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Quote

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.


Anthony Brandt


Joke

No matter how kind you are, German children are kinder.


Fun Fact

There has never been a verified snow leopard attack on a human being.

Unlike many other big cats, snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans.


They are very reclusive creatures, and even if they are disturbed, they are more likely to run away than to attack.


History Fact

Cowboys Didn't Actually Wear Cowboy Hats

Those big Stetsons that everyone associates with cowboys like John Wayne, Billy the Kid, or Wyatt Earp? Yeah.


Cowboys didn't wear those. In fact, the hat of choice for the 19th century cowboys was actually a bowler hat. Go figure.


Movie/TV Trivia

Valkyrie

Germany has strict laws against displaying the swastika, though artistic displays are specifically exempt. Filmmakers usually use incorrect swastikas to avoid causing public outrage. The producer wanted swastikas for authenticity, so the crew posted warnings around the filming locations. Still, a local resident filed an official complaint with the city, who pressed charges


Movie/TV Quote

"With great power comes great responsibility."


Spider-Man (2002)


Mention "Spider-Man" to anyone who's ever dipped a toe into the pop culture wave pool, and they'll probably reply with some variation of this quote. It's a classic line from Marvel's Spider-Man comics that, because of the popularity of Sam Raimi's 2002 superhero masterpiece, is now ubiquitous. (Plenty of people probably don't even know it's from Spider-Man!) In Raimi's movie, Uncle Ben says it to Peter Parker while trying to have The Talk, not knowing that Peter is currently dealing with a puberty transformation of a different kind (the kind with six more legs than usual), and yet what he says to him in this moment ends up being the force that drives Spidey for the rest of his life. It's the inverse of "absolute power corrupts absolutely": people with strengths and abilities beyond others -- superpowered or not -- have a duty to understand how to use those abilities. Just because you CAN do something, just because you have a certain level of power that others don't, doesn't always mean that you should.


Conversation Starter

What benefit do you bring to the group when you hang out with friends?


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