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When I saw Vanity (Denise Katrina Matthews) for the first time I knew deep down I was gay. I was 8 years old at the time, and when the videoclip of Nasty Girl came on tv, something happened to me. I didn't know there was a word for what I was feeling, but in the back of my mind I couldn't help to think it was wrong. So, I basically surpressed it. For years. Vanity was my secret fantasy. To me she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. In fact, I still think she is. I'm always attracted to women who kinda look like her, even though they are way out of my league.
Most people know Denise Matthews as the lead singer of Vanity 6, along with Susan Moonsie and Brenda Bennett. The group was put together by Prince, and Vanity was fashioned in the image of Prince himself (he later stated that he saw Vanity as the female version of him). Vanity eventually went solo and appeared in movies and tv-series, in fact before she met Prince she already made the incredibly campy Tanya's Island & Terror Train under the name D.D. Winters. Vanity was never the greatest singer or actress, but I would basically watch anything with her in it, even if it was autrocious (remember Never Too Young To Die or Kiss of Death?).
Apparently Vanity was a party girl and years of extensive drug abuse had taken a serious toll on her health, causing damage to the liver, eyesight and hearing, and eventually resulting in a heart attack. In 1994, that addiction led to near-fatal renal failure. She said later that Jesus Christ appeared to her at that time and offered her a second chance at life if she abandoned her Vanity persona. In 1995 she announced that she had been born again and was formally renouncing the hedonistic lifestyle of her past. All ties with the entertainment industry were abandoned, and the former ''Vanity'' subsequently established her own evangelical ministry. She told her story in a self-published autobiography, Blame It On Vanity.
So, the former wild child spent the last few decades of her life as a sober Christian evangelist, which is basically my nightmare come true. Mind you, the Christian evangelist part, not the sober one. I obviously don't want to disrespect her, but she will always be Vanity to me, my 'not so secret anymore' fantasy.
While this ''magic door'' is famous to Romans, it is barely noticed by tourists visiting Rome, Italy. But in the central district of Piazza Vittorio, inside the park, the remains of an old villa reveal a Magic or Alchemist Door, a portal into the real and secretive world of 16th century alchemy. Full of symbols and inscriptions, it was built during the early 1600s by the Roman Marquis Massimiliano Palombara, a member of a group of people known as ''The Alchemists of Palazzo Riario'' who congregated around the Roman court of Christina of Sweden, the Queen Regent. Christina was an ardent supporter of alchemy and science, and thinkers and science luminaries like Decarte and Athanasius Kircher were often found in her Italian court, along with alchemy enthusiasts like Massimiliano Palombara.
It is the only remaining of five gate doors to the Marquis' Palombara's villa. According to legend, the Marquis met an alchemist at a dinner party who told him he could use a certain herb to turn metals to gold. In the morning the alchemist (said to be Guiseppe Francesco Borri, a sort of alchemical zelig) was gone but had left behind some gold flakes, evidence apparently of his succesful transformations, and an indecipherable sheet 'the recipe' for the transformation. Because the Marquis was unable to read it, he inscribed the recipe on his doors in the hope that someone who could understand it would see it and come knocking.
Mystery and occult beliefs still surround the door, and a mysterious symbol above the doorway fuels many of these theories. But of course, to most visitors to Rome, it's just another mysterious ruin.
Udre Udre, a 19th century Fijian chief has reportedly eaten between 872 and 999 people (he holds the Guinness World Record!). As a matter of record keeping, he kept a stone for each body he ate. The stones were placed alongside his tomb in Rakiraki, in northern Veti Levu. According to Udre Udre's son, the chiefs of Rakiraki would go to the battlefield along with Udre Udre and they would each give him every body part of their victims, especially the head, preserving what he couldn't eat in one sitting for consumption later. It is believed that had he consumed his 1000th body, he would have become immortal.
The Fiji Islands were nicknamed ''The Cannibal Isles'' due to the common practice which shocked and horrified Western explorers and missionaires who visited the area. Udre Udre was not different from the other Fijian chiefs, who were eating the flesh of their dead enemies. In Fiji, were so many isolated tribes existed, having different backgrounds and cultures, the reason for practicing cannibalism were various. In the case of some tribes or individuals, the prime motive at any one time might have been revenge: at another, simply bestial appetite.
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Written by Alan Carr (the man who brought ''Grease'' and Olivia Newton-John to the screen) and Bronte Woodard, Can't Stop The Music is a pseudo-biography of The Village People, which bears only a vague resemblance to the actual story of the group's formation. Carr wrote a screenplay that elaborated on The Village People's real story to include a supermodel played by Valerie Perrine and an ad campaign for milk.
Can't Stop The Music is notorious for being the first winner of the 'Worst Picture Golden Raspberry Award', for it was a double feature of this and Xanadu that inspired John J.B. Wilson tot start the Razzies in the first place. Boy, where to start? This film is hysterical for a million different reasons. Surely a must-see in order to provide acute awareness of the bad taste high-water mark.
The Village People were at the height of their powers: they had appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in the spring of 1979 and were so popular the US Navy considered using them - and their hit 'In The Navy' - in a recruitment campaign. There was little evidence to suggest that Can't Stop The Music would signal the end of disco. Maybe Alan Carr suspected the end of the disco era when he changed the original title of the film ''Discoland - Where The Music Never Ends'' to ''Can't Stop The Music.''
Possibly one of the most flamboyantly gay motion pictures ever committed to celluloid, and it contains not a single gay character, nor even the suggestion that ''gay'' is even a thing that exists. It takes place in an entirely gay world in which one is actually gay. During location shooting in New York, filming became somewhat complicated by adjacent protests by gay activists over the William Friedkin movie ''Cruising'' which was filming on a location nearby. The two productions were mistaken for each other more than once, with protesters disrupting the Can't Stop The Music location shoots when they intended to halt the production of ''Cruising''.
The film was directed by actress Nancy Walker, best known for playing Rhoda's mom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. This was the only movie she ever directed. Can you imagine someone said ''Hey, if were going to make a Village People movie, who would be the perfect choice to direct it?'' And someone else said, ''Probably Rhoda's mom!'' This makes sense, at least in my world.
One of the most important additions, in hindsight, was the character of Ron White, played by Bruce Jenner, a besuited lawyer from St. Louis who experiences a complete transformation after meeting members of The Village People crowd - they broaden White's mind, and he gains a new perspective on life. One part of the script sums up his chance of heart:
Perrine: ''I don't judge people, I accept them. There isn't a person who breathes who doesn't have certain peculiarities. As long it doesn't hurt anybody it's alright with me''.
Jenner: ''Yeah, but where do you draw the line?''
Perrine: ''With uptight squares like you!''
Can't Stop The Music was a critical and commercial flop, but what's not to like really? The movie is filled with hilariously campy moments and has a big disco party at the end. For Bruce Jenner it was not the start of a promising movie career, but he made a comeback years later in ''Keeping Up With The Kardashians'' before he went through his own personal transformation as Caitlin Jenner.
The Yule Cat is a monster from Icelandic folklore, a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmastime and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve. The Yule Cat has become associated with other figures from Icelandic folklore such as the house pet from the giantess Gryla (a mythical ogre who eats naughty children) and her sons, the Yule Lads (13 Santa-like troll figures). They put rewards or punishments into shoes placed by children in window sills during the last 13 nights before Christmas Eve. Every night, one Yuletide lad visits each child, leaving gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on the child's behavior throughout the year. The oldest written sources on the Yule Cat are from the 19th century. The threat of being eaten by the Yule Cat was used by farmers as an incentive for their workers to finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas. The ones who took part in the work would be rewarded with a gift of new clothes. The ones who did not complete their tasks however, received no gift from their master, thus ending up in the Yule Cat. In other words, the Yule Cat helped combat laziness and inertia. The cat hates the scent of new things, particularly clothes, and will paw and hiss at them, leaving anyone wearing such things be. But anything familiar, worn and old will draw it in, and then nothing can help you.
Naturally it was highly unjust, that those who, due to poverty or other adverse circumstances did not receive any new clothing, risked being eaten by a horrible Yule Cat. On the other hand, people who had more to give than others were urged to assist those less fortunate, so that everyone could enjoy a Christmas free of monsters and fiends. The cat has alternatively been interpreted as merely eating away the food of those without new clothes during Christmas feasts. The perception of the Yule Cat as a man-eating beast was partly popularized by the poet Johannes ur Kotlum in his poem ''Jolakotturrin.''
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