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Posted: 12/18/2003 6:24:04 AM EDT


A deer darts down the platform past a waiting train in this undated image from video, at the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metrorail station in Seat Pleasant, Md. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said officials were unsure of the exact date. Security cameras caught the romp, and Metro officials released the videotape Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, after police came across it during a routine review. (AP Photo/METRO Via Fox-TV)





Roma's forward Antonio Cassano reacts after missing a goal against Modena at the Olympic stadium in Rome, during their Serie A soccer match. (AFP/Patrick Hertzog)





In character as elves, Cam Schroyer, left, 16, of New Market, Md., and his sister Corry Schroyer, 22, of Pikesville, Md., wait with about 800 fans outside Baltimore's Senator Theatre Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003 to see all three 'Lord of the Rings' movies in succession. The theater will conclude the Lord of the Rings marathon with the newly released 'The Return of the Rings.' (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)





Brent Moffatt from Winnipeg, Canada, pierces himself with surgical needles as he sets a Guinness record for most body piercings, in Montreal, December 13, 2003. Moffatt inserted 900 needles into his legs to break his previous record of 702 piercings. REUTERS/Shaun Best





A U.S. soldier from 1-8, 3rd Brigade, of the 4th Infantry Division uses a sledge hammer to break the padlock of a store in the industrial zone of Samarra, Iraq, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. U.S. forces launched a major sweep in the town of Samarra, breaking down doors and searching shops for guerrilla leaders in an effort to stamp out the insurgency in the area, which has seen a number of ambushes on U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Stefan Zaklin)





Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, center, shakes hands with test pilot Brian Binnie as Burt Rutan, founder of Scaled Composites, looks on at right, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, in Mojave, Calif. Behind them is SpaceShipOne, a rocket plane that broke the sound barrier Wednesday during its first powered flight. Rutan is developing the plane for flights to altitudes of 62 miles above Earth, high enough to be in space but not fast enough to be in orbit. (AP Photo/Courtesy Mojave Aerospace)





A U.S. Army soldier from the 4th Infantry Division (Task Force Ironhorse) holds a flyswatter and machine-gun as she guards the American military base in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)





Undated publicity photo of actress Renee Zellweger in a scene from her new film 'Cold Mountain,' directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is set in the waning days of the American Civil War, and tells the story of a wounded soldier, played by Jude Law, who embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart, played by Nicole Kidman. The film opens December 25, 2003 in the United States. REUTERS/Phil Bray/Miramax Films





Comedian Robin Williams jokes with U.S. troops dressed in Santa Claus hats at a military base, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 in Balad, Iraq. Williams is touring with a United Service Organizations (USO) holiday tour to entertain American forces in the region. (AP Photo/USO, Mike Theiler)
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:28:55 AM EDT
Thanks for the pics Johnny!!
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:30:51 AM EDT
Needleboy needs to go back under the rock from which he was spawned.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:33:42 AM EDT
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[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031217/capt.wx10212171934.iraq_robin_williams_wx102.jpg[/img]
Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno: Comedian Robin Williams jokes with U.S. troops dressed in Santa Claus hats at a military base, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 in Balad, Iraq. Williams is touring with a United Service Organizations (USO) holiday tour to entertain American forces in the region. (AP Photo/USO, Mike Theiler)
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[Robin Williams]How about that Madaline Albright... What a kidder! Ok, which one of you is Bin Ladin?[/Robin Williams]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:33:47 AM EDT
The flyswatter says "Fuck You Fly" or something. That's funny... Scott
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:36:33 AM EDT
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[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20031214/capt.sge.olm15.141203235512.photo00.default-341x380.jpg[/img] Was it the Special Olympic Stadium ??
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:41:10 AM EDT
The soldier with the flyswatter is kinda cute.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:41:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Scottman: The flyswatter says "Fuck You Fly" or something. That's funny... Scott
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Naaaah, says "Fuck You Arock", yeah, that's the ticket.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:45:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By P806:
Originally Posted By Scottman: The flyswatter says "Fuck You Fly" or something. That's funny... Scott
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Naaaah, says "Fuck You Arock", yeah, that's the ticket.
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[lol]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 6:57:52 AM EDT
cool pics [:)]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:02:44 AM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031218/capt.se10112180226.space_rocket_se101.jpg[/img] Whoever did the caption got it wrong. That's NOT SpaceShipOne behind them. That's their launch platform, White Knight. THIS is SpaceShipOne: [img]http://flymeaway.net/images/pete_flt_800.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:03:28 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno: [img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031216/capt.mdsr10212161803.film_rings_marathon_mdsr102.jpg[/img] In character as elves, Cam Schroyer, left, 16, of New Market, Md., and his sister Corry Schroyer, 22, of Pikesville, Md., wait with about 800 fans [snip] (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark) Um, methinks Steve Ruark needs to sit down and actually watch the movies. I'd say that guy's a hobbit, not an elf.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:05:42 AM EDT
LOTR fans are scarier than Star Trek fanatics.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:08:43 AM EDT
LOTR fans are fatter too..
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:09:18 AM EDT
They are either from Vulcan (ears) or elves. I don't believe Hobbits have pointy ears.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:23:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 7: They are either from Vulcan (ears) or elves. I don't believe Hobbits have pointy ears.
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[img]http://www.startribune.com/stonline/images/news58/FTlor16ai.l.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 7:56:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno: [url]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031216/capt.mdsr10212161803.film_rings_marathon_mdsr102.jpg[/url]
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Elves aren't supposed to be fat
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:03:13 AM EDT
The soldier breaking the door lock with the sledghammer only has one knee pad on. WTF?
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:07:22 AM EDT
What are all the windows for on Rutan's planes? They look like a piece of Swiss Cheese,
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:11:17 AM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031217/capt.wxs912170235.metrorail_deer_wxs9.jpg[/img] [Stoney's bad singing] Run run Rudolph Santa's got to make it to town Santa make him hurry Tell him he can take the freeway down Run run Rudolph 'Cause I'm reelin' like a merry go round round round.. [/Stoney's bad singing]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:15:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno: [img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031217/capt.xel10112172224.iraq_xel101.jpg[/img]
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Tactical Fusia? [(:)]
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:17:33 AM EDT
Originally Posted By notack: Tactical Fusia? [(:)]
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Looks magenta to me.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:45:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:50:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By Stoney-Point:
Originally Posted By notack: Tactical Fusia? [(:)]
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Looks magenta to me.
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You danged "touchy-feely" types--fuscia is a flower and magenta is a thing that iron sticks to. That fly swatter is [b][i]PURPLE.[/i][/b] So there. [;D]
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Yes, but I believe the handle is a carbon fiber based polymer...they're [b]very[/b] tactical.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:51:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Q3131A:
Originally Posted By 7: They are either from Vulcan (ears) or elves. I don't believe Hobbits have pointy ears.
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[url]http://www.startribune.com/stonline/images/news58/FTlor16ai.l.jpg[/url]
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Cool, I never noticed that. Doh.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 9:01:53 AM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031217/capt.xel10112172224.iraq_xel101.jpg[/img] I don't know about anyone else, but I would certainly hit it.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 9:04:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 2whiskeyP: The soldier breaking the door lock with the sledghammer only has one knee pad on. WTF?
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It's pretty common. I've seen alot of soliders doing it. I think they do it just so when they kneel, that is the knee that hits the ground.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 9:08:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By rn45: [url]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031217/capt.xel10112172224.iraq_xel101.jpg[/url] I don't know about anyone else, but I would certainly hit it.
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She'd hit you back.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 9:13:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Stoney-Point:
Originally Posted By rn45: [url]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20031217/capt.xel10112172224.iraq_xel101.jpg[/url] I don't know about anyone else, but I would certainly hit it.
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She'd hit you back.
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I would hope so.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 9:21:20 AM EDT
Yeah, that 12 square inches of her you can see look pretty good, but what you can't see below turret level is that big starch-fed Army ass most Army chicks have.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 9:37:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By QuietShootr: Yeah, that 12 square inches of her you can see look pretty good, but what you can't see below turret level is that big starch-fed Army ass most Army chicks have.
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[Homer]Mmmm... starch-fed Army ass[/Homer]
Link Posted: 12/19/2003 8:12:20 AM EDT
Tolkien never really specified the shape of the ears of either elves or hobbits. It's a good visual cue though for movie audiences, especially since you are stuck with human actors, there being a notable dearth of both halfling and elven actors out there to draw from. About the most that Tolkien really says about the specific appearance of elves is that they are taller and fairer than humans. That they never grow old, though age does show on their faces, mostly as an expression or impression of immense wisdom. Some elvish peoples tend to be fair skinned and haired, while others are darker. What Tolkien means by tall is not enumerated, but most Tolkienites consider that Elves are usually above 6 feet in height, usually quite a bit more, with many of the ancient elvish lords being over 7 feet tall. While typically elves seem to be described as being graceful and lithe of build, many of the ancient elven heros are described as being immensely powerful of body as well and some were capable of taking on Balrogs and holding their own. That elves are typically stronger and faster than mortal men is generally accepted, but the Numenorean race of men is an exception being nearly as tall and strong as elves and generally much wiser and more fair than lesser men. Thus Aragorn's endurance, strength, speed and all around abilities are much greater than anyone else's, plus he eventually lives to be about 212 and only dies at that point by choice, choosing to go out while he is still in control of both mind and body. In general, I would say that none of the human actors playing elves really stack up to Tolkien's descriptions. Cate Blanchette and Liv Tyler, while both beautiful, both lack that otherworldly quality that Tolkien describes in the Firstborn. While Hugo Weaving is an excellent actor and his Elrond is as good as can be expected, they should have done something about the hairline (Elves do not go bald) and he's really not a good looking man. Neither is the guy they picked for Haldir, though he looks better with his own hair color. All criticism aside, I love the Elvish swords and spears/glaives. Definitely a cool interpretation of Elven arms and armor. Tolkien never went into any great detail about either. While I admire elves and Numenorean men, I identify best with Hobbits, so did Tolkien.
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