Stubby was a Terrier type dog that wandered into the grounds of Yale University in July 1917. It just so happened that members of the 102nd infantry were training in Yale on this particular day. Thus, the story of the most decorated dog of World War I was born. As the soldiers were training, Stubby refused to leave their side. After growing fond of the friendly pup, Corporal Robert Conroy decided that when it was time to ship out, he would hide Stubby onboard. When they departed in France, Corporal Conroy hid Stubby in his jacket. When he was eventually discovered by the commanding officer, he was aghast to see Stubby salute him. The soldiers had trained him to salute upon request. He was allowed to stay, it was decided.
For 18 months, Stubby served in the trenches of France; he participated in four offended and 17 battles. His first injury was inhalation of toxic gas. As a result, Stubby became very sensitive to the smell - something that came in handy. When Stubby smelt the gas, he would run to all of the soldiers barking to awaken them. Additionally, Stubby would run through the trenches to find wounded soldiers. He was trained to differentiate between English and German language and bark whenever he found an English speaking soldier who was injured. In one of his most impressive endeavours, he captured a German spy. As he was mapping out the allied trenches, the German spy spotted Stubby and called out to him in German. Recognising the language of the enemy, Stubby attacked him. It was this heroic event that promoted Stubby to rank of sergeant.
After the war, he became an American celebrity, even visiting the White House twice and meeting President Woodrow Wilson. He passed away at the age of nine or ten and his body was donated to the Smithsonian Institute.
so...a Victuuri version of that Adam Scott, Mark Hamill clip needs to happen y/y?
“38.7 million views in 24 hours. Do you know what that means? You beat Adele. You beat the Avengers. You beat that Psy video where he wears harem pants and pushes people off treadmills. You are in a very exclusive club, my friend.”
The audience laughs, and Yuuri should laugh too, but Kerry Washington’s skin is perfect and he can’t stop staring. And her teeth are so white that they don’t even look like teeth. It’s like when he was writing his thesis and spent so much time staring at the opening sentence of the discussion section that he had to check four times to make sure he spelled “the” right. There’s a name for that sort of brain malfunction, but hell if he knows what it is.
I’ve always wanted to get as far as possible from the place where I was born. Far both geographically and spiritually. To leave it behind… I feel that life is very short and the world is there to see and one should know as much about it as possible. One belongs to the whole world, not just one part of it.
Torniamo ai nostri antichi borghi a trovare le nostre forme di uomini, a sognare quello che eravamo per seminare in noi stessi l’essenza di quanto siamo. Cosi scivoliamo, nuotiamo, voliamo tra queste pietre per essere ancora bambini, inesperti amanti, per ritrovarci affacciati agli antichi balconi, a giocare ancora per le lunghe scalinate. In questo portone ti ho stretta, in quello ti ho abbracciato, in questo cortile ti ho baciato scoprendo che tu eri l’origine del mondo, le sorgenti del Nilo, l’inizio del cielo, il cuore del mare. Per noi i balconi sono fioriti in inverno e sulla tua bocca ho crocifisso la mia scoprendo che ero nato solo per abbracciarti tra questi antichi vicoli, per lasciare nel silenzio delle stradine, nell’odore di camini a legna in inverno e limoni dolci in estate, l’origine celeste della mia vita.
Let us return to our ancient villages to find our forms of men, to dream of what we were about to sow in ourselves the essence of our being. So let’s slide, swim, fly between these stones to be still kids, inexperienced lovers, to find ourselves facing the old balconies, to play again for the long staircases. In this door I held you, in that I embraced you, in this courtyard I kissed you discovering that you were the origin of the world, the Nile springs, the beginning of heaven, the heart of the sea. For us the balconies flourished in the winter and in your mouth I crucified my finding that I was born just to embrace you among these ancient alleys, to leave in the silence of the streets, in the smell of woody fireplaces in winter and sweet lemons in summer, the heavenly origin of my life.
As soon as the words leave your mouth you can feel yourself
start to panic, you feel everything start to close in, the sidewalk is too loud
and strangers too close. You haven’t even realized that you had hit the SOS
button on your watch until a car pulls up in front of you and Natasha steps
“Птица? What’s wrong?” She grabs your upper arms and locked
eyes with you, “Breathe, Y/N, take deep breaths, inhale deeply, hold it, good,
not exhale, slowly, breathe with me”
It took a few minutes but eventually you manage to calm down
enough to get into the car. “Thank you for coming” you whisper.
You reach out and lay a hand on Tasha’s arm, needing some
kind of contact to keep you grounded, to keep you from falling back into a
“What happened back there?”
“I’d rather tell everyone at the same time, I don’t know if
I can say it more than that” you murmur, curling up in the car seat.
In the years that you had been with Bucky you had become
close to the other Avengers, becoming almost like a Den Mother to everyone else.
You were the one who managed to help Steve and Bucky learn that there was
nothing wrong with getting seconds, or even thirds. You were the one who
dragged Tony and Bruce out of the labs to eat, sleep, and bathe. You loved
making sure everyone was taken care of.
After about 30 minutes in New York traffic Tasha was pulling
into Avenger’s Tower. Steve and Tony were already waiting in the garage for you
two to get back. Steve and Tony each take one of your arms, giving you
concerned glances when they see your red eyes. The two lead you up to the
common room, where everyone else is waiting.
“I thought you were supposed to be eating lunch with Robocop
this afternoon” Tiny said, sitting down next to you on the couch.
You flinch at Bucky’s nickname, “Yeah, we had lunch, and
after we finished eating, he-he broke up with m-me, he said that he didn’t’
want to be with me anymore” suddenly the tears that you had been holding back
since the café started pouring down your face.
Steve draws you into a tight hug, the super-soldier cradling
you gently in his arms as he lets you sob into his shoulder.
“Hush now, doll, it’s alright. Bucky wouldn’t just do
something like that, he has to have a reason” Steve whispers, rocking you
You take a deep breath and attempt to stop crying, “That’s
not even the worst part” you sniffle and wipe your eyes.
“What else happened?” Bruce asked, he crouched down in front
of you, taking one of your hands in his. The others lean in, offering silent
You look down into your lap, unable to meet anyone’s eyes,
“I’m pregnant, and Bucky’s the father”
After the initial shock, Bruce and Tony take you down to the
lab to run a few tests of their own, confirming your pregnancy. After the tests
were done you quietly told them that you hadn’t told Bucky about the baby.
Everyone agreed to keep your secret, and Steve suggested, more like ordered,
you to go to bed, claiming that the emotional trauma had taken its toll on you.
You wrap Steve in a quick hug, “Thank you”
He hugs you back, gently pulling away and holding you by
your shoulders, “You know that if you want to keep this a secret you can’t stay
in the tower”
Tony piped up from across the lab, “I have houses all over
the world if you want to use one of those!”
You nod quietly, “Thank you, Tony, but do you mind if I take
a little while to think? I’m gonna need to get all of my stuff from Bucky’s
floor, but I don’t really think I can face him …”
“Don’t worry about it. I’ll call Thor, the two of us will
move everything into the spare room on your floor while you get some sleep”
Steve reassured, he gently rubbed your shoulders.
You smile and squeeze Steve’s hand and leave the cave. Tasha
is sitting on your bed by the time you get up to your floor.
“Are you going to leave the Avenger’s once the baby comes?”
She asked, watching as you start to get ready for bed.
You lean over and press a kiss to Tasha’s forehead, “And
leave you with all of these boys?! Never! You’re my family, Tasha, everyone
here is. I’d never leave you, as long as you don’t mind me being here with a
Tasha gave you a small smile, “Only as long as you let me
babysit the little one, I supposed I can allow you to stay”
“I’ll need your help protecting the baby. Bucky and I both
have the serum in us, so I don’t know if that will affect the baby. Whether is
does or not, this child will have a target on its back. I can’t protect him on
You smirk, “Just a feeling I have”
Natasha crouches down so she is eye level with your stomach,
“I will be the best aunt possible to you, little bird. No one will ever hurt
You can feel tears well up in your eyes, and you pull
Natasha into a hug, “Thanks, Tasha”
“I’ll oversee the moving of your things, make sure no one
breaks anything and don’t leave anything behind. Sleep now”
“Goodnight, Tasha” Once she leave you lay down and pull up
your shirt, “You are going to be the most loved and well protected baby in the
whole world. Your Uncles and Aunt will make sure that you want for nothing.”
By the time you wake up the next day, it’s almost time for
lunch. You stumble out to the kitchen to find Steve, Clint, and Natasha already
there. You inhale the delicious scent of coffee.
“I can’t have coffee anymore” you moan, plopping down at the
dining room table.
“No, caffeine is bad for pregnant women. I was doing to
research last night. A lot of people said that citrus tea is a good substitute,
so JARVIS ordered some last night”
“Thanks, Stevie” you mumble, taking the cup, “I’m really
gonna miss coffee”
“Don’t worry, Y/N! I’ll drink your coffee for you” Clint chuckles,
taking a huge sip of sugared up coffee.
“Thanks, Clint, I really appreciate that” you say dryly,
giving Clint an unimpressed look. “Where’s everyone else?”
“Tony’s compiling a list of properties, Bruce is looking
into doctors for you and the baby, Sam had to work, Phil was called into SHIELD
late last night, Bucky still hasn’t come back to the tower, and I don’t know
where Wanda and Vision are”
You nod quietly and start talking to the other about what
you plan to do about hiding your pregnancy. By the end of your conversation you’ve
decided what you’re going to do.
Everyone gathers in the common room a few hours later,
around lunch, even Thor is there. As soon as he sees you, Thor rushes forward,
pulling you into a tight bear hug. Natasha is quick to follow, snapping at
Thor, “Be careful! You might hurt the baby”
Thor lets out a booming laugh but set you gently on your
feet, “Congratulations on your pregnancy, Little Bird. I am saddened to hear
that James does not share your enthusiasm”
“He doesn’t know about the baby, Thor, and I want to keep it
that way. He didn’t want to be with me, and I won’t tie him to me with a baby”
Thor nods solemnly, “Of course”
Natasha levels serious eyes on you, “Have you decided what
you’re going to do?”
You nod, “Yeah, if Tony doesn’t mind” you pause, shifting
from one foot to the other, “I’d like to live in one of your houses in Europe.
Bucky wouldn’t expect me to leave the country, so that’s exactly what I want to
Tony nods, waving his hand, “Of course! You can use as many houses
as you want. You can take one of my quinjets, and one of the suits with you”
Natasha marches over until she stands in front of Phil, who’s
been quiet so far, with he hands on her hips. “Y/N will need protection, I will
be going with her. This pregnancy has never been recorded, there might be
complications, and I do not want her to be alone”
Thor’s booming laugh echoes around the room, “Son of Coul
would not dare earn your scorn, Lady Natasha! I would also like to accompany Y/N
on her journey.”
You give Thor a shove, note even moving him, “I don’t want
to leave the Avengers without back-up. What if something happens!?”
“I can be anywhere on Midgard within moments, and Natasha
will not take no for an answer. It would be best to allow her to accompany you”
Steve steps forward, throwing his arm across your shoulder, “Don’t
worry about us. Sam and Rhodey agreed to move into the tower while you and
Tasha are away. If anything happens JARVIS will be able to let you know”
Indeed, Ms. Y/N. All
of Sir’s properties are equipped to support my technology
“Thanks JARVIS, that actually makes me feel a lot better.”
“Will you be returning to the tower after the baby is born?
And will you be rejoining the Avengers?” Phil asks.
“I’d like to come back, and I’d like to still be an Avenger.
I understand if you would rather I not live here though. I won’t be easy
raising a child …”
“A babe is a most precious gift, something to be treasured
and loved” Thor murmurs
Tony rolls his eyes, “I would be upset if you didn’t come
back! How an I going to prove that I’m a better Uncle than Bird Brain over
there, if you don’t come back?!”
Clint snorts, “No way in hell will you be a better uncle”
“Neither of you will be the favorite, that will obviously be
me!” Steve calls out as he walks into the kitchen, “I mean wat kid wouldn’t love
to have Captain America as an uncle?!”
“You may be Captain America, Steven, however, I am a god!”
Lunch dissolves into everyone shouting why they would be a
better uncle. Natasha sits next to you and smirks, already knowing that she’s
going to be the coolest out of everyone
Two days later you are waving at everyone as the ramp of the
quinjet. You flop into the seat, Thor is across from you, and Tasha is ready to
fly the jet.
“Last chance guys, once we take off you’re stuck with me for
the next 9 months”
“My comrade may have abandoned you, Y/N, but I intend to
stay with you until the child is born, and then after”
“I as well do not wish to leave you in such a delicate state”
Thor reached across the aisle and placed a hand on your knee, “Do not doubt
your worth to us, Little Bird. We will not leave you unprotected, ever”
You give Thor a soft smile, and a quiet “Thank you”
Turning you look out the window and watch as Avengers tower
gets smaller and smaller on the horizon. Soon enough it’s gone, just like you.
“I used to think I was wrong for wanting diamonds and pearls.” “They say the best things are free.” “I want everything.” “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “You can’t just plant a seed, you gotta work it out.” “Gimme some of that cold cash!” “I want to stuff it in my couch.” “If money can’t buy happiness then why is it so fabulous?” “When I was only 15, I packed by bags and said goodbye to mom and dad.” “I was afraid and alone.” “I can’t get what I need without some currency.” “Gonna make that money!”
“I’m the one who takes the blame again.” “New day but the same lines.” “I feel like a victim of the dollar sign.” “You’re the highlight of my lowlife.” “You make the difference.” “This bad taste, these headaches…” “Soon they will be erased.” “I get so lonely.” “I can’t make it on my own.” “I need to call ya.” “Can you come to my chateau?” “Take me in your arms and hold me tight.” “All I want you to say is…”
“She’ll take you straight to the bank.” “Don’t marry that gutter skank!” “I know the pressure is high and she’s gonna cry.” “That old news needs to die.” “You’re standing at the altar, baby.” “I’m coming straight for you.” “The getaway car is waiting and we’ll ride into the blue.” “I know that she has a gun.” “In your vulnerable state, she loves to manipulate.” “When you’re weak and in pain, she comes around again.” “She’ll never love you like I love you.” “We were born to be together babe.” “Don’t you leave me for another.” “Don’t say ‘I do’.”
“I live under a rock with a blacklight.” “I’m a dumb pop star in my own right.” “Sold my soul to the man with a handshake.” “I lost control but I don’t think it’s too late.” “We’re dying young on broadcast news.” “Let’s put on all of our clothes.” “I don’t wanna be like American kids.” “I am not on drugs and I’ve never been” “I don’t care about your party.” “I belong to nobody.” “Drugs don’t work like they did for my parents.” “I’m not down with the new hit.” “Last time I told Mom 'I love you ’ was the last time I ate food from a drive-thru.” “It never happened like they say.” “I think my father may be gay but I don’t know.” “So I burned all my shit in a bonfire.” “All my teen regrets were a trip wire.” “I should be everything you hate.” “I should be higher now than space but I’m static.” “Boys aren’t even boys anymore.” “Liberty isn’t cheap and it ain’t free.” “I’m a millennial blame it all on me.”
“Have a nice day!” I said waving at the back of my
precious customer. My smile not quite so effortlessly stretched across my face.
“You don’t actually mean
that, do you?” Al questioned, raising a well groomed brow at me so I could
see the full gradient of her pink eye shadow and frankly, it was an impressive
“Of course I don’t.” The smile dropped off my face and turned into
a pained grimace, that still looked more like a smile. It hurt but it wouldn’t
go away. If only it didn’t take so many muscles to show my displeasure.
“Oh,” Al looked at the customer sitting down in a
corner booth. I could see her trying to figure out why I hadn’t meant that; the
cogs in her head working together to come to a sensible conclusion, “She
didn’t say thank you, did she?” And yet totally failing at it.
I log on and everyone hates Americans today? Like I log on and the first ten posts on my dash are something along the lines of “Americans are dumb/ugly/ shitty because of their American centered politics.” Ouch. I love a lot of you guys, and you’re not wrong about our politics by any means, but seeing you call all Americans ugly and stupid make me wary and doesn’t really help or teach me anything about why our politics are shitty. You’re just being really condescending.
I’ve rediscovered my faith. I’m a new man. Born again through the love of Jesus Christ! // I want to be baptized. I’m a dying man. And when I die, I want to be reunited with my Christian friend, who happens to be in your heaven.
An old patient of ours rang me up today, didn’t tell me her name, just that she wanted to speak to The Prince of Wales and pass on a message. I got confused, because there is a hospital called the prince of wales, and I was like “the POWP? Did you want me to give a message to them?”
“No I want you to give a message to the Prince of Wales!”
“But this is [hospital], did you want your physio to send a message to them?”
“No I want to speak to my physio”
“You mean Eitan?”
“Yes! the Prince of Wales! What’s his name again?”
“Yeah, that’s it”
“Well could you give a message to Eitan, The Prince of Wales for me?”
I did that, went over to Eitan and he goes “she calls me that all the time. I told her I was born in Wales and that’s all she says. She leaves messages on all the phones for The Prince of Wales”