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Quote

“There are no mistakes, only opportunities.”


Tina Fey


Joke

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now


Fun Fact

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.


Reading Fact

As a struggling young writer, Harper Lee once got a year’s wages as a gift from her friends so that she could quit her job and devote more time to writing. She wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.


The book became an immediate success, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961. Harper Lee, however, decided not to publish another book for 55 years after. 


History Fact

When Marcus Crassus died, molten gold was poured down his throat.

 

Marcus Licinius Crassus was known as the wealthiest man in Rome during his life.


The son of a Consul of Rome, Crassus fought in Sulla’s Civil War, played a key part in defeating Spartacus and ending the Third Servile War, and formed the first Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great.

A shrewd man, throughout all he did Crassus accumulated more and more wealth – and it was his thirst for wealth that would eventually lead to his downfall.


Leading his troops in an ill-fated conquest of Parthia (modern-day Iran), Crassus and his forces were brutalized and bested by the Parthians time and time again.


After an unsuccessful parley for peace with the Parthian leaders, Crassus was killed. The Parthians poured molten gold down his throat, as a symbol of his thirst for wealth.


Some even say that his gilded head and hands were sent to the Parthian King to keep as trophies of his victory against Crassus and Rome.


Movie/TV Trivia

The original raw footage of Apocalypse Now consisted of 1,250,000 feet of film which is over 230 hours’ worth.


Movie/TV Quote

"Is this your king?"


Black Panther (2018)


"Wakanda Forever" is Black Panther's catchphrase, but "Is this your king?" is its crowning moment. Among the myriad reasons that Black Panther stood apart in the crowded superhero field was the characterization of its villain, Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger. Killmonger is no one-dimensional bad guy. He's a man filled with justifiable resentment, who calls Wakanda out for its isolationist stance that allows black citizens of other countries like the US to suffer. So when he defeats T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in combat and shouts, "Is this your king?" at the shocked crowd, it's fair to have true doubts about the ostensible hero. "Is this your king?" is easily slotted into any number of memes, but its staying power is the result of Killmonger's status as one of the best antagonists to grace the screen in recent years.


Conversation Starter

Do you prefer to go off the beaten path when you travel?


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