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Mayor Damien song recs.

I thought I’d put together a list of thirteen songs that feel either like Damien would have enjoyed listening to them… or songs that describe him and his life, before he went full Dark.

You can probably find them all on Spotify and other music streaming sites, but I’ve included some lyrics to give you a taste.

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Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon: “Fly me to the moon. Let me play among the stars. Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars. In other words, hold my hand. In other words, baby kiss me.”

Susan Egan - I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter cover): “My story is much too sad to be told, but practically everything leaves me totally cold. The exception I know is the case… I turn and see your fabulous face.”

A Fine Frenzy - Almost Lover: “I’d never want to see you unhappy; I thought you’d want the same for me… So long, my luckless romance. My back is turned on you. Should’ve known you’d bring me heartache – almost lovers always do.”

Linkin Park - Leave Out All the Rest: “I’ve taken my beating. I’ve shared what I’ve made. I’m strong on the surface, not all the way through. I’ve never been perfect, but neither have you… When my time comes, forget the wrong that I’ve done. Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed.”

Evanescence - Imperfection: “I wanna lift you up into the light you deserve. I wanna take your pain into myself so you won’t hurt. Don’t you dare surrender! Don’t leave me here without you, ‘cause I could never replace your perfect imperfection.”

Elton John & George Michael - Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me: “I can’t light no more of your darkness. All my pictures seem to fade to black and white. I’m growing tired and time stands still before me, frozen here on the ladder of my life… Don’t let the sun go down on me. Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see.”

Sheryl Crow - Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns n’ Roses cover): “He’s got a smile – it seems to me — reminds me of childhood memories, where everything was fresh as the bright blue sky… and if I stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry. Oh, sweet child o’ mine. Oh, sweet love of mine.”

Leaves’ Eyes - Take the Devil in Me: “My heart stops beating; it makes me see how bright life could have been. I cry for angels to save me. Take the devil in me… Save me for I’ve been mistaken, save one moment of my life.”

Within Temptation feat. Chris Jones - Utopia: “I’m searching for answers not given for free. You’re hurting inside. Is there life within me? You’re holding my hand, but you don’t understand… Why does it rain, rain, rain down on utopia? Why does it have to kill the ideal of who we are?”

We are the Fallen - Through Hell: “Are we alone? Is there more than we believe in, haunting these walls? Shadows crawling out, revealing fear in me stays in me. The nightmares inside here, my darkest fears all in my head again. The nightmares I might hear, all my tears pull me through hell again.”

Vast - Here: “Where do I put the shame? It feels like a broken toy I can’t play with anymore. Where do I put the hate? To a pixelated screen I can’t watch anymore. All I know is that I’m here, drifting somewhere in the vast, somewhere in eternity.”

Lacuna Coil - Heaven’s a Lie: “Something wrong with all the plans of my life. I didn’t realize that you’ve been here… Set me free, your heaven’s a lie. Set me free with your love.”

U2 - I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: “I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls… only to be with you. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

Why CEOs are Turning on Trump

Trump isn’t just alienating Republican senators. He’s also pissing off the executives of America’s biggest corporations, who happen to have a lot of influence over Republican members of Congress because they pay the costs of their campaigns.

Trump’s unwillingness to strongly condemn the neo-Nazi’s and white supremacists in Charlottesville caused business leaders to stampede off his advisory councils.

Now Trump’s cruel plan to end DACA, the Obama-era program that allows unauthorized immigrants who arrived in America as children to remain here, is mobilizing CEOs to make the program permanent.

A business coalition founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is lining up corporate leaders in at least 15 states to pressure members of Congress.

Meanwhile, a who’s-who of more than 400 executives have signed a petition urging Trump and Congress to protect the “dreamers.” They include CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, AT&T, Wells Fargo, Best Buy, Ikea and Kaiser Permanente.

“We’re also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post last week. “These young people represent the future of our country and our economy.”

CEOs are not moral leaders of American society. They’re taking action because Trump’s hatefulness is bad for business.

Customers and investors reacted so badly to Charlottesville that the CEOs had to distance themselves from Trump.  

Now they’re responding to Trump’s plan to end DACA because they know that Dreamers are good for the American economy. 

Dreamers aren’t taking jobs away from native-born Americans. Their purchases are creating more jobs.

Plus many of them are unusually ambitious, and their drive is already adding to the economy. Their parents, who had to be ambitious in order to get into America, seem to have passed on to their kids a particularly strong work ethic.

Dreamers have been among my best students at Berkeley. In recent years I’ve had many tearful sessions with them, discussing whether they should try for graduate or professional schools when their futures are so uncertain. 

Still, more than 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies now count Dreamers among their employees, according to FWD.us, which organized the recent petition.

Brad Smith, Microsoft president, wrote in a blog post that at least 27 of Microsoft’s employees are Dreamers — including software engineers, finance professionals and retail associates. Ending the program, he said, would be a “step backwards for our entire nation.”

On Sunday, Apple chief executive Tim Cook tweeted, “250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them.”

Trump doesn’t worry about moving the nation backwards. He’s been at it for more than seven months. 

The good news is he’s becoming more isolated than ever – abandoned not just by a growing number of elected Republicans but also by CEOs.   

It’s not that they object to the hatefulness and divisiveness Trump has been sowing. What’s been moving them to action is they don’t like the effects of the hatefulness on business.

It really doesn’t matter how the CEOs come to see the light. What matters is they’re pushing Trump into an ever darker hole.

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The Mayor - Official Trailer

From Tony Award Winner, Daveed Diggs, comes a fresh new a comedy on ABC about a rapper-turned-mayor (Brandon Michael Hall) ready to clean up his town. The Mayor stars Lea Michele, Yvette Nicole Brown.

The ABC Upfront was today, which means the official trailer for The Mayor dropped. Look at this beauty:

*sniff* So proud.

anonymous asked:

Hey Michael, is there anyone else in detention with you?

MICHAEL: And there’s Christine, who knows literally everyone.

CHRISTINE: Yes, but I’m here because I love and support your delinquent self.

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A fresh new a comedy on ABC about a rapper-turned-mayor (Brandon Michael Hall) ready to clean up his town. The Mayor stars Lea Michele, Yvette Nicole Brown and premieres October 3rd on ABC.

Berlin gives celebrity welcome to 2 giant pandas from China

BERLIN — Two giant pandas — Meng Meng and Jiao Qing — received a celebrity welcome Saturday in Berlin from the German capital’s mayor and the Chinese ambassador after they safely weathered a long flight from China.

Meng Meng and Jiao Qing flew the animal equivalent of first class, getting royal treatment on their 12-hour-flight from Chengdu in southwestern China. Their entourage included a Berlin veterinarian, two Chinese zookeepers and a bunch of journalists.

“They slept a bit, munched on their bamboo and nibbled on some cookies,” veterinarian Andreas Ochs told reporters at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport shortly after the arrival. Medication for motion sickness was not needed.

“They did just fine,” he said.

The German capital is going nuts over the impossibly cute bears, who will be presented to the public at Berlin Zoo on July 6. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also expected to visit the new animal stars ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Germany in early July.

“It was my personal wish to come and welcome our new residents,” Mayor Michael Mueller said. “We are delighted that Berlin has gained another fantastic attraction with these bears.”

Jiao Qing, which means “darling,” is a 7-year-old male and weighs 108 kilograms (238 pounds). Female Meng Meng, which translates as “sweet dream,” is three years old and weighs 77 kilograms (169 pounds).

The pandas were taken from the airport to the zoo with police protection so they didn’t have to stop at any red lights. They also brought their own food on the plane — one metric ton of bamboo from China. Once they’ve chewed up all of that, the zoo will start importing special bamboo from the Netherlands.

The furry couple will move into a ritzy new nine-million-euro ($10 million) compound, furbished with Chinese-style pavilions, red lanterns, a climbing area and a mountain landscape. They will be the only pandas in the country, the German news agency dpa reported.

Expectations are high the two will have babies soon, even though Ochs warned that Meng Meng is not yet sexually mature.

The arrival of the black-and-white bears was preceded by yearslong bilateral negotiations, since giant pandas are unique to China and sent abroad as diplomatic envoys.

“In China, pandas are regarded as a national treasure,” Chinese ambassador Shi Mingde said. “Therefore the breeding and conservation of these animals is a top priority for us.”

The pandas will be on loan from China for 15 years — a deal for which the Asian country is charging 1 million euros ($1.1 million) each year, dpa reported.

Berlin’s last panda, Bao Bao, was sent in 1980 as a gift from then-Chinese leader Hua Guofeng to West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Bao Bao died in 2012.

Berlin’s most famous zoo animal, the polar bear Knut, died of a sudden illness in 2011.

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Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press

Resident Evil 5 Files: History of Resident Evil (0-4)

1960s
Engineer Michael Warren begins the electrification of Raccoon City. The fifth head of the Ashford family, Edward Ashford, begins his research into what would later become known as the Progenitor virus.

1962
Ozwell E. Spencer enlists architect George Trevor to design and construct a reclusive mansion on the outskirts of Raccoon City.

1966
(December)
Ozwell E. Spencer, James Marcus, and Edward Ashford officially establish the Progenitor virus which reconstitutes a living organism’s DNA.

1967
(November)
The construction of the mansion and lab facilities in the Arklay Mountains is completed.

Jessica and Lisa Trevor are injected with a variant of the Progenitor virus. The virus fails to establish itself in Jessica, and she is subsequently disposed of. The virus shows promise in Lisa, and as a result, she is placed under close observation. George Trevor is chosen to be a test subject; however, due to his intimate knowledge of the Mansion Facility, he is disposed of instead.

1968
Construction of Raccoon City’s public transit trolleys begins in Europe and they are quickly put into use within the city. Spencer founds the pharmaceutical company Umbrella with Marcus and Edward Ashford. The company is established to mask their biological research.

(July)
Edward Ashford contracts the Progenitor virus and dies. His son, Alexander Ashford, succeeds him as head of the Ashford family.

(August)
The Umbrella Training Facility is established in the Arklay Mountains with Marcus appointed as director.  

1969
(February)
Alexander Ashford begins to design a facility in Antarctica. He secretly makes plans to build an underground laboratory for the purpose of the “Code: Veronica” project.

(November)
Umbrella’s Antarctic Base and research facilities are completed.

1971
The “Code: Veronica” project is successful. The twins Alfred and Alexia Ashford are born.

1977
Albert Wesker and William Birkin join the Training facility as prospective managers.

1978
(January)
Marcus successfully develops the T-Virus.

(July)
The closure of the Training Facility is finalized. Wesker and Birkin transfer their T-Virus research to the Arklay Research Facility; Marcus continues his own research in the closed down Training Facility.

1981
(July)
Although only ten years old, Alexia Ashford graduates at the top of her class from a prestigious university. Birkin begins to view Alexia as a rival.

1982
Alexia injects her father, Alexander, with the T-Veronica virus, but the experiment ends in failure.

1983
(December)
Wesker researches secondary exposures to the T-Virus. He begins to have reservations about Spencer’s plans. Alexia injects herself with the T-Veronica virus and enters a fifteen-year cryogenic sleep. To maintain the secrecy of this plan, it is reported that she died of accidental exposure to the virus.

1987
Michael Warren becomes mayor of Raccoon City.

1988
Wesker, under orders from Spencer, assassinates Marcus. Under Birkin’s guidance, the T-Virus program begins development of the B.O.W. Tyrant. Umbrella begins work on the “Nemesis” project at its sixth European research facility.

1991
Umbrella begins construction of an expansive underground laboratory beneath Raccoon City. Spencer approves Birkin’s G-Virus project and work begins on it. Wesker is transferred to the Information Department.

1992
Umbrella contributes funds for the refurbishment of City Hall and the building of the General Hospital. A statue of Michael Warren is erected in City Hall.  

1993
Raccoon City Police Chief Brian Irons begins conducting negotiations with Umbrella. Birkin transfers to the underground lab in Raccoon City, clandestine meetings with Irons begin.  

Alfred Ashford graduates from a university in England, and becomes director of the Antarctic facility. He rises up the ranks to eventually become an executive of Umbrella, and then director of Rockfort Island.

(December)
A training facility for Anti-B.O.W. squad members is completed.

1994
John from the Chicago lab takes over for Birkin at the Arklay Research Facility. Alfred builds a private mansion and prison on Rockfort Island.

1996
Raccoon City Police Department’s S.T.A.R.S. team is founded with Wesker as Captain. HUNK (later of the Umbrella Special Forces) undergoes combat training at Rockfort Island.

1998
(May)
A mysterious clone of Marcus’s appears at the Umbrella Training Facility. There is a large-scale viral leak at the Arklay mansion. The research lab there is destroyed. Cerberus claims its first victim: a 20-year-old woman whose body is found dismembered.  

(June)
Cerberus sightings are reported in a local Raccoon City magazine.

(July)
Two groups are sent to investigate the Training Facility. The first one is wiped out by B.O.W.s located on the premises. There is an increase in reports of accidents and missing persons in the Arklay Mountains. The city sends the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team to investigate.

Bravo Team’s helicopter experiences engine trouble for unknown reasons and is forced to put down in the Arklay Mountains. Bravo Team takes the Ecliptic Express to investigate the Training Facility, which is later destroyed.

Alpha Team is sent out to search for Bravo Team when communication is lost. The occurrence of the Mansion Incident. Bravo Team leader Enrico Marini learns Wesker’s true identity. Wesker murders Enrico. Ravaged by the virus, the mansion and the lab are destroyed. Four members of the Alpha Team and one member of Bravo Team escape the catastrophe.  

Survivors:

Chris Redfield
Jill Valentine
Barry Burton
Brad Vickers
Rebecca Chambers

Wesker escapes the Arklay Research Facility before it is destroyed.

(August)
Former S.T.A.R.S. member Chris Redfield learns of the G-Virus and heads to Europe to investigate Umbrella.

(September)
The virus spreads throughout Raccoon City via infected mice. The city is declared a biohazard as incidents of “cannibalism” continue to rise. Birkin completes his work on the G-Virus. A zombie horde attacks the city’s police station.

The police station is destroyed, and Chief Irons descends into mania. Warren escapes the city but leaves his daughter behind. U.B.C.S. (Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) arrived in the city to begin rescue operations.  

Rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy arrives in the city at the same time as Claire Redfield.

Umbrella deploys the B.O.W. Nemesis T-Type into the city, and it begins its hunt for former S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine. Umbrella deploys mass produced Tyrants into the city.

Leon and Claire escape the city with William and Annette Birkin’s daughter, Sherry. With the arrival of the U.S. military the city is placed under martial law. U.B.C.S. survivors are exploited by Umbrella’s official observer of the situation, Nicholai Ginovaef, and they die off one by one. The hospital is destroyed.  

Ada Wong and HUNK each acquire samples of the G-Virus. The underground lab in Raccoon City is destroyed.

(October)
The U.S. government decides to eliminate the virus threat by destroying Raccoon City with a missile strike.  

(December)
Claire infiltrates the Paris laboratory, only to be captured and imprisoned on Rockfort Island. Wesker attacks the island with his own private force and releases the T-Virus onto the island. Claire escapes from the prison and sends an e-mail to Leon asking for help. Her location is made known to Chris.  

Jill escapes Raccoon City and goes to Chris’s apartment, but he has already left for Rockfort Island. Alfred Ashford escapes the island. Chris arrives at Rockfort Island and finds Wesker. Alexia Ashford wakes up from her cryogenic sleep at the Antarctic Base. Alfred dies shortly after.  

Claire and Chris are reunited at the Antarctic Base, and together they defeat Alexia. They escape before the base is destroyed.  

2002
Jack Krauser fakes his own death and joins Wesker’s secret organization.

2003
(February)
Chris and Jill take part in the mission to destroy the Umbrella Caucasus Research Facility in Russia. They were successful in destroying a new B.O.W. known as T-A.L.O.S.  

2004
The U.S. president’s daughter, Ashley Graham, is kidnapped by the religious group known as the Los Illuminados. (The actual kidnapping was carried out by Krauser.) Leon Kennedy was scheduled to join Ashley’s Secret Service detail, but is ordered to find her instead.

Leon Kennedy is injected with the Las Plagas parasite by the Los Illuminados. After that he and Ashley, who is also infected with the same parasite, take shelter in a church. After escaping the village, Leon and Ashley are forced to seek refuge in an old castle, but Ashley is once again apprehended. This time she is taken to an isolated island by Krauser under the orders of Roman Salazar, the eighth head of the Salazar family. Leon confronts Salazar and defeats him.

Leon heads to the island to find Ashley, and it is there that he defeats both Jack Krauser and Osmund Saddler, the leader of the Los Illuminados cult. Leon and Ashley use the facility on the island to remove the parasites.  

Ada Wong steals the Las Plagas parasite sample from Leon.

Leon and Ashley escape from the island by jet ski.

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Berlin mayor to Donald Trump: 'Don't build this wall'
Michael Mueller says the long-divided city ‘cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a wall’.

The mayor of Germany’s once-divided capital, Berlin, Michael Mueller, offered some advice to Donald Trump on Friday: “Don’t build this wall!”

The US president, holding true to his campaign promise, this week ordered US officials to begin to design and construct a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometre) US-Mexico border.

While the White House has also threatened to tax Mexican imports to cover its cost, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a planned Washington protest.

Berlin’s mayor said his city – which was split by the Berlin Wall during the cold war from 1961-89 – “cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a new wall”.

“We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent with barbed wire and concrete,” he said in a statement, referring to Europe’s “Iron Curtain” division.

In the early 21st century, he said, “We can’t just accept it if our historical experience is disregarded by those to whom we largely owe our freedom, the Americans.”

Pointing to the continuing division of the Korean peninsula and the island of Cyprus, the Social Democrat urged Trump “not to go down this wrong path of isolation and exclusion”.

Mueller also recalled former US president Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 challenge to then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”, and said in his message to Trump: “Dear Mr President, don’t build this wall!”

54 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “Gossip Girl”

1. Long before they played star-crossed lovers Dan and Serena, Penn Badgley and Blake Lively were home \schooled together as children.

2. Lively and Penn also dated in real life from 2007 to 2010.

3. Penn Badgley was named after the tennis ball company Penn.

4. At age 12, before he got into acting, Badgley recorded a pop single (that was never released).

5. Taylor Momsen’s first role at age 7 was as Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

6. One year later, at 8 years old, Momsen wrote a song called “Blackout” that was recorded and released by Heidi Montag many years later.

7. Leighton Meester dyed her naturally blonde hair brunette before she even auditioned for the part of Blair.

8. The project was originally supposed to be a movie and Lindsay Lohan was slated to play Blair.

9. Serena’s full name is Serena Celia van der Woodsen. The author of the book series is named Cecily von Ziegesar.

10. There’s a Manga version of the Gossip Girl book series.

11. Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck, originally auditioned for the role of Nate.

12. Producers didn’t want Ed Westwick for either role at first because they said he “looked more like a serial killer than a romantic lead.”

13. Ed Westwick’s actual favorite movie is American Psycho.

14. You can’t actually sit on the steps of the Met.

15. Penn Badgley was about to quit acting when he got the role of Dan. He turned it down twice before he was convinced to take it.

16. Westwick, who is British, modeled Chuck Bass’ American accent on the character Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

17. Blair is a Scorpio. Serena is a Leo.

18. In Season 2, Serena is shown to have a Myspace profile, where she posts photos of her trip to Buenos Aires. ( Her user name is ServdW.)

19. The exterior shots of the Humphrey loft are shot in Dumbo, but the pilot episodes mentions that they live in Williamsburg.

20. The Humphrey’s address, which is given as 455 Water St., is actually the address of a park in lower Manhattan.

21. At the beginning of the show, Serena and Chuck both live at 455 Madison Ave. (aka The Palace Hotel).

22. After they left the palace, the van der Woodsens moved to the Milan Condominium building at 300 East 55th St., which is a real building.

23. A Three-bedroom penthouse at the Milan Condominiums is listed for $6.8 million.

24. After the New York Magazine Reality Index (a recap that rated the accuracy of NYC locations and character behavior) pointed out the Dumbo-Williamsburg confusion, the producers responded that after the pilot, the Humphreys simply say they live in Brooklyn.

25. Though the Humphrey children are considered less popular and wealthy since they are from “Brooklyn,” the average price for real estate per square foot on both the Upper East Side and Dumbo is around $1,400.

26. Many of the cast, crew, and writers read the Reality Index religiously, and things like Serena’s notorious Cleavage Rhombus kept reappearing in the show.

27. Costume designers modeled Blair’s look after Audrey Hepburn and Serena’s after Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

28. Mischa Barton was offered the role of Georgina Sparks but she turned it down.

29. Lily’s name was originally going to be “Darla,” but the producers changed it at the last minute.

30. There was a rumor that Jenny was going to have a spin-off show when she went to boarding school, but instead Taylor Momsen left the show to pursue her music career.

31. Katie Cassidy, who played Serena’s nemesis and Nate’s girlfriend Juliet Sharp, is the daughter of David Cassidy from The Partridge Family.

32. In the show, Chuck has a pet dog named Monkey. In the books, Chuck has an actual monkey for a pet.

33. Cecily von Zeigler liked all the silver-screen adaptations of her characters except Vanessa. In the book she is bald and wears all black.

34. Producers spent anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000 per day for filming locations in NYC.

35. Gossip Girl was one of the first shows whose DVR and iTunes numbers were higher than actual viewing numbers.

36. When the show was criticized by the Parent Television Council for being “mind-blowingly inappropriate” and “every parent’s nightmare,” those phrases were used in promotional posters.

37. Matthew Settle and Kelly Rutherford, who play Rufus and Lily, once dated in real life.

38. The failed pilot for a spin-off of Lily and her sister, which starred Brittany Snow as a younger Lily, would have also contained younger versions of characters from The O.C. (which was also produced by Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz), linking the two worlds.

39. Off screen, the worlds are linked: Leighton Meester is married to Adam Brody, who played Seth Cohen, in real life.

40. Zuzanna Szadkowski, who plays Blair’s housekeeper Dorota, graduated from Barnard College; Blair went to Columbia (after transferring from NYU).

41. There was a mini-series of webisodes starring Szadkowski, called Chasing Dorota, about Dorota and her friendship with Nate’s British housekeeper Jane and Chuck’s Russian housekeeper Larussa.

42. The Empire Hotel that Chuck owned is a real hotel.

43. After fans swarmed the hotel, the bar at The Empire started serving Gossip Girl-themed cocktails, including an “XOXO” cocktail with secret ingredients that they’ll never tell.

44. Costume designer Eric Daman previously won an Emmy for his costume design on Sex and the City.

45. Since most fans couldn’t afford to buy the high-end designer brands that the characters wore, Daman teamed up with Charlotte Russe to create a Gossip Girl-inspired line.

46. Blake Lively was fitted for Serena’s wedding dress the day after her actual wedding to Ryan Reynolds.

47. Jan. 26 is officially “Gossip Girl Day” in New York, declared by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg who visited the set and praised how it showcased the city.

48. William Baldwin, who played Serena’s dad William, avoided meeting Lively until filming so they could easily portray a strained relationship.

49. A fan once snuck onto the set at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and was mistaken for an extra.

50. The location that was used for Constance Billard is actually the Museum of the City of New York.

51. In the final episode, it’s revealed that Jenny and Blair finally mended their friendship: Jenny carries a “J by Waldorf” bag, which Stephanie Savage revealed meant that she had her own line with Blair’s company.

52. Dan was almost revealed to be Gossip Girl in the pilot episode; in a test screening, audiences assumed that Dan was GG because of a shot where he’s typing as the voiceover happens, so they edited the scene.

53. Penn Badgley didn’t know that Dan was Gossip Girl until right before they shot that scene.

54. The writers and producers always knew that Chuck and Blair would end up together.