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I was 11 when I saw the movie on it's release. I'd already read the book at school. Yes it's a very dark story, but it isn't something that kids of that sort of age shouldn't be able to deal with. Very educational, without being too traumatic. However it's obviously worthwhile warning kids before they watch or read it that it isn't a happy fairy story about bunny-wunnies.
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@dwnbndtrn you're right to a point.

In the first book that the bear appeared in he was called Edward Bear. That was the book "When We Were Very Young" although the poem in question had orginally appeared in print in Punch.

At the start of the book Winnie the Pooh it is explained that Edward has changed his name to Winnie-ther-Pooh, because Winnie the swan no longer needed the name. And as for "ther-Pooh" well

"He's Winnie-ther-Pooh. Don't you know what 'ther' means?"

"Ah, yes, now I do" I said quickly. I hope you do too, because it is all the explanation you are going to get.

Apologies if I'm misquoting, but it is from memory.
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@tehyoshi if Winnie-the-pooh doesn't make you stop and think then you don't actually think. Those books were probably the most philosophically challenging books for such young children published at the time.
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Many powerful images, but I have three problems with the selection.

1. Given that we are restricted to 45 images and therefore a maximum of 45 stories why have more than one image of the same story?

2. Although there are some very powerful images there are also some which are no more than snaps. For example the image of Obama signing a bill is not a powerful image it's a pretty average snap. While the story itself may be meaningful the image, in and of itself, is not.

3. And finally it seems to be a curiously US biased view of world news. Sure it's from a US site, but there are images and stories there that would have no impact on anybody from outside the US. While other powerful images from stories of worldwide significance have been ignored.
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I don't know of any urban legends which I could prove to be true, but a good few years ago I was involved in creating an urban legend. I won't tell the legend here because it is somewhat obscene in its nature, but involved a beautiful woman and a man in fabcy dress outfit.

One lunch break at college we were discussing urban legends (down the pub of course) when somebody suggested that it should be possible to create an urban myth. We realised that just so long as it was outrageous enough while still being believable then we should be able to get it into the public consciousness.

So we invented, by twists and turns a story where a man meets a beautiful woman and things build up until they go horribly wrong. By it's nature it had to be a FOAF tale. Nobody would want to tell this story in the first person. Indeed that was the least believable part of the story that the subject of the story would ever have let the story get out.

The deal was that we would all spend the next week telling the story to as many people as possible and then would not mention it again and see if the story developed a life of it's own. A few months later one of our number was three hundred miles or so from base when he was told the story in a bar. Over the next few months we heard the story several times again. The interesting thing was that when we were initially spreading the tale there had been slight variations in the telling, particularly with respect to the costume that the subject's nemesis had been wearing, but whenever the tale came back to us it was always the same very specific version of the story right down to the way the woman was dressed and the costume worn by the "bad guy". There must have been something about those details that made the story more memorable.

Bear in mand that this happened years before there was a WWW, so the stories would mostly have spread by word of mouth.
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So where in the old testement does in mention buzzes then?

Actually this sort of shite gets right on my parts. For too long religious groups have been allowed to get away with discriminatory rules that would not be allowed anywhere else, and indeed would often be considered illegal. I don't care that it was a "private" bus. If she was allowed to get on it and pay a fare then it is a public bus by any definition that matters.
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In the steampunk world there are no electronics, so how can you possibly have a steampunk Xbox controller? Just making stuff out of wood and brass does not make it steampunk.
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I note some posts here saying only certain small authorities (schools, libraries, etc.) have banned these books and as such this does reflect upon the US authorities as a whole. Sorry, but I'm afraid it does. A nation that allows the banning of books by tin pot local dictatorships is just as bad as one where the central authority bans books.
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And US citizens think they live in the free world?

BTW there is one good reason to ban Harry Potter books. They are so damned derivative, and that's a polite way of putting it.
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