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A documentary, “The Indigo Revolution,” debuts in January, with World Indigo Weekend scheduled for Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, touting “special,” high-energy kids regarded by their doting parents as psychic and endowed with an identifying, indigo-colored aura. Indigos are said to act imperially and to be astutely rebellious at authority (though cynics say they’re just routinely self-centered brats, the product of excessive parental coddling). One Indigo parent told the Orange County (Calif.) Register in November that the numerous instances of her own child’s prescience led her to offer her services as a facilitator to other Indigo parents (at up to $400 for workshops). Indigos “have a temper,” she acknowledged, but not an ordinary temper. “(It) seems geared toward philosophical and existential issues.”
The increased expectations of fans have driven today’s bullfighters to use riskier moves than their predecessors did, and competition has pressured them to return to work quickly after being gored. As a result, according to a November Wall Street Journal dispatch from Madrid, up to three dozen elite surgeons, highly skilled in complicated procedures, follow the bullfight circuit, on call to repair serious injuries that formerly would kill or maim a matador. In fact, most bullfighters today have already endured several critical gorings but remain eager to work.
The gigantic hit TV series “Frasier” grossed $1.5 billion during its 11-year run, but according to the show’s executives (responding to a recent lawsuit by the program’s creators for a greater share of the “profits”), the traditional Hollywood accounting methods reveal that the show earned no profit over its lifetime but actually lost $200 million.
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