Hershey’s Chocolate by Sydney

Hershey’s Chocolate Company has been around since 1894 and the founder, Milton Hershey, created such favorites as M&MS and Krackel Bars. The Hershey’s Company is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Their products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide. They are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. In 1903, Milton Hershey began construction of a cocoa plant in Derry Church, Pennsylvania, which was later renamed Hershey. The plant workers and their families lived there and Milton Hershey held social events for them. They also introduced a new product, Hershey’s Kisses, in 1907. The process to wrap the new product was long and hard until machine wrapping was introduced in 1921. They added the paper ribbon at the same time to make sure it was a real Hershey’s product. Their other products included: Mr.Goodbar, Hershey’s syrup, chocolate chips and the Krackel Bar. In conclusion, Hershey’s chocolate is my favorite chocolate.

 

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Jeff’s Gallery: Lieutenant Colonel “Mad” Jack Churchill

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Jolly old England has always been a place of some tough fighting men. This one who stuck out was John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, or just “Fighting Jack or Mad Jack,” who served honorably in WWII using a longbow and a broadsword like in the Middle Ages and survived.

Mad Jack was born in Hong Kong in 1906, but his family moved constantly from there to Surrey, England until settling down for good in 1917. His father and grandfather both served in the Ceylon Civil Service. (Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka, just by the tip of India) Jack went to King William’s College in the Isle of Man and then to Royal Military College in Sandhurst. He graduated in 1926 and entered the army that year and served in the Burma Rebellion of 1930-32. He became a lover of motorcycles around this time and is said to ride his 1,500 miles in India, from Rangoon to Poona then to Calcutta to catch a boat back to Rangoon, on paved and unpaved roads. He also developed his strange eccentricities and disregard for certain modern military behavior at that time, like intently studying the wrong campaigns for a promotion exam or using non regulation equipment, probably due to boredom in a peacetime army. He even got in trouble for bringing an umbrella on parade. His reasoning, “because it was raining.” He was also a skilled archer and bagpiper, despite not being Scottish. He won second place in a piping competition in the annual Aldershot Military Tattoo (performance) in 1938 and represented Great Britain in 1939 World Archery Championships.

In 1936 he left the military and moved to Nairobi, Kenya and made a living as a male model and newspaper editor.

 

In 1940, World War II reared it’s ugly head and Jack was called back to action as a member of the British Expeditionary Force to France. During this time he fought with his now trademark  basket hilt Scottish broadsword and longbow. He signaled an ambush one time by shooting a German sergeant with a barbed arrow, the first British soldier to do so in 500 years. Sometimes he even played the bagpipes in combat. Some favorite songs were “March of the Cameron Men”and “ Will ye no come back again?”  Later he joined the British Commandos, and fought bravely in a number of campaigns across Europe. Once he and a corporal captured 42 enemy soldiers single handed.

 

For all his defiance of danger, it eventually caught up with him, however. In 1944 a grenade knocked him unconscious and Fighting Jack was captured by the Germans. Due to his name he was mistaken for Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s brother and taken to Berlin for interrogation and sent to infamous Sachsenhausen concentration camp! With the help of a few survivors of the famous  breakout from Stalag Luft III, Jack made a “Great Escape” of his own and attempted to make it to the Baltic Coast. They made it to the city of Rostock but were recaptured and were among those in transport to Tyrol. This notorious event during the near end of the War in Europe was an attempt to execute high profit prisoners by the SS! Luckily, soldiers from the Wehrmacht (regular German armed forces) protected the prisoners. While most of the prisoners waited for Allied forces near the Pragser Wildsee lake, Mad Jack walked 93 miles to an American encampment in Verona, Italy.

 

Later he returned to his old stomping ground and served back in Burma. However the war was soon over when the United States dropped the atomic bombs in Japan. Jack, apparently enjoying the war complained, “If it weren’t for those damned Yanks, we could have kept the war going for another ten years.” Still there was more adventure for him in the British Mandate of Palestine and he served in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He helped cover fire in the Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre against the Arabs and later escorted 700 doctors, students, and patients on the Hebrew University to safety.

Fighting Jack became an instructor of land-air warfare in Australia later in life and became a devotee of surfing. He also used his skills in archery and bag-piping as an extra in several movies before and after the war. He retired from service in 1959 and returned to England and took up a desk job. He remained a notable eccentric, throwing his briefcase off the train on his way home to work and startling others. The British soldier whose motto was: “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed,” died in 1996 in the land of his childhood, Surry. For his service he won two Distinguished Service Orders and two Military Crosses (for those not familiar with the British Honers System that what the bar on the medals is for).

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And to answer one last question, no, Mad Jack was not Winston Churchill’s brother or relative, at least not directly, though the Prime Minister did have a brother Jack who was a decorated officer in his own right.

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Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story for the Super Nintendo. This game was originally released in Japan as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story. This game’s  storyline takes place after the 3rd season of Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon S).

 

The Inner Senshi are Serena Tsukino/Princess Neo-Serenity of the Moon/Sailor Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Cosmic Power/Super Moon Crisis Power)(Techniques: Moon Tiara Action-Tiara based Boomerang, Moon Healing Escalation-Mystical healing spell, Moon Spiral Heart Attack and Rainbow Moon HeartAche-Techniques utilized via the Spiral Heart Moon Scepter),

Rini/Serena & Darien’s future daughter from 30th century Crystal Tokyo/Sailor Mini-Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Prism Power)(Techniques: Pink Sugar Heart Attack and Pink Sugar HeartAche),

Ami Mizuno/Academic/Princess of the planet Mercury/Sailor Mercury (Transformation Call: Mercury Star Power)(Techniques: Mercury Bubbles-Mist/Freeze, Shine Aqua Illusion and Mercury Aqua Mirage),

Rei Hino/Spiritual Priestess/Princess of the planet Mars/Sailor Mars (Transformation Call: Mars Star Power)(Techniques: Mars Fire Soul-Ignite/Bird, Mars Celestial Fire Surround and Mars Fire-Snake),

Lita Kino/Martial Artist/Gourmet Cook/Princess of the planet Jupiter/Sailor Jupiter (Transformation Call: Jupiter Star Power)(Techniques: Supreme Thunder-Crash/Dragon, Jupiter ThunderCloud Zap and Jupiter Coconut Cyclone),

Mina Aino/Athlete/Idol in Training/Princess of the planet Venus/Sailor Venus (Transformation Call: Venus Star Power)(Techniques: Crescent Beam-Smash/Meteor Shower, Venus Love Chain-&-Circle and Venus Wink Sword).

 

The Outer Senshi are Amara Tenou/Race-Car Driver/Martial Artist/Princess of the planet Uranus/Sailor Uranus (Transformation Call: Uranus Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Space Sword)(Techniques: Uranus World Shaking and Space Sword Blaster),

Michelle Kaiou/ Violinist/Olympic Swimmer/Princess of the planet Neptune/Sailor Neptune (Transformation Call: Neptune Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Aqua Mirror)(Techniques: Neptune Deep Submerge and Submarine Reflection),

Trista Meiou/Academic/Guardian of Time/Princess of the planet Pluto/Sailor Pluto (Transformation Call: Pluto Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Chronol Staff)(Techniques: Pluto Deadly Scream, Chrono’s Cyclone and Time Freeze),

Hotaru Tomoe/Rini’s Best Friend/Guardian of Death & ReBirth/Princess of the planet Saturn/Sailor Saturn (Transformation Call: Saturn Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Silence Glaive aka the Grim Reaper’s Scythe)(Technique: Deathly ReBirth Revolution).

 

A few of the locations featured this game are Tokyo, the North Pole, the ancient Moon Kingdom known as Silver Millenium (Past & Present) and Crystal Tokyo (Future circa 30th Century).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game truly symbolizes both the beliefs and ideals of Universal Trust & Friendship. Thus I quote in the words of Sailor Moon to evildoers everywhere “in the Name of the Moon, I shall Punish You!”.

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(Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive)

(Sailor Uranus’ Space Sword)

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(Sailor Neptune’s Aqua Mirror)

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(Sailor Pluto’s Chronol Staff)

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The Pangolin (fascinating animal) by Chris M.

This adorably unusual little critter with padding all over is the Pangolin. Much like the armadillo, the Pangolin is covered in body armor and can dig with its claws. It can’t walk on all fours because of its big claws, making it not very fast. However, the claws are useful for digging into ant holes and termite mounds. Another feature the Pangolin has is its long sticky tongue, useful for pulling the ants and termites out of their mounds for the Pangolin’s food.

Unlike the Pokemon Sandslash, which can fight other Pokemon in battle, the Pangolin does not fight predators with its sharp claws, although it can use its body armor for defense if it is threatened by predators, except the armor cannot defend the Pangolin from humans wanting it as both food and Chinese medicine.

 

But there is still hope for the Pangolin. Scientists around the world are working together in African and Asian countries to make sure the Pangolin species survives and thrives through animal conservation and research.

Will you join in to support the Pangolin’s survival? You can donate money to animal conservation groups, such as World Wildlife Fund, to save Pangolins in Africa and Asia.

Mega Man: Legends(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mega Man: Legends for the PlayStation 1. The story timeline in this game takes place around 80XX which is sixty thousand years after the events of the classic Mega Man game series. Around that time, the world was mostly covered in water, save for several islands as well as some ancient ruins that are located either in the ocean or on the islands themselves.

 

The story setting in this game takes place on Kattelox Island. The locations on Kattelox Island that you visit are Kattelox City’s Cardon Forest/Market Street/Junk Shop(South), DownTown/Library(Central), UpTown/Museum/TV Studio/Hospital/Boat House/Lake Jyun(West), Old City/Main Gate ruins(East) and Clozer Woods/Bank/Police Station/City Hall(North).

 

The main protagonists are MegaMan Volnutt (Main Hero)(Digger: adventurers that explore ancient ruins), Roll Caskett (Engineer)(Spotter: an adventurer’s assistant who alerts said Diggers to oncoming dangers), Barrel Caskett (Roll’s grandfather)(Veteran Digger) and Data (a Robotic Monkey/MegaMan’s faithful companion).

 

The main antagonists are MegaMan Juno (MegaMan’s evil twin) as well as a family of pirates called the Bonnes which consist of Tron Bonne (Engineer), Teisel Bonne (Leader)(Tron’s big brother), Bon Bonne (a mechanized infant)(Tron’s little brother) and the Servbots (41 indestructible midget robots created by Tron Bonne).

 

The vehicles used by the protagonists in this game are comprised of an explorer’s van, an explorer’s boat and the Flutter (MegaMan’s personal AirShip).

 

The vehicles used by the Bonnes in this game are comprised of Ferdinand (Tron’s OctoRobot), MarlWolf (Teisel’s ultimate digging machine), Balkon Gerat (the Bonne’s mechanized Sea Serpent), Theodore Bruno (the Bonne’s mechanized Giant), Focke-Wulf (the Bonne’s mechanized Dragon) and the Gesellschaft (the Bonne’s Personal WarShip).

 

In conclusion, I found this MegaMan game to be one of the most highly challenging RPGs in the entire history of MegaMan.

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My Experience at the MIM by Sydney

Last Friday, I went to the Musical Instrument Museum with Quin, my hab worker and I had an amazing time there looking at all the exhibits. There were instruments from all over the world, like violins, cellos, guitars, harps, pianos, drums and many others. There were different galleries on instruments from different parts of the world like South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and The Middle East. All the exhibits had regional costumes. There was an exhibit on musicians like Elvis Presley. There was another exhibit on different kinds of music like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Country and Pop music. I had the best time looking at all the instruments. My favorite part was getting to see all the amazing instruments. My favorite instrument was the Grand Piano in the foyer.

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Star Wars Character Profile: Mara Jade

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By Jake M.

My favorite series of all-time is Star Wars. Beyond the orginal movies and the prequels more than 30 books and comics were written to expand the Star Wars universe. Many of those stories and characters have been forgotten due to the new movies released. Disney, who owns the rights to Lucas Films, decided to write their own storyline, which caused the orginal follow up books to Return of the Jedi to be cast away. Personally I like reading the older books. My favorite character is Mara Jade Skywalker.

Mara is my favorite because of the depth her character offers. She served as an assistant to Emperor Palpatine, a smuggler, and a Master Jedi.During her time as a servant in the galactic Empire she was sent on missions to purge rebels and any jedi who survived Order 66. Prior to the death of Palpatine, his parting words to her were kill Luke Skywalker. As soon as the Empire fell she no longer had the will to carry out her mission and ironically became Luke’s wife. After her marriage to Luke, Mara Jade Skywalker was trained in the ways of the Jedi, working her way to the rank of Jedi Master and was tasked with training other force sensitive people the ways of the Jedi. Her intriguing story came to an end after she was assassinated by her nephew Jacen Solo. She is a supporting character in the Book Survivor’s Quest which is about her marriage with Luke and their struggle to save the Jedi order.