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Beautiful photoshoot of the Harry Potter Cast - by Sarah Dunn - (x)

Happy September 1st, Folks - New term starts at Hogwarts! Which house would you like to be sorted into?

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September 1st

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In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

I’m going to keep talking about this until you all buy her god damn biography. Because I don’t think you guys understand.

She was NUMBER ONE on the Gestapo’s most wanted list during the war.  There was a 5 MILLION FRANC prize on her head.

They called her the White Mouse because of her skill for escaping certain death. 

She was parachuting into a camp once and got tangled in a tree. A French soldier saw her flailing around and said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year.” She answered only, “Don’t give me that French shit.”

She would smuggle messages, food, and supplies in a supply truck and when she passed German posts she’d wink at the soldiers and say, “Do you want to search me?” They never did.

She found out at one point that her men had been hiding a female German spy, protecting her. The rule was to kill them, but the men didn’t have the heart. But Nancy Wake did. And she never regretted it.

When she killed a man with her bare hands, it was an SS sentry who’d spotted her and she killed him to prevent him from raising the alarm during the raid. She would later say of it, “They’d taught us this judo-chop stuff with the flat of the hand at SOE, and I practiced away at it. But this was the only time I used it - whack - and it killed him all right. I was really surprised.”

She died in 2011, 3 weeks before her 99th birthday.

If you don’t think Nancy Wake deserves a movie and a TV show and all the damn recognition in the world, you’re wrong. 

Yaaassssssss can we get a movie? This is like inglorious bastards BUT REAL AND WITH A WOMAN


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A++ myUMBC.

Real talk though: If you want to party, make friends. You’ll get invited. It just happens.

^^ one reason I love UMBC so much: the people 

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I hope though that you understand, however, that it’s okay to express concern (please don’t bash those that do—remember, humor is going to rub at least 1% wrong if it’s any good), and that the best response is more engagement rather than less.
George Takei, 31 Aug 2014, Facebook. (follow link)

And yet none of my homework is done (yet).

- my autobiography


The Prague astronomical clock is the oldest astronomical clock that is still working and displays information such as the relative positions of planetary objects. | Hichem Merabet



i cannot believe that we were robbed of this book scene

This is no joke. These are direct lines from the book.

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I am alone.

The world which shook at my feet, and the trees, and the sky, have gone, and I am alone now, alone.

The wind bites now, and the world is grey, and I am alone. Can’t see me. Doesn’t see me.

Can’t. See me.

Doctor Who S08E01, Deep Breath

The moment I fell in love with twelve (again).

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The dinosaur’s deep thoughts

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Villains beware, the world’s fastest superhero arrives in 52 Days! 

Serious question: Is the Flash faster than Superman?

According to the comics, yes. He wins in Adventures of Superman #463 and in Flash: Rebirth #3. There might be other examples, but those are off the top of my head.

Hey, thank you for resolving this for me! :)


FXX is going to have a 12-day Simpsons marathon, playing all 552 episodes.  In appreciation of the series, we’ve compiled several of our Simpsons interviews into one show. 

Since The Simpsons began, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross has interviewed many people who have had a hand creating the show – from Matt Groening in 1989 and 2003 to  two of the writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss in 1992. Gross also talked with actors who do the voices, including Nancy Cartwright, who plays Bart, in 2007; Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge in 1994; Hank Azaria, the voice of Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and others in 2004.

Here, Simpsons creator Matt Groening tells Terry about how they occasionally got in trouble with the Fox network: 

"At the beginning, virtually anything we did would get somebody upset and now it seems like the people who are eager to be offended — and this country is full of people who are eager to be offended. They’ve given up on our show. We got into trouble a few years ago for — Homer is watching an anti-drinking commercial and it said, "Warning! Beer causes rectal cancer." And Homer responds by saying, "Mmm beer." Fox didn’t want us to do that because beer advertisers are a big part of the Fox empire and it turns out the writer was able to track down the actual fact where some studies show that indeed it does — or did or has a tendency to [cause cancer] — so we were able to keep it in."

Photo: Courtesy of Fox 

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So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality … My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.
I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

Jim Carrey, Official Commencement Address Graduating Class of 2014
from Maharishi University of Management, May 24th, 2014

Full transcript and video

Asker panikmusik Asks:
So your wife has challenged you to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge. What are you going to do?
vinedragonheartstring vinedragonheartstring Said:


…participate in the ice bucket challenge, of course. When your wife challenges you, that’s the wisest course of action.

I definitely need to see this video.

I recently read your post about Anne Frank. I haven't read anything by John Green, so I have nothing to say about that, but I noticed you seemed to refer to the Holocaust as what happened in the concentration camps ("readers are never forced to experience the Holocaust through her eyes"). I may be misinterpreting you, but I was always taught that the Holocaust was the entire oppression of the Jewish people/minorities during the time of Nazi Germany. Is this inaccurate?
vinedragonheartstring vinedragonheartstring Said:


The Holocaust of European Jewry began in 1941 with the implementation of the Final Solution. Everything before that was aimed at making life so unpleasant for German Jewry that they would have no choice but to emigrate. Jews in countries taken by the Nazis after 1941 lacked the emigration option as by then the Nazis had noticed that no one actually wanted Jewish immigrants. If you want to learn more about European Jewry and international immigration policy between 1933 and 1945, there’s some stuff here:

Can’t speak to the timelines of the other groups oppressed by the Nazis rn because it’s six in the morning and I’m about to miss my bus and the only reason I was able to give a fairly coherent answer is because this is straight outta my MA thesis.