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Grandma Wins Lotto With Forgotten Ticket She Used as Bookmark

The relationship between grandparent and grandchild is a sacred thing. Those of us who have been lucky enough to know our patriarchs and matriarchs cherish the memories we have of them. And the food. Oh, the food: grub that often we weren’t even hungry for. The cookies they baked (and lowkey ate half of), the cars they drove us around in (so slow, and often in silence, that all we could do was ponder the concept of time) and the tissues they gave us (that always seemed to come out of nowhere). All these things pale in comparison to the most important lesson they ever taught us: hide valuable things in places so safe that even you will forget to check.

My grandpa used to hide money in picture frames; I once found a fifty-dollar bill behind one of my school pictures. I confessed to the unintentional theft and was rewarded with the very money I had found behind my own face. I can’t remember what I bought with it—probably a lot of cheeseburgers. If I had found it today, I would put it towards rent… But my memory of my grandmother was the first thing I thought of when I read an article about a Canadian couple winning the lottery thanks to a bookmark.

 

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Canadian Nicole Pedneault’s methods of financial security are in line with that of my G-Pa’s. She hid a lottery ticket in a book a year ago. Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque bought this ticket last year on Valentine’s Day to shy away from your typical “flowers or chocolate” gifting cliché. The couple found the ticket days before the deadline to turn it in.

Nicole Pedneault’s grandson was preparing a presentation on Japan for school, so she shuffled through souvenirs from a trip she once took to Japan—she wanted to help him with his project. It was in her shuffling that she found the ticket tucked between the pages of a book. She had unwittingly forgotten she hid the ticket there. I mean, who doesn’t use lotto tickets and other random pieces of paper for makeshift bookmarks?

 

“If my grandson hadn’t asked to borrow those items for his show-and-tell presentation, I would never have found the ticket on time,” she said.

The original drawing for their ticket was 5 April 2018; lucky for them, winners have a year to claim the prize. Even luckier for them is the fact that this ticket won them one million Canadian dollars (which is roughly… well, not as much in USD). It would seem that the ‘sacred thing’ I referred to earlier has truly paid off for Nicole; however, she will probably not be hiding the winnings in a picture frame.

Roger, on the other hand, shares my appreciation for cheese:

We have no plans to celebrate tonight. We will go to a small restaurant, and we’ll spoil ourselves by ordering poutine, double sauce, and double cheese.

Well played. While you guys feast, the rest of us will be frantically flipping through the pages of books we never finished.

 

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‘Veep’ Fans: Selina Meyer’s Autobiography Is Now a Real Thing

Game of Thrones isn’t the only big HBO show that is coming to an end this Spring. Veep will launch its final season this Sunday after a small hiatus. The critically-acclaimed Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy follows presidential hopeful Selina Meyer as she navigates a complicated and unwelcoming political world. And fans of the show will be delighted to hear that one of the best running gags is now a reality.

Selina Meyer’s official autobiography A Woman First: First Woman was a major plotline in Season 6 when Meyer tries to launch the book in the midst of several personal scandals. As expected, the book received negative reviews and no one paid attention to it because they were focused on her many scandals.

 

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The book that inspired this plot line is now a real thing. Written by the series’ showrunner David Mandel and executive producer Billy Kimball (though credited as Selina Meyer), the book chronicles Meyer’s life from her upbringing in Maryland to her job as Vice President and later President. The book describes itself as “an intimate first-person account of the public and private lives of Selina Meyer, America’s first female president that we know of.”

Mandel and Kimball wrote the book as a bit of a jab towards the many books put out by presidential hopefuls:

 

“They’re never as revealing as you want them to be and certainly never quite as well-written as you want to be. And there’s a real art form to that terrible plaintive writing, in the sense of how badly these people want to run for president and they’re trying to tell you what they think you want to know and what you might want to elect. I think Selina’s book lives up to the finest worst candidate autobiographies ever.”

 

You can order A Woman First on Amazon now.

 

 

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Librarian Receives Bravery Award After “Gun” Incident

Sometimes heroes wear capes; other times, heroes advise us on and provide us with a substantial amount of quality literature. These highly educated,  index-finger to the mouth—” shush, quiet in the library” champions have been incorrectly labeled “librarians.” More like Knights of the Meticulously Arranged Book Shelf. These words of high praise for, in all seriousness, a very underappreciated profession, are in reaction to the actions of one Sandra MacLean. MacLean is a librarian at the Fort William Library in Scotland, whose swift response potentially saved multiple lives.

 

 

On May 25th, 2017, Sandra Maclean was working as a supervisor at the library when a man entered the premises with what looked like a handgun. This was a situation she knew—she’d read about it in every Stephen King, Lee Child, James Paterson, Agatha Christie, John Grisham etc. novel. Reacting “calmly and discreetly” MacLean evacuated the building and called the police. In addition to this, she wisely and courageously locked the library so the antagonist could not escape. The police arrived and apprehended the suspect. The twenty-six-year-old man carrying a gun replica was jailed for eighteen months.

MacLean  has recently been awarded a Police Public Bravery Award for her courage and quick thinking.

 

Sandra MacLean receiving her award from Ch Supt George Macdonald

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In an interview with BBC,  she said:

“In many ways, I don’t feel like I deserve an award but that in no way diminishes my gratitude for it. What I did at the time didn’t feel especially brave, it was simply the obvious thing to do to make sure the library was clear of people and that nobody else could get in. Receiving the award put that whole day into perspective with the wider police investigation and I would certainly like to thank the officers for how they handled the situation when they arrived.”

In the same article, Police Scotland’s Highlands and Islands divisional commander George McDonald said this of Sandra’s actions:

“Sandra’s calm and professional response to an undeniably frightening situation helped ensure the immediate safety of the public and her staff. Her initial actions also prevented the incident from escalating and allowed police to bring the situation to a swift conclusion on arrival without creating any wider risk to the public. She deserves a lot of credit for her response and I was delighted to present her with this award to recognize the bravery of her actions.”

It’s often we read stories about regular people exhibiting intrepid, moral fortitude in threatening situations as a result of an innate and spirited instinct; however, rarely do we see that happen in our daily lives. I’ve never doubted my librarians and neither should you.

 

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Brie Larson Works Concessions at ‘Captain Marvel’ Screening

If you’re like me, and the only place better than a library, or bookstore is a movie theater, then you would completely lose control of social etiquette and squeal like an owl in heat if one of your favorite characters decided to serve you popcorn. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the citizens of Jersey Saturday night when Brie Larson surprised her fans at the AMC Clifton Commons 16 in Clifton. A committee of squealing owls was lucky enough to have their opening weekend Captain Marvel experience enhanced by the woman in red, yellow and blue herself. Not only did Ms. Larson make an appearance, but she full on embraced the role of moviegoer and then employee?

Insider spoke with Susana Moimenta, a woman who took her little cousins to the event:

“It was completely surreal to see her at the concession stand. We weren’t expecting it at all,” Moimenta told Insider over Instagram. “We heard another moviegoer say Brie Larson is here and thought they were joking.” “I am so so grateful that we got to meet her. My little cousins are HUGE Marvel fans and to have them actually meet one of their heroes in incredible. Brie Larson did a tremendous job,” Moimenta added of getting a chance to see Larson. “[I’m] so overjoyed that my family gets to grow up with role models and representation of strong women on screen.”

The endearing thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the community of celebrities, creatives and fans it has accumulated. I went to a screening Saturday myself and thoroughly enjoyed the movie- one because Marvel has perfected a winning formula, two, a character has finally gone super saiyan in mainstream cinema and three, because of simple things that outlined the night. More than the plot or overall message of the film, I’ll remember the young girl three rows back and her loud  “oooohhhhhhh shoot” reaction to a line in the movie spoken by the character Maria- “I’m going to put my foot…” It was the only reaction in a theater full of people to that line, and everyone heard it. What followed was an outburst of laughter all around me, not at the movie but at the young girl’s amusement with a certain character’s gumption. When the credits began to roll, I, with a handful of other people, took a well-deserved bathroom break before returning to a still full theater. The mid-credit and end credit scenes have had that big an impact on the movie-going experience.

 

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I don’t think anyone thought that Iron Man in 2008 would be the beginning of an entire cinematic universe that would have such an effect on so many people. Multiple movies helping further the battle against issues like representation and totalitarianism while maintaining the simplistic appeal of valour and heartfelt dedication to one’s moral compass. Brie Larson is clearly embracing the love and excitement that surround these type of films while gracefully settling into her new position of superhero. If Saturday was any indication, one of the most important things Brie Larson and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taught us is to do two things in life—-be nice, humble and have fun.

 

 

Captain Marvel had a record-breaking weekend, making $455 million at the global box office. The sixth highest grossing movie of all time (internationally).

 

 

P.S. That opening Stan Lee montage and subsequent cameo were charming and well done.

 

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R.I.P. Master Lee. You showed the world that there’s a hero in all of us. 

 

 

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9 Unexpected Batman Casting Rumors We Need To Hear

Like all recently vacated roles, rumor has been circulating the role of Gotham’s Dark Knight. As Batfleck settles into the past, a coveted opportunity opens up for a wide variety of hungry actors. Everyone from Jon Hamm (Yes) and Armie Hammer to Jon Snow (No) and Edward Cullen (Maybe, who knows?) have been linked to the cape and scowl in previous weeks. However, all these rumors have been confirmed as malarkey.

 

Most of the time the list of rumors we find on the internet aren’t even as ridiculous as they should be; they’re often pretty possible. However, here are some Batman casting rumors (some spiced with only a hint of believability and others more so) I hope to hear in the time leading up to Matt Reeves’ The Batman

 

  1. Maisie Williams (anointed with the powers of Arya Stark)

 

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Batman could be described as a faceless man. More of a symbol than a man, Bruce Wayne runs around Gotham City giving people hope; the line from 2005’s Batman Begins goes “as flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol, I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” Well, I’ll be dipped in an existential crisis that makes me turn to a life of secluded vigilantism if this philosophy doesn’t align with that of The Faceless Men based in Bravos from Game Of Thrones.

This guild of assassins specializes in the relinquishment of identity and possess the ability to shapeshift and change faces. As we all know, everyone’s (living) favorite Stark is taken in by the guild and trained to be a faceless man. Not only do Arya’s combat abilities make her an obvious bat-person choice but her supernatural abilities would be a gamechanger. Also, Arya’s upbringing is eerily like that of Bruce Wayne’s…

 

  1. Meryl Streep

 

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In Westeros, The Faceless Men are well renowned shapeshifting assassins. In the real world, Meryl Streep is a well renowned shapeshifting assassin—in that she kills it. Arguably the greatest actor EVER, Streep’s transformative nature is unparalleled. Twenty-one Oscar nominations and counting. We owe it to ourselves, nigh the world to appoint such an icon as the face of the DC universe. #MerylStreep2020. The Mirror actually did an article about this back in 2016, referencing Meryl Streep’s reaction to that rumor at the time.

 

  1. Timothée Chalamet (accent game on point)

 

Timothée Chalamet is the right age and has the right demeanor to play a young Caped Crusader.

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Okay, so I’ve joked about this before, but for real; if one were to assign this kid the task of fighting crime in Gotham, he would demolish expectations. I’m sure Timothée would stock up on the whey protein, chicken and chocolate milk whilst doing pushups all day long. This would move him from Indie life into the realm of overwhelming celebrity. Not only does Timothée Chalamet have the acting chops (having already been nominated for an Academy Award) but he fits the bill regarding DC’s idea of a younger Batman in Reeves upcoming film. He could literally be the studio’s Batman for the next thirty years.

 

  1. Donald Glover

 

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When this man acts, we call him Donald Glover and when he raps, we call him Childish Gambino; we do this without questioning it or ever really talking about it. Basically, Donald Glover already inhabits two entirely separate personas so well that some people don’t even realize the two are one and the same. That’s Batman/Bruce Wayne AF. In addition to this display of dual life swagger, Donald Glover was an amazing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (or, at least, I thought so).

 

  1. Pete Holmes

 

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Bruce Wayne needs to be handsome and charming. False. Batman needs to be strong and intimidating. False. Pete Holmes proved these falsehoods when he took it upon himself to don the cape himself in a series of web parodies. These skits recreated scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—the comedic twist was often that Batman is either incompetent or sex-obsessed. If the studio really wanted to bring something new and fresh to the table…

 

 

  1. Christian Bale

 

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The hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.

Always and Forever *Heart Emoji*

 

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  1. The guy from HISHE

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How It Should Have Ended or HISHE is an animated web series that parodies films through changing their endings and pointing out their flaws. An ongoing theme of their superhero related videos is the interjection of Batman and Superman having coffee Seinfeld-style. They discuss everything from the Marvel vs. DC rivalry to Batman’s impervious nature. Superman will ask Batman “How?” to which Batman always replies, “Because I’m Batman!” Below is a clip where the brilliant people over at HISHE parody that scene from the 1996 Jon Favreau film Swingers.

 

 

  1. Emma Stone

 

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Just because I’m a BIG fan.  Ten times fiercer than Batman and twenty times more charming than Bruce Wayne. I’ll probably include Ms. Stone on every list I write until the end of time. Henceforth, she shall be my reoccurring motif. But really, odd numbers in lists just get more clicks according to “experts.” She could definitely do it though; many internet fanatics have imagined this national treasure as Batgirl already:

 

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  1. Oscar Isaac

 

Oscar Isaac can pretty much do anything. He has already played a mysterious CEO in Ex Machina (although a very sinister one) and rocked the gunslinger mentality in the Star Wars Trilogy. He’s been attached to the role via the internet in the past for a while and fans seem to love it. My only request would be that of a melancholy musical number because Oscar Isaac is a god damn songbird…

 

 

Honorable Mention:

 

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