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Hamilton, Ontario

Hamilton is a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Conceived by George Hamilton when he purchased the Durand farm shortly after the War of 1812, Hamilton has become the centre of a densely populated and industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. On January 1, 2001 the new City of Hamilton was formed through the amalgamation of the former city and the other constituent lower-tier municipalities of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth with the upper-tier regional government. Residents of the city are known as Hamiltonians. Since 1981, the metropolitan area has been listed as the ninth largest in Canada and the third largest in Ontario.
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Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle is a historic Neoclassical architecture chateau on York Boulevard in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This 18,000-square-foot (1,700 square metre) mansion took three years and $175,000.00 to build, and was completed in 1835. The seventy-two room castle featured the latest conveniences of gas lighting and running water. It is currently owned by the City of Hamilton who purchased it in 1900 for $50,000. The City has spent nearly $3 million renovating the site to make 42 of the original 72 rooms open to the public. The rooms have been restored to the year 1855 when MacNab was at the height of his career. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through the home, illustrating daily life from the 1850s.
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Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield Heritage Village is a living history museum with over 30 historic buildings surrounded by 324 acres of woodlands and meadows with several well-marked nature trails. Pictured here is Rob Winniger.
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Canadian Flag

My home and native land!
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The Flag of the Province of Ontario

Ontario is a province in the nation of Canada. Historically it was once known as Upper Canada.
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The Flag of the Province of Quebec

Quebec is a province in the nation of Canada. Historically it was once known as Lower Canada. It is the core of what was once known as New France and this history is reflected in the presence of the fleur de lis in their banner.
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The Flag of the Province of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the Maritimes.
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The Flag of the Province of New Brunswick

New Brunswick is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the Maritimes.
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The Flag of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the Maritimes.
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The Flag of the Province of Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the Maritimes. It is Canada's smallest province and is known for the potatoes grown there as well as the Anne of Green Gables stories.
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The Flag of the Province of Manitoba

Manitoba is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the prairie provinces.
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The Flag of the Province of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the prairie provinces.
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The Flag of the Province of Alberta

Alberta is a province in the nation of Canada. It is part of a grouping of provinces known as the prairie provinces.
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The Flag of the Province of British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province in the nation of Canada.
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The Flag of the Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories is a Canadian territory.
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The Flag of the Yukon Territory

The Yukon Territory is a Canadian territory.
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The Flag of Nunavut

Nunavut is a Canadian territory.
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The Union Jack

The Union Flag, commonly referred to as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. Originally, Union Jack was the name given to a flag flown on a ship of the Royal Navy. The Union Jack flag also enjoys an official or semi-official status in some Commonwealth realms; for example, it is known by law in Canada as the Royal Union Flag. Further, it is used as an official flag in some of the smaller British overseas territories. The Union Jack also appears in the canton (upper left-hand quarter) of the flags of several nations and territories that were former British colonies.
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The McMaster University Crest

McMaster University (commonly referred to as McMaster or Mac) is a public research university whose main campus is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 121 hectares (300 acres) of land in the residential neighbourhood of Westdale, adjacent to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens. The university operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, and Science. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.

After the university moved to Hamilton in 1930, the university petitioned Lord Lyon King of Arms in Edinburgh for a coat of arms. The request was granted on behalf of The Crown on 20 October 1930. In 1997 the Board of Governors introduced a simplified shield design, which recognized the tradition of McMaster’s heraldry while improving the quality of print and electronic reproduction. The university's arms and badge was registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on 15 October 2006.

The coat of arms consists of a shield, a crest, and a motto, together with a helmet. The shield contains an eagle, symbolic of the heavenly vision, with a cross on its breast to indicate Christianity as the inspiration for the university's vision. The chief of the shield bears an open book, a common symbol of learning, with a maple leaf on each side, signifying that McMaster's charter was granted by the Province of Ontario.

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Signs of Our Times

The Recycle Symbol

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
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The Biohazard Symbol

Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans. This can include medical waste or samples of a microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health. It can also include substances harmful to animals.
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The Radiation Symbol

The symbol for radiation. Avoid it or you will glow in the dark.
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The Corrosive Symbol

Stop the world and melt...well, dissolve.
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The Explosive Symbol

Careful with something baring a symbol like this because it could explode!
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The Flammable Symbol

Be careful! This could catch fire easily...like farts.
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The Poison Symbol

This one's pure poison.
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The Chaos Symbol

The Symbol of Chaos originates from Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories. In them, the Symbol of Chaos comprises eight arrows in a radial pattern. In contrast, the symbol of Law is a single upright arrow. It is also called the Arms of Chaos, the Arrows of Chaos, the Chaos Star, the Chaos Cross, or the Symbol of Eight.
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The Order Symbol

One single arrow representing the single direction for law and order, this is the opposite number for the Symbol of Chaos in Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories.
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The Stop Sign

Whether it says STOP or ARRET, it means the same thing.
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The Yield Sign

While stopping isn't essential, traffic on the crossing street takes priority.
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The One Way Sign

Traffic on a street marked by this sign may progress in only one direction.
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The No Parking Sign

I know it seems an inconvenience, but I've had to avoid cars parked in a no parking zone and deal with the traffic snarl it caused, so, sometimes this isn't just a cash grab.
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The No Stopping Sign

Okay, this does not mean you can park here.
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The Do Not Enter Sign

Look out! There are cars coming at you.
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The Bumpy Road Caution Sign

To commemorate the winter of 2014 and the simply amazing potholes to be found practically everywhere, here is the sign that we don't have nearly enough of in stock.
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The Curvy Road Sign

I often wish this sign could appear ahead of curves in the road of life as well!
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The Traffic Light Ahead Sign

Be prepared to stop! As an interesting variation, try to find red and green tea lights (they are sometimes sold at Christmas) and insert them into little holes carved for them in the red and green light, respectively.
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The Under Construction Sign

Under construction. Men at work. Men not at work?
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The Falling Rock Zone Sign

Look out below!
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The Merge Sign

The lane is ending and traffic must merge. If you are in this lane, please do not drive aggressively. signal and wait for an opportunity. If you are in the lane being merged into, please provide drivers with the opportunity. Thank you to all!
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The Railway Crossing Sign

Please! Please don't play games near one of these!
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The School Crossing Sign

Slow down in school zones. Please don't be in a hurry or don't travel through a school zone.
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The Traffic Circle Sign

Traffic circles. I remember a traffic circle on a nearby freeway when I was a kid. It was a horrible traffic snarl. It eventually became an interchange and traffic circles weren't seen in my city for decades, until recently. Now they're springing up all over as an effort to slow down traffic. I hate them, but I understand them.
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One Lane Bridge Ahead

Don't see a lot of this anymore. Growing up there were a couple of one laned bridges still. Those places are now covered in houses and the bridges are history. Perhaps someplace more rural...
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The Curve in the Road Sign

Again, another course of life parallel!
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The Deer Crossing Sign

Look out for deer!
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Road Narrows Sign

The road ahead narrows.
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The Pavement Ends Sign

You might not see this sign where you expect to if the the unpaved road is, in reality, a poorly maintained paved road.
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Celtic Cross

Celtic cross is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. It belongs to a kind of crosses with a nimbus. In the Celtic Christian world it was combined with the Christian cross and this design was often used for high crosses – a free-standing cross made of stone and often richly decorated. With the Celtic Revival the shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland.
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Celtic Cross With Triquetras

Triquetra originally meant "triangle" and was used to refer to various three-cornered shapes. Nowadays, it has come to refer exclusively to a particular more complicated shape formed of three vesicae piscis, sometimes with an added circle in or around it. Also known as a "trinity knot," the design is used as a religious symbol by both Christians and polytheists.
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The Black Runesword

Known in fantasy literature concerning an albino sorcerer, the black Runesword sucks the souls of the unwary.
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Logo for Colour (Winter) Guard

Color guard has evolved into a separate activity known as winter guard, which is an indoor activity where the guard performs unaccompanied by the band, but performing to a piece of pre-recorded music. Winter guards compete independently in such circuits as Winter Guard International (WGI) and Tournament Indoor Association (TIA).
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Divergent Faction Symbols

Dauntless, the Brave

Divergent is the debut novel of American author Veronica Roth and is the first installment in the Divergent trilogy. It is set within a dystopian version of Chicago.

Dauntless is one of five factions that people have divided into. Members of the Dauntless faction proclaim bravery as their attribute.


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Amity, the Peaceful

Amity could be best described as the group that typifies the expression, "Why can't we all just get along?"
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Abnegation, the Selfless

Abnegation is all about self denial and helping others. Abnegation seemed like the ideal group to govern.
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Candor, the Honest

Candor is for the people who value honesty.
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Erudite, the Intelligent

Erudite is for those who value knowledge.
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Erudite, the Intelligent

Divergent the Movie Faction Symbols

Part of the Erudite manifesto: "We propose that in order to eliminate conflict, we must eliminate the disconnect among those with differences by correcting the lack of understanding that arises from ignorance with knowledge.".
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Amity, the Peaceful

The Amity manifesto focusses on trust, self-sufficiency, forgiveness, kindness and involvement.
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Candor, the Honest

From the Candor manifesto: "Dishonesty is rampant, Dishonesty is temporary, Dishonesty makes evil possible."
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Abnegation, the Selfless

The Abnegation manifesto begins with the line "I will be my undoing If I become my obsession."
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Dauntless, the Brave

According to the Dauntless manifesto, they "believe that cowardice is to blame for the world’s injustices. We believe that peace is hard-won, that sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace."
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FanExpo

My favourite annual geekfest! Meet your favourite genre celebrity, comic book writer, comic book artist or just show up in costume and walk around. I usually show up with printouts of my pumpkin carvings of some of the celebrities present and get them autographed. I admit it. I'm a geek!
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Mobius Strip

The Möbius strip or Möbius band, also Mobius or Moebius, is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being non-orientable. It can be realized as a ruled surface. It was discovered independently by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858.
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Open Book

Do you know what an open book means? It means that it is being read. I don't care if we're talking about a real or an electronic book. I don't care what your age is. Read and keep reading!
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Chess Pieces

Pawn

The pawn is the most numerous piece in the game of chess, and in most circumstances, also the weakest. It historically represents infantry, or more particularly, armed peasants or pikemen. Each player begins a game of chess with eight pawns, one on each square of the rank immediately in front of the other pieces.
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Bishop

A bishop is a piece in the board game of chess. Each player begins the game with two bishops. One starts between the king's knight and the king, the other between the queen's knight and the queen.
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Knight

The knight is a piece in the game of chess, representing a knight (armored cavalry). It is normally represented by a horse's head and neck. Each player starts with two knights, which begin on the row closest to the player, one square from each corner.
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Rook

A rook is a piece in the strategy board game of chess. Each player starts the game with two rooks, one in each of the corner squares on his own side of the board.
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Queen

The queen is the most powerful piece in the game of chess, able to move any number of squares vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Each player starts the game with one queen, placed in the middle of the first rank next to the king. With the chessboard oriented correctly, the white queen starts on a white square and the black queen on a black square.
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King

In chess, the king is the most important piece. The object of the game is to trap the opponent's king so that its escape is not possible (checkmate). If a player's king is threatened with capture, it is said to be in check, and the player must remove the threat of capture on the next move. If this cannot be done, the king is said to be in checkmate.
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John Wesley Shipp as The Flash

The Flash is a 1990 American television series that starred John Wesley Shipp as the superhero, the Flash (created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert), and co-starred Amanda Pays. The series was developed from the DC Comics characters by the writing team of Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, and produced by their company, Pet Fly Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Composer Danny Elfman wrote the show’s title theme, and Stan Winston Studios built the costume.
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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.
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William Shakespeare

?-1616

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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Johann Sebastian Bach

1682-1750

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685[2] – 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.


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Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the Government of France and is on the wall in the Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo.[1] It is perhaps the most famous and iconic painting in the world.
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Titanic

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater, Gloria Stuart as Old Rose, and Billy Zane as Rose's fiancé, Cal Hockley. Jack and Rose are members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
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Lincoln Alexander

1922-2012

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander PC CC OOnt CD QC (January 21, 1922 – October 19, 2012) was a Canadian politician and statesman who served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, the federal Minister of Labour, and later as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, from 1985 to 1991. Alexander was also a governor of the Canadian Unity Council.

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Nelson Mandela

1918-2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
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Hermione, Harry and Ron

The main characters of the Harry Potter series.
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Chris McLean

Chris is the good humored, but also cynical and narcissistic host of the Total Drama series, originally hailing from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the contestants, he has had a career in hosting reality television and nearly all of the budget allotted to Total Drama Island and its successors are allocated to his pay, though he states that he takes on many other crew responsibilities (including writer and executive producer); as a result, the show employs many unpaid interns (most of which he claims are seriously injured or killed during production). Sadistic at heart, he cares very little for the contestants' safety or well-being, except when his own livelihood is at stake; in return, the contestants continue to dislike Chris, staying on with the competition only for the prize money. Appearing cheerful and assertive throughout the show, Chris's personality is often ruthless, narcissistic and self-centered. He is protective of his high-society lifestyle. Most, or maybe all, of the competitors on the show end up hating him.

He is voiced by Christian Potenze


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Trevor Troublemeyer

From the cartoon series Sidekicks, Trevor Troublemeyer is main character Eric's best friend and partner-in-shenanigans. Trevor can always rope him into all sorts of hijinks. Trevor is unknowingly the son of supervillain Master XOX.

He is voiced by Christian Potenza


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Jason Hawes

Jason Conrad Hawes (born on December 27, 1971 in Canandaigua, New York) is the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also one of the stars and co-producers of Syfy's Ghost Hunters.
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Grant Wilson

Grant Steven Wilson (born on July 3, 1974 in Rhode Island) is the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also one of the stars and co-producers of Syfy's Ghost Hunters.
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Ben Tennyson (Ben 10)

Ben 10 is an American animated series created by "Man of Action" (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. It is the first series in the Ben 10 franchise. The pilot episode aired on December 27, 2005, as part of a sneak peek of Cartoon Network's Saturday morning lineup. The second episode was shown as a special on Cartoon Network's Fridays on January 13, 2006. The final regular episode aired on April 15, 2008. The theme song for the show was written by Andy Sturmer and sung by Moxy. In April 2008, Ben 10 was succeeded by Ben 10: Alien Force, which itself was succeeded in April 2010 by Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
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Monster High

Monster High is an American line of fashion dolls created by Garrett Sander with the illustrations done by Kelly Riley. They were officially released in July 2010 but made in 2007.

The characters are inspired by monster movies and horror fiction, distinguishing them from most fashion dolls. Barbie and Monster High are said to be rivals. The characters are depicted as being either related to or as offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, Medusa, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, zombies and the werewolf.

This is currently one of my daughter Dayinarah's obsessions. Leave it to my little girl to find something that combines being girly with monsters!


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Human Skull


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Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows is a gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971. The show was created by Dan Curtis, who tells of a dream he had in which a girl takes a long train ride to visit a large mansion. The story "bible," which was written by Art Wallace, does not mention any supernatural elements.

The series became hugely popular when, a year into its run, vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Jonathan Frid, appeared. In addition to vampires, Dark Shadows featured werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel (both into the past and into the future), and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles and, as actors came and went, some characters were played by several actors. Major writers in addition to Art Wallace included Malcolm Marmorstein, who created the character of Barnabas Collins, Sam Hall, Gordon Russell, and Violet Welles.

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Adolf Hitler

1889-1945

Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP), commonly referred to as the Nazi Party). He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. Hitler is commonly associated with the rise of fascism in Europe, World War II, and the Holocaust.
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Moses

Moses was, according to the Hebrew Bible, a religious leader, lawgiver, and prophet, to whom the authorship of the Torah is traditionally attributed. Also called Moshe Rabbenu in Hebrew, is the most important prophet in Judaism, and is also considered an important prophet by Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, Rastafari, and many other faiths. Moses has also been an important symbol in American history, from the first settlers up until the present.
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Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher from ancient India who founded Buddhism. In most Buddhist traditions, he is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age, "Buddha" meaning "awakened one" or "the enlightened one." The time of his birth and death are uncertain: most early 20th-century historians dated his lifetime as c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE; more recently, however, at a specialist symposium on this question, the majority of those scholars who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha's death, with others supporting earlier or later dates.
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Jesus Christ

Jesus of Nazareth (c. 5 BC/BCE – c. 30 AD/CE), also known as Jesus Christ or simply Jesus, is the central figure of Christianity, which views him as the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament, with most Christian denominations believing him to be the Son of God and God incarnate who was raised from the dead. Islam and the Baha'i Faith consider Jesus a prophet and also the Messiah.

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Muhammad

Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah (also spelled Muhammed or Mohammed) (ca. 570/571 Mecca – June 8, 632), was the founder of the religion of Islam and is regarded by Muslims as a messenger and prophet of God, the greatest law-bearer in a series of Islamic prophets and by most Muslims the last prophet as taught by the Qur'an 33:40–40. Muslims thus consider him the restorer of an uncorrupted original monotheistic faith (islam) of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other prophets. He was also active as a diplomat, merchant, philosopher, orator, legislator, reformer, military general, and, according to Muslim belief, an agent of divine action.
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Christian Cross

The Christian cross, seen as a representation of the instrument of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is the best-known religious symbol of Christianity. It is related to the crucifix (a cross that includes a representation of Jesus' body) and to the more general family of cross symbols.
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Yin Yang

In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin yang is used to describe how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. The concept lies at the heart of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan (tai chi), and qigong (Chi Kung) and of I Ching divination. Many natural dualities — e.g. dark and light, female and male, low and high, cold and hot — are thought of as manifestations of yin and yang (respectively).
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Star of David

The Star of David, known in Hebrew as the Shield of David, is a generally recognized symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. The Menorah, the candelabra of seven oil lamps from the Temple in Jerusalem, is a more ancient symbol of Jewish identity.
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Islamic Crescent

The crescent is commonly regarded as a symbol of Islam. While the symbol cannot be shown to have been used by Muhammad, it has undeniably become associated with the Caliphate.

The crescent was the symbol of the Sassanid Empire of Persia (Iran) and is prominently displayed on the crowns of its rulers. It was also a symbol of the Ottoman Empire.


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Dharma Wheel

The Dharmacakra or Dhammacakka (Pali), Tibetan chos kyi 'khor lo, Chinese falún, "Wheel of Dharma" or "Wheel of Law" is a symbol that has represented dharma, the Buddha's teaching of the path to enlightenment, since the early period of Indian Buddhism. It is also sometimes translated as wheel of doctrine or wheel of law. A similar symbol is also in use in Jainism. It is one of the Ashtamangala Symbols.