Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Percy the Train

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Percy is the No. 6 green engine. He is the junior member of Sir Topham Hatt’s railway. Simple Percy is quite content puffing around the yard with no particular desire for adventure in the world outside. Percy is Thomas' best friend and his favorite job is delivering the mail. He is always happy to help and other engines sometimes take advantage of his good nature. Percy is based on 0-4-0 saddle tank engine based on engines from the Avonside Engine Company...or was he based on a green caterpillar with red stripes?

Percy was the source of much friction between Rev. W. Awdry and C. Reginald Dalby, the first illustrator of The Railway Series. Awdry complained that Percy did not look like a real locomotive, an issue that had caused contention between the two men on several occasions and concerning several characters. In the case of Percy, it was particularly infuriating, as Awdry had built a model of the engine in order that the artist could use it as a reference. 

All this came to a head when the book Percy the Small Engine, centering on the eponymous character, was written. Awdry wrote to Dalby a letter requesting that he should make Percy look less like "a green caterpillar with red stripes". The sentence was this: "I beg, pray, and exhort you not to make Percy look like a green caterpillar with red stripes!" Insulted by this, Dalby resigned from the Railway Series. 

Subsequent illustrators modified the design to make Percy look more like a typical industrial locomotive. The television series, however, utilized the original design. 

The phrase "a green caterpillar with red stripes" resurfaces in the later story 'Woolly Bear', in which Thomas uses it as an insult to Percy and amends were made between Awdry and Dalby.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jollibee Chef or Engineer

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 In 1975, Tony Tan Caktiong and his family opened their business which is a  Magnolia Ice Cream parlor in Cubao, Quezon City. Their business flourished that is why in 1978, he and his siblings engaged the services of a management consultant, Manuel C. Lumba, who shifted the business focus from ice cream to hot dogs after his studies showed a much larger market waiting to be served. Lumba was Tan's last business and management mentor. Jollibee experienced rapid growth. It was able to withstand the entry of McDonald's in the Philippines in 1981 by focusing on the specific tastes of the Filipino market, which differed from the American fast food company. The chain opened successful milestone stores in the following years: its 100th branch in Davao in 1991; its 200th store in Malolos, Bulacan in 1996; its 300th store in Balagtas, Bulacan in 1998; its 400th store in Intramuros, Manila in 2001; its 500th store in Basilan in 2004; its 600th store in Aparri in 2007. its 700th store in Harrison Road, Baguio City in 2010; its 800th store in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on October 18, 2013, its 900th store in Palo, Leyte on September 30, 2015; and its 1000th store in Triangle Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on July 4, 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Minion Hydrocycle Surprise

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Minions are the numerous creatures that appear in the Despicable Me franchise, which began with the eponymous 2010 film. They are also the official mascots of Illumination Entertainment, a division of Universal Studios, and have been described as being a corporate icon for Universal/Illumination's parent company Comcast on par with Disney's Mickey Mouse following Comcast's purchase of  NBC Universal. The Minions are small, yellow, melodious henchmen who wear overalls and goggles and have one or two eyes. They mostly speak incomprehensible gibberish, which is partly derived from other languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, French, English, Italian, Spanish, and Hindi. Although seemingly nonsensical, the English-sounding words are dubbed for every country, in order to make them recognizable. In Minions it is made clear that they have existed since the beginning of life on Earth, and desire above all else to serve the most terrible of villains.In the short film "Banana", the Minions are revealed to have an uncontrollable craving for fruits, especially bananas. They have most ordinary names, with Kevin, Stuart and Bob being the names of the lead trio in Minions, and Mel being the leader of the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Olive Oyl

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In the strip as written by Segar, Olive was something of a coy flapper whose extremely thin build lent itself well to the fashions of the time; her long black hair was usually rolled in a neat bun, like her mother's. She is the youngest sibling of Castor Oyl. She was the more-or-less fiancée of Harold Hamgravy, a "lounge lizard" or slacker type who did as little work as possible and was always borrowing money. His attraction to other women—particularly if they were rich—naturally incensed Olive, and she once succumbed to a fit of "lunaphobia" (a kind of angry madness) over one of his amours. (When she recovered, she continued to pretend to have the disorder to win him back.) She was not immune to flattery from other men, but remained committed to Ham until Popeye's appearance. Olive and Popeye actually hated each other when they first met (her first words to him were "Take your hooks offa me or I'll lay ya in a scupper"); they fought bitterly—and hilariously—for weeks until finally realizing that they had feelings for each other. The version of Olive Oyl most widely familiar is the version from the theatrical animated cartoons created by Fleischer Studios and continued by Famous Studios. Unlike most modern damsels in distress, Olive Oyl is tall and skinny, with tightly wound hair and enormous feet (the latter sometimes used to comedic effect). Popeye's comment about her measurements is that she is a perfect 57... 19-19-19.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Did you know? 

In 2002, TV Guide ranked Popeye at Number 20 on its "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time" list. Wow! This is a mean feat for our spinach loving sailorman.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bluto a.k.a. Brutus

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Bluto, also known as Brutus, is a cartoon and comics character created in 1932 by Elzie Crisler Segar as a one-time character, named "Bluto the Terrible", in his Thimble Theatre comic strip which was later renamed Popeye. Bluto made his first appearance September 12 of that year but Fleischer Studios adapted him the next year in 1933 to be the main antagonist of their theatrical Popeye animated cartoon series.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Princess Bubblegum

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Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom, voiced by Hynden Walch, is a fictional character in the Adventure Time animated series on the Cartoon Network. She is a Gum Golem, comparable to the inhabitants of the Candy Kingdom, who are all composed of types of desserts and candies.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Funassyi Water Squirter

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Funassyi was first created by a Funabashi citizen who has a retail trade in November 2011, just as a plane sketch to advertise his retail trading. A Twitter account also was opened for it on November 21. At first, the creator didn't intend to make a fuss on Funassyi, however, the number of followers on Twitter increased more than he expected and Funassyi became popular. Then he decided to make suits of Funassyi which he wore himself. On April 7, 2012, Funassyi started uploading videos on YouTube.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Inspector Gadget

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Inspector Gadget is a 1999 American action-comedy film loosely based on the 1983 animated cartoon series of the same name. It starred Matthew Broderick as the title character, along with Rupert Everett as Dr. Claw, Michelle Trachtenberg as Penny, and Dabney Coleman as Chief Quimby. Three new characters were introduced, Dr. Brenda Bradford (played by Joely Fisher), Mayor Wilson (played by Cheri Oteri) and the Gadgetmobile (voiced by D. L. Hughley). The film tells the story of how Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw came to be in the cartoon.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Pumping Iron Minion

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On April Fool's Day 2016, Google created a button on its Gmail service that sent a "mic drop" along with a GIF of a minion.However, the feature immediately caused backlash. Many people complained about accidentally sending the GIF during job searches, which resulted in some people being dropped from job consideration or even being fired. Google removed the feature not long after, citing those reasons and a bug that caused the GIF to be sent after hitting the regular send button.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Buster Moon

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Sing is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It was directed and written by Garth Jennings, co-directed by Christophe Lourdelet, and starring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly. The film is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Kermit as Bob Cratchit

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The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy comedy-drama film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical films featuring The Muppets, with Michael Caine starring as Ebenezer Scrooge. Although it is a comedic film with contemporary songs, The Muppet Christmas Carol otherwise follows Dickens's original story closely.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Did you know?

Twirlie is a very talented girl who's good at acting, singing and dancing. Her favorite color is Violet.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


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There has been frequent speculation in the Japanese media regarding Funassyi's personal income, as well as the revenue he helps to generate for the city of Funabashi and Chiba prefecture. However, due to its unofficial status, it is a private enterprise and is not required to disclose any such figures. Funassyi has given various off-the-cuff answers to the question of how much it earns over the years, ranging from "274 yen per hour" to "1000 pears per hour".

Friday, June 23, 2017

My Melody Pencil Holder

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My Melody is a little girl rabbit who always wears a red or pink hood that also covers her ears. Her birthday is January 18.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Did you know? 
Garfield holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip.

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Melody Pencil Case

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My Melody (マイメロディ, Mai Merodi) is a white rabbit from the Japanese characterization company Sanrio. When she debuted, she was portraying Little Red Riding Hood in her version of the classic fairy tale.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Groovin' Minon

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The Minions express themselves mostly through actions, not words. Their "language", Minionese, is fairly basic, they speak in a strange jabber combined with various human languages. Hence, their language is incomprehensible to most humans, though they do understand English. It is also possible to isolate elements of Japanese from their speech patterns.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Winning Fast Food Toy

Guess who came to say hello to Kitty
Virgie Ramos was happy. 
The president of the Gift Gate Group of Companies was happy because families turned out at the activity center at the Glorietta, Makati to celebrate “Hello Kitty! Hello Gift Gate! Day” last Sunday. 
She was happy, especially because, of the people who attended, over 70 percent responded to a survey which usually they could not be bothered with. Just by looking around, one could see a lot of happy faces on the people participating in all activities.
People attended the different events and activities including Switch to Swatch, Lego-building contests, Sanrio Festival games, the Benetton Interactive disco Booth and Personal Style Consulting, Russ Christmas in September, the Kinder Zoo animal petting area and Montblanc’s fairy tale hour.
One of the highlights was the 32” Hello Kitty doll that is a life-size replica of a painting President Cory Aquino gave to her granddaughter Jia Dee. Because they were so excited with the “Dress Up Your Kitty” event, Sanrio flew in this honorary entry to the contest to encourage other contestants to really make the best dioramas they could.
Among the many celebrities in attendance were Vina Morales, Jolina Magdangal, Deither Ocampo, KC Montero, Paolo Bediones, Kris Aquino and Mikee Cojuangco.
During the”Dress Up Your Kitty” contest sneak preview, early entries impressed judges Ana Buenaventura, China Cojuangco, Girlie Rodis, March Ventosa and Inno Sotto who chose five winning dioramas: “Queen of the Flowers of Kitty’s Fairyland” by Joy Yanong, “Hello Kitty as Catwoman" by Percival R. Lugue, “Señorita Kitty” by Ma. Teresa Buenaobra, “Debut Kitty” by Ana Villaroman and “Millennium Bride” by Analyn Sarmiento. Winners received Php 10,000 worth of gift certificates, and automatic entry into the “Dress Up Your Kitty” finals on Oct. 15.
Prizes up to Php 100,000 await the grand prize winner on that day, also at the Glorietta. Any kind of Hello Kitty or Dear Daniel doll can be used for the various dioramas, and since electricity will be provided for the entries, contestants can light up their entries with whatever electronic gimmickry their imaginations and creativity can come up with. Entries in particular categories are limited to 2x2 ft. However, entries for the grand prize are not limited in size. All entries must be brought to Club Fun, 3/F Glorietta 2 from Oct. 1-10. Fifty thousand pesos await all winners in each of the 10 categories. All category entries are also eligible for the grand prize. All winners will be features in the upcoming Hello Kitty memories book.
The finals of the “Dress Up Your Kitty Contest” will be part of the activities at “Hello Kitty! Hello Gift Gate! Glam Jam” at the Glorietta on Oct. 15, another day-long party of style, trends and glamour where visitors are invited to show up in their party wear.

Hiro the Tank Engine

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Hiro is a wise Japanese engine, who is famously known as the "Master of the Railway". He is based on a Japanese National Railways (JNR) Class D51 2-8-2 "Mikado" built by Kawasaki, populary known as the "Degoichi" in Japan.