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Funny animal

A funny animal is an anthropomorphic animal character who lives like a human. They speak a human language and are bipedal, wear clothes, live in houses and ride vehicles, have jobs or may be recognized citizens of countries, which distinguish them from other animal characters who may nonetheless display anthropomorphic characteristics such as speaking or showing facial expressions. Funny animal is the genre of comics and animated cartoons which feature funny animals. While many funny animal stories are light-hearted and humorous, with the funny characters acting in a comedic and sometimes childish way, the genre is not comedic. Dark or serious stories featuring characters of this sort can be grouped under the "funny animals" category, sometimes referred to as anthropomorphic characters to avoid confusion over the range of genres; these stories may intersect with any other genre or group of genres, including historical fiction, science fiction, western, slapstick comedy, children's/family entertainment, satire.

Early examples of funny characters in literature can be found in Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville's Les Métamorphoses du Jour, a series of illustrations which anthropomorphized humans as animals and in the 1865 book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll with rabbits such as the White Rabbit and the March Hare. Peter Rabbit is another funny rabbit, created by Beatrix Potter; the oldest funny animal comic strip is James Swinnerton's The Little Bears, which debuted in 1892. The earliest example of funny animals in a British comic strip was Arthur White's Jungle Jinks, which featured a group of school children, anthropomorphized as animals; the comic strip ran in a supplement of Home Chat, for years. Jungle Jinks in particular paved the way for a whole stream of British comics about funny characters, such as Tiger Tim, Teddy Tail and Rupert Bear. An early example of a novel which made exclusive use of funny animals was the 1908 children's book The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

This story featured the character Mr. Toad, human in every sense, except physical appearance. Other characters in the book, such as a mole, water rat, otter, are act similar to humans, with the exception of preferring their species' native habitats; the mole, for example, lives underground, but in a finished home. In the United States the most well known funny animal comic was Krazy Kat by George Herriman, it featured a mouse Ignatz and a dog police officer named Offissa Pup. Animated cartoons inspired a whole industry of comic strips and comic books based on funny characters produced under license, such as Felix the Cat, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny; the 1945 novel Animal Farm by George Orwell notably features several talking characters who transition to bipedal, clothes-wearing funny characters by the end of the story. In the 1940s, Fawcett Comics published a comic book entitled Funny Animals, featuring such characters as Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, an anthropomorphic rabbit version of Captain Marvel.

Charles M. Schulz's dog character Snoopy from Peanuts and the title cat character of Jim Davis's comic strip Garfield are non-speaking pets, so are not funny animals by the above definition, they both were depicted as quadrupedal, but became bipedal and anthropomorphic as the respective strips progressed. Snoopy In particular started out as an quadrupedal character in 1950, was not depicted with any thought balloon dialogue at all. A significant example of the latter trait is Snoopy's pretend college student persona, Joe Cool, which first featured in a 1971 strip. Instead of verbalizing as humans would with speech balloon, Snoopy and some of the other animal characters in both of the strips instead use thought balloons to convey messages; this tactic allows for the relationship between human and animal to be ambiguous, as it may not be clear if the human can understand what the animal is thinking. In both strips, animal characters are shown to converse with each other through their thought balloon dialogue.

When the Peanuts specials were adapted for television, producers opted to not verbalize Snoopy's thoughts through voice acting, instead opting to have him communicate his feelings in a pantomime fashion. The only exceptions to this are in the animated adaptions of the stage musicals You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy! The Musical, where Snoopy's inner monologue is voiced acted. Another way Snoopy has communicated in various Peanuts animated works, as well as in the original comic strip, is when Snoopy makes use of a typewriter, with the resulting text visible to the viewer; the ambiguous relation between Garfield and his owner, Jon Arbuckle, inspired a number of derivative works, among them being Garfield Minus Garfield, a collection of strips with the title character edited out and Arbuckle speaking to himself. U. S. Acres is another comic strip created by Jim Davis, featuring a group of barnyard animal characters, such as Orson the pig and Wade the duck; the primary characters of the strip, all of which are bipedal, are all closer to the above definition of "funny animal" than Garfield.

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Ruth Graham

Ruth McCue Bell Graham was an American Christian author, most well known as the wife of evangelist Billy Graham. She was born in Qingjiang, Republic of China, the second of five children, her parents, Virginia Leftwich Bell and L. Nelson Bell, were medical missionaries at the Presbyterian Hospital 300 miles north of Shanghai. At age 13 she was enrolled in Pyeng Yang Foreign School in Pyongyang, where she studied for three years, she completed her high school education at Montreat, North Carolina, while her parents were there on furlough. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois; the Grahams met at Wheaton College and were married in the summer of 1943, shortly after their graduation. Ruth Graham became a minister's wife for a brief period in Illinois, she lived out the rest of her life in North Carolina. The Grahams have five children: Virginia, Ruth and Nelson Edman, 19 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren. Grandson Tullian Tchividjian was senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida until he resigned in June 2015.

Graham wrote Our Christmas Story, Sitting by My Laughing Fire, It's My Turn, The Legacy of a Pack Rat and Those Who Love Them, Clouds Are the Dust of His Feet, One Wintry Night and Conversation with Ruth Bell Graham and Gigi Graham Tchividjian, Collected Poems, Mothers Together. And Prayers from a Mother's Heart, her most recent books published in 2001 are, Never Let It End: Poems of a Lifelong Love published by Baker Books, Footprints of a Pilgrim: The Life and Loves of Ruth Bell Graham, published by Word Publishing and A Quiet Knowing, published by W Publishing Group. Ruth McCue Bell was born in Qingjiang, China, her parents, Virginia Myers and Dr. L. Nelson Bell, were American medical missionaries at the Presbyterian Hospital 300 miles north of Shanghai, she grew up in China in a religious household. Some of her early life in China is depicted in the biography of her father, a general surgeon, in "A Foreign Devil in China". Graham studied for three years at a high school in Pyongyang, now in North Korea, before graduating from a school in Montreat, North Carolina, while her parents were on furlough.

Graham returned to the U. S. at the age of 17 in the fall of 1937, enrolled at Wheaton College, outside Chicago, where she met Billy Graham. They married on August 13, 1943. In 1945, after a brief stint as a suburban pastor, her husband became an evangelist for Youth for Christ; the Grahams moved to Montreat near her parents where the Grahams continued to live for the rest of their married life. Despite her husband being one of the world's most famous Baptists, Graham remained a Presbyterian and taught Sunday School. Between 1945 and 1958, Graham gave birth to five children, whom she raised – sometimes single-handedly – while her husband was away on extended national and international evangelistic crusades, their three daughters and two sons are all involved in ministry, including eldest son Franklin, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association founded by his father. In 1959, Graham published Our Christmas Story, an illustrated volume for children, she went on to write or co-write 13 other books, many of them works of poetry she wrote as an emotional release while her husband was so on the road through the years.

Graham was a vital part of Billy Graham's evangelistic career, he turned to her for advice and input about many ministry decisions. One of the early uses of media by the BGEA was the "Hour of Decision" radio program begun in 1950, which she named. After her upbringing in China and high school experience in Korea, she continued to have compassion for the people of Asia, she encouraged her husband to visit and accompanied him during his historic visits to the People's Republic of China. Graham's significant role in her husband's ministry was recognized in 1996, when they were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in a special ceremony in the U. S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D. C.. In 1966, Graham founded the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center in Asheville, North Carolina, with which she was involved until her death. Graham had been in frail health since suffering spinal meningitis in 1995; this was exacerbated by a degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck that began with a fall while testing a swing she made for her grandchildren in 1974 that resulted in chronic back pain for many years.

During the final months of her life, she had contracted pneumonia. The day before Ruth Graham's death, Billy Graham released a statement through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association stating, "Ruth is my soul mate and best friend, I cannot imagine living a single day without her by my side. I am more and more in love with her today than when we first met over 65 years ago as students at Wheaton College."On Monday, June 11, at Graham's request and subsequent to consultation with her family, she was removed from life support. On June 13, 2007, following her decline into a semi-coma, her husband announced that he and his wife had decided to be buried beside each other at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, she died at 5:05 pm. EDT June 14, 2007, at the couple's home, Little Piney Cove, in Montreat, North Carolina, with her husband and five children at her bedside, four days after her 87th birthday. A private ceremony followed by burial on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library was held on Sunday, June 17, 2007.

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Universo 2000 Jr.

Universo 2000 Jr./Universo Dos Mil Jr. is the ring name of a Mexican luchador enmascarado, or masked professional wrestler working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre based in Mexico City where he portrays a heel character. He is a second generation professional wrestler, part of the Reyes family that includes his father Universo 2000, uncles Cien Caras and Máscara Año 2000, as well as cousins El Cuatrero, Sansón, Máscara Año 2000 Jr.. His birth name is not a matter of public record, a strong tradition for masked wrestlers in Mexico, where their private lives are kept a secret from the wrestling fans. In CMLL he has won the 2019 edition of La Copa Junior. Universo 2000 Jr. is the son of Andrés Reyes González, a professional wrestler known under the ring name Universo 2000. As Universo 2000 Jr. is an enmascarado or "masked wrestler" his birth name is not a matter of public record, a tradition in lucha libre where the personal lives of masked wrestlers are kept out of the spot light. His father, Andrés, his uncles Carmelo and Jesús were established professional wrestling headliners in Mexico.

Several Reyes family members became professional wrestlers including cousins Forastero, El Cuatrero and Sansón, El Hijo de Máscara Año 2000. Despite using the names El Hijo de Cien Caras and Cien Caras, Jr. neither wrestler were related to the Reyes family but instead paid for the rights to use the ring characters and masks. The Mini-Estrella Pequeño Universo 2000 is not a Reyes family member but a Mini, allowed to use the name and mask some years ago when Universo 2000 still wrestled in CMLL and continues to use the character to this date; the earliest recorded results for Universo 2000 Jr. is from late 2009 as he teamed up with his uncle Máscara Año 2000 and El Hijo del Cien Caras on a show in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. While working sporadically early in his career, he would team with his family. On June 26, 2011 he teamed up with his father to defeat Máscara Sagrada and El Hijo del Máscara Sagrada on a show in his home town of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. In September 2012 he participated in a La Copa Junior battle royal as part of International Wrestling League's second anniversary show, won Kung Fu Jr.

In 2014, Universo 2000 Jr. and his cousin El Hijo de Máscara Año 2000 began working for International Wrestling Revolution Group under the nameLos Primos Dinamitas, or "The Dynamite Cousins" inspired by the name Los Hermanos Dinamita that his father and uncles used when working as a team. On November 2, 2014, Universo Jr. was one of ten wrestlers who risked his mask on the outcome of that year's El Castillo del Terror steel cage match. He escaped the cage early on, watching from the outside as Golden Magic defeated Kenshi Kabuki to unmask him, he competed for the number one contendership for the IWRG Junior de Juniors Championship, but was eliminated by eventual winner El Hijo de Dos Caras. Los Primos Dinamita competed in the 2015 Guerra de Familias tournament, but were eliminated by El Hijo de Dos Casas and Súper Nova in the first round. On July 19, 2015 Los Primos Dinamitas competed in a tournament for the vacant IWRG Intercontinental Tag Team Championship; the two defeated Eterno and Hip Hop Man in the first round, Los Crazy Americans in the semi-finals but lost to El Hijo del Pantera and El Pantera in the finals.

In one of his final appearances in IWRG, Universo 2000 Jr. teamed up with his father for IWRG's Legado Final tournament, a tournament for father/son tournament. The Universos were eliminated halfway through the tournament. After his stint in IWRG, Universo 2000 Jr. began working for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, the same promotion his cousins worked for. In his debut math Universo 2000 Jr. Disturbio and Virus lost to Esfinge and Pegasso. While he was not positioned as a full-time member of Nuevo Generacion Dinamaitas he did team up with his cousins on occasion early in his CMLL stint; the 2018 Gran Alternativa tournament was Universo 2000 Jr.'s first major exposure in CMLL as he teamed up with his uncle Máscara Año 2000 for the tournament. The Reyes lost to eventual tournament winners Templario and Último Guerrero on the first night of the tournament, he followed that up by participating in the 2019 Reyes del Aire tournament, where he was eliminated by Black Panther. He was given a chance to qualify for a Rey del Inframundo championship match, but was eliminated early on in the ten-man torneo cibernetico elimination match.

In December 2019 Universo 2000 Jr. outlasted Esfinge, Black Panther, Espanto Jr. Magnus, Príncipe Odín Jr. Stigma, Halcón Suriano Jr. and Bengala to qualify for the finals of the 2019 La Copa Junior tournament, followed by defeating Guerrero Maya Jr. to win the tournament. Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre La Copa Junior

Derrick Plourde

Derrick William Plourde was an American drummer and artist. Born in Goleta, California, he was active from 1989 until his death in 2005. Although best known as a former member of Lagwagon, Derrick played in several different bands like Bad Astronaut, The Ataris, Mad Caddies and Rich Kids on LSD, among others. Besides drums, he played guitar and was described as a multi-instrumentalist. Aside from music, he was known as being a skilled painter and a gifted carpenter, appreciated for his off-beat sense of humor. After a long battle with drug addiction, Derrick committed suicide on March 30, 2005. Derrick first caught the attention of the pop-punk underground in the Goleta/Santa Barbara scene in the early 1990s in the band Lagwagon; that recognition expanded outside of the Southern California scene in 1992 with the release of Lagwagon's debut album "Duh" and the two follow-up albums "Trashed" and "Hoss". Derrick left Lagwagon in 1995 and was replaced by Dave Raun of RKL. In 1997, Plourde contacted Kris Roe of The Ataris, who were looking for a rhythm section at the time.

The two hit it off and Plourde would stay with the band through the recording of their debut album "Anywhere But Here" Derrick played with acclaimed Santa Barbara outfit The Mad Caddies, appeared on their 2001. Album "Rock the Plank". In 2001, Derrick teamed up with his friend and former band mate Joey Cape in the band Bad Astronaut and played on their first two albums "Acrophobe" and "Houston: We have a drinking problem"; the band released a third album in 2006. Named "Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment" with several tracks featuring Derrick on drums. After Derrick's death, Joey Cape announced that there will be no more Bad Astronaut albums because "without Derrick, there is no Bad Astronaut". Although Rush's Neil Peart and RKL's Bomer Manzullo are credited as his biggest influences, Derrick developed his own distinctive sound and style, considered innovative and fresh in the hardcore/punk music scene, his playing style can best be described as a mixture of fast, complex grooves and fills played with a lot of dynamics.

Songs like "Move The Car" and "Rifle" by Lagwagon are considered the best examples of his skill and technique as these songs involved many things that were prominent in Derrick's style such as linear and syncopated drum grooves, fast single strokes and double strokes with both hands and feet. Songs like "Bury The Hatchet", "Mr. Coffee" and "Give It Back" by Lagwagon, all recorded with Derrick on drums, are often cited as examples of his progressive influences and outstanding skill and versatility. Although the official cause of death and other details were not disclosed, a posting by The Ataris frontman Kris Roe to that band’s website confirmed reports that Derrick took his own life — the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Despite never being diagnosed, Derrick was suspected as bipolar and was battling drug addiction. Joey Cape described in one interview that many people, including himself, felt like "it's not if, it's when", his former band, produced a tribute album titled Resolve in his honor and made a video for the song "Heartbreaking Music" that consisted entirely of different photographs of Derrick along with the footage of the band playing.

The first verse in the lyrics for the NOFX song "Doornails", on their Wolves in Wolves' Clothing album is about Plourde while the song itself is a tribute to punk rock musicians who have died. Derrick Plourde at AllMusic Lagwagon Official Website

New Standard D-25

The New Standard D-25 was a 5-seat agricultural and joy-riding aircraft produced in the US from 1928. The D-25 was constructed from Duralumin angles channels and tees bolted and rivetted together for the fuselage and Spruce spars with bass wood and plywood built-up ribs, all fabric covered; the D series was quite distinctive in having sesquiplane wings with the upper wing, of much bigger span and chord, supported on tall cabane and interplane struts. Seating for four passengers was provided in the open front cockpit, described as "chummy", with the pilot in the single seat open rear cockpit. Variations in seating arrangement reflected the role of the different variants; the rugged structure gave the New Standard Ds a long-life, leading to the respectable number that survived the abuse of joy-riding, mail carrying and crop dusting for many years. Two D-25As, confiscated from smugglers were acquired by the US Coast Guard in 1935, designated NT-2. Gates-Day GD-24 - precursor to New Standard D series 3 built.

New Standard D-24 - production version of GD-24 4 built + 2 converted from GD-24. New Standard D-25 - 5-seat "joy-rider" New Standard D-25A - 225 hp Wright J-6 New Standard D-25B - 300 hp Wright J-6 crop-duster produced by White Aircraft Co. 1940 New Standard D-25C - alternative designation of D-29S New Standard D-25X - modified D-25 construction number 203. New Standard NT-2 - 2 x D-25 impounded from whiskey smugglers, donated to US Coast Guard. New Standard D-26 - 3-seat business/executive transport. New Standard D-26A & D-26B - D-26 with 225 hp Wright J-6. New Standard D-27 - single seat mail/cargo carrier New Standard D-27A - D-27 with night flying equipment New Standard D-28 - floatplane conversion of D-26 New Standard D-30 - floatplane modified D-25 New Standard D-25 - New production of modified D-25As United StatesAlaskan Airways Clifford Ball Inc. Goodfolk & O'Tymes Biplane Rides United States Coast Guard Data from Rhinebeck's JoyriderGeneral characteristics Crew: 1 Capacity: 4 Length: 26 ft 6 in Wingspan: 45 ft 0 in Height: 10 ft 2 in Wing area: 350 ft2 Empty weight: 2,010 lb Gross weight: 3,400 lb Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-5, 220 hp Performance Maximum speed: 110 mph Cruise speed: 95 mph Range: 480 miles Service ceiling: 20,000 ft Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min Aircraft of comparable role and era Pitcairn Mailwing Spartan C-3 Notes BibliographyJuptner, Joseph P..

U. S. Civil Aircraft Vol.2. Los Angeles: Aero Publishers. P. 25 to 32. Levy, Howard. "Rhinebeck's Joyrider". Aeroplane Monthly. Vol. 17 no. 8. Pp. 486–489. Swanborough, Gordon. United States Navy Aircraft since 1911. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10054-9. "New Standard". Aerofiles. Retrieved 2020-03-03. "New Standard D-25". Holcomb's Aerodrome. Retrieved 2020-03-03. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's New Standard D-25 page Media related to New Standard D-25 at Wikimedia Commons

Thomas Meakin Lockwood

Thomas Meakin Lockwood was an English architect whose main works are in and around Chester, Cheshire. He was born in London, brought up in East Anglia. From 1851 he was articled to the Borough Surveyor of Brighton, he worked in offices including that of George Woodhouse, of T. M. Penson in Chester. In 1862 he established an independent practice in Chester, his works are located in Cheshire and North Wales, his designs being influenced by John Douglas and Norman Shaw. These are either timber-framed, or in brick and stone incorporating Tudor and Renaissance features. In Cheshire and North Wales, his most important patron was the First Duke of Westminster. Lockwood's most prominent buildings, which stand at Chester Cross, were commissioned by the Duke, they stand on opposite corners at the north end of Bridge Street, are in contrasting styles. Number 1 Bridge Street, built in 1888, is timber-framed in Black-and-white Revival style. Number 2–8 Bridge Street, built in 1894, is in stone and diapered brick, incorporates Tudor and Baroque features.

Lockwood designed the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, built in 1885–86. It is constructed in red brick, is in Renaissance style with Dutch gables. In 1892 Lockwood's sons, William Thomas and Philip H. Lockwood joined him in partnership. According to the architectural historian Edward Hubbard, Lockwood is the only 19th-century Chester architect other than John Douglas to have acquired a national reputation. A memorial window to his memory is in the north aisle of St John Chester. List of works by Thomas Lockwood Bibliography