Favourite Historical People: Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn (c. 1501 – 19 May 1536) was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII, and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right.  Henry’s marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution by beheading, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation.


Favourite Historical People: Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia (18 April 1480 – 24 June 1519) was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei. Her family arranged several marriages for her that advanced their own political position including Giovanni Sforza (Lord of Pesaro), Alfonso of Aragon (Duke of Bisceglie), and Alfonso I d'Este (Duke of Ferrara). Rumors about her and her family cast Lucrezia as a femme fatale, a role in which she has been portrayed in many artworks, novels and films.

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Favourite Historical People: Richard III

Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485, at the age of 32, in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.


Favourite Historical People: Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia (1475/76 – 12 March 1507) was an Italian condottiero, nobleman, politician, and cardinal, whose fight for power was a major inspiration for The Prince by Machiavelli. He was the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI and after initially entering the church and becoming a cardinal on his father’s election to the Papacy, he became the first person to resign a cardinalcy. His father set him up as a prince with territory carved from the Papal States, but after his father’s death he was unable to retain power for long. 

First Thing This Morning

Coworker: So emergency photoshoot today! We need you to photoshop leggings we have for some FHP ads. We need it ASAP.
Me: Oh! Okay! Who’s going to model?
Coworker: Uhhhhh…You??
Me: Ah. Yeah sure! Let’s do it!
Coworker: Happy Birthday! Can we get these by noon?
Me: hahahaha… (fuck.)

Me: It feels real weird to be photoshopping myself all day…  

Photos by Ricky Mizuno

Walt Disney World's abandoned River Country.

I have a lot to say about this, and if any of you actually sit here and read through my opinion/rant, I will be forever grateful.

First things first, for those of you who don’t know what River Country is, it’s Disney’s first themed water park, it is said to be the first themed water park in the world. River Country opened June 20, 1976 and ceased operations on November 2, 2001. On January 20, 2005 The Walt Disney Company announced that River Country would remain permanently closed. Along with River Country, Discovery Island also closed permanently. These are the only two parks in Disney history to close permanently. Both parks were abandoned, rather than demolished.

There are countless articles and videos on the internet about what happened to River Country after it closed in 2001 for the season and never re-opened. Obviously, everything is negative. The main “reason” in these videos and articles, state that River Country closed due to the death of an 11-year-old boy who had been swimming at Walt Disney World’s River Country and developed a brain disease linked to a brain eating amoeba known as “Naegleria Fowleri”. Disney states that they closed the park due to falling park attendance. After the 9/11 tragedy, millions of people all over the world were scared to travel; hence, the lower park attendance rates (this makes sense.)

Frankly, I will believe Disney’s word over random websites that will say anything and everything just to be recognized, or a random YouTube video made by someone who is just trying to get subscribers and views on their video.

While we’re on the topic of videos, there is a plethora of videos on YouTube of people breaking and entering River Country. I don’t know about you guys, but I would consider that, as an invasion of privacy (aside from the fact that it’s ILLEGAL.) Simply and only for arguments sake, let’s say something like the death of the boy in River Country actually happened; let’s face it, EVERYONE has secrets. Even PETS try to hide things from their owners, having secrets is a part of LIFE. If we, as visitors to this amazing place, have secrets, and we’re merely a monetary contributor to this grand company, you don’t think the Walt Disney World Company is entitled to it’s own skeletons in the closet? Would YOU like someone breaking and entering/trespassing into your home or place of work and depicting everything they see and posting it on the internet for everyone all over the world to have access too? If The Walt Disney World Company didn’t want to disclose the details of the closing of River Country, then so be it. THEY HAVE THE RIGHT AND ARE ENTITLED TO KEEPING THOSE DETAILS TO THEMSELVES. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO ANNOUNCE EVERYTHING THEY DO TO THE PUBLIC. Whatever the reason may be, whether it was this ridiculous rumor of the death of the 11 year old boy, or whether it was the logical reason of the falling park attendance rates after the 9/11 tragedy, River Country is closed. Disney did something about it. They took action. They did not only close River Country, but also, Discovery Island. It should have been left at that. No one has the right to go and trespass into an abandoned area and document everything. If Disney had wanted to release an “after” documentary on these abandoned parks, they would have. They remained ABANDONED for a reason. Not so, adrenaline junkies can have their twisted rush and sharing something with the world that wasn’t theirs to share to begin with.

With all of that being said, I have an example to share with you guys. Recently there was a death at The Walt Disney World Speedway (also, known as the Richard Petty Driving Experience or the Richard Petty Speedway) inside the Magic Kingdom parking lot. Instructor Gary Terry, 36, died Sunday while being the passenger in a Lamborghini during The Exotic Driving Experience that crashed into a guardrail. Reports say he died instantly. Disney released a statement saying “safety is our most important priority and we continuously review our operations and safety procedures.” With that being said, everyone KNOWS Disney is anal when it comes to safety. Whether Expedition Everest made a noise it’s never made before or Spaceship Earth is going a bit faster than it’s supposed to, Disney makes sure EVERYTHING is safe. OSHA and even FHP (Florida Highway Patrol) have gone in to investigate the death of Gary Terry. If there had TRULY been a fatal bacteria in the water of River Country and the rest of Bay Lake, don’t you think all kinds of health officials would have invaded the Walt Disney World Resort and tested every other water source for the same bacteria? So to say, that a fatal bacteria was found in the water that allegedly killed this 11-year-old boy, I’m going to say, is a bit far fetched. Another thing I am going to point out is the simple fact that, the death of Gary Terry, was made public. I have searched restlessly on the internet to find the official death of this 11-year-old boy, and I am yet to find it.

In a very large and livid nutshell, I believe Disney when they say that they closed the park due to falling park attendance. I DO NOT believe that a boy died of a fatal bacteria found inside the waters of River Country. I DO BELIEVE DISNEY IS ENTITLED TO THEIR PRIVACY. I do not believe in breaking and entering/trespassing into restricted areas just to have an adrenaline rush, I believe it is an invasion of privacy and a MASSIVE act of disrespect. Finally, I do believe that the health and safety of their visitors is Disney’s first priority.

That is all.

Thank you.


Favourite Historical People: Benjamin Tallmadge

Benjamin Tallmadge (25 February 1754 – 7 March 1835) was an American military officer, spy master, and politician. He is best known for his service as an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In this conflict, he acted as leader of the Culper Ring, a celebrated network of spies in British-occupied New York. He also led a successful raid across Long Island that culminated in the Battle of Fort St. George. Following the war, Tallmadge was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Federalist Party.  


Favourite Historical People: Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville (c. 1437 – 8 June 1492) was Queen consort of England as the spouse of King Edward IV from 1464 until his death in 1483. After her first marriage left her a widowed mother of two sons, she married Edward IV in 1464. Elizabeth remained politically influential even after her son, briefly proclaimed King Edward V of England, was deposed by her brother-in-law, Richard III, and she would play an important role in securing the accession of Henry VII to the throne in 1485, which ended the Wars of the Roses. After 1485, however, she was forced to yield pre-eminence to Henry’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, and her influence on events in these years, and her eventual departure from court into retirement, remains obscure.