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 5

Spam was introduced on July 5, 1937.

America Gets Introduced to Spam

It is said that Spam was introduced on this day in 1937 by Hormel Foods as “The Meat of Many Uses!” By 1940, it was estimated that 70 percent of urban Americans were eating Spam on a regular basis and after World War II, the product became known around the world. Today the canned treat is enjoyed in 44 countries around the world. Contrary to popular belief, Spam is only made from six ingredients: pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrite. According to the Spam website, it would take 415,469,599 cans of the stuff to circle the circumference of the Earth. In 2012, the 8th billionth can of Spam was produced. There is a museum devoted to anything and everything related to the Spam brand in Austin MN.

The bikini was born on July 5, 1946.

The Debut of the Bikini

Women wouldn’t dare to bare when they went to the beach until the 1930’s when two-piece bathing suits arrived on the scene. But even then, only a sliver of skin showed between the two and the navel was always covered. So, it must have been quite a shock on this day in 1946 when French designer Louis Reard and showgirl Micheline Bernardini modeled the bikini for the first time in Paris. The garment was “inspired” by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week. However, in America, the bikini didn’t really appear until 1960 and was in a way promoted through Brian Hyland’s song, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polk-Dot Bikini.”

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