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I honestly hate spoilers.
I want to know what will happen to my favourite characters in Doctor Who, Glee and Modern Family, just as much as anyone, but I want to find it out with everyone else.
I’ll give you a spoiler-free example: the ending of the last Doctor Who episode, The Name of The Doctor.
I had already heard about the plot-point which ended up being revealed in the ‘sudden shock ending’, which is in turn now being plastered all over Tumblr with sentiments like “THIS IS WHEN THE ENTIRE FANDOM YELLED AT THE SCREEN”.
Except I didn’t yell at the screen, I already knew because some little arsewipe had spoiled it the week before. So I, as a member of the fandom, missed out on the experience of being shocked and left thinking “WTF?!?!” that everyone else who hadn’t had it spoiled then experienced - including, I might add, my boyfriend’s parents who both had expressions on their faces very similar to “0_0” after seeing the end.
That moment won’t come again. In relation to the Whoniverse it is one of those moments that you experience collectively and talk about for years to come, whether it be hiding behind your sofas from the Daleks in the 60s-70s, the cliffhanger of Ten seemingly regenerating at the end of Season 4’s The Stolen Earth, the revelation of who exactly would “knock four times” before Ten’s regeneration into Eleven, and the revelation of the true identity of River Song.
I can only hope - probably foolishly - that I will not stumble across some spoilers before the 23rd November, cause as my birthday is the 26th, having the 50th Anniversary special spoiled for me would be a shitty birthday present.
tl;dr : Tag your spoilers. Or better yet just fucking wait and see like the rest of us.
George Takei responds to “traditional” marriage fans.
George Takei is flawfree.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
As someone who has studied German and lived in Germany, I will ALWAYS reblog that last post.
No dictator or perpetrator of evil acts is a monster. They are ALL human beings, with likes and dislikes. No, it doesn’t make what they did any better, but it serves as a reminder that, as much as we have a responsibility to bring those kind of people to justice, we have JUST as much a responsibility to stop our fellow man from becoming the kind of person in the first place.
One day during my last few weeks in Germany, I was sitting in a waiting room in the civic offices, and sat next to me was an 80-year-old man, who not only lived through that time but had to serve with the Werhmacht, and he told me: “Hitler was insane, but the Germans were even more insane for allowing him to take us to war!”
There was a moment’s silence, and then I asked him: “Would you have ever thought it possible back then, that you would one day be talking to the grandson of your former enemy?”
The man just smiled, and was overjoyed to hear that my grandfather had survived the war. A few minutes later, he was called into the office, and he stood up, shook my hand and wished me “All the best.”
We must never forget that while the legacy of a dictator is felt by people such as that elderly man, it is the legacy of the earlier people that can potentially create the dictator in the first place, whether through action or inaction.
Hold on just a tick. Listen, I’m Jewish, so I’m perfectly capable of understanding that what he did was just…..well, there are no words for it. But let’s not round it up to simply Jews that got killed. It was six million people that died in those camps, not just Jews. Did you know that homosexuals were sent there, too? Yeah, I’m sure you did. They had to wear special little symbols on their clothes. Do you know what it was? It was a pink triangle.
It was six million PEOPLE.
But you let that roll over in your mind for a while and you are going to forever see this man as a monster, but that’s not what he was. He was someone who thought he was truly doing something right for his nation, no matter how shitty he was doing it. Believe me when I say that I don’t like him. I really don’t. My grandfather’s brothers died in those camps, and my grandfather escaped to Spain, then to Mexico. He was lucky.
This is not a monster holding hands with a little girl.
This is Adolf Hitler, a man, holding hands with a little girl.
Yeah. It’s fucking scary. It really is. Do you know why?
It’s because you’re seeing that he wasn’t, in fact, a monster. You’re seeing in this picture that he was a man. He was a man, and that’s really the saddest part of it all.
As a History major who specializes in the history of early modern Europe, I’ve studied a lot of dictators in detail, not just Hitler. The number one mistake anyone could ever make in history is making the assumption that only inhuman monsters are capable of doing terrible things.
Stop dehumanizing Hitler just so you can reassure yourself that “normal” humans aren’t capable of doing bad things. Hitler liked children and dogs, he was a vegetarian and he cried like a little boy when his mother died. I’m not saying he was a good, innocent person, but when you stop attributing human characteristics to historical figures like Hitler, it’s how you overlook people just like him in real life, and it’s how people like him end up back in power.
That’s the real truth: Human Beings are scarier than any ‘monsters’ out there because we’re all born blank slates and BECOME our legacy.
This is the best post I’ve seen in a while.
ALL of this. Encourage people to try new words, to mess them up, to experiment with vocabulary, to learn complicated adjectives and verbs and nouns, because words are fun.
Also, don’t be a jerk.
AMEN SISTAH. PREACh
I read all the Halo books before someone called me out when I read it outloud.
I felt so dumb omg.
I did that with Colonel and conspicuous as a kid lmao
I read chaos as “chah-oss”. My mom, who speaks English as a second language, corrected me like years later.
the amount of things that i mispronounce is exceedingly great. please do not scold someone for mispronouncing something. thank you.
my roommates makes so much fun out of me mispronouncing things it’s depressing
I pronounced ergative as egrative for quite a while.
I fully appreciate this - I always used to pronounce Bicester as “bi-ces-ter” - but whenever I try to correct someone on a mispronunciation they always get on the defensive about it :(
do you know how happy these make me
this made my day, aweee
These are absolutely adorable, and the woman in the last picture has some very good-looking sons :-)