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Latin and sometimes abbreviated V.V.V.V.V., this is a line from the 1952 published diary of Aleister Crowley, later used in the 1980 Robert Nye novel Faust, and used again in the 1982 Alan Moore graphic novel V for Vendetta and the 2005 film adaptation of the same title.

Meant to be translated "By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe," the components of the motto actually parse as follows:

Vi - from vis, vis, noun, "force, power," ablative singular, a correct translation as "by the power."

Veri - from verum, substantive adjective, "(a) true (thing)" (not "truth," which would be veritas, veritatis), genitive singular, a genuinely poor translation as "of truth," because the better word here would definitely be veritatis, and it wouldn't even interrupt the "V" alliterative motif.

Vniversum - from universum, substantive adjective, "(the) whole,…

Subway is the largest franchise restaurant in the United States and also in the world. At some point, Subway became the most ubiquitous fast-food restaurant. In many small towns I have been to, the Subway is the only chain business present.

What is the most surprising about this is that Subway's spread never happened in a single moment. Compare this to the growth of chain pizza restaurants such as Domino's and Pizza Hut. Some of you might not believe this, but there was a time…

There's a grief that can't be spoken,
there's a pain goes on and on

In Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical Les Misérables, Emtpy chairs at empty tables is a scene sung by Marius in soliloquy.

After the events of the failed revolution (itself inspired on the Paris Uprising of 1832), Marius sits alone and wounded, but alive. He reflects on the price his failed attempt has cost him, mostly measured in lives…

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 22 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.



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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

Septemaaarr 19 Talk like a pirate day.

September 25 Happy birthday Templeton!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!


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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

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August 9 長崎

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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