Thursday, September 18, 2014

Maltese Tiger



Today I am going to write about the Maltese tiger. So lets begin with the post. The Maltese tiger, is a reported but unproven coloration morph of a tiger, reported mostly in the Fujian Province of China. It is said to have bluish fur with dark grey stripes. Most of the Maltese tigers reported to have been of the South Chinese subspecies. The South Chinese tiger today is critically endangered, due to their illegal and continued use in traditional Chinese medicine and the "blue" alleles may be wholly extinct. Blue tigers have also been reported in Korea. The term "Maltese" comes from domestic cat terminology for blue fur, and refers to the slate Fret coloration. Many cats with such colouration are present in Malta, which may have given rise to the use of the adjective in this context. Around 1910, Harry Caldwell, an American missionary and big game hunter, claimed to have spotted and hunted a blue tiger outside Fuzhou. His search chronicled in his book Blue Tiger (1924), and by his hunting companion Roy Chapman Andrews in his Camps & Trails in China (1925, chapter VII). Chapman cites Caldwell thus: "The markings of the beast are strikingly beautiful. The ground color is of a delicate shade of maltese, changing into a light gray-blue on the underparts. The stripes are well defined and like those of the ordinary yellow tiger. -Caldwell, Chapman (1925). A more recent report, given to Mystery Cats of the World author Karl Shuker, comes from the son of a US Army soldier who served in Korea during the Korean War. The man claimed that his father sighted a blue tiger in the mountains near what is now the Demilitarized Zone. Blue tigers have also been reported from Burma. The black tiger was also long considered mythical, but several pelts have proven that pseudo- melanistic or hypermelanic tigers do exist. They are not completely black, but have dense, wide stripes that partially obscure the orange background color. In support of the blue tiger theory, Maltese-colored cats certainly do exist. The most common are a domestic cat breed, the Russian Blue, and a variety of the British Shorthair, the British Blue, but blue bobcats and lynxes have also been recorded, and there are genetic mutations and combinations that result in bluish hue, or at least in the impression of a blue-gray animal. Shuker suggested that blue tigers possessed two different pairs of recessive alleles - the non-agouti (s/s) and the dilute (d/d) which combine to produce a solid blue-gray color as found in domestic cats such as the British Blue and Russian Blue, but would not produce the striped blue tigers reported. Simply combining non-agouti and dilute alleles would probably indeed result in a greyish or "maltese" tiger, but such an animal would have hardly-visible stripes or none at all: Normal tigers switch between agouti (orange) and non-agouti (black) in different areas of their pelage, as well as suppressing melanin production thoroughly (white). The non-ahouti mutation would produce animals rosettes retaining a different texture and thus, "black-on-black" rosttes are visible under appropriate lighting. Combined with all-dilute alleles, the color would be grey, but it would still result in an unstriped or ghost-striped tiger. For a Maltese-and-striped fur, pheomelanin production must probably be suppressed (to switch from an orange to a greyish color) but agouti retained (to yield darker stripes); perhaps some hypermelanism would also be present, to produce an animal with a non-white belly as reported by Caldwell. Indeed, such a genotype is known in cheetahs, where it produces animals that are blueish gray with dark slate grey pattern. In factors such as lighting conditions are accounted for, this makes a reasonable match with Caldwell's individual. A variant expression of the non-inhibited pigment ("chinchilla") allele is also sometimes deemed possible. This would produce a "haze" effect over the whole body. Combined with a pheomelanin suppression, it would produce a white animal with light gray pattern; such specimens are also known in the cheetah. In small or isolated populations, genetic drift can fix unusual traits such as aberrant coloration. A non-harmful mutation can soon become widespread in small. isolated populations. Moreover, if the mutant gene confers benefits, such as better camouflage, the affected individuals may out-compete those without the mutation; this would happen faster in a small inbred population close to panmixia. Well that is it my post on the Maltese tiger I hoped that you liked it and if you would like to know more about the Maltese tiger then you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_tiger and that is also where I got my information for this post today. If you have a request for a post then please feel free to make a request I always take request and would be happy to write a post for you. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blemmyes



Today I am going to write about Blemmyes. I hope that you like it. So lets begin. The Blemmyes (Latin Blemmyae) were a nomadic Nubian tribal kingdom that existed from at least 600 BC to the 8th Century AD. They were described in Roman histories of the later empire. From the late 3rd century on, along with another tribe, the Nobadae, they repeatedly fought the Romans. They were said to live in Africa, in Nubia Kush, or Sudan. They also became fictionalized as a legendary races of acephalous (headless) monsters who had eyes and mouths on their chest. The Greek geographer Strabo describes the Blemmyes as a peaceful people living in the East Desert near Meroe. Their cultural and military power started to enlarge to such a level that in 197, Pescennius Niger asked a Blemmye king of Thebas to help him in the battle against the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. In 250, the Roman Emperor Decius put in much effort to defeat an invading army of Blemmyes. A few years later, in 253, they attacked Lower Aegyptus (Thebais) again but were quickly defeated. In 265, they were defeated again by the Roman Prefect Firmus, who later in 273 would rebel against the Empire and the Queen of Palmyra, Zenobia, with the help of the Blemmyes themselves. The Roman general Marcus Aurelius Probus took some time to defeat the usurpers with his allies but couldn't prevent the occupation of Thebais by the Blemmyes. That meant another war and almost an entire destruction of the Blemmyes army (279-280). In the reign of Diocletian the province of Lower Aegyptus, Thebaid was again occupied by the Blemmyes. In 298, Diocletian made peace with the Nobatae and Blemmyes tribes, agreeing that Rome would move its borders north to Philae (South Egypt, south of Aswan) and pay the two tribes an annual gold stipend. The Blemmyes occupied a considerable region in what is modern day Sudan. There were several important cities such as Faras, Kalbsha, Ballana and Aniba. All were fortified with walls and towers of a mixture of Egyptian, Hellenic, Roman and Nubic elements. Their culture has also the influence of the Meroitic culture. Blemmyes religion was centered in the temples of Kalabsha and Philae, the former being a huge masterpiece of Nubian architecture where a solar, lion-like divinity named Mandulis was worshipped. Philae was a place of mass pilgrimage with temples for Isis, Mandulis, and Anhur. Philae was where the Roman Emperors Augustus and Trajan made many contributions with new temples, plazas and monumental works. Shakespeare alludes to the myths surrounding Blemmyes as headless beings:
"And of the Cannibals that each other eat,
The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads
Do grow beneath their shoulders."
-Shakespeare, Othello
"Who would believe that there were montaineers
Dew-lapp'd like bulls, whose throats had hanging at 'em
Wallets of flesh? or that there were such men
Whose heads stood on their breasts?"
-Shakespeare, The Tempest
Blemmyes appeared in the 2000 novel The Amazing Voyage of Azzam by Kelly Godel, as cannibalistic tribesmen who guard a lost treasure of King Solomon. They use clubs, spears, and blow darts as weapons. The Blemmyes also appear in Valerio Manfredi's novel The Tower, where they are portrayed as the murderous desert guardians of an ancient and terrible secret. A Blemmye appears in Bruce Sterling's 2005 short story The Blemmye's Strategem. The Blemmyae appear in The Monstrumologist (2009) a young adult horror novel by Rick Yancey. The Blemmyae also appear in Umberto Eco's novel Baudlino as residents of Prester John's Kingdom. Well that is it my post on Blemmyes I hope that you liked it if you liked this post then please follow my blog. If you would like to know more about Blemmyes or anything I talked about in my post then you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blemmyes that is also where I got my information for this post. If you have a request for a post then please feel free to send me your request or leave your request in a comment and I would be happy to write a post for you. I always take request. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Twelve Brothers

                            The Twelve Brothers

There were once upon a time a king and a queen who lived
happily together and had twelve children, but they were
all boys.  Then said the king to his wife, if the thirteenth
child which you are about to bring into the world, is a girl, the
twelve boys shall die, in order that her possessions may be great,
and that the kingdom may fall to her alone.  He even caused twelve
coffins to be made, which were already filled with shavings, and
in each lay a little death pillow, and he had them taken into a
locked-up room, and then he gave the queen the key of it, and bade
her not to speak of this to anyone.

The mother, however, now sat and lamented all day long, until
the youngest son, who was always with her, and whom she had
named benjamin, from the bible, said to her, dear mother, why
are you so sad.

Dearest child, she answered, I may not tell you.  But he let
her have no rest until she went and unlocked the room, and showed
him the twelve coffins ready filled with shavings.  Then she said,
my dearest benjamin, your father has had these coffins made for
you and for your eleven brothers, for if I bring a little girl into
the world, you are all to be killed and buried in them.  And as she
wept while she was saying this, the son comforted her and said, weep
not, dear mother, we will save ourselves, and go hence.  But she
said, go forth into the forest with your eleven brothers, and let
one sit constantly on the highest tree which can be found, and keep
watch, looking towards the tower here in the castle.  If I give
birth to a little son, I will put up a white flag, and then you may
venture to come back.  But if I bear a daughter, I will hoist a red
flag, and then fly hence as quickly as you are able, and may the
good God protect you.  And every night I will rise up and pray for
you - in winter that you may be able to warm yourself at a fire, and
in summer that you may not faint away in the heat.

After she had blessed her sons therefore, they went forth into
the forest.  They each kept watch in turn, and sat on the highest
oak and looked towards the tower.  When eleven days had passed
and the turn came to benjamin, he saw that a flag was being raised.
It was, however, not the white, but the blood-red flag which
announced that they were all to die.  When the brothers heard that,
they were very angry and said, are we all to suffer death for the
sake of a girl.  We swear that we will avenge ourselves -
wheresoever we find a girl, her red blood shall flow.

Thereupon they went deeper into the forest, and in the midst
of it, where it was the darkest, they found a little bewitched hut,
which was standing empty.  Then said they, here we will dwell,
and you benjamin, who are the youngest and weakest, you shall
stay at home and keep house, we others will go out and fetch food.

Then they went into the forest and shot hares, wild deer, birds and
pigeons, and whatsoever there was to eat.  This they took to
benjamin, who had to dress it for them in order that they might
appease their hunger.  They lived together ten years in the little
hut, and the time did not appear long to them.

The little daughter which their mother the queen had given
birth to, was now grown up.  She was good of heart, and fair of
face, and had a golden star on her forehead.  Once, on a great
washing, she saw twelve men's shirts among the things, and asked her
mother, to whom do these twelve shirts belong, for they are far
too small for father.  Then the queen answered with a heavy
heart, dear child, these belong to your twelve brothers.  Said the
maiden, where are my twelve brothers, I have never yet heard
of them.  She replied, God knows where they are, they are
wandering about the world.  Then she took the maiden and opened
the chamber for her, and showed her the twelve coffins with the
shavings, and the death pillows.  These coffins, said she,
were destined for your brothers, who went away secretly before you
were born, and she related to her how everything had happened.
Then said the maiden, dear mother, weep not, I will go and seek
my brothers.

So she took the twelve shirts and went forth, and straight into
the great forest.  She walked the whole day, and in the evening she
came to the bewitched hut.  Then she entered it and found a young
boy, who asked, from whence do you come, and whither are you
bound, and was astonished that she was so beautiful, and wore
royal garments, and had a star on her forehead.  And she answered,
I am a king's daughter, and am seeking my twelve brothers, and
I will walk as far as the sky is blue until I find them.  And she
showed him the twelve shirts which belonged to them.  Then
benjamin saw that she was his sister, and said, I am benjamin, your
youngest brother.  And she began to weep for joy, and benjamin
wept also, and they kissed and embraced each other with the
greatest love.  But after this he said, dear sister, there is still
one difficulty.  We have agreed that every maiden whom we meet
shall die, because we have been obliged to leave our kingdom on
account of a girl.  Then said she, I will willingly die, if by so
doing I can save my twelve brothers.

No, answered he, you shall not die.  Seat yourself beneath this
tub until our eleven brothers come, and then I will soon come to
an agreement with them.

She did so, and when it was night the others came from hunting,
and their dinner was ready.  And as they were sitting at table, and
eating, they asked, what news is there.  Said benjamin, don't
you know anything.  No, they answered.  He continued, you have
been in the forest and I have stayed at home, and yet I know
more than you do.  Tell us then, they cried.  He answered, but
promise me that the first maiden who meets us shall not be killed.

Yes, they all cried, she shall have mercy, only do tell us.
Then said he, our sister is here, and he lifted up the tub, and
the king's daughter came forth in her royal garments with the
golden star on her forehead, and she was beautiful, delicate and
fair.  Then they were all rejoiced, and fell on her neck, and kissed
and loved her with all their hearts.

Now she stayed at home with benjamin and helped him with
the work.  The eleven went into the forest and caught game, and
deer, and birds, and wood-pigeons that they might have food, and
the little sister and benjamin took care to make it ready for them.
She sought for the wood for cooking and herbs for vegetables, and
put the pans on the fire so that the dinner was always ready when
the eleven came.  She likewise kept order in the little house, and
put beautifully white clean coverings on the little beds and the
brothers were always contented and lived in great harmony with her.

Once upon a time the two at home had prepared a wonderful
feast, and when they were all together, they sat down and ate and
drank and were full of gladness.  There was, however, a little
garden belonging to the bewitched house wherein stood twelve lily
flowers, which are likewise called student-lilies.  She wished to
give her brothers pleasure, and plucked the twelve flowers, and
thought she would present each brother with one while at dinner.
But at the self-same moment that she plucked the flowers the twelve
brothers were changed into twelve ravens, and flew away over the
forest, and the house and garden vanished likewise.  And now the
poor maiden was alone in the wild forest, and when she looked
around, an old woman was standing near her who said, my child,
what have you done.  Why did you not leave the twelve white
flowers growing.  They were your brothers, who are now forevermore
changed into ravens.  The maiden said, weeping, is there no way of
saving them.

No, said the woman, there is but one in the whole world, and
that is so hard that you will not save them by it, for you must be
dumb for seven years, and may not speak or laugh, and if you speak
one single word, and only an hour of the seven years is wanting, all
is in vain, and your brothers will be killed by the one word.

Then said the maiden in her heart, I know with certainty that
I shall set my brothers free, and went and sought a high tree and
seated herself in it and spun, and neither spoke nor laughed.  Now
it so happened that a king was hunting in the forest, who had a
great greyhound which ran to the tree on which the maiden was
sitting, and sprang about it, whining, and barking at her.  Then
the king came by and saw the beautiful king's daughter with the
golden star on her brow, and was so charmed with her beauty that
he called to ask her if she would be his wife.  She made no answer,
but nodded a little with her head.  So he climbed up the tree
himself, carried her down, placed her on his horse, and bore her
home.  Then the wedding was solemnized with great magnificence and
rejoicing, but the bride neither spoke nor smiled.  When they had
lived happily together for a few years, the king's mother, who was
a wicked woman, began to slander the young queen, and said to
the king, this is a common beggar girl whom you have brought
back with you.  Who knows what wicked tricks she practises secretly.
Even if she be dumb, and not able to speak, she still might
laugh for once.  But those who do not laugh have bad consciences.

At first the king would not believe it, but the old woman urged this
so long, and accused her of so many evil things, that at last the
king let himself be persuaded and sentenced her to death.
And now a great fire was lighted in the courtyard in which she
was to be burnt, and the king stood above at the window and
looked on with tearful eyes, because he still loved her so much.
And when she was bound fast to the stake, and the fire was licking
at her clothes with its red tongue, the last instant of the seven
years expired.  Then a whirring sound was heard in the air, and
twelve ravens came flying towards the place, and sank downwards, and
when they touched the earth they were her twelve brothers, whom
she had saved.  They tore the fire asunder, extinguished the flames,
set their dear sister free, and kissed and embraced her.  And now
as she dared to open her mouth and speak, she told the king why she
had been dumb, and had never laughed.  The king rejoiced when
he heard that she was innocent, and they all lived in great unity
until their death.  The wicked step-mother was taken before the
judge, and put into a barrel filled with boiling oil and venomous
snakes, and died an evil death.
The End
By: The Brothers Grimm  

Raising Hope



Today I am going to write about a television show that I like that is sadly no longer airing but you can find all the episodes online if you would like to check out the show after you read this post. So lets begin. Raising Hope is an American sitcom that aired from September 21, 2010, to April 4, 2014, on Fox. Following its first season, the show received two nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Martha Plimpton was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series and Cloris Leachman was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Plimpton also won the 2011 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The fourth season premiered Friday, November 15, 2013 at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central with back-to-back episode. On March 10 2014, Fox canceled Raising Hope, and the series finale aired April 4, 2014. The show's premise is James "Jimmy" Chance is a clueless 24-year-old who impregnates a serial killer during a one-night-stand. Earning custody of his daughter after the mother is sentenced to death and electrocuted, Jimmy relies on his eccentric but well-intentioned family for support in raising the child. The cast and charters are...
Lucas Neff: as James "Jimmy" Chance, Hope's father. He is a 24-year-old who is clueless about raising a child and everything else. Before having Hope, he met and had a one night stand with Lucy Carlyle, resulting in her pregnancy and the birth of Hope. He did not know about Hope until seven months later when Lucy contacted him. He also did not know that Lucy was a serial killer until the morning after their one night stand. Jimmy is harmless and kind hearted. When he was a teenager he went through a phase where he dressed like a goth. Jimmy is a fan of The Lord of the Rings and often does an impression of Gollum, which his family finds irritating. In the third season, he and Sabrina get married.
-Trace Garcia son of the series creator Gregory Thomas Garcia as 3/4/5/6-year-old-Jimmy.
-Mason Cook as 8-year-old Jimmy.
-Greyson Chance as young Jimmt/13-year-old Jimmy. 
Martha Plimpton: as Virgina Chance. Hope's grandmother, Jimmy's mother, and Burt's wife. Virgina conceived Jimmy when she was fifteen (he was born on prom night). Her mother wanted to be a swinger and left her when she was two years old, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother, Maw Maw, who told Virgina that her mother has died when she'd fallen and accidentally hit her head on a duck lawn ornament
-Desiree Cooper as 8/10-year-old Virgina.
Garret Dillahunt: as Burt Chance. Hope's grandfather, Jimmy's father, and Virgina's husband. Burt conceived Jimmy with Virgina when he was seventeen. He has a lawn care/pool cleaning business with Jimmy as his assistant.
-Cameron Moulene and Corey Eid as teenage Burt.
Shannon Woodward: as Sabrina Collins. She works at the nearby grocery market despite coming from a rich family. She spends most of her time drawing on cantaloupes and mixing up the cereals and soup cans. In the first season, she immediately catches Jimmy's attention, but has a boyfriend who is studying finance in New York. In the second season, she and Jimmy grow from close friends to a relationship. In the third season, she and Jimmy get married. She is extremely nearsighted but usually wears contact lenses.
Sasha May as 6-year-old Sabrina. 
Baylie and Rylie Cregut: as Hope Chance (born Princess Beyonce Carlyle) Jimmy and Lucy's daughter, Virgina and Burt's granddaughter and Maw Maw's great-great-granddaughter. Hope was conceived in Jimmy's van when he went out to get bubblegum icecream and met a distressed Lucy Carlyle with whom she had a one night stand. Hope is shown to be very intelligent, which she gets from her mother, as she was able to do the shape sorter when she was two while Jimmy wasn't able to do it even when he was four and pass a GED test by randomly filling in the dots. At one point she scared her family by showing violent tendencies which made them think she was going to become a serial killer like Lucy but they realize Lucy was a serial killer because she suppressed her anger and let it out drastically by killing and if they let Hope release her anger normally she'd be just fine. 
-Molly Morgen Lamont as 13-year-old Hope.
Gregg Binkley: as Barney Hughes (Recurring season 1, starring season 2-4) the manager at the store where Jimmy and Sabrina work. He used to be overweight but had a gastric bypass surgery. Barney also has a large collection of dolls within his home.
Cloris Leachman: as Barbra June "Maw Maw" Thompson (Recurring season 1, starring season 2-4) Virgina's 84-year-old grandmother, Jimmy's Great-grandmother, and Hope's great-great-grandmother, who owns the house where the Chances all live. Maw Maw appears to have dementia, and has only short-lived moments of lucidity in which she can be very helpful or very angry about the entire family living in her house. Her moments of lucidity are random, and each member of the household has revolving "dibs"on a task they would like her to accomplish during these times. A "Special Guest Star" in the first season, in subsequent seasons her billing read, "And Intoducing Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw" joking about Leachman's decades-long career in comedy. Leachman also played the character of Norma June, Maw Maw's 104-year-old mother, in the third season finale, "Mother's Day."
-Stephanie Bentley as Young Norma June
Julia Bly as young Maw Maw. 
In June 2009, Fox announced it had booked a put pilot commitment with show creator Greg Garcia. Actress Olesya Rulin was originally cast as Sabrina, the love interest for Jimmy, and Kate Micucci was added to the cast as Jimmy's cousin. The pilot was filmed in December 2009. In March 2010, Fox decide to recast two roles from the pilot. Shannon Woodward replaced Rulin as Sabrina, Jimmy's love interest. Also recast was the role of Jimmy's cousin changed from Jimmy's cousin to become actor Skyler Stone as Mike. With this, Micucci role changed from Jimmy's cousin to become Shelley, the cousin of his love interest Sabrina. Fox green-lit the pilot to series with an order in mid-May 2010 for a fall premiere in its 2010-11 television schedule. On January 10, 2011 Fox renewed Raising Hope for a second season. On April 9, 2012 Raising Hope was renewed for a third season. On March 4, 2013 Raising Hope was renewed for a fourth season. On March 10, 2014, Foc announced the cancellation of the show after four seasons. Raising Hope has received positive reviews from critics. The show's first season received an average score of 75 out of 100 on Meracritic, meaning it received "generally favorable reviews." Metacritic also report that 78% of its users gave the show's first season favorable reviews as well. Tom Gilatto of People Weekly called the show the best new sitcom of the season, favorably comparing it to Malcolm in the Middle. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times was likewarm towards the show, stating that "Raising Hope is funny, sweet, occasionally provocative, and occasionally over-the-top in a regrettable way." James Poniewozik of Time Magazine was upbeat, stating that "Neff is amiably charming, Dillahunt and Plimpton give their characters a realism that belies the pilot's often-contemptuous jokes and maybe 20% of the first episode shows a sweet-heartedness that rises above the easy white-trash humor." While not all the reviews were positive, they were mostly positive by the end of the first season. Much of the show's praise went to the performances of Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt. The second season of Raising Hope premiered on September 20 2011 on Fox, moving to 9:30pm from its original 8:00pm time slot, due to the acquisition of New Girl. The second season received similar positive reviews to the first, with Matt Roush of TV Guide calling it "A treat for anyone who loves a good call-back to classic sitcoms."  In the United Kingdom, Sky1 picked up the broadcast rights and added the show to its 2010-2011 UK & Ireland autumn schedule, beginning November 2010. In Portugal, the series premiered on January 29, 2011 on Fox Life. The English title is Raising Hope. In Italy, the series premiered on Febuary 3, 2011 on Fox. The Italian title is Aiutami Hope! (Help me Hope!). In the Czech Republic, the series broadcasts on HBO. This show premiered on February 1, 2011. In Canada, the first season aired on the Global Television Network at the same time as Fox in the United States. In 2011, City bought rights from the Gobal Television Network, and began broadcasting the show. On the morning show that City airs, Breakfast Television, they announced on May 29, 2011 that the series will start airing at 8:00 pm on Tuesday instead of  9:30pm on Tuesdays due to other Fox series Glee moving to Thursdays at 9:00pm. This started on September 18, 2012. In Finland, the first season aired on Sub on January 10, 2013. The Finnish title is Isän Tyttö (Dad's Girl). In Germany, the series broadcast on RTL Nirto. This started on September 10, 2012. The English title is Raising Hope. Well that is it my post on the television show Raising Hope I hoped you liked it and if you would like to know more about Raising Hope then you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_Hope that is also where I got my information for this post. If you have a request for a post feel free to ask I always take request. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ogopogo



Today I am going to write about the Ogopogo I hope that you like it. So lets begin. Ogopogo or Naitaka (Salish: n'ha-a-tik, "lake demon") is the name given to a cryptid lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 40 to 50-foot-long (12 to 15m) sea serpent. British cryptozoologist Karl Shucker has categorized the Ogopogo as a 'many hump' variety of lake monster, and suggested it may be a kind of primitive whale such as Basilosaurus. However, because the physical evidence for the beast is limited to unclear photographs and film, it has also been suggested that the sightings are misidentification of common animals, such as otters, and inanimate objects such as floating logs. In 1962 a sighting is claimed to have occurred at an Okanagan Mission beach. This event was supposedly witnessed by about thirty cars of people who all claimed to have seen the same thing. In 1968 Art Folden filmed what is claimed to be footage of the alleged creature, showing a large wake moving across the water. A computer analysis of the footage concluded it was a solid, three-dimensional object. In 2011, a cell phone video captured two dark shapes in the water. A suggested explanation is that the video shows two logs. The name "ogopogo" originates from a 1924 English music hall song called "The Ogo-Pogo: The Funny Fox Trot" by Cumberland Clark and Mark Strong. Karl Shuker said about the song. [T]the cover portrayed a boot-wearing, antenna-sporting, banjo-playing, pixie-like monster from Hindustan - all far removed indeed from Canada's serprntiform cryptid. Nevertheless, it was this very sheet music that had originated one of the most familiar of all modern-day cryptid nicknames (previously, the Lake Okangan monster had been known as the naitake- a traditional native American Okangan tribe.) In popular culture.....
1972: The Supreme Court of Canada considered the case Horsley v. MacLaren which involved a boat called the Ogopogo. The case itself is also known as "the Ogopogo case." In Canada "Ogopogo" has also been a name given to items such as boats and canoes. 
1978: the TV series In Search of covered the legend in season 2, episode 8. A July 1977 incident, involving locals Ed Flecter, his daughter Jill, and Erin Neely is discussed, among others. 
1983: Harry Horse's book for children, The Ogopogo- My Journey with the Loch Ness Monster is published.
1989: A car salesman from Kelowna sold footage of a beaver to the American TV show Unsolved Mysteries claiming it to be Ogopogo.
1990: The owner of the Peachland Marina Restaurant "Mary's Country Kitchen" claimed to have photo graphed the Ogopogo crossing the lake from Rattlesnake Island.
1996: Ogopogo was both a codename and mascot for Microsoft Publisher 97, with Ogopogo graphics featured prominently in the beta setup. Team t-shirts feature two versions of the monster: a small styled picture on the front patch, and a larger, animation-influenced upper-body shot on back. 
1996: The Ogopogo of Lake Okanaagan is referenced in "Quagmire" a third season episode of the X-Files, in which Mulder and Scully search for an elusive sea-beast known as "Big Blue."
2000: Ogopogo was featured in the anime Mon Colle Knights. This version is depicted as a giant deep sea fish with a vicious nature that lived in the Water Realm.
2002: In the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI, there is a water serpent monster named "Ogopogo."
2004: Electro-industrial group Slick Idiot included a song titled "Ogopogo"on its album Screwitnized. 
2005: The National Geographic television series Is It Real: Monsters of the Deep includes a segment reviewing the evidence regarding Ogopogo.
2005: A film inspired by the Ogopogo and made in New Zealand was released. The filmmakers were about to name the creature in the film after the Ogopogo until an Aboriginal protested that use of the name compromised Aboriginal religion, although other Aboriginals encouraged the use of the name "Ogopogo." Thus, the creature became "Mee-Shee" and the film was called Mee-Shee: The Water Giant. Jim Henson's Creature Shop modelled Mee-Shee after the late actor Walter Matthau.  
2008: In episode 103 of Reborn! Hayato Gokudera tells Haru Miura that if he were to have a pet, it would be an Ogopogo, as it is "the strongest of all monsters."
2009: In Season 3 of the TV series Monster Quest a search was conducted for evidence of the existence of an Ogopogo, revealing sink holes in the floor of the lake, cold streaks across the lakes surface (possibly indicating a large, cold-blooded creature surfacing for food) and what was at first thought to be a baby Ogopogo corpse, but was in fact an unrecognizable decomposed fish body.
2009: Ogopogo is mentioned in the The Venture Brothers Season 4 episode "Return to Malice" in a discussion between two of The Monarch's Henchmen, 86 and 87. As they argue who would win in a fight between Champ and the Loch Ness Monster, they are interrupted by Henchman 21 who makes the case that "Champ is a picture of a log" and "Nessie is a toy submarine with a head made out of plastic wood" while Ogopogo is a plesiosaur. 
2010: A search for Ogopogo was conducted by Josh Gates for an episode his show Destination Truth. His team focused their investigation around Ratttlesnake Island where many sightings have taken place.
2011: Ogopogo was one of the mythical Canadian creatures referred to in James Alan Gardner's short story "All The Cool Monsters At Once" which was podcast on the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. 
2012: In Season 2, episode 18 of the TV series Lost Girl, the Ogopogo is mentioned when a character, Ryan Lambert, needs information on types of Fae connected with water.
2012: Ogopogo is one of six cryptids sought by comedian Dom Joly in his travel book Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. Joly recorded a video which he claimed might show Ogopogo swimming in a lake.
2013: In the premiere episode of The Amazing Race Canada, season 1, teams travelled to Kelowna, where the Roadblock required one team member to submerge into Lake Okangan to retrieve a clue attached to a sunken statue of Ogopogo.
Some others are the logo for Kelowna, British Columbia's Western Hockey League team, the Kelowna Rockets, depicts Ogopogo. Ogopogo is a colorway of a competition-grade yo-yo produced by Caribou Lodge Yo-yo Works. There is a statue of Ogopogo near the Kelowna Commercial Warf in downtown Kelowna. Another statue of Ogopogo can be found at a children's play park in Cultus Lake BC, just south of Chilliwack BC. Well that is it, my post on the Ogopogo I hope you liked it if you would like to know more about the Ogopogo then you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogopogo that is also where I got my information. If you would like to request a post then please feel free I always take request and would be happy to write a post for you.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Empusa



Today I am going to write about Empusa, I hope that you will like this post on Empusa. I chose to write about Empusa because I love mythology and like to share it with my followers and any other readers of my blog. So lets begin with my post. Empusa (Ancient Greek:Ἔμπουσα, Empousa, of unknown meaning) is a demigoddess of Greek mythology. In later incarnations she appeared as a species of monsters commanded by Hecate (known in English as an empuse). She is often associated or grouped with the demigoddesses Lamia and Mormo, who were likewise related as a kind of specters in later mythology (the lamias and mormolyceas, respectively). Empusa was the beautiful daughter of the goddess Hecate and the spirit Mormo. She feasted on blood by seducing young men, as they slept, before drinking their blood and eating their flesh. Empusa is pictured as wearing brazen slippers and bearing flaming hair. By folk etymology, her name was said to mean "one-footed" (from Greek *έμπούς, *empous: en-, one + pous, foot). This gave rise to the iconography of a one-legged hybrid, with a donkey's leg and a brass prosthetic leg. In later Greek mythology, her role was reduced to a species of spectre called and empuse or empusa (pl. empusae). The empusae were sent by Hecate to guard roads and devour travelers (Hecate was also the goddess of roadsides). According to Philostratus, empusae ran and hid, uttering a high-pitched scream, at the sound of insults. The empusae are best known for their appearance in Aristophane's The Frog, in which they scared Dionysus and Xanthias on their way to the underworld. The term is still used to refer to a shape shifting hobgoblin said to pester Greek shepherds in the form of a dog, ox, or mule (perhaps harkening back to the classical representation). Empusa is referenced in Rudyard Kipling's narrative poem, Tomlinson. Empusa is a character in Faust: Part Two by Goethe. She appears during the Classical Walpurgis Night as Mephisto is being lured by the Lamiae. She refers to herself as cousins to Mephisto because she has a donkey's foot and he has a horse's. Empusa is a main antagonist turned heroine in the novel Grecian Rune by James Matthew Byers. They may look like humans at first. In the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, they first appear in The Battle of the Labyrinth as servants of Hecate, who had by that time joined the Titan Army. The first empousa, who claimed to be freed from Pandora's pithos when it had been opened, appeared in the next book, The Lasy Olympian. They reappear in The House of Hades (the penultimate book of The Heroes of Olympus, a spin-off series of Percy Jackson & the Olympians) as servants of the primordial goddess Gaea. One of them, Kelli, happens to be the same one Annabeth Chase killed in The Battle of the Labyrinth. Another one, Serephone is clearly fearful of Hecate, and distrustful of Kelli, who is now working against their mistress. They are defeated by one of their of employers, the Titan Iapetus. In the British webseries "I Am Tim" the Empusa is a female demon who is defeated by the hero, Tim Helsing in Series 1, episode 2. The demon has the ability to turn into fire at will and is eventually defeated by using an amulet and saying sacred words which a character "looks up on wikipedia" on his iPhone. The Empusa are enemies in the video game God of War: Ascension. They appear as half-woman, half-insect, possibly due to the name ascribed to a certain group of mantids. Empusa (along with Lamia and Mormo) is one of the three witches in the Film 'Stardust' (dir. Matthew Vaughn). She is played by Sarah Alexander. In Neil Gaiman's book the witches are not given individual names. Well that is it my post on Empusa I hope that you liked it and if you would like to know more about Empusa then you can go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empusa.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Frederick & Catherine

                           Frederick & Catherine


There was once upon a time a man who was called frederick
and a woman called catherine, who had married each other
and lived together as young married folks.  One day
frederick said, I will now go and plough, catherine, when
I come back, there must be some roast meat on the table for
hunger, and a fresh draught for thirst.  Just go, frederick,
answered kate, just go, I will have all ready for you.  So when
dinner-time drew near she got a sausage out of the chimney, put
it in the frying-pan, put some butter to it, and set it on the
fire.  The sausage began to fry and to hiss, catherine stood
beside it and held the handle of the pan, and had her own
thoughts as she was doing it.  Then it occurred to her, while
the sausage is getting done you could go into the cellar and draw
beer.  So she set the frying-pan safely on the fire, took a can,
and went down into the cellar to draw beer.  The beer ran
into the can and kate watched it, and then she thought, oh,
dear.  The dog upstairs is not fastened up, it might get the
sausage out of the pan.  Lucky I thought of it.  And in a trice
she was up the cellar-steps again, but the spitz had the sausage
in its mouth already, and trailed it away on the ground.  But
catherine, who was not idle, set out after it, and chased it a
long way into the field, the dog, however, was swifter than
catherine and did not let the sausage go, but skipped over
the furrows with it.  What's gone is gone, said kate, and
turned round, and as she had run till she was weary, she walked
quietly and comfortably, and cooled herself.  During this time
the beer was still running out of the cask, for kate had not
turned the tap.  And when the can was full and there was no
other place for it, it ran into the cellar and did not stop until
the whole cask was empty.  As soon as kate was on the steps she
saw the accident.  Good
gracious, she cried.  What shall I do now to stop frederick
finding out.  She thought for a while, and at last she remembered
that up in the garret was still standing a sack of the finest
wheat flour from the last fair, and she would fetch that down and
strew it over the beer.  Yes, said she, he who saves a thing
when he ought, has it afterwards when he needs it, and she climbed
up to the garret and carried the sack below, and threw it straight
down on the can of beer, which she knocked over, and frederick's
draught swam also in the cellar.  It is all right, said kate,
where the one is the other ought to be also, and she strewed
the meal over the whole cellar.  When it was done she was heartily
delighted with her work, and said, how clean and wholesome it does
look here.  At mid-day home came frederick, now, wife, what
have you ready for me.  Ah, freddy, she answered, I was frying
a sausage for you, but whilst I was drawing the beer to drink
with it, the dog took it away out of the pan, and whilst I was
running after the dog, all the beer ran out, and whilst I was
drying up the beer with the flour, I knocked over the can as
well, but be easy, the cellar is quite dry again.  Said
frederick, kate, kate, you should not have done that, to let
the sausage be carried off and the beer run out of the cask,
and throw out all our flour into the bargain.  Well, frederick,
I did not know that, you should have told me.  The man thought,
if this is the kind of wife I have, I had better take more care
of things.  Now he had saved up a good number of talers
which he changed into gold, and said to catherine, look,
these are yellow counters for playing games, I will put
them in a pot and bury them in the stable under the cow's manger,
but mind you keep away from them, or it will be the worse for
you.  Said she, oh, no, frederick, I certainly will not go
near them.  And when frederick was gone some pedlars came into
the village who had cheap earthen bowls and pots, and asked
the young woman if there was nothing she wanted to bargain with
them for.  Oh, dear people, said catherine, I have no money
and can buy nothing, but if you have any use for yellow
counters I will buy of you.  Yellow counters, why not.  But
just let us see them.  Then go into the stable and
dig under the cow's manger, and you will find the yellow
counters.  I am not allowed to go there.  The rogues went
thither, dug and found pure gold.  Then they laid hold of it,
ran away, and left their pots and bowls behind in the house.
Catherine though she must use her new things, and as she had
no lack in the kitchen already without these, she knocked the
bottom out of every pot, and set them all as ornaments on the
paling which went round about the house.  When frederick came
and saw the new decorations, he said, catherine, what have you
been about.  I have bought them, frederick, for the counters
which were under the cow's manger.  I did not go there myself,
the pedlars had to dig them out for themselves.  Ah, wife,
said frederick, what have you done.  Those were not counters,
but pure gold, and all our wealth, you should not have done that.
Indeed, frederick, said she, I did not know that, you should
have forewarned me.
Catherine stood for a while and wondered, then she said,
listen, frederick, we will soon get the gold back again, we
will run after the thieves.  Come, then, said frederick, we
will try it, but take with you some butter and cheese that we may
have something to eat on the way.  Yes, frederick, I will take
them.  They set out, and as frederick was the better walker,
catherine followed him.  It is to my advantage, thought she,
when we turn back I shall be a little way in advance.  Then
she came to a hill where there were deep ruts on both sides
of the road.  There one can see, said catherine, how they
have torn and skinned and galled the poor earth, it will never
be whole again as long as it lives, and in her heart's
compassion she took her butter and smeared the ruts right
and left, that they might not be so hurt by the wheels, and as
she was thus bending down in her charity, one of the cheeses
rolled out of her pocket down the hill.  Said catherine, I
have made my way once up here, I will not go down again, another
may run and fetch it back.  So she took another cheese and rolled
it down.  But the cheeses did not come back, so she let a third
run down, thinking.  Perhaps they are waiting for company, and
do not like to walk alone.  As all three stayed away she said,
I do not know what that
can mean, but it may perhaps be that the third has not found
the way, and has gone wrong, I will just send the fourth to
call it.  But the fourth did no better than the third.  Then
catherine was angry, and threw down the fifth and sixth as
well, and these were her last.  She remained standing for some
time watching for their coming, but when they still did not come,
she said, oh, you are good folks to send in search of death,
you stay a fine long time away.  Do you think I will wait any
longer for you.  I shall go my way, you may run after me,
you have younger legs than I.  Catherine went on and found
frederick, who was standing waiting for her because he wanted
something to eat.  Now just let us have what you have brought
with you, said he.  She gave him the dry bread.  Where have
you the butter and the cheeses, asked the man.  Ah, freddy,
said catherine, I smeared the cart-ruts with the butter and
the cheeses will come soon, one ran away from me, so I sent
the others after to call it.  Said frederick, you should not
have done that, catherine, to smear the butter on the road,
and let the cheeses run down the hill.  Really, frederick,
you should have told me.
Then they ate the dry bread together, and frederick said,
catherine, did you make the house safe when you came away.
No, frederick, you should have told me to do it before.  Then
go home again, and make the house safe before we go any farther,
and bring with you something else to eat.  I will wait here
for you.  Catherine went back and thought, frederick wants
something more to eat, he does not like butter and cheese, so I
will take with me a handkerchief full of dried pears and
a pitcher of vinegar for him to drink.  Then she bolted the
upper half of the door fast, but unhinged the lower door, and
took it on her back, believing that when she had placed the
door in security the house must be well taken care of.  Catherine
took her time on the way, and thought, frederick will rest
himself so much the longer.  When she had once reached him she
said, here is the house-door for you, frederick, and now you
can take care of the house yourself.  Oh, heavens, said he, what
a wise wife I have.  She takes the under-door
off the hinges that everything may run in, and bolts the
upper one.  It is now too late to go back home again, but
since you have brought the door here, you shall just carry it
farther.  I will carry the door, frederick, but the dried pears
and the vinegar-jug will be too heavy for me, I will hang them
on the door, it may carry them.
And now they went into the forest, and sought the rogues, but
did not find them.  At length as it grew dark they climbed into
a tree and resolved to spend the night there.  Scarcely, however,
had they sat down at the top of it than the rascals came thither
who carry away with them what does not want to go, and find
things before they are lost.  They sat down under the very tree
in which frederick and catherine were sitting, lighted a fire,
and were about to share their booty.  Frederick got down on the
other side and collected
some stones together.  Then he climbed up again with them, and
wished to throw them at the thieves and kill them.  The stones,
however, did not hit them, and the knaves cried, it will soon
be morning, the wind is shaking down the fir-cones.  Catherine
still had the door on her back, and as it pressed so heavily on
her, she thought it was the fault of the dried pears, and said,
frederick, I must throw the pears down.  No, catherine, not now,
he replied, they might betray us.  Oh, but, frederick, I must.
They weigh me down far too much.  Do it, then, and be hanged.
Then the dried pears rolled down between the branches, and the
rascals below said, those are birds, droppings.
A short time afterwards, as the door was still heavy, catherine
said, ah, frederick, I must pour out the vinegar.  No, catherine,
you must not, it might betray us.  Ah, but, frederick, I must,
it weighs me down far too much.  Then do it and be hanged.
So she emptied out the vinegar, and it spattered over the
robbers.  They said amongst themselves, the dew is already
falling.  At length catherine thought, can it really be the
door which weighs me down so, and said, frederick, I must
throw the door down.  No, not now, catherine, it might betray us.
Oh, but, frederick, I must.  It weighs me down far too much.  Oh,
no, catherine, do hold it fast.  Ah, frederick, I am letting it
fall.  Let it go, then, in the devil's name.  Then it fell down
with a violent clatter, and the rascals below cried, the devil is
coming down the tree, and they ran away and left everything behind
them.  Early next morning, when the two came down they found all
their gold again, and carried it home.
When they were once more at home, frederick said, and now,
catherine, you, too, must be industrious and work.  Yes,
frederick, I will soon do that, I will go into the field and
cut corn.  When catherine got into the field, she said to
herself, shall I eat before I cut, or shall I sleep before I
cut.  Oh, I will eat first.  Then catherine ate and eating made
her sleepy, and she began to cut, and half in a dream cut all her
clothes to pieces, her apron, her gown, and her shift.  When
catherine awoke again after a long sleep she was standing
there half-naked, and said to herself, is it I, or is it not
I.  Alas, it is not I.  In the meantime night came, and catherine
ran into the village, knocked at her husband's window, and cried,
frederick.
What is the matter.  I should very much like to know if catherine
is in.  Yes, yes, replied frederick, she must be in and asleep.
Said she, that's all right, then I am certainly at home already,
and ran away.
Outside catherine found some vagabonds who were going to steal.
Then she went to them and said, I will help you to steal.  The
rascals thought that she knew what opportunities the place
offered, and were willing.  Catherine went in front of the houses,
and cried, good folks, have you anything.  We want to steal.
The thieves thought to themselves, that's a fine way of doing
things, and wished themselves once more rid of catherine.  Then
they said to her, outside the village the pastor has some turnips
in the field.  Go there and pull up some turnips for us.
Catherine went to the ground, and began to pull them up, but
was so lazy that she never stood up straight.  Then a man came
by, saw her, and stood still and thought that it was the devil
who was thus rooting amongst the turnips.  He ran away into the
village to the pastor, and said, mr. Pastor, the devil is in
your turnip-ground, rooting up turnips.  Ah, heavens, answered
the pastor, I have a lame foot, I cannot go out and drive him
away.  Said the man, then I will carry you on my back, and he
carried him out on his back.  And when they came to the ground,
catherine arose and stood up her full height.  Ah, the devil,
cried the pastor, and both hurried away, and in his great
fright the pastor could run better with his lame foot than the
man who had carried him on his back could do on his sound legs.
The End.
By: The Brothers Grimm