10 High Valyrian Phrases All Westerosi Tourists (and Game of Thrones Fans) Should Know

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Fans of Game of Thrones are probably more familiar with some Dothraki words and phrases than they are with High Valyrian words beyond dracarys. But those who are looking to brush up on the language ahead of Game of Thrones's final season just need to visit language website Duolingo, which features a High Valyrian course put together by Game of Thrones language guru David J. Peterson.

Ahead of the show's season 8 premiere on April 14, 2019, Peterson outlined a few High Valyrian phrases that anyone hoping to visit Westeros should master.

1. Skorverdon dekuroti Dōros hen kesīr ilza?

It probably isn’t a place you’d want to visit now that it has been breached by the Night King, Zombie Viserion, and the Army of the Dead, but if the Wall is still on your Westerosi bucket list, memorize the phrase “Skorverdon dekuroti Dōros hen kesīr ilza?” which means, “How much farther is the Wall?”

2. Skoriot dīnāzmot geron ilza?

Weddings are rarely joyous affairs in Westeros (just ask Robb Stark and King Joffrey), but if you’re planning to attend one regardless, this is the phrase for you: It means “which way to the wedding?”

3. Sparos Āegenkon Dēmalion dēmassis?

This question—which means “Who holds the Iron Throne?”—is probably best asked outside of King’s Landing, where Cersei will have you beheaded for daring to be so stupid.

4. Kesy Dornīhor averilla issa?

Or: “Is this Dornish wine?” As a visitor to Westeros, it’s important to know that there are two types of Dornish wine: sour and strongwine. They’re both reds, and probably both enjoyed by Cersei and Tyrion Lannister. (It should be noted: You don’t have to go to Westeros to drink Game of Thrones wine.)

5. Kaerīnvesse Dāroti Viliniot mazōreksi?

Some of us can’t travel without crafting a detailed itinerary. “Kaerīnvesse Dāroti Viliniot mazōreksi?”—“Does Kings Landing take reservations?”—is a phrase for all the planners out there.

6. Sōnarurlio gōviliria rēbagon rakegon kostan?

This translates to “Can I book a tour at the Crypt of Winterfell?” Because what trip to Westeros would be complete without paying your respects to Ned, Lyanna, and all the other dearly departed Starks?

7. Āegenkor Tistālior ATM ēza?

The answer to this question—which translates to, “Does the Iron Bank have an ATM?”—is only yes if you’re Cersei Lannister. Another High Valyrian phase you could consider memorizing is “Skorverdon kesy issa,” or “How much is this?”

8. Zaldrīzome arrikson kostan?

Or, “Can I take a picture with a dragon?” (Something tells us Drogon wouldn’t be open to selfies, though …)

9. Bosī Bāno Lōtinto bāngiot umbas?

This translates to “How long is the line for Hot Pie’s bakery?” The answer is probably: Pretty long. The guy makes the best bread in Westeros! (Fun fact: Ben Hawkey, the actor who plays Hot Pie, opened a pop-up bakery in London back in 2017 as part of a Game of Thronespromotion.)

10. Riña dōre brōzi ēza.

To be used if you’re Arya Stark, or just if someone asks for your name and don't feel like giving it: It translates to, “a girl has no name.”

You can learn more High Valyrian by visiting Duolingo.

Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. Time Travel to 1985 in 'Back to the Future' Deepfake Video

Universal
Universal

The 21st century is still missing true hoverboards, but at least we have the technology to recast classic movies with modern stars. In this deepfake video spotted by Geek.com, a scene from Back to the Future (1985) has been recreated with Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. as the two leads.

YouTube creator EZRyderX47 uses video manipulation technology to digitally insert actors into shows and movies where they don't belong. This deepfake of a famous scene from Back to the Future may be their best work yet. For the role of Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox is replaced with his 2020 counterpart Tom Holland, and for Doc Brown, Christopher Lloyd is swapped with Holland's Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) mentor Robert Downey Jr.

The results are realistic enough to convince fans that Back to the Future is due for a remake—or at least a deepfake treatment of the rest of the movie. You can watch the full scene below, but be warned, it gets heavy.

Deepfake technology can also be used to edit actors from different eras into new films. Here's what a young Harrison Ford would look like as the lead in 2018's Solo.

[h/t Geek.com]

10 Delicious Facts About McDonald's Shamrock Shake

McDonald's
McDonald's

Many people overdo it with the drinking on St. Patrick's Day, but it's not always Guinness or Jameson that gets them into trouble. Sometimes it's the Shamrock Shake, McDonald's uniquely green and often elusive seasonal treat. Here’s the skinny on the 660-calorie indulgence.

1. The Shamrock Shake wasn't originally known as The Shamrock Shake.

The original name of the cult classic milkshake was slightly less alliterative. It was called the St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake. Catchy, no?

2. The Shamrock Shake is a charitable endeavor.

What does the Shamrock Shake have to do with the Ronald McDonald House and the Philadelphia Eagles? Everything, according to the fast food giant. When Eagles tight end Fred Hill’s daughter was being treated for leukemia in 1974, Fred and his wife spent a lot of time in waiting rooms and noticed many other emotionally depleted families doing the same. He thought it would be healthier for families if they had a place to call home while their children were being treated, so he used his football connections to get in touch with a local advertising agency that did work for Mickey D’s. They agreed to give profits from the Shamrock Shake toward a home near the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, which ended up becoming the first-ever Ronald McDonald House.

3. Uncle O'Grimacey used to be the Shamrock Shake's ambassador.

Back in the early ‘80s, a fairly offensive character named Uncle O’Grimacey was used to promote the seasonal shake.

4. No McDonald's restaurant is required to offer the Shamrock Shake.

In 2012, it was announced that, for the first time, the Shamrock Shake would be available in all McDonald's nationwide—but not all restaurants have to carry them. Regional managers decide whether their stores will carry the shakes each year.

5. Jimmy Fallon once depleted a New York City restaurant's entire Shamrock Shake supply.

If you’re a New Yorker and you didn’t get a much-craved Shamrock Shake in 2011, it’s probably Jimmy Fallon’s fault. When he caught wind that a Union Square Mickey D's had the elusive dessert, he totally cleaned them out—purchasing more than 100 shakes for his audience. New Yorkers were not pleased with Fallon.

6. The Shamrock Shake got an ice cream offshoot (that didn't fare so well).

Despite the smashing success of the shake, the Shamrock Sundae was a dismal failure. Introduced in 1980, it was discontinued after just a year. Apparently people prefer their unnaturally green desserts in shake form as opposed to scoop form. Though this year, they're trying again: in honor of the Shamrock Shake's 50th anniversary, McDonald's is also introducing an Oreo Shamrock McFlurry.

7. There have been many super-sized versions of the Shamrock Shake.

For a few years, a giant shake was poured into the Chicago River to help contribute to the green hue it’s dyed every year. A donation was also made to the Ronald McDonald House.

8. The McDonald's app will help you track down a Shamrock Shake.

Are you one of those unfortunate souls who has to hunt the shake down every year? McDonald's official app can help. In 2020, for the first time in three years, the Shamrock Shake will be offered at all McDonald's locations. If you're not sure of the nearest one near you, the McDonald's app has a full directory to help.

9. You can make your own Shamrock Shake at home.

If you still can’t find a shake, you have one other option: make your own.

10. In 2017, McDonald's engineered a special Shamrock Shake straw.

In 2017, McDonald's unveiled an amazing innovation for Shamrock Shake lovers: the STRAW. Short for Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal, the STRAW was designed by real engineers at the aerospace and robotics engineering firms JACE and NK Labs—specifically with the Shamrock Shake in mind. What sets the device apart from conventional straws is the sharp bend in its shape and the three, eye-shaped holes in addition to the opening at the bottom end. The extra holes are positioned in a way that allows drinkers to take a sip of a new layered version of the frosty treat that’s equal parts top mint layer and bottom chocolate layer.

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