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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

Scaring the Hell Out of People: Rapture Movies

Nicolas Cage to star in the reboot of "Left Behind."
Nicolas Cage to star in the reboot of
"Left Behind." Photo: Cloud 10 Pictures

FROM BELIEFNET

There is a little-known short film that is considered by some to be a piece of Christian propaganda. The 1941 short film, “The Rapture,” was produced by Charles Octavia Baptista and was part of the “Story of a Fountain Pen” series. Presented much like an old newsreel with the excitement of a classroom discussion on hygiene, “The Rapture” features a dry narrator telling about the horrors yet to come to those who do not take the rapture train as well as how to remedy the situation. So begins the movie industry’s quest to save the lost by scaring people to death. 


Fast forward to last September when Riverain Productions released “Final: The Rapture.”  Self-described as, “Breathtaking, gripping, layered, and astonishing,” the concept sounded intriguing. The film spins four tales woven together by a common theme: the rapture. The advertising made some bold claims: “Final: the Rapture” will captivate you from the very first minute to the stunning, tear-jerking end.” Director Tim Chey told the Christian Post that the film would be the “scariest Christian movie of the decade.” And the purpose of this film? "I made this film to scare the living daylights out of adult non-believers."  

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