Saturday, November 26, 2005

Trivia Roundup

In which aliens created the human race
"Marshall Klarfeld, independent researcher and author of Adam: The Missing Link, spoke in downtown Santa Barbara at the Karpeles Manuscript Library at 1:30 p.m. Approximately 100 people attended the event, where Klarfeld presented his theory that aliens, using genetic engineering, created the first human beings 250,000 years ago . . . . Klarfeld also referenced pyramids in Giza, Egypt, and large stones in Baalbek, Lebanon, as evidence for his theory. He said researchers do not know how ancient societies could have built such large landmarks, which suggests that they could have had some help from sources such as aliens".

Rome and Cleopatra
The television series Rome has been raising quite a few eyebrows, with scenes of violence and excess, and blending fictional and historical characters: "Many of 'Rome’s' citizens, however, do have real-life counterparts, in name only, at least. The historian Suetonius wrote that Brutus’ mother, Servilia, was indeed the love of Caesar’s life. Cleopatra did give birth to a son in 47 B.C. that Caesar accepted as his own - though Suetonius reported rumors that the child was not his. 'Rome' has great fun at Cleopatra’s expense, implying the child could have been fathered by even a lowly legionnaire. Given that DNA tests on TV have become as ubiquitous as eye exams thanks to the CSI franchise, 'Rome' reminds us of a time when you could only take the mother at her word - and maybe not at all".
This full review of Rome, now showing in the US, is available at the above URL.

Revenge of the Mummy Rollercoaster
Getting a heart-stopping fright does not have to be confined to Halloween or the post-holiday credit-card bill. Universal Studios Florida delivers the chills year-round with an attraction that incorporates Hollywood firepower, robotics and the very latest in roller-coaster technology. Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride is based on the pair of witty blockbuster horror films from Stephen Sommers -- "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" -- starring Brendan Fraser and a regenerating corpse named Imhotep, brought to life by movie magic and actor Arnold Vosloo. Taking the place of the theme park's Kongfrontation attraction, a 16-year-old ride that gave guests an up-close-and-personal encounter with Fay Wray's sweetheart, Revenge of the Mummy has been operating for a little more than a year, but it was in development for four times that long.

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