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Humayun Faridi

Humayun Faridi was a Bangladeshi actor and drama organiser. He worked in television dramas and theatre plays, he won Bangladesh National Film Award for Best Actor for his lead role in the film Matritto. He was awarded Ekushey Padak posthumously in 2018 by the Government of Bangladesh. Faridi was born in Narinda, Dhaka on 29 May 1952 to Begum Farida Islam, he was the second among five siblings. Pinu was one of her sisters. In 1968, he passed the SSC exam from Islamia Government High School and in 1970 he passed the HSC from Chandpur Government College. In the same year, he entered the University of Dhaka to study organic chemistry. However, due to the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, it became impossible to continue his studies and he subsequently took part as a freedom fighter in the war, he was admitted to Jahangirnagar University to study economics and became a close associate of dramatist Selim Al-Deen. Faridi was discovered by dramatist Nasiruddin Yousuff, who went to serve as a judge to Jahangirnagar University where a play written and acted by Faridi was staged.

Faridi was one of the principal organizers of the 1976 Drama Festival of Jahangirnagar University. He joined as a member of the Dhaka Theatre. In 1978, he debuted his theater acting career in the Shakuntala rendition by Selim Al-Deen, playing the character, Tokkhok. After that, he performed in Phoni Monsha in 1980, Kirtankhola as Chaya Ranjan in 1981 and Keramat Mangal as Keramat in 1985. Faridi's last theatre acting was in the mid 1990s in a play called Bhut. Faridi debuted in the television dramas through his performance in Nil Nakshar Shandaney in 1982, he went on to act in Bhangorer Shobdo Shuni, Pathar Shomoy, Dui Bhai, Shiter Pakhi, Kothao Keu Nei, Shomudrey Gangchil, Kachher Manush, Doll's House. Faridi debuted his film acting career in the film Din-Mojur directed by Shahidul Islam Khokon, he went on to act in Top Rongbaz and Bish Daat. In the 1980s, Faridi married Nazmun Ara Begum Minu, they had one daughter – Shararat Islam Devyani. The couple got divorced after four years, he was married the actress Suborna Mustafa until 2008.

Faridi died on 13 February 2012 at his residence. He was suffering from chronic lungs disease. Montasir Fantasy Kirtonkhola Keramot Mongol Durto wee Humayun Faridi on IMDb

Tale of a Dog

Tale of a Dog is a 1944 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Cyril Endfield. It was the 219th Our Gang short to be released, the penultimate film in the series. Tale of a Dog was sold to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer not as an Our Gang comedy but as part of its MGM Miniatures variety series. Buckwheat finds his friend Big Shot Jones moping about the train yard: it seems that Big Shot's father has ordered him to get rid of his dog. Instead of taking the dog to the pound, Big Shot intends to have him stow away on a train to Alabama. Buckwheat instead talks Big Shot into letting the gang adopt the dog, whom they name "Smallpox". However, when Froggy and Janet overhear Buckwheat and Big Shot's plans to "surprise them with S/smallpox," they fear the worst and call all their friends and the Greenpoint Board of Health. A panic grips the small town, with the gang's parents worried about their whereabouts and well-being, the rest of the neighborhood kids running away from Buckwheat and Big Shot wherever they turn up.

Buckwheat and Big Shot are isolated, but when a doctor learns from Buckwheat that "Smallpox" refers to a dog, not the disease, the smallpox scare is declared a hoax. The mayor of Greenpoint lectures Froggy and Janet in spreading unsubstantiated rumors and sends them on their way; the gang agrees to adopt Smallpox...but make sure to change his name to "Spotty." Upon hearing the gang promise to feed him, Smallpox/Spotty turns to the camera and tells the audience "My, oh my. Bobby Blake as Mickey Blake Janet Burston as Janet Billy Laughlin as Froggy Laughlin Billie Thomas as Buckwheat Thomas Cordell Hickman as Big Shot Jones Dickie Hall as Little kid Frank Ward as Kid grabbing Dickie Margaret Bert as Gossiper on phone Anita Bolster as Gossiper Willa Pearl Curtis as Buckwheat's mother Fern Emmett as Gossiper deciding to call the newspapers Emmett Vogan as Dr. Parkson Dorothy Newmann as Gossiper Dancing Romeo, released the same month as Tale of a Dog, was the last Our Gang comedy to be filmed and released.

However, pre-production began on Dancing Romeo first, making Tale of a Dog the final film in the series to go into production. The final three films in the series were all directed by Cyril Endfield in late 1943, released in April 1944. Tale of a Dog was the only Our Gang film completed for the 1943-44 film season. Issuing the short under the MGM Miniatures banner resulted in it being the only one of the last five Our Gang shorts to make a profit, according to financial data prepared by MGM in 1956. Our Gang filmography Tale of a Dog on IMDb


Meiolania is an extinct genus of stem-turtle from the Middle Miocene to Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Meiolania had an unusually shaped skull that sported many horn-like protrusions. Two large horns faced sideways, would have prevented the animal withdrawing its head into its shell; the tail was protected by armored'rings', sported thorn-like spikes at the end. The body form of Meiolania may be viewed as having converged towards those of dinosaurian ankylosaurids and xenarthran glyptodonts. There are two species of Meiolania known from the Australian continent: M. brevicollis and an unnamed species. The unnamed species could reach 2 metres in carapace length, making it the second-largest known nonmarine turtle or tortoise, surpassed only by Megalochelys atlas from Asia, which lived in the Pleistocene; the smallest species in turn was M. mackayi from New Caledonia, with a carapace length of 70 centimetres. Another insular species is known from M. platyceps. Meiolania fed on plants; because the remains known by 1925 were found close to beaches, it was thought to be aquatic.

It is now known to have been terrestrial. The genus was erected in 1886 based on remains found on Lord Howe Island, which Richard Owen assigned to the two species M. platyceps and M. minor. These were the first good meiolaniid remains, were used to show that the first known remains of a related animal, a species from Queensland now known as Ninjemys oweni, did not belong to lizards as thought, but to turtles. Woodward sank Niolamia argentina into Meiolania, but this was not accepted by authors. In New Caledonia, M. mackayi was described from Walpole Island in 1925. It was less robust than M. platyceps. Meiolania remains are known from the Pindai Caves, Grande Terre, from Tiga Island. M. Brevicollis was described in 1992 from the mid Miocene Camfield Beds of northern Australia, differed from M. platyceps in having a flatter skull and other horn proportions. A second undescribed species of Meiolania from mainland Australia is known from the Wyandotte Creek locality in Queensland, dated to the Late Pleistocene, consisting of three horn cores and a caudal vertebra, noted to be "unusually large" in size.

This species is referred to as M. cf platyceps, as the remains are most similar to M. platyceps but are not diagnostic beyond genus level. Holocene remains of turtles from Vanuatu found in Lapita culture middens were referred to Meiolania in 2010 as the new species? M. damelipi However upon closer inspection their morphology appears to be non-meiolaniiform, no parietal horns, a distinctive characteristic of Meiolania have been found at any locality in Vanuatu, despite being one of the most common finds on Walpole and Lord Howe. The long bone morphology agrees more with a tortoise identification, a group which has otherwise not been reported from the South Pacific or Australasia. Further remains, attributable to? M. damelpi or a related form, have been found in various parts of the Fijian archipelago, including Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, some smaller islands. It is thought that M. platyceps went extinct on the Lord Howe Island before human occupation as a result of postglacial sea level rise. Biodiversity of New Caledonia Holocene extinction Cox, Barry.

The Simon & Schuster Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures: A Visual Who's Who of Prehistoric Life. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-86411-8. OCLC 40943525. Meiolania platyceps Owen

Chad (paper)

Chad refers to fragments sometimes created when holes are made in a paper, card or similar synthetic materials, such as computer punched tape or punched cards. CHAD is an acronym for Card Hole Accumulated Debris. "Chad" has been used both as a countable noun. In the 2000 United States presidential election, many Florida votes used Votomatic-style punched card ballots where incompletely punched holes resulted in punched chads: either a "hanging chad", where one or more corners were still attached, or a "fat chad" or "pregnant chad", where all corners were still attached, but an indentation appears to have been made; these votes were not counted by the tabulating machines. The aftermath of the controversy caused the rapid discontinuance of punch card ballots in the United States. Chad is sometimes used as confetti; the origin of the term chad is uncertain. Patent documents from the 1930s and 1940s show the word "chad" in reference to punched tape used in telegraphy; these patents sometimes include synonyms such as "chaff" and "chips".

A patent filing in 1930 included a "receptacle or chad box... to receive the chips cut from the edge of the tape." A 1938 patent filing included a "chaff or chad chute" to collect the waste fragments. Both patents were assigned to Teletype Corporation; the plural chads is attested from about 1939, along with chadless, meaning "without chad". Clear definitions for both terms are offered by Walter Bacon in a patent application filed in 1940 assigned to Bell Telephone Laboratories: "... In making these perforations, the perforator cuts small round pieces of paper, known in the art as chads, out of the tape; these chads are objectionable... Chadless tape is prepared by feeding blank tape through a device which will not punch a complete circle in the tape but, will only cut three-quarters of the circumference of a circle... thereby leaving a movable, or hinged, lid of paper in the tape."In the New Hacker's Dictionary, two unattributed and humorous derivations for "chad" are offered, a back-formation from a personal name "Chadless" and an acronym for "Card Hole Aggregate Debris".

Other etymologies claim derivation from the Scottish name for river gravel, chad, or the British slang for louse, chat. When a chad is not detached, it is described by various terms corresponding to the level of modification from the unpunched state; the distinctions are of importance in counting cards used in voting. The following terms apply when describing a four-cornered chad: Hanging chads are attached to the ballot at only one corner. Swinging chads are attached to the ballot at two corners. Tri-chads are attached to the ballot at three corners. Pregnant or dimpled chads are attached to the ballot at all four corners, but bear an indentation indicating the voter may have intended to mark the ballot. In How I Met Your Mother's Halloween specials, Ted Mosby dresses up as a Hanging Chad as he waits for his long-lost crush on a woman, dressed as a "slutty" pumpkin at a previous party. Bit bucket Chinese paper cutting recycling chad for celebratory use. Keypunch—Card punch Papel Picado Paper tape Punched card Recount Teleprinter—Teletype Snopes – Origin of'Chad' Word Detective on chad BBC News on chad Macmillan English Dictionary on chad Jargon file entry

Vila Velha Theater

The Vila Velha Theater known as "Vila", is a performing arts center in Salvador, Brazil. The theater was constructed in 1964 and is located on Avenida Sete, at the west of the 19th-century Neoclassical public area, the Passeio Público; the Vila Velha Theater is based in the Teatro dos Novos Society, the first professional theater group dating to the 1950s. The group was led by led by a professor at the Federal University of Bahia. A group of dissident students, which consisted of Echio Reis, Sônia Robatto, Carlos Petrovich, Othon Bastos, Thereza Sá, Carmem Bittencourt, led the creation of a permanent theater; the state government of Bahia granted a space in the Public Promenade in 1961 for the construction of the new theater. The premiere show of the theater was title Nós, Por Exemplo included Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze, Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia; the theater was a center of the 1960s counterculture movement, Tropicália, cultural opposition to the Military dictatorship in Brazil. Vila hosted social protest events in the 1970s.

The theater entered into a period of decline with the death of João Augusto in 1979. A revitalization of the theater began in 1994 under the Sol Movimento da Cena, a non-profit organization. A large-scale renovation of the theater building followed in 1998; the theater was built in the Modern style. The style is in stark contrast to the numerous 19th century Neoclassical structures of the Passeio Publico, of the Palácio da Aclamação; the Sala Principal is the main stage of the theater. Its configuration holds up to 350 people. Cabaré dos Novos is a café-theater; the space accommodates 90 people. Sala João Augusto is the primary rehearsal room of the theater, it additionally hosts dramatic readings. Sala 2 is the smaller rehearsal room. Like Sala João Augusto, it additionally hosts workshops; the foyer of Vila Velha hosts exhibitions and small public events. The Vila Velha Theater has held numerous performance groups in permanent residence, they include, at different time periods, the Companhia Teatro dos Novos, an experimental theater company.