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I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

Walt Whitman


I'm going to buy some velcro for my shoes instead of laces.

Why knot?

Fun Fact

Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.

Along with many other reasons! Due to superstitions, they thought it protected them from bad eyesight (or even blindness), seasickness, and drowning.

History Fact

George Washington Never Had Wooden Teeth

Many myths about Washington exist, but one of the most prevalent stories has to be about his teeth. It's widely believed that Washington wore wooden dentures. This is not the case at all. While Washington did have numerous dental problems and did use dentures, wood, as a material, was never used.

Movie/TV Trivia

My Left Foot

Daniel Day-Lewis broke two ribs during filming from assuming the hunched-over position in his wheelchair for weeks of filming. He also would refuse to come out of character. On visits to the set canteen, other people would have to help him with food.

Movie/TV Quote

"I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy."

The Departed (2006)

The Departed, Martin Scorsese's Boston crime saga adapted from the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, is a movie obsessed with the corrosive myth of professionalism. Cops and gangsters, the two feuding sides in the film's heightened moral universe, each like to think of themselves as fundamentally men of honor, guys who have tough jobs but go about them with dignity. They've all got a code, right? It's unsurprising that Sgt. Sean Dignam, the foul-mouthed authority figure played by a fired-up Mark Wahlberg, believes that saying he "does his job" is the most brutal insult imaginable. Like the macho put-down's found in a David Mamet play or an episode of Billions, it's an attempt at total emasculation built around the idea that you are what you do and you must do it well. Results matter. Efficiency is the goal. Put numbers on the board. There's a reason Dignam is the lone survivor in the movie's twist-filled climax: He's the guy who does his job, the cop who keeps his head down long enough to make his move, and those dead bodies are the other guys.

Conversation Starter

If you had to change your name, what would your new name be?

Writing Prompt


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