|—||Tom Felton (via trust-your-doctor)|
Another point that I have noted with regard to mediums, a circumstance that should give any thinking person Pause before accepting as genuine the manifestation he witnesses, is that no “spirit” materialized by a medium ever offers anything that is above the mental level of the medium. All spirits, that is, talk in character with the medium.
Thus, I have heard an alleged spirit of George Washington speaking with an unmistakable cockney accent. I have heard the “spirit of Shakespeare” make grammatical errors and use modern slang. It was something of that sort that caused me first to doubt the good faith of the average medium. When was about 16, I attended a series of séances given by a medium - a tailor - at Beloit, Wis. At the time I was a confirmed believer in spiritualism. This medium had impressed me greatly by the fact that he habitually put his sitters in touch with the spirits of great men - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Columbus - his séances were a constant panorama of history.
On the night that the “spirit of Lincoln” began to address us, my interest mounted high, for Lincoln was my hero of heroes. I had read and studied every Lincoln book that was available at the time. I knew every published detail of the Great Emancipator’s life. And I was vaguely conscious that night of some thing about the utterances of the “spirit” that did not ring quite true. So at last I asked:
"Mr Lincoln, what was the first thing you did after your mother was buried?" "I felt very bad," replied the "spirit" glibly. "I went to my room, and I wouldn’t speak to any one for days."
Now, that reply probably would have been correct in a majority of cases, but it was not correct with regard to Lincoln. For Lincoln’s first act when his father had buried his dead mother was to rush off to engage a clergyman to read a burial service over her grave - an act of respect which his father had neglected! And this was certainly not an incident which Lincoln was likely to forget - in the spirit world or elsewhere.
- How I Unmask The Spirit Fakers by Harry Houdini
after bones retires, he publishes his memoirs about serving as CMO on the enterprise, a bestseller among future medical officers in starfleet. it is called 1701 COMPLETED RESIGNATION FORMS I NEVER SUBMITTED (BUT SHOULD HAVE)
"Are you sure that’s a real spell?" said the girl. "Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard—I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough—I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?”
having grown up with the HP series, i have said on multiple occasions that i am hermione granger. it’s no coincidence that we’ve never been in the same room, and i too am a magical bossy know-it-all with big hair who’s smart in school.
but now…now it’s OFFICIAL. and here are the pics to prove it~
photos taken/edited by ArtsyRaccoon, it was my first time working with her and she did an AMAZING job and was so sweet, please go check her out ;-;
more photos from this shoot HERE
Announcing Con Movie Watchalong Wednesdays! A series of nine classic con films, hosted by varlandgear (@Sonia_P_L) and me (@RoseLerner) on Twitter. Most of these are movies I haven’t seen and I’m super excited to discover them with you! We’ll be watching every other Wednesday starting September 17th and ending when my con artist book True Pretenses releases in January. We’ve staggered the times so hopefully folks on both coasts will have an opportunity to join in.
Watch the movies along with us on Twitter using hashtag #cmwaw.
The line-up: “The Music Man”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Anastasia” (the cartoon, because DMITRI), ”White Men Can’t Jump”, “The Rainmaker” (Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn OMG), “The Grifters”, “Six Degrees of Separation” (young Will Smith passes himself off as, among other things, Sidney Poitier’s son), “The Brothers Bloom”, and wrapping up with “The Sting.”
GIF set: A baby octopus (I think? I dunno, it looks like a baby to me) “attacks” a ship in a bottle.
The Times often uses the phrase to describe Nazis, mobsters, and people of color.
Here’s who comes up in Vanity Fair’s search of people the New York Times has called “no angel”:
- Al Capone, white mobster
- James “Whitey” Bulger, white convicted murderer
- Donald Manuel Paradis, white motorcycle gangster on death row
- Erwin Rommel, Nazi field marshal
- Clayton Lockett, white convicted murderer and rapist
- Larry Flint, white pornographer
- Eric Harris, white Columbine serial killer
Who else does the Times label “no angel”?
- Samuel Spencer, Black victim of murder by four white men
- Magic Johnson, Black basketball player
- Michael Jackson, Black musician
Yeah. You do the math.
I’m surprised that you’ve never been told before
That you’re lovely and you’re perfect
And that somebody wants you.
I maaaaaaay have played this for my first boyfriend in high school, and he maaaay have made fun of it musically.