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  1. The accounts I've read say that Catherine may have actually loved Henry. And she certainly felt she was his loyal wife and deserved for him to stand by her. That may not have been realistic given the time period, but to me it's understandable. She did give him sons, but they died as infants. Which was likely as much due to Henry as her.
  2. Well, that I can agree with. Stupidity should never warrant a beheading.
  3. We'll have to agree to disagree, since I believe she had plenty of evidence in front of her that adultery was really the wrong road to go down and she was stupid enough to do it anyway.
  4. Virtuosity is a terrible movie, but damned if Russell Crowe didn't throw himself into his performance as SID 6.7. He's clearly having a lot of fun.
  5. I don't know if it's considered unpopular, but I hate the Three Stooges. Not that crazy about the Marx Brothers either.
  6. Especially since she'd seen what happened to her cousin, Anne Boleyn. I have no sympathy for Catherine Howard. In real life Anne of Cleves actually made out pretty well for herself, even if she wasn't able to remarry. Marriage was not all that great for women of that period.
  7. Nope, you pronounce the hard g in finger and not in singer. I've never heard anyone say "sing-ger". I had a problem with Hercules being accepted as the answer to the clue about the man-eating horses of Diomedes. I guess since the basic myth was Romanized, Diomedes' name was the same, so I guess Hercules could be correct. But they'd have to have accepted Heracles, the actual Greek demigod if I'd been playing, otherwise I'd have caused a ruckus. (I've tried getting an answer about Diomedes from the internet, but nothing I've found really helped.) I haven't either. I said Buck's Fizz, which is the British name for a mimosa (champagne and orange juice) but didn't think it fit the WWI gun part of the clue. It's exactly because they referenced the Roman goddess rather than the Greek one. Eros was incorrect because Venus was not his mother. Aphrodite was. I don't watch that show. Good to know for future reference.
  8. I knew it from a story from high school French teacher told about accidentally using that word after a meal with a French host family in college instead of the word for "full". The butter beans my mother used to get were shaped like limas and were bigger than the limas. From the Southern Bite website/blog: "For many folks, the term “butter bean” refers to the large dried limas that are rehydrated and cooked. I call those dried limas. And anything of the green variety in between, I've always just called limas. The truth is, they're all limas of some sort." Okey dokey then. I didn't get zebu, but did get all the rest. Yeah, I was trying to make Brahman work as well.
  9. So did I. It took me a moment, because I never realized that the family surname isn't used in Swiss Family Robinson, but once I started to think about the date of the book it referenced, the title came to me. I loved that book as a child. That helped me, too. I didn't get Rotterdam, though I should have, and didn't do particularly well in the Bible category. I did get William Golding, navy bean (from the "Ahoy" in the clue) and Paper Moon. And of course, the champ I didn't like won again. Oh well, he bugs me for some reason, but he's not the worst ever, either. I wanted Jackie to win, though. In mine as well. I even said that to the tv. I like lima beans and hate butter beans. I think it's the texture of butter beans, like they're overripe limas or something.
  10. I've used those a few times because I have trouble peeling the shells off without ripping up the eggs. It's not a problem if I'm doing egg salad, but with deviled eggs for a function which includes people other than my immediate family, appearance matters. I've probably mentioned it before, but the Chewy commercial where the woman says "no one tells you what to expect with a new pet" drives me up the wall. I've literally never gotten a pet without asking about things I'd need for it ahead of time. Now, people probably do and then order the stuff from Chewy, but that's not how it phrased.
  11. I like the first two books a lot, partly because I read them first and partly because my favorite of all McCaffrey's characters has a bigger role in those two. But yeah, they are little more YA.
  12. While this show often makes me tear up, that storyline really hit home for me. My father died of esophageal cancer eight years ago, and like Gran, we discovered it way too late to do anything. So I was outright bawling Sunday night.
  13. She had exactly double what the guy in the middle had. If she'd bet nothing, there would've been a tiebreaker question. I should've gotten Aconcagua since I like reading about mountain climbing (not actually doing it, just reading about it) and that mountain comes up frequently in bits about the Seven Summits, but I totally blanked on it. And apparently I couldn't find Peru on a map of South America because I answered Lima instead of Bogota. I did get that one. I ran that category, actually. Surprisingly I did well in the Corporate Scandals category, except for Theranos - I tried to answer Thanos for that one even though I knew it was wrong. Which, considering I missed Thanos in the earlier round, is pretty funny.
  14. I almost went for Bill of Rights for FJ but settled on the Articles of Confederation in plenty of time. The only two stumpers I remember getting were pomegranate and beluga. Might've been others but I forget. Damn, why did the contestant I dislike have to win???
  15. I watched the first episode out of curiosity more than anything else, since I've never read the graphic novel or seen the movie. It was . . . alright, I guess. I like some of the characters, but the premise was pretty ridiculous. I might stick with it if I'm not busy on Sunday nights, but it kind of depends on what PBS runs at 9. That scene was very good.
  16. I liked Oprah when she worked on a station in Baltimore (Channel 13, I think), but that was a loooonnnng time ago. It cooks in the microwave very quickly, so yes, it is quicker than cooking eggs in a pan, with the onions, peppers, etc., you would've had to prep. But you're trading convenience for taste. Powdered egg whites and food coloring, probably. It's the convenience of it. Me, if I want eggs of any sort, I do them on a day when I have the time to cook them on the stove.
  17. They could run it during that episode of 24 where Kiefer Sutherland sits in traffic for an hour, lol. (Never happened, but damned it absolutely should've since each episode of that show was allegedly an hour of the same day.)
  18. I hated the movie, but damned if the costumes weren't stunning. And I've been in that opera house, had season tickets for years, although our seats were nowhere near that close to the stage. Or that comfortable, for that matter. I love Regency period clothing, so the costuming for Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion was a dream for me. (Now, that horrible Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice, on the other hand . . . ) And given my intense affection for the Royal Navy circa the Napoleonic Wars, my adoration of the costuming for Master and Commander probably needs no explanation. Oh, the uneeeeeforms!
  19. Me, too. But I'd say don't bother with the books her son co-wrote with her. The quality declines rapidly.
  20. Aren't hers more mystery in nature, though? I think that would help, something else to think about, I guess. You mean like Hecht's and Hochschild Kohn's? ;-) I remember when they had stores at Harford Mall. Yes, I am old. (Although that was just in the 80s.)
  21. I tried reading that once when I was stuck housesitting for my brother and his wife, had forgotten to bring books with me and had no car to go get any. I was desperate and it was the only book in the house which looked even vaguely interesting. I didn't get very far into it. I was completely put off by the main character's attitude towards anyone from outside of Baltimore, and stopped reading. (I live in Maryland and hate that Baltimore is considered the be all/end all of the state. Well, it, and Ocean City.) I spent the rest of the weekend watching boring television, and still felt my time better spent than reading that awful book.
  22. I love the lyrics, and like the song well enough, but I'm not sure I agree with both CU writers that it's ranked too low. For me, this is one of those "on a different list, the ranking is a little low but not outrageously bad, but on this craptastic one, it's way too low". I mean, it's no Thank God and Greyhound, but it's still pretty damned good.
  23. I like some of their songs, but yeah, that voice is not sexy. It's not terrible, but it's just kind of there. Now, Bryan Ferry, there's a man with a sexy voice. I must not notice that sort of thing, I guess, but I can see where it would make a big difference if you do. Although I pretty much loathe Whitney Houston except for How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
  24. For me that worked because of Adam's insecurity about dating the popular girl, but I see your point.
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