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2013.10.25 14:59 grumpycateight Talking about older women/younger men relationships

PLEASE READ THE FAQ Post! A safe space to trade experiences, frustrations, worries, analyze cultural reactions, or just chat with fellow cougars and cubs. Working definition: a cougacub relationship is one where the woman (cougar) is at least 10 years older than the man (cub) or woman (kitten)l
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2014.11.04 00:18 Dating Over 30: Because dating is hard, no matter how old you are.

Dating Over Thirty is a sub for discussion and advice on dating and relationships for people over the age of 30. **This is not a place to post personals or "looking for" or hookups.**
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2020.10.22 17:42 JMcCFineArt A Basic Guide to Buying & Selling Art - from an art dealer with 8+ years of experience

*Due to the support from people on my first post, I’ve decided to do my best to lay out a beginner’s guide to buying and selling art. Please note, it would be impossible to cover everything you need to know (some people dedicate their entire lives to learning a small corner of the art market), but hopefully I can provide enough information here to give you the confidence to get started. As always, my dm’s are open to any specific questions you may have now or later. I will also start posting on YouTube which gives me a bit more freedom in terms of the content I can share.

Before I dive into the guide I want to pose an important question: Why buy and sell art?

When I started out buying and selling art over 8 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I had zero knowledge of art history and no understanding of the art market. What I did have was a smartphone and a passion for flipping. Over time I would eventually also develop a deep passion for art.
The main reason that I became drawn to art, and still am today, is the breadth of the market and the potential. When you think about the potential for flipping art, it is massive. The biggest “flip” that I’m aware of was in 2017 when the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450M at Christie’s in NYC. That same painting was bought by two art dealers at an auction in New Orleans in 2005 for just $1,000. Recently this year, Sotheby’s sold a drawing by Andrea Mantegna for over $11M. That same drawing was last purchased at a small auction house in Germany for under $1,000. In January 2015, Sotheby’s sold an oil sketch by John Constable for $5.2M. Just 18 months before, that same painting was purchased at Christie's for just ~$5,200. The list goes on...
Now, compare those numbers to any other category that you might flip. What’s the most expensive sneaker you could possibly find, what’s the most expensive electronic you could possibly find, what’s the most expensive video game you could possibly find, etc. For me, it makes sense to focus on art given its potential relative to every other category that I could try to become an expert in.

Now onto the guide...
It is important to realize that buying and selling art is not too dissimilar from buying and selling anything else. You are still going to want to look in various places to source; you are still going to find similar comps that have sold; you are still going to consider condition, etc. There are obviously some important differences between art and your typical flipping categories, such as electronics, sports cards or sneakers, and I’ll get into those.
So let's start from the top...

Sourcing
Sourcing art is actually pretty similar to sourcing any other item you are used to flipping. This fact shouldn’t come as a surprise since art is just another object in people’s homes that they tend to sell along with everything else. I’ve bought art in nearly every venue you can think of - garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, antique stores, eBay, local auctions, national auctions, online auctions, etc.
An important thing to consider with sourcing is your location. I happen to be based on the East Coast, which has numerous homes filled with art and antiques. If you are in a more sparsely populated area, you’ll probably look to do most of your sourcing online. Given the pandemic, I’ve also switched to sourcing most of my inventory online, primarily online auctions.
If you are on the East Coast, I like to use Auctionzip which does a pretty good job at displaying auctions in my area. If you don’t know how to find auctions in your area - Google is your best friend, just use basic keyword searches like "auctions near me", etc.

Valuation
This is probably the area that trips people up the most. I think that this problem is two-fold: 1. People don’t know which resources to use and 2. People don’t know how to properly find similar comps.
When you want to find the going rate for an Xbox 360, for example, you will simply whip out your eBay app and search for recently sold listings. While this may work for some works of art, you’ll likely have to add several more resources to your arsenal. The three major resources you’ll want to use to find art price results are Liveauctioneers, Invaluable, and Google. Liveauctioneers and Invaluable are platforms that allow auction houses around the world to host online auctions. The reason they will be valuable to you is that they keep all of the results from past sales on their platform; Liveauctioneers provides all of their results for free, while Invaluable offers only recent results for free (usually results older than a year or two will have a paywall behind them). While Liveauctioneers and Invaluable are pretty great, sometimes the best tool to use is simply Google. There are many auction houses that have their own online platforms, so if you aren’t finding many good, recent comps on Liveauctioneers/Invaluable then Google may help you pick up on some results from independent auction platforms.
In terms of finding similar comps, there are really two types of art you have to consider:
The first type are prints, which could be lithographs, etchings, engravings, woodcuts, woodblocks, etc. Prints are made in multiple quantities, meaning there is a chance you could find a price result for an exact copy of the print that you are trying to value. If you can find a comp for an exact copy of the print you are trying to value then the only things you have to consider is the condition of the comp vs. the condition of the print at hand and how recently that comp sold.
The second type are unique works, which could include drawings, paintings, mixed media, etc. These are works that are 1 of 1, so you won’t be able to find an exact copy that has sold. Sometimes you’ll stumble across a previous result for the same work you are valuing, but oftentimes you’ll need to find “similar” comps to help you with valuation.
The most important things to consider when finding similar comps are medium, subject mattestyle, and size. The value of an artist’s work can value drastically depending on if it is a pencil sketch on paper vs. watercolor on paper vs. oil on canvas. In order to find accurate comps, you’ll want to first make sure they are the same medium. The second thing to look for is subject mattestyle. Some artists are known for a particular subject matter or style, which is worth much more than their other works. For example, a painting of sunflowers by Van Gogh is going to be worth much more than some random seascape by him. The third thing to consider when finding comps is size. You can use common sense here - if the most similar comp is twice the size then you can reduce the value of your work by about half. Other things to look out for when finding the most accurate comps are sale date, creation date, and quality. I won’t dive too deep into these (even though they are all important), but try your best to find the most recent comps that share the most in common with the unique work you are trying to value.

Buying
When it comes to buying art, you usually make money in one of three ways:
  1. You simply buy a correctly advertised piece for less than it is worth. This happens when the seller doesn’t know the true value or if the work is being sold in a marketplace that isn’t ideal for that particular work.
  2. You buy a work that isn’t correctly advertised. In this case, the seller may not know the artist, they may have misdescribed the work, certain important ownership history is missing, etc. In these cases you can apply a little bit of research and usually fill in the gaps and potentially score big.
  3. You buy a work that needs restoration, restore it, and then sell it for more. This requires that you know a local restorer who can affordably clean and restore a work of art for you. In general, works that have a dirty surface or a small hole can potentially be good buys since a minor cleaning/restoration will make them look 10x better.

Selling
Choosing where to sell a work usually comes down to personal preference. I tend to sell the majority of my inventory online using eBay. However, I also use my own website, a small physical gallery space, 1stDibs, Chairish, wholesale to other dealers, and auction houses. Most of those options are pretty straightforward.
One of the options that might be a little less obvious is consigning to auction houses. This is one of my favorite strategies since it requires barely any effort on my part. What I like to do is find a work that I can buy at one auction house for cheap (due to any of the reasons I listed under “Buying”) and then immediately give it to a more appropriate auction house to sell for me. The advantages of consigning to auction houses are that you can sell very expensive works with little risk and the auction house will take care of all the marketing/payment/logistics. The downsides are that the fees can be high and the timelines can be long (typically 3-6 months turnaround time).
If you are uncomfortable with the idea of shipping art because of its size or fragility or value, you can simply drop it off at your local UPS store or shipping/packaging place and have them do the packing for you.
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TLDR, buy art for cheap and sell it for more.
In all seriousness, as mentioned please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comment below. If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the art market, I’m also putting together a community for art enthusiasts and professionals - it will serve as a great free resource for anyone who is interested.
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2020.10.22 17:32 Kilztride [FLASH] 76139 1989 Batmobile- 69 spots/$5

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2020.10.22 17:23 Agent_DZ-015 Allegheny County Update 10/22 - 14,529 Total Cases (+133 Cases, +0 Hospitalizations, +1 Death)

This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for October 22, 2020.
In the last 24 hours, 133 new cases were reported to the Health Department. Of these, 109 are confirmed cases from 2,071 PCR tests. There are 24 probable cases. Of the probable cases, 16 are from positive antigen tests. New cases range in age from three (3) years to 96 years with a median age of 40 years. The dates of positive tests ranged from October 13 to October 21.
There was one (1) new death reported. The date of death was October 19. The person was in their 70s and associated with a long-term care facility.
For a current look at hospitalization data in Allegheny County (although not specific to Allegheny County residents), visit the state’s dashboard at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx. Select the “Hospital Preparedness” tab from the bottom of the page and then choose Allegheny County from the dropdown.
The age groups of the newly-reported cases follow:
00-04 - 3
05-12 - 0
13-18 - 14
19-24 - 8
25-49 - 55
50-64 - 27
65+ - 26
The genders of the newly reported cases follow:
Female - 61
Male - 72
Since March 14, there have been 14,529 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County residents, 1,373 hospitalizations and 417 deaths.
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2020.10.22 17:10 elsharkwalker Tips: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Tips are essential to delivery drivers. Often, not always, we gauge how much we like a customer by how much they tip. As such, in many of the stories in this collection, I mention the significant tip amounts which regular customers give us.
As we appreciate these high tippers, we also remember every customer who never tips. When we see their address pop up, it makes us hang our heads and sigh. If we get two or three non-tippers on the same night—not common, but it happens—it can ruin our mood for the whole week.
This chapter will focus on some of the most memorable tippers and non-tippers across whom I’ve come.
I want to start with some of those who never tip. I don’t do this to complain. Instead, I want to contrast, differentiating the bad experiences from the good. After all, that’s what life is about, withstanding the bad moments to magnify the good ones.
But before I get into the stories, I wanted to go into some of the reasons why people don’t tip. Included with the reasons are my answers to them.
1. REASON: I only have money for the food, not for the tip.
REPLY: If your budget is this tight, consider saving money by driving to the store. There you can take advantage of one of the better carryout deals. Plus, you won’t get the delivery charge—which doesn’t go to the driver—and that will save you another $2-$5.
Also, if your budget is that tight, ask yourself this. Is eating out the best idea in the first place? If you decide to order food, include the tip in your consideration. Plan for it and make it an automatic thing. When you order, tip.
2. REASON: I don’t believe in tipping. Corporations should pay their employees a fair wage for the work they do. It isn’t my job, as a customer, to pay their employees for them.
REPLY: This is a fair opinion, and I won’t argue with it. Yet if you believe this, I need to ask. Have you contacted the company, expressing your views on this, letting them know how you feel? Call them. Explain to them how you’d prefer to have the employee’s wages included in the cost of the food. It will raise the price of everything on the menu, but you won't have to worry about tipping, anymore.
Make sure that if you don’t tip on principle, because you feel it is the company’s job to pay the employees, that you are working to make the systemic change. Don't let the drivers become the victims of your self-righteousness.
3. REASON: They don’t tip in Japan. They don’t tip in Australia. They don’t tip in England. They don’t tip in wherever else I have traveled. The variant of this is, “I’m from Germany. We don’t tip there.”
REPLY: You’re in a different country where tipping is necessary. The employee wages are not included in the food prices to the same extent as they are in your country. Some drivers count on your tip to be able to buy their child a new backpack for school or a new coat for winter. The $4.50 base pay they make will not be enough to take care of the immediate necessities they may have.
4. REASON: I don’t tip because I’m teaching the driver a lesson. Not tipping shows them how if they want to earn more, they need to go to college, get an education, and get a real job.
REPLY: Aside from being condescending, this bases itself on a faulty premise. The majority of the drivers drive as a side job. They come in for the rush, working for one to three hours for two or three nights a week. Many of them are military. Some are in school. Others are retired and work to supplement their retirement income.
I remember one situation where I delivered a pizza to a girl at the local chain bookstore. I had recently done a signing at the store, but the girl was not one of the workers present at the signing.
She gave me the usual, “I don’t tip as a favor to motivate you to do better,” line.
I shrugged it off and handed her the food, commenting on the book she was reading. It was one of mine, Luke Coles and the Flower of Chiloe. I talked to her about it, asking her thoughts about specific characters and scenarios. She explained how the book reminded her of Harry Potter. She told me she loved the characters and the accurate folklore, elaborating on some of the deeper themes within the text.
After the passage of two or three minutes, she asked me how I knew so much about the book. I smiled, saying, “well, I wrote it.”
After her condescension, she couldn’t help but turn a bright red, and that was tip enough.
In short, don’t assume anything about people. Especially, don't assume things about people based on their hobbies or employment. You never know who they are, where they’ve been, or what’s their story.
5. REASON: The most common explanation of why people don’t tip is that they don’t know any better. Where I see this is in high school kids, people who are ordering food for the first time. My guess is it is kids who have money from their first job. It is exciting for them to order food for the first time.
REPLY: Parents, teach your children to tip.
With that, I’m going to move into some stories which involve memorable tippers and non-tippers.
We have a regular customer who orders late at night, usually paying with cash. They live in an awkward dead end that is easy to get to, but difficult to leave. It is along the busiest road in town, across from a home improvement store. The intersection boasts a stoplight, but at night, that light is stuck on red. One time, I waited fifteen minutes for it to change; it didn’t.
So to leave that delivery, I have to turn right, going away from my store before looping back around. It turns what would be a 5 minute delivery into a 10-15 minute one.
The person who orders pays exact change. Was the total $15.84? If it was, he gave me a ten, a five, three quarters, a nickel, and four pennies. Sometimes, he even pays a little less. Though, I don’t think he does that intending to short the driver; rather, it’s an oversight. Even so, one night, I counted the money before he closed the door. I never took it out of my hand, showing it to him, “the total was $16.19. You only gave me $16.00.”
He answered with a cocky smile, “it’s only nineteen cents. Are you so stingy that you are going to make me round up nineteen cents?”
I smiled back, nodding, “I get paid $4.50 an hour, and anything I am short, comes out of my tip money at the end of the night. I can’t be responsible for paying for your food.”
He grumbled something, pulling a bill from his pocket and handing it to me, “here’s a dollar. Keep the change. Apparently, you need it.”
That was the only time I ever got a tip from him. He continues to order, giving exact change to pay. Though he hasn’t shorted me since.
Speaking of people who try to short me money. There was another regular, late-night customer who would pay with bags of coins. The first time I delivered to him, I got back to the store, counted the money, and realized he was five dollars short. The next time I delivered to him, I explained I needed to add the money in front of him. With a sheepish reluctance, he agreed, and I counted. He was ten dollars short; he grumbled and paid with bills.
The next time I delivered to him, when he saw it was me, he swore aloud. “Are you going to count it again?”
I shook my head yes.
He dropped the bag of coins on a counter next to him and paid with bills.
From that point on, he continued to pay with bills instead of coins.
Again, I don’t tell these stories to complain. It is all about contrasting the bad experiences with the good ones. In life, there are deeply unpleasant times. This is true in every walk of life. We need to be able to brush those off. At the same time, we should strive to not be an obstacle in the lives of other people. In other words, we should focus on the good around us and be the good around others.
Now, I want to go into some of my favorite experiences involving tips. I’d considered giving these their own chapter, but they are shorter stories. They are one-time encounters, lasting a few seconds. I don’t think I could stretch them out beyond half a page.
The first of these involves a girl, no older than seven or eight, with blonde hair and pigtails. She answered the door, handing me thirty dollars on a fifteen-dollar order. I went to give her change, and she replied, “it is my birthday money. I bought pizza for my family, and daddy says I should tip to be nice, so I want you to have the tip.”
I wished her a happy birthday. The next day, I sent a copy of one of my books to the family, twenty dollars, and a note inside the cover. The message that I wrote on the note explained I’d recently come across their family, but they wouldn’t remember when. It told them that because they impressed me so much with a random act of kindness that I wanted to return the favor. I explained the twenty dollars was a late birthday present to their daughter, adding the book was a present to the family. I signed the book with the inscription, “Here’s to random acts of kindness.”
This next experience is the most recent one. It happened last week. I’d already finished this chapter, but I needed to include what happened in this book.
Thirty minutes before close, we received a delivery. The instructions attached to the order read, guys I’m so sorry I know ya’all are closing and getting ready to go home. I wish I had more to give you. The order had a thirty-dollar pre-tip attached.
Another story involves a delivery to a hotel on the outskirts of town. On busy—or icy—roads, it is twenty minutes both ways, making for an extended delivery. When I got to the room, the people inside spoke in Spanish, one asking, “¿Debo darle una propina o no?” Should I give him a tip or not?
The other responded. “Sip, dale una.” Yeah, give him one.
“¿Cuanto?” How much?
“No sé. Preguntale cuanto quiere.” I don’t know. Ask him how much he wants.
All the while, I stood, not letting them know I understood the conversation, listening as they went back and forth. In the end, they decided to ask me how much I wanted for a tip. Before he could ask, I answered in Spanish, “dame lo que crees que sea justo.” Give me what you feel is fair.
He laughed, “treinta dolares entonces, solo porque hablas Español.” Thirty dollars then, only because you speak Spanish.
I told him that was too much, but he had already written it on the receipt. To date, it remains among the top four best tips I’ve ever received.
Another of the four biggest tips involved an older woman who gave me a wad of cash, saying, “keep the change.” I got back to the car, counted it, and realized it was over a $30.00 tip on a $12.00 order.
I went back and knocked, thinking she might have made a mistake. Sometimes people confuse a ten-dollar bill for a one.
She yelled through the door, “it wasn’t a mistake.”
Before I continue with the story about my largest tip ever, I need to explain something. Every now and then, the store receives an order to feed a full football team, fifty people at some church activity, or forty employees at a staff meeting. Those tend to be $200-$300 orders. With those high dollar orders, sometimes the tip is $50 or more. In those cases, we split the tip with the managers and insiders who worked to make the food. As such, I’m not including those among my top four tips.
The most substantial tip I ever received was on an order that came in at midnight. It was in the middle of a snowstorm, on a street where I’d already been stuck that night. Luck was with me on the run, so I got within two blocks of the house without bottoming out. Even so, I knew I wouldn’t get closer while driving. Instead, I took the food and walked the rest of the way.
The man had paid for the food with a card. Yet, when I delivered, he handed me three, crisp, twenty-dollar bills. Then he explained. “one is for the snow, another for ordering so late, and the last is the normal tip.”
After paying for the food, he turned back to his eight or nine-year-old child—with who he appeared to be watching marvel movies—and the man said. “It is important to appreciate what other people do and show gratitude to them for their time.” As a parent, it is an important lesson to teach a child. As adults, it is an important lesson to remember.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1944621261
If anyone is interested in other stories like this, this link is to the book this is from. I wrote it and have been trying to share others of the stories here. Ones I have shared were about the pizza race where I got a trophy, a game of uno I've had going on for two years, and a few others. Thank you so much for the support. Amazon doesn't show it, but the release date is November 1st.
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2020.10.22 17:03 darkcrusaderares Reading Three-Point Shot Part 5 (V3 Spoilers)

This is the fifth and final part of me reading and sharing my thoughts on the Danganronpa Fanfic; ‘Three-Point Shot’ by RandomRex6. Here’s the last thread if you missed it, and here’s the actual story if you’re reading along. Spoilers for the canon V3 will be left unmarked, you have been warned, and it’s kind of difficult to spoiler tag the actual final case of a killing game. I’ll do my best, but I will once again implore you to go read the story yourself before reading this.
On that note, if you’re someone who’s struggled to find the time to read this story you may be able to have it read to you instead. A frequent commenter of the story on AO3, Net Neutrality, has their own Youtube Channel where they’ve spent the last couple of years working on a audiobook style video series for this fanfic. It’s not finished yet but the latest update is less than a week old at the time of me posting this, so it’s worth a look in at the very least.
Anyway, we’re kicking off with a big spoiler after the last chapter, so this really is your last chance to stop reading if you haven’t finished the story yourself, don’t start complaining at me if you ignore this and get spoiled
…Ok, that should be long enough. So we return to the cast gathered in the hidden room of the library, having just discovered that somehow, Keebo has taken control of Motherkuma.
He explains that when Kokichi sent him into the virtual world, the Supreme Leader used a flash drive (which I had completely forgotten about) he won back in chapter 2 to create a copy of Keebo’s AI. In the chapter 5 Free Time, Kokichi used a weaker EMP to disable the Nanokumas in the library whilst he placed a stronger EMP next to the door to the hidden room. The whole stand-off where both he and Maki pressed their detonators? Yeah, once of those triggered the library’s EMP, taking out the Nanokumas again and disabling the door to the hidden room (I’ve seen some comments saying this doesn’t make sense, Kokichi would still need the card key to open the door, but I think the story’s good with this one. There are electronic doors out there that actually require power to remain shut, so in the event of a power outage, they’re easy to open and nobody gets trapped inside. I can buy that this is one of those occasions.) When Kokichi fled the group using the flash bomb, he went to hidden room to plug the Keebo USB into Motherkuma, and as soon as the EMP wore off, TDR switched Motherkuma back on remotely, not knowing it was now compromised. Also, when Kokichi sent Keebo off to fight the Exisals, he snipped his antenna off. Kind of feel like that’s something that should’ve come up in the last case, but oh well.
Getting all this information at once is a bit hard for the group to digest, and a lot of them have a hard time believing that Kokichi set all this up knowing that he was going to die as part of this plan. Everyone but Kaede, that is, who seems to have an easy time believing that Kokichi was trying to atone for setting Tenko and Keebo up to die. Honestly, I feel like this shouldn’t be so hard to come to terms with. Not so much the whole, “he felt he had to atone part,” but the idea that he wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice himself when these guys literally just had a trial that ended with him allowing himself to be executed to resolve the unsolvable crime he’d set up. I mean what more proof do they need after that? He literally told them he was more interested in hitting the mastermind where it hurts than his own life. Ambiguous character or not, it’s a whole other story when they were actually alive to explain this stuff to you like he was.
Also, small nitpick, but how does this Keebo know all of this? My understanding is that this Keebo’s memories should end from when Kokichi made the copy, when OG Keebo entered the virtual world. Sure, he can scan Motherkuma’s databanks and learn some of the stuff he missed, but how can he know what happened whilst the EMP’s were active, surely Motherkuma can’t see that either?
Anyway, Keebo’s making the preparations for his Monokuma army (dubbed Kiibokumas/Keebokumas) to detonate at one point in the End Wall to blow a hole so they can escape, but Kaede vetos that idea, worried that they have nowhere to go, no rations prepared, no ID’s and would probably just be recaptured and taken somewhere else. So instead, they send a message to the ones pulling Monokuma’s strings, telling them to make their final ultimatum, or else…they’ll just go with Keebo’s plan.
Of course, the ultimatum proposed is the Danganronpa tradition; one final class trial, if they can solve all the remaining mysteries, they can go free. If they fail, Keebo goes back into his regular body and the game continues. They’re given a small bit of time to investigate, and each have some new evidence in their labs (how did the new evidence get there? Keebo has control of everything but the one Monokuma unit he’s allowing the puppet masters to speak through.) Most of the clues pertain to the canon V3 plot twists; their memories and personalities are fake, and the killing game has happened before. And after a short space of time, the group (joined by Keebo, using a modified Monokuma unit as a vessel) have their final class trial.
The Monokubs are back…again…because we all want that final scrum debate at the end, I’ll give them that. And the start of the trial plays out like you’d expect; they bring up the Gopher Project plan for the first time and swiftly dismiss it as fake news. The information they have on Rantaro suggests this isn’t the first killing game, and from there they figure out that these games exist for people’s entertainment.
They’re shown a video of Rantaro vowing the same things they’re now saying, that he won’t stand for this which…I guess means he failed, since the killing game is still going? …Yeah, the whole ‘Rantaro and Tsumugi are prior participants of the killing game’ thing they’ve been building up kind of ends on a down note. I mean, I know they couldn’t have beat TDR of the game is still going, but I at least thought the pair stayed behind so their friends could go free. But the video message Himiko finds shows Rantaro pleading with his future self to ‘save them,’ so it sounds like he didn’t even manage to accomplish that.
Kaede explains that the clue in her lab was a flashback light, the first in the entire game if you would believe it, only Kaede opted not to watch it, not trusting Monokuma’s intentions. This turns out to have been a close call, as apparently it was supposed to reprogram Kaede’s mind and make her the game’s mastermind. And finally, we meet the game’s mastermind, the mastermind I was spoiled on from the beginning; Kaori Akamatsu, Kaede’s twin sister! She was mentioned a couple of times throughout the story, so it doesn’t come out of nowhere, and Rex left an extremely subtle hint in chapter 20 of the story that I’m not surprised none of us picked up on.
And having went into this story knowing who the mastermind is, I never actually stopped to think about the merits of the decision, and ...I kind of would’ve preferred it if they just went with the teased plan of reprogramming one of the characters we already knew. I mean, the idea that TDR can literally make anyone into the game’s mastermind with their technology paints them as a truly heinous and powerful villain that must be stopped before they can ruin anymore lives…but it also strips those masterminds of their autonomy, they don’t matter. Kaori really isn’t the villain here, and honestly we really don’t know anything about her, she’s not even herself right now because they infused her with the typical mastermind/Junko personality. She’s Kaede’s sister, so we care about her by proxy, but I just feel like this would be more effective if it was a character we were invested in, one we’d really gotten to know throughout the story as opposed to a casual reference every now and then. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not bad, but she’s just sort of…Junko without the shifting personalities.
The mastermind precedes to explain what’s left; who Team Danganronpa are, Keebo’s role in the killing game, they even show some comments made by the ‘show’s’ fans (which are actually comments of the story itself on AO3, which is a nice touch.) That’s basically all the mysteries solved now, so the kids have to make their choice; continue the killing game, or leave, but have their original personalities returned to them.
Kaede doesn’t know what to do, and in a moment that was very DR2-esque >!ends up in a black void, talking not with her love interest or any of the deceased students, but her pre-game self. I love this idea, these kids confronting their past selves, the versions of them that saw no value in their lives, and threw them away to participate in the killing game. It’s essentially their past selves’ fault that they’ve been put through this mess, so it’s a confrontation that has a lot of potential. Kind of wish the two of them didn’t get along so well though. Past Kaede gives present Kaede some sass before helping her to make a decision.
In the end, Kaede decides they need to >!take the option to leave and get their old personalities back. She argues they’ve come too far to turn back now, even if this moment doesn’t won’t end Danganronpa, it will plant a seed of doubt in the hearts of those that enjoy the show (which is admittedly a more realistic approach to how TDR would have to be dealt with than the game took. One bad season probably isn’t going to cut it.)
We get the customary final challenge of the MC convincing everyone else to join them; Ryoma joins because if his past trauma is fake, he may have something more meaningful waiting for him out there. Himiko joins to honour Angie and Tenko’s memories (even though Angie didn’t really do much at all for Himiko in this story?) Keebo joins to show he’s a strong, independent robot who don’t need no creator. Maki joins both for the sake of honouring Kaito’s memory, but also to payback TDR for turning her into a weapon through her backstory (kind of the best reason of the lot, imo) and Shuichi joins because he can’t keep hiding away from the truth anymore (even though this Shuichi has already embraced the idea of being a detective as a coping mechanism for his depression)
Kaori tries to argue that once their personalities are back, they won’t want this decision anymore, but Shuichi disagrees, citing the post-trial aftermath of chapter 4, where Miu continued to call Keebo ‘Idabashi’, suggesting that they’ll maintain some of their in-game personas even with their old personalities back, and they’ll just have to take that risk (Like I said, very DR2-esque ending.)
They win the scrum debate with the Monokubs, Kaori admits defeat and takes them to the flashback light terminal to begin work on returning their original personalities. Keebo explains that he’s going to try and hack into TDR’s main servers, and upload his AI into the net, since his physical body can’t leave the academy, he may find freedom there instead. And Kaede and Shuichi kiss (I really feel like this should’ve been the first time they did that, but I forgot to mention they did this in the Free Time chapter of the last section, so whoops.) And the army of Monokumas and the five Kubs self-destruct by the end wall to let the kids re-join the outside world.
The epilogue takes place quite a long time later, 4 years in fact. The kids are now adults, Kaede and Maki are meeting for lunch and MAKI HAS A CHILD! KAITO GOT MAKI PREGGERS DURING THE LOVE HOTEL SCENE AND NOW SHE HAS A LITTLE BABY GIRL CALLED ANZU! I FUCKING LOVE IT! SHE’S ADORABLE, SHE SAYS KAITO’S CATCHPHRASE IN BABY TALK! I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED THIS SO BADLY! I’VE KNOWN THIS CHILD FOR 5 SECONDS AND I’D ALREADY SLAUGHTER EVERYONE IN TDR FOR HER SAKE!
Ahem, sorry about that. Anyway, the kids have sort of become figure heads in a protest movement against the show. Their whole gamble about regaining their old personalities paid off about as conveniently as it did for the DR2 cast. They’re pretty much exactly who they were in the game, but they just also have some fond memories of watching the show. Kaori’s seeing a shrink, since they’re struggling to get that Junko personality out of her brain (Can’t help but think this may just be an attempt to dodge having to give Kaori a personality of her own.) Ryoma’s enjoying his new freedom, travelling around the world as a tennis coach. Himiko’s on tour holding magic shows whilst trying to raise awareness of how wrong the killing games are (Kind of feel like that message is kind of diluted when you’re still making use of the talent and personality they gave her as part of the show.) Shuichi’s receiving medication for his depression and I believe is still dating Kaede. And the pair of them overhear that auditions for the next season of the show will be starting soon, but the cast size has shrunk again, since they’re struggling to find participants, and something (Keebo) is making it difficult to access the website.
I love this idea of giving us a small peak into the characters adult lives. Sometimes, you just need something a little more concrete than simply hoping that the characters had a good life once the killing game was over. I’m torn on how they dealt with TDR, I know I said it’s a more realistic approach and it is, but it’s a shame that 3/4 more groups of kids have to participate and die before the show gets shut down.
And, that’s it. My journey through Three-Point Shot is completed, and I’m now obliged to give my final thoughts on the story as a whole.
Before I talk about the story itself, I just want to acknowledge how insanely difficult the format of Danganronpa even is to write for;
When you really break Danganronpa down into those four components, you realise how much of a miracle it is that this series is even a fraction of coherent as it actually is. Most sensible writers wouldn’t touch this idea, they’d tell you it just wouldn’t work. So no matter what I have to say about this, or any other fanfic I read in the future, they all have my upmost respect for even attempting this challenge and having the guts to put their work out there.
(Also, I don’t go over everything that happened in these threads. I say it all the time, I want you to read this stories for yourselves before reading these threads. You should never let someone else’s opinion act as a substitute for your own.)
Telling a story is a two-part process; both coming up with your ideas and then conveying those ideas to your audience. Three Point Shot’s greatest strength was the ideas it came up with. I loved the creativity behind the motives, and the cases. I thought the casino party in chapter 2 and the use of honey in case 3 were great ways to make new use of V3’s already established locations. I loved V3, but my favourite parts of this story were when Rex let their creativity go unrestricted by what the canon dictated. Kokichi blackmailing Maki, only 1 murder in chapter 3, Shuichi’s depression, Angie not knowing whether her thoughts were hers or Atua’s, Keebo wanting a surname, the split vote idea. When the story attempted something new, or injected its own take on the V3 canon, I was generally all for it.
And inversely, when the story repeated something that happened in V3 just for the sake of it, it generally wasn’t received so well by me; night time training in chapter 2, Himiko’s relationships with Tenko and Angie, the way Rantaro’s storyline just sort of ended. The problem isn’t replicating events from the canon, I had no problem with Kokichi’s antics and the student council, but it’s when the story replicates something without considering if what this story’s already changed affects it.
I loved the romances. I’m a sucker for a good romance, but I don’t turn to Danganronpa all that often to get it. Saimatsu and…(checks Google) Harukaito (Really? That’s what we call it?) just felt really genuine in this story. It felt like teenagers falling in love, being awkward about it at times because they’re only teenagers and they don’t know what they’re doing. Just very wholesome, genuine teen romance.
However, one of the issues I brought up quite often towards the end was how the story handled its supporting cast. Kaede, Shuichi, Kaito, Maki and Kokichi were all used to reasonably good effect across their lengthy screen time, but all the other characters kind of suffered for it. This isn’t exactly unexpected, I did say a while ago that it’s impossible to flesh out all 16 characters in Danganronpa, and you have to prioritise the most important ones for your story. It’s just kind of a shame that they went with the characters that already received a lot of screen time and development from the canon. The only characters that made it to this story’s chapter 5, that didn’t make it that far in the canon, were Kaede and Ryoma. I never really got the sense that anyone here was this story’s equivalent to Fuyuhiko, or canon Himiko, someone who initially didn’t seem like much, but develops in such a way where you can’t imagine them not surviving.
It’s not for a lack of trying. Each chapter had three instances when the group split up (when they’re expanding the school, the Free Time chapter, and the investigation) and it consistently tried to give each character some sort of scene in each of these sections, but they kind of gave me a Ultimate Talent Development Plan vibe; they were fun interactions but they didn’t actually build much character. I think that’s partially because the story kept trying to mix and match different people together, so instead of really developing one strong bond with another person, we got several soft bonds with several people. I can see some debate over which approach is better, but I personally prefer the former, consistent interactions with a smaller portion of the group. My favourite interactions was when Gonta showed Angie around his lab, because that was an interaction the story kept up with, but the little three-way dynamic between Himiko, Ryoma and Keebo was also pretty consistent.
I think RandomRex6 showcased that they’re more than competent as a writer. You have to bear in mind that this was just supposed a simple 1-chapter project that exploded into a full-game rewrite and from start to end, the project took just under a year to complete. They came up with some great ideas, and whilst I found faults in the execution at times, there was always some element that made me want to keep going, and Rex was their own harshest critic, never letting themselves of easy after disappointing their audience with Korekiyo at the beginning, and that fuelled them for the rest of the story. Whilst I think the fanfic peaked with chapter 3, I don’t think it ever dipped significantly after that.
And that’s about all I have to say. I’m not gonna type up my thoughts on the characters again, because honestly what I said in the last thread for each of them still stands. I suppose Kaede stepped up more as a leader in this finale.
It might be a couple of weeks before I start another fanfic series like this, and I think it’s time to move away from the V3 related ones for a while, just to give the rest of the franchise a chance.
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2020.10.22 16:50 carlojomomma For people who prefer brand name milk over store brand milk

TL;DR: Store brand milk is just brand name milk with a different label: the dairy processing plant ID will tell you which company the milk is from.
I grew up on a dairy farm. I drink more milk than the average person. Is it good or bad for me? Good question, but that is not where I'm going with this post. My point is that if you prefer one brand of milk over another, you should know about whereismymilkfrom.com and dairy plant IDs. Grocery stores stock milk from one or two dairy processing plants along with store brand milk... and the store brand milk is likely a dollar cheaper. But if you know how to check you may find that the store brand milk came from the same place as the brand milk that you prefer. And to my knowledge, dairy processing plants don't have different milk recipes for milk with their label vs milk they slap a store-brand label on.
All milk containers in the US have a sell by date stamped on them along with what looks like a random series of numbers. The numbers are not random: the numbers before the dash tell you the state where the plant is located (between 0-56), and code after the dash tells you which dairy processing plant it came from: you can use whereismymilkfrom.com to find out about that bottle of milk (or that cottage cheese, or that half and half).
In my area there are two main dairy processing plants... one has milk that tastes fishy to me and one that tastes normal to me (again, I drink a lot of milk straight). I don't like the fishy tasting milk. So long as the store brand does not have the same code as the fishy tasting milk, I will buy the store brand milk.
Note: At a high-level, many dairy farms do not sell their milk directly to consumers, they sell it to dairy processing plants who consolidate the milk from the multitude of dairy farms and homogenize / pasteurize / vitaminize the milk, bottle it and distribute to stores. My father used to say that when you took the cap off of a gallon of milk from Turner's Dairy in Salem NH what stuck to the cap was our milk.
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2020.10.22 16:47 Malachihawkins Just passed my Sec+ with A 766 (By the hair on my chin). My experience:

My study materials:
This was entirely my own experience and any study materials I mention worked for me personally, do not take this as a step-by-step process on how to pass. I just wanted to share my quick story! I studied regularly for about 40 days to my actual exam date. I took an online, at-home proctored exam. I don't know if that was in or against my favor, but that's irrelevant. The multiple choice was a lot easier than I expected. I think the genuine repetition of Darrel Gibson's sec+ study guides and practice quizzes really helped. The PBQ were hit and miss. Some of them were exceedingly simple, and then I had a few PBQs that were in-depth on topics I did not cover well enough and I could tell. I was getting major post-study "I did not study well enough" butterflies during the exam.

Personally, I think the Sec+ was much easier than the Net+, but that may just be me. More or less so that I felt much more confident with sec+. The CompTIA practice test were the equivalent of flashcards to me. They were really useful for memorizing acronyms and being able to identify what type of protocol an acronym is (I.E being able to eliminate multiple choice answers that are hashing algorithms because the question asked about encryption).
The GCGA Sec+ book was incredible for breaking different security concepts and procedures down onto a level that was easily understandable. It really helped me understand why answers were wrong rather than why an answer was correct. His practice tests are also very helpful for memorization.
Professor Messer's has a YouTube playlist entirely dedicated to breaking down the entire CompTIA Sec+ study guide. It was perfect for background noise while I was showering, driving, or doing any mundane task.
CompTIA practice test: https://www.examcompass.com/comptia/security-plus-certification/free-security-plus-practice-tests
Professor Messer Playlist Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxRf_9Rcmg&list=PLG49S3nxzAnnVhoAaL4B6aMFDQ8_gdxAy&ab_channel=ProfessorMesser :
Darrel Gibson's material: Just google Darrel Gibson GCGA, I do not want to link a product on here that you have to pay for because I am not trying to advertise and most people already know about him! Good luck to everyone studying.
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2020.10.22 16:27 SPAC_Time Alberton Acquisition Corporation "to merge with a domestic integrated solar and renewable energy company" ? ALAC ALACR ALACW

Alberton Acquisition Corporation filed a DEF14A and 8-K this morning, to announce the upcoming extension vote on October 26th, the resignation and appointment of new directors, and it the filings they disclose the following:
"The Company is currently completing the due diligence and negotiation of a definitive agreement to merge with a domestic integrated solar and renewable energy company, which has operations in both the United States and China, and it expects to enter into a definitive agreement by October 30, 2020. "
" TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF ALBERTON ACQUISITION CORPORATION:
You are cordially invited to attend a special meeting of the shareholders of Alberton Acquisition Corporation (the “Company” or “Alberton”) to be held at 9:30 a.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time, at Alberton’s corporate headquarter, located at 11th Floor, South Tower, Tongye Tower, 7008 North Ring Avenue, Futian District, Shenzhen, China, on October 26, 2020, for the purpose of considering and voting upon the following proposals:
●To amend the Company’s memorandum and articles of Association dated October 24, 2018 (as amended to date and as may amended from time to time, the “M&A”) to allow the Company, by resolutions of shareholders passed by shareholders holding no less than 65% or more of the votes of the Company’s shares cast (in person or by proxy) at the special meeting, to extend the date before which the Company must complete a business combination (the “Termination Date”) from October 26, 2020 (the “Current Termination Date”) to April 26, 2021 or such earlier date as determined by the Board (the “Extended Termination Date”, such extension is herein referred as the “Extension” hereinafter and such amendment to the M&A as forth in Annex A is herein referred as the “Extension Amendment”); "
"On October 19, 2020, Mr. John W. Allen resigned from his positions as an independent director and the chairman of the compensation committee of the Company and Mr. Harry Edelson resigned from his positions as an independent director and the chairman of audit committee of the Company. Their resignation did not result from a disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.
On October 20, 2020, the Board appointed Mr. William Walter Young as an independent director and the chairman of the compensation committee and Mr. Qing S. Huang as an independent director and the chairman of the audit committee of the Board of the Company to fill the vacancies created by Mr. Allen and Mr. Edelson, effective immediately.
As a result, the Board currently have two executive directors and three independent directors."
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgadata/1748621/000121390020032693/ea128758-defa14a_albertonacq.htm
https://www.sec.gov/ix?doc=/Archives/edgadata/1748621/000121390020032692/ea128757-8k_albertonacq.htm
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2020.10.22 16:25 fenn2b Week 8 Match-up Preview Thread: Rice Owls vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Rice vs. Middle Tennessee
When: Saturday, October, 24, 03:30 PM Eastern
Where: Rice Stadium - Houston, TX
Watch: ESPN3
Odds: Rice by 3.5 pts.
Total Points: 50.5
All-Time Series : Rice vs. Middle Tennessee
Rice and Middle Tennessee have met 1 time since 11/16/2019.
These teams last met 341 days ago on 11/16/2019.
Series Wins: Rice 1-0-0 Middle Tennessee
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 1 (2019-2019).
Rice has won the most recent meeting (2019) in this series.
Last 1 Meetings
Winner Date Location Rice Middle Tennessee Notes
Rice 2019-11-16 Murfreesboro, TN 31 28
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 7
Week Rice 0-0(0-0) Result Middle Tennessee 1-5(1-3) Result
1 BYE N/A Army 5-1(0-0) L 0-42
2 BYE N/A BYE N/A
3 BYE N/A Troy 3-1(1-0) L 14-47
4 BYE N/A UTSA 3-3(1-1) L 35-37
5 BYE N/A WKU 1-4(1-2) L 17-20
6 BYE N/A FIU 0-2(0-1) W 31-28
7 BYE N/A North Texas 2-3(1-2) L 35-52
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
Rice Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-10-16 20:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Bradley Rozner WR Out For Season – Personal Sat, Oct 10 Rozner has informed the program that he will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal decision.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
Middle Tennessee Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-10-16 20:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Ralph Mency DL Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sun, Oct 11 Mency has been unavailable for the last two games for unlisted reasons, and it remains to be seen if he will face North Texas on Saturday.
Tyler Falvey OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sun, Oct 11 Falvey has been inactive for the previous two games due to an undisclosed injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will face North Texas on Saturday.
Adam Derry OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed Sun, Oct 11 Derry has missed the last two games due to an undisclosed issue, and it is unknown if he will line up against North Texas on Saturday.
Injury data lifted from: boydsbets.com
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2020.10.22 16:09 CovidMdBot 10/22/2020 In the last 24 hours there have been 743 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland. There has now been a total of 137,979 confirmed cases.

SUMMARY (10/22/2020)
YESTERDAY'S TESTING STATISTICS IN MARYLAND
Metric 24 HR Total Prev 7 Day Avg Today vs 7 Day Avg
Number of Tests 30,386 26,004 +16.9%
Number of Positive Tests 938 783 +19.8%
Percent Positive Tests 3.09% 3.12% -0.8%
State Reported 7-day Rolling Positive Testing Percent: 3%
Testing metrics are distinct from case metrics as an individual may be tested multiple times.
SUMMARY STATISTICS IN MARYLAND
Metric 24 HR Total Prev 7 Day Avg Today vs 7 Day Avg Total to Date
Number of confirmed cases 743 617 +20.4% 137,979
Number of confirmed deaths 12 5 +140.0% 3,924
Number of probable deaths 0 0 -100.0% 146
Number of persons tested negative 10,605 9,576 +10.7% 1,705,376
Ever hospitalized 54 48 +13.2% 16,603
Released from isolation 39 21 +84.5% 7,999
Total testing volume 30,427 26,007 +17.0% 3,169,302
CURRENT HOSPITALIZATION USAGE
Metric Total 24 HR Delta Prev 7 Day Avg Delta Delta vs 7 Day Avg
Currently hospitalized 458 -5 +7 -176.1%
Acute care 333 +1 +4 -75.0%
Intensive care 125 -6 +3 -333.3%
The Currently hospitalized metric appears to be the sum of the Acute care and Intensive care metrics.
Cases and Deaths Data Breakdown
CASES BY COUNTY
County Total Cases Change Confirmed Deaths Change Probable Deaths Change
Allegany 604 10 23 0 0 0
Anne Arundel 11,514 81 254 1 12 0
Baltimore County 19,897 98 635 2 23 0
Baltimore City 17,079 79 481 1 17 0
Calvert 1,145 4 27 0 2 0
Caroline 721 8 8 0 0 0
Carroll 2,168 9 126 1 3 0
Cecil 1,299 8 35 0 1 0
Charles 3,067 17 99 0 2 0
Dorchester 735 20 10 0 0 0
Frederick 4,581 22 130 0 8 0
Garrett 115 7 1 0 0 0
Harford 3,482 34 76 0 4 0
Howard 5,684 37 118 0 6 0
Kent 336 2 22 0 2 0
Montgomery 24,772 108 823 1 40 0
Prince George's 31,844 149 828 4 24 0
Queen Anne's 743 1 25 0 1 0
Somerset 401 3 6 1 0 0
St. Mary's 1,420 4 59 0 0 0
Talbot 631 4 6 0 0 0
Washington 2,158 21 42 0 0 0
Wicomico 2,397 12 49 0 0 0
Worcester 1,186 5 29 0 1 0
Data not available 0 0 12 1 0 0
CASES BY AGE & GENDER:
Demographic Total Cases Change Confirmed Deaths Change Probable Deaths Change
0-9 5,347 50 0 0 0 0
10-19 12,086 73 2 0 0 0
20-29 26,093 140 24 0 1 0
30-39 24,802 127 50 0 6 0
40-49 21,873 127 124 0 3 0
50-59 20,106 106 323 0 17 0
60-69 13,523 75 647 2 13 0
70-79 7,948 35 972 4 28 0
80+ 6,201 10 1,779 6 78 0
Data not available 0 0 3 0 0 0
Female 72,699 372 1,920 4 75 0
Male 65,280 371 2,004 8 71 0
Sex Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0
CASES BY RACE:
Race Total Cases Change Confirmed Deaths Change Probable Deaths Change
African-American (NH) 42,907 205 1,596 3 55 0
White (NH) 36,207 261 1,675 5 73 0
Hispanic 29,229 144 449 1 12 0
Asian (NH) 2,644 12 146 2 6 0
Other (NH) 6,401 31 44 0 0 0
Data not available 20,591 90 14 1 0 0
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MAP (10/22/2020)
TOTAL MD CASES:
TOTAL MD CASES (10/22/2020)
CURRENT MD HOSP. & TOTAL DEATHS:
CURRENT MD HOSP. & TOTAL DEATHS (10/22/2020)
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2020.10.22 16:00 Angel466 [Bob the hobo] A Celestial Wars Spin-Off Part 0198

PART ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT
“Alright! That’s it! I’m callin’ it, Charlie,” Paul declared, after placing his hands on the Camaro’s roof above the driver’s side door and arching backwards to click his spine in at least a dozen places. “This old body of mine can’t take fifteen-hour days hunched up over consoles anymore.”
Charlotte slid out from under the empty engine bay to stare up at him. “Why don’t you go and let me lock up then?” she suggested. “You were here hours before me this morning.”
He chuckled and rolled his fingers for her to get off the garage creeper. “Nice try, pretty girl. But I saw you talking to those cops every few hours today. If they’re worried enough to come and check on you, I’m not explaining to your brother how I left you at the shop by yourself for half the night.” His expression turned stern. “Wrap it up, Charlie. All of it will still be here in the morning.”
“You’re a pain, Dad,” Charlotte grumbled, hooking her hands on the front bumper, and hauling herself upright.
“Call me Dad again and I might just put you over my knee for good measure,” he growled, wiping his hands on the rag he always carried in his back pocket. “Besides, didn’t you have a football game to get to tonight with your brother and his roommates anyway?”
Charlotte dusted her hands against her thighs and looked down at herself, causing the older man to chuckle. “So, which one is it?” he asked.
Confused by the question, Charlotte frowned and looked up at him. “Which one’s what?”
“I’m assuming you’re not giving your clothes the once over for your brother.”
“Jesus! Were you a cop in another life?”
Paul chuckled once more. “Not too much happens in my shop that I don’t see, darlin’,” he said with a wink. “I’d have thought you knew that by now.”
“Well, don’t tell my brother, because it’s his best friend.”
“Isn’t it always?”
Charlotte’s expression soured, causing Paul to burst out laughing. “Don’t be takin’ it like that, girlie,” he said, in and around his laughter. “You’re a young, pretty girl, and you shouldn’t be alone at your age.” With a twinkle to his older eyes he added, “Hell, if I was thirty years younger, you wouldn’t get me off your tail either.”
“Stop it!”
“Why? A girl who’s just as much at home in grease and beer and football as us in a wrapper like yours. Half my clientele exists just so they can follow you about.”
“It’s not the nineteen sixties.”
“Nope and the male of the species ain’t dead yet either. Just saying, Charlie. You enjoy being one of the guys and we enjoy having you, but it’s good to know there’s someone out there who’s treating you like a lady too. You deserve that.”
She walked around the car and kissed his cheek. “You sentimental old softy,” she said, as he lightly slapped her ass on the way to the office. “You know I could take you for sexual harassment for that?” she called from the doorway.
“And what do you call it when you do it to me?” he shot back.
“The highlight of your day!” She grabbed her backpack and slung it up onto her shoulder.
“Robbie had better be on his toes with you, darlin’. Otherwise, that mouth of yours will be running rings around him until he’s dizzy.”
“Trust me. I learned my sass from the master himself.”
“That’s scary.”
Charlotte untied the knot in her hair, allowing it to fall free to the middle of her back. “That’s Robbie for you. He always gives better than he gets. And he cooks like a five-star chef.”
“That’s probably a good thing if the coffee you tried to poison me with back in the day was anything to go by.”
“How many times do I have to tell you, you were the one who said you liked it strong!”
“Not that strong, girl. Coffee is supposed to be a liquid. That spoon was sitting up straight like a grave marker in the middle of a mud sea.”
“Yeah, well, cars were more my thing,” Charlotte admitted with a half-shrug.
Paul grabbed his keys, phone and wallet from the top drawer of his desk. “You got everything you need?”
Charlotte patted her backpack. “Right here, boss.”
“Then let’s get out of here. If you can be here an hour early, we’ll try and figure out how in the world we’re going to try and salvage that chassis.”
“I still don’t think you’re going to be able to, Paul. Our best chance is to find a donor car.”
“Then I guess you’ll be manning the phones all day tomorrow, won’t you?”
Charlotte let out a heavy sigh as they walked out of the office door and he flicked off the lights. Chasing parts was her least favourite thing about being a mechanic. She preceded him across the work floor, but when she went outside, he called out, “Hold up, Charlie.”
She turned back in surprise, even as he dragged the old sliding door across with a racket that would awaken the dead. “I’ll walk you over to Dion,” he said, wrapping the multiple chains around the holes cut into the iron for this very purpose before padlocking them together.
Charlotte huffed and looked across to where Dion was parked. “He’s fifty yards away,” she argued. “Right there.”
“Humour an old man who’s worried about you.”
“Has Lucas been talking to you?”
“No, but I got a bad feeling.”
“Well, let me know when it passes, so I can say ‘I told you so’ to you too.”
He clicked the last padlock into place and walked at her side across the lot. Charlotte dug her keys out and separated them until she held Dion’s. “So who’s going to walk you back to your car?” she asked, as they reached her truck and she slid the key into the door.
“No one’s interested in hurtin’ an old fool like me, Charl—” Paul’s words ended in a blood-filled urk that had him collapsing to the ground like a puppet with its strings cut. Behind him stood two men whose faces were half-hidden by the shadows the streetlight behind them cast. One held a six-inch flick knife, still dripping with blood. Charlie’s eyes went wide as saucers as she saw the liquid’s reflection as it pooled on the ground around Paul’s prone body.
“Hello, Charlie,” the other purred, while the first folded the knife and pocketed it. Charlotte barely recognised the inhuman voice at Patrick Harris. “You’re going to help us deliver a message to your brother.”
“And we’re going to have a whole lot of fun doing it,” the knife-wielder added. Charlie didn’t recognise him at all but based on what the cops had told her, she guessed it was Patrick’s younger brother. “What’s your pain threshold like? For your sake, I hope it’s high.”
Panic surged through Charlotte, and she whirled and went for her car door.
The men launched themselves at her, but she had enough upper body strength that when she thrust open the door, she collected one of them in the side. Between that and Paul’s blood to slip on, he fell to one side. The other grabbed her around the waist and hauled her backwards, twisting her sharply to separate her from the door. Charlie dropped her head forward and threw it back for all she was worth. Whatever she connected with gave out an audible snap that had the arms loosen for a second and she scrambled once more for her car.
* * *
Former Lieutenant Patrick Harris was stunned, more by the cheek of the girl than the headbutt itself. But it only lasted a second before rage swept in to replace it. “BITCH!” he roared, his brother already trying to drag her from the car though she seemed to have found enough leverage in there to keep him from succeeding. Not even the punches he rained into her kidneys seemed to make her let go.
Patrick had had enough of this. Like brother; like sister. It was time they both went down.
He reached past Noah’s hands and went for the bitch’s throat and left shoulder. He couldn’t quite get his arm around her throat, but his wrist still did the job nicely and with a savage heave, she came away from the front seat of her pickup.
"Get here, bitch!"
Free of the car, she was spun around so they could see the fear in her eyes, the understanding that she wasn’t walking away from this. That they were going to be slow and brutal with her, leaving no chance of anyone thinking she died any differently.
Their lives were already forfeit. The syndicate was too big, with people in too many places. As bottom feeders in the organisation, they still knew too much. Neither brother was under the misconception that they’d still be alive this time next week, but they were damned if they were going to go down without making that do-gooder prick and his cock-tease slut of a sister pay for their demise first.
Her, by what they were going to do to her, and him, knowing he would live with the knowledge that it was done.
But something went wrong with the plan.
When they whirled her around, she had both hands around something, and it took Patrick a second to realise it was a loaded .357 magnum. The look in her eyes was one of terror, and for another second he thought about ripping the gun out of her hand and raping her with both ends until she bled on top of everything else. Maybe even shoot her with her own gun at the end.
But then the muzzle flashed, causing his ears to ring and an intense burning to spread through his stomach. The impact was what made him double over, he was sure of it, though as he tried to straighten up, a second muzzle flash preceded another impact, this time squarely in his chest. His legs gave out and he collapsed to the ground alongside Charlie’s boss. This wasn’t the plan … Four more shots were fired, but none of them connected with him. He wanted to move. He willed himself to move, but nothing would co-operate.
Over the ringing in his ears, he heard the tell-tale click-click of dry unloading and knew this was his chance, but the burning that started in his groin spread to everywhere and grew in intensity. His vision blurred as the tang of blood filled his mouth, and then … nothing.
Lightness surrounded him until he found himself standing on a sandy shore that stung his feet, with all of his memories fading like a distant dream. A raft approached from the distance, bearing a lone person covered in dark robes that also hid his or her face. That person poled their way through the water until the raft ran aground just in front of him.
When the pole-bearer lifted his cowl back, he was such an old and withered man that he shouldn’t have had the body strength to move the raft at all. He planted his pole firmly into the shallow water and practically slid to the front of the raft. His hand came out palm up as if he expected something, and that was the first time Patrick realised he wasn’t alone. Others drifted forward, passing the old man a coin of various denominations on their way to the raft.
When it came to Patrick’s turn, he had no coin to offer. The hand waited, but when no coin was forthcoming, he turned and pointed to the water. “Swim,” he commanded, and suddenly Patrick’s legs were walking him into the water. Pain like nothing he’d ever felt before shot through his body upon contact, yet despite his immediate screams, he kept walking until he was deep enough to start swimming.
Behind him came another screaming soul that he barely remembered as being his younger brother.
* * *
Number two was back on his feet with a curse, but she already had one curled around the driver’s seat with the other diving under it. She had enough panicked strength to hold herself in place for one of them, but when the second swore in nasal tones and rejoined the first, she was hauled backwards from the cab. “Get here, bitch!” They whirled her around to face them and came face to face with a fully loaded .357 Magnum. Barely seeing anything, Charlotte pulled the trigger twice.
As the first one dropped, she was grabbed by the other man, and they struggled she pulled the trigger. The kick of the weapon didn’t register. With it gripped in both hands, she kept pulling the trigger as she followed the second man to the ground with the front sight, until all that remained was the empty clicks as her finger sought ammo that was no longer there.
Over … and over … and over.
* * *
((Author’s note: Again, thanks to my medically minded reader who was (unfortunately) able to give me insights from both sides of what it’s like to be shot.))
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2020.10.22 15:22 GoBackToLeddit Hovering mouse cursor intermittently activates Brave windows [repost since previous support person dropped the ball]

I originally posted this question on July 29th:
https://www.reddit.com/brave_browsecomments/i02jh2/hovering_mouse_cursor_intermittently_activates/

Something really annoying has been happening for almost a year as far as I can recall where dragging the mouse cursor across the desktop causes Brave windows to activate as if hovers over them. The strange thing is that they're only visually activated, but still physically in the background. If I am typing in a textbox in one browser and hover the mouse over another Brave window and cause it to take the foreground, I find that the background window is still active as I can still type in it even though another window is partially over it.
I cannot reproduce this in Chrome. It does it in both the beta and full version of Brave. Using Windows 7 (yeah I know it's out of date).
Animated GIF of the issue:
https://imgur.com/a/ZJlHWQl
Brave Support responded and appeared to have a genuine interest in researching the issue, flagging the thread as INVESTIGATING and going as far as instructing me not to uninstall Brave while they look into it. Well, that support person decided they didn't feel like taking on the task any longer and dropped the ball, refusing to respond further to any replies. Even another user junkkman replied to the same support rep and was ignored as well.
Someone needs to look into this issue because it's making Brave unusable. Just this morning, I uninstalled Brave completely, made sure to delete any remnants of it from my user folder, rebooted my machine, and did a clean install without any extensions. It is still doing it. It did it with both the full release and beta. It did not occur in Chrome.
I am using Windows 7 which I know is out of date, but it's been doing this since some time last year, so that shouldn't be an issue.
Edit: Looks like I am finding others with this same issue. Will be adding links to reports as I find them:
https://github.com/brave/brave-browseissues/12216
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2020.10.22 15:18 unnecessarycomics Thor's journey from Norse Mythology to Marvel Comics.

There is a chance this might've already been done a lot of times and I know this is a long post, but it took me a lot of time to write, so I hope you will show this some love. If you are not a fan of reading this much, you can watch it in video format on our newly started YouTube channel: The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/gU0trlcj_jg If you decide to watch this, please do not forget to like the video and subscribe for more such content!
Many people might not know that Thor, the god of thunder, was around long before Marvel added him to their roster of superheroes. Aside from perhaps Odin, the all-father, there is no deity within Norse mythology more well-known than Thor. While the Marvel version certainly copies some of the aspects of Thor's character, such as being the son of Odin, his legendary hammer Mjolnir, and his great reputation as a mighty warrior, the version from Norse mythology stands apart in its own way.
In this article, we have provided an overview of the god of thunder, his various deeds, and his adaptation to popular culture through Marvel comics.
Background of Thor Comics:
In 1962, as Stan Lee continued dreaming up the ideas that would eventually comprise the core of Marvel's pantheon, he began to look beyond the science-fiction background that produced the space explorers of the Fantastic Four, the Jekyll & Hyde monster known as the Hulk, and the incredible shrinking Dr. Henry Pym. Instead, he turned to the more ethereal realm of mythology, but rather than relying on the well-worn gods of the Greek pantheon, he looked to the land of the ice and snow…Scandinavia, from whence Norse mythology sprang. And who else was fit to join Marvel's fledgling pantheon of heroes but the most famous Norse god of them all; Thor, God of Thunder! Joined by artist Jack Kirby and Stan's brother Larry Lieber who scripted the early issues, Marvel Comics' Thor was born.
The original conception of Marvel's Thor was that of an ordinary man (Dr. Donald Blake) who was merely gifted with the power of Thor, much like another rival publisher, DC comic's hero, Billy Batson, AKA Captain Marvel AKA Shazam, was gifted with the power of the gods by the wizard Shazam. However, as time went on, more and more of Thor's Norse roots were added, and it was eventually established that he was indeed the true God of Thunder (with Blake being nothing more than a false identity). As writers are accustomed to doing, however, much creative license was taken, to the point where there is a great deal of departure from the original Norse myths that Marvel's Thor is based on.
The Legend OF Thor:
Thor Odinson is totally awesome. This iconic god has certainly come a long way since his origins in Norse Mythology, finding fame all over the world thanks to Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor's origins actually date all the way back to the Roman Age, where he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Roman God of War, Jupiter.
More recently, in 7th Century AD, there were references in Old English made to Thunor, the Saxon interpretation of Thor. Even in the Viking Age, references to Thor can be seen on charms and amulets. Then in the 13th Century, Thor and his exploits were compiled in the Poetic Edda. From there, it's just a short, hop, skip, and a jump to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's psychedelic sci-fi interpretation in the 1960s.
Thor, whose name derives from a word meaning "thunder", is the son of Odin. And his mother is a female jötunn who is generally believed to be a personification of the earth.
With Thor being the strongest of the gods, his might makes him quite capable as a warrior. Although his lack of his father's wisdom and his ill-temper leads to him being often tricked. Thor possesses several items that aid him in his hunts. First, Thor owns two goats that pull his chariot. And he is known to slaughter and eat these goats only to resurrect them the next day. We’re extremely glad that this version of Thor didn’t make his way into our screens.
Thor also possesses a magical belt that doubles his incredible strength, as well as special iron gauntlets or gloves that allow Thor to grip his hammer. Thor's hammer Mjölnir is by far his most important possession, however. Mjolnir, a name likely meaning lightning, is easily among the most powerful artifacts within Norse mythology and is generally seen as Thor's symbol.
Unfortunately in the time of Ragnarök, Thor would face off the Midgard serpent. Although Thor would slay the serpent, he's poisoned by its venom. After taking nine steps, Thor drops dead. Thor had been venerated by people for centuries as the archetypical warrior. Mighty, loyal, and always willing to defend his home and his people. Although Thor would often substitute brawn for wisdom, the gods often depended on him to protect them. Norse warriors would often call upon Thor to aid them in battle. And it was widely believed that the appearance of thunder and lightning in the skies was Thor battling the jötnar.
Comparison:
We begin our comparison, of course, with the God of Thunder himself. Marvel's Thor has long, flowing golden locks, and is typically clean-shaven, while the Thor of Norse myth was noted for his red hair and beard. Marvel's Thor flies through the air by whirling his hammer Mjolnir, while the Norse Thor prefers to travel in style, via his chariot drawn by the fierce goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. Marvel's Thor may have the edge in raw power; Norse myth indicates that Thor needed a magical belt and gloves to give him the strength to wield Mjolnir to its full effect, whereas Marvel's Thor has only occasionally used those items as strength-boosters. Both Thors are ladies' men, with Marvel's Thor counting the mortal nurse Jane Foster and the Asgardian goddess Sif among his loves, but the Norse Thor seems a bit looser, having married Sif, and yet still carrying on torrid affairs with the likes of the giantess Jarnsaxa. In addition, we have only seen Marvel's Thor spawn offspring in alternate futures, whereas the Norse Thor is the proud papa of at least three children from his various affairs. Their differences also extend to their personalities; Marvel's Thor is a noble hero any of us would feel safe around; the Thor of Norse myth is a fierce warrior with a violent temper, who seems to revel in the slaughter of any who would challenge him.
Whilst Marvel Comic's Thor has always been a dashing chap, it wasn't until the birth of the MCU and the casting of Chris Hemsworth that Thor was considered drop-dead gorgeous. Striking blue eyes, a chin chiseled from marble, and the sort of physique that makes men, women, animals, and minerals weak at the knees;
Thor certainly stands out in a crow. The Thor of ancient mythology stands out for quite another reason, however; he's ugly. The original Thor had blood-red eyes, red hair, and a wild and untamed red beard. Some accounts go even further, suggesting his face had a 'pig' like appearance. Still, when you spend the majority of your time smashing frost giants, who care whether or not you can make people swoon with only a cocked eyebrow?
One similarity that the two of them share is that they have done some things they shouldn’t be proud of. No hero can be good all the time, that's just impossible. Thor is a warrior god after all, so it stands to reason he's going to do some really mean things. And then there are the occasions where he's gone full evil. In Journey into Mystery #93, Thor threw Radio-Active Man into China and caused a nuclear explosion, killing millions. Or the time he teamed up with Hitler to help kill Joseph Stalin in The Invaders #32. Probably the less said about that infamous episode the better.
Mythological Thor has his fair share of blood on his hands, he's responsible for killing thousands of giants. Many of them didn't even do anything wrong, it's just that Thor really, really doesn't like giants. One time he even killed a random innocent dwarf by kicking him into a burning effigy that was previously Baldur, just to make himself feel better!
Ragnarök is the Norse version of the Apocalypse, the time when a cataclysmic final battle occurs and the world as we know it will be destroyed. There are variations on the tale from several different sources, but most accounts agree that it is a time when the many enemies of Asgard gather to invade, and the gods fight a bloody battle which results in most of them being slain. Loki, who had been imprisoned and tortured for his crimes, escapes his bonds and joins the invasion of Asgard. Odin faces off against the monstrous Fenrir wolf and is swallowed whole. Thor manages to slay the Midgard Serpent, but also succumbs to the serpent's venom. Loki and Heimdall kill each other, and eventually, Surtur will set the whole damn universe on fire, and humanity is virtually wiped out. Eventually, the battle comes to its conclusion, but all is not lost. A few gods do survive, and even two humans, who are foretold to repopulate the world.
Ragnarok has been portrayed a number of times throughout Thor's history at Marvel, most notably in Thor #128, the conclusion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Odinsword Quest storyline. But given Thor's role as a valuable franchise for Marvel, Marvel's Ragnarok has never quite been the final showdown that it is in Norse myth. Even in the movie Thor: Ragnarok War, we see Thor making it out alive in the end.
All in all, Marvel’s Thor just has so much deep and rich history that his number of feats far outweigh everything every other Marvel superhero has done so far. Marvel’s Thor has battled galaxy-level enemies, destroyed Celestials, forged a vast number of weapons, and cemented a legacy that has reached mainstream status. And although popular culture has certainly warped the image of the Thunder God, he'll always be one of the most legendary warriors to ever exist in myth.
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2020.10.22 15:10 unnecessarycomics Thor's journey from Norse Mythology to the MCU.

I know this is a long post, but it took me a lot of time to write, so I hope you will show this some love. If you are not a fan of reading this much, you can watch it in video format on our newly started YouTube channel: The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/gU0trlcj_jg If you decide to watch this, please do not forget to like the video and subscribe for more such content!
Many people might not know that Thor, the god of thunder, was around long before Marvel added him to their roster of superheroes. Aside from perhaps Odin, the all-father, there is no deity within Norse mythology more well-known than Thor. While the Marvel version certainly copies some of the aspects of Thor's character, such as being the son of Odin, his legendary hammer Mjolnir, and his great reputation as a mighty warrior, the version from Norse mythology stands apart in its own way.
In this article, we have provided an overview of the god of thunder, his various deeds, and his adaptation to popular culture through Marvel comics.
Background of Thor Comics:
In 1962, as Stan Lee continued dreaming up the ideas that would eventually comprise the core of Marvel's pantheon, he began to look beyond the science-fiction background that produced the space explorers of the Fantastic Four, the Jekyll & Hyde monster known as the Hulk, and the incredible shrinking Dr. Henry Pym. Instead, he turned to the more ethereal realm of mythology, but rather than relying on the well-worn gods of the Greek pantheon, he looked to the land of the ice and snow…Scandinavia, from whence Norse mythology sprang. And who else was fit to join Marvel's fledgling pantheon of heroes but the most famous Norse god of them all; Thor, God of Thunder! Joined by artist Jack Kirby and Stan's brother Larry Lieber who scripted the early issues, Marvel Comics' Thor was born.
The original conception of Marvel's Thor was that of an ordinary man (Dr. Donald Blake) who was merely gifted with the power of Thor, much like another rival publisher, DC comic's hero, Billy Batson, AKA Captain Marvel AKA Shazam, was gifted with the power of the gods by the wizard Shazam. However, as time went on, more and more of Thor's Norse roots were added, and it was eventually established that he was indeed the true God of Thunder (with Blake being nothing more than a false identity). As writers are accustomed to doing, however, much creative license was taken, to the point where there is a great deal of departure from the original Norse myths that Marvel's Thor is based on.
The Legend OF Thor:
Thor Odinson is totally awesome. This iconic god has certainly come a long way since his origins in Norse Mythology, finding fame all over the world thanks to Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor's origins actually date all the way back to the Roman Age, where he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Roman God of War, Jupiter.
More recently, in 7th Century AD, there were references in Old English made to Thunor, the Saxon interpretation of Thor. Even in the Viking Age, references to Thor can be seen on charms and amulets. Then in the 13th Century, Thor and his exploits were compiled in the Poetic Edda. From there, it's just a short, hop, skip, and a jump to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's psychedelic sci-fi interpretation in the 1960s.
Thor, whose name derives from a word meaning "thunder", is the son of Odin. And his mother is a female jötunn who is generally believed to be a personification of the earth.
With Thor being the strongest of the gods, his might makes him quite capable as a warrior. Although his lack of his father's wisdom and his ill-temper leads to him being often tricked. Thor possesses several items that aid him in his hunts. First, Thor owns two goats that pull his chariot. And he is known to slaughter and eat these goats only to resurrect them the next day. We’re extremely glad that this version of Thor didn’t make his way into our screens.
Thor also possesses a magical belt that doubles his incredible strength, as well as special iron gauntlets or gloves that allow Thor to grip his hammer. Thor's hammer Mjölnir is by far his most important possession, however. Mjolnir, a name likely meaning lightning, is easily among the most powerful artifacts within Norse mythology and is generally seen as Thor's symbol.
Unfortunately in the time of Ragnarök, Thor would face off the Midgard serpent. Although Thor would slay the serpent, he's poisoned by its venom. After taking nine steps, Thor drops dead. Thor had been venerated by people for centuries as the archetypical warrior. Mighty, loyal, and always willing to defend his home and his people. Although Thor would often substitute brawn for wisdom, the gods often depended on him to protect them. Norse warriors would often call upon Thor to aid them in battle. And it was widely believed that the appearance of thunder and lightning in the skies was Thor battling the jötnar.
Comparison:
We begin our comparison, of course, with the God of Thunder himself. Marvel's Thor has long, flowing golden locks, and is typically clean-shaven, while the Thor of Norse myth was noted for his red hair and beard. Marvel's Thor flies through the air by whirling his hammer Mjolnir, while the Norse Thor prefers to travel in style, via his chariot drawn by the fierce goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. Marvel's Thor may have the edge in raw power; Norse myth indicates that Thor needed a magical belt and gloves to give him the strength to wield Mjolnir to its full effect, whereas Marvel's Thor has only occasionally used those items as strength-boosters. Both Thors are ladies' men, with Marvel's Thor counting the mortal nurse Jane Foster and the Asgardian goddess Sif among his loves, but the Norse Thor seems a bit looser, having married Sif, and yet still carrying on torrid affairs with the likes of the giantess Jarnsaxa. In addition, we have only seen Marvel's Thor spawn offspring in alternate futures, whereas the Norse Thor is the proud papa of at least three children from his various affairs. Their differences also extend to their personalities; Marvel's Thor is a noble hero any of us would feel safe around; the Thor of Norse myth is a fierce warrior with a violent temper, who seems to revel in the slaughter of any who would challenge him.
Whilst Marvel Comic's Thor has always been a dashing chap, it wasn't until the birth of the MCU and the casting of Chris Hemsworth that Thor was considered drop-dead gorgeous. Striking blue eyes, a chin chiseled from marble, and the sort of physique that makes men, women, animals, and minerals weak at the knees;
Thor certainly stands out in a crow. The Thor of ancient mythology stands out for quite another reason, however; he's ugly. The original Thor had blood-red eyes, red hair, and a wild and untamed red beard. Some accounts go even further, suggesting his face had a 'pig' like appearance. Still, when you spend the majority of your time smashing frost giants, who care whether or not you can make people swoon with only a cocked eyebrow?
One similarity that the two of them share is that they have done some things they shouldn’t be proud of. No hero can be good all the time, that's just impossible. Thor is a warrior god after all, so it stands to reason he's going to do some really mean things. And then there are the occasions where he's gone full evil. In Journey into Mystery #93, Thor threw Radio-Active Man into China and caused a nuclear explosion, killing millions. Or the time he teamed up with Hitler to help kill Joseph Stalin in The Invaders #32. Probably the less said about that infamous episode the better.
Mythological Thor has his fair share of blood on his hands, he's responsible for killing thousands of giants. Many of them didn't even do anything wrong, it's just that Thor really, really doesn't like giants. One time he even killed a random innocent dwarf by kicking him into a burning effigy that was previously Baldur, just to make himself feel better!
Ragnarök is the Norse version of the Apocalypse, the time when a cataclysmic final battle occurs and the world as we know it will be destroyed. There are variations on the tale from several different sources, but most accounts agree that it is a time when the many enemies of Asgard gather to invade, and the gods fight a bloody battle which results in most of them being slain. Loki, who had been imprisoned and tortured for his crimes, escapes his bonds and joins the invasion of Asgard. Odin faces off against the monstrous Fenrir wolf and is swallowed whole. Thor manages to slay the Midgard Serpent, but also succumbs to the serpent's venom. Loki and Heimdall kill each other, and eventually, Surtur will set the whole damn universe on fire, and humanity is virtually wiped out. Eventually, the battle comes to its conclusion, but all is not lost. A few gods do survive, and even two humans, who are foretold to repopulate the world.
Ragnarok has been portrayed a number of times throughout Thor's history at Marvel, most notably in Thor #128, the conclusion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Odinsword Quest storyline. But given Thor's role as a valuable franchise for Marvel, Marvel's Ragnarok has never quite been the final showdown that it is in Norse myth. Even in the movie Thor: Ragnarok War, we see Thor making it out alive in the end.
All in all, Marvel’s Thor just has so much deep and rich history that his number of feats far outweigh everything every other Marvel superhero has done so far. Marvel’s Thor has battled galaxy-level enemies, destroyed Celestials, forged a vast number of weapons, and cemented a legacy that has reached mainstream status. And although popular culture has certainly warped the image of the Thunder God, he'll always be one of the most legendary warriors to ever exist in myth.
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2020.10.22 15:09 unnecessarycomics Thor's journey from Norse Mythology to the MCU.

I know this is a long post, but it took me a lot of time to write, so I hope you will show this some love. If you are not a fan of reading this much, you can watch it in video format on our newly started YouTube channel: The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/gU0trlcj_jg If you decide to watch this, please do not forget to like the video and subscribe for more such content!
Many people might not know that Thor, the god of thunder, was around long before Marvel added him to their roster of superheroes. Aside from perhaps Odin, the all-father, there is no deity within Norse mythology more well-known than Thor. While the Marvel version certainly copies some of the aspects of Thor's character, such as being the son of Odin, his legendary hammer Mjolnir, and his great reputation as a mighty warrior, the version from Norse mythology stands apart in its own way.
In this article, we have provided an overview of the god of thunder, his various deeds, and his adaptation to popular culture through Marvel comics.
Background of Thor Comics:
In 1962, as Stan Lee continued dreaming up the ideas that would eventually comprise the core of Marvel's pantheon, he began to look beyond the science-fiction background that produced the space explorers of the Fantastic Four, the Jekyll & Hyde monster known as the Hulk, and the incredible shrinking Dr. Henry Pym. Instead, he turned to the more ethereal realm of mythology, but rather than relying on the well-worn gods of the Greek pantheon, he looked to the land of the ice and snow…Scandinavia, from whence Norse mythology sprang. And who else was fit to join Marvel's fledgling pantheon of heroes but the most famous Norse god of them all; Thor, God of Thunder! Joined by artist Jack Kirby and Stan's brother Larry Lieber who scripted the early issues, Marvel Comics' Thor was born.
The original conception of Marvel's Thor was that of an ordinary man (Dr. Donald Blake) who was merely gifted with the power of Thor, much like another rival publisher, DC comic's hero, Billy Batson, AKA Captain Marvel AKA Shazam, was gifted with the power of the gods by the wizard Shazam. However, as time went on, more and more of Thor's Norse roots were added, and it was eventually established that he was indeed the true God of Thunder (with Blake being nothing more than a false identity). As writers are accustomed to doing, however, much creative license was taken, to the point where there is a great deal of departure from the original Norse myths that Marvel's Thor is based on.
The Legend OF Thor:
Thor Odinson is totally awesome. This iconic god has certainly come a long way since his origins in Norse Mythology, finding fame all over the world thanks to Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor's origins actually date all the way back to the Roman Age, where he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Roman God of War, Jupiter.
More recently, in 7th Century AD, there were references in Old English made to Thunor, the Saxon interpretation of Thor. Even in the Viking Age, references to Thor can be seen on charms and amulets. Then in the 13th Century, Thor and his exploits were compiled in the Poetic Edda. From there, it's just a short, hop, skip, and a jump to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's psychedelic sci-fi interpretation in the 1960s.
Thor, whose name derives from a word meaning "thunder", is the son of Odin. And his mother is a female jötunn who is generally believed to be a personification of the earth.
With Thor being the strongest of the gods, his might makes him quite capable as a warrior. Although his lack of his father's wisdom and his ill-temper leads to him being often tricked. Thor possesses several items that aid him in his hunts. First, Thor owns two goats that pull his chariot. And he is known to slaughter and eat these goats only to resurrect them the next day. We’re extremely glad that this version of Thor didn’t make his way into our screens.
Thor also possesses a magical belt that doubles his incredible strength, as well as special iron gauntlets or gloves that allow Thor to grip his hammer. Thor's hammer Mjölnir is by far his most important possession, however. Mjolnir, a name likely meaning lightning, is easily among the most powerful artifacts within Norse mythology and is generally seen as Thor's symbol.
Unfortunately in the time of Ragnarök, Thor would face off the Midgard serpent. Although Thor would slay the serpent, he's poisoned by its venom. After taking nine steps, Thor drops dead. Thor had been venerated by people for centuries as the archetypical warrior. Mighty, loyal, and always willing to defend his home and his people. Although Thor would often substitute brawn for wisdom, the gods often depended on him to protect them. Norse warriors would often call upon Thor to aid them in battle. And it was widely believed that the appearance of thunder and lightning in the skies was Thor battling the jötnar.
Comparison:
We begin our comparison, of course, with the God of Thunder himself. Marvel's Thor has long, flowing golden locks, and is typically clean-shaven, while the Thor of Norse myth was noted for his red hair and beard. Marvel's Thor flies through the air by whirling his hammer Mjolnir, while the Norse Thor prefers to travel in style, via his chariot drawn by the fierce goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. Marvel's Thor may have the edge in raw power; Norse myth indicates that Thor needed a magical belt and gloves to give him the strength to wield Mjolnir to its full effect, whereas Marvel's Thor has only occasionally used those items as strength-boosters. Both Thors are ladies' men, with Marvel's Thor counting the mortal nurse Jane Foster and the Asgardian goddess Sif among his loves, but the Norse Thor seems a bit looser, having married Sif, and yet still carrying on torrid affairs with the likes of the giantess Jarnsaxa. In addition, we have only seen Marvel's Thor spawn offspring in alternate futures, whereas the Norse Thor is the proud papa of at least three children from his various affairs. Their differences also extend to their personalities; Marvel's Thor is a noble hero any of us would feel safe around; the Thor of Norse myth is a fierce warrior with a violent temper, who seems to revel in the slaughter of any who would challenge him.
Whilst Marvel Comic's Thor has always been a dashing chap, it wasn't until the birth of the MCU and the casting of Chris Hemsworth that Thor was considered drop-dead gorgeous. Striking blue eyes, a chin chiseled from marble, and the sort of physique that makes men, women, animals, and minerals weak at the knees;
Thor certainly stands out in a crow. The Thor of ancient mythology stands out for quite another reason, however; he's ugly. The original Thor had blood-red eyes, red hair, and a wild and untamed red beard. Some accounts go even further, suggesting his face had a 'pig' like appearance. Still, when you spend the majority of your time smashing frost giants, who care whether or not you can make people swoon with only a cocked eyebrow?
One similarity that the two of them share is that they have done some things they shouldn’t be proud of. No hero can be good all the time, that's just impossible. Thor is a warrior god after all, so it stands to reason he's going to do some really mean things. And then there are the occasions where he's gone full evil. In Journey into Mystery #93**,** Thor threw Radio-Active Man into China and caused a nuclear explosion, killing millions. Or the time he teamed up with Hitler to help kill Joseph Stalin in The Invaders #32. Probably the less said about that infamous episode the better.
Mythological Thor has his fair share of blood on his hands, he's responsible for killing thousands of giants. Many of them didn't even do anything wrong, it's just that Thor really, really doesn't like giants. One time he even killed a random innocent dwarf by kicking him into a burning effigy that was previously Baldur, just to make himself feel better!
Ragnarök is the Norse version of the Apocalypse, the time when a cataclysmic final battle occurs and the world as we know it will be destroyed. There are variations on the tale from several different sources, but most accounts agree that it is a time when the many enemies of Asgard gather to invade, and the gods fight a bloody battle which results in most of them being slain. Loki, who had been imprisoned and tortured for his crimes, escapes his bonds and joins the invasion of Asgard. Odin faces off against the monstrous Fenrir wolf and is swallowed whole. Thor manages to slay the Midgard Serpent, but also succumbs to the serpent's venom. Loki and Heimdall kill each other, and eventually, Surtur will set the whole damn universe on fire, and humanity is virtually wiped out. Eventually, the battle comes to its conclusion, but all is not lost. A few gods do survive, and even two humans, who are foretold to repopulate the world.
Ragnarok has been portrayed a number of times throughout Thor's history at Marvel, most notably in Thor #128, the conclusion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Odinsword Quest storyline. But given Thor's role as a valuable franchise for Marvel, Marvel's Ragnarok has never quite been the final showdown that it is in Norse myth. Even in the movie Thor: Ragnarok War, we see Thor making it out alive in the end.
All in all, Marvel’s Thor just has so much deep and rich history that his number of feats far outweigh everything every other Marvel superhero has done so far. Marvel’s Thor has battled galaxy-level enemies, destroyed Celestials, forged a vast number of weapons, and cemented a legacy that has reached mainstream status. And although popular culture has certainly warped the image of the Thunder God, he'll always be one of the most legendary warriors to ever exist in myth.
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2020.10.22 15:00 jg429 Sub Basement Noise

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2020.10.22 14:57 unnecessarycomics Thor's journey from Norse Mythology to Marvel Comics.

I know this is a long post, but it took me a lot of time to write, so I hope you will show this some love. If you are not a fan of reading this much, you can watch it in video format on our newly started YouTube channel: The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/gU0trlcj_jg If you decide to watch this, please do not forget to like the video and subscribe for more such content!
Many people might not know that Thor, the god of thunder, was around long before Marvel added him to their roster of superheroes. Aside from perhaps Odin, the all-father, there is no deity within Norse mythology more well-known than Thor. While the Marvel version certainly copies some of the aspects of Thor's character, such as being the son of Odin, his legendary hammer Mjolnir, and his great reputation as a mighty warrior, the version from Norse mythology stands apart in its own way.
In this article, we have provided an overview of the god of thunder, his various deeds, and his adaptation to popular culture through Marvel comics.
Background of Thor Comics:
In 1962, as Stan Lee continued dreaming up the ideas that would eventually comprise the core of Marvel's pantheon, he began to look beyond the science-fiction background that produced the space explorers of the Fantastic Four, the Jekyll & Hyde monster known as the Hulk, and the incredible shrinking Dr. Henry Pym. Instead, he turned to the more ethereal realm of mythology, but rather than relying on the well-worn gods of the Greek pantheon, he looked to the land of the ice and snow…Scandinavia, from whence Norse mythology sprang. And who else was fit to join Marvel's fledgling pantheon of heroes but the most famous Norse god of them all; Thor, God of Thunder! Joined by artist Jack Kirby and Stan's brother Larry Lieber who scripted the early issues, Marvel Comics' Thor was born.
The original conception of Marvel's Thor was that of an ordinary man (Dr. Donald Blake) who was merely gifted with the power of Thor, much like another rival publisher, DC comic's hero, Billy Batson, AKA Captain Marvel AKA Shazam, was gifted with the power of the gods by the wizard Shazam. However, as time went on, more and more of Thor's Norse roots were added, and it was eventually established that he was indeed the true God of Thunder (with Blake being nothing more than a false identity). As writers are accustomed to doing, however, much creative license was taken, to the point where there is a great deal of departure from the original Norse myths that Marvel's Thor is based on.
The Legend OF Thor:
Thor Odinson is totally awesome. This iconic god has certainly come a long way since his origins in Norse Mythology, finding fame all over the world thanks to Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor's origins actually date all the way back to the Roman Age, where he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Roman God of War, Jupiter.
More recently, in 7th Century AD, there were references in Old English made to Thunor, the Saxon interpretation of Thor. Even in the Viking Age, references to Thor can be seen on charms and amulets. Then in the 13th Century, Thor and his exploits were compiled in the Poetic Edda. From there, it's just a short, hop, skip, and a jump to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's psychedelic sci-fi interpretation in the 1960s.
Thor, whose name derives from a word meaning "thunder", is the son of Odin. And his mother is a female jötunn who is generally believed to be a personification of the earth.
With Thor being the strongest of the gods, his might makes him quite capable as a warrior. Although his lack of his father's wisdom and his ill-temper leads to him being often tricked. Thor possesses several items that aid him in his hunts. First, Thor owns two goats that pull his chariot. And he is known to slaughter and eat these goats only to resurrect them the next day. We’re extremely glad that this version of Thor didn’t make his way into our screens.
Thor also possesses a magical belt that doubles his incredible strength, as well as special iron gauntlets or gloves that allow Thor to grip his hammer. Thor's hammer Mjölnir is by far his most important possession, however. Mjolnir, a name likely meaning lightning, is easily among the most powerful artifacts within Norse mythology and is generally seen as Thor's symbol.
Unfortunately in the time of Ragnarök, Thor would face off the Midgard serpent. Although Thor would slay the serpent, he's poisoned by its venom. After taking nine steps, Thor drops dead. Thor had been venerated by people for centuries as the archetypical warrior. Mighty, loyal, and always willing to defend his home and his people. Although Thor would often substitute brawn for wisdom, the gods often depended on him to protect them. Norse warriors would often call upon Thor to aid them in battle. And it was widely believed that the appearance of thunder and lightning in the skies was Thor battling the jötnar.
Comparison:
We begin our comparison, of course, with the God of Thunder himself. Marvel's Thor has long, flowing golden locks, and is typically clean-shaven, while the Thor of Norse myth was noted for his red hair and beard. Marvel's Thor flies through the air by whirling his hammer Mjolnir, while the Norse Thor prefers to travel in style, via his chariot drawn by the fierce goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. Marvel's Thor may have the edge in raw power; Norse myth indicates that Thor needed a magical belt and gloves to give him the strength to wield Mjolnir to its full effect, whereas Marvel's Thor has only occasionally used those items as strength-boosters. Both Thors are ladies' men, with Marvel's Thor counting the mortal nurse Jane Foster and the Asgardian goddess Sif among his loves, but the Norse Thor seems a bit looser, having married Sif, and yet still carrying on torrid affairs with the likes of the giantess Jarnsaxa. In addition, we have only seen Marvel's Thor spawn offspring in alternate futures, whereas the Norse Thor is the proud papa of at least three children from his various affairs. Their differences also extend to their personalities; Marvel's Thor is a noble hero any of us would feel safe around; the Thor of Norse myth is a fierce warrior with a violent temper, who seems to revel in the slaughter of any who would challenge him.
Whilst Marvel Comic's Thor has always been a dashing chap, it wasn't until the birth of the MCU and the casting of Chris Hemsworth that Thor was considered drop-dead gorgeous. Striking blue eyes, a chin chiseled from marble, and the sort of physique that makes men, women, animals, and minerals weak at the knees;
Thor certainly stands out in a crow. The Thor of ancient mythology stands out for quite another reason, however; he's ugly. The original Thor had blood-red eyes, red hair, and a wild and untamed red beard. Some accounts go even further, suggesting his face had a 'pig' like appearance. Still, when you spend the majority of your time smashing frost giants, who care whether or not you can make people swoon with only a cocked eyebrow?
One similarity that the two of them share is that they have done some things they shouldn’t be proud of. No hero can be good all the time, that's just impossible. Thor is a warrior god after all, so it stands to reason he's going to do some really mean things. And then there are the occasions where he's gone full evil. In Journey into Mystery #93, Thor threw Radio-Active Man into China and caused a nuclear explosion, killing millions. Or the time he teamed up with Hitler to help kill Joseph Stalin in The Invaders #32. Probably the less said about that infamous episode the better.
Mythological Thor has his fair share of blood on his hands, he's responsible for killing thousands of giants. Many of them didn't even do anything wrong, it's just that Thor really, really doesn't like giants. One time he even killed a random innocent dwarf by kicking him into a burning effigy that was previously Baldur, just to make himself feel better!
Ragnarök is the Norse version of the Apocalypse, the time when a cataclysmic final battle occurs and the world as we know it will be destroyed. There are variations on the tale from several different sources, but most accounts agree that it is a time when the many enemies of Asgard gather to invade, and the gods fight a bloody battle which results in most of them being slain. Loki, who had been imprisoned and tortured for his crimes, escapes his bonds and joins the invasion of Asgard. Odin faces off against the monstrous Fenrir wolf and is swallowed whole. Thor manages to slay the Midgard Serpent, but also succumbs to the serpent's venom. Loki and Heimdall kill each other, and eventually, Surtur will set the whole damn universe on fire, and humanity is virtually wiped out. Eventually, the battle comes to its conclusion, but all is not lost. A few gods do survive, and even two humans, who are foretold to repopulate the world.
Ragnarok has been portrayed a number of times throughout Thor's history at Marvel, most notably in Thor #128, the conclusion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Odinsword Quest storyline. But given Thor's role as a valuable franchise for Marvel, Marvel's Ragnarok has never quite been the final showdown that it is in Norse myth. Even in the movie Thor: Ragnarok, we see Thor making it out alive in the end.
All in all, Marvel’s Thor just has so much deep and rich history that his number of feats far outweigh everything every other Marvel superhero has done so far. Marvel’s Thor has battled galaxy-level enemies, destroyed Celestials, forged a vast number of weapons, and cemented a legacy that has reached mainstream status. And although popular culture has certainly warped the image of the Thunder God, he'll always be one of the most legendary warriors to ever exist in myth.
If you feel like this article has given you any valuable information related to Thor, please check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Since we're just starting out, it would really mean a lot to us if you guys show a little support. New content comes out every Friday!
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2020.10.22 14:56 unnecessarycomics Thor's journey from Norse Mythology to the MCU.

I know this is a long post, but it took me a lot of time to write, so I hope you will show this some love. If you are not a fan of reading this much, you can watch it in video format on our newly started YouTube channel: The link to the video is: https://youtu.be/gU0trlcj_jg If you decide to watch this, please do not forget to like the video and subscribe for more such content!
Many people might not know that Thor, the god of thunder, was around long before Marvel added him to their roster of superheroes. Aside from perhaps Odin, the all-father, there is no deity within Norse mythology more well-known than Thor. While the Marvel version certainly copies some of the aspects of Thor's character, such as being the son of Odin, his legendary hammer Mjolnir, and his great reputation as a mighty warrior, the version from Norse mythology stands apart in its own way.
In this article, we have provided an overview of the god of thunder, his various deeds, and his adaptation to popular culture through Marvel comics.
Background of Thor Comics:
In 1962, as Stan Lee continued dreaming up the ideas that would eventually comprise the core of Marvel's pantheon, he began to look beyond the science-fiction background that produced the space explorers of the Fantastic Four, the Jekyll & Hyde monster known as the Hulk, and the incredible shrinking Dr. Henry Pym. Instead, he turned to the more ethereal realm of mythology, but rather than relying on the well-worn gods of the Greek pantheon, he looked to the land of the ice and snow…Scandinavia, from whence Norse mythology sprang. And who else was fit to join Marvel's fledgling pantheon of heroes but the most famous Norse god of them all; Thor, God of Thunder! Joined by artist Jack Kirby and Stan's brother Larry Lieber who scripted the early issues, Marvel Comics' Thor was born.
The original conception of Marvel's Thor was that of an ordinary man (Dr. Donald Blake) who was merely gifted with the power of Thor, much like another rival publisher, DC comic's hero, Billy Batson, AKA Captain Marvel AKA Shazam, was gifted with the power of the gods by the wizard Shazam. However, as time went on, more and more of Thor's Norse roots were added, and it was eventually established that he was indeed the true God of Thunder (with Blake being nothing more than a false identity). As writers are accustomed to doing, however, much creative license was taken, to the point where there is a great deal of departure from the original Norse myths that Marvel's Thor is based on.
The Legend OF Thor:
Thor Odinson is totally awesome. This iconic god has certainly come a long way since his origins in Norse Mythology, finding fame all over the world thanks to Chris Hemsworth's portrayal of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor's origins actually date all the way back to the Roman Age, where he bears an uncanny resemblance to the Roman God of War, Jupiter.
More recently, in 7th Century AD, there were references in Old English made to Thunor, the Saxon interpretation of Thor. Even in the Viking Age, references to Thor can be seen on charms and amulets. Then in the 13th Century, Thor and his exploits were compiled in the Poetic Edda. From there, it's just a short, hop, skip, and a jump to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's psychedelic sci-fi interpretation in the 1960s.
Thor, whose name derives from a word meaning "thunder", is the son of Odin. And his mother is a female jötunn who is generally believed to be a personification of the earth.
With Thor being the strongest of the gods, his might makes him quite capable as a warrior. Although his lack of his father's wisdom and his ill-temper leads to him being often tricked. Thor possesses several items that aid him in his hunts. First, Thor owns two goats that pull his chariot. And he is known to slaughter and eat these goats only to resurrect them the next day. We’re extremely glad that this version of Thor didn’t make his way into our screens.
Thor also possesses a magical belt that doubles his incredible strength, as well as special iron gauntlets or gloves that allow Thor to grip his hammer. Thor's hammer Mjölnir is by far his most important possession, however. Mjolnir, a name likely meaning lightning, is easily among the most powerful artifacts within Norse mythology and is generally seen as Thor's symbol.
Unfortunately in the time of Ragnarök, Thor would face off the Midgard serpent. Although Thor would slay the serpent, he's poisoned by its venom. After taking nine steps, Thor drops dead. Thor had been venerated by people for centuries as the archetypical warrior. Mighty, loyal, and always willing to defend his home and his people. Although Thor would often substitute brawn for wisdom, the gods often depended on him to protect them. Norse warriors would often call upon Thor to aid them in battle. And it was widely believed that the appearance of thunder and lightning in the skies was Thor battling the jötnar.
Comparison:
We begin our comparison, of course, with the God of Thunder himself. Marvel's Thor has long, flowing golden locks, and is typically clean-shaven, while the Thor of Norse myth was noted for his red hair and beard. Marvel's Thor flies through the air by whirling his hammer Mjolnir, while the Norse Thor prefers to travel in style, via his chariot drawn by the fierce goats Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder. Marvel's Thor may have the edge in raw power; Norse myth indicates that Thor needed a magical belt and gloves to give him the strength to wield Mjolnir to its full effect, whereas Marvel's Thor has only occasionally used those items as strength-boosters. Both Thors are ladies' men, with Marvel's Thor counting the mortal nurse Jane Foster and the Asgardian goddess Sif among his loves, but the Norse Thor seems a bit looser, having married Sif, and yet still carrying on torrid affairs with the likes of the giantess Jarnsaxa. In addition, we have only seen Marvel's Thor spawn offspring in alternate futures, whereas the Norse Thor is the proud papa of at least three children from his various affairs. Their differences also extend to their personalities; Marvel's Thor is a noble hero any of us would feel safe around; the Thor of Norse myth is a fierce warrior with a violent temper, who seems to revel in the slaughter of any who would challenge him.
Whilst Marvel Comic's Thor has always been a dashing chap, it wasn't until the birth of the MCU and the casting of Chris Hemsworth that Thor was considered drop-dead gorgeous. Striking blue eyes, a chin chiseled from marble, and the sort of physique that makes men, women, animals, and minerals weak at the knees;
Thor certainly stands out in a crow. The Thor of ancient mythology stands out for quite another reason, however; he's ugly. The original Thor had blood-red eyes, red hair, and a wild and untamed red beard. Some accounts go even further, suggesting his face had a 'pig' like appearance. Still, when you spend the majority of your time smashing frost giants, who care whether or not you can make people swoon with only a cocked eyebrow?
One similarity that the two of them share is that they have done some things they shouldn’t be proud of. No hero can be good all the time, that's just impossible. Thor is a warrior god after all, so it stands to reason he's going to do some really mean things. And then there are the occasions where he's gone full evil. In Journey into Mystery #93, Thor threw Radio-Active Man into China and caused a nuclear explosion, killing millions. Or the time he teamed up with Hitler to help kill Joseph Stalin in The Invaders #32. Probably the less said about that infamous episode the better.
Mythological Thor has his fair share of blood on his hands, he's responsible for killing thousands of giants. Many of them didn't even do anything wrong, it's just that Thor really, really doesn't like giants. One time he even killed a random innocent dwarf by kicking him into a burning effigy that was previously Baldur, just to make himself feel better!
Ragnarök is the Norse version of the Apocalypse, the time when a cataclysmic final battle occurs and the world as we know it will be destroyed. There are variations on the tale from several different sources, but most accounts agree that it is a time when the many enemies of Asgard gather to invade, and the gods fight a bloody battle which results in most of them being slain. Loki, who had been imprisoned and tortured for his crimes, escapes his bonds and joins the invasion of Asgard. Odin faces off against the monstrous Fenrir wolf and is swallowed whole. Thor manages to slay the Midgard Serpent, but also succumbs to the serpent's venom. Loki and Heimdall kill each other, and eventually, Surtur will set the whole damn universe on fire, and humanity is virtually wiped out. Eventually, the battle comes to its conclusion, but all is not lost. A few gods do survive, and even two humans, who are foretold to repopulate the world.
Ragnarok has been portrayed a number of times throughout Thor's history at Marvel, most notably in Thor #128, the conclusion of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Odinsword Quest storyline. But given Thor's role as a valuable franchise for Marvel, Marvel's Ragnarok has never quite been the final showdown that it is in Norse myth. Even in the movie Thor: Ragnarok War, we see Thor making it out alive in the end.
All in all, Marvel’s Thor just has so much deep and rich history that his number of feats far outweigh everything every other Marvel superhero has done so far. Marvel’s Thor has battled galaxy-level enemies, destroyed Celestials, forged a vast number of weapons, and cemented a legacy that has reached mainstream status. And although popular culture has certainly warped the image of the Thunder God, he'll always be one of the most legendary warriors to ever exist in myth.
If you feel like this article has given you any valuable information related to Thor, please check out and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Since we're just starting out, it would really mean a lot to us if you guys show a little support. New content comes out every Friday!
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2020.10.22 14:23 readingrachelx Housewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 22nd, 2020

ORANGE COUNTY
"When “Housewives” collide.
“Real Housewives of New York” star Barbara Kavovit and the “Real Housewives of Orange County’s” Braunwyn Windham-Burke spent time palling around together in the Hamptons this week.
Windham-Burke, 42, stayed at Kavovit’s home on Tuesday, after celebrating a friend’s birthday in the city on Monday and participating in the Women’s March in Washington, DC on Saturday, per the mom-of-seven’s social media accounts.
An insider told Page Six on Wednesday that Windham-Burke arrived via Blade helicopter.
The insider said that the women — who met at BravoCon in November 2019 — spent time lounging by Kavovit’s pool.
They also filmed Windham-Burke’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” segment that will air Wednesday.
It seems they also enjoyed the local scenery, as Windham-Burke shared a snap surrounded by pumpkins.
The women went out to Zero Bond in Manhattan for mocktails to celebrate as well. As “RHOC” fans know, Windham-Burke came out as an alcoholic during the Season 15 premiere.
Unfortunately, their fun time couldn’t continue forever, as Kavovit and Windham-Burke drove back into the city on Tuesday.
The two have remained friends, with Kavovit even attending Windham-Burke’s birthday party in her native Orange County."
"In the video , the mom of three shows off her generously sized kitchen island. "It's really nice for me and the kids because a lot of times they just sit up at the barstools and we cook together a lot," she says. "When you cook with kids, you definitely need space to do it. So that is a great feature of this house." She adds: "I also have a lot of storage, which is really good. For it being not such a large home, it actually was designed really well."
Gina also shows the living room, which has multiple purposes. "We kind of made it a half living room, half office," she says. Along with an L-shaped desk where she and Travis catch up on work, the room has a huge, "really comfortable" couch where the whole gang can lounge and relax.
Upstairs, the six kiddos sleep in two rooms, which each have bunk beds that can sleep three. (The kids even got to pick out their own bedding.) In the bedroom that Gina and Travis share, there's decor that the couple picked out together. "I think we actually make a really good team," Gina says. "We tried to make it comfortable. And I obviously wanted it to be cute and stylish, but I didn't want it to be ultra feminine. So, I tried to balance the feminine and masculinity and throw Trav a bone there."
The house also looks directly onto the school where Gina's kids go. "I can actually be in my bedroom and I can look out and see my kids running around on the field at recess at the school, and I can hear, also, the school bells," she says. "I really do love it here so much. It's a great home, great area, I have great neighbors."
BEVERLY HILLS
"The Real's Garcelle Beauvais is adding "author" to her list of current jobs. The actress, model, podcast host, reality star, and talk show host is set to write a memoir called Finding My G-Spot, according to Publishers' Marketplace.
The industry database described the book as "a memoir about falling back in love with yourself, with never-before-heard stories and advice on relationships, parenting, and career."
No news yet on a release date, but the book has been acquired by HarperCollins' Amistad Press."
BRAVO
"Following the roundtable discussion on race relations in the country today, Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment, in August, Bravo will be continuing the conversation with the upcoming special Race in America: Our Vote Counts airing Sunday, November 1 at 10/9c.
In this 90-minute special, which will also be simulcast on E!, 10 celebs from across the NBC broadcast and cable entertainment networks will come together to discuss the power of the Black vote on both a local and national level. Host Nina Parker will return to the roundtable, which will feature panelists Gizelle Bryant from The Real Housewives of Potomac, Dr. Britten Cole from Married to Medicine Los Angeles, Zuri Hall from Access Hollywood, Dr. Heavenly Kimes from Married to Medicine, Dr. Damon Kimes from Married to Medicine, Tamica Lee from Southern Charm New Orleans, Jon Moody from Southern Charm New Orleans, Wendy Osefo from RHOP, Barry Smith from Southern Charm New Orleans, and Justin Sylvester from E! News.
With the election of a lifetime just weeks away, the roundtable will have an open dialogue on the importance of voting, the changes a new generation can make with their vote, and the effect the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could have on people going to the polls. The special will also feature an emotional conversation on Black people's voting experience and how it has affected them more than any other race in the country.
The special is produced for Bravo by Lauren Grace Media with Leslie D. Farrell and Dorothy Toran serving as executive producers. Kandi Burruss is also an executive producer."
"Now it can always be “Turtle Time” for Bravo fans.
Bravo teamed up with Nocking Point Wines to launch their first-ever line of wine in conjunction with their newest series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.”
“The Real Housewives Wines” includes white wine, red wine and a rosé option, and are available to purchase online.
“We are excited to partner with Nocking Point for this special limited edition collaboration that will allow Bravo superfans to immerse themselves in the Bravo universe, engaging with us both on-screen and off,” Maria Laino DeLuca, the senior vice president of consumer and social marketing for Bravo, said in a press release on Wednesday.
“This pairing celebrates the series and offers an escape in a year when we may not be able to engage with each other face-to-face,” she added."
MIAMI
"Larsa Pippen is the latest celebrity victim of a burglary.
The former “Real Housewives of Miami” star, 46, revealed on her Instagram Story Tuesday that not only was her Los Angeles home hit by thieves Monday night but she’s also dealing with an alleged stalker.
“Could 2020 get any crazier? A stalker in L.A. forced me to go to Miami only then to find out my house in L.A. got robbed. Let’s pray for 2021,” she wrote.
The thieves made off with “many personal and high-valued items,” according to The Blast. They allegedly bypassed her house’s alarm system by disabling the electricity “to the whole street.”
No one was home at the time of the burglary, and Pippen, who is NBA legend Scottie Pippen’s ex, remains in Florida.
Neither the LAPD nor a rep for Pippen immediately returned Page Six’s request for comment."
NEW YORK
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2020.10.22 13:12 relationstatus It’s Complicated: What Your Facebook Relationship Status Says About You

It’s Complicated: What Your Facebook Relationship Status Says About You
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What an interesting topic: the Facebook relationship status. Something that seems so meaningless, has such major implications of people’s relationships. The number of couples who have broken up due to one person changing or refusing to change “their status” is probably a ridiculously wild number you wouldn’t believe.
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2020.10.22 13:09 relationstatus Finding The One Is It Time To Have A Love In Your Life

Finding The One Is It Time To Have A Love In Your Life

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Sometimes it could only strike us. That need to be with somebody and to discuss with our own life our passions are dreams, anxieties and fantasies together with. That exceptional someone who does not care exactly what you appear to be the very first part of the early hours, or whether you consume too many carbohydrates, or even have a pleasant chuckle. Only somebody who takes you. It really is that easy. However, inside this contemporary world, it could be very hard to locate someone to talk about your own life together, also it may feel as it really is harder than it actually is. Therefore, I thought I’d talk to you a number of the ways that you can consider within this modern-day universe that will allow you to find the main one to get you personally.
Dating Applications or Websites
Matchmaking Services
Going Out More Often
Taking Notice in Your Workplace
Through Friends and Family
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