The term “Russian roulette” is often used to refer to taking a potentially dangerous chance on something, and it commonly pops up in reference to things like economics and foreign policy. It’s also the name of a song by Rihanna, so it’s got that going for it, too. So many things are called “playing Russian roulette” that it’s easy to forget how deadly the real thing is. The basics are simple: a certain number of bullets are loaded into a revolver, and some chambers are left empty. “Players” take turns either pointing the gun at themselves or each other, then they pull the trigger. If you live? You win.
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Fueled by 7 hit singles (Pour Some Sugar On Me among them), this Mutt Lange-produced number one smash from 1987 is to date Def Leppard’s best selling album with nearly 20 million copies sold.
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BOOKS – Classic Read – BLACK GOLD BY MARGUERITE HENRY | GOOD READS
No one thinks much of Black Gold because he is so small. But Jaydee sees something special in his eyes. He knows Black Gold would be great if he was his rider. Finally, Jaydee gets his wish, and Black Gold grows strong and fast under his careful hands.
Soon it would be time for the most important race in America. Did they really have what it takes to win? Black Gold’s inspirational story proves that the power of love and dedication can make any dream come true. Set against the thrilling and colorful world of Thoroughbred horses, Black Gold is the true story of this legendary horse and his determined young jockey.
NOTE: One of my most favorite stories from childhood (this and the Black Stallion series), this heartbreakingly triumphant true story of an underdog should be on any child’s reading list. It’s a gem.
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