Hiroshima: Like a Graveyard with not a Tombstone Standing

60% of the US people still think this was the right thing to do. (Classic “not in my backyard” thinking).

Today is the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, by a US aircraft.

The bombing – and a second one on Nagasaki three days later – claimed the lives of at least 140,000 people in the city. Half died slowly, over several weeks/ months from radiation, burns and dehydration.

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This war poster makes me think of all those movies where the US saves the world from… aliens, natural disasters, monsters, etc. Ironic.japnext

A Japanese report on the bombing characterized Nagasaki as “like a graveyard with not a tombstone standing”

Source: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Wikiwand

 

Rubber Ducks are Spooky Too

Halloween rubber duckiesThe typical rubber duck is yellow, squeaky and cuddly (according to Sesame Street). Halloween rubber ducks look a little spooky. I’d expect some misbehaviour, some tricks and not so many treats.

You may not want to take these rubber ducks into the bath tub with you. Sure they can swim around on the water but, can you trust them? After all, Halloween is not the holiday for good will, jolliness and the eating of large birds. It is quite possible the rubber ducks are not going to be the standard nice ducks, happy to decorate your room and wait for bath time.

That duck wearing the black cat costume, well, it looks like it ate the original yellow rubber duckie. The skeleton wearing duck looks far more like a pirate than a Trick-or-Treater. I’m not sure what the orange guy with the fangs actually is, but I have some theories. The vampire in the sailor suit tries to look non-threatening, even cute. Of course, that’s the one I trust the least. I like the Jack-O-lantern, but I suspect she is actually the leader of the group and the rest are squeaky minions.

Halloween rubber ducksBeware the Rubber Ducks of Halloween:

Don’t feed your rubber duckie. If these rubber ducks grow any bigger or spookier you will have to build them an outdoor pond – to say the least.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy a few rubber ducks for Halloween. If you display them at the doors and windows they can scare away all the other little monsters that come out at Halloween. (Except of course, those little monsters related to you).

ducknoteBelow in this post you can see another rival gang of Halloween rubber ducks. These characters have to be sold separately, it’s not a money thing or a packaging thing. It’s the element of danger.

Glowing rubber ducksIf a few rubber ducks don’t scare you… why not get a few more?

You can tuck them all away in a strong box at night. Lock it up tight. That way you won’t have to keep one eye open all night… checking for rubber ducks.

The best thing about rubber ducks is not having to clean up after them. They don’t eat, they might squeak a little but they can be great listeners. As a bonus, Halloween rubber ducks will share their candy (once you give it to them.)

If you were looking for a good pet this Halloween, consider a rubber duck. These guys come already dressed up for the occasion.

Monday Musings


“Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.”- Horace Greeley

This was on the back of the t-shirt of kids at a tennis event on Sunday. The shirts and event were part of Simcoe Tennis

“There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.”

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

– Andre Gide

Heroes of War and Money

Heroes of War and Money. An RPG game to play on the web. Just joined and giving it a try. My nephew, Zack, found it yesterday and asked me to join so we could battle each other. They have a link for inviting others to the game but don’t have a graphic to add as a linkback. So no pictures, just the link and some information from the site itself.

We are glad to announce the long-expected premiere of our game, the Heroes of War and Money: World Edition.

Warm welcome to all those willing to explore this world of adventures, unforgettable fights and sophisticated interrelations.

Game features:
? The game is absolutely free, it runs right in your Internet browser, no need to buy, download or install anything
? Tactical duels and group combats of up to 6 players on one battlefield
? Cleansing territories from neutral monsters controlled by Improved AI
? Large variety of dynamic combat-oriented quests
? RPG-system of hero development
? Castle construction
? An economic model of resource mining and artifact production
? Over 100 different artifacts and about 1000 diverse combinations of their modification
? Over 100 fantasy creatures with their unique abilities
? Possibility to play with 7 different factions, with an option to switch between them nearly anytime
? Auctions and trading artifacts, resources and even exotic wares like skeletons
? Multiple professions and varied development paths
? The “Two Towers” (Arcomage) card game matches against other players
? Forum, chat, inset private mail to provide a comfortable communication means

We hope that our game would give you fun and pleasure and let you spend your time with interest!

Best Regards, HeroesWM Team.