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Old 11-21-2011, 02:58 PM
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Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States during the Civil War, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, were both born in Kentucky within a hundred miles of each other. Lincoln rose to political power in Illinois, however, and Davis in Mississippi.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:20 PM
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Ohio does not have a state police, as such; it has a Highway Patrol, which is limited in its authority due to longstanding institutional jealousy and turf protection by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.
Ah, but at least it exists and is some sort of state authority.


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Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States during the Civil War, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, were both born in Kentucky within a hundred miles of each other. Lincoln rose to political power in Illinois, however, and Davis in Mississippi.
The Civil War is a college rivalry between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. The rivalry is one of the oldest in the nation, dating back to 1894 when the two universities' football teams first met. Although the college football game is the most popular rivalry, the two universities have Civil War games in every sport that both sponsor. There is also an academic rivalry between the schools on occasion, and competitions for community services such as blood drives take place often.

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Old 11-21-2011, 10:53 PM
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Oregon is the only state whose flag is different on the front and back - the state seal on the obverse, and a beaver on the reverse.

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The flag of Paraguay also features different obverse and reverse designs, although one has to look somewhat closely to note the distinction. The front features the national coat of arms, while the other side contains the seal of the treasury.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:40 PM
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The War of the Triple Alliance saw Paraguay at war with three of its neighbors: Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. Proportionately, it caused more deaths than any other war in modern history, with Paraguay especially devastated, losing 60-70% of the population. Overall, there was about a four-to-one ratio in the numbers of females to males after the war. Polygamy was allowed and the Catholic church gave special dispensation to polygamous marriages for some time after the war as a way to build up the population.

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Old 11-22-2011, 11:28 PM
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The citizens of Utah, then as now largely Mormon, had to disavow polygamy in order to gain U.S. statehood in 1896. Some breakaway Mormon sects, as discussed in Jon Krakauer's book Under the Banner of Heaven, still quietly practice polygamy.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:35 AM
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Mormon founder Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were attacked and killed by a mob, while jailed in Carthage, Illinois on charges relating to his ordering the destruction of facilities producing the Nauvoo Expositor, a newspaper whose first and only edition claimed Smith was practicing polygamy and that he intended to set himself up as a theocratic king. Five men were tried and acquitted of the murder.
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Old 11-23-2011, 02:43 PM
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The Texas town of Carthage is home to both the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and a museum devoted to singer/actor Tex Ritter.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:22 PM
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Thelma Ritter, who holds the record for the most times nominated for an acting Oscar without a win (with Deborah Kerr), made her film debut (uncredited) in Miracle on 34th Street, playing the mother of a girl who asks for a gift that Macy's doesn't have (Kris Kringle tells her to go to another store to find it).
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Susan Lucci was nominated for a Daytime Emmy a record 21 times, beginning in 1978, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her performances on All My Children as Erica Kane, not winning it until her 19th try in 1999. Depending on how you count, Erica was married between 10 and 12 times over the show's long run.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:56 PM
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...Depending on how you count, Erica was married between 10 and 12 times over the show's long run.
Please explain this further.

Susan Dey starred in both The Partridge Family and L.A. Law.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:07 PM
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Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy in Grease (1978).
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:55 AM
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Please explain this further.
Here. IOW, it was a soap opera.

Dey was the title given to the rulers of the Regency of Algiers and Tunis under the Ottoman Empire from 1671 onwards.
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Here. IOW, it was a soap opera.

Dey was the title given to the rulers of the Regency of Algiers and Tunis under the Ottoman Empire from 1671 onwards.
Thanks for the Erica Kane explanation. That gal's been bizzay!

"Regency England" refers to the period from 1811-1820 when King George III was mentally unfit to reign, and his duties were performed (not always well) by his son the Prince of Wales, who served as Prince Regent. The prince later took the British throne in his own right as King George IV.
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:53 PM
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The Prince Philip Movement is a religious sect on the island nation of Vanuatu, which holds the Duke of Edinburgh to be the incarnation of one of their local mountain spirits. Adherents among the Yaohnanen tribe further hold the Prince Consort to be the brother of John Frum, the deity of their main cargo cult. They construct imitation runways and radios in hope of attracting the American Army transport planes, full of bounty, to return to their fair islands.
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Vanuatu was formerly known as the New Hebrides Condominium, and was jointly ruled by France and the United Kingdom. Even today, there are separate Francophone and Anglophone schools in the island nation.
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:25 PM
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There are four countries with a presence in North American not counting the West Indies: Canada, the United States, Mexico and France.

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Old 11-24-2011, 07:40 PM
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There are four countries with a presence in North American not counting the West Indies: Canada, the United States, Mexico and France.
Wow - I had no idea there was still a teeny little French outpost off the coast of Canada! Ignorance fought.

The flags of Canada, the United States, Mexico and France each include red stripes.
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Wow - I had no idea there was still a teeny little French outpost off the coast of Canada! Ignorance fought.

The flags of Canada, the United States, Mexico and France each include red stripes.
As does Thailand's.

The image of the Mexican flag is protected under law. A special permit is needed to broadcast its image. In February 2010, MTV Mexico controversially cancelled a much-publicised broadcast of an episode of South Park called "Pinewood Derby," featuring the flag, because the permit had not been issued. And in 2008, Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio was fined for posing nude wrapped in the flag in a photo shoot for a Spanish magazine.

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Old 11-24-2011, 09:36 PM
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When a new horse race in England was being established in 1779, there was some question as what it would be called. According to tradition, the two noblemen involved flipped a coin and the race was named after the winner, the Earl of Derby. The Derby became the premiere English horse race, so when Churchill Downs established a new race, they named it the Kentucky Derby. If the coin flip had gone the other way, they'd br running the Kentucky Burbury, after the Earl of Burbury.
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:33 AM
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It is believed that Stephen Foster took inspiration from Harriett Beecher Stowe's 1851 bestseller Uncle Tom's Cabin, and hoped to exploit its popularity by writing a song he called "Poor Uncle Tom, Good Night." Each verse ended with the line "Den poor Uncle Tom, good night."

The song later became the offical state song "My Old Kentucky Home."

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"My Old Kentucky Home" was first performed in 1853 by Christy's Minstrels. The troupe popularized the standard minstrel show opening act that featured the roles of Mr. Interlocutor, Mr. Tambo, and Mr. Bones.
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"My Old Kentucky Home" is featured on the 2001 state quarter for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. George Washington is shown on the other side, as he is on all quarters issued since the 1930s.

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Legend has it that Stephen Foster wrote "My Old Kentucky Home' after a visit to Federal Hill, the plantation owned by his cousin, U.S. Seantor John Rowan.
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Rowan University is located in New Jersey. Formerly known as Glassboro State College, it is perhaps most famous for serving as the site of a summit meeting between U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in 1967.
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Robin Williams's first regular role on TV was in a revival of Laugh-In in 1977. Rowan and Martin were not involved in it, and sued producer George Schlatter for using the name.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:26 PM
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Alan Williams, who was the booking agent for the Beatles before they moved on to Brian Epstein and George Martin, recovered a tape of a Beatles performance in Hamburg from 1962 and released it in 1977.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:26 AM
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Beatle George Harrison's son Dhani is the only one of the Beatles' ten children who has no half-siblings.
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Former University of Michigan and NFL linebacker Dhani Jones is the host of the Travel Channel series Dhani Tackles the Globe, which features him visiting different countries and learning to play their sports. As an example, he played Rugby Union for England's Blackheath club.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:32 PM
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Former college and NFL defensive end Deacon Jones played a Viking named Thall in the movie The Norseman, despite being an African-American from central Florida.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 PM
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Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx plays an assassin-for-hire named "M_f_ Jones" in the recent comedy Horrible Bosses.
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Jimmy Foxx was the second baseball player to hit 500 home runs, after Babe Ruth.
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Although the name of the Baby Ruth candy bar sounds like the name of the famous baseball player Babe Ruth, the Curtiss Candy Company traditionally claimed that it was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth Cleveland. The candy maker, located on the same street as Wrigley Field, named the bar Baby Ruth in 1921 as Babe Ruth's fame was on the rise, over 30 years after Cleveland had left the White House and 17 years after his daughter, Ruth, had died. The company did not negotiate an endorsement deal with Ruth, and many saw the company's story about the origin of the name to be a devious way to avoid having to pay the baseball player any royalties. Curtiss successfully shut down a rival bar that was approved by, and named for, Ruth, on the grounds that the names were too similar.
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"Baby" Ruth's mother, Frances Folsom Cleveland, was the first presidential widow to remarry. After Grover died in 1908, Frances married archaeology professor Thomas Preston in 1913. She died in 1947, and Thomas survived her by eight years.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:57 AM
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Johnny Cash wrote "Folsom Prison Blues", arguably his best-known song, in 1951 while still in West Germany with the US Air Force. He never explained why the culprit of a murder in Reno would be sent to a California prison, however, even when he performed it at Folsom Prison itself, to a closely-guarded audience, in 1968.
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Simple answer: because he's not in prison for that murder.

Back to game: the musical Anything Goes features the evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, who was reportedly based upon evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.
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Reno Nevada was a member of Buckaroo Banzai's entourage, and is the narrator of the novel based on the film. Others in Buckaroo's orbit included Dr. Hikita, Perfect Tommy, Rawhide, New Jersey, Pinky Carruthers and Penny Priddy.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:16 PM
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's full name is Christopher James Christie. Curtis Sliwa's nickname for him is Chris "El Hefty" Christopher.
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Thomas Edison's son Charles was Governor of New Jersey from 1941 to '44. Previously, he had run Edison Records, among other duties in the "family business", before serving as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
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George B. McClellan, former top Union general and unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the Presidency in 1864, later served as Governor of New Jersey. His son served as Mayor of New York City.
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In the Batman TV show, the mayor of Gotham City was Mayor Lindseed and the governor of the state in which Gotham City was a part was Governor Stonefellow. Today, you need to explain that these were references to then-current NYC mayor John Lindsay and NYS governor Nelson Rockefeller.
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In her memoir Life Is Not A Stage, Florence Henderson claims she got "the crabs" from John Lindsay during a one-night stand in Beverly Hills.
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Lindsay "The Bionic Woman" Wagner and Meryl Streep were born on the same day: June 22, 1949.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:24 PM
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The made-for-TV movie of Wendy Wasserstein's first play "Uncommon Women and Others" included Meryl Streep, Swoosie Kurtz and Jill Eikenberry

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Karl Eikenberry is the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, in the news for a leaked secret memo to Hillary Clinton describing Afghan President Karzai as unwilling and unable to lead Afghanistan without U.S. assistance, and believing that the U.S. covets Afghanistan as a stage for a "never-ending war on terror."
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Although French is not one of the many languages each spoken by a significant number of residents of Afghanistan, the country's stamps were generally inscribed with the French Postes Afghanes from 1928 to 1989. One contributing factor to the decision was the fact that French is the official language of the Universal Postal Union, which is headquartered in the Swiss city of Geneva.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:23 PM
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Herbert Hoover, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, was elected President in Nov. 1928 when popular incumbent Calvin Coolidge decided not to run again. Hoover took office in March 1929, and the Stock Market Crash occurred on his watch just seven months later.
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Isaac Asimov's I, Robot is a fix-up of several of his robot short stories, many featuring Susan Calvin, the chief robopsychologist of US Robots and Mechanical Men.

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Old 12-02-2011, 06:13 PM
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Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson insists that cartoon strips should stand on their own as an art form and has resisted the use of Calvin and Hobbes in merchandising of any sort. Almost no legitimate Calvin and Hobbes merchandise exists outside of the book collections. Exceptions produced during the strip's original run include two 16-month calendars (1988–1989 and 1989–1990) and the textbook [I]Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, which has been described as "perhaps the most difficult piece of official Calvin and Hobbes memorabilia to find." And on July 16, 2010, the United States Postal Service released a set of postage stamps honoring five comic strips, one of them Calvin and Hobbes.

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In American English, the stuff customarily delivered by the United States Postal Servcie is referred to as "the mail." But the stuff delivered by the UK's Royal Mail is generally (though not universally) called "the post."

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