Because how do you know the lions there aren't giants? Really?
And all of Asia is mostly just one enormous castle...
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Aaron: That which thou canst undo.
Demetrius: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
Shakespeare: 'Titus Andronicus'
The oldest recorded mom joke, from 'a tablet full of crude jokes and riddles about beer' written in cuneiform and dating back 3500 years to Ancient Mesopotamia. Translated as: "of your mother, by the one who has had intercourse with her. Who is it?" Article from the Daily Mail (so historical accuracy is in doubt) here
And Kate Beaton's excellent Tycho and Kepler comic here
"Bombs away!" cried Gibson as George sent Wallis' bouncing bomb spinning down towards the darkly shining water with a single flick of his curved talons. Gibson peered down past the Lancaster's olive-green shoulder to follow the bomb as it fell, and in the erratic light of the flashes of anti-aviator fire that lit up George's cloud-pale belly as if it was already Christmas morning, he saw the bomb bounce once, bounce twice and sink without a trace before it even reached the dam.
"Dammit!" Gibson swore briskly through his teeth and called to George for more height, feeling the massive wings beat slowly below him as they curved away to make room for Hopwood's dragon to take her own run.
For degrees , Assassin's Creed, Altair/Malik, Military AU
I know precisely what is meant by 'commissariat.'
"The trouble with you, Private ibn La'Ahad," said Captain Malik al-Sayf of the Army of Assassins' Intelligence and Logistical Corps. "is that you never know the best time not to fight."
"At least I can fight," Altaïr protested, his words loud in the sudden, icy silence of the commissariat.
"We need people who can stop fighting when they're told," Malik snapped, "just as much as we need people who can start."
For betony , Much Ado About Nothing, Hero & Don John & his henchmen, "I am quiet and gentle and shy, my lords; but in no way am I merciful."
"Mercy?" Don John suggested to his assailant as Dogberry and Verges dropped their swords and slouched away into the shadows.
The figure that Don John had mistaken for Claudio tipped up her velvet mask and smiled coldly at Don John as he recoiled from the pitiless expression in her dark and lovely eyes and the bared blade held loosely in her hand.
"Mercy, my lord?" Hero said softly, "I am quiet, and gentle, and shy, but in no way am I merciful."
For degrees , Assassin's Creed, Altair/Malik, can you keep a secret?
"Can you keep a secret?"
"Yes," said Malik," but that is not the question. The question is , can you keep silent?"
For rthstewart , Vorkosigan series; Ivan; competency
Spoilers for 'Cetaganda'.
"You are," the ghem-lady gasped as she arched back across the cushions, panting and spent, "...more than competent, Lord Vorpatril."
Ivan gritted his teeth and cursed Lord Yenaro and his own un-co-operative anatomy to the stars before he turned to her companion.
"On Barrayar there are four stages of competency, my lady," he purred, "let me show you them."