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Fist Pumping

James Peterson set out Friday to do something pretty extraordinary.

With his fist pounding in the air, Peterson made his way around the University of Akron campus en route to set a new Guinness World Record.

Peterson, 34, said his goal is to create his own world record of the longest continuous fist-pumping motion around your body. The record would be a new one for Guinness — the keeper of such feats.

The journey began at 11 a.m. on Friday at Manny’s Pub on Brown Street and if all went well — and his arm didn’t fall off — it was scheduled to end at 3 a.m. today on the pub’s upstairs patio.

The unemployed electrician from Green said he did not want to take any chances.

To ensure that he kept his fist clenched, Peterson said, he super-glued his hand shut.

And to squelch any doubters, a pair of videographers recorded his each and every move and each and every fist pump.

“I have set the qualifications for this record and every minute that I do this is a new record,” he said Friday afternoon on the UA campus. “My fist is super-glued together to ensure I maintain perfect fist formation.”

He describes himself as a seasoned veteran of fist pumping.

“I used to hang light fixtures, so I am used to having my hands above my head,” he said.

He prefers the so-called Jersey-style where you use your elbow to roll your fist — opposed to a “fist thrust” where you just thrust your fist into the air.

This is not his first attempt at setting a new standard for Jersey-style fist thrusting.

“I did this on St. Patrick’s Day but it was not documented.”

This time the proof will come from dual cameras handled by Clay Hunt and Matt Rohrbach of ZinniHunt Productions.

Hunt is a 2008 media production graduate of the University of Akron.

To offer additional proof of his record-setting attempt, he asked strangers to sign the neon yellow polo shirt he wore.

The signatures offer additional verification, he said, to those reviewing the recordings to show that the number of names on the shirt grew as the hours progressed.

Among those signing the shirt was former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who now works as the vice president for strategic engagement at the university.

Tressel signed the left shoulder of his shirt and encouraged Peterson to extend his record-setting attempt to 24 hours.

Although inspired by Tressel’s encouragement, Petterson said 16 hours of continuous fist pumps was enough for now. But he might consider another attempt — once feeling returns to his arm — for charity.

Happy Hitler Day!

It’s 4/20, which is Hitler’s birthday, the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, and the Oklahoma city bombing. No better memorial could be given to these acts than to make sure that this kind of crap doesn’t happen again.

If you run an art school, check your applicants to see if they have blogs with disturbing politics on them. And let them in if they do. Their art will be interesting, and at least they won’t be killing people.

If you run the sort of place that sells ammonium nitrate fertilizer, get to know your customers. If a first-time buyer doesn’t have a farm and is buying a lot of fertilizer, there might be a serious problem.

If your head of state is calling for the extermination of the Jews, please assassinate him.

If your kids are going to a public school, pull them out. The vast majority of kids survive it with only a modicum of emotional scarring. However, even though the chance that they’ll be driven to a homicidal frenzy is very small, it’s not a chance you should take.

And of course, many of these outrages can happen on short notice, which is part of why massive civilian gun ownership is so important.


Hyperspace (called darkspace by the Yuuzhan Vong) was the alternate state of existence used by starships to achieve faster-than-light travel. It was a phenomenon not completely understood by scientists; it was alternately described as a parallel universe, an extra dimension of space, an alternate mode of physical existence, or simply the universe as viewed traveling faster than the speed of light.

Normally, baryonic matter obeys physical principles of relativity: they increase asymptotically in mass as they approach the speed of light, requiring more and more energy to approach it, and thus always remain below this threshold. Tachyonic matter, on the other hand, existed solely above the speed of light, and could not pass below said threshold. Hyperdrive technology allowed sentients to break this barrier and allowed slower-than-light starships to leap past the barrier and reach speeds many thousands or millions of times that of light.

This principle was first discovered by the ancient Rakata.1 The Rakatan Force-enabled drives allowed them to create a galaxy-spanning empire. Some of the earliest hyperspace-utilizing artifacts (such as strange arches and matter transmitters found on ruined worlds, or the Gree hypergates), cannot be replicated by modern hyperdrive technology.[source?] Corellians and Duros were the earliest able to create technological versions of the Force-enhanced Rakatan devices through reverse engineering, allowing them to build the first true hyperdrives. Consequently, despite common usage, relatively little is known about the true nature of hyperspace. Popular theories say that hyperspace utilizes another dimension to “sidestep”, as it were, the light “speed limit”. Others theorize that it phases matter directly into another universe, similar to otherspace or subspace, and thus gain superlight speeds. Whatever the case, many complex scientific principles were known to modern hyperdrive engineers which allowed for myriad different uses of this faster-than-light phenomenon.

For the first 21,000 years or so of the Galactic Republic, hyperspace coordinates were plotted with the aid of hyperspace beacons, space stations placed in open space, distant from gravity wells, where ships would download data provided by the Republic Spacelane Bureau. Around the time of the Mandalorian Wars, navicomps replaced the beacons, making hyperspace navigation much more autonomous.


Ah, you gonna take me home tonight
Ah, down beside that red firelight
Are you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round

Hey, I was just a skinny lad, never knew no good from bad
But I knew life before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat fannys, she was such a naughty nanny
Heap big woman you made a bad boy out of me

Hey, hey

I’ve been singing with my band, across the wire, across the land
I seen ev’ry blue eyed floozy on the way
But their beauty and their style went kind of smooth after a while
Take me to them dirty ladies every time, Shawn

Oh, won’t you take me home tonight?
Oh, down beside your red firelight
Oh, and you give it all you got
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round
{ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/q/queen-lyrics/fat-bottomed-girls-lyrics.html }
Fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin’ world go round

Hey, listen here
Now your mortgages and homes, I got stiffness in the bones
Ain’t no beauty queens in this locality, I tell you
Oh, but I still get my pleasure still got my greatest treasure
Heap big woman, you gone made a big man of me, now get this

Oh, you gonna take me home tonight
Oh, down beside that red firelight
Oh, you gonna let it all hang out
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round
Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round

Get on your bikes and ride

Ooh yeah, oh yeah, them fat bottomed girls
Fat bottomed girls, yeah yeah yeah, yeah
All right
Ride ’em cowboys
Fat bottomed girls
Yes, yes


The Irish people (Irish: Muintir na hÉireann or na hÉireannaigh; Ulster-Scots: Airisch or Airish fowk)910 are an ethnic group who originate in Ireland, an island in northwestern Europe. Ireland has been populated for around 9,000 years (according to archaeological studies, see Prehistoric Ireland). The Irish people’s earliest ancestors are recorded in legends – they are claimed to be descended from groups such as the Nemedians, Fomorians, Fir Bolg, Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians.11 Lebor Gabála Érenn, a book of Irish mythology tells that Tuatha Dé Dananns were Scythian descendants.12

The main groups that interacted with the Irish in the Middle Ages include the Picts, Scots, and the Vikings. Due to this contact, Icelanders are noted for having some Irish descent. The Anglo-Norman invasion of the High Middle Ages, the English plantations and the subsequent English rule of the country introduced the Normans and Flemish into Ireland. Welsh, Picts, Bretons, and small parties of Gauls and even Anglo-Saxons are known in Ireland from much earlier times.

There have been many notable Irish people throughout history. The 6th century Irish monk and missionary Columbanus is regarded as one of the “fathers of Europe”,13 followed by Kilian of Würzburg and Vergilius of Salzburg. The scientist Robert Boyle is considered the “father of chemistry”. Famous Irish explorers include Brendan the Navigator, Robert McClure, Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean. By some accounts, the first European child born in North America had Irish descent on both sides;14 and an Irishman was the first European to set foot on American soil in Columbus’ expedition of 1492.15

Large populations of people of Irish ethnicity live in many western countries, particularly in English-speaking countries. Historically, emigration has been caused by politics, famine and economic issues. An estimated 50 to 80 million people make up the Irish diaspora today, which includes Great Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Jamaica, Trinidad, South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Germany and Brazil. The largest number of people of Irish descent live in the United States – about ten times more than in Ireland itself.

1 John 5:13

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
— 1 John 5:13


Food to Feel Good About

Kids need a variety of foods and nutrients every day to help them grow strong, play long, and learn better in school. We’re constantly looking at our menu to ensure we’re giving our customers (including our youngest guests) a selection of balanced choices.

Meet our Experts
Dr. Cynthia Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition

Cindy Goody, Senior Director of Nutrition for McDonald’s USA, develops plans that align against McDonald’s U.S. food and nutrition strategy, provides nutritional science expertise, and oversees McDonald’s nutritional information development and communication processes.

Prior to joining McDonald’s USA, Goody served as a retail and clinical dietitian for HY-VEE Food Stores, Inc. Similarly, she has provided diabetes care and education in several domestic and international settings.

A registered and licensed dietitian, Goody has also been actively involved in multiple groups of the American Dietetic Association and is the author and editor of Cultural Food Practices, a professional reference published by the Association. She has also served as a faculty member for the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Goody holds a Ph.D. and MBA from The University of Iowa and a M.S. and B.S. from Iowa State University.
Julia Braun, Director of Nutrition

Julia Braun, Director of Nutrition at McDonald’s, is responsible for the integration of nutrition science into the development of the many new and exciting menu choices. In this role, Julia works closely with a variety of food and nutrition teams to evolve core and new menu choices for nutritionally-minded generations. She also plays a significant role in the interpretation and compliance of nutrition legislation throughout the menu.

Julia is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. Before working for McDonald’s, Julia served as a research coordinator at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Previously, she held several positions in the quality assurance and nutrition fields.
Wholesome Choices

A quick glance at our menu can show you options that can help even our youngest customers make good, fun choices!

Milk: Our 1% low-fat white milk and 1% low-fat chocolate milk each provide 30% of the daily value for calcium and meet 1/3 of an individual’s daily needs for dairy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fruit: Apple Dippers and 100% Minute Maid® Apple Juice (6.75 oz) each provide at least ½ cup of fruit and meet ¼ of an individual’s daily needs for fruit according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meat: Chicken McNuggets made with white meat are a tender, juicy choice. Whole Grains: The Premium Honey Wheat Roll for Chicken Sandwiches provides 8 grams of whole grains, which is a half serving of the daily recommendation of 3 ounces of whole grains, according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Vegetables: McDonald’s Premium Salads provide about 3 cups of vegetables – 100% of the recommended daily amount of vegetables, according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It may surprise you to learn that our advertised 4-piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal with Apple Dippers, low-fat caramel dip and 1% low-fat white milk is relatively low in fat, sodium and calories, providing less than a third of the government’s daily recommendations for total fat, sodium and calories according to the USDHHS and the USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: NIK-ə-ləs (English), nee-ko-LA (French)

Meaning & History
From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant “victory of the people” from Greek νικη (nike) “victory” and λαος (laos) “people”. Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Anatolia who, according to legend, saved the daughters of a poor man from lives of prostitution. He is the patron saint of children, sailors and merchants, as well as Greece and Russia. He formed the basis for the figure known as Santa Claus (created in the 19th century from Dutch Sinterklaas), the bringer of Christmas presents.

Due to the renown of the saint, this name has been widely used in the Christian world. It has been common in England since the 12th century, though it became a bit less popular after the Protestant Reformation. The name has been borne by five popes and two czars of Russia.

Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.


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