Live Poll: Most Bizarre Movie Mothers :D

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In some movies the role of a bizarre mother-character is a special element of storytelling. Sometimes an actress does such an awesome performance as a bizarre mum, that the mothers bizarreness becomes a fundamental element of the story.

Who of these memorable characters below do you think is the most bizarre mother by acting strange and/or freaking out on screen?

(Only movies with a rating of 7.5/10 or higher, with one exception: down to a rating of 7/10 when the character is outstanding and memorable for more than 20 years.)

Image list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026745638/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/DwkPhDZzuvo/
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Hi, Stephen. What do you mean? :)
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Hit Link on page & get 404 error .
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I clicked and it functioned both ways.
To the list and from list to this site.
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It didn't work for me either. Is your list in private mode?
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Thank you, Meister Albstein. :D
Yes, it was in private mode. Sorry. ;)
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Breumaster, you're a poll author after my own heart, lol: I am always creating polls in private mode then forgetting to switch them to public mode. :)
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Anne Ramsey & Yvonne De Carlo.
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I shortened it. When an actress had 2 movies, I put 2 Movies on one thumbnail.
Is it better to have the actresses mommy-movies separeted?
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Hi, ACT_1.
It's about actresses performances. This Lady seems to be a little old. ;)
I wonder, if i should take Norman in the list, because he is also his mother
in a bizarre way. Let me sleep on, I will think of it, tomorrow. Thank you
for the interesting suggestion. :D

(It feels a little strange, to list Anthony Perkins as an actress).
There may be a few opinions, I'll wait for it/them. :)
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Seems like Norman is a runner.
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FYC:

Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest (1981) - I haven't seen it but the movie is notorious for having a crazy mother
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It's nice to have more ponts. I will consider that. These are really good actresses.
I know the manchurian with Liev Schreiber. I think Streep wasn't bizzare, more a kind of greedy, powerthirsty and unscroupulus bloodsucker. ... in this movie, of course. ;) 'Mommie Dearest' sounds more interessting. I will read about it. :)
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It's been years since I saw The Manchurian Candidate but there's a helpful website that claims the following:

-Eleanor is demeaning and controlling to her son, using him as a prop to build up her husband's political career and forcing him to break up with the woman he loves. When it's revealed she's also his hypnotic controller, she even orders him to kill the woman he loves, and in the book has sex with him while he's under a trance.

-Part of Ellie Iselin's Freudian Excuse is that she was repeatedly raped by her father as a child. Late in the story, she has sex with Raymond while he's brainwashed (though this is only implied in the film versions).

(http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/TheManchurianCandidate)

So maybe her bizarreness is a little subtle.

By the way, do you consider Allison Janney's role in American Beauty (1999) to be bizarre?
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Oh yes! You can call the character 'white trash'. But I think, she really is a little bizzare about how she treated her daughter, even when she only was four. The thing with the knife and how she treats other people outside the 'family' seems to be really fishy. About 'The Manchurian Candiate':

I concentrate on the movies not on the books. That's because people who only saw the movie have not the view like people who read the book, too. But the thing with hypnotic controll she uses maybe considerable for me. I see, rubyfruit76 did a lot of mother-suggestions. I guess I'll take the best bizzare mothers all suggesters suggest. So some will be in my list, others not. Thank you for your suggestions. I consider them as - pun intended - candidates. ;)))
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Hello, Albstein. :D
Ich habe Deine Beispiele der Liste zugefügt. ;) Sind eigentlich beide ganz ok.
I added your suggestions to the list ;) When I think closer, they are good for the list. :D
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Hallo, Albstein.
Ich habe erneut umgedacht. Ich habe die Liste jetzt doch auf Filme ab Votings von 7/10 aufwärts beschränkt, das limmitiert die Möglichkeiten und der Poll wird konzentrierter. Dabei sind auch Mütter-Rolen die ich gewählt hätte rausgeflogen, aber für einen klareren Aufbau und insgesammt weniger FYCs nehme ich das in Kauf. Dabei ist der 'Manchurian Kandidat' von 2004 rausgefallen und auch 'Dearest Mommie', aber "Botschafter der Angst" ist immer noch drin. ;)
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Breumaster - the 7.0 threshold is a very good idea. About Wendy Torrance - I would agree that she doesn't quite fit (her husband is bizarre, her reactions are "normal" under the extraordinary circumstances).

Sehr gute Idee, das mit der 7.0-Begrenzung. Wegen Wendy Torrance - ich finde auch, dass sie nicht ganz passt (ihr Mann ist ja schließlich der "Bizarre", ihr Verhalten ist unter den außergewöhnlichen Umständen relativ "normal").
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Ich habe jetzt Wendy Torrance und Mother Gothel von der Liste getilgt.
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'Some creepy mothers, indeed. Catherine Keener in 'Get Out' stands out for me, as well as Angela Lansbury in 'The Manchurian Candidate,' and of course Allison Janney in 'I, Tonya.' 

I think it would be easier for voters to recall these performances if you switch this to an image poll and use photos of the actors in character. That would requite some tedious work but I think it would pay off. It it helps and you like any of these images...

Anne Ramsey's image is the same but here are some others:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074285/mediaviewer/rm145537536 (there are more obviously horrific photos of her but I chose this because it's eerie and because it would crop better than some of the others)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2172584/mediaviewer/rm2872757760
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1939659/mediaviewer/rm2159860736
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101272/mediaviewer/rm714638336
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0230600/mediaviewer/rm559761408
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3623726/mediaviewer/rm3272402944
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/mediaviewer/rm432493056
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/mediaviewer/rm2672180224
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/mediaviewer/rm2902200832
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/mediaviewer/rm1720106496 or https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/mediaviewer/rm198775296
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056218/mediaviewer/rm121734144
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The photo you're using for Lorna Raver is not Mrs. Ganush, this is:

Lorna Raver in Drag Me to Hell 2009

I'll give you some FYCs tomorrow.
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Ok, I'll try this otherwise. I made a list of actresses. So it should better be a list of pictures and characters. But this will be then a whole new Suggestion.
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Ok, I started a new list, containing the characters and picture-links from the movies from IMDb. I guess that's the better way to start the whole thing. So I guess, I will have to start a new poll-suggestion arfterwards? I think the project is good enough to start it in another way. Thank you all for your help. :D :D :D
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You don't have to start a new suggestion: just add a post with the link to the image list. :)
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Oh, I just saw that you already did. :)
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I thought even if i should make a new poll-suggestion, it would be good to post a link to the new list. So everybody could look at it before. But it's good that I don't need to start a new suggestion. ;)
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I've done a new list for the subject. Please klick the link and tell what you think about it. :D - But i'm not shure, if some of the images do spoil. What's your opinion?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026745638/
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The new 'Mother-List':

01. Margaret White from 'Carrie' (1976)

02. Julianne Moore from 'Carrie' (2013)

03. Havana Segrand from 'Maps to he Stars' (2014)

04. Morticia Addams from "The Addams Family (1991)

05. Grace Steward from 'The Others' (2001)

06. Ricki from 'Ricky and the Flash' (2015)

07. LaVona from 'I, Tonya' (2017)

08. Missy Armitage from 'Get Out' (2017)

09. Wendy Torrance from 'The Shinig' (1980)

10. Sarah Goldfarb from 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000)

11. Eleanor Shaw Iselin from 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962)

12. Mrs. Ganush from 'Drag Me to Hell' (2009)

13. Momma from 'Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

14. Mama Fratelli from 'The Goonies' (1985)

15. Claudia Hoffman from 'Snow White: A Tale of Terror' (1997)

16. Mary Brady from 'Sleepwalkers' (1992)

17. Mel Jones from 'Coraline' (2009)

18. Mother Gothel from 'Tangled' (2010)

19. Roberta 'Bobbi' Anderson from 'Tommyknockers' (1993)

20. Gertrude Baniszewski from 'An American Crime' (2007)

21. Sarah Connor from 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991)

22. Lily Munster from 'Munster, Go Home!' (1966)

23. Vera Cosgrove from 'Dead Alive' (1992)

24. Norman's mother from 'Psycho' (1960)

25. Sil from 'Species' (1995)

26. Joan Crawford from 'Mommie Dearest' (1981)

27. Eleanor Shaw from 'The Manchurian Candidate' (2004)

I'm not finally sure about 25. but it's nice to have found a picture of Vera Cosgrove (23.) And sorry for Mr. Perkins calling him an actress. But he has such a feminine touch in the movie. ;D
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You can use the word "actor." Actor refers to both men and women. 
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Ok, that's new for me. :)
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My Vote: Grace Steward from The Others.

It might be better if you use certain limitations like movies with ratings more than 7 or performances nominated for major awards because there can be lot of FYC's for this.
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Hello, Ibrahim.

I don't know the akronym FYC. Could you explain, please? :)
What does FYC mean?
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In my knowledge FYC stands for 'For Your Consideration'.

Basically what i meant was that if you limit your poll then you might have to consider less options for your poll as suggested by other users
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I think, this is a really good suggestion.
That could make some things more easy.
Thank you, I will take that and use it. :D
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Your suggestion was very useful ! The list shrunk. Now it's:

01. Margaret White from 'Carrie' (1976)

02. Grace Steward from 'The Others' (2001)

03. LaVona from 'I, Tonya' (2017)

04. Missy Armitage from 'Get Out' (2017)

05. Wendy Torrance from 'The Shinig' (1980)

06. Sarah Goldfarb from 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000)

07. Eleanor Shaw Iselin from 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962)

08. Mama Fratelli from 'The Goonies' (1985)

09. Mel Jones from 'Coraline' (2009)

10. Mother Gothel from 'Tangled' (2010)

11. Gertrude Baniszewski from 'An American Crime' (2007)

12. Sarah Connor from 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991)

13. Vera Cosgrove from 'Dead Alive' (1992)

14. Norman's mother from 'Psycho' (1960)


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I overthought the whole thing. I don't want to get urgent characters deleted from the Poll. So I put in some back under the conditions:

'6/10 when the special charakter is outstanding and most memorable for more than 20 years.'
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It looks good b/w you can add no. of votes limits too like movies with no of votes 25,000+(just giving an idea its upto you what you take) for a more easier and better poll.

FYC:
1. Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925292/...
2. Richa Chadha in Gangs of Wasseypur
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1954470/...
3.Nicole Kidman in Lion
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3741834/...
4.Naomi Harris in Moonlight
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722/...
5.Taraji P. Henson in Curious Case of Benjamin Button
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421715/...
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Now it's:

The back-added characters are bold

01. Margaret White from 'Carrie' (1976)

02. Grace Steward from 'The Others' (2001)03. LaVona from 'I, Tonya' (2017)

03. LaVona from 'I, Tonya' (2017)

03. Missy Armitage from 'Get Out' (2017)

04. Wendy Torrance from 'The Shinig' (1980)

06. Sarah Goldfarb from 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000)

07. Eleanor Shaw Iselin from 'The Manchurian Candidate' (1962)

08. Mama Fratelli from 'The Goonies' (1985)

09. Mel Jones from 'Coraline' (2009)

10. Mother Gothel from 'Tangled' (2010)

11. Gertrude Baniszewski from 'An American Crime' (2007)

12. Sarah Connor from 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991)

13. Vera Cosgrove from 'Dead Alive' (1992)

14. Norman's mother from 'Psycho' (1960)

15. Momma from 'Throw Momma from the Train' (1987)

16. Joan Crawford from 'Mommie Dearest' (1981)

17. Lily Munster from 'Munster, Go Home!' (1966)

18. Morticia from 'The Addams Family' (1991)

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@Ibrahim Akhtar:
Im not sure about your suggested mothers. I've seen the movies so far, but don't remember the mothers properly, except the mother from 'Moonlight'. I want some other users to comment if or if not. Then i will decide. Maybe in a few days. But you surely helped me. Thank you. :)
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I don't think any of Ibrahim's belong on this list (no offense).

I also think there is a difference between "strange and bizarre" and just "abusive and neglectful". Which are you going for? Or for both?

FYC:
Marietta Fortune - Wild at Heart
Image result for marietta fortune
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Hello, Jen.
I think more about the complete appearance of these mothers. It's about creepy mental illness, that doesn't have to appear all the time, or using twisted, sick methods - but not directly abuse. Abuse of some kind is in nearly every bad-mother-movie.

I could put there a picture of 'Precious'. But the incestuos abuse of girls is used often - then I had to add 10 more films. Mothers in movies like 'Precious' are not so special, that I would put them to this list. The mothers for the list should have a special unique position feature in mind or body.

I know at the moment, there are three Mothers who do not fit perfectly for this mother-list. I struggle myself by the question of giving them away or not:
Wendy Torrance, Mother Gothel & LaVona.

LaVona is deranged and abusive. But if there wasn't the thing with the knife and her dissing of her 3...4... year old daughter, i wouldn't have put her into the list. Wendy is more kind of deranged, because her husband is mentaly torn - she is not the active part, she is only a victim. The mothers below are active on their own. And Mother Gothel is just a special kind of abuser. Who are  clearly  candidates for the list?

Sarah Goldfarb
Sarah Connor
Momma
Margaret White
Grace Steward
Mel Jones
Mama Fratelli
Joan Crawford
Missy Armitage
Lily Munster
Morticia Addams
Vera Cosgrove
Gertrude Baniszewski

The extract from all of them seems to be mental illness or 'to be dreanged', freaky, kinky not on the rail of normality. :) It's surely more strange & bizarre. Bizarre should stay in the title. I could add 'or Strange' in the title of the list. ;)
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I happened to watch some of Wild at Heart and I second the suggestion of Diane Ladd as Mrs Fortune
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100935/...
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Hello, Peter. I guess, I have to watch this movie too. I just don't know how it did escape from my eyes. :D Ok, it's the fact - I must admit: I haven't seen the movie. But It's a David Lynch movie, you're a poll champion, it's near to 7.5/10 and seems to be unforgettable once one has seen it. And there's a pretty sick image of a scene of that movie on IMDb database. So I put the image of the character Marietta Fortune on the list. Thank you for contributing. :D
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Sorry, Jen. I complete missed, you mentioned Marietta before. So the main thank you for this contribution is up to you. Still big thank you for remembering me to watch a litttle closer to, Peter. ;) Thank you both. ;)
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I've seen 'Wild at Heart' today. Yes! Marietta is very bizarre. ;D
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The image list looks fine.

The English spelling is "bizarre".
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Thank you. I'll correct it. :)
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& Carolyn Jones ( orig Morticia) Addams Family, 1960s TV show
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Movies only. No TV-Show. ;) But thank you. :)
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The image list looks great! I hope that the images I found helped and didn't feel to you like I was trying to take over your poll. You found some wonderful images for the other characters and the list is great.

Oh, if you're interested in this qualifying for consideration to appear on the home page, let me know and I'll tell you the little things you could do that would increase its chances. Or you could wait until you have a few more live polls under your belt. :)

This isn't a big deal but I'd suggest just a few small edits to the following part of the introduction. The suggested edits are in bold just so they're easy to spot:

(Only movies with a rating of 7/10 or higher, with one exception: 6/10 when the character is outstanding and memorable for more than 20 years.)
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When Jen commented a reply of Ibrahim referred to above, I noticed that three characters might not fit the scheme of my mother candidates. I wrote a longer note under the comment of Jen. It's about maybe leaving Wendy Torrance, Mother Gothel and LaVona. You are invited to let me know, what you think about. :)
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Hello, rubyfruit76. I never felt like you like to take over my poll.
You put wings on my poll-ideas. ;) What about "Do the Twist"?
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Well, maybee, it should go online. What do dyou think about it?Greets. :)
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Thank you very much. :D
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Thank you for giving me picture-links for the list. I just checked each, if there are better. But there were only one or two, I changed. Ididn't think you would like to take over my poll, because i know you wanted to be a help. :D And you took the best links of nearly every character.  What do you mean with qualifying to appear on the homepage? Please explain to me, I'm not that fit. I'll edit my text, that's good. :)
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I just thought of having a fortune of a little more practice before jumping into the wild.
We got all the time we take. ;)
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Sorry, this week not much time, because of an infinity war, happening at cinema. ;)
We got to watch this week the last 4 movies to get into the perfect flow. ;D
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I erased Wendy Torrance from the list, because each normal woman like her would do what she did in real life, because of the circumstances. I erased Mother Gothel from the list, because she just abuses her daughter for her purpose, but isn't really bizzare or twisted. It's just a kind of magic.
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I updated the list to new rules and accuracy:

(Only movies with a rating of 7.5/10 or higher, with one exception: 7/10 when the character is outstanding and memorable for more than 20 years.)

I deleted all 6.x/10 and lost one, I would have taken into the list ('Mommie Dearest', 1981). But I wipe the tear away and go on. ;)

I think it's stronger, more concentrated.
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I'm not sure what you mean by "becomes a mature element in storytelling". There is probably a better way to say it.
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Hi Peter, thank you for your interest. I know it's my problem finding the right words in english. That's because I have a very adjusting mode of expression in german words. (I hope, that were the right words for it) ;)
The problem is to put much as possible sense in just the few necassary  words for a short description. I German, it's no problem for me. I know all the puns and popular sayings. In english it's sometimes exhausting to work out he best words.
Maybe you have something that sounds better in english. Let me know. ;)

With "becomes a mature element in storytelling" is ment that the mother is a fundamental element of the story, a most entertaining person in the story. But when I think of that, I just mean, that the bizarreness of the mother is a fundamental element of the story. Maybe that sounds better? Not the mother herself, more her characters quality in being bizarre.
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Hello, Peter. It's me again. You helped me to understand there is a better way to tell, what I intend to sak the people. I changed a few things in the list. Please would you tell me, if it's mor understandable now? Thank you, this was great help for starting a new view on the poll I intendetd to suggest. :D
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I think "fundamental element of the story" is better than "mature element in storytelling".
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Thank you Peter, I will change it. It really sounds better the way you suggest. :D
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Hello fellows. :D
Thank you all for working on the list. It really is teamwork again. You helped me to find a better way to express what this poll should be about. My laguage hurdles are still enormous. Maybe it's not a lack of words. There are so many online-translator for translating words. But it's the exact, precise and propper combination of words which makes the language exceptable. So thank you for correcting me. Like a child I learn. So don't be shy by telling me the truth and giving me better sentences and idiomatic expressions. :D I'm grateful to that. You are good helpers for me.

I might seem something like scattered, but htat's because I have to work and sometimes I got less time to do what I want. So it looks like I'm absent-minded. I'm yearning for the day to retire, but I still gotta work a 'few' years.
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I shortened the descition a little bit. :D
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Yay! Thank you for the good news, Peter. :D
And thank you all for contributing. :)
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Congratulations Breumaster on your 4th live poll! As of 30-May-2018 7:49 PM Pacific your polls have 2,154 or more votes, for an average of 539 votes per poll.

The Most Bizarre Mother-Character in a Movie
6516th Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/DwkPhDZzuvo/

This is the 1,989th Image poll. Such polls have a total of 3,878,475 votes for an average of 1,950 votes per poll.
Total Number of Votes			15,564,648
Projected Date of 20 Million Votes	08-Jan-2020
Days Until 20 Million Votes		586
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