The Greeks used the term ‘barbarian’ against people from Northern Europe, because to the Greeks it sounded as though they were saying ‘bar-bar- bar’ when they spoke their own language. Compared to Greek, the other languages sounded like barking, and so they coined barbarian to describe the sound of the language and the people who spoke the language.
The term was further adapted in meaning as the Greeks began to apply it more frequently to the Northern Europeans. Because they were a nomadic people, the term barbarian also took on the meaning of a ‘wanderer.’ The term ‘barbarian’ also became more derogative because the Northerners raided Greek villages.
The term then meant not only a strange speaker and wanderer, but also a violent and uncivilized population. The fact that these new people could not read classic Greek, only compounded the Greeks' belief that they were uncivilized since they believed the Northerners to be illiterate.
The portrayal of hyenas in The Lion King led to several researchers, whose work was with hyenas, to boycott the movie. One such researcher actually sued Disney for the defamation of hyenas. The fear of the researchers was that in casting the hyenas in the role of evil (and stupid) minions of Scar, their efforts to preserve the lives and populations of hyenas might be compromised.
Another controversy involves the similarity of The Lion King to a Japanese show called Kimba the White Lion. Many of the scenes and shots used in The Lion King were very similar to the Japanese show. In the end, the Japanese studio decided not to sue because of the quality of Disney's lawyers, although there was some speculation about Disney paying them to keep quiet.
Interestingly, The Lion King was not expected to do well on the big screen. Many invited to participate in its production rejected the opportunity stating reasons ranging from a poor plot to a preference to work on Pocahontas, which was expected to do considerably better than the Lion King. The Lion King, in spite of initial low expectations for the film, was the most successful animated picture of its time. More importantly, it also holds a place in the heart of many people; it is a part of their childhood.
Two hundred meters below the earth in Vietnam lies a jungle contained by the Hang Son Doong cave. Because of a collapsed portion of the cave roof, vegetation began to grow and form what would be the largest cave jungle. The jungle is fairly small, but considering its location also fairly incredible. It also has the nickname ‘Garden of Eden.’
The cave itself was only discovered twenty years ago and is getting properly explored now. It is the largest known cave and contains caverns large enough to fit streets. The subterranean passage could hold 40-story buildings for a half-mile block. Also notable are the unfamiliar formations of the rocks and walls within the cave.
One part of the cave is characterized by algae-covered, ribbed stone formations as the cave floor. These ribs were formed by water overflowing the floor and reshaping it.
The Harford Circus Fire occurred in July of 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut. Between 7,500 and 8,700 people had attended the circus show that ended in a fire. Of that number, over one hundred died in the fire. Emmett Kelly, a clown, tried to put out the fire that was spreading across the canvas with a bucket of water, but the fire was too quick for the small amount of good he could do.
Sadly, of the 168 people who died, most of them would have been able to escape if they had remembered one simple fact: to escape all they needed to do was duck under the edges of the canvas because they were under a tent. This small bit of common sense could have made a huge difference. This should be a reminder to always try to stay calm and not panic in these types of situations.
Later investigations found Ringling Brothers negligible for not fireproofing the tent, and several executives went to jail. One of the survivors, Charles Nelson Reilly, an actor and director who had been thirteen during the fire, used it as part of his stage show, "The Life of Reilly". Reilly did not attend many plays despite his position as a director because the crowds reminded him of the day of the circus fire.
Mr. Bean saved his family by taking the controls of a plane, preventing it from crashing. He'd never piloted before!
Rowan Atkinson is an actor best known for his role as Mr. Bean on a television show. He was riding a private plane from Ukunda to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. 45 minutes into the plane ride when the pilot collapsed. The family tried to wake the pilot, but he didn't wake for a period of time, forcing Atkinson to take control.
Atkinson had never flown a plane before, but took control in order to save his wife and two kids. The pilot woke up in time to land the plane after Atkinson slapped him several times. The actor himself has made no comment on the event. The incident was reported and the Atkinson family flew back to the UK. Atkinson is no stranger to transportation accidents: in 1999, he survived a car crash unscathed.