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Outcasts, even among the X-Men?

I've listed the most unlikely Avengers and Justice Leaguers, but the X-Men are different.Actually, different is the entire point of the X-Men, who strive to protect a world that hates and fears them, as well as defend fellow mutants from the violent tendencies of hate- and fear-filled ...

Screaming like a banshee: Some Irish folklore

I first heard the term "screaming like a banshee," when I was a young girl. I remember thinking that this must be a sound that no one wants to hear and, oh, how right I was. The word banshee comes from the Gaelic language and bears several definitions, mostly identifying with a female messenger ...

Weight loss for superheroes in 2020? Fat chance

One of Stan Lee's legacies with Marvel Comics was making characters relatable.The Fantastic Four were a family and fought like one. Spider-Man had money troubles. The Hulk had anger management issues. Thor needed to hold on to his hammer or turn back into a human doctor with an injured leg.OK, ...

Resolutions? Don’t be so hard on yourself

As 2020 looms before us like Barbara Walters and her nearer-to-God hair, I started thinking about New Year's Resolutions and where they began. Who made up this archaic system of "Well the holidays were fun, but January is gonna bite the big one so let's set up unrealistic goals to make sure ...

Spirits linger in stately hotel

In the late 1800s, money from the natural gas and oil industries flooded into Parkersburg and the town quickly became a spirited and growing city.The town was the western terminus of both the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike and the Northwestern Turnpike. In 1857 the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad ...

Iggy Pop defies aging rocker trope

As a small kid, the image of a 72-year-old man would've likely conjured a hunched, weathered old guy in well-worn denim overalls, with what was left of his snow-white hair sticking out from underneath an old, broken-in feed store ball cap. An average callous-handed grandpa telling stories about ...

Comedian earns the wrath of Appalachia

By Christina MyerPoor Whitney Cummings. Never heard of her? She tried to boost her profile a bit recently by appearing on a late-night talk show to discuss her roots. Those would be here in the Mountain State, by the way.What she managed was to prove that often for celebrities it is more ...

Lewisburg’s Angel of Death

Appalachia has a long and rich folklore tradition and as anyone who has ever sat around a campfire at night or held a flashlight under their chin knows, ghost stories are one of the most thrilling parts of oral tradition. The month of October finds our nights getting chillier, wind rustling ...

‘I Scream Sundae,’ Floats and Shakes, Too

Desserts are something to shout about at this ghoulish ice cream parlor.Menu items include creations such as "Killer Clowns from Outer Space," "Black Gashberry" and "Stranger Cheesecake Things."I Scream Sundae is located along Main Street in Ripley, WV. The shop opened this summer and is ...

Can the MCU replace the wall-crawler?

They may end up working something out, but for now it seems Sony has taken Marvel's toy and gone home.Sony acquired the rights to Spider-Man movies long before superhero blockbusters started coming out with a regularity associated with the highest-of-fiber diets. A few years back, they reached ...