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In June, DC Comics will be switching the sexual orientation of a well established character, so says DC co-publisher Dan DiDio (Bleedingcool.com). Here’s a little head start on trying to figure out who, though your opinion is also requested in a comment and poll.

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Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

Baby whose pram fell into train tracks of an oncoming train as Mother runs to try and rescue

If this were in a movie, you’d never believe it and trash the script. But you know, life is far stranger than fiction, and this is just one of many proof of that.

It’s an absolute miracle what happened here. A Mother on a windy train platform in Melbourne, Australia, turns away for a split second and the carriage (pram) with her six month baby rolls off into the tracks, landing smack in the middle of the track. Almost as if timed, a train comes into the station just as she tries to go for her baby, almost clipping the Mother’s head as security footage show above.

Yet, somehow, the baby survived with just just a cut to the forehead. My guess would be it was due to a vertical gap between the track and the train, in the middle of the track, but only there. On January 3 2007, Cameron Hollopeter fell into the subway tracks in Washington DC was covered by Wesley Autrey, a 50 year old construction worker, who had jumped in to save him (NY Times). Lying on top of the victim who fell in, with his back about a foot above the ground, Wesley only had his blue cap smudged with grease, if that gives an indication of the size of the space I’m talking about. If the baby who fell in today had landed much to the left or right of the track where he did land, this would have been a video with a real gruesome ending.

The pram, obviously much bigger in size than the baby, wasn’t nearly as lucky. Its pieces were scattered all over the tracks the length the train took to stop.

Mother and child were both taken to hospital and released soon after being admitted, according to CNN’s video. One question I have about all this, though. They just started an awareness campaign about the dangers of prams on the platform. Who would design such a surface to have either zero grade, or even a grade into the tracks so that anything not constrained could fall into it? It was windy, sure, but windy enough to move that pram with a baby in it so quickly into the tracks? Surely the platform grade could have offered a little more resistance with a gentle grade upward?

Amazing story, real drama… and glad to see it’s one with a good ending.

Now, let’s go and witch hunt Balloon Dad in Colorado for that hoax!

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"Let's Get Balloon Dad!!!"

"Let's get Balloon Dad!!!"

Today’s Facebook poster tagging meme involve comic book superheroes (and superheroines). These are limited to DC Universe and Marvel comic characters, and there are no villains to stay away from the negativity of it all, even if it is fun to jab your friends every now and then. I’m just not that type.

  • Click on the superhero poster below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends (or let them tag themselves).

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

For use as English as a Second/Foreign Language exercise.

Other X-men posts on this site:

Post-dated add-on.

I found several X-men Facebook tagging posters on Facebook, recently claimed by Lori. As with what I found, I touched them up to optimize them for Facebook as so many are so poorly created, whether in dimensions, excess file sizes, contrast, sometimes text added, and so on. There are 9 X-men characters each, though they come in sets of the male and female characters rather than a mix, but may be good for some people. However, I must say, the art work chosen to create these is fabulous! Super job!

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These avatars and icons were created specifically for Facebook profile pictures, at 256 pixels wide. However, they could be used for other social media sites and anything allowing for an avatar/icon.

These graphics came from the original files I collected in making the Superheroes Facebook tagging poster, with some additional pics not used. To get a profile picture below:

  • Click on the thumbnail you want to get it at full size
    (there is NO grey trim on the downloadable picture).
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook or other profiles.
  • Click the Back button on your browser to come back to here or click the thumbnails below the picture to move on to the next picture.
  • Come back another day whenever you feel like using a new one, or download them all now!
  • Please click here for a complete list of avatars, buddy icons and themed Facebook profile pictures on this site (see blue header near bottom of destination page).

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