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5 Things you need to know about (3/22/11)

Huyen Trang Nguyen

The website is a virtual tour that reports the entire process of discovering the astounding body of the Tollund Man in Denmark in the mid-20th century. The Tollund Man is believed to be the most well-preserved body found in Denmark dated back to the Iron Age, compared to the Elling Woman and other bodies. What makes the Tollund Man become a significant archeological find is that he was not mummified as the other bodies were. He was buried in a bog, a type of plant growing in wet conditions after being hung as a sacrifice to God.


“Rouse Up O Young Men of The New Age”:
“Rouse Up O Young Men of The New Age” was written by Kenzaburo Oe. The story gives an inside look at the family life of the reputable Nobel writer, especially the author’s struggle to understand his mentally retarded son, Hikari Oe, also known as Eeyore. Eeyore was born with epilepsy. There was a time when the doctor suggested Oe’s family let him die. However, Oe and his wife decided to raise their child no matter what. Told from the heart of a dedicated father, “Rouse Up O Young Men of The New Age” provides a different look into a father-and-son relationship. While Oe battles with how to teach Eeyore to take care of himself as he is a man-to-be soon, his son lives in a different world that seems to block out his father. With the retrospect of William Blake’s metaphorical poems, Oe tries to break an invisible wall between himself and Eeyore. The story contains is full of emotion, encouragement and humor.


“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”:
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke’s characters join together to rob their parents’ jewelry stores in this hit film. Philip plays the role of Andy Hanson, who prompts the idea of stealing their parents’ stores. Ethan (Hank Hanson) is no more than a desperate puppet in his brother’s plan. The desperation for money pushes Andy to turn his back on his parents and become a fearless evil while Hank is torn apart by his urgent need for money and his relationship with his parents. Carrying the conflicting feelings, the two brothers carry out the plan with the help of their friend, Bobby Lasorda (Brian F. O’Byrne). However, the plan turns out bad when their mom shoots Bobby for thinking he is the real thief when he carries a toy gun into her store to rob them. Strangled between the threats of cracking family bones, the two brothers become enemies as Andy’s wife cheats on him to have a relationship with Hank.

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”:
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a heart-wrenching movie about the friendship between two eight-year-old boys on the two sides of the fence surrounding a concentration camp in World War II. Bruno, the son of a commander in the German army, finds himself in a maze of enjoyment when he encounters a boy wearing faded striped pajamas behind the barb wire fence. His mind can’t comprehend what happens behind the fence where Jewish people are left to die in a shower room filled with poison. Instead, everything is just like an “adventure in the book” as his father tells him. The innocent friendship between the two boys grows despite the separation.


Sam Tsui:
Fans of YouTube are familiar with the strong yet tender vocals of Sam Tsui, an undergraduate at Yale University. Though majoring in ‘Classical Greek,’ Sam shows his passion and talent in the music industry. Famous for his fantastic covers of a wide array of popular songs of many genres, such as “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perry, “Just a Dream” by Nelly and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, Sam released two albums which are The Covers in 2009 and DJ Got Us Falling in Love (2010) as well as other singles. His masterful mix of “Love the Way You Are,” “Dynamite” and “Teenage Dream” astounds the listeners as though it was a completely united song, instead of three different songs. Mesmerizing the viewers with his fingers slipping on the piano, Sam creates a new dimension in enjoying music.

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