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Monday, August 18, 2008

The Fence and Tropic Thunder

On Friday we had a day off so we decided to finally catch a Campus Tour to see more of the buildings and get some additional background info. The tour was very informative and we discovered a couple of fun facts.

For example: The Fence which stands in the middle of the University used to belong to a bridge and was originally a famous meeting point for boys and girls, who were back then in separate areas of the campus. Later the ravine was filled and The Fence became the public bulletin board. However, messages can only be posted between midnight and 4am and in the process the whole Fence has to be painted by hand with paintbrushes. If The Fence isn't guarded it becomes available for anyone to paint a new message once midnight comes. Apparently students regularly camp out to keep their message up :)

To make shopping easier for students CMU offered a shuttle bus service to Waterfront all day on Friday. Even though we had already purchased the most things we took advantage of this shuttle to catch a Movie at AMC Loews Waterfront. The movie we picked was Tropic Thunder a comedy about the making of a war movie. It being the opening weekend it was shown in one of the biggest screens of this cinema featuring 568 seats and a very big screen ^^. The movie opens with fake trailers and advertisements featuring the stars of the war movie and so we see Ben Stiller as an action hero, Jack Black in a version of Nutty Professor and Robert Downey Jr. as gay monk in the middle ages. These trailers alone were worth the admittance and it got better after that. I don't want to spoil too much so I'll just say that this movie is a must-see for everyone who likes a good laugh and can stomach large amounts of blood (it is a war-movie-parody after all) :)

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