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 July 4

The first Independence Day

The First Independence Day

Contrary to popular belief, there was a lot less going on than many people believe happened during the first Independence Day in America. During the month before this historic date, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress formed a committee to draft an official document that would give the official “Dear John” letter to Great Britain breaking all times. This committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson wrote the original draft document. After 86 changes were made to the draft, the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on this day in 1776. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to publish the Declaration of Independence two days later. The first reading of this document occurred on July 8. However, it is believed that the document wasn’t actually signed by Congress until August 2. The first fireworks used to celebrate Independence Day came on July 4, 1777 when Philadelphia adjourned Congress and celebrated with bonfires, bells and fireworks.

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carrol Shares His ‘Wonderland’ Story for the First Time

It is said that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as the pen name Lewis Carrol, shared an outline of his most famous story to Alice Liddell, the daughter of a family friend, on this day in 1862. On a rowing trip, Dodgson shared with Liddell an outline for his story. Loving the story, she begged him to write it down. After some time, he showed Liddell his handwritten and self-illustrated manuscript which was then known as Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in November of 1865. In 2016, the latest film adaptation based on this story and its characters, Alice Through the Looking Glass, was brought to theaters.

Americans have been lighting fireworks since 1777

The First Fireworks

Believe it or not, Congress led the way for the tradition of lighting fireworks on the Fourth of July by authorizing a display on this day in 1777, in Philadelphia, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “At night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons. In Boston, a newspaper reported: “In the evening Col. Crafts illuminated his park on the commons, threw several shells, and exhibited a number of fireworks.” 

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