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  1. Here Comes Adobe Guru!

    July 14, 2013 by admin

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    Since its creation, Adobe has become a huge part in almost everyone’s life. Adobe continues to create products and services that are essential in our daily business activities.

    For Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Reader, Flash Player, it is impossible that a computer or Mac exists without one Adobe Product installed in it. However, most of their products may not be very easy to use. It requires knowledge and training to be able to use it to its maximum potential. This is where we come in, AdobeGuru.com is created to help you learn and understand how to use most of Adobe’s great products.

    We will be creating Photoshop and Illustrator Tutorials, free Photoshop brushes, featuring best work and a whole lot more. We will equip you with the knowledge to master tricks in various Adobe products for your own improvement. If you are an Adobe expert as well, we would welcome guest posts that we can also share with our readers. You may find more about it on our about page.

    Make sure to visit us again next week for our very first tutorial post!

     

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  2. 15 Ways of Better Understanding Your Cat’s Language.  Did You Ever Wonder What’s Behind Your Kittens Meowing?

    February 20, 2016 by admin

    15 Ways of Better Understanding Your Cat's Language. Did You Ever Wonder What's Behind Your Kittens Meowing

    Did you ever wonder what your cat is trying to tell you when they meow?  Meowing kittens communicate with their mother, but grown cats do not meow to another adult cat – they growl, hiss or yowl at each other. Meowing is reserved for conversing with people.  So why are kittens meowing?

    It’s Eating Time!

    It’s Eating Time!

    Cat loves eating.  Some would meow to wake you up asking that they be served with breakfast.  During mealtimes, some cats would start meowing every time someone walks in the kitchen expecting some food.  Others meow too much when it’s feeding time.  Do not to feed them whenever they cry, and give them food at the prescribed times only.  This way, they will learn that asking food at other times would not work out.

    I’m Lonely and Bored

    I’m Lonely and Bored

    Cats that are vulnerable to boredom or always alone are typically single cats that have bonded closely with their pet owners.  They usually start crying when it’s about time to sleep and will only stop when you respond to them or if they get tired of getting your attention.   If they are left alone for long periods of time, they may become restless and meow terribly.  A short visit from a pet sitter to play with during the day would be helpful.  Feline friendly activities such as bird watching would also keep them pretty much occupied, as well as some hanging toys to play around.

    Listen to Me

    Listen to Me

    When a cat meows excessively, this may mean they have learned the way of always getting whatever they want with such behavior.  To stop this nagging manner, it is best not to pay attention to their cries, unless you find it very unusual as there must be something wrong with them.  Feed them only when they are quiet and calm so that they will not be used to get what they want by meowing too much.

    I’m Sick

    I’m Sick

    It is very seldom that cats show that they are hurting.  But when they are really in great pain, some of them will cry, but others would just remain quiet.  If they show a strange behavior, something is not right and they need the immediate attention of a veterinary.  This happened to my cat when one day, he stopped meowing for food and just stayed quiet and hid under the table the whole day; he was just going back and forth to the litter box trying to pee, but nothing came out.  He did not eat much for two days and was taken to his vet for examination.   It was found out that he has urinary tract infection and was given a special diet.

    Hello!

    Hello!

    When you come home from work, you can expect a greeting meow from your cat especially when she is left alone the whole day.  She will greet you whenever she sees you in the house and when you talk to her.  One form of their greeting is leg rubbing, their way of saying “Hi, I’m glad you’re here.”

    Let’s play!

    Let’s play!

    Sometimes cats meow just to be talked to, played with, or simply be stroked.  They enjoy being with people, while others are quite more vocal in getting your attention.  When her meow gets quite annoying, do not shout and don’t pay attention to her. Wait for her to be quiet for a while.  Once she’s silent, give her the attention she longs for.  Walk away when she meows again, and return only if she calms down.  She will get the message if you will do this consistently.

    I’m Hungry and Cold

    I’m Hungry and Cold

    Meowing kittens get the attention of their mother when they feel cold or hungry.  Once they are old enough, they stop to meow to their mother.  This time, they continue meowing to people for attention.

    I Like you

    I Like you

    An unspayed female cat in heat meows a lot, purrs, rubs against you more, and typically becomes super-affectionate.  When in heat, the female cat makes a very eerie loud sound as if she is in pain.  Spaying them is the best way to lessen their excessive meowing which usually last for 4 to 10 days.  A male cat that is not neutered also meows relentlessly when he hears or smells a female cat in heat.  His persistent meows would last the whole time the female cat is in heat.  This is a good reason of having him neutered.

    I’m Stressed

    I’m Stressed

    Some cats meows loudly when they are stressed. This may happen when they are in a car for a vet visit, or you are just driving her around the area.   Others don’t show the same stress that might be gradually happening and you don’t notice the change in their behavior.  The signs may include hiding, aggression, excessive grooming, or loss of appetite.  Cats are vulnerable to developing compulsive behaviors if they are repeatedly exposed to stressful activities like tail chasing or running after a laser light.  It is best to bring your cat immediately to the veterinarian to rule out any medical implications if they show signs of being stressed.

    I’m Mad

    I’m Mad

    When cats are being harmed or if they sense any threats, they naturally growl and howl in a screaming match.  Stay away from cats growling or howling at each other as it is likely that they are proving to each other of who is much superior.   Sometimes, these loud and drawn-out meows may also mean that your cat is in some kind of trouble – in pain, looking for you, or trapped somewhere else.  This annoying noise can also be part of mating behavior of unspayed and unneutered cats.  A senior cat suffering from dementia may also howl because of disorientation.

    Please Open the Door

    Please Open the Door

    A cat usually meows to call your attention to open a door for her, either to go out or to get inside.  Sometimes, they just want the door to remain open so that they can get in/out anytime they want for which a cat door can be considered.  To protect cats from disease and danger, they should be kept totally indoors.  Cats that are used to going outside would do a lot of meowing for a period of time at windows and doors if they are kept inside.  Eventually, after some adjustments of living indoors, the meowing would finally stop.

    I’m Getting Older

    I’m Getting Older

    Loud meowing is frequently demonstrated by elderly cats suffering from cognitive dysfunction, sensory deficits or mental confusion resulting to becoming disoriented.   This is a common indication of the feline version of “Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Aging cats can easily develop an overactive kidney and thyroid sickness that prompt an excessive meowing. Pay attention to changes in your senior cat’s behavior, litter box habits, water intake, and other things.  You may want to bring her to the veterinarian more often for her regular check-up.

    Come Closer

    Come Closer

    When a cat is watching birds or squirrels from the window, they tweet and chatter, mouth moving in sync with the birds beak.  His tail starts to lash from side to side as if he’s ready to attack through the glass and swoop the bird.  According to some experts, cats make these amusing noises to simply display pent-up frustration when faced with preys they cannot attack, they chatter in anticipation or when frustrated.

    I Trust You.

    I Trust You

    Cats communicate mainly with each other and even with humans through their body languages and certain postures to imply different things.  Moving their tail, ears, or eyes in a particular manner is an indicator of showing their moods in interacting with other cats or humans.  Such examples are the way they move their tails, exposing their abdomen as a sign of affection, arching their back when they are ready to fight and don’t want to be bothered, battling their lashes as a sign of trust, and staring down when they feel threatened.

    Scent Markings

    Scent Markings

    Cats also communicate through scent markings.  They have scent glands all over their body and their sense of smell is about 200 times stronger than the human nose.  Among their means of communication is by the scent glands in their faces and paw pads which they leave behind when they rub on other animals, objects, and people.  When a cat head-butts a person or another cat, they offer their neck sideways which is their way in asking for grooming.

    Experts say that cats meow at people because they need something, and most importantly, meowing gets results.  This is definitely true!

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  3. 15 Little Known Facts About Eminem. #14 Will Make You Ask: Is Eminem Really Gay?

    February 19, 2016 by admin

    15 Little Known Facts About Eminem.

    Many people have a lot of things to say about famous American rapper Eminem – his real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, he is the world’s best-selling rapper and one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he is called the King of Hip Hop. As much as he has a strong fan base, Eminem has had his own share of controversies and criticisms. Like most famous public figures, Eminem has always been on a high pedestal where people will always have something to say about him. How many failed marriages has he had? Did he have a troubled childhood? Is Eminem really gay? Read on these rare facts about the rapper and try to decipher him yourself…

    He was a bullied kid

    He was a bullied kid

    Like many self-made people, Eminem has had it rough since he was a kid. He grew up in Michigan where black people was the dominant population, so being white has made him sot of an outcast. As a child, Eminem was extensively bullied at school and once spent a week in a coma because he was badly beaten when he was nine. All this bullying he received when he was a kid was his inspiration in some of his songs, which have no doubt helped other bullied kids overcome their challenges.

    He is actually really shy and quiet

    He is actually really shy and quiet

    Most of Eminem’s childhood was spent moving from city to city because he was raised by a single mom. This meant that he had to transfer to a lot of neighborhoods and enroll in a lot of schools, which made it hard for him to adapt. Even though his rapping style may be characterized by explicit lyrics and boundless criticism for other musicians, in reality, Eminem is really shy and introverted. Growing up, he did not have many friends and considered only one guy his best friend.

    His childhood dream was to become a comic book artist

    His childhood dream was to become a comic book artist

    Before becoming the King of Hip Hop, Eminem channeled his artistry to drawing and really wanted to be a comic book artist. He actually has a wide collection of comic books.

    He cooks well.

    He cooks well.

    Before all the glitz and glamour, Marshall Mathers used to cook at a family restaurant in Michigan. It was also from this same Michigan restaurant where he got fired right before Hallie’s, his daughter’s, birthday.

    He immediately made an impression to Dr. Dre, his would-be producer, the first time they met.

    He immediately made an impression to Dr. Dre, his would-be producer, the first time they met

    During their first encounter, Dr. Dre had no idea who Eminem was and yet the rapper had quickly made an impression on him. Eminem was wearing a really bright yellow tracksuit that was sponsored to him during those times when he was hard on money and could not buy himself decent clothes. The producer thought Eminem looked like a banana. Of course, Dr. Dre was gracious enough to look past his comical costume and the two have been good business partners ever since.

    He always writes something down

    He always writes something down

    When he was taping for his debut movie 8 Mile, Eminem is always seen to be scribbling down lyrics or even random words in between takes. It is also a habit of his to browse through the dictionary, taking note of various words to come up with random rhymes. No wonder he’s such a good rapper!

    He has had a turbulent romantic relationship with his on/off wife, Kim.

    He has had a turbulent romantic relationship with his on off wife, Kim

    Kim’s and Eminem’s love story has the potential to be a working plot for a drama movie. They met when he was 15 and she was 13, and after two years Kim and her sister moved in with Eminem and his mother because they were running away from home. Fast forward to now, their relationship resulted to a total of two marriages, two divorces, and one child. Pretty crazy, huh?

    He has expressed his intentions of never marrying again.

    He has expressed his intentions of never marrying again

    In an interview with him back in 2003, Eminem has made a pact with himself to never marry again after his highly publicized divorce from childhood love, Kim Scott.

    People used to be think of him as a homophobic because of particular song lyrics.

    People used to be think of him as a homophobic because of particular song lyrics

    The rapper has been very controversial due to his supposedly homophobic lyrics, particularly in the song “Rap God”: Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy / You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / ‘Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy / You take a thumbs up, pat on the back, the way you go from your label every day-looking boy./ You be the judge.

    One of his alter egos, Ken Kaniff, is a homosexual who is supposed to make fun of Eminem’s songs.

    One of his alter egos, Ken Kaniff, is a homosexual who is supposed to make fun of Eminem's songs

    Eminem is also well-known for his famous alter ego, Slim Shady. But what most people don’t know is that he also has a lesser known alter ego, named Ken Kaniff, is a homosexual who mocks Eminem’s songs.

    His Grammy performance with Sir Elton John back in 2001 started off as a joke… and the beginning of a really great bromance.

    His Grammy performance with Sir Elton John back in 2001 started off as a joke… and the beginning of a really great bromance

    The Grammy’s in 2001 was a very remarkable one, because this was the Grammy’s that the world witnessed an unlikely, yet surprisingly genius collaboration of Eminem and Sir Elton John. This was also an iconic duet, since the homophobic stereotypes for Eminem started to change.

    He turned to Elton John during the time that he was battling addiction.

    He turned to Elton John during the time that he was battling addiction

    Their friendship was further strengthened when Eminem was going through his battle against addiction. He was quoted to say that “Elton John calls him at least once a week.”

    During an MTV Movie Awards, Eminem and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen staged a stunt wherein Cohen’s bare crotch collided with Eminem’s face.

    During an MTV Movie Awards, Eminem and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen staged a stunt wherein Cohen's bare crotch collided with Eminem's face

    The crazy comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Eminem devised a stunt to entertain the audiences of MTV Movie Awards 2009. Cohen was presenting an award while dressed as an angel, complete with a barefaced butt, as he was suspended in air and was descending down via a harness. As a part of their joke, Cohen’s butt was perfectly positioned just inches away from the rapper’s face, and that supposedly made Eminem feel offended and “walk out of the show”, (or at least that’s what they want to make the audience think). Eminem actually went straight to his hotel room and laughed uncontrollably for the next three hours.

    In the movie The Interview, Eminem had a cameo appearance wherein he played himself, but as someone who came out gay.

    In the movie The Interview, Eminem had a cameo appearance wherein he played himself, but as someone who came out gay

    This issue became very controversial, precisely because people really could not tell whether Eminem was just acting or was he subtly coming out. What was even more confusing was his statement about the issue that he said in a particular interview:

    “It doesn’t matter. … I asked if I could just do my own thing with it, and Seth [Rogen] said ‘go ahead.’ He gave me the green light to come out in the movie. Maybe it was real, maybe it wasn’t. Does it matter? Should it matter?” So, what exactly should matter, Eminem?

    An anagram of Eminem’s name is almost spelled “MenInMe.”

    An anagram of Eminem's name is almost spelled MenInMe

    That’s just an observation, but what a weird coincidence, right?

    Regardless if he’s gay or not, Eminem will still remain the same person whom every young rapper grew up admiring and looking up to. He will always be legendary, and he will always be the King of Hip Hop.

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  4. 10 Facts About The Rare Beauty That Is The Ocelot Pet. Yes, see #9 – Some Want Them as PETS!

    February 18, 2016 by admin

    10 Facts About The Rare Beauty That Is The Ocelot Pet. Yes, see #9 – Some Want Them as PETS

    Most people will know very little about the Leopardus Pardalis, more commonly known as the Ocelot. Do not be misled by its other name, dwarf leopard (Others even like to own it their ocelot pet). It is by no means a dwarf, at least not compared to the domesticated cat. This Latina kitty is mainly from South America, and is commonly found in practically every country like Mexico, Trinidad, Margarita, and Central America, with Chile being the only exception. Although it can look a lot like the domestic cat, it actually belongs to the big cats group, and is just about as wild as the cheetah and the tiger.

    The ocelot, however, is not as common as its other feline family members. Ask any kid, for example, to describe what a lion or a tiger looks like, and most likely they’ll know what to say. They might even be able to draw one for you. Pop culture has also made them more popular, with movies like Disney’s The Lion King, and Katy Perry’s hit song, Roar. Ocelots are far rarer, and are an endangered species. In Southern Texas in the US, there are probably less than 50 left alive. In the entire world: just a little over 200.

    What do we need to know about these beautiful cats? Here are 10 facts about them:

    The Ocelot is an exotic spotted cat.

    The Ocelot is an exotic spotted cat

    It looks very much like the Margay and the Oncilla, but larger in size (up to 20 inches tall, about 39 to 64 inches long, and weighing as much as 40 lbs). It has smooth soft fur with red-brown, sometimes gray-black rosettes that blend out to bands or stripes. What also makes the Ocelot unique are two distinct ocelli, or white spots behind their ears, and the sides of their faces striped with two black bands.

    Like many of its relatives, the Ocelot is nocturnal.

    Like many of its relatives, the Ocelot is nocturnal

    And being the wild cat that they are, they have big paws with sharp claws, and fangs, and are known to be territorial, unpredictable, and may be easily stressed. Their natural habitats include areas that are dense with plants and trees, like mountains, rainforests, river banks, or even semi-desert areas. They like to climb trees and hunt at night.

    Unlike lions that live in prides, ocelots are solitary creatures.

    Unlike lions that live in prides, ocelots are solitary creatures.

    Females will often have their territory exclusive to themselves, and they will fight and defend it fiercely. The males will often let their territory cross over a one or two females’ territory for mating purposes, although the females will emit scent markers to let the males know when to, and when not to mate. Ocelots have a language all their own, with other mating rituals including cat calls like purrs, hisses, and meows.

    They mark their territory.

    They mark their territory

    To mark their territory, they are known to spray strong and foul-smelling urine on trees, rocks, bushes, and basically anything and everything they like, including human handlers, zoo keepers, and pet owners.

    Ocelots can live anywhere from 7-10 years out in the wild.

    Ocelots can live anywhere from 7-10 years out in the wild

    They feed mostly on other nocturnal creatures that are smaller than them, like mice and other rodents, rats, armadillos and opossums, as well as bigger prey like monkeys, deer, and larger land tortoises. They’ve also been reported to take on seafood like crabs and fish. Their diet is varied, though, and they will also feed on reptiles like lizards, and birds.

    Because of conservation efforts, they tend to live longer in captivity.

    Because of conservation efforts, they tend to live longer in captivity

    Some of them live for up to over 20 years. These animals have barely been seen in the wild animal market for the last few years. Most conservation efforts are being done by zoos in Brazil, and some zoos in North America.

    Ocelots have become very rare because of a few reasons.

    Ocelots have become very rare because of a few reasons

    The most obvious reason is probably deforestation, and the destruction of their natural habitat. With the growth and expansion of cities and rural areas, forested areas have been destroyed, leaving these animals with no natural shelter and grounds for hunting and feeding.

    These unique and rare cats were once hunted for their precious fur.

    These unique and rare cats were once hunted for their precious fur

    Their fur was in demand in the fashion industry, especially around the 1980s. Back then, winter coats made from their chain-blotched fur, which was lighter or paler on the center of the spots, could cost a fashionista up to $40,000. As many as 200,000 of these beauties have been killed every year for the sake of making a fashion statement.

    The ocelots were also wanted as pets!

    The ocelots were also wanted as pets!

    With kittens possessing an unbelievable cuteness factor. Since the 1950’s and the 1960s, older kittens and adult cats have been violated, with their fangs and claws removed, and their natural scents neutralized to make them more commercial, and easy to sell. In the early 1980s, a live ocelot could set you back about $800, but now that there are laws disallowing these dwarf leopards to be traded, their price tags can be as heavy as $15,000. What they buyers of live ocelots often failed to see is that when bought as pets, these wild cats will have to rely on their keepers for the rest of their lives for care. And a lot of the animal traders and buyers alike did not have enough know-how or discipline to take responsibility for the proper care of ocelots.

    Ocelots can only have a litter of one or two kitties when they give birth.

    Ocelots can only have a litter of one or two kitties when they give birth

    Also unlike the domestic cat, which can produce a litter of up to 5 or 6 kittens at a time, ocelots can only have a litter of one or two kitties each time they give birth. Mortality rate is also high, especially among new born kittens. According to Executive Director of Conservators’ Center, Inc. with only few places left to live out there in the wild, ocelots are also having a hard time looking for mates.

    Although there are still ocelots in the world, their numbers are quickly diminishing, and ethical treatment of these endangered wild cats is a must if we would still like to see them roam the earth in the next generations. Today, scientists, conservation experts, governments, and even private owners are banding together to help save the rare beauty that is the ocelot.

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  5. 10 Fascinating Stories Behind the World’s Most Famous Metro Goldwyn Mayer Lion

    February 17, 2016 by admin

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    You must have seen Leo the lion roar hundreds of times, but what do you really know about the legendary Metro Goldwyn Mayer Lions (MGM Lions)?  The original classic lion trademark of Goldwyn Pictures was designed by Howard Dietz who served as its publicist/director of advertising.  The Lions, the athletic team of his alma mater Columbia University, became his inspiration in creating the lion mascot.  When Goldwyn Pictures Corporation merged with Metro Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures, the MGM retained the logo. Since then, there have been seven lions playing the role of “Leo the Lion” for the MGM logo.

    Slats (1924-1928)

    Slats (1924-1928)

    Slats was the first lion used on all black and white MGM films that roared quietly at every opening of MGM’s silent films from 1924-1928. He was born on 1919 at the Dublin Zoo.  Hollywood’s premiered animal trainer, Volney Phifer, who coached Slats became close to him during their country tour as they promote the launching of MGM.  They became too close that when the lion died in 1936, Phifer buried his body at his farm.  His hide is currently on display at the McPherson Museum in McPherson, Kansas.

    Jackie (1928-1956)

    Jackie (1928-1956)

    Jackie, born in 1915, was the second lion used by MGM logo and the first lion to make his voice heard using the agramophone record. His trainer was Mel Koontz. With a roar, he introduced the first sound of MGM’s film, White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). The film won an Oscar in 1928-29 for Best Cinematography.  Jackie replaced Stats on all black-and-white MGM films from 1928-1956. Also during this period, he appeared in more than one hundred films including the Tarzan movies, in addition to his MGM logo appearances. The lion is also known for surviving several accidents (including an earthquake, 2 train wrecks, a studio explosion and a sinking boat), giving him the nickname “Leo the Lucky”.

    Telly (1927 to 1932)

    Telly (1927 to 1932)

    In 1927, MGM began to experiment with two-strip color short subjects and with animated cartoons in 1930. Using two different lions, two two-strip Technicolor variations of the MGM logo were created. Between 1927 and 1932, Telly, the first lion appeared on all color MGM movies roared softly, did a louder roar, a brief pause, and then a final roar while turning his head. Telly appeared with a longer snarl with two roaring sound effects. Everything but the lion is in a green hue. Telly was featured roaring four times, rather than just thrice in the extended version of the logo at the beginning of the film “The Viking” (1928).

    Coffee (1932-1934)

    Coffee (1932-1934)

    Coffee, the second lion, appeared on color films between 1932 and 1934, until production was switched to full three-strip Technicolor filming. His first roar was soft, but roared louder later. Coffee was featured roaring three times, rather than just twice in an extended version of the logo at the beginning of the short film People (1932).

    Tanner (1934-1956)

    Tanner (1934-1956)

    Tanner, also trained by Mel Koontz, was used on all Technicolor MGM films and cartoons, replacing Telly and Coffee. Tanner roared wildly and was described by his trainer as the “angriest” lion because he always growls. He was the reigning lion king during the “Golden Age of Hollywood” and was the third of MGM’s longest-lived lion to be used for a total of 22 years, after Jackie (28 years) and Leo (58 years).

    George (1956-1959)

    George (1956-1959)

    George was the sixth lion and was introduced in 1956 replacing Tanner and Jackie. He looked more heavily maned compared to others. His logo version would have either a black or dark brownish/grayish background, and would also appear on black and white movies. George was used in tandem with the current lions from 1957 to 1958.

    Leo (1957-present)

    Leo (1957-present)

    For a total of 58 years, Leo has been the longest-lived out of all the lions used in the MGM logo. This logo has two different versions, the ‘extended’ version which was used from 1957 to 1960, with Leo roaring thrice;  and the ‘standard’ version, his first appearance in 1957 on ‘Les Girls’ where  Leo later roared twice. This version was used since 1960. Born in Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands, Arnhem he was the youngest when MGM filmed him roaring. He had replaced George and was trained by Ralph Helfer. The lion had also appeared in many productions of MGM films since 1957 including the religious epic King of Kings (1961), Fluffy (1965), and Napoleon and Samantha (1972); as well as in some TV series and commercials. He was gentle enough to be petted by a blind teenage girl in one of the episodes of the TV show, The Pet Set.

    “Stylized Lion” Logo

    “Stylized Lion” Logo

    MGM attempted to update its image in 1965, and recruited a consulting firm, Lippincott, to create a more contemporary logo, “The Stylized Lion.”  The new image appeared at the front of three films in the 1960s.  Leo was reinstated after the logo was discontinued. However, the MGM Records division retained the new logo which was also used on MGM film posters as a secondary logo.

    MGM/UA Entertainment Co.

    MGM UA Entertainment Co.

    Following the merger of MGM and United Artists in 1981, the logo MGM/UA Entertainment Co. appeared on all films of MGM/UA (1983-1987).  During this time, the original sound of the roaring lion was changed with a new stereophonic sound. The Poltergeist film shown in 1982 was the first production to use the new roaring sound.

    Other Lions

    Other Lions

    The lions have been spoofed in several occasions in cartoons shows. In the Tom and Jerry show, Jerry roars like Leo at his mouse hole that resembles the ribbon of the MGM logo. In addition, Tom and Jerry cartoons (1963–1967) begin with a cartoon variation of the MGM logo using Tanner instead of Leo. Other cartoon characters include Mimsie the Cat the in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, a lion with blood-dripping fangs in The Fearless Vampire Killers of the Marx Brothers,  Animal in The Great Muppet Caper, and Bob and Doug McKenzie, in Strange Brew.

    MGM’s iconic roaring lion logo took a very long journey, and several different lions, to get to the one we all now know and love, Leo. MGM started to use more loquacious lions, giving us the roar when sound was introduced. The roar used now is electronically produced. In 2012, in the James Bond movie, Skyfall, the logo was redesigned and animated in three dimensional (3-D) stereo.  This is the first ever in MGM’s 88-year history of having its logo produced in 3-D.

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  6. This Poveglia Island Is So Haunted. Here are 10 Reasons Why Even Psychics Got Scared To Death

    February 16, 2016 by admin

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    Poveglia is one of the islands located in the Venetian lagoon just between the Venice and Lido. You probably would imagine a serene, relaxing and a perfect location for getaway upon hearing where it is situated but it is the complete opposite of what the Poveglia Island is. The island has been called the “Island of Madness” as well as one of the most haunted places in the whole world. And there are several freaky reasons as to how it has got its reputation.

    Gruesome History

    Gruesome History

    In 421 AD, inhabitants from Padua and Este fled to Poveglia Island just to escape the barbarian invasions and ravage in Venice. However, the barbarians still managed to rampage through the island and there were numerous deaths as the people tried to fight against the barbaric flock. Despite the bloodshed in the island during that time, Poveglia grew in population and was steadily inhabited until the following centuries. However, in 1379 the Venice government exiled the people in Poveglia to use the island as a headquarters to battle with the Venetians longest blood rivalry with the Genoese.

    Slaughtered French Soldiers

    Slaughtered French Soldiers

    Rumor has it that Poveglia Island was also used back then as a British military base during the Napoleonic War. French soldiers who were captured are said to have been brought to the island to be slaughtered or burned alive. According to claims, French shipwrecks are still found at the bottom of the lagoon where the island is located. Bunch of deaths, bloodshed and violence all in one island – if you are still wondering how it became so haunted, there are a few more reasons.

    Deaths from the Bubonic Plague

    Deaths from the Bubonic Plague

    After being uninhabited and forgotten for a long time, the government turned Poveglia Island as a quarantine site during the Bubonic plague that beset the whole Europe. When the plague reached its peak, people who were showing even the slightest symptoms of the disease were brutally dragged and brought to the island where they will be burned alive together with the pile of dead bodies. It is said that the island’s soil is now composed ashes from 160,000 men and women, children and old people from all walks of life who ended up dead on the island.

    Ghosts Started to Linger Around in the Island

    Ghosts Started to Linger Around in the Island

    Poveglia Island was turned into an asylum during the 1900s where existing buildings used as Bubonic Plague quarantine facility were renovated to cater to mentally-ill people. Patients started to see ghosts and hear wailing voices from no one knows where. However, they were not taken seriously they are considered to coming from insane minds.

    And It Gets All the Freakier and Scarier

    And It Gets All the Freakier and Scarier

    It is said that there was one a sadistic doctor in Poveglia Island who performed several inhumane experiments and lobotomies on different unwilling mentally-ill patients. The doctor used nails, hammers, drills and other tools without taking care of sanitation and safety believing that it will cure whatever is punishing the souls of the patients. The doctor would do such experiments on the tower during the night and it was then common for other patients to wake up to screams emanating from that tower. However, the doctor was said to go mad after continuously seeing shadows, hearing voices speaking gibberish language and being harassed by ghosts. Rumor has it that he ended up throwing himself or being thrown by some unseen entity from the top of the tower.

    No One Gets to Stay That Long on the Island

    No One Gets to Stay That Long on the Island

    After all the blood, misfortune and spooky events that happened on the island, there have been some attempts to inhabit the island. However, these attempts were never successful due to unexplained mysteries. Several owners would abandon the island quickly after purchasing it. Rumor has it that one family decided to leave the island after their daughter mysteriously split her face requiring 14 stitches. It was said that it was caused by a brutal and violent entity which attacked her.

    Every Visitor Has Something Creepy To Say About the Island

    Every Visitor Has Something Creepy To Say About the Island

    Aside from the gruesome history and now crumbling buildings filled up with crawling weeds, it is no doubt that Poveglia is indeed, severely haunted. A lot visitors claim they felt a sense of despair and fright. Some would have a feeling of wanting to turn back upon setting foot on the island. There are reports hearing unearthly voices asking visitors to leave and never come back, screams and wailings emanating from the old asylum buildings and the sound of the bell in the bell tower even if no one is there. Even psychics felt very scared with the very strong forces of evil on the island.

    Physical Ghostly Encounters

    Physical Ghostly Encounters

    Some encounters with the ghosts of Poveglia Island were physical and sometimes, aggressive. It was even captured in one of the most infamous incident recorded on video by the TV Show Ghost Adventures. The team, which stayed on the island for 24 hours, experienced several unexplained phenomena such as weird readings from equipment, disembodied voices and footsteps and orbs on their camera. Even their host was assaulted by a vicious ghost who wanted to possess him.

    Abandoned Structures and an Air of Evil

    Abandoned Structures and an Air of Evil

    Poveglia Island is definitely a place to scare yourself stupid with all its old, creepy and decaying buildings full of weeds. The corridors of the building are nothing but peeling paint, dust and molds, and graffiti from illegal visitors. You’ll never know if you are stepping on what used to be a graveyard or a buried mass grave. Skulls and skeletons came out in the open and sometimes being washed up on the shores.

    And Now it Remains Uninhabited

    And Now it Remains Uninhabited

    The government has restricted Poveglia from all visitors. However, if you insist on paying the mad island a visit, you will need to secure a special permit which requires a lot of paperwork. Right now, the island is used as a vineyard and other agricultural purposes with people going there only to harvest the grapes.

    Poveglia, indeed, has a dark, tragic and morbid history. It truly deserves its reputation as one of the creepiest and most haunted places in the world and only the bravest would dare step foot on it.

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