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The Toy Stampede That Killed 183 Children

The advent of the push-bar emergency exit came after a tragedy of massive proportions in 1883. Some 2,000 children crowded into England?s Victoria Hall to watch a group of travelling entertainers, and when they started to give away free toys, 183 children were crushed and killed in the ensuing stampede. Afterward, building codes were changed to include outward-opening exits and doors with push bars.

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It’s called democracy Kim

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Failed Puppet master Kim Dotcom is trying to say that our democratically elected government is not making the tough decisions with the mandate of the voters but is controlled by America. Obviously our attacks on The Internet Party still smart as back then we said he was the puppet master both funding and controlling Laila Harre and Hone Harawira.

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Chestbursters. Gotta love’em

Chest-BursterThese days, it is all CGI. ?Back then, it was bleeding edge tech-meets-art

Few images in film are as startling as that moment in “Alien” when the baby chestburster comes crawling out of of John Hurt’s torso in a spray of gore. It was so gripping, the slimy little parasite was brought back for the sequel, “Aliens.” Even better, it was created without the assistance of CGI.

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Gerry Anderson RIP

Gerry Anderson, the inventor of the Thunderbirds has died. I used to watch Thunderbirds religiously…and when I had kids they loved Thunderbirds too…they even had a Tracy Island complete with folding down trees and all. Parker was my favourite character.

Gerry Anderson, puppetry pioneer and creator of the hit TV show Thunderbirds, has died.

Anderson’s son Jamie said his father died peacefully in his sleep at a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England, after being diagnosed with mixed dementia two years ago.

His condition had worsened dramatically over the past six months, his son said.

Anderson’s television career launched in the 1950s.

Once Thunderbirds aired in the 1960s, “Thunderbirds are go!” became a catchphrase for generations.

It also introduced the use of supermarionation – a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes – and made sci-fi mainstream, according to Jamie Anderson.

“He forever changed the direction of sci-fi entertainment,” Jamie told the Associated Press. “Lots of animation and films that have been made in the past 20 or 30 years have been inspired by the work that he did.”

He said the TV show was perhaps his father’s proudest achievement – along with the cross-generational appeal of his body of work, which also included TV shows Stingray and Space: 1999, among others.