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Kryptonite

Kryptonite is a fictional material that appears in Superman stories. In its most well-known form, it is a green, crystalline material originating from Superman's home world of Krypton, that emits a peculiar radiation that weakens Superman, but is harmless to humans when exposed to it in short term. There are other varieties of kryptonite such as red and gold kryptonite which have different but still negative effects on Superman. Due to Superman's popularity, kryptonite has become a byword for an extraordinary exploitable weakness, synonymous with "Achilles' heel". An unpublished 1940 story titled "The K-Metal from Krypton", written by Superman creator Jerry Siegel, featured a prototype of kryptonite, it was a mineral from the planet Krypton that drained Superman of his strength while giving superhuman powers to mortals. This story was rejected; the mineral known as kryptonite was first introduced in the radio serial The Adventures of Superman, in the story "The Meteor from Krypton", broadcast in June 1943.

An apocryphal story claims that kryptonite was introduced to give Superman's voice actor, Bud Collyer, the possibility to take a vacation at a time when the radio serial was performed live. In an episode where Collyer would not be present to perform, Superman would be incapacitated by kryptonite, a substitute voice actor would make groaning sounds; this tale was recounted by Julius Schwartz in his memoir. However, the historian Michael J. Hayde disputes this: in "The Meteor From Krypton", Superman is never exposed to kryptonite. If kryptonite allowed Collyer to take vacations, a fringe benefit discovered later. More kryptonite was introduced as a plot device for Superman to discover his origin. In the radio serial, Krypton was located in the same solar system as Earth, in the same orbit, but on the opposite side of the Sun; this provided an easy explanation for. Kryptonite was incorporated into the comic mythos with Superman #61. Editor Dorothy Woolfolk stated in an interview with Florida Today in August 1993, that she "felt Superman's invulnerability was boring."

Various forms of the fictional material have been created over the years in Superman publications. The Adventures of Superman featured kryptonite in the episodes "Panic in the Sky", "The Defeat of Superman", "Superman Week", "The Deadly Rock", "The Magic Secret", "The Gentle Monster" and "All That Glitters". Superboy featured green kryptonite in the episodes: "Kryptonite Kills" and "Metallo", "Bride of Bizarro", "Kryptonite Kid", "Obituary for a Super-Hero"; the red variety was featured in the episode "Super Menace". A Bizarro White variant was featured in the episode "The Battle With Bizarro", which heals the title character. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman featured green kryptonite in the episodes "The Green, Green Glow of Home", "Barbarians at the Planet", "The House of Luthor", "Metallo", "Top Copy" and "Battleground Earth"; the red variety was featured in the episodes "Individual Responsibility", "Ultrawoman" and "Lethal Weapon". Smallville featured kryptonite on a regular basis.

A large quantity of the green variety descends to Earth in a meteor shower, arriving in the town of Smallville, Kansas with the spaceship containing the infant Kal-El. The material is colloquially referred to by Smallville residents as "meteor rock", but is called "kryptonite" by Clark Kent once he discovers his origins in season two episode "Visitor". Aside from being harmful to Clark Kent, the mineral produces bizarre changes in fauna, it occasionally bestows metahuman abilities on humans depending on the circumstances of their exposure to it, such as a girl treated for a rare bone disease acquiring shapeshifting powers. These people are known by the inhabitants of Smallville as "Meteor Freaks"; the green variety of the mineral appears in several episodes every season, although other varieties appear, including: red in "Red", "Exodus", "Exile", "Phoenix", "Unsafe", "Crimson" and "Upgrade". Smallville was the first appearance of a black kryptonite that would split a person into their good and evil sides, before being brought into the comic canon in Supergirl #2.

Supergirl featured green kryptonite in the episodes: "Pilot", "Stronger Together", "Hostile Takeover", "For the Girl Who Has Everything", "Distant Sun". In the second part of Arrowverse's 2017 crossover "Crisis on Earth-X," reveals that Green Arrow of Earth-1 somehow obtains samples of green kryptonite, uses them to construct kryptonite arrows as deterrents against rogue Kryptonians such as Overgirl and Superman impostor John Deegan. DEO manages to synthesize and create blue kryptonite, featured in the episode "Bizarro"; the red kryptonite is featured in the episode "Falling" as a failed attempt to recreate green kryptonite by Maxwell Lord. Silver kryptonite is featured in the episode "Nevertheless, She Persisted". In season 3, the black kryptonite is pivotal to its arc, first appearing in the episode "The Fanatical", in which it is being referred to as Harun-El by Kryptonians; the Worldkiller Coven from Krypton, headed by

John Clay (running back)

John Clay is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2011, he played college football for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In high school, he received numerous awards for his accomplishments on the field at Washington Park High School in Racine, being named to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, was one of the most recruited players in the country. Clay was ruled ineligible to play by the NCAA after not meeting Wisconsin admission requirements before being ruled eligible for the 2008 season. Clay attended Washington Park High School in Wisconsin, he was named a high school All-American in 2006 and played in the U. S. Army All-American Bowl game. A 4-star recruit, he committed to Wisconsin on national signing day after declining offers from Tennessee, Ohio State and Iowa. After graduating from high school and before the start of summer football camp, Clay was notified by the NCAA that his grades had not met the requirements to play collegiate football.

He had recorded a 2.7 core GPA and received a 17 on his ACT. Clay attended summer school to complete the required course work rejoined his teammates and began practicing with the Badgers, his late start forced him to redshirt in 2007. 2006 WIAA Division 1 State Champion U. S. Army All-American Bowl Tom Lemming's Top 10 of 2007 All-State All-Area Rival's 100 2009 Big Ten offensive player of the year 2009 All-Big Ten 1st team 2009 Champs Sports Bowl MVP As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Clay saw his first action on the field against the University of Akron, where he posted 71 yards and his first collegiate touchdown on just 12 carries, he finished the season second on the team and seventh in the Big Ten Conference in rushing with 884 yards on 155 carries and nine touchdowns. In 2009, Clay ranked eighth in the country with 1,517 rushing yards, his 18 rushing touchdowns led the Big Ten and tied for seventh in the nation. On November 23, 2009, Clay was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, the third Badgers' player to be so named Big Ten, joining fellow running backs Ron Dayne and Brent Moss.

Clay was on the cover of the December 11, 2009 edition of Sports Illustrated, an issue that featured the best sports photos of 2009. The picture was taken during the Michigan game at Camp Randall Stadium. Clay entered the 2010 football season on the preseason watch lists for the Doak Walker Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, he was selected as a Playboy All-American. An MCL injury sidelined Clay for the last three 2010 regular season games, damaging his chances at the Heisman. Clay was named one of three finalists for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back; the other two finalists were Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State and the winner of the award, LaMichael James of Oregon. For the 2010 season, Clay finished with 1,012 rushing 14 rushing touchdowns. On January 7, 2011, Clay announced. Clay went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. Clay was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011, he waived for final cuts on September 2, 2011 but was re-signed two days to the practice squad.

On December 23, 2011, he was added to the team's active roster. He scored his first touchdown on his first carry in the NFL on a 10-yard score. Clay was waived/injured on August 14, 2012, but subsequently reverted to injured reserve on August 16, he was given an injury settlement and released from injured reserve on August 20. Wisconsin Badgers bio

Highland Railway X Class

The Highland Railway Drummond 0-6-4T or X class were large tank engines intended for banking duty. They were designed by Peter Drummond; the first four were built by the North British Locomotive Company and delivered in 1909. A second batch of four was delivered in 1911; the design was derived from that of the class K tender engines and leading dimensions were similar although the boiler and firebox are recorded as being'larger' but by an unspecified amount. They were not popular with their crews, many thought them heavy and clumsy, several crews had problems with water capacity, it seems their axleboxes were not well-proportioned either as there are reports of consistent hot box problems. They all survived to be taken over by the London and Scottish Railway at the 1923 Grouping; the last was withdrawn in 1936. Baxter, Bertram. Baxter, David. British Locomotive Catalogue 1825–1923, Volume 4: Scottish and remaining English Companies in the LMS Group. Ashbourne, Derbyshire: Moorland Publishing Company.

P. 200. Haresnape, Brian. Drummond Locomotives, a pictorial history. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan Limited. ISBN 0-7110-1206-7

Charlotte Marathon

The Novant Health Charlotte Marathon is an annual marathon which takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, every November. It was called Thunder Road Marathon and used to feature a NASCAR theme in keeping with the region's close ties to auto racing; the event was started in 2005. The race course, a loop which begins and ends in Uptown Charlotte, is certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. In 2010 due to the increasing popularity of marathon events nationwide, it was announced that entries would be capped at 3500, although the actual number of entrants has never reached that level; the event was renamed the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon in February 2016. The Charlotte Marathon event consists in 3 different races; the main event is the marathon race, however the event that gather the larger running peloton is the halfmarathon, ran on the first half of the course of the marathon. Official Website of Charlotte Marathon

The House by the Edge of the Lake

The House by the Edge of the Lake is a horror film directed by Enzo G. Castellari; the film was re-edited several years with the title Kyra, La signora del lago. The director Castellari defined that film as an "awful horror film with a low cost budget". Vincent Gardenia as Old painter Leonora Fani as Lilian Wolfango Soldati as Edoardo Patricia Adriani as Lilith Caterina Boratto as Kira Massimo Vanni as Manuel Director Enzo G. Castellari explained that the film was developed between his friendship with an aspiring film maker named Jose Sanchez. Castellari met him through his doctor and started teaching him how to write a script and took him on as an assistant. Castellari stated that his script was being finished for a Spanish producer to be shot in Costa Brava which led to Castellari taking charge in directing the film. Castellari's recollections are at odds with the film's credits which credit the film to Jose Maria Nunes a writer and director, active in the film business since the 1950s with Sanchez only being credited as an actor in a small role.

Filming began in August 1978 in Costa Brava but halted shortly after as the money for the film ran out. Castellari did not want his named attached to the film, but in order to gain more funds he obliged to having his name attached to the project; the House by the Edge of the Lake was released in Italy on 28 September 1979. It was released in Spain as Diabla on 11 July 1980. Distributor Rodolfo Putignani invested money his company Cinezeta created the Italian title for the film Sensivita, a word that does not exist in Italian. Castellari found that as soon as editing the film, problems with distribution began which led to further interruptions in filming. Castellari stated that "his associate Curti finished it their own way, but my name as director stayed."The film was re-released in 1986 with additional scenes shot by Alfonso Brescia with editing credited to "Jeffrey Bogart". Castellari did not like the re-edit of the film, recalling he was invited to a horror convention where the film was screened and that "after six minutes I walked the theater, horrified."

The House by the Edge of the Lake on IMDb

Massari Arena

Massari Arena is a 3,900 seat multi-purpose arena in Pueblo, Colorado. It was built in 1971, underwent a reconstruction starting in 2006 and ending in 2008; the arena is the home of the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves men's and women's basketball and volleyball programs. The arena is named for Colorado State Senator Vincent Massari who led the college's push to become a four-year university. Senator Massari was instrumental in obtaining funds for a new campus in the Belmont area of Pueblo, moving from the old junior college campus on Orman Avenue. Outside of sports, the arena is most noted as the site of a 1980 Van Halen concert that provided the backdrop for an enduring urban legend surrounding the band; the band's technical rider stated that concert organizers had to supply a bowl of M&M's backstage, with all brown pieces removed. In the wake of the concert, media reports indicated that the band caused $85,000 of damage to the arena after noticing brown M&M's. In his autobiography, lead singer David Lee Roth told a different story—he admitted to doing $12,000 in damage backstage, but indicated that over $80,000 of damage had been done to the arena's newly installed basketball floor because it could not support the band's heavy staging