World War 2: Britain Stands AloneWorld War 2: Britain Stands Alone4 years ago in Settings More Like This
Preparing the Defenses
On June 22, 1940 Britain was now only the country standing against the Germans after the surrender of France. Still British Prime Minister Winston Churchill would not consider defeat and raised the unity of his country in a speech over the radio where he stated that the British people would defend their island no matter the cost. Britain still had all the resources of its enormous empire. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Egypt, and a series of other nations from Britain's colonies and commonwealth all declared war on Germany, but they were thousands of miles away across the oceans and their military power would be difficult to bring to support the mother country. Adolf Hitler, the German dictator, believed that Britain would quickly accept any peace terms.
Hitler entered the the German parliament (the Reichstag) and made a peace treaty to give to Britain. His offer was for Britain to keep its entire empire and virtually walk free so he could h
Nazi CultureThe term 'Nazi' is a shortened version of the Hitler-led NSDAP's (National Socialist German Workers' Party) name and as such, National Socialism (or Nazism) is more often than not associated with Germans and the German culture, which is an understandable mistake, but mistake nonetheless.Nazi Culture4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
While undeniably Nazism marked the 20th century through the bloodbath that was its reign, both within Germany and in the entirety of World War II, using the German Nation as its vessel to reap havoc and mayhem upon the world, it is not a 20th century phenomenon, and its culture has had centuries of grooming to reach to the (albeit grotesque) pinnacle it did in the 1930s-1940s.
So in order to truly understand the nazi culture, we have to see it not as part of the German culture but as it really is: a pseudo culture that is a composite of patterns and principles as ancient as the earliest civilizations, all gathered up together to form a concentrated doctrine that is adaptable through the distortion and
Are Gryphons in The Bible?That question is very much founded upon the question: were Gryphons real? If they were, then yes, they're in The Holy Bible. If not, then no. Proving whether Gryphons were real or not is something many have tried to do, the same as with dragons, unicorns and any supposed mythological creature. As such, I will leave this question to be answered by the one I am posing: are Gryphons in The Sacred Scriptures?Are Gryphons in The Bible?6 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
More specifically, are gryphons mentioned personally in The Bible? As I said before, if gryphons were real, then they are mentioned in Scripture. Every creature that ever existed was created in the first chapter of Genesis. Therefore gryphons would be included here, if nowhere else in The Bible. But this does little to help answer the question, as The Creation Account gives very few specific kinds of animals.
Everything is summed up into categories (Genesis 1:20-30): moving creatures that have life in the waters, dragons (great whales), fish of the sea, winged
Dark DaysWalking down the slate stone pathway, I remembered a faint memory. It was like nothing I have ever felt before. The memory was so picture perfect, like it was happening right in front of me.Dark Days2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The stone walls around the green tropical paradise were red and sparkling. I touch the brick wall next to me. It was just as rough as I remembered, at least that never changed.
I continued to walk deeper into the garden. The grass around the slate pathway was green and wet from the morning shower. The sprinkler system always kept the grass nice and wet.
Smiling up at the sparkling glass roof. The blue sky was sparkling behind the roof, like it always was. I always smiled up at the sky, when I walked into the garden. Always liking my garden was easy to do. It is the only thing that never seemed to change. Yes, the plants grew taller, and the gardeners kept the grass cut. But that always had to happen.
Creationism She took the clay into her hands and rolled it around. If she closed her eyes and concentrated, she could feel the imperfections in the little sphere, but she would never think to smooth them out. It was the little things that gave each of her creations character.Creationism4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
This particular ball gave way to spiky tips and deep depressions. She held it up and blew on it to speed its drying. When it was ready, she brought out the paints. The low parts became blue and fluid, and the spiky places turned gray. But she didn't stop there. The in between places were painted green and brown, and she came away a little and painted white puffy shapes. And then she waited.
For a long time, nothing happened. Then there was movement, but still she was disappointed. This one didn't glow the way some of her creations did. She moved in for a closer look at the globe. Perhaps she could figure out what had gone wrong.
Hannah's TaleDay OneHannah's Tale5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
After talking to Alex, my fiance, I returned to the Darknight booths to take Beth's place at the register while she went on break. Todd's instincts about this year's Kubla Con had been right. The line of people waiting to buy stuff was quite long. I expected to be busy.
I'd only been at it for a few minutes however, when Randal tapped me on the shoulder.
"Todd wants to see you. He's with Amy. I think it's time for you to change," he said.
He was trying to supress a grin. Todd has a reputation as a joker, so I got suspicious.
"All right, what's he up to this time?"
"I can't say, but it has to do with you hating sushi."
"Oh Lord." I rolled my eyes. I would have grilled Randal further, but I didn't want to keep the customers waiting in line. Todd had made a fuss some time ago about me not liking sushi, and didn't seem to want to drop it. Well, one doesn't introduce a girl (or anyone else for that matter) to something new by plopping a tentacle down on her plate. If he had started
Just Beachy Part 2Just Beachy - A Sequel to Life's a BeachJust Beachy Part 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Man, what's taking them so long," Amy thought to herself as she paced the beach, "It can't take this long to find Meg and Liz in some tiny little cave."
Suddenly the faint glow the moon had been providing grew to an immense brightness as it emerged from behind a cloud, its reflection shimmering on the ocean waters.
"Hmm, that's odd," Amy thought, "I thought it was supposed to be cloudy all night, and I was definitely sure it wasn't a full moon yet. Oh well, I guess I was wrong," she said, shrugging her shoulders.
"So, umm, you said you knew where our friends were," Kristen said to the strange girls in the pool, "So where are they?"
"Hehehe, don't worry," the golden hair girl said with a smile, "We'll take you to your friends. They're closer than you might think."
"But first, hehe," the blue haired girl added in, smiling, "Why don't you hop in here with us so we can talk better? The water's perf
Storyline OverviewStoryline Overview4 years ago in Settings More Like This
"I thought Soleku and Gringat were granted the ability to have a child.
If it's not too much trouble to you, could you explain the basics of your storyline, in chronological order? It gets a little confusing."
Both Soleku and Gringat's characteristics have changed a fair bit. They have a fling, but it's short-lived. She goes with Delnok, and Gringat meets Tyn in the Destiny War. Soleku herself has been a problematic character since she was devised -dangerous and also quite un-canon when it came to the elements and all.
First off, Earth, in the future. The BIONICLE movement begins. A group of humans leave Earth to pursue unsound scientific practices. They engineer a planet system called Drakus-263 well away from the planet to do research, transforming the moons and eventually even the gas giant they orbit into habitable worlds. The weave of elements is devised and implemented to control the planet system. Chronodermis and then Protodermis is created, filling wh
Eden : FireEden : Fire4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
89 : Fire
Fingers wrapped with well worn leather grasp onto a chunk of flame red hair, yanking back desperately in a feeble attempt to stop the momentum that's rapidly carrying his companion within reach of sharp metal-like claws aimed for the tenderness of an exposed throat.
Too late the Trader realizes his folly when a second set of claws streamlines back, a shriek of pain torn from his lips as hot crimson liquid boils to the surface when the Hunter rakes down -his skin and tissue shredded as if his wrist were made of simple parchment, forcing the man to release his grip in an instant. Without pause his would-be captive spins again, red rimmed silver eyes reflecting little beyond acute rage and determination as he lunges for the Trader's companion once more, felling him so quickly that he's given no time to even scream as he crumples onto the rough ground below.
Surrounded by four others in the campaign, another Hunter lies already subdued the same creature t
Summer Job Part 1Rachel was a very popular girl. She was average height, had fiery orange hair, freckles, was on her university's swimming team, and everyone liked her. Although she enjoyed swimming in the pool, what she really loved was the ocean. She loved the sound of waves crashing, the smell of the saltwater, but most of all, she loved the creatures that inhabited it. She was even studying marine biology at university. Unfortunately, she didn't live anywhere near the ocean, so she had to settle for the aquarium in her town.Summer Job Part 13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
In order to help her pay for her studies, she decided to get a summer job there. And that's when everything changed…
"You seem very well qualified to work here," said the aquarium's manager, a slender woman in a business coat with brown hair tied behind her in a ponytail and glasses , putting down Rachel's resume, "Good grades, a knowledge of marine wildlife, and the ability to swim if needed. So, when can you s
IronmanHear me read itIronman2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
My friends used to call William "Ironman" because the first time we kissed he got a nosebleed and the taste of his blood haunted me for a long time after it. We'd only been twelve years old and apparently the anxiety spiked his blood pressure to the point of combustion... I remember that when we were forced to take sex ed a few years later we were divided into separate classes for boys and girls, in case a diagram of an ovary was too risqué and we became animalistic and started clawing at each other in our seats, but nonetheless when our teacher Ms Jacobs had explained to us what an erection was in my mind all I could picture was the blood rushing to his nose and then the slash of cranberry across my blouse.
With the idea planted in his mind it didn't take long for William's hands to start wandering, but the image persisted. Every time I thought about just letting it happen I wondered what would happen if he got too excite
Spider LilySpider Lily4 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
hiatari ni yabureta kasa ya kumo no yuri
a torn umbrella against the hot day's sun-
the spider lily.
Jasmine's new RoleFinally I made it to the cave." A young dark tan and hair woman who was wearing a hood. She walks towards the cave wth statues of Genies. But they where female genies and above that was a some writing but it was really bad to read.Jasmine's new Role2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
" I hope Aladdin, father and the others are hanging in there." The woman said as she removes hood and sand cloths. It was Princess Jasmine. She was wearing e her normal blue princess outfit and was holding a book. "It said right pass the mountain of the dragons and in the middle of two rivers."she said looking at the map too with a face of worry on it."Hang in their guys."
Flashback 3 days ago.
The palace was much more noisy then before. There was more of coughing and sneezing. But they where louder than any human. "ahh cooooooooo" came from a large blue man in a bed and looking he was dying. "Man I hate getting the "GENIE FLU."he sniffle and coughs.
Kaa and Ariel Part 1Ariel sat glumly on the beach. Eric, her Eric had totally lost it. One minute he's caring for her like she was family, next minute he's barely talking to her.Kaa and Ariel Part 12 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
*Not that it would've mattered. I can't speak anyway.* Ariel thought as she remembered her deal with the witch Usula.
*So I get legs, very nice and sexy legs, in exchange for my voice...personally, I'd rather have a voice than legs.* Ariel thinks.
*Why doesn't he find me attractive. I've got it all. I've got blue eyes, red flowing hair, a nice body, and some great curves.* Ariel says as she looks down at her body.
*Not even this bikini turns him on.* Ariel thinks with dissapointment
Suddenly, Ariel's train of though is derailed when she hears someone singing. As she concentrates on the singing, she finds that it's her own voice that's making the noise.
*How is this possibe?* Ariel thinks.
Standing up and walking to the sound, Ariel follows the voice deep into a small clump of trees along the beach. &
Summer Job Part 2"Well, I guess I'll start with the dolphins, since they're right here," Rachel reasoned to herself.Summer Job Part 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
So she headed over towards the dolphin tank, their clicking and laughter growing louder as she neared it. When she reached the tank, she found seven slick, grey bottlenose dolphins swimming playfully in it. A couple of them swam over to the edge of the tank, clearly curious of their new visitor.
"Hello," Rachel said with a smile to the dolphins, "I'm Rachel. I'm going to be helping out here at nights. Do you know where your food is?" At this question, she let out a small chuckle. She knew dolphins were intelligent, but the idea that they would understand her, this soon after initial contact, and be able to show her where their food is was quite an amusing concept. So she was quite surprised when one of them swam a few yards to the left poked his head out of the water, and let out a few clicks, pointing his nose at a small metal fridge.
Capture - ProlougeProlougeCapture - Prolouge4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The war between heaven and hell had gone on for centuries. The endless battle between good and evil, the demons and the angels. Those who commited bad and those who remain pure. The fight between what's right and wrong would of been thought to go on forever, though it was completely unknown to those living on the middle ground; planet Earth. Much contrary to how it's believed to be on Earth, the two destinations were not consistant of torture and happiness. There was no time to be playing around, it was all prepartion and war.
The angels have faced an everlasting struggle to keep up with the increasing strength of those below. They knew that they would make sure they would fight for everything precious to them- the people who had hope in them and God.
The demons have been getting stronger and more powerful and the angels were putting in as much effort as they could. Soon enough, they got too powerful. Even the strongest and smartest of the angels became no match for tho
Desert Werewolf -ResubmissionTyler was sick of everythingDesert Werewolf -Resubmission4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Each day was just the same average, nothing special, day from when he woke up to when he went to sleep.
Today wasn't any different as he woke up he once again marked his calendar, opened his door and ran to the bathroom before his little sister Erie would lock herself in, taking hours just to get ready for school.
"No fair Tyler" Erie yelled as she banged on the door trying to get him to open it.
I'll be out in 20 minutes so stop complaining!" Tyler yelled back as he opened the medicine cabinet for the toothpaste. "and so begins another boring day in Phoenix" Tyler mumbled to himself as he finished brushing and turned the shower on, letting the water heat up.
I'm telling dad!" he heard Erie yell as she stormed off to wake up their parents. He sighed and after a minute he peeled of his pajamas and stepped
Science denial examplesPeople tend to deny reality, it seems. Becaause appearently stupidity is more reliable than science.Science denial examples5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
1. Evolution denial
At the present far more evidence supports evolution than anything else. One could argue about the existence of a creator deity or not, but regardless of how life appeared it has ever since evolved. And indeed, the process of evolution, natural selection, is pretty much so obvious that only a lobotomised, mentally ill or blind person could not see it; ever since as early as Ancient Greece that people noticed it, and accepted the changes of the world as real. To add further to the injury, there is no difference between "macro" and "micro" evolution; scientists nowadays use cladistics, not taxonomy, and thus rely on genetics, not ill defined human made definitions, to classify organisms. And so it happens that the difference between a species and another is unclear. However, genetic and morphological change is still there, and it increases generation after generation.
Shark intelligenceMany people stupidly assume sharks are dumb, instinct driven killing machines. However, this is pretty much not the case, rendering whoever believes that an ignorant fuckwad.Shark intelligence5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
In terms of brain shape, the shark brain differs a lot from that of mammals and birds. However, in proportion to the body size shark brains usually are similar sized or bigger than those of most mammals and birds, and while arranged in a different way it seems to share the seme level of mental capacity. Some shark species seem to be as intelligent as mammals such as dogs, which is really impressive for a non-tetrapod. Cetaceans in general are as intelligent as the most intelligent shark species (except derived beaked whales like dolphins), thus rendering whoever thinks cetacean protection should be more important because whales are smarter is really just an ignorant hypocrite who needs to do some research work.
Sharks indeed can solve problems very easily, but in terms of social skills they are also very gifted. I
InterceptorInterceptor3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
When they came in, they always came in fast. They skid low across the atmosphere like silvery stones, flushed with coldness and dawn. It seems like they had been coming for a few years now, and perhaps observing for some time before that. We knew what they had been doing for awhile, but due to the scale of the previous conflict their depredations went unnoticed. Unnoticed at least by nations and armies. The inhabitants of a remote farm would go missing. Bandits, of course. A fishing vessel might disappear, just before dawn on a clear calm night. Drift mine, most likely. However, the disappearance of all the human inhabitants from certain remote island chains seemed harder to explain.
As things were rebuilt, one missing person became ten, then a hundred, then a thousand. A sort of harvest was suspected. It took radar and collective will to finally see them clearly. Silent, swift, and hungry. We almost never saw them at all. We never found any trace of their victims. They came o