The engineers of the Forth bridge demonstrate the principles of the cantilever construction by sitting on kitchen chairs. Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker with their arms stretched out support Kaichi Watanabe sitting on a seat in the air between them. 1887.
Squire is a young, clumsy, coward boy who’s training to become a knight. A pupil to Sir Benjamin,
He’s one part of the rag tag duo who travel around Nondria doing good deeds- or at least, trying too. When the going gets tough, Squire… Well, he tries his best.
One of few who get to call Sir Benjamin, “Sir Ben”
Terrified of a lot of things, but mostly dragons… and horses
“Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it.”
(said in defence of astrology, to sceptic Edmund Halley)“I have studied the matter. You sir, have not”.
“Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there…if you had but skill to read.”
President Theodore Roosevelt:
he kept his horoscope mounted on a chess board in the oval office. When asked about it he would reply... “I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.”
JP Morgan, America’s first billionaire:
“Millionaires don’t use astrology, Billionaires do.”
“Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.”
Donald Reagan, formerly Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff said:
“It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said :
“Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied toward the affairs of man.”
Sir Francis Bacon, the father of modern science:
“The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.”
he said in the person of King Lear... "The stars above govern our condition." He follows that with "I was born sir, when the crab was ascending, all my affairs go backwards."
wrote an astrological description of his birth...”These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.”
Dr. Carl Jung:
“Astrology is assured recognition from psychology without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the knowledge of antiquity. The fact that it is possible to construct, in adequate fashion, a person’s character from the data of his nativity, shows the validity of astrology.”
“Is there something you want to tell me?” George asked, quiet, but in that direct, authoritative way that made him the Commander-in-Chief. Ben had been asked to stay after everyone else had been dismissed from a meeting.
“Sir?” Came Ben’s answer.
“I know you fought with Major Bradford yesterday, Benjamin.”
“Sir, I can expla-”
“I don’t need an explanation, my darling boy. I need to know if you’re hurt.”
Ben blinked in surprise. “What?”
“Did Bradford hurt you? Are you okay, Ben?”
“He…no, not really. Some bruises. And a sizable cut on my arm, but that was from the rocks.”
“Someone threw rocks?” George asked, restrained anger evident in his voice.
“Someone threw me, and I landed on a rock.”
“May I see?” George asked, forcing himself to calm down.
“Yes, sir.” Ben nodded, breathing a sigh of relief. He shoved up his sleeve to reveal the injury.
“Oh, my dear boy, why didn’t you tell me about this sooner?”
“It’s…Well, it’s not that important, compared to all the other things you must deal with”
“Nonsense, my darling Major.” He said, gently cupping Ben’s face. “You are important. You matter to me. Repeat that for me.”
“Yes, sir” Ben said, quietly. “I matter to you.”
“The whole thing, Major.”
“I am important. I matter to you.”
“Excellent. Now, come here , Benjamin, so I can kiss you better”
My favorite line delivery in all of television or film history is when leslie b. knope and sir benjamin “Ice Clown” wyatt from the nbc comedy parks and recreation are arguing and leslie knope exclaims in rage, “I AM SUPER CHILL ALL THE TIME”
MY DUDES did anyone else notice the cow was named after the line producer for the show… like what kind of badass magical being is he that a hoverboarding space cow was named after him……. complete with a cute lil bow on her tail… how does one attain this level of bamfness…. i salute you sir Benjamin Kaltenecker
“Uh, sir, you dropped this.” Benjamin called out; holding the man’s wallet out to him after tapping him on the shoulder to get his attention. Now, the man hadn’t dropped his wallet at all– in fact, Benjamin had managed to swipe it from his back pocket, unloaded the cash into his own pants pocket, without being noticed. He knew Rei, his adoptive father, would kill him for doing this but old habits die hard; and as much as he understood the man had finally given him the chance to have an honest life he simply couldn’t help himself.
“At least, I think it’s yours. You’re kinda the only other person close enough on the street that it would belong too, but I didn’t think to go through it to find an ID.” He added on, using the slight inflection of his southern accent to play into the role of a charming young man; one that was young and boyish enough in the face for his charm to be confused with honesty, with innocence.
Summary: You know a bunch of random facts, everyone hates hearing them, in fact they resent all the random stuff you know; Pietro likes you and puts up with the rambling because you always seem to excited to tell someone about them Warnings: utter fluff and cuteness Admins note: Based off of me and Marty- (my boyfriend). The only guy to let me talk for hours on end about random facts I know, ALL these facts I know off by heart. I tell him stuff at 2am and he ACTUALLY listens because in the morning, he’ll turn to me and say “that fact you told me about last night, I’mma tell my ma’ she’ll love it” so have a real life fluff moment between a girlfriend and boyfriend but written with Pietro and yourself - Rosalee
You don’t know why you know them, well you do it’s the many sleepless nights on a laptop but no one else had to know that. You know the randomest shit ever, mainly facts that will never be useful unless you had a pop-quiz or playing Trivia pursuit, other than that; they are deemed useless by people.
You liked all the facts you knew, everyone in the team did, till you kept telling them useless facts about anything; in fact, they detest all the useless information you have, especially Tony! You couldn’t help it, whenever you learnt a new fact you needed to tell someone, anyone and it was always the first or closest person you see that had the unfortunate time of listening to you.
Only one person in the universe actually put up with your facts; Pietro Maximoff, Quicksilver by the alias, he loved to listen to you talk about the random facts you knew. He would seek you out just to hear them, you figured he was doing it to be nice because everyone else refuses but it’s actually the fact he likes you, he loves seeing you smile.
Your smile is the biggest when someone actually listens to you, is interested in what you are saying, so Pietro does his best to pay attention; although most of the time he just stares at you, hardly noticing you are talking, like now!
You are telling him some random fact as you walk through the evening streets of New York, using your hands to speak also, a bright grin spreading across your face and bubbly nature as you bounce with each word… getting more excited if possible. Pietro doesn’t mind slowing down for these moments with you.
“Did you know Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first man to walk in space in 1965; March 18th?” you tell Pietro and he nodded “talking about space and such; Did you know Charles Lindbergh was the first man to successful fly a plane across the Atlantic Ocean?” Pietro chuckled, how you managed to link those two facts together, he doesn’t know but then again you linked a Frog to the Egyptians at one point.
“I didn’t know that” Pietro smirked as you grinned “but now I do, very interesting, I think I remember learning about Alexei Leonov at school years ago” Pietro mutters, trying to think before HYDRA, he couldn’t remember much but that didn’t matter to him.
“I learned something about Sharks too,” you tell him and he nods, waiting for you to tell him, although you remain silent “I’m talking a lot, sorry. I don’t want to bore you with all these stupid facts” you chuckle at him.
“Never, I could never get bored,” he tells you with a small smile “I love hearing all these facts, very entertaining” he shrugs and you nod, a small smile turning up at the corners of your lips.
“Okay, did you know; unlike fish, sharks cannot stop suddenly or swim backwards. A shark’s pectoral fins cannot bend upwards like a fish, limiting its swimming ability to forward motion. If a shark needs to move backwards, it uses gravity to fall, not swim backwards” you tell him and he raises his eyebrows, that was actually very interesting, he nodded.
“That’s actually pretty cool,” he thinks out loud “I like that Shark fact, that’s a good fact to know about sharks” you giggle at him, nudging him as you walk, you weren’t far from the base.
“Did you know; the origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of some debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell; it may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell, also, the first bell they put into Big Ben, cracked beyond repair. So, obviously had to get a new bell, they put that up; 200 feet in the air!” Pietro nodded listening to the new fact, from Sharks to Big Ben, weirdest transition ever.
“The new bell cracked also, anyway, after the slight repair Big Ben has chimed with a slightly different tone ever since and is still in use today with the crack unrepaired.” you shrugged at Pietro who nodded and you smiled, having someone actually listen to you was nice, especially Pietro.
“Did you know” Pietro began and you frowned, a grin ghosting on your face, whatever the fact was you were excited “that Pietro Maximoff has the biggest crush on (Y/N) (Y/L/N)?” he asked, you frowned and stopped, he did too a couple inches from you and he grinned “yeah, it’s not a well-known fact but it’s still true” he shrugged and you smiled lightly.
“Well, did you know; she has had the biggest crush on him since she met him?” you asked and he laughed, nodding.
“Wow, they sound like idiots for not knowing, right?” he asked and you laughed with him, nodding in agreement, it made sense on why he loved to listen to your random facts; you chose not to believe in such impossible things, well not impossible things anymore.
“I think they should go out tomorrow” you mutter and he nod in agreement with you, it’s silent as you stare at each other, you chuckle “we should get back before everyone starts to worry” he nods, extending his hand, you shyly take it and walk back home hand in hand.
“Did you know; Tony Stark leaves his car keys in a drawer in his room?” Pietro asked and you shake your head “well don’t tell him I know that otherwise he’ll know it was me that crashed that Audi R8 the other day” you laughed.
“THAT WAS YOU?” you asked and he nodded, you gripped his hand tighter as you laughed, he blushed lightly and shrugged “wasn’t it fast enough?” you asked and he nodded sheepishly.
“I just wanted to see how fast it COULD go, turns out pushing that car to limit wasn’t a good idea, like at all” you snickered “we should totally take his Lamborghini out though” you nodded in agreement.
(You can send in requests for one shots and imagines by myself and Angie. I hope you liked this just a small idea I had, does anyone else know random facts, also that Big Ben one is COMPLETELY TRUE. Big Ben’s bell had to be replaced due to it cracking and the second one cracked under the hammer, because the hammer was made too heavy, #themoreyouknow! I am British so… it’s pretty self explanatory on why I know that fact… every British person should tbh - Rosalee)
Summary: Dan goes to a school for spies, he’s not supposed to be noticed, not supposed to be given a second glance, but Phil seems to see him, actually see him, and not just his cover.
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“Alright” The voice rang out, cutting through the air. The wind whipped once more, grabbing the last bit of the word and taking it for itself. Dan pulled his coat around himself, but it wasn’t his coat. Those weren’t his shoes either, that wasn’t his shirt, and those definitely were not his glasses. It was all just a costume, a disguise, clothes picked with an aim in mind. To blend in, to become your surroundings, to be as plain as the day around you. Dan was already a natural at being plain, his hair a patent sort of brown, with eyes to match, his features proportional and unpretentious, it wasn’t the sort of face you looked at twice.
The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of some debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell; it may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell, or after boxing’s English Heavyweight Champion Benjamin Caunt.
SISKO: Excuse me, Captain. Here’s tomorrow’s duty roster for your approval. KIRK: Lieutenant, er, Lieutenant? SISKO: Benjamin Sisko, sir. I’ve been on temporary assignment here. Before I leave, I just want to say it’s been an honour serving with you, sir. KIRK: All right, Lieutenant. Carry on. SISKO: Thank you, sir.
Trials and Tribble-ations
A perfectly executed tribute show, this had to be here before the end.
Also OMG I’m really loving the raw pencils and watercolours - they’re just a lot of fun and I like the end result, hoping you don’t mind me indulging towards the end!!!
A demonstration of the mathematical principles of the original Forth Bridge in Scotland performed at Imperial College in 1887. The central ‘weight’ is Kaichi Watanabe, one of the first Japanese engineers to study in the UK, while Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker provide the supports.