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I have had a question for a long time. Well, as long as I have been living in South America. It is a question that I am sometimes afraid of asking, because it carries a long weight of cultural prejudice and ignorance with it, but it is a question I can't avoid wondering about, can't avoid asking.

If you are dealing with stereotypes, Latinos, Spanish and Portuguese speakers in South America, are gregarious, friendly, sociable people who form close family groups and social groups. Of course, there is always a gamut of personality traits and the worst interpretation of this stereotype, of Latin America as a continent full of carefree, non-stop partying, is obviously only a dream sold to tourists. But in general, yes, people in Latin America have way better social skills than people in the United States. People tend to be more familial, more friendly, more able to easily talk and communicate, more free with their feelings, more expressive. However you want to phrase it, while it isn'…

If there's one historical figure I have very deeply mixed feelings about, it's Otto Skorzeny. This is a guy who in the space of just a few short years either participated in or ran some of the most audacious covert military actions known to man. The rescue of Benito Mussolini, the kidnapping of the son of Miklos Horthy (a sitting head of state), and the infiltration of the American camp during the Battle of the Bulge using English-speaking German soldiers in American unifroms and…

In The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Helcaraxë is an inhospitable region of perpetually shifting pack ice known in the Common tongue as "Grinding Ice" and in Elvish as "Ice Fangs." This region provided the only crossing of the great sea Belegaer that was traversable on foot. Because of this, it was used as an escape route for Morgoth and Ungoliant when fleeing the Valar during the First Age, and it was used again as a path of exodus by Fingolfin to…

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November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

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October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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