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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 04/10/12

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

*TOP 10 EVIL CHILDREN IN FICTION

   In fiction, it always seemed the adults were the evil ones, murdering and abusing while the helpless, innocent children just watch. However, it is a theme to have a child as the villain and make him or her much more black-hearted than any of the adults in the movie. This ranges from bone chilling and well-done to cliche and gimmicky. But in this list, we will see the most despicable fictional child villains of all time.



10. Tetsuo/Akira
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   Tetsuo is one of my personal favorite villains. He began as a member of a biker gang with his close friends, when suddenly he got strange and cosmic powers that made him a living god. Tetsuo went mad with power and was angry at his old and closest friend, Kanada, for treating Tetsuo as inferior and younger than himself. This neglect however, was just a conception caused by Tetsuo unable to control his new-found powers and having scientists run experiments on his brain. At the climactic end of Akira, Tetsuo horribly mutates into a disturbing monstrosity that kills his friend Kairi and brings about the apocalypse. Tetsuo is a creepy character because he is a young teenager who turns into a monster that dooms humanity. In most movies, a character this young would be living life to the fullest in cliche hip and cool ways, not betraying his friends and being a monster dooming the universe as we know it.




9. Varvara/B.P.R.D. comics
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   Technically, Varvara doesn’t belong on this list. She isn’t human, she’s a centuries old demon who disguises itself as a little girl. But her childlike glee and playfulness earns her a place here. Varvara was a Mongolian demon who refused to take Peter the Great’s soul. In 1946, she was head of the Russian paranormal studies center, and worked with the American B.P.R.D., best known for bringing up Hellboy, to stop the Nazi project Vampir Sturm. She is immortal and kills humans cold-heartedly with her powers and considers humanity as playthings.




8. Rhoda Penmark/The Bad Seed
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   Without the movie The Bad Seed, the evil child character might have never caught on. Rhoda is an eerie, but silly girl. She looks kooky and acts like a clown, and her mother loves her dearly and treasures her. Her mother is shocked and goes insane when she realizes how cold-blooded her daughter is and of her murdering record.




7. Roger/Lord of the Flies
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   The Lord of the Flies is one of the greatest portrayals of human nature in literature ever. One of the book’s greatest characters is Roger, a insane boy who hates society and likes to kill and maim humans and animals alike. Roger is a symbol for humanity’s love for chaos and discord itself.




6. The Children/Village of the Damned
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   These kids are among the most terrifying villains I have ever seen. The result of an evil experiment on a small, European town, these children were a force to be reckoned with, always together, always strong, and never showing mercy.


5. Reagen MacNeil/The Exorcist
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   Reagen herself is not an evil character, the daemon is, but she still is possessed and having a young girl being used as an instrument of evil shocked audiences everywhere. The fact that a little girl was spewing profanity at priests, showing disgusting supernatural powers, and being used by Hell, let alone being a horror movie’s main villain, was a new and disturbing idea.




4. James/From the Short Story “Miss Smith” by William Trevor
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   Almost nobody knows about this character. I had some trouble looking him up because I could only remember the name of the story from a middle school short story class I had. It’s very hard to describe this character. James for the most part of the story, sounds nothing like a villain. Just a small, troubled, though fairly normal kid dreading his teacher mocking everyday even though he admires her. But the last two pages we see him as disturbed, villainous, and enough to make your skin crawl through William Trevor’s subtle and implicit writing.




3. Henry Evans/The Good Son
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   All I can say about this character is that he is one badass villain. He owns a crossbow that fires nails, knows how to manipulate adults to the point that it’s as if he’s mind controlling him, has a soulless quest for power, a grim, cynical view of life, and has killed a sibling and unsuccessfully tried to kill his little sister, mother, and cousin. Henry is played chillingly by Macaulay Culkin.




2. Damien/The Omen
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   What else could you expect from Lucifer’s own flesh and blood? Damien was surprisingly cruel and evil for a child his age, and unlike Henry Evans or Rhoda, he would kill people simply by creating ‘accidents.’ Using his powers, people would get themselves horribly killed and no one would even think about Damien. Not to mention the memorable scene when his (human) father sees 666 burned into his scalp.




1. Anthony Fremont/The Twilight Zone
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   This little boy’s powers are way more deadly and impressive than any of the other children on this list. He doesn’t get his way by twisting adults and acting innocent, he gets his way by threatening to use his unexplained power to, well, get his way. Just by thinking he has all of reality in his hands, wishing away objects away from existence whenever he wants to. He isolates his insane, paranoid family in their tiny town, forcing them to do as he wishes for eternity. He comes from the episode “It’s a Good Life” and every day without him is a blessing.

HOMEMADE DOG TREATS FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND!

   This recipe and diy comes from www.comeonilene.com .  It's not always about us human beings we have to take care of our other family members and buddies in the dog world.



Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup boiling beef broth
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten (or 2 eggs to make treats softer for older dogs)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
Directions






Combine rolled oats, margarine/butter, and boiling beef broth in a large bowl. Let stand and soften for 10 minutes. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, sugar, bouillon, milk, peanut butter, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough comes together. Knead dough together so that it looks like this:
Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness:




Cut out shapes with cookie cutter. I had a hard time finding a bone shape cutter and almost made my own cookie cutter but then I randomly saw this 4″bone cutter at AC Moore:






I cut some smaller shapes using mini cutters for smaller dogs:








Place on cookie sheet. They don’t spread apart so you can fit a lot on a sheet:



Bake 35 to 45 minutes at 325 degrees, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool:




All packaged up and ready to mail to my doggy friends all over!




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CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR!!




    Cambodian New Year (Khmer) or Chaul Chnam Thmey, in the Khmer language, literally "Enter Year New", is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrated the New Year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's day, which usually falls on April 13th or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Khmer's living abroad may choose to celebrate during a weekend rather than just specifically April 13th through the 15th. The Khmer New Year coincides with the traditional solar new year in several parts of India, Myanmar and Thailand.
    Cambodians also use Buddhist Era to count the year based on the Buddhist calendar. For 2011, it is 2555 BE (Buddhist Era).




The Three Day of The New Year

Maha Songkran
    Maha Songkran, derived from Sanskrit Maha Sankranti, is the name of the first day of the new year celebration. It is the ending of the year and the beginning of a new one. People dress up and light candles and burn incense sticks at shrines, where the members of each family pay homage to offer thanks for the Buddha's teaching by bowing, kneeling and prostrating themselves three time before his image. For good luck, people wash their face with holy water in the morning, their chests at noon, and their feet in the evening before they go to bed.




Virak Wanabat
    Virak Wanabat is the name of the second day of the new year celebration. People contribute charity to the less fortunate by helping the poor, servants, homeless, and low-income families. Families attend a dedication ceremony to their ancestors at the monastery.







Tngay Leang Saka
    Tngay Leang Saka is the name of the third day of the new year celebration. Buddhists cleanse the Buddha statues and their elders with perfumed water. Bathing the Buddha images is the symbol that water will be needed for all kinds of plants and lives. It is also thought to be a kind deed that will bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life. By bathing their grandparents and parents, children can obtain from them, best wishes and good advice for the future.



New Years Customs

    In temples, people erect a sand hillock or temple grounds. They mound up a big pointed hill of sand or dome in the center which represents sakyamuni satya, the stupa at Tavatimsa, where the Buddha's hair and diadem are buried. The big stupa is surrounded by four small ones, which represent the stupas of the Buddha's favorite disciple: Sariputta, Moggallana, Ananda, and Maha Kassapa. There is another tradition....pouring water or liquid plaster (a mixture of water with some chalk powder) on someone.
    The Khmer New Year is also a time to prepare special dishes. One of these is a "kralan", a cake made from steamed rice mixed with beans or peas, grated coconut and coconut milk. The mixture is stuffed inside a bamboo stick and slowly roasted.





Khmer Games
    Cambodia is home to a variety of games played to transform the dull days into memorable occasions. These games are similar to those played at Manipur, a north eastern state in India. Throughout the Khmer New Year, street corners often are crowded with friends and families enjoying a break from routine, filling their free time with dancing and games. Typically, Khmer games help maintain one's mental and physical dexterity. The body's blood pressure, muscle system and brain are challenged and strengthened for fun.

Tres
    A game played by throwing and catching a ball with one hand while trying to catch an increasing number of sticks with the other hand. Usually, pens or chopsticks are used as the sticks to be caught.




Chol Chhoung
    A game played especially on the first nightfall of the Khmer Yew Year by two groups of boys and girls. Ten or twenty people comprise each group, standing in two rows opposite each other. One group throws the "chhoung" to the other group. When it is caught, it will be rapidly thrown back to the first group. If someone is hit by the "chhoung," the whole group must dance to get the "chhoung" back while the other group sings.





Chab Kon Kleng
    A game played by imitating a hen as she protects her chicks from a crow. Adults typically play this game on the night of the first New Year's Day. Participants usually appoint a strong player to play the hen who protects "her" chicks, while another person is picked to be the "crow". While both sides sing a song of bargaining, the crow tries to catch as many chicks as possible as they hide behind the hen.




Bos Angkunh
    A game played by two groups ob boys and girls. Each group throws their won "angkunh" to hit the master "angkunhs", which belong to the other group and are placed on the ground. The winners must knock the knees of the losers with the "angkunh". "Angkunh" is also the name of an inedible fruit seed, which looks like a knee bone.







Leak Kanseng
    A game played by a group of children sitting in a circle. Someone holding a "kanseng" (Cambodian towel) that is twisted into a round shape walks around the circle while singing a song. The person walking secretly tries to place the "kanseng" behind one of the children. If the chosen child realizes what is happening, he or she must pick up the "kanseng"




Bay Khon
    A game played by two children in rural or urban areas during their leisure time. Ten holes are dug in the shape of an oval into a board in the ground. The game is played with 42 small beads, stones or fruit seeds. Before starting the game, five beads are put into each of the two holes located at the tip of the board. Four beads are placed in each of the remaining eight holes. The first player takes all the heads from any hole and drops them one by one in the other holes. He or she must repeat this process until they have dropped the last bead into a hole that lies besides any empty one. Then they must take all the beads in the hole that follows the empty one. At this point, the second player may have his turn. The games ends when all the holes are empty. The player with the greatest number of beads wins the game. It is possibly similar to congkak.




Klah Klok
    A game played by Cambodians of all ages. It is a gambling game that is fun for all ages involving a mat and some dice. You put money on the object that you believe the person rolling the dice (which is usually shaken in a type of bowl) and you wait. If the objects face up on the dice are the same as the objects you put money on, you double it. If there are two of yours, you triple, and so on.