As Told to Jen Doll: R. L. Stine, Master of Fear (Neatorama)
All I ever wanted to be was a writer. I started when I was 9. I'd be in my room writing little joke magazines, and I would bring them to school. I was a shy, fearful kid, and it was my way of getting attention. People always ask, "Did you have any teachers who encouraged you?" and the right answer is, "Yes, I did." But I didn't. They begged me to stop!
In Finland it's called "Kapteeni käskee" ("The captain commands"), in France, it's "Jacques a dit" ("Jack said"), and in Ireland they call it "Deir Ó Grádaigh" ("O'Grady says"). What do we call this game in the US?
Simon Says (or Simple Simon Says) is a child's game for 3 or more players where 1 player takes the role of "Simon" and issues instructions (usually physical actions such as "jump in the air" or "stick out your tongue") to the other players, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase "Simon says". Players are eliminated from the game by either following instructions that are not immediately preceded by the phrase, or by failing to follow an instruction which does include the phrase "Simon says". It is the ability to distinguish between genuine and fake commands, rather than physical ability, that usually matters in the game; in most cases, the action just needs to be attempted.
Finnish: "Kapteeni käskee" ("The captain commands")
Mark. was first and correct with:
That sounds an awful lot like the game "Simon says."
A game we all used to play:
Alan J said:
The authoritarians' favorite game
That sounds like "Simon Says."
Enjoying good times with in-laws. That they're also active is great; they can keep up and enjoy the challenge of a brisk walk or tough workout at the club.
TGIF, even if I have to squeeze in work among the family time.
We call it Simon says. I can't recall any kids mentioning it in at least 20 years. I never played it beyond the 3rd grade.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
I am not answering your question because you didn't write "Simon Says"
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
John I from Hawai`i says,
Dave in Tucson replied:
Just a guess but the answer could be "Simon Says"?
Daniel in The City answered:
Sounds like "Simon Says"
Billy in Cypress wrote:
From the English translations, I would guess the answer to be "Simon Says". There is a new game these days called "Bullshit Talks" every time CpPDJT-ID or any of his henchmen talk.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with a RERUN'Ransom', followed by a FRESH'Training Day''48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with LIVE'NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs', followed by a FRESH'SNL' with Melissa McCarthy hosting, music by Haim, and on the left coast, then an old 'SNL'.
'SNL' is FRESH with Melissa McCarthy hosting, music by Haim.
ABC starts the night with the movie 'Monster University', followed by '20/20'.
The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.
Faux has a RERUN'MasterChef Junior', followed by another RERUN'MasterChef Junior'.
MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has (R) 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'Twister', followed by a FRESH'The Son', and another 'The Son'.
[6:00AM] WARGAMES (1983)
[8:30AM] WARGAMES (1983)
[11:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Basics, Pt. 2
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-Flashback
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-False Profits
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-Remember
[9:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 5-Oxygen
[10:00PM] CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Brave-ish Heart
[11:05PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 21 - Episode 5
[12:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 5-Oxygen
[1:00AM] CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Brave-ish Heart
[2:04AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-Tuvix
[3:03AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
[4:02AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
[5:01AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Basics, Pt. 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'Superbad', followed by the movie 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'.
Comedy Central has 3 hours of 'South Park', followed by the movie 'We're The Millers'.
FX has 'UFC On FX', followed by a FRESH'UFC On FX', then the movie ,b>'Guardians Of The Galaxy'.
History has 2 hours of 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', and still another 'Counting Cars'.
[9:15AM] BROCKMIRE -Rally Cap
[9:45AM] BROCKMIRE -Winning Streak
[10:15AM] BROCKMIRE -Kangaroo Court
[10:45AM] BROCKMIRE -Retaliation
[11:15AM] BROCKMIRE -Breakout Year
[11:45AM] BROCKMIRE -Road Trip
[12:15PM] BROCKMIRE -Old Timers Day
[12:45PM] LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE
[5:45PM] BRUCE ALMIGHTY
[8:00PM] WEDDING CRASHERS
[10:45PM] BRUCE ALMIGHTY
[5:30AM] BROCKMIRE -Old Timers Day (ALL TIMES EDT)
[8:15AM] The Searchers
[11:00AM] Dances With Wolves
[3:00PM] M*A*S*H -Bless You, Hawkeye
[3:30PM] M*A*S*H -Blood Brothers
[4:00PM] M*A*S*H -The Foresight Saga
[4:30PM] M*A*S*H -The Life You Save
[5:00PM] M*A*S*H -That's Show Biz
[5:30PM] M*A*S*H -That's Show Biz
[6:00PM] M*A*S*H -Identity Crisis
[6:30PM] M*A*S*H -Rumor at the Top
[7:00PM] M*A*S*H -Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye
[7:30PM] M*A*S*H -Wheelers and Dealers
[8:00PM] M*A*S*H -Communication Breakdown
[8:30PM] M*A*S*H -Snap Judgement
[9:00PM] The Son -Marriage Bond
[10:00PM] Dances With Wolves
[2:03AM] The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
[5:05AM] Rectify -The Future (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial', followed by the movie 'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial'.
Stephen Colbert didn't seem troubled while addressing Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) insults directed toward him in a recent interview.
"The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show," Colbert said on Thursday night's episode of CBS' "The Late Show." "And there's only one thing to say: Yay!"
In an interview with Time magazine, Trump said Colbert's "show was dying" before the host began to focus on criticizing the president. Trump also referred to Colbert's recent inflammatory insults directed at Trump that led some to call for Colbert's firing and an FCC investigation, saying Colbert was a "no-talent guy" and "what he says is filthy."
"Mr. Trump, there is a lot you don't understand, but I never thought one of those things would be show business," Colbert continued in a sharp, punchy response to Trump's comments. "Don't you know I have been trying for a year to get you to say my name? And you were very restrained, admirably restrained. But now, you did it. I won!"
Colbert conceded that he did "occasionally use adult language," but he said "I do it in public, instead of in the privacy of an 'Access Hollywood' bus," a reference to the video that leaked before the 2016 election showing Trump lewdly boasting about his sexual advances toward women.
A boy looks at a whale shaped art installation that is made of plastic and trash made by environmental activist group Greenpeace Philippines, lying along the shore in Naic, Cavite, in the Philippines May 12, 2017.
Photo by Erik De Castro
Fox News ignited Twitter early Thursday morning after they alerted people about a new article titled, "Most men just want a woman who's nice." Netizens were quick to point out Fox News is battling sexual assault allegations, paying $45 million in settlements since the middle of 2016, USA Today reported.
The irony that Fox News paid million to settle sexual harassment cases and then sent an alert about nice women was not lost on Twitter users. "And most women just want to do their jobs without getting sexually harassed @FoxNews," Twitter user Lauren Combs wrote. "This isn't news fox. F-- outa here," another wrote.
The article was an opinion piece written by Suzanne Venker. "At the end of the day, most men just want a woman who's nice. 'Nice,' to a man, means being soft, gentle and kind. It means asking your husband how his day was and really listening," Venker wrote. "It means doing something nice for him with no expectation of getting something in return-you know, the way you did when you were dating."
She then added women don't want a man who's nice in return. "Most women do want a man who's kind, but that's not the same as nice. Ask any guy you know, and he'll likely give you example after example of women they know who said they wanted a nice guy but in reality wanted a bad boy. That's because just as most men are attracted to femininity, or softness, most women are attracted to masculinity. And masculinity is hard. Gruff. Take charge," Venker wrote.
She then went on to describe the differences between niceness. "A lot of women think they're nice because they act nice," Venker penned. "But acting nice and being nice are two different things. Being nice means you think of others before you think about yourself. (And yes, there's such thing as being too nice and putting your needs last; but I'm not talking about that.) It means you're attune to the needs of others and incorporate those needs into the equation."
Carlos Gil is a "payer-off of promises," at least that is the way the Roman Catholic refers to himself, but he is more commonly known as a "rent-a-pilgrim".
The 52-year-old Portuguese national takes on pilgrimages by proxy -- in the name of others -- especially Catholics unable because of sickness to undertake the journey or too busy or lazy for the week-long spiritual walk to the central Portuguese town of Fatima.
He can be hired for 2,500 euros ($2,700).
The 2,500-euro price is a fixed rate -- the lighting of a candle costs an additional 25 euros, while asking him to recite the rosary is another 250 euros.
The rate also goes up if the client wants Gil to shuffle the last 400 metres (quarter of a mile) on his knees, from the shrine's public square to the chapel where the visions are said to have taken place in 1917.
A pair of gloves belonging to a security officer hangs on a door lock near a checkpoint before Indiaís Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves the United Nations Vesak Day Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 12, 2017.
Photo by Dinuka Liyanawatte
A quarter-million hatchery salmon survived the near-collapse of a California dam's spillway this winter, only to suffocate after a pump failed this week, officials said Thursday.
They were among about 5 million baby fall-run Chinook salmon that were rescued in February after tons of mud washed down the Feather River, said California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan. The erosion came from the failing emergency spillway near the Oroville dam that caused the precautionary evacuation of nearly 200,000 residents.
The salmon were trucked from the Oroville hatchery to a nearby annex fed by well water. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 of the fish died Wednesday when a faulty wire caused a well pump to fail overnight, leaving the fish without enough fresh water and oxygen.
The fall-run salmon are not considered an endangered species and the deaths are not expected to significantly affect the state's salmon fishery.
"It's just been a really rough year for that hatchery in particular. These fish have gone through a lot," said Amanda Cranford, a natural resources specialist with the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Vice Chair of Donald Trump's (R-Mountebank) new "election integrity" commission has been successfully sued four times for voter suppression, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Kris Kobach led restrictive voting initiatives that targeted minorities and perpetuated voter suppression, the not-for-profit legal advocacy group said.
Mr Trump signed an executive order establishing the commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the American election system.
Vice President Mike Pence and Mr Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, will serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the commission that will "review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of federal elections and provide the president with a report that identifies system vulnerabilities that lead to improper registrations and voting."
After the 2016 election, Trump claimed widespread voter fraud explained why Hillary Clinton emerged with nearly 3 million more popular votes. To date, neither Trump nor his team has provided evidence to substantiate the claims, but they have promised an investigation.
Social workers clean during a cleanliness campaign at the historical, Bada Bagh Bawdi in Bhopal, India, May 12, 2017. Bada Bagh Bawdi is a historical pond built during the rule of Bhopal Nawab ruler, Qudsia Begum who ruled between 1819 to 1837.
Photo by Sanjeev Gupta
'The White House has refused to confirm or deny whether someone in the West Wing is in possession of a recording of a dinner between Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and former FBI Director James Comey that Mr Trump has implied could challenge Mr Comey's description of that evening.
"That's not a threat. He's simply stated a fact," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, during the daily press briefing when asked if it was appropriate for Mr Trump to write a tweet that said Mr Comey better hope there wasn't a recording of the dinner. "The tweet speaks for itself."
Mr Trump and Mr Comey have presented two competing narratives about what happened between them during a January dinner in which it is said the President asked Mr Comey to pledge loyalty to him.
Mr Comey, according to associates who say they heard about the interaction back then, only said that he could promise "honesty." Mr Trump also reportedly asked Mr Comey during that dinner if the FBI was investigating him personally - a question that some have said is a breach of protocol.
Mr Trump's decision to fire the FBI director has been scandalous to say the least. After Mr Comey's dismissal, many have wondered about the timing and whether or not it might have had something to do with the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia.
After spending years in front of television cameras for the reality TV series "Sons of Guns" on Discovery Channel, 51-year-old William Hayden, will now likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced Thursday to two life sentences and another 40 years for raping two pre-teen girls.
The life sentences are to run concurrently while the additional 40 year sentence is to run consecutively.
This is after a jury in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, unanimously convicted him April 7 on two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape, the Advocate reported.
The actor, who had denied all charges, is not eligible for probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He raped the two girls - the older victim being 37 now and the younger one 15 - in East Baton Rouge Parish. He sexually assaulted the older one in the early 1990s and the younger one several years ago, according to the Advocate.
After Hayden's arrest on aggravated rape charge in 2014, the Discovery Channel canceled his show, which was about Hayden, his adult daughter and their company, Red Jacket Firearms.
The real estate company owned by the family of Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) son-in-law and adviser withdrew Friday from a sales pitch to Chinese investors after it sparked an uproar.
White House aide Jared Kushner's sister headlined events in Beijing and Shanghai last weekend to seek more than $150 million in investment in a US luxury apartment complex.
Nicole Kushner Meyer urged wealthy Chinese to buy stakes through the EB-5 visa program that offers US residency in exchange for at least $500,000 investment in a US business that must also create at least 10 American jobs.
The presentation raised concern over potential conflicts of interest and set off a media firestorm in the United States. Kushner is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, who also works for the White House.
On Monday, the Kushner Company apologised after it emerged that Meyer had mentioned her brother's name during the sales pitch.
The effort by former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and his underlings to derail an FBI investigation into beatings in the jails he ran was dubbed Operation Pandora's Box.
Like the Greek myth the name was based on, it contained troubles the conspirators never anticipated when federal investigators uncovered the scheme and went after Baca and his associates for obstructing justice.
Baca was the final casualty when he was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison by a judge who rebuked the longtime lawman for failing to live up to the lofty values he preached, bringing shame to his department and forever tarnishing his legacy.
Baca, 74, was the most prominent defendant in the case that expanded from a civil rights investigation of beatings by guards in the nation's largest jail system into a broader corruption scandal that led to the top of the department. In addition to Baca and his top lieutenant, 19 others were convicted of crimes ranging from assaults to obstructing justice.
He was ordered to surrender to federal prison authorities July 25. He was convicted in March of obstructing justice, conspiring to obstruct justice and lying to federal authorities.
Two pugs pose during a photo call for the fair "Dog & Cat" in Dortmund, Germany, May 12, 2017. The fair with 170 exhibitors will take place in the Westfalenhalls from May 19th to the 21st of 2017.
Photo by Ina Fassbender
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