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Of Cats and Cars... and Hellboy.

January 14th, 2005 (10:58 am)

Was supposed to go back to my place last night directly after work with my friend D. and work Hellboy. Naturally enough, the universe decided to have fun with this plan. D. picks me up from outside work at the right time, but as I cross over to the car, I'm busy wondering why exactly he's got a cat in one hand. Turns out he'd left the door open earlier that day when transferring stuff from the car to his house, and Ginger had decided to wander in. Apparently, the first D knew was when he was approaching a roundabout at speed, and a large MEOW sounded in his ear before Ginger jumped down and wound himself around the gearstick.

Anyhow, upshot was that we couldn't leave the cat in the car, or at my place, so we headed straight back to D's house and had to spend 10 minutes trying to get Ginger out of the damn car.

Watched Hellboy finally, and man, that's a fun film. Decent plot, with reasons for everything, understated humour, and a very subtle way of resolving the differences between Hellboy and his boss. I love films which don't hit you over the head with the sheer obviousness of such an event. Good villians, nice supporting cast and a satisfying conclusion. I wish more films were like that.

On the way back to mine, we're discussing some of the more fun throwaway lines in Hellboy, and then we get onto the Hitler stuff. D. is a collector of weird trivia, and has an incredible memory. The reason they mention Hitler really dying in 1958? That was the year the Russians admitted they had his body. Apparently, Hitler did commit suicide in 1944, but had ordered his body to be cremated on the bunker grounds. The Russians got to the bunker first and tidied up.

And thos of us long time DC readers, will probably be surprised to learn that Hitler did actually have the Spear of Destiny, and produced it at a Nuremberg rally in 1938. Interestingly, an army that has had the Spear of Destiny waved over it is unstoppable, and it was these troops that were used in the blitzrieg that swept across Europe in the early days of the second world war, and only stopped when they ran out of land at Dunkirk.

Fascinating stuff, and I must check some of it out more.


Posted by: Queen of Quarks (gianfared)
Posted at: January 14th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)

Definitely fascinating stuff (I need a Mr. Spock icon *giggles*). Do you have any references for further investigation? I'd love to read up on it. :D

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: January 14th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)

I liked "Hellboy" too. Saw Ron Perlman at a con this past summer and he was very entertaining and likable. You can tell he was tickled pink to have such a good role in a good movie.

The Spear of Destiny is also known as the Spear of Longinus and its kinda like pieces of the true cross--it seems to pop up in many places. Barry Sadler (he of the "Ballad of the Green Berets" song fame) wrote a series of "Casca" books about the adventures of the immortal Slayer of Christ, Casca Longinus. I've used Casca in a couple of my Buffy crossovers and the True Spear will make an appearance at the end of my big epic (if I ever actually write that far).

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