 years ago this month, I'm closing in on 50%. @_@
  11. Main Monday Jul 16, 2018

    It would explain why they're so weirdly laid back about everything. As for Ellen's hair, I think I like it. I still have trouble picturing it being green, though, and I always forget that it is until someone mentions is. Dan needs to switch back to color at least long enough for me to adjust, lol. Also, his comment in the commentary about EGS's 30th year made me realize we're coming up on 20. 20 YEARS!
  12. This Day In History

    On July 15 in History: 70 - "OH YEAH!" ~Titus, on breaking through the walls of Jerusalem. Probably. 1099 - Christian crusaders take the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. No Kool-Aid this time, sadly. 1149 - After fifty years, reconstruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is complete. "Enjoy it while you can," says Saladin. 1207 - King John of England kicks out all of Canterbury's monks for supporting Stephen Langton, proving that the only thing he learned from his father was how to feud with the Archbishop of Canterbury. 1240 - Prince Alexander of Novgorod kicks some serious Swedish butt at the Battle of the Neva, and is rewarded with a sweet nickname. 1799 - A stone is found by army engineers under Napoleon in the Egyptian town of Rosetta. As a direct result, we are now able to read about all the weird shit ancient Egyptians were into. 1815 - Twenty-six years and one day after the storming of the Bastille, Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders on board the HMS Bellerophon. All of Europe collectively decides to take a break for a little while. 1834 - Nobody expects the end of the Spanish Inquisition! 1838 - Ralph Waldo Emerson gives a speech at Harvard Divinity School, where he says (among other things) that Jesus was a great man, but not a god. "Rabble! Rabble rabble rabble rabble!" responds the Protestant community. 1870 - The state of Georgia is finally allowed to come back into the clubhouse, the last of the former Confederate states to do so. They do not, however, quit sulking. 1904 - Anton Chekhov dies. He should have seen this coming after talking to that guy with tuberculosis in Act II. 2003 - Netscape is disbanded by AOL Time Warner. From the ashes rises the Mozilla Foundation, giving a flaming middle finger to the communications giant in the process. 2006 - Twitter is launched. I don’t see it catching on, honestly. The character limit makes no sense. I have a lot more I’d like to say, but unfort
  13. This Day In History

    On July 14 in history: 664 - King Eorcenberht of Kent dies. I don't really have much to say about him, but his name is amazing. Just take a moment and say it out loud. "Eorcenberht." 1223 - Louis VIII "The Lion" becomes king of France. He'll only rule for a few years before being succeeded by his creatively named son, Louis. 1769 - Gaspar de Portolá sets out on an expedition from San Diego to...somewhere. He'll eventually get to what we know as San Francisco, and name a bunch of stuff on the way there. Later English-speaking residents will adopt many of these names, and mispronounce them in amusing fashions. 1789 - The citizens of Paris, having quite enough of the King's bullshit, storm a big prison in the middle of the city. They don't really care who's being held in there; they just want to raid the armory. Nevertheless, the Revolution sets off to an inauspicious beginning when, after surrendering, the prison's commander and several of his officers are still brutally killed. "Stick it to the man" is supposed to be metaphorical, guys. 1798 - The Sedition Act makes it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government. No, really, this was a thing. What's that First Amendment, again? 1874 - The Chicago fire (not the "Great" one - another one) burns a shit ton of stuff and kills a lot of people. It is not remorse, or civic responsibility, or public outcry that leads to reform afterwards, but the complaints of the fire insurance industry. Ah, capitalism. 1911 - Harry Atwood, flying for the Wright brothers, lands a plane on the south lawn of the White House and is lauded. Today, he'd be swarmed by the Secret Service and arrested or shot. You know, assuming they weren't all off watching porn or something. 1933 - All political parties in Germany save the Nazi party are outlawed. I dunno; I feel like this might be some kind of a red flag. 1969 - The U.S. decides that any bank note larger that $100 is, quite frankly, a little ostentatious. 1976 - The Canadian government decides to stop killing people. Well, captive criminals, anyway. Baby steps. 2015 - New Horizons flies by Pluto for the first time. We've now "been to" every planet in the...oh, sorry, Pluto. 2016 - Some douchebag drives a truck into Bastille Day celebrations in southern France, killing over 80 people. This is why we can't have Nice things.
  14. This Day In History

    Ha! I had one done for the 11th, too. Let's see how much of it matches up. On July 11 in History: 472 - Western emperor Anthemius is captured and put to death in St. Peter's Basililca, which is totally what the place was designed for. 1174 - Baldwin IV, a 13 year-old leper, becomes king of Jerusalem. Savvy observers might have considered this foreshadowing. 1405 - Zheng He sets off on his first expedition to explore the world, beating the Europeans to the punch by nearly a hundred years. The only reason we're not all speaking Mandarin is because the ruling conservatives of the time felt colonies were "un-Chinese", since how could one worship one's ancestors in a land where they did not live? There's no joke there; I just find it interesting. 1750 - Halifax is destroyed in a fire. All nine houses. 1796 - The United States takes Detroit from Great Britain as part of the Jay Treaty. It seemed like a good idea at the time. 1804 - U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr kills Secretary of the Treasury and founding father Alexander Hamilton in a duel. More people are aware of this due to a milk commercial than to history books. 1889 - Tijuana is founded. No one remembers how; they just woke up the next day hungover and there was a town there. 1921 - Former U.S. President William H. Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He would thereafter swear in all successors to his old job, though he would be required to resist smirking while doing so. 1960 - To Kill a Mockingbird is published, thereby reducing the number of Charles Dickens novels on the American high school curriculum by one. 1977 - Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. Apparently the nine years since his assassination had been spent debating what color ribbon should go on it.
  15. This Day In History

    On July 10 in History: 138 - Emperor Hadrian, the adopted son of Trajan (adopted son of Nerva), dies. He will be succeeded by his adopted son, Antoninus Pius. Nothing quite like keeping it in the family. 988 - Dublin is founded when an invading Norse king submits (and pays taxes) to the High King of Ireland. How can a city founding be so badass and so boring at the same time? 1086 - "What can a bunch of angry peasants possibly do to me?" ~Canute IV of Denmark's last words, probably. 1212 - Most of London burns to the ground. This is not a unique a occurrence. 1553 - Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen of England and Ireland, and goes to the Tower of London to await her coronation. This will prove to be a bad idea. 1778 - Louis XVI of France, while having no real interest in the creation or success of an independent republic in the New World (or the old, for that matter), nevertheless decide that he just REALLY doesn't like Great Britain. 1940 - The French Third Republic, now in Vichy, votes itself out of existence. Punchline redacted. 1962 - The fist Telstar satellite is launched, because what's the point in watching news from other countries if you can't watch it live? 1991 - Now that South Africa treats black people as real humans, they are allowed to play cricket internationally again. At least some of the remaining racists grudgingly admit to being happy about this. 2017 - Mosul is officially liberated from the so-called Islamic State. How's that glorious eternal caliphate thing workin' out?
  16. Crazy Counting Guy

    So it's been a month; figured I'd check in. Wed. Jun. 13, 2018 Ashley: 169 Elliot: 918 Bernard: 1st appearance *Ellen's face is obscured so she doesn't count Fri. Jun. 15, 2018 Magus: 61 *Obvious extra pizza delivery girl is obvious extra Mon. Jun. 18m 2018 Ellen: 659 Elliot: 919 Mrs. Dunkel: 16 (2018 debut) Mr. Dunkel: 12 (2018 debut) Wed. Jun. 20, 2018 Elliot: 920 Ellen: 660 Fri. Jun. 22, 2018 Elliot: 921 Ellen: 661 Mon. Jul. 2, 2018 Elliot: 922 Ellen: 662 Wed. Jul. 4, 2018 Elliot: 923 Ellen: 663 Tedd: 732 Grace: 801 (2018 debut) Fri. Jul. 6, 2018 Tedd: 733 Grace: 802 *Putting a placeholder here in case that Maniacally Laughing Uryuom becomes important later Mon. Jul. 9, 2018 Sarah: 632 Susan: 500! (7th) Tedd: 734 FULL COUNT
  17. This Day In History

    On July 5 in History: 1594 - Portugal invades the Kingdom of Kandy on Sri Lanka. Fools. That's one of the Tamil Kings. No one conquers the Tamil Kings. 1610 - John Guy sets sail for Newfoundland to establish the first English colony there. Though the island has been known for over a century by this point, Guy wisely does not update the name of his colony to "Foundland". 1775 - The Second Continental Congress adopts the Olive Branch Petition, which reaffirms American loyalty the British Crown and beseeches George III to avoid conflict. It's such a momentous event that plans are already in motion setting up the one year anniversary celebration. 1914 - "Whatever you guys decide to do, we've got your back." ~ Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to Austria-Hungary, and #1 on his list of proclamations he will come to regret. 1934 - When faced with the problem of striking longshoremen in San Francisco, police decide to just shoot them. So nothing's changed, really. 1937 - Hormel foods introduces Spam. It is a versatile food that can be served with egg; egg and bacon; egg, bacon and sausage; spam, bacon, and sausage; spam, egg, spam, spam, and bacon; spam, sausage, spam, spam, bacon, spam, tomato, and spam; spam, spam, spam, and egg; spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, and spam; or Lobster Thermidor au Crevette with a Mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top. 1946 - The bikini goes on sale. Roadside car washes suddenly become a viable business model. 1950 - The Law of Return gives all Jews worldwide the right to immigrate into Israel. I tried really hard, but I couldn't find a suitably fancy word that means the opposite of "Exodus". 1971 - The United States decides that if you're old enough to be drafted and sent to your death, you should be old enough to vote. Awfully nice of them. 1989 - For his role in the Iran-Contra affair, Oliver North is sentenced to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service, the reversal of all of that on a questionable technicality, several lucrative media contracts, and the presidency of the NRA. 1996 - Dolly the sheep is the first cloned mammal. For some reason however, a theme park centered around her never really took off.
  18. This Day In History

    Happy birthday, USA. On July 4 in History: 1054 - A supernova is first observed by observers in Arabia and Song China. For several months it will remain bright enough to see during the day. It will become what we know now as the Crab Nebula. Foreshadowing? 1187 - Saladin defeats the King of Jerusalem, Guy de Lusignan, at the Battle of Hattin. If he was anything like his portrayal in that Orlando Bloom movie, he totally had it coming. 1634 - The city of Trois-Rivières is founded. We know it today as Québec. At this point Boston is already four years old, so nyah. 1744 - Depending on whom you ask, the Treaty of Lancaster requires the Six Nations of the Iroquois to cede to colonial governments all land claims east of the Allegheny Mountains up to the Ohio River watershed, or to the Pacific Ocean. 1776 - 56 dudes in Philadelphia signed their names to a long-winded document containing a list of complaints about their king and how they didn't want to do what he said anymore. TL;DR: "Eff off, England." 1802 - Founding of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Better late than never. 1803 - The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people, who waste no time in condemning the Jefferson Administration for such wasteful spending. 1817 - Construction of the Erie Canal begins in Rome, NY, despite even more protests against wasteful spending. 1826 - Exactly 50 years to the day after signing the DoI, former president John Adams dies. His last words are purportedly, "[former president Thomas] Jefferson survives." Jefferson, of course, had died earlier in the day. 1827 - New York State abolishes slavery. Better late than never? 1831 - "My Country 'Tis of Thee" is written in Boston - ostensibly for elementary schoolchildren to have something to sing for the next hundred and eighty-five years, but by putting it to the tune of "God Save the King", it was really just another "F U" to England. 1855 - The first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is published. In an idea that will be stolen by tech and software developers decades later, he never writes another book; he just keeps updating this one and forcing people to get the new version. 1862 - Lewis Carroll tells a story to a little girl. Wait for it... 1863 - The Army of Northern Virginia retreats from Gettysburg. The Confederacy never recovers their momentum or initiative, meaning they essentially lost their fight for independence on Independence Day. Burn! 1865 - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is published. There it is! 1886 - France gifts the United states with the Statue of Liberty for their 110th birthday. Not wanting to seem rude or ungrateful, the Americans put it out by their front door so the French will see it the next time they come to visit. 1918 - Mehmed VI ascends to the Ottoman throne at the worst possible time. Meanwhile, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia is permanently removed from his, if you know what I mean. 1939 - Lou Gehrig redefines luck as being forced to quit your amazing job due to an incurable terminal disease. 1946 - The Philippines achieve independence from the U.S. Their two-fold reasons for waiting until today include not only irony, but also not having to reschedule their holidays. 1947 - The British House of Commons is presented with the Indian Independence Bill regarding both India and Pakistan. After glancing at a calendar, at least one member of Parliament is known to have said, "Oh, COME ON!" 1960 - The 50 star flag debuts, even though Hawaii has been a state for over ten months. Word has it they were growing tired if the federal government's claims that they were "getting around to it." 2004 - In the grand American tradition of using this day to tell their enemies to **** off, the cornerstone to the new One World Trade Center, a.k.a. the Freedom Tower, is laid. 2012 - Scientists at the LHC believe they may have discovered the Higgs boson, a.k.a. the "God Particle." World religions remain skeptical.
  19. This Day In History

    Happy Canada Day! I'm a day late; blame my vacation. On July 1 in History: 69 - Roman governor of Egypt Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his legions to support Vespasian as emperor. By a strange coincidence, Vespasian would become emperor, ending the Year of Four Emperors, shortly thereafter. 552 - Byzantine forces defeat the Ostrogoths at the Battle of Taginae, leading to them retaking large parts of the Italian peninsula that the Goths had taken back from them after they retook it the first time. They will keep it for a while. 1431 - At the Battle of La Higueruela (little fig tree) during the Reconquista, Castile is victorious over Granadan forces, but don't actually reconquist anything. 1523 - The Catholic Church, famous for its veneration of martyrs, martyrs a couple of Lutherans. They won't be the last, as organized religion's longstanding war against irony continues on. 1569 - Poland and Lithuania's fusion dance creates the Polish-Lithuanian-Commonwealth, or just the Commonwealth of Poland if you're not from Lithuania. 1766 - François-Jean de la Barre does not salute a passing religious procession in Abbeville, France. His punishment is swift: he is tortured, then burned at the stake with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his chest. They cut his head off first though, so he wouldn't suffer. The Church is nothing if not reasonable. 1863 - Suriname abolishes slavery. They saw what was going on up in the U.S. and said, "Holy shit, we don't want to be the last ones! That would make us look really bad!" 1867 - Province of Canada! New Brunswick! Nova Scotia! By your powers combined, I am Captain Canada! You can just call me Canada. 1873 - Prince Edward Island joins in, but they don't do the cool role call thing again. 1881 - The world's first international telephone call is made, which sounds impressive until you realize that it was between towns in Maine and New Brunswick that were just across a river from one another. 1885 - Leopold II of Belgium decides to call his personal rubber plantation the Congo Free State, because he thinks that's funny. 1898 - The only battle that anyone knows anything about from the Spanish American War takes place. 1943 - Tokyo City ceases to exist. No, you're not crazy; it merged with the prefecture, so it's technically not a city anymore. Pedant smash! 1959 - Still stubbornly refusing that French "metric" nonsense, the U.S., the UK, and other Commonwealth nations agree on standard values for yards and pounds and stuff. Glad we cleared that up. 1980 - "O Canada" is adopted as the national anthem, though for a long time there are many holdouts for the original anthem, "Hockey Night in Canada". 1984 - The MPAA says maybe kids shouldn't be seeing shit like a guy ripping another dude's heart out of his chest, and creates the PG-13 rating. 1997 - China takes Hong Kong back from the British. It's a great day for China and international cooperation. Slightly less as great a day for Hong Kong.
  20. Character Alignments

    I'd say Elliot and Ashley definitely fit Lawful Good. As for the rest of the main cast, let's see... Sarah: Neutral Good? I dunno. Tedd: Chaotic Good, definitely. Grace: Also Chaotic Good? Maybe. Nanase: Neutral Good for sure. Ellen: Somewhere right on the corner where Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral, and True Neutral meet. Justin: He seems a Neutral Good sort of guy. Susan: Probably the closest to True Neutral of anyone in the cast... Diane: ...with one possible exception.
  21. Anyone recognise this?

    Your Name / Kimi No Na Wa Effing brilliant, and you should watch it immediately.
  22. Crazy Counting Guy

    Mon. Jun. 4, 2018 Elliot: 914 Ashley: 165 Arthur: 32 Ellen: 655 Wed. Jun. 6, 2018 Ellen: 656 Elliot: 915 Ashley: 166 Arthur: 33 Fri. Jun. 8, 2018 Ellen: 657 Arthur: 34 Elliot: 916 Ashley: 167 Mon. Jun. 11, 2018 Arthur: 35 Sybil: 4 Ellen: 658 Elliot: 917 Ashley: 168 FULL COUNT
  23. This Day In History

    On June 11 in History: 1184 BCE - According to Eratosthenes, this is the date Troy is sacked and burned. Seems legit. 1118 - The Prince of Antioch, a dude named Roger from Salerno, captures the town of Azaz from the Seljuk Turks. Another in a great string of victories reclaiming the holy land for Christianity. Nothing can stop them now! 1509 - Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. May they have many happy years together. 1748 - Denmark is the first to adopt the now iconic Nordic Cross flag. Every other Nordic country will eventually copy them, trying to be cool. 1776 - The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson and four other guys nobody remembers to draft a Declaration of Independence for the fledgling United States. They should all fire their publicists. 1919 - Sir Barton is the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown, and for the first time I will pretend to care. 1963 - National Guard troops have to be mobilized to tell the Governor of Alabama to get out of the way so that some black kids can go to school. 'Murica. 1963 again - Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức dies from an acute case of setting himself on fire, in protest of the South Vietnamese government's treatment of Buddhists. One has to wonder what they were doing that was worse than setting them on fire. 1979 - After countless iconic on-screen deaths, John Wayne dies one last time for real. Guy had quite a life. 1986 - Shia LaBeouf's first avant-garde performance piece, his own birth, takes place. 2008 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially apologizes to First Nations people for the way they were forcibly and systematically reeducated over a hundred years by government-sanctioned, church-run boarding schools. That and a toonie will get you a box of stale, bitter Timbits. 2010 - The FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa, as the rest of the world learns the hard way what a vuvuzela is.
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    On June 10 in History: 323 BCE - Alexander the Great, one of the most successful military and political leaders of all time, and one of the most influential individuals in all of human history, dies of either a fever or a tummy ache. 1190 - While leading an army to Jerusalem, Frederick Barbarossa drowns in a river. A number of Crusaders, who don't believe in omens or anything, suddenly remember something very important they need to do back home. 1329 - The Byzantines lose the Battle of Pelekanon, essentially abandoning their remaining Anatolian holdings to the Ottomans. This doesn't even count as historical foreshadowing anymore; even the most inattentive observers can see where this is going. 1596 - Bear Island is discovered. Sadly, it is not ruled by an impossibly badass ten year-old girl. 1692 - Bridget Bishop is the first to be executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. They knew she was a witch because she often spoke her mind, wore unique clothing, and had the audacity to inherit her husband's property. 1752 - Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a thunderstorm, and rather than dying in an overly comical fashion as one might expect, he instead confirms an important scientific hypothesis. Some people have all the luck. 1829 - Oxford and Cambridge Universities have their first boat race on the Thames. They would have done it a week before, but someone said they saw a swan on the river and nobody wanted to go near it. 1924 - Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti is kidnapped and killed by Fascists eleven days after speaking out against them in Parliament. Maybe the Italian people missed the red flag because it was too big, thus obscuring the fact that it was a flag and not just a red everything? 1940 - Italy declares war on France and the UK. Adorable. US president FDR denounces the action, but will do nothing. 1957 - The Progressive Conservative party of Canada takes control of the government, despite the fact that "Progressive Conservative" is an oxymoron of the highest order. 1964 - The Civil Rights Act passes the U.S. Senate after a 75 day filibuster. This means that there were actual elected officials so opposed to the idea of civil rights that they were willing to stand for hours on end yammering about nonsense for two and a half months. 'Murica. 1967 - The Six Day War between Israel and Syria ends. Not a moment too soon, either. Otherwise we'd be calling it the Week War, which is open to all kinds of misinterpretation. 2007 - The Sopranos airs its final episode on HBO, causing many people to
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