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Adios is Spanish for Farewell or Goodbye. This is a cloned poster made in Argentina of the movie, from the Bruceploitation movement of the 1970's, Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death. This movie is actually a cloned version of the original movie Game of Death. It was released in 1975, two years after Bruce Lee's death. And starred Bruce Li (Don't ...


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This merges two historical facts: Nazis general attempt to use cutting edge science (Both USSR's and USA's space programs are basically bastard children of Nazi rocket research; they had jet fighters before any other power, etc...) Certain strata of Nazi society being extremely interested in and involved with occult. Part of that was general "Aryan race is ...


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Of the war movies made during WWII, American veterans liked the realistic ones: The Battle of Midway (1942) At the Front (1943) Report from the Aleutians (1944) With the Marines at Tarawa (1944) The Memphis Belle (1944) On the other hand, the "tough guys" of the time, notably John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart were not regarded at all among the veterans (...


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Perhaps one of the most influential things that raised awareness and popularity with these cultures was the involvement of the Beatles in exploring their own "spiritual awareness". At the height of their popularity, they drew a lot of attention to these alternatives to spirituality. The drug culture of the late 1960's included a very large movement of ...


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Swing music and swing dancing peaked in popularity around World War II. The war made it difficult to assemble a big band, and there were musicians' strikes in 1942 and 1948. A lot of jazz also started to become less danceable; this started with bebop and continued with Coltrane and West Coast Jazz. Starting around 1955, rock and roll started to be heard on ...


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The Oxford English Dictionary attests the use of cock-tail as a mixed drink from 1809 in W. Irving's Knickerbockers: They lay claim to claim to be the first inventors of those recondite beverages cock-tail, stone-fence, and sherry-cobbler. and from 1839 cocktail as a more general mixed drink in Marryat's Diary American: He frequents the bar, calls ...


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The earliest reference I can find comes from a 1937 commentary on Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", although there are many later references that this handshake was taught to the actors by Lawrence Alma-Tadema in a 1898 staging of the play. It seems to have been often used in this play since, and I could find an example from a 2005 staging. Almost all ...


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I would not put Hitler, Trotsky and Stalin under the title "incubator of intellectual activities". That said, it is indeed true that intellectual activities flourished in the beginning of 20s century in the Austro-Hungarian empire. (Budapest, Prague and Lemberg (now Lviv) also qualify for the surge of intellectual activities at the same time). Your ...


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Wikiquote renders it No one dances sober, unless he is insane. The quotation is Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit. from Pro Murena vi.13, 63 BC. Cato has accused L. Murena of dancing, and Cicero replies that Murena is accused of dancing but not of activities that would be precursors to dancing. Cicero says no sane man would ...


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The earliest copy of this melody is from 1893, with the song "Good morning to all" by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill. It was published in a songbook titled Song Stories for the Kindergarten. The lyrics to "Happy Birthday to you" appears in the early 20th century. The first reliable source for these lyrics being used with the "Good morning" melody is from ...


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Probably the oldest examples of this that we still have are the epic poems. Poems like the Iliad or Mahabharata or Epic of Gilgamesh long before being written down were recited orally (most likely sung) by people who had the entire work memorized. In this way, early bards would have combined the the roles of entertainer, historian, cultural propagandist, and ...


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A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism This religio-cultural trend became a very important and influential motif of East-West exchanges from about the last quarter of the nineteenth century onwards - possibly the most important religio-cultural trend, from the Indian point of view, if yoga is understood in its broadest ...


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Short Answer: The modern cocktail--as defined by OP as including sweetener, ice, and decorations--predated Prohibition. While Prohibition-era bartenders did need to mask bad liquor, these techniques were not influential because they were only necessary in the presence of bad liquor. The long-term effect of Prohibition was to introduce American bartenders to ...


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I'm not sure I agree with your premise at all. Dance has never 'gone out of style'. Sure ballroom dancing has. What were discos of the 70's and 80's if not group synchronized dancing? Now we still have raves and clubs. Even in the age of indie rock, there was still mosh pit's and club dancing. Dancing in the big band era was different than that in the 1800's ...


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What I'm seeing there for good attestations are the following: In Irish folklore, a Jack-o'-lantern appears to have been the same as what was called a will-o'-the-wisp in English folklore. In other words, ignited swamp gas visible at night, with lots of creative folklore built up around it. This is attested to as known folklore before we know of the term ...


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Baby-Name Books Down the ages, these mainly did not exist because, down the ages, most people were unable to read a book, and so couldn't use one. Now, it has been suggested that the Bible was a baby-name book. However, a baby-name book (BNB) can be defined as one which exists for people to name their babies out of. I think both the Old and New Testament ...


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The quote from this article is illustrative of the issue. "First, I thought [the cow] had died naturally, and then I got closer to it and I could see it wasn't natural," he said. "The eyes were gone, the tongue was gone. The ears were gone. The sex organs were cut out. It was just kind of weird." The conventional explanation is that this matches what ...


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I think you are being misdirected by the theatre of politics. It works like this. Somebody does something "against" the leader. The underlings and sycophants make a noise about it, as they must. The leader takes it in their stride, rises above and appears more statesman-like. So, from my recollection, the answer is that it had a positive effect on ...


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I can understand why you didn't just google it, because the results can lead down a rabbit hole of ... doubtful... websites. However, this article from the Huffington Post mentions earliest use of cattle mutilations occurring in the early 1960s. Cattle Mutilation Theories - Caution: Graphic Imagery


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At first I was thinking about mythology, but I'd definitely count Aesop's Fables becoming one of the first virals, with such epigons as Babrius or Phaedrus in ancient times, spreading later across nations and languages as their own fairy tales or poetry.


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The history section of the wikipedia article on handshakes suggests that the Greeks were familiar with the custom at least since the 5th century BC (because we have a sculpture showing Hera and Athena shaking hands that has been dated to the 5th century BC). Source Romans also used handshake. It was depicted on Roman coins to symbolize agreement and ...


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This relates to the "discovery" of Asian, and other non-European cultures by Americans. As of the middle of the 20th century, American society was pretty homogeneous, and "Eurocentric." An expression used is that American culture of about 1950 came in three flavors "chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry," like ice-cream. We all know what happened to ice-cream ...


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I found this panel interview discussion on PBS org. The panel included, Speilberg, actors, and a veteren by the name of Judge John Harrison. I will quote a few of his comments below but heres the link. PHIL PONCE: As one who was at D-Day on Utah Beach, in your case, was the film's depiction of what it was like, was it accurate, to your mind? ...


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There are so few relatively realistic American movies about WWII to choose from that it really doesn't make sense to require any hard poll data from veterans. Saving Private Ryan - already mentioned, probably the most epic of all When Trumpets Fade - very grim, people said it conveys the spirit of the Hurtgen forest battle Letters from Iwo Jima - Japanese ...


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Woody Woodpecker was actually created in the 1930s and went through several changes before being presented to the public in his first cartoon short in 1940. His second carton, titled appropriately enough "Woody Woodpecker", had a higher level of energy and featured a jazzy musical score that apparently appealed to adult audiences. The fact that his cartoons ...


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In the early 1940s, World War II was ranging. A high priority for elders at the time was to get the minds of young children off the war (while urging boys in their late teens to get ready to fight). The psychology is similar to that of other "crisis" periods such as the Revolutionary and Civil wars. These comic characters served as "babysitters" (and role ...


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The real breakdown of formal social dancing happened during the cultural revolution in the late 1960s when everything that had been associated with previous generations was rejected. At the same time, dressing and behavioural standards also went down the drain. Yes, I guess, the baby boomers are to blame as they were the generation setting new trends back ...


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According to William Strauss and Neil Howe's book, Generations, U.S. cultural norms are set by generations born immediately after a major war, into a "new age." Social or ballroom dancing was a staple of the so-called "Missionary" generation, born during and after the Civil War (1860-1882). It was adopted by the two following generations, basically people ...


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Perhaps the most important answer is that Vienna had been, until 1918, the capital of the highly cosmopolitan Austro-Hungarian Empire, consisting of a score of nationalities, and people of a myriad of backgrounds. It was also a city with a profound depth of history and culture - art, music, literature etc -, It had been the home of the Habsburg monarchy for ...



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