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Zeus and the Tortoise

Zeus and the Tortoise appears among Aesop’s Fables and explains how the tortoise got her shell. It is numbered 106 in the Perry Index. From it derives the proverbial sentiment that ‘There’s no place like home’; the fable tells how the king of the gods invited all the animals to his wedding but the tortoise never arrived. When asked why, her excuse was that she preferred her own home, so Zeus made her carry her house about forever after; that excuse in Greek was Οἶκος φίλος, οἶκος ἄριστος ‘the home you love is the best’. The fabulist goes on to comment that ‘most people prefer to live at home than to live lavishly at someone else's’; the saying was noticed as connected with the fable by Erasmus in his Adagia. The earliest English version of such a proverb, emerging in the 16th century, echoes the comment on the fable: “Home is home, though it’s never so homely”; the sentiment was used as the second line in the popular song, “Home! Sweet Home!”, which features the proverbial “There’s no place like home” in the chorus.

The first recorder of the fable was Cercidas some time in the 3rd century BCE. During the Renaissance it was retold in a Neo-Latin poem by Barthélémy Aneau in his emblem book Picta Poesis and by Pantaleon Candidus in his fable collection of 1604, it appeared in idiomatic English in Roger L'Estrange’s Fables of Aesop. Earlier, however, an alternative version of the story about the tortoise had been mentioned by the late 4th century CE author Servius in his commentary on Virgil's Aeneid. There it is a mountain nymph called Chelone; the divine messenger Hermes was sent to throw her and her house into the river, where she was changed into the animal now bearing her name. In the late 15th century, the Venetian Laurentius Abstemius created a Neo-Latin variant on the fable, subsequently added to their fable collections by both Gabriele Faerno and by L'Estrange, it relates how, when the animals were invited to ask gifts of Zeus at the dawn of time, the snail petitioned for the ability to carry her home with her.

Zeus asked if this would not be a troublesome burden, but the snail replied that she preferred this way of avoiding bad neighbours. Another fable attributed to Aesop is being alluded to number 100 in the Perry Index. In that story, Momus criticized the divine invention of a house as a gift to mankind because it did not have wheels so as to avoid troublesome neighbours. What was once a divine punishment of the tortoise, Abstemius now reveals as a blessing bestowed. Illustrations in old books

Allison Keith

Allison Keith-Shipp is an American voice actress, best known for her English-dubbing work with ADV Films on anime movies and television series as Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which she voiced the character Misato Katsuragi. Keith was introduced to voice acting by Amanda Winn Lee when they were in an improv troupe together, began with the part of Gamera in Gunsmith Cats, she has a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Houston, a teacher's certification. She used to live in New York and Los Angeles doing occasional work for Central Park Media and Bandai Entertainment. In 2009, she reprised her role as Misato Katsuragi for the Rebuild of Evangelion films for Funimation, has been doing voice work for Sentai Filmworks. Keith is married to Todd Shipp, they have two children: Noah and Ryan. Outside of voice acting, she has worked as a teacher, realtor. 2008 "Allison Keith Interview", Carl Horn, Animerica 6:3. A two-page interview

Baby jumping

Baby jumping is a traditional Spanish festival dating back to 1620. It takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi in Castrillo de Murcia, a village in the municipality of Sasamón in the province of Burgos, it appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian as one of the strangest holidays. During the act, known as El Salto del Colacho or El Colacho, men dressed as the Devil in red and yellow suits jump over babies born during the previous twelve months of the year who lie on mattresses in the street; the "devils" hold oversized castanets as they jump over the infant children. The Brotherhood of Santísimo Sacramento de Minerva organizes the week-long festivities which culminate on Sunday when the Colacho jumps over the babies on the mattresses placed on the procession route traversing the town; the origins of the tradition are unknown but it is said to cleanse the babies of original sin, ensuring them safe passage through life and guard against illness and evil spirits.

In recent years, Pope Benedict has asked Spanish priests to distance themselves from El Colacho, as the Church still teaches that it is only by the sacrament of a valid baptism that original sin can be cleansed. Capirote Running of the Bulls La Tomatina

The Horsemen (1971 film)

The Horsemen is a 1971 American adventure film starring Omar Sharif, directed by John Frankenheimer. Based on a novel by French writer Joseph Kessel, Les Cavaliers shows Afghanistan and its people the way they were before the wars that wracked the country their love for the sport of buzkashi; the film was filmed in Spain. Uraz, the son of Tursen, the stable master and retired buzkashi player for a feudal lord, is a master horseman who lives by a primitive code of honor. Uraz's family honor is damaged when he breaks his leg playing the game, the Afghani equivalent of polo, his father, who lost a lot of money betting on his son, will speak to him. To regain the family honor he must somehow re-learn how to ride – after his injuries cost him his leg below the knee. In the face of great obstacles, despite the derision and treachery of others, he gains the chance to play in the games given by the king of Afghanistan. Omar Sharif as Uraz Jack Palance as Tursen Leigh Taylor-Young as Zareh the untouchable whore Peter Jeffrey as Hayatal Srinanda De as Bukhi George Murcell as Mizrar the shepherd Eric Pohlmann as Merchant in Kabul Vernon Dobtcheff as Zam Hajji Saeed Jaffrey as District Chief John Ruddock as Scribe Mark Colleano Salmaan Peerzada as Salih Aziz Resham as Bacha to Ghulam Leon Lissek as Chaikhana proprietor Vida St. Romaine as Gypsy Woman The original novel was published in 1967.

It was a best seller in France before being released in the US. Film rights were bought by Edward Lewis who set up the film at Columbia. Dalton Trumbo, who had just written The Fixer for Frankenheimer, was signed to do the script; the film was shot on location in Afghanistan. According to director John Frankenheimer: It represents for me the first time I've been able to put together the two sides of my work - the spectacle like Grand Prix or The Train and the intimate kind of picture like Birdman of Alcatraz or Seven Days in May. For me it has a contemporary meaning, why I did it. It's a man looking for a theme that I've done over and over on TV and in movies. I do think that Dalton Trumbo is the best screenwriter we've got... Most of my films are about putting people under extreme pressure; because my contention in life is that how you know people is how they respond to a crisis. The film was a box office disappointment, it remained, however, a personal favourite of John Frankenheimer, who said the film had been "dumped" by Columbia after various executives were in conflict with each other.

List of American films of 1971 The Horsemen on IMDb The Horsemen at Rotten Tomatoes The Horsemen at AllMovie The Horsemen at the TCM Movie Database The Horsemen at the American Film Institute Catalog

Boys on the Outside

Boys on the Outside is a 1990 Italian drama film directed by Marco Risi in the neo-neorealistic style and written by Aurelio Grimaldi. Released in 1990, it is the sequel to the 1989 film Forever Mery, it stars Alessandro Di Sanzo and Salvatore Termini. Boys on the Outside is the sequel of the 1989 drama film Forever Mery, features most of the same characters; the film is set in ZEN, a bleak, economically deprived quarter on the northern outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, at the end of the 1980s. Its protagonist is Natale Sperandeo, a young man who has just been released from Malaspina, a juvenile detention centre. Unable to find legitimate work, he takes up with his former gang, consisting of unemployed youths like himself, perpetrates an armed robbery; the film traces the divergent paths taken by his former inmates at Rosaspina, such as Mario "Mery" Libassi, the 17-year-old transvestite, who resumes his previous sordid career as a male prostitute while awaiting trial for the assault on a client. Boys on the Outside depicts the social problems faced by Natale and his companions, such as crime, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, police harassment, which were indelible features of life in the poorer districts of Palermo and other Sicilian cities during that time period.

It is a drama with realistic scenes of sex, police brutality, rape. It ends with the discovery of the body of a young man, burnt beyond recognition, on a refuse tip, it is presumed to be that of Claudio. The Italian language is spoken throughout the film mixed with the Palermo dialect of the Sicilian language. Francesco Benigno - Natale Sperandeo Alessandra Di Sanzo - Mario Libassi Roberto Mariano - Antonio Patanè Maurizio Prollo - Claudio Catalano Alfredo Li Bassi - Carmelo Vella Salvatore Termini - Giovanni Trapani Filippo Genzardi - Matteo Mondello Vincenza Attardo - Carlo Berretta - Salvo Giuseppe Pirico - Marcello Giuseppe Lucania - Santino Alessandro Calamia - Tommaso Tano Cimarosa - Site manager Guia Jelo - Prostitute Tony Sperandeo - Warder Turris Francesco Benigno won two awards, the Ciak d'Oro at the Venice Film Festival, Premio Piper, for Best Actor in his portrayal of Natale Sperandeo. In 1991, Marco Risi won the David di Donatello Award for Best Director, Claudio Bonivento won for Best Producer.

Franco Fraticelli was nominated for Best Editing. List of Italian films of 1990 Boys on the Outside on IMDb

Ethotoin

Ethotoin is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy. It is a hydantoin, similar to phenytoin. Similar to phenytoin. 1957 Peganone was granted Food and Drug Administration approval to Abbott Laboratories for treatment of grand mal and partial complex seizures. 2003 Peganone was acquired from Abbott Laboratories by Ovation Pharmaceuticals. Ethotoin is indicated for partial complex seizures. Ethotoin is available in 250 mg tablets, it is taken orally in 4 to 6 divided doses per day, preferably after food. Ataxia, visual disturbances and gastrointestinal problems. Ethotoin, 3-ethyl-5-phenylimidazolidine-2,4-dione, is synthesized by the reaction of benzaldehyde oxynitrile, with urea or ammonium hydrocarbonate, which forms an intermediate urea derivative which on acidic conditions cyclizes to 5-phenylhydantoin. Alkylation of this product using ethyliodide leads to the formation of ethotoin. Schwade ED, Richards RK, Everett GM. "Peganone, a new antiepileptic drug". Dis Nerv Syst. 17: 155–8.

PMID 13317788. Shorvon, S. D.. The Treatment of Epilepsy. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-632-06046-8. Drugs.com: Ethotoin PEGANONE 250 mg Ethotoin Tablets, USP Ovation Pharmaceuticals