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Things We Saw Today: When AT-AT’s Crash A Jedi’s Wedding

Photo editor Steven Kowalski altered this wedding photo for newlyweds Mindy and John to feature AT-AT’s approaching the couple as they stand arm in arm, prepared to defend their wedding. (via The Frisky)

  • Rose Byrne, of Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class, is in talks to take the role of Grace, Jamie Foxx‘s assistant, in the Annie remake. (via Digital Spy)
  • ‘Female’ Chromosome May Play Unexpected Role in Male Biology: Scientists studying repeated base sequences in the X chromosome have discovered that many of these sequences contain information that only comes into play in cells that will become sperm.(via Wired)

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  • After years of considering Mjölnir a pagan symbol, the United States army will finally allow soldiers to have the symbol of Thor placed on their gravestones. (via Bleeding Cool)
  • After Veronica Mars fans see more of Kristen Bell‘s plucky sleuth on the big screen, writer Rob Thomas says that the story will continue in book form. The first of two planned novels is expected to be released as soon as spring of 2014. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Abel Undercity

    Mom, Dad, it’s OK. Just head on to the reception. Mindy’s got this.

  • Kellee Richards

    From the Bleeding Cool article: “[Mjölnir] was considered a pagan symbol and not a recognised element of faith.” Um…it IS a pagan symbol. And also an element of faith. Pagans ARE religious, and Asatruar (among the most likely to request Mjölnir to represent them) make impressive efforts to recreate the pre-Christian Norse religion.

  • mage_cat

    As a Pagan, I’m actually kind of annoyed that the Bleeding Cool write up makes it sound like these soldiers wanted Thor’s Hammer on their grave stones as a comic book thing. My friends who identify as Heathens (that being modern pagans whose worship focuses on the Norse gods) would be more than just annoyed.

  • Kellee Richards

    No kidding (also Pagan here). Between the article and the Army’s former policy, there’s plenty of fail to go around.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know I needed this AT-ATs at a wedding picture. I thought all my needs had been fulfilled by previous such pictures.

    I was wrong, so wrong. This is the picture I didn’t know I was waiting for, and it’s everything I didn’t know I needed.

  • Aeryl

    That picture is so beautiful it made me cry. I’m so JELLY I WANT IT SOOOOOO BAD

  • Lucas Picador

    “After years of considering Mjölnir a pagan symbol, the United States army will finally allow soldiers to have the symbol of Thor placed on their gravestones.”

    I don’t know the details, but I strongly suspect that the US Army policy on the use of “pagan” symbols — especially northern European Norse symbols — is strongly coloured by the longstanding use of those symbols by the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements in the US.

    I’m all for rehabilitating ancient Norse religious symbolism and reappropriating it away from the Nazis, but the fact is that they have been its most prolific and high-profile users in the last 100 years. A lot of these symbols essentially act as gang signs in white supremacist groups within the Army (and in prison, etc.) If I were a black soldier, I might feel a bit uneasy at the prospect of the next guy over having this symbol on his headstone.

  • Anonymous

    Huh. I’d never thought about that, but you’ve probably got a good point there. Although the Army’s notoriously limited in what it considers “religions.” Anyway, thanks for providing another perspective.