Edward Mordrake was a 19th century English nobleman who had an extra face on the back of his head. According to the story, the extra face could neither eat nor speak, but it could laugh and cry. Edward begged doctors to have his ‘devil twin’ removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. He committed suicide at the age of 23 by poisoning himself because he could no longer stand having to live with the face on the back of his head.
Howdy folks, I played “guest scientist” for Fact or Fictional with Veronica Belmont this week. We discussed just how unscientific the movie Armageddon was. In 151 minutes, they make at least 168 scientific mistakes. Here’s a few of them.
If we pointed out all of the mistakes, this video would have been about an hour long. But there’s so, so, so many more. Needless to say, this one’s total fiction. Anyway, enjoy my face, on your screen, talking about science!
Some people have claimed that Oliver doesn’t see Felicity as his equal. That he sees Felicity as someone he needs to protect rather than someone he could love as a woman.
Oliver does have hero syndrome. He constantly wants to save people, protect people. Physically and emotionally. Somewhere in his brokenness, in his damaged soul, he has developed this need to save people…even when they don’t want to be saved or when they can’t be saved. Helena, Sara and eventually Laurel, each of them are examples of broken people who needed saving.
He is surrounded by broken people. People who are internally damaged. Moira, Thea, Roy, Diggle, Helena, Sara, Laurel, Tommy, Slade. I would say Shado was good for Oliver. But she died. And people including himself, blamed Oliver for her death.
He sees them as equals to himself. People who are just as broken, damaged and in need of healing as he does. He believes that anyone that gets close to him gets hurt, physically or emotionally. He doesn’t believe he deserves better than people like Isobel Rochev.
So it’s true, I don’t believe Oliver sees Felicity as his equal. He sees her as better than him. He sees her as someone so good, someone damaged liked himself could never touch her. He does take up the position of a guardian/protector because he wants to wrap her up in bubble wrap to make sure nobody (including himself) could ever hurt her. Felicity was a no-touching area, so yes, for lack of better words, “friendzoned”.
But then Tommy died. And Felicity pushed him to find another way. Then Sara returned. And she accepted her with zero judgement. Then she got kidnapped by The Count. And she cared more about his vow to not kill people than her life. Then he yells at her. And she stands right back up to him without leaving his side. Then she finds out about Thea. And despite the consequences, she tells him the truth.
Then Slade Wilson happens. And Oliver is shaken to the core. Completely lost. And Felicity comes alongside him, urging him to keep fighting, don’t give up. She is beside him reminding him that she believes in him. Telling him to find another way other than killing. And he does the unthinkable, locks Slade up and becomes a hero.
Felicity is the protector of Oliver’s soul. Her soul doesn’t need to be saved. There are hints she’s been through some stuff, but in the eyes of Oliver she isn’t damaged. She still hopes, she still loves without barriers and see the good in people even when they have done terrible things (like Sara).
So yes, I repeat, Oliver doesn’t view Felicity as his equal. He views her as better than him. He sees her as strong, pure, wise, loyal, moral compass, loving, genius, partner, best friend, and possibly in the near future….lover.
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction was a TV show that first aired in the late 90’s, it only lasted four seasons but it was one of my favorites. I use to watch reruns of Beyond Belief on SciFi. The show tells the viewer four/five strange stories and at the end of the show it reveals if the story is based on fact or completely made up.
Since it’s winter break and some of you may be lookin for something to do with your extra time I scoured YouTube to find all of the episodes that I could. I hope you guys enjoy it!
Anne Stanhope in The Tudors: Fact or Fiction? (1/?)
Because I’ve seen a few people doing these and I really love them, I thought I’d dedicate a series of “Fact or Fiction?” posts to Anne Stanhope. I wrote my graduate thesis on Anne, so I’ve studied her for years and I have to say that, overall, The Tudors did an awful job with her character. But I’ll still be going through most of her scenes and analyzing their historical accuracy. Why? Because, surprisingly, some of them were really very good, and, in my opinion, the actress who plays her, Emma Hamilton, gave a stunning performance with the script she was given.
“You’re Edward Seymour’s wife.”
The above scene is from Season 3 Episode 3, titled “Dissension and Punishment.” This is our introduction to Anne Stanhope, though we’ve already met Sir Francis Bryan in the first episode of the season. (Francis sports an eye patch on the show, and he did in fact lose an eye at a tournament in the 1520s.) It’s clear from our first glimpse of Anne what we’re supposed to think of her. After having sex, Anne asks Francis, “But you don’t even know who I am, do you?” And he responds, “Of course I do. You’re Edward Seymour’s wife.” Anne comes off as shameless adulterer who takes pleasure in cheating on her husband.
From the very beginning, Anne is identified for the audience as “that lady who sleeps with everyone” (and yes, I’ve watched this show with people who identify her that way.) There’s no evidence that Anne ever cheated on her husband, which is of course not a particularly strong argument, I know. But Anne and Edward’s marriage was a happy one in real life, and this is substantiated by many primary sources. The couple had been married for little over a year at this point (if we say that this scene takes place in the winter of 1536/1537), and the match was a good one - they complemented one another with regard to personality, politics, and religion. There’s a hint of Anne’s respect for Edward in this scene. For, when Francis refers to Edward as “cold, perhaps, but pleasant,” Anne responds, “That’s the mistake they all make.” So, clearly she’s not happy with her husband, but she respects him as a man and a politician.
While we can’t prove that Anne didn’t cheat on Edward, it’s very unlikely. It’s also unlikely that Anne and Francis would’ve been able to hold an affair at court without being discovered. That’s why I’ll argue that this scene is almost entirely fiction.
If i cast Worst Fears or activate Mindslaver targeting my opponent, then on my opponent's next turn (that I control) I cast Fact or Fiction, do I get to separate the piles?
Yes. If it’s your Fact or Fiction, then you control your opponent as they divide the piles. I recommend having your opponent separate the piles 5 and 0 and having then choosing the 5 card pile.
If it’s your opponent’s Fact or Fiction, you can have your controlled opponent choose you as the opponent who divides the cards. I recommend separating 5 and 0 and having your opponent choose the 0 card pile.
The recent slew of Mirena IUD lawsuit ads are creepy. But are they true? We’re going to fearlessly wade into the scary things these ads claim, because we think the over 2 million U.S. women now using IUDs deserve the real info–€”without the hype.
Expulsion? Perforation? Migration? One of our providers goes in depth about the scary-sounding risks IUD lawsuit ads warn about.
Whether you believe he existed or not Sawney Bean & his infamous cave-dwelling clan of cannibals still attract the fascinations of tourists to Scotland today.
During the 15-16th century, Bean & a woman of equally vicious nature took up residence in a seaside cave in Bennane Head, Scotland where it is said they remained for over 25 years, undiscovered where they produced 14 children and 14 grandchildren, many from incest. They made their life ambushing, robbing & murdering small groups and individuals unlucky enough to venture their way. These victims bodies were then dragged back to the 600 foot deep cave where they were dismembered and cannibalized by the family to sustain them.
As more villagers went missing and body parts washing up on shore became more frequent the locals organized a search to find who was behind the disappearances. They mistakenly discounted the cave, believing it was uninhabitable for human beings. False suspects were lynched and the dissapearances continued. Until, a man & wife were attacked by the Beans, the husband being skilled in combat was able to fend off the feral family until locals showed up and Beans fled, outnumbered. Now that the family had been exposed, King James VI began a manhunt including bloodhounds and 400 men. This time they did not overlook the seaside cave.
Inside they found the remains of many human beings, the family was taken into custody and immediately executed. The men were bled to death and the women burned. The cave the family was said to reside in is now a popular attraction for tourists and thrill seekers hoping to catch a wandering ghost. The cannibalistic family is also credited as an inspiration for The Hills Have Eyes horror film.