The U.S. has the largest black market in the world, amounting to $625.5 billion, according to information compiled by HavocScope, a research firm focused on measuring the size of illegal markets around the world. China comes in second, with a black market size of $261 billion, followed by Mexico with a value of $126 billion.
My 9 year old brother started reading Harry Potter, and he asked me, so earnestly, “Were the Dursley’s mean to Harry when he was little?” I hadn’t thought much about it before, and he seemed so upset that I totally lied to that little kid. “NO! Of course they weren’t.”
But then I couldn’t get young Harry out of my head. There must have been a time before he was resigned to their neglect that he wanted their affection.
There will never be a time when I am not absolutely broken up over this.
Showgirl gets ready for the Folies Bergere show at the Hotel Tropicana, Las Vegas,1969
You know you’re an animator/perfectionist when you’re bothered by the fact the character animation is alternatively timed and set mostly on 2’s while the major fx/wave/tracking is on 1’s.
I am not very fun at parties.
Yes. Animationnnnnssss. But humans don’t move at the speed of water, so this is a noble, nuanced attempt at timing, imo. I appreciate the thinking behind it. :-)
okay. I found this website that has a collection of people who made their prom outfits out of duct tape, yes, DUCT TAPE.
can we all just take a moment
to appreciate all of the hard work
that must have gone into these outfits
like damn, that is a lot of duct tape and dedication
good job guys
There is actually a competition run by duck tape for the best duck tape prom dress and suit. I believe the winner gets like a ton of scholarship money!
Get to Know Me→ [3/10 movies]→ Singing in the Rain (1952)
"She can’t sing, she can’t act, and she can’t dance. A triple threat.
Sarah Lamb in Raven Girl
These photos are beautiful.
Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China.
For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment.
Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles.
From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.
She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.
I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics.
i never thought i would read a sentence like this
The animators considered giving Sulley tentacles instead of legs at one point. They decided to use legs because they believed the audience would concentrate more on the tentacles than Sulley’s face.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Street Styles of New York Fashion Week at Mercedes Benz Fashion Show