My 1986 Golf Diesel gets a reliable 42 MPG, with mostly city driving conditions. It's old but still kicking, and I'm really sad that it's coming time to move on. VW made a good car in the mid-80's.
Hugh Pickens writes "Scott Harris writes on Moviefone that the economics of Hollywood are often baffling, as DVD sales, broadcast fees and merchandising tie-ins balance against advertising costs and pay-or-play deals to form an accounting maze. The latest example is the untitled sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick, released in 2004 to a slew of negative reviews and general viewer indifference. Despite its hefty $105 million budget, most of which was spent on special effects, the film topped out at a paltry $57 million domestically. So how can a sequel be made if the movie lost money? The answer has to do with ancillary profits from revenue streams outside the box office. While the combined $116 million worldwide probably still didn't cover distribution and advertising costs, it likely brought the film close to even, meaning DVD sales and profits from the tie-in video game franchise may have put the movie in the black. In addition, Riddick itself was a sequel to Pitch Black, a modestly budgeted ($23 million) success back in 2000. Extending the franchise to a third film may help boost ancillary profits by introducing the Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick DVDs and merchandise to new audiences, meaning that the new film may not even need to break even to eventually turn a profit for the studio."
Not true, as others have pointed out. I rearranged the equipment on my media rack a few months ago, and while the 360 was turned off moved it to a vertical arrangement. Over the next few days, my Civilization Revolution disc started to have read errors; after I pulled it out to clean it off, I noticed a nice, wide ring scratched into the disc from the DVD drive. Moving the console back to horizontal has stopped the scratching, but it won't bring my dead disc back. I followed the rules and still was awarded with a $60 game that was unplayable.
FYI - The Spanish American War was concluded in 1898.