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Saint Timothy

Timothy was an early Christian evangelist and the first Christian bishop of Ephesus, who tradition relates died around the year AD 97. Timothy was from the Lycaonian city of Lystra in Asia Minor, born of a Jewish mother who had become a Christian believer, a Greek father; the Apostle Paul met him during his second missionary journey and he became Paul’s companion and co-worker along with Silas. The New Testament indicates that Timothy traveled with Paul the Apostle, his mentor. Paul entrusted him with important assignments, he is addressed as the recipient of the Second Epistles to Timothy. Timothy was a native of Lystra in Lycaonia; when Paul and Barnabas first visited Lystra, Paul healed a person crippled from birth, leading many of the inhabitants to accept his teaching. When he returned a few years with Silas, Timothy was a respected member of the Christian congregation, as were his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice, both Jews. In 2 Timothy 1:5, his mother and grandmother are noted as eminent for their faith.

Timothy is said to have been acquainted with the Scriptures since childhood. In 1 Corinthians 16:10 there is a suggestion that he was by nature reserved and timid: "When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord". Timothy's father was a Greek Gentile, thus Timothy had not been circumcised and Paul now ensured that this was done, according to Acts 16:1–3, to ensure Timothy's acceptability to the Jews whom they would be evangelizing. According to McGarvey: "Yet we see him in the case before us, circumcising Timothy with his own hand, this'on account of certain Jews who were in those quarters'"; this did not compromise the decision made at the Council of Jerusalem, that gentile believers were not required to be circumcised. Timothy became St Paul’s disciple, his constant companion and co-worker in preaching. In the year 52, Paul and Silas took Timothy along with them on their journey to Macedonia. Augustine extols his zeal and disinterestedness in forsaking his country, his house, his parents, to follow the apostle, to share in his poverty and sufferings.

Timothy may have been subject to ill health or "frequent ailments", Paul encouraged him to "use a little wine for your stomach's sake". When Paul went on to Athens and Timothy stayed for some time at Beroea and Thessalonica before joining Paul at Corinth. Timothy next appears in Acts during Paul's stay in Ephesus, in late 56 or early 57 Paul sent him forth to Macedonia with the aim that he would arrive at Corinth. Timothy arrived at Corinth just after 1 Corinthians reached that city. Timothy was with Paul in Corinth during the winter of 57–58 when Paul dispatched his Letter to the Romans. According to Acts 20:3–6, Timothy was with Paul in Macedonia just before Passover in 58. "That is the last mention of Timothy in Acts", Raymond Brown notes. In the year 64, Paul left Timothy at Ephesus, his relationship with Paul was close and Paul entrusted him with missions of great importance. Timothy's name appears as the co-author on 2 Corinthians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Philemon. Paul wrote to the Philippians about Timothy, "I have no one like him".

When Paul was in prison and awaiting martyrdom, he summoned his faithful friend Timothy for a last farewell. That Timothy was jailed at least once during the period of the writing of the New Testament is implied by the writer of Hebrews mentioning Timothy's release at the end of the epistle; the apocryphal Acts of Timothy states that in the year 97 AD, the 80-year-old bishop tried to halt a procession in honor of the goddess Diana by preaching the gospel. The angry pagans beat him, dragged him through the streets, stoned him to death. Timothy is venerated as an apostle and martyr by the Eastern Orthodox Church, with his feast day on 22 January; the General Roman Calendar venerates Timothy together with Titus by a memorial on 26 January, the day after the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. From the 13th century until 1969 the feast of Timothy was on 24 January, the day before that of the Conversion of Saint Paul. Along with Titus and Silas, Timothy is commemorated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church on 26 January.

Timothy's feast is kept by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod on 24 January. In the 4th century, the relics of Timothy were transferred from Ephesus to Constantinople and placed in the Church of the Holy Apostles near the tombs of Andrew and Luke. On in the 13th century, the relics seem to have been taken to Italy by a count returning from the crusades, buried around 1239 in the Termoli Cathedral; the remains were re-discovered in 1945, during restoration works. Timothy is the patron invoked against intestinal disorders. Eunice Lois Acts of Timothy First Epistle to Timothy Second Epistle to Timothy Clement of Rome St. Timothy and Martyr Saints Colonnade Statue in St Peter's Square

Keal Carlile

Keal Carlile is a retired English rugby league footballer. Keal made his début for the Bradford Bulls against St. Helens on 13 June 2008, but made only one further appearance for the Bradford Bulls before he signed for the Huddersfield Giants in October 2008. In 2010, Carlile joined the Barrow Raiders on loan. In the opening game of the 2011 season, Carlile scored his first Super League try in a 28–18 victory over Warrington Wolves. In the following game, against the Castleford Tigers, Carlile was forced to leave the field due to extreme fatigue, he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with a heart valve problem. He was released by Huddersfield at the end of the season, signed for Hull Kingston Rovers on a two-year deal, he spent a further one and a half years at Hull Kingston Rovers, making a total 35 appearances for the club and 3 on dual registration with the Gateshead Thunder. He scored 2 tries in 2014 before being granted a release to seek further first team opportunities in 2015. In March 2015, Carlile joined Sheffield Eagles on an 18-month contract going on to make 25 appearances that season.

He retired in February 2020. Featherstone Rovers profile Sheffield Eagles profile

Vince Offer

Offer Shlomi, better known as Vince Offer, Vince Shlomi, "The ShamWow Guy", or "The Slap Chop Guy", is an Israeli-American infomercial pitchman, director and comedian. Offer's first major work was the 1999 comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie. Offer owns and appears in television commercials for his products "ShamWow!", an absorbent towel. He has officially advertised other products that he does not own, such as Quicky Grass. Offer was born in Beersheva and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. In 1999, Offer directed and appeared in The Underground Comedy Movie, met with negative reviews. DVDs of the film were marketed via television infomercial; the film led to several lawsuits. Although the film was released and screened in 1999, Offer was bankrupt by 2002 and home video distribution plans were shelved. Offer, a successful vegetable chopper salesman and businessman, resumed selling vegetable choppers at swap meets to support himself and raise money to complete his film project. Within a few months, he had earned enough to resume production, the movie was completed and marketed on late-night infomercials that Offer paid for with his earnings from the swap meet vegetable chopper sales.

The film has sold in excess of 100,000 copies and Offer has used the proceeds from sales to file a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. He is an ex-Scientologist. In 2011, he appeared as himself in Jill. Title character Jill, played by Sandler, referred to him as "the ShamWow guy". In 2013, Offer released the universally panned InAPPropriate Comedy, which he directed and appears in as a character called'Peeping Tom'; the film was envisioned as a sequel to his previous anthology, called Underground Comedy 2010. The film features stars Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody, Lindsay Lohan. Examples of film sketches include comedian Ari Shaffir as'The Amazing Racist', with deliberately offensive hidden-camera encounters with members of different minority groups, Brody as'Flirty Harry', a Dirty Harry spoof. Offer had difficulty selling it, he put the trailer in an infomercial, claims to have sold 50,000 copies via direct order and 50,000 more in stores. In 2010, he advertised Eminem's Recovery album.

In 2006, Offer began to market a cleaning product that he saw in flea markets, an absorbent towel that he called the "ShamWow!" The title of the product derives from the French pronunciation of the chamois shortened to "shammy" in English. Offer visited the factory in Germany where the product is made, he decided to incorporate that fact into the TV pitch; the advertisement, filmed in the summer of 2007 with a budget of $20,000, received critical praise. Slate.com's Seth Stevenson praised Offer for his "impressive and subtle mastery of the pitchman's art", wondered if Offer's "abrasive manner might mark a unique, new strategy in the annals of pitchdom." Stevenson compared Offer to earlier, "more upbeat" television pitchmen like Billy Mays and the Home Shopping Network hosts and concluded that Offer's "smooth-talking condescension" was more suited to the present "zeitgeist" than the "earnest fervor" of spokesmen like Mays and Ron Popeil. Consumer Reports reported that the infomercial for "ShamWow!"

Initially featured Offer claiming that the product held "20 times its weight in liquid". The infomercial was changed to Offer claiming the "ShamWow!" held "12 times its weight in liquid" again to "10 times". Consumer Reports did its own test on the product and found that it does indeed hold 10 times its weight in liquid but no more. Offer says. In contrast to claims that the absorbency of the towels are over-hyped, he responds that returns are low. Pitchman Billy Mays had been promoting a similar product called Zorbeez two years prior to Offer's "ShamWow!" product. Mays noted that the "ShamWow!" Commercials use many of the same product demonstrations as the earlier-produced Zorbeez commercial. In February 2009 while on the Adam Carolla radio show, Billy Mays publicly challenged Offer to a "pitch off" between their respective absorbent towel products. Popular Mechanics tested the absorbency of the two towel products and declared "ShamWow!" was the more effective of the two, but noted "If you have reusable cloth rags neither product is necessary."

During the episode, it was suggested that the Popular Mechanics tester did not use the Zorbeez correctly. Following the popularity of the commercial, TMZ in 2009 posted a remix of the commercial on their site; the remix was created by DJ Steve Porter and uploaded on YouTube. In December 2008, who had sold kitchen utensils at swap meets, appeared in another kitchen-gadget infomercial, advertising the Slap Chop and the Graty; the Slap Chop is a hand-held chopping device with internal blades. The Graty is a cheese grater operated by placing the cheese inside and turning the outside housing of the utensil which causes the cheese to be grated. Both of these devices are offered in several colors. Offer's aggressiveness and use of double entendres like "you're gonna love my nuts" have been noted by AdWeek, according to an Adweek blog, helped make Offer "the man who could beat Billy Mays at his own game."Billy Mays had been promot