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Ralph Macchio

Ralph George Macchio Jr. is an American actor known for his role as Daniel LaRusso in three Karate Kid films and Cobra Kai, a sequel television series. He is known for his roles as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Jeremy Andretti in Eight Is Enough, Bill Gambini in My Cousin Vinny, Eugene Martone in Crossroads, Archie Rodriguez in Ugly Betty. Macchio was born in New York, he is the son of Sr. who owned a ranch. His father is of half Italian and half Greek descent, his mother is of Italian ancestry. In a 1980 screen test, Macchio stated. Macchio began tap dancing lessons at the age of 3 and was discovered when he was 16, he was cast as Jeremy Andretti in the television series Eight Is Enough. After Eight is Enough ended, he won the role of Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, it was this role that led him to be cast as Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film, Karate Kid and two of its sequels, The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III. Macchio appeared in the 1986 film Crossroads. In 1986, Macchio starred in Cuba and His Teddy Bear on Broadway, alongside Robert DeNiro.

In 1992, he starred opposite Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei in the hit comedy My Cousin Vinny, playing Billy Gambini, wrongfully accused of murder while passing through a small Alabama town. In 1996, Macchio performed the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch in the U. S. tour revival of the 1962 Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, received positive reviews. Referring to his performance as a chorister in a high school production of the same musical, Macchio said, "I was known as the'Dancing Kid,' not that I was all that great, but I had been dancing since the age of three, taking lessons at the June Claire School of Dance in Babylon, Long Island." In 2005, Macchio played himself in Entourage. He appeared in the 2007 music video for the song "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings as a caricature of himself and Daniel from The Karate Kid. In 2008, he appeared in a VitaminWater commercial. Macchio was depicted as Edwards' "spiritual advisor" and dressed in his Karate Kid clothes.

Since October 2008, he has appeared in several episodes of the ABC Network television series Ugly Betty as Archie Rodriguez, a local politician, with a semi-regular role as Hilda's love interest on the show. As of November 2008, Macchio was ranked No. 80 among VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars. In June 2010, Macchio appeared in Funny or Die's online short, "Wax On, F*ck Off", in which his loved ones stage an intervention to turn the former child star from a well-adjusted family man into an addict besieged with tabloid scandal, all in order to help his career. During the video Macchio reacts to seeing a poster for the 2010 Karate Kid remake. A recurring joke in the sketch is; the short was lauded by TV Guide's Bruce Fretts, who referred to the video as "sidesplitting" and "comic gold". On September 20, 2010, Macchio played the adult Carl Morelli in a staged reading of the Charles Messina play A Room of My Own presented by the Bleecker Street Theater Company. In February 2011 it was announced, he was eliminated during the semi-finals.

Macchio appeared in Canadian band Danko Jones' music videos for "Had Enough" and "I Think Bad Thoughts" featuring Elijah Wood and Jena Malone. In April 2012, Macchio was cast in the film Hitchcock, based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, co-starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel and Toni Collette, directed by Sacha Gervasi. Macchio portrays Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano. In 2013, he appeared in; the main character, Barney Stinson, asserts that Macchio's character, Daniel LaRusso, in The Karate Kid isn't the real karate kid. In the 8th-season episode The Bro Mitzvah, Macchio is invited to Barney's bachelor party, although Barney is disappointed in the surprise, expecting actor William Zabka, the "real Karate Kid". For the duration of the episode, the characters note the similarities between Barney and Macchio, by which Barney is disgusted. At the end of the night, the clown hired for the party's entertainment reveals himself to be Zabka. From February to March 2016, Macchio co-starred with Mario Cantone in the Off-Broadway production A Room of My Own, after having read the play in 2010 and 2014.

Macchio is reprising his role as Daniel LaRusso in Cobra Kai, an action comedy-drama YouTube Premium series presented in an episodic storytelling format, that began in 2018. He is a co-executive producer of the series, along with William Zabka; the series is set 34 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence who – seeking to get his life back on track, obtain redemption for his defeat in the 1984 tournament – reopens the Cobra Kai dojo. This reignites his rivalry with a now-successful LaRusso, struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his now-deceased mentor, Mr. Miyagi. Macchio was introduced to his wife, Phyllis Fierro, by his grandmother when he was 15, they married on April 5, 1987, have two children and Daniel. Fierro is a nurse practitioner. At a celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Karate Kid at the Japanese American National Museum in 2014, Macchio said that the yellow 1947 Ford convertible his character Daniel receives from Miyagi in the first film is sitting in his garage.

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Chinese mythology in popular culture

Elements of Chinese mythology have appeared many times in popular culture. In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game dragon turtles are gigantic sea creatures, feared by sailors for their ability to capsize the largest ships, they are massively breathe a cloud of scalding steam. Dragon turtles are monsters in some DragonQuest/Dragon Warrior games called Tortragon. There are dragon turtles in the game Might and Magic VIII. In season 5 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the turtles turned into creatures that resemble dragon turtles. In World of Warcraft, the Pandaren race can ride dragon turtles. In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the map "Exodus" features a dragon turtle statue in the courtyard; the Pokémon Turtonator is based on the dragon turtle. Bowser is based on the dragon turtle. Rainbow Dragon, a "Crystal Beast" card in Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Rainbow Dragon, a Commodore 64 soundtrack by Ben Daglish "Dragon or Rainbow Serpent" was a gunpowder-art project of Cai Guo-Qiang In the television series Stargate SG-1, the Goa'uld System Lord Yu is based on the Jade Emperor, though whether Lord Yu is supposed to be the originator of the related myth, or impersonated the deity among the ancient Chinese is unclear.

Akito Sohma, one of the main characters of the anime and manga Fruits Basket, is based on the Jade Emperor. In the manga Fushigi Yūgi, the identity of Tai Yi-Jun, the oracle who created the Universe of the Four Gods, is revealed to be the Jade Emperor. In the 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom, the Jade Emperor is one of the minor characters. In the Dragon Ball anime and manga series, the character Kami-sama is based on the Jade Emperor, hence his green, or jade-colored, skin. Mogwai are featured in the film Gremlins. There is a Scottish post-rock band named Mogwai. In World of Warcraft, the main antagonist in Pandaria are the Mogu, evil ancient spirits that inhabit frightening stone statues; the story of Nezha has been made into several animated films. One of the most well-known is the 1979 production of Nezha Nao Hai, translated into English on the recent DVD release as Nezha Conquers the Dragon King, which won international award and recognition in the former USSR. In the Chinese VCD, Nezha is shown with fire wheels, a red ribbon, a golden ring.

Nezha appears in the popular Japanese manga/anime series Saiyuki as Nataku, a half-mortal war god who won the then-divine Son Goku's friendship. Nataku falls into a catatonic state and sits in the divine garden of heaven with only the Goddess of Mercy to keep him company staring blankly ahead for all time. In the series, Nataku is decidedly more somber than Goku and is resigned to being a puppet to the Gods. Furthermore, Nataku goes by a different title, but his background is still much the same—right down to a Commander father and spear weapon. Nataku's father, however, is lectured by the past reincarnation of Zhu Bajie and further mis-treatment of his son is yet to be seen in the series. In the anime series Gundam Wing, Meilan Long, Chang Wufei's wife, insists on calling herself Nataku. After her death, Wufei would give his mobile suits the Shenglong and Altron Gundams the nickname Nataku in her honor. In the manga/anime series X/1999, one of the Dragons of Earth is named Nataku after the god.

A genderless clone with the body of an adult and a childlike mentality, Nataku is presumed by its creators to be soulless and without emotions, though its actions prove otherwise. Again in an anime series Soul Hunter Nataku is the son of a minor governor, born through mysterious means with great powers and weapons called Pao-pei, he ages kills a dragon and is killed by the Dragon's higher powered father to save his parents. Nataku is restored by a god to be an incarnation of a lotus flower. Nataku's powpei include fire/stone wheels. Nezha, renamed Nata, appeared in the animated version of Monkey Magic as the main character's first major opponent. In this version Nezha was defeated more by trickery than skill. Nezha appeared in the TV series and cartoon version Lotus Lantern. Nezha is a motif in the live action film Rebels of the Neon God by the Taiwan director Tsai Ming-liang. Nezha makes an appearance in Musou Orochi 2 under the name Ne Zha. Nezha is a playable character in the multiplayer online battle arena game Smite as a melee assassin.

Nezha is a playable frame in MMO Warframe. The Nian are a part of the Canthan New Year Celebration as part of the game Guild Wars appearing in Guild Wars Factions. Omen, a boss in World of Warcraft that appears only once a year during the Lunar Festival, was inspired by the Nian; the Nian make an appearance in an episode of Three Delivery. The Nian is available as a mount in the game World of Kung Fu; the Nian is available as a mount in the game Perfect World International. There is an in-game event in which players try to kill Neinbeasts and their minions; the Nian are in the TV show Spirit Warriors. The Nian temporarily makes an appearance as a boss in Dota 2 as part of the New Bloom Festival Update. Nu Wa appears in the Koei video game Dynasty Warriors 3 and the game

1996 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 64th Grand Prix of Endurance, took place on 15 and 16 June 1996. It was won by a Tom Walkinshaw-Porsche prototype run by Joest Racing with drivers Davy Jones, Manuel Reuter and Le Mans rookie Alexander Wurz completing 354 laps. While not being the fastest car on track, it hit the front in the first hour and aside from several pit-stop overlaps, was never headed as other teams hit mechanical troubles during the race; this was Reuter's second Le Mans victory, the first for Jones and Wurz, who, at 22 years old, became the youngest Le Mans overall winner. Still satisfied with its equivalency formulae between the prototypes and GTs, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest made only slight adjustments to its regulations, by including engine volume and turbo boost into its calculations. LMP1 and P2 got closer to the IMSA-WSC category with new, bodywork dimensions; the summary, as compared to the 1995 regulations was: LM WSC max 5.1L or 3.0L, fuel tank 80L, max tyre width 16", min weight 875 kg LM P2: max 3.4L or 2.0L, fuel tank 62L, max tyre width 14", min weight 650 kg LM GT1: max 8.0L or 4.0L, fuel tank 100L, max tyre width 14" & 12", min weight based on a sliding scale LM GT2 had the same specifications as the LM GT1In GT1, major engine modifications were now allowed while GT2 still had to use series-production engines.

This year the ACO halved the number of automatic entries from 20 to 10. They received an initial 107 applications and accepted 66 for pre-Qualifying in April on top of the automatic-10, to pare down to 53 for race week. Still with no co-ordinated European sports car series after the demise of the World Sportscar Championship after the 1992 season, there were only 14 prototypes, albeit of a high quality; as expected, the bulk of the field was in GT: 27 cars in GT1 plus 12 in GT2. Many teams came from the thriving BPR Global series. In prototypes and Courage returned, this time challenged by a new Porsche prototype developed by Joest Racing in conjunction with TWR Motorsport; the TWR-Porsche WSC-95 was born from the shell of a TWR-designed Jaguar XJR-14 racing car, modified to an open top design by Tom Walkinshaw Racing, fitted with the Porsche 962 engine. Three IMSA-WSC cars turned up: two Ferrari 333 SP's run by Scandia Racing versus the much-improved Riley & Scott. In another small LM P2 field of four cars and Bonnet were joined by a Kudzu-Mazda stepping across from WSC and now run directly by the Mazdaspeed works team.

In GT1, defending champions McLaren-BMW had updated 1996-spec cars, with tighter air restrictors dropping the power output slightly. This time they included; the McLarens were joined again by Nissan and Lister. Chrysler-Dodge returned with a quartet of Vipers with their big rumbling 8-litre engines, but as might be expected, the big news was with Porsche and the new 911 GT1 - yet again courting controversy. This was, quite virtually a Porsche 911 in name only, with the visual similarity of a squashed, lengthened 911; this was Porsche's first mid-engined car, using a purpose-designed 3.2L flat-six, twin-turbo, water-cooled engine. The first chassis was ready in March, with only two road-going cars it got EU GT1 homologation; the fastest practice times this year were being done by the prototypes. In the first instance Eric van der Poele, this year in the Scandia Ferrari, set the initial pace, but it was Pierluigi Martini who set the pole in his Joest TWR-Porsche, just a tenth of a second ahead of the Courage of Jérôme Policand.

Van der Poele was third ahead of the 911 GT1s of Wendlinger and Wollek, Taylor in the Riley & Scott. In a novel change this year the ACO decided to line up the first dozen cars on the grid with the six fastest cars from each category two-by-two - prototypes on the left and GT cars on the right. With only a second between the first five cars this was not as skewed as might have seemed, giving further credence to the equivalency regulations; the first McLaren was Bigazzi's Steve Soper in 8th place. In LMP2 the WRs would be here for the last time, they could not repeat the heroics of 1995. This year Gonin was 12th more than four seconds off last year's pole time. David in the other WR was a further 3 seconds slower, but their opposition fared worse - the new Kudzu was 23rd on the grid and the Debora, after electronics problems in Qualifying blew its engine on the morning warm-up and would not take the start. In GT2, the predictable crowd of privateer Porsche 911s were up against the Kunimitsu Honda NSX, back to defend its win last year.

There was a new Marcos from the small English company. Fastest was the Porsche of Roock Racing, a new team coming from the German GT series, setting the pace in the BPR series this year, it had a comfortable margin over the Callaway and the Porsche of the PARR Motorsport team from New Zealand. The start was brought forward to 3pm to accommodate the thousands of British fans on

Hyarotis microstictum

Hyarotis microstictum, the brush flitter, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. It is found in South India. H. m. coorga Evans, 1949 is the subspecies found in South India. H. m. microstictum is the subspecies found in the Indomalayan realm. Male. Upperside, both wings dark vandyke-brown, suffused with purple on the costal and outer margins and the veins. Forewing with five small semi-transparent white lustrous spots, two before the apex, three discal, one geminated in the cell consisting of an anterior outwardly convex thin crescentic and a posterior triangular portion, another about the same size behind and a little external to this between the first and second median nervules sub-crescentic in shape, with its convexity turned towards the base, a third squarish external to and in front of, rather less than half the size of, this again between the second and turned median nervules. Underside. Forewing lighter than above, the translucent spots as on the upperside. Hindwing darker and more suffused with purple than the forewing, with a dark anteciliary line, but less distinctly intersected cilia.

Female. Upperside, both wings much lighter than in the male. Forewing with the spots much larger and more numerous, there being an additional sub-apical one, a minute dot just in front of the third median nervule, both semi-transparent, a third opaque yellow one touching the sub-median nervure in front, the third discal spot being quadrate with the inner and outer ends roundly emarginate. Underside, both wings with the dark markings more distinct than in the male. Forewing devoid of the ashy patch and fringe of setae seen in the opposite sex. Hindwing with two dots behind the costal nervure instead of one, one in the cell, another between the second and third median nervules on one side only so minute as to be scarcely discernible

Tjøtta (island)

Tjøtta is an island in Alstahaug Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The 11.3-square-kilometre island lies at the entrance to the Vefsnfjorden, just south of the island of Alsta. The U-shaped island is flat, the highest point is the 77-metre tall Kalvberghaugen, just east of the village of Tjøtta; the island has two main villages on it: Svinnes. The Norwegian County Road 17 crosses the island and it connects it to the neighboring islands of Offersøya and Alsta by two causeways. Tjøtta has one of the largest and oldest Iron Age farms in Northern Norway, hardly any places in the region have this many historical relics preserved in one limited area; the chief Hårek of Tjøtta was from here. He was known in the stories of Snorre Sturlason as the governor of Hålogaland. Gullhaugen is located on Tjøtta; the name comes from the Old Norse word haugr meaning mound. Gullhaugen is the site of a large burial mound consisting of over 30 mounds, 5 large round mounds, several elongated mounds, 2 large burial cairns, several stone rings, a large number of smaller round mounds.

The largest mound is about 25 metres across and about 2 to 3 metres high. All the mounds in this part of the cemetery has been dated back to the Iron Age. There are two war cemeteries: Tjøtta Russian War Cemetery from 1953 and Tjøtta International War Cemetery from 1970 with the remains of the victims of Rigel sunk in 1944. List of islands of Norway

Jannah Sonnenschein

Jannah Sonnenschein is a Mozambican swimmer. She competed in the women's 100 metre butterfly event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sonnenschein was born in the Dutch town of Kerkrade, moved shortly after her birth with her family to Mozambique, they spent most of their lives there. She graduated from New Mexico State University. From a young age, Sonnenschein trained with swimming club Golfinhos de Maputo, achieved good early results. Since 2012, Sonnenschein lives in Eindhoven to train there with the association Eiffel Swimmers PSV. During 2014, Sonnenschein competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. In 2014 Sonnenschein the first timecompeted at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, where she was flag bearer of the Mozambican delegation, she reached the 100m butterfly finals with a time of 1:03:50 minutes, reaching a new Mozambican national record. She was the only Mozambican swimmer to qualify for the Summer Youth Olympic Games. Sonnenschein qualified well for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and was part of the six-member delegation athletes Mozambique.

In the 100m butterfly Sonnenschein participated in the preliminary round with a time of 1: 04.21 min with the 38th places. Jannah Sonnenschein at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com