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Today's Dippit!

Quote

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”


J. K. Rowling


Joke

Will glass coffins be a success? Remains to be seen


Fun Fact

The dark region on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, Charon, is called Mordor.


Reading Fact

There are “human libraries” around the world where you can check-out humans as a living book and listen to their unique life stories.


Started in Copenhagen in 2000 and now active in over 80 countries, The Human Library is an international organization focused on addressing people’s prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet.


Many of the people you can “lend” are those who the society tends to stigmatize the most – and they often prove that you truly cannot judge a book by its cover. 


History Fact

There were female Gladiators.

 

A female gladiator was called a Gladiatrix, or Gladiatrices (plural). They were rarer than their male counterparts.

Gladiatrices served the same purpose of executing criminals, fighting each other and fighting animals in Rome’s various fighting pits.


Movie/TV Trivia

Finally, Dooley Wilson, who played the pianist Sam in Casablanca, was a drummer IRL who didn't know how to play the piano.


Movie/TV Quote

"Wilsoooooooon!"


Cast Away (2000)


For a long time, any beach-, summer-, or water-related activity was likely punctuated with your loudest friend shouting, "Wilson!" The still-recognizable bit from Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away is the survival epic's most unforgettable scene: the slow disappearance of Chuck Noland's (Tom Hanks) sole friend, a volleyball named Wilson. Largely because he is a volleyball with a bloody handprint for a face, the scene and Hanks' dramatic pleas became instantly memorable… and, for better or worse, the subject of many spoofs, despite the film's critical acclaim. In context, though, it gets at the raw emotion of the human need for companionship, one of the essential drives that makes us human. Hanks moves from desperation and sorrow to sheer guilt ("I'm sorry, Wilson!") and grief, which is part of what helped garner Hanks a Best Actor nomination at the 2001 Academy Awards. It may be just a funny line in retrospect, but nobody else can emote over a volleyball like Hanks. Wilson's death goes down in one of cinema's most tragic, and we mourn him just the same.


Conversation Starter

What’s the best way to travel? (Plane, car, train, etc.)


Writing Prompt

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