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Old 10-17-2023, 05:23 AM   #2881
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https://www.euronews.com/2023/10/16/...-in-disneyland

Conspiracy with a sense of humor?
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Old 10-17-2023, 05:43 PM   #2882
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Conspiracy with a sense of humor?
One by one, at random intervals, all trains in Europe disappear into Disneyland.
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Old 10-17-2023, 06:55 PM   #2883
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The Mouse wanted a WORD with Euro parlimentarians: "You can't stay at the Happiest Place on Earth (TM) because you've been BAD."

I don't look too closely. Don't want the Mouse's attention...
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Old 10-22-2023, 07:42 PM   #2884
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John Peter Altgeld was a one-term governor of the State of Illinois, from 1893 to 1897. While in office, he induced five of the State's 'normal schools' and other proto-State Universities to construct new buildings, in a highly Romantic style. At the very least, they are a real-life oddity to throw at a player group.

Altgeld's Castles

An unconfirmed legend across the various campuses is that the various buildings are designed and constructed in such a way that if they were all assembled together, their internal rooms and halls would link up as a single structure.

I could imagine a gaming scenario where that was true, and that under Just the Right Circumstances, you can walk from one Castle to another, hundreds of miles away, in one step through a door. Imagine some poor student, late at night, happens to walk through a normally innocuous door in Altgeld Hall in Carbondale, IL, and finds himself in Altgeld Hall in DeKalb, IL, on the other end of the State...
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Old 11-11-2023, 02:36 PM   #2885
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I'm not sure about any of the following.

Researchers Uncovered a 5,000-Year-Old Crystal Dagger Buried in Spain
Also arrowheads. More information about the site here The Mega-Site of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain) and here The allure of rock crystal in Copper Age southern Iberia: Technical skill and distinguished objects from Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain).

Obviously the only question gaming-wise is what magical powers do they have. There's also some other stuff in there with game possibilities (cloaks of amber beads, long-distance trade in precious stones, among other things).
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Old 11-12-2023, 04:33 PM   #2886
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It's been posted in this thread before, at #1345, although the amber bead cloaks weren't mentioned, that's a cool addition.

*sigh* I started an index a long time ago. Never finished the project. It's becoming a long thread!
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Old 11-30-2023, 01:27 PM   #2887
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Apparently I missed the story about the illicit Chinese biolab in California at the time.

https://apnews.com/article/chinese-l...65b639743e8507

https://www.kvpr.org/local-news/2023...ey-medical-lab
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Old 12-05-2023, 07:55 AM   #2888
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An electrode in your brain can help with brain injuries


When reading this to my wife she thought they were claiming it worked on everyone, and her mind went to a "Creepy sci fi where all the rich people are putting this in their brain".
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Old 12-12-2023, 08:46 AM   #2889
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A group made a Remington 1858 largely out of metal from a Gibeon meteorite (plus some gold, precious gems, and Pietersite). Information seems to be sparse (I just found that site, and a discussion on Reddit, with a bit of research), but it appears it could be yours for the low, low price of $1.2M. It even comes with six meteorite bullets. It certainly would make an iconic weapon for a character, and could easily have special properties in a supernatural campaign.

EDIT: Turns out this isn't the first firearm made from a Gibeon meteorite - a company called Cabot Guns made what they called the Big Bang Pistol Set, a pair of matching 1911 pistols made similarly. Personally, I think the revolver looks a lot better (the others have some faked damage to the grips, presumably to help make the weapons look ancient, but I find them a bit tacky; also, the Remington 1858 is a beautiful revolver design to start with, while the M1911 is just kinda... meh). It also costs a lot less - the Big Bang Pistol Set was priced at $4.5 million (almost certainly to match with the 4.5 billion year estimate of the meteorite's age; that's probably also a big part of why they opted for MUH STOPPIN POWAH .45 ACP).
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Old 12-14-2023, 02:21 AM   #2890
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