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Open Book

“Here is your test, class. Remember, it’s open book.”

“Whoa, we can use our textbook during the test?”

“No, not your textbook, but you may use this book.”

“How to Make Cakes That Taste Like Pies? Is this a cookbook you wrote?”


“How will this help us on our history test?”

“It might not, but I can’t afford an editor, so you kids will have to help me out.”

“I think I just won’t use the book.”

“No! Anyone who doesn’t read through the book fails! And anyone who doesn’t catch a typo or grammatical error also fails.”

“Well on page 1 you spell butter with six T’s. And three B’s. And no U.”

“Good job, Brent. I’ll make sure you get into Harvard next fall.”

“I’m only 13.”

“I don’t mean for college. I mean I’m gonna sneak you into the Harvard library so you can leave hundreds of copies of my cookbook there.”

“Oh. Well a free trip to Boston is a free trip to Boston.”

“You bbbtttttter believe it!”

“What’d you just say?”

“I said ‘TEST IS OVER!’”

REBLOG if you’re a hockey ONLY blog, and I’ll follow you
a couple of random posts are ok, but NO politics, NO equality rants, etc
Just clean cut hockey (all I want on my dash is hockey)

i am. ….  so tired. .… 

Black history month day 10: Crispus Attucks.

Crispus Attucks was the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War, specifically the Boston massacre. He is believed to be of African and Native American decent. He was a dockworker and there is some historical debate on whether he was a free man or a runaway slave. He became a martyr in the anti-slavery movement during the 1800s, hailed as an example of bravery and strength.

Attucks was buried with the others killed in the Boston massacre, and his grave remains to this day.

  • normal person visiting boston: I can't believe I'm in this historic city, site of the boston tea party, home of the Red Sox and John F Kennedy
  • me visiting boston: I can't believe I'm in that city what they used as a placeholder name for the Baudelaires' hometown in the 2 seconds you see their address written down in A Series of Unfortunate Events the Movie (2004)

Diet Drinks Linked to Increased Stroke and Dementia Risk:

Adults who have at least one diet drink a day are three times more at risk from a stroke or dementia, research shows. Scientists say they should no longer be regarded as the healthier alternative and urge the public to stick to water or milk. Their study of almost 4,400 adults also suggests diet drinks are more likely to cause strokes and dementia than those full of sugar. There was no link between sugary beverages and either of the illnesses - although the researchers aren’t encouraging us to drink them either. The team of scientists from Boston University believe the artificial sweeteners including aspartame and saccharine maybe affecting the blood vessels, eventually triggering strokes and dementia.

The decision of the consistory court was bittersweet news for Justin Winsor, now serving as librarian of Harvard University. He welcomed the return of the [Bradford] manuscript to the United States but not to the federal government in Washington. While no longer the librarian of the Boston Public Library, he believed that the document should be restored to the Prince collection. Another ‘fit place of deposit’ was the registry of deeds at Plymouth because all of the original Plymouth Colony records were stored there. He knew ‘from personal experience how poor a place the Library of Congress was, when one wanted to find a document.’
—  Excellent librarian shade from an account regarding the return of the Bradford Manuscript from The Massachusetts Historical Society: A Bicentennial History (1791-1991)
Dispelling the Myth of the "Boston Massacre" - The Night of March 5, 1770

18thcenturylove: Gather around kids, and let me tell you something about the Boston Massacre… (if you’re not American, you can keep scrolling, it’s ok)

On the night of March 5, 1770, a squad of British soldiers, part of the 29th regiment stationed in Boston, fired their weapons at a hostile mob of colonists in King Street. Five people were killed and at the moment of their deaths were raised to martyr status for the revolutionary cause. Shortly after, the soldiers and their captain were arrested, imprisoned, and put on trial for murder and conspiracy. However, the commander of the troops in Boston believed that his men had been deliberately provoked. Although he was not a Loyalist, Counsel for the Prisoners John Adams (yes that John Adams) supported this argument and believed the blame lay more on the civilians involved than on the soldiers. For John Adams, the “Boston Massacre” was the justifiable product of an attack upon a group of eight recognizably young, inexperienced, armed soldiers by a considerably large crowd of violent, combative, unarmed civilians.

It was earlier that evening that Capt John Goldfinch was accosted by a disorderly apprentice and this disrespect had angered Hugh White, a private in the 29th Regiment. White later encountered this man and after lecturing him for his behavior, was only answered with insult. Private White then struck the man causing a small crowd to form. During the trial, witness Samuel Clark testified that while he was not present at the shooting, he had spoken to White only moment prior to the incident. Instead of appearing agitated, White had politely asked him “how we all did at home,” which may be proof that White did not have any particular formulations in mind before the quarrel.

The crowd as it gathered to further accost Private White was, at the moment, totaled at about thirty people. Some threw snowballs and oyster shells and other carried staves. Witness Edward Langford testified that at this time, he told several boys in the crowd to leave the sentry alone and knew even then that “something would come of this.” This statement alone John Adams believed proved that “he thought there was danger, or at least the sentinel in fact was terrified and did think himself in danger.” Out of fear, White called for support with six grenadiers arriving in response. Langford stated that he was unable to hear Private White give the call for assistance although being “pretty loud,” yet was somehow able to later hear Captain Preston give the supposed order to fire. Despite this contradiction in testimony, Langford admits that the soldiers did not appear to have taken specific aim at any of the victims. This provided further ground for disregarding the idea of British premeditation.

There were now a total of 8 soldiers, including Capt Preston, who were becoming increasingly anxious as the crowd grew to over a hundred. Amid the confusion, three townspeople drew near Capt Preston, among them Theodore Bliss, who dared the soldiers to shoot. It was immediately after, as Ebenezer Bridgeham testified, that “ice or snow” was thrown and that the “guns were struck several times,” with clubs and sticks. Witness James Bailey also declared he saw several members “heaving pieces of ice, large and hard enough to hurt any man, as big as your fist.” In a tragic twist, what might have been a ball of ice was thrown from the crowd and struck the muzzle of Private Montgomery’s musket. Prompted by the resulting misfire, the other soldiers fired into the crowd, killing five people.

As John Adams defended the soldiers and addressed the court, a man had to be “divested of all human passions if you do not think him at the least provoked, thrown off guard or thrown in to the fury, by such treatment as this.” Regardless of the atmosphere in Boston, the law was clear that if a man, whether he was a soldier or civilian, felt himself endangered, he had the right to kill in self-defense. Taking into account an assault of this scale and the instability of the testimonies of the prosecuting witnesses, six of the soldiers were declared innocent but two were convicted of manslaughter for identified to have fired directly into the crowd. They were given the reduced sentence of having their thumbs branded in open court.

However, this is not to say that the extreme actions by the Bostonians were premeditated, but by calling the victims of the “massacre” a “mob.” John Adams insisted that the jury face the reality of what had occurred. Despite how traitorous this accusation appeared to his peers, he proved that this one particular Boston crowd was dangerous, but not a reflection of Boston as a whole. As much at fault as any of the individuals was the law itself, or at least popular notions about the law: 1) the 18th c. legal theory that made political mobs quasi-legal 2) the contemporary constitution that entrusted the keeping of the peace to soldiers without giving them authority to employ force 3) the legal misconception widely held in Boston that the king’s troops could never fire upon British subjects.

I have this huge list of awesome classic rock songs & older music that need to be in The Darkest Minds movie and the other movies if they continue with the series. In no particular order…

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers
Renegade – Styx
Jailbreak – AC/DC
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas
Cold As Ice – Foreigner
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Can’t Always Get What You Want –Rolling Stones
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones
More Than A Feeling – Boston
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
Take It Easy – The Eagles
Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
Hotel California – The Eagles
Fortunate Son – CCR
Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top
Hold On Loosely – 38 Special
Someday Never Comes – CCR
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar
LA Grange – ZZ Top
Hollywood Nights – Bob Seger
Wheel In The Sky – Journey
Hold On – Kansas
Those About To Rock – AC/DC
Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Barracuda – Heart
Tom Sawyer – Rush
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
Black Magic Woman – Santana
Bad Company – Bad Company
Magic Man – Heart
Runnin’ With The Pack – Bad Company
Owner Of A Lonely Heart – Yes
Just What I Needed – Cars
Don’t Fear The Reaper – B.O.C.
Back In Black – AC/DC
All Right Now – Free
House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals
Dust In The Wind – Kansas
Burnin’ For You – B.O.C.
Dirty Deeds – AC/DC
Feel Like Making Love – Bad Company
Crazy On You – Heart
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
Runnin’ With The Devil – Van Halen
Fire – Jimi Hendrix
Rock N Roll Fantasy – Bad Company
Who’ll Stop The Rain – CCR
Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin
Refugee – Tom Petty
Limelight – Rush
Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions
Panama – Van Halen
Highway To Hell – AC/DC
Run Through The Jungle – CCR
Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin
LA Woman – The Doors
Africa – Toto
Bad Moon Rising – CCR
Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N Roses
Blue Collar Man – Styx
No One Like You – Scorpions
Hold The Line – Toto
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses
Blinded By The Light – Mannfred Man
Life In The Fast Lane – The Eagles
Hard To Handle – Black Crowes
Back In The Saddle – Aerosmith
What’s Your Name? – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bad Case Of Loving You – Robert Palmer
Time Has Come Today – Chamber Brothers
Janie’s Got A Gun – Aerosmith
Desperado – The Eagles
Lonely Is The Night – Billy Squier
Suzie Q – CCR
Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellancamp
Burnin’ Down The House – Talking Heads
Fire Of Unknown Origin – BOC Take It To The Limit – The Eagles
Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones
Put A Spell On You – CCR
Lights – Journey
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Also a shit ton of Bowie, Queen & The Beatles.

And of course the songs that are played/mentioned in the books:

Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Beach Boys
Light My Fire – The Doors
Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers
Lovely Rita – The Beatles