‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

This Day in Pop Culture for May 20

People are Warned of Zombie Attack

It was on this day in 2018 that residents of Lake Worth, Florida were woken up to warnings of "extreme zombie activity" at 1:41 a.m. The alert was meant to warn the citizens of a power outtage but instead the warning read, "Power outages and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus...There are now far less than seven thousand three hundred and eighty customers involved to extreme zombie activity. Restoration time is uncertain." So far, no one know for sure what happened. "We are looking into the reports that the system mentioned zombies," said Ben Kerr the city spokesman. "I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity and apologize for the system message." Yeah. Just what a zombie would say, huh?

Levi Strauss Patented the Copper-Riveted Pants on May 20, 1873.

Levi Strauss Patents Copper-Riveted Pants

Though an American icon, the original copper-riveted jeans were a creation from a Bavarian immigrant – Levi Strauss. Strauss arrived in the US during 1847 and began selling dry goods along the East Coast but was encouraged by his brother-in-law to move to San Francisco. He arrived in 1853 with supplies that he had hoped to sell to mining camps, but found that large roll of canvas didn’t sell well. However, he came up with the idea of creating pants out of the material since the miners complained that regular pants wore out too quickly. In 1872, Strauss received a letter from Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada who told him that the product could be improved he added copper rivets to the pocket seams. On this day in 1873, Strauss put in his patent for the pants. Soon, he would switch from canvas to denim. Since then, Levi has sold more than 200 million pairs of blue jeans.


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