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Sep 22, 2008

Day 70: Smurf

The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live in Smurf Village somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958. The English-speaking world perhaps knows them best through the popular 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.

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Sep 21, 2008

Day 69: Popeye the Sailor

Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar, and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929.

Although Segar's Thimble Theatre strip, first published on December 19, 1919, was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut, the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s.

In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures.

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Sep 20, 2008

Day 68: Madman

Madman (aka Frank Einstein) is a fictional character from the comic book of the same title created by Mike Allred. Madman is not your average hero. Named after Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein, his name is also a pun on Frankenstein.

Frank was a hitman who was killed in a car accident, then stitched back together and brought back to life by a pair of mad scientists, Dr. Egon Boiffard and Dr. Gillespie Flem. This resurrection leaves Frank with supernatural reflexes and a slight degree of precognitive and empathic power.

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Sep 18, 2008

Day 67: Runt of the Litter

Runt of the Litter is a fictional character from the Disney animated film Chicken Little. Runt, together with Abby Mallard (the Ugly Duckling) and Fish out of Water, are the only friends of Chicken Little, who suffers under a reputation for being crazy since he caused a panic saying the sky was falling. Runt is easily frightened and prone to panic, but keeps himself calm through 70's music.

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Sep 16, 2008

Day 66: Brian Griffin

Brian Griffin is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy, and is voiced by show creator, Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane uses his normal speaking voice for Brian, as opposed to the vocal modifications he makes when voicing other characters in the show such as Peter and Stewie.

In the 1000th issue of Entertainment Weekly, Brian Griffin was selected as the Dog for "The Perfect TV Family".

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Day 65: Chicken Little

Chicken Little is a fictional character from the 2005 CGI animated film produced by Walt Disney. He is a young rooster who suffers under a reputation for being crazy since he caused a panic saying the sky was falling.

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Sep 14, 2008

Day 64: The Mask

The Mask originated as a comic book series created by Mike Richardson and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series follows events related to a mask-shaped symbiotic relic which imbues any wearer with reality-bending power and physical imperviousness, as well as bypassing any of the wearer's psychological inhibitions, allowing them to accomplish their most desired goals without fear of consequences.

It was later adapted into the 1994 film The Mask, starring Jim Carrey, which has spunoff a television cartoon series, and a 2005 film sequel Son of the Mask.

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Sep 3, 2008

Day 63: Stewie Griffin

Stewart Gilligan Griffin, more commonly known by his nickname "Stewie", is a fictional character in the animated series Family Guy. Stewie is obsessed with world domination and trying to kill his mother, and has an ambiguous sexuality. He is the youngest and the smartest child of Peter and Lois Griffin.

Wizard magazine rated him the 95th greatest villain of all time.

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Sep 2, 2008

Day 62: Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the nominee of the Democratic Party for the office of President of the United States in the 2008 general election. He is the first African American to be a major political party's nominee for this office. Obama is currently the junior United States Senator from Illinois.

After announcing his presidential campaign in February 2007, Obama emphasized withdrawing American troops from Iraq, energy independence, decreasing the influence of lobbyists, and promoting universal health care as top national priorities.

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Sep 1, 2008

Day 61: Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny is an animated rabbit/hare who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions which became Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1944. Today, he is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers.

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