JM McNab: 5 Upcoming Movie Plots That Sound Suspiciously Familiar (Cracked)
In a world where we're constantly bombarded with reboots, sequels, recalibrations, crossovers, spinoffs, pre-boots, and re-re-boots, it's refreshing that there are still original movies coming out every now and then. At least they seem to be original, until you dig deeper and realize everything on Earth has already been done before.
A diamond cut is a style or design guide used when shaping a diamond for polishing such as the brilliant cut. Cut does not refer to shape (pear, oval), but the symmetry, proportioning and polish of a diamond. The cut of a diamond greatly impacts a diamond's brilliance; this means if it is cut poorly, it will be less luminous.
The most popular of diamond cuts is the modern round brilliant, whose facet arrangements and proportions have been perfected by both mathematical and empirical analysis.
Developed ca. 1900, the round brilliant is the most popular cut given to diamond. It is usually the best choice in terms of saleability, insurability (due to its relatively "safe" shape), and desired optics.
Slightly Dull Lois Of Oregon was first, and correct, with:
That would be the "brilliant" cut of fame and legend.
However, since the invention of the astonishing "cubic
zirconia", made famous on the Home Shopping Club (to which I
was once a RABID member), one must agree with Captain Kirk,
when he said to that portly alien trying to bribe him; "We
could manufacture a ton of these on our ship. They mean
nothing to us." Oh, but god knows, we DO love the sparklies!
Sometimes we just lay our face on the jewlery display case
at our local 24 hour Walmart and blink and drool at them
until 2:00 O'clock in the morning when the assistant manager
asks us if we is all right.
We are not.
P.S. Deborah, thanks for the nod! We appreciate it much.
Alan J said:
The Modern Round Brilliant
Modern round brilliant
What do I know from diamonds?
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
The most popular of diamond cuts is the modern round brilliant, whose facet arrangements and proportions have been perfected by both mathematical and empirical analysis
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CBS fills the night with LIVE'NCAA March Madness', then pads the left coast with local crap.
On a RERUNDave are Don Cheadle, Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson, and Mikky Ekko.
On a RERUNLate, Late Show (from 1/23/15), with tonight's middle-aged white guy guest host, Judd Apatow, are Jeff Goldblum, Garry Shandling, and Ryan Adams.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Grimm', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jeremy Piven, Ariana Grande, Joshua Topolsky, and Andy Summers.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 3/2/15) are Kelly Ripa, Lee Daniels, Echosmith, and Kate Pierson.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/12/15) are Spike Lee, Gap Dream, and Tomm Moore.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH'Cristela', then a FRESH'Shark Tank', followed by '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel is Willie Nelson.
The CW offers a FRESH'Hart Of Dixie', followed by a RERUN'iZombie'.
Faux fills the night with a FRESH'Glee'.
MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.
A&E has 3 hours of old 'Criminal Minds' and 'Bates Motel'.
AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the movie 'The Departed'.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 3 - Man of the People
[9:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Relics
[10:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Schisms
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 7 - The Unicorn and The Wasp
[12:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 8 - Silence in the Library
[1:00PM] Doctor Who - Season 4 - Ep 9 - Forest of the Dead
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 2 - PJ's Steakhouse
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Contagion
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 12 - The Royale
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor
[8:00PM] The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 1 - Robots
[9:00PM] The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 2 - Space
[10:00PM] The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 3 - Invasion
[11:00PM] The Real History of Science Fiction-Ep 4 - Time
[12:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 23 - Emergence
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 24 - Preemptive Strike
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 25 - All Good Things... (Part 1)
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 7 - Ep 26 - All Good Things... (Part 2)
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Time Squared
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 2 - Ep 14 - The Icarcus Factor (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Keeping Up With The Ks', followed by a FRESH'Bravo's First Looks', then the movie 'Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Mean Girls', 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'South Park', and another 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie', followed by the movie 'Men In Black III'.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Gangland Undercover', another 'Gangland Undercover', and still another 'Gangland Undercover'.
[6:30AM] PORTLANDIA-DOUG BECOMES A FEMINIST
[7:00AM] HAPPY, TEXAS
[9:15AM] THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
[12:15PM] HAPPY, TEXAS
[2:30PM] C.S.A.: THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
[4:30PM] ENEMY AT THE GATES
[7:30PM] PULP FICTION
[11:00PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-TY BURRELL WEARS A CHAMBRAY SHIRT AND CLEAR FRAME GLASSES
[11:30PM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-MAYA RUDOLPH WEARS A BLACK SKIRT AND STRAPPY SANDALS
[12:00AM] PULP FICTION
[5:45AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-FIRST LOOK AT SEASON TWO (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Writers' Room-The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics
[6:30AM] Loredana, Esq.-Dirty Talk and Stolen Identities
[7:30AM] The Red Violin
[10:15AM] To Rome With Love
[12:45PM] Jackie Brown
[4:00PM] Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
[5:00PM] Law & Order-Golden Years
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Mother's Milk
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Panic
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Trade This
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Black, White and Blue
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Mega
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Surrender Dorothy
[12:00AM] The Sentinel
[4:30AM] Loredana, Esq.-Don't Come Back in a Body Bag
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-The Good Wife (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Max Payne', followed by a FRESH'12 Monkeys', then a FRESH'Helix'.
Cast members from the "The Big Bang Theory" television series Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (L-R) take the stage at the 23rd annual A Night at Sardi's benefit for the Alzheimer's Association in Beverly Hills, California March 18, 2015.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor.
The students from Lincoln H. Akerman School in Hampton Falls worked during class and on their own time to craft a bill to make the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. They got a sponsor for it, got the bill through a House of Representatives committee and then watched from the House gallery last week to see if it would pass.
Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, rose to speak on the measure, which was defeated.
"It grasps them with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, and I guess the shame about making this a state bird is it would serve as a much better mascot for Planned Parenthood," Groen said.
"None of the kids got those (abortion) references," Principal Mark Deblois said. "Fortunately they didn't, because it's such a disgusting reference. But certainly that led to questions about what did that mean."
A civil liberties group on Thursday sued the U.S. government for information about a program that screens airport passengers using behavior detection techniques that it says is a vehicle for racial and religious profiling.
The effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration program, which uses thousands of TSA employees to screen nearly 2 million airline passengers daily for fear, stress and other behavior, has been questioned by government watchdogs and in congressional hearings.
An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed on Thursday seeks to force the TSA to hand over documents about the Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program.
The ACLU said passengers and TSA officers reported witnessing other officers screen people of Middle Eastern appearance, African-Americans, Hispanics and other minorities "solely on the basis of their race."
A translucent orange gem engraved with an image of a goddess of hunting has been found near a mausoleum built by Herod the Great, the king of Judea who ruled not long before the time of Jesus.
The carnelian gem shows the goddess Diana (or her Greek equivalent, Artemis) with a sumptuously detailed hairstyle and wearing a sleeveless dress, with a quiver behind her left shoulder and the end of a bow protruding from her right shoulder. Both Diana and Artemis were goddesses of hunting and childbirth.
An iron ring that may have held the gem was found nearby. Researchers say the ring and gem were likely worn by a Roman soldier who was stationed at the site long after Herod's death. The soldier could have used the gem to create seals, pressing it into soft material like clay or beeswax to create images of the goddess, the researchers said.
The ring was found in a garbage dump located above the mausoleum. The dump was used in a cleaning operation by Roman soldiers, who occupied the Herodium after crushing a rebellion in A.D. 71, said Shua Amorai-Stark, a professor at Kaye Academic College of Education in Beersheba, Israel, and Malka Hershkovitz, keeper of antiquities at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem.
Rock 'n' roller Vince Neil is taking a fight over his Internet persona to state court in Las Vegas, with a lawsuit accusing a social media consultant of refusing to give him control of his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
The consultant, Kristy Sinsara of Bend, Oregon, said Thursday that she believes the lawsuit stems from a misunderstanding.
Sinsara said that in February she gave the Motley Crue lead singer's manager the Facebook passwords and email contact information sought by the civil complaint.
Neil's attorney, James Kohl, declined to comment beyond the civil lawsuit filed March 13 in Clark County District Court.
Steven Weber, left, and Jason Alexander attend the 23rd annual "A Night at Sardi's" to benefit the Alzheimer's Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by John Shearer
Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest winter point since satellite observations began in the late 1970s, raising concerns about faster ice melt and rising seas due to global warming, US officials said Thursday.
The maximum extent of sea ice observed was 5.6 million square miles (14.5 million square kilometers) on February 25, earlier than scientists had expected, said the report by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Below-average ice conditions were observed everywhere except in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait.
The sea ice was about 425,000 square miles below the average from 1981 to 2010, a loss equal to more than twice the size of Sweden.
It was also 50,200 square miles below the previous lowest maximum that occurred in 2011.
A notebook of British mathematician and pioneer in computer science Alan Turing is displayed in front of a photo of him during an auction preview in Hong Kong March 19, 2015. The notebook about mathematics and computer science written by Nazi-code breaker Turing will be sold at an auction, Bonhams auction house said in January. The 56-page manuscript is expected to fetch at least seven figures, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, when it goes up for sale on April 13 in New York.
Photo by Bobby Yip
About 30 makers of low-priced California wines including popular brands Charles Shaw and Sutter Home allow unacceptable levels of arsenic in their products, private attorneys said in a proposed class action filed in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The legal action represents a challenge to a segment of the industry that produces wines that consumers can buy for less than $10 a bottle, or in the case of Charles Shaw the so-called Two-Buck Chuck product that retailer Trader Joe's has popularized at $2.
The attorneys who brought the lawsuit said the majority of wineries in the state's $23 billion wine industry, the nation's largest, produce a safe product. But they said a lack of government regulation puts consumers at risk.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and accuses about 30 California wineries of unjust enrichment, misrepresentation and engaging in unfair competition against wineries that follow safe practices.
Several baby Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodensis) in a quarantine room of Surabaya zoo in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, March 19, 2015. Twelve Komodo eggs from a total 29 eggs have hatched in the last 2 months at Surabaya zoo, official said. The Komodo dragon is a protected species of which only approximately 4000 to 5000 living in the wild.
Photo by Fully Handoko
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