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How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 animated film based on a book series by Cressida Cowell. It is the first film of a trilogy and it follows Hiccup, a young Viking who has to kill a dragon to gain the respect of his tribe. Instead of killing it, Hiccup becomes friends with the dragon and learns how to fly it.

The dragon’s name is Toothless, because he has retractable teeth.Toothless is not scary, he is actually even cute and his design is based on black panthers, bats and dogs. The voices he makes are recordings of elephants, seals, and cats, among others.

Famous Paintings

The Great Wave

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is probably the most famous Japanese work of art. Created by Hokusai, it is not a painting, but a woodblock print. That means that more people are involved in creating the work. First, the artist (in this case Hokusai) creates a design, then a carver creates a number of wooden blocks (one for each colour), destroying the design while doing that, and finally, printers print the design on a paper. This way, there can be as many as five thousand copies of the work. That’s why The Great Wave can be seen in New York, London, Japan, or Brussels.

Compared to the huge wave, representing the power and greatness of nature, the people in the picture are barely noticeable. Each boat has, in fact, ten people on it. Seeing how small they are helps us imagine the size of the wave.

In the background of the print is Mount Fuji, an active volcano which is a Japanese national symbol and an inspiration for many artworks.

Famous People

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt (21 August 1986) is a former Jamaican athlete and perhaps the greatest sprinter of all times. He is the holder of eight gold medals from Olympic Games (in Beijing, London, and Rio de Janeiro) and more than nineteen Guinness World Records.

Sometimes called “Lightning Bolt” for his incredible speed, Bolt’s greatest achievements are the many times he has set new sprinting world records. He is currently (in 2021) a holder of a world record in 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres races.

Bolt’s has achieved these many amazing things under, what might seem as, unfortunate circumstances. Not only is one of his legs shorter because of problems with his spine, but he has also finished his race in Beijing with one shoelace untied! If it wasn’t enough, in a situation when other athletes would hold diets before their races, Bolt was eating incredible amounts of chicken nuggets.

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