Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

This Day in Pop Culture for April 22

The 1964 World's Fair Opens

The 1964 New York World’s Fair opened its gates for the first time on this day. The fair featured over 140 pavilions and 110 restaurants. A total of 80 nations were represented and hosted by 37, 24 of the United States were featured along with over 45 corporations all spread out on 646 acres. The fair's theme was "Peace Through Understanding," was dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe” and was symbolized by a 12-story-high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere. It was built on the foundation of the Perisphere from the 1939 World’s Fair. Disney fans know that some of Disneyland’s earliest attractions had their start here including It’s a Small World (which was a salute to UNICEF and was featured in the Pepsi pavilion), The Carousel of Progress (then known as Progressland and sponsored by General Electric), Ford’s Magic Skyway (used as a prototype for the PeopleMover ride system and the large dinosaurs featured on the attraction are now part of the Primeval World diorama seen when riding the Disneyland Railroad) and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln which appeared in the Illinois pavilion. It is said that the fair also provided many guests with their first interactions with computer equipment.

The the Coinage Act was created on April 22, 1864.

The Coinage Act is Passed with a Two-Cent Coin

On this day in 1864, US federal law changed the design of the penny coin actually authorizing the minting of a two-cent coin with the Coinage Act. As a result of the law, the phrase, “In God We Trust” was first minted on the two-cent coin. Later the next year on March 3rd, Congress allowed the Mint Director to place the phrase on all gold and silver coins. In 1956, “In God we Trust” replaced “E Pluribus Unum” as the nation’s motto.

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