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The umeboshi one is particularly interesting, with its field of red salted plums and a single small ball of rice. It is exactly the opposite of the way I've seen this served. Normally, it's a field of white rice with a single salted plum in the middle.
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During Marvel Comics' takeover by the assistant editors, there was a terrible villain named "Goody Two-Shoes", who was (barely) defeated by the Thing. I'll admit that he was not a 'regular' super-villain, but he is up there with Paste-pot Pete.
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I recall seeing a few frames of The Flash comic book, in which his 'catching a bullet' trick was explained. The Flash would run parallel to the bullet and place his hand against it repeatedly, and the small amount of resistance from the friction between his hand and the bullet would dissipate its momentum. He would have to 'touch' the bullet repeatedly in order to prevent damage to his hand, but this was done with such speed that, to a bystander, it appears as if he ran up and 'caught' the bullet.

Similarly, then, catching a flying cyclist would probably involve more than just the Flash catching some poor guy with his arm at high speed. Such an action would cut the cyclist in half, but the Flash probably used some high-speed trick to safely bleed off the energy of the collision, perhaps through repeated cycles of engagement and disengagement.

It wouldn't be easy on the cyclist's clothing, though.
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Yeah, he's saying it poorly. It's an important or fascinating point about Einstein, point of view, acceleration and so on, but it's also hard to make the tie-in in the amount of time that he had.
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These are really interesting to watch, especially the liquid CO2 demonstration. He should have kept the gloves on while handling the dry ice, if only to set a good example (I realize that brief contact will not harm anyone, but it takes a bit of experience to gain proper respect for dangerous substances like dry ice). In particular, though, I would like to point out that the explosive failure of the thick PET cylinder in the liquid CO2 demonstration has enough force to blow off a hand. Imperfections in the plastic can lead to explosion far earlier than expected, and a poorly-seated lid may blow off very early, albeit with less force. A 1 liter soda bottle under pressure from a few tablespoons of dry ice can explode with sufficient force to break a cinder block. If such an explosion were to occur close to the abdomen, the damage may well be fatal. Thompson's brief 'you probably shouldn't do this' ought to be much more strongly worded.
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The Great War of 1913-1917 was truly a turning-point for mankind, drawing together the modern nations when they were at the brink of global war to jointly defend against the Martian invaders. The technological, social and political upheavals that followed were at times painful and ugly, but were also the seeds of the world we live in today.
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