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Old 08-16-2017, 09:07 AM
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Qusay Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti was the second son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He was appointed as his father's heir apparent in 2000. He died, along with his older brother Uday, in a gun battle with U.S. Troops in Mosul in 2003.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:07 AM
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"Ahab the Arab" is a novelty song written and recorded by Ray Stevens in 1962. In the song, Arab is pronounced "Ay-rab" to rhyme with Ahab. The hero of the story is Clyde the camel and Stevens has made references to Clyde numerous times throughout his career. Stevens has also said that Clyde was named after rhythm-and-blues singer Clyde McPhatter, formerly the lead singer of The Drifters.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:03 AM
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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens was, as a boy, present at the 1932 World Series baseball game at Chicago's Wrigley Field in which Babe Ruth famously called his shot. Stevens later recalled, "Ruth did point to the center-field scoreboard. And he did hit the ball out of the park after he pointed with his bat, so it really happened."
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:55 PM
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Prior to being elected as Pope John Paul I, Albino Luciani was Cardinal-Prelate of San Marco and Patriarch of Venice.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:33 PM
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The Latin Patriarch of Antioch was a religious office of the Catholic Church created in 1098. The jurisdiction of the Latin patriarchs in Antioch extended over the three feudal principalities of Antioch, Edessa, and Tripolis. Towards the end of the twelfth century the island of Cyprus was added.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:35 PM
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Billed as the "Alligator Capital of the World," Orlando's Gatorland features thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a breeding marsh with boardwalk and observation tower, reptile shows, aviary, petting zoo, swamp walk, and educational programs. The classic Old Florida attraction is also known for its collection of leucistic, or albino, alligators.
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Old 08-16-2017, 03:15 PM
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Okay, ignore that. The Rat's post is active.
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Old 08-16-2017, 04:08 PM
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On December 30, 1702, James Moore—governor and patriarch of sorts of the colony of Carolina—ended a siege at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Spanish Florida, and returned, humiliated, to Charles Town.

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Old 08-16-2017, 06:10 PM
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The song "Ach du lieber Augustin" supposedly originated in Vienna during the Plague period of 1678-1679. Legend has it that one evening, Augustin, a singer and bagpiper, drank too much and fell asleep in the street on his way home. The morning corpse patrol threw his body on the cart with the other corpses and took him away. Fortunately Augustin awoke in the nick of time; in some versions of the legend he was at the bottom of a pile of corpses in a mass grave, and, unable to get out, played his bagpipes until he was rescued. The rumor spread that wine cured and prevented the plague, and Augustin was seen as a symbol of hope.

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Old 08-16-2017, 07:30 PM
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Trivia Dominoes: Play Off the Last Bit of Trivia

"Doughnuts Bagpipes - is there anything they can't do?"

-- Homer Simpson, after a lone Piper stops the runaway Monorail.

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Old 08-16-2017, 10:35 PM
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100 Pipers is a brand of blended Scotch whisky that is produced by Pernod Ricard. The company says it is the "seventh-largest blended Scotch worldwide". It is one of the best-selling whiskies in Thailand.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:39 PM
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The price of "eleven piping pipers" has been estimated at $2,708.40.
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Old Yesterday, 03:35 AM
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The Piping Plover is an endangered North American shore bird, whose numbers have dwindled to less than 6,000 individuals, but there has been some recovery, due to the public closing of nearly all beaches where they are known to customarily breed.
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Old Yesterday, 08:19 AM
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Plovers are found throughout the world, with the exception of the Sahara and the polar regions, and are characterized by relatively short bills. They hunt by sight, rather than by feel as longer-billed waders like snipes do. They feed mainly on insects, worms or other invertebrates, depending on habitat, which are obtained by a run-and-pause technique, rather than the steady probing of some other wader groups.

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Old Yesterday, 11:22 AM
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Emi Koussi is a pyroclastic shield volcano that lies at the southeast end of the Tibesti Mountains in the central Sahara Desert of the northern Borkou Region of northern Chad. At 11,302 feet in elevation, it is the tallest mountain in the Sahara.
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Old Yesterday, 11:26 AM
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When Chad Mitchell left the Chad Mitchell Trio to pursue a solo career, he was replaced by John Denver. The original group (Mitchell, Mike Kobluk, and Joe Frazier) met while students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
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Old Yesterday, 11:53 AM
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Bing Crosby attended Gonzaga University for three years, not earning a degree then. But in 1937 he got an honorary degree from the school.
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Old Yesterday, 02:46 PM
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"Big Noise from Winnetka" is a jazz song co-written by composer and bass player Bob Haggart and drummer Ray Bauduc with lyrics by Gil Rodin and Bob Crosby, who were members of a sub-group of the Bob Crosby Orchestra called "The Bobcats". They also were the first to record it, in 1938. That recording is remarkable for its unusual duet feature: Haggart whistles the melody and plays the bass, while only Bauduc accompanies him on the drums. Halfway through the solo, Bauduc starts drumming on the strings of the double bass, while Haggart continues to play with his left hand, creating a percussive bass solo. The song was a spontaneous composition, created at the Blackhawk in Chicago in 1938. When some of the band were late getting back from a break, Haggart and Bauduc started free improvising while they waited and "Big Noise" was the result.
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Old Yesterday, 06:09 PM
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Although Chief Black Hawk is widely associated with Illinois history, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, using his image as their team logo, was not named directly after him. Team founder Frederic McLaughlin was a member of the Blackhawk Division, a machinegun battalion in WWI, after whom the team was named.
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 PM
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The Detroit Red Wings were originally the Victoria Cougars, but when the Western Hockey League folded, a Detroit team was placed in the National Hockey League, and the new owners bought the Victoria players and named their new team the Detroit Cougars. With no stadium to play in in their first season, 1927, the team played in Windsor, Ontario. The next season, 1928, they moved to the Detroit Olympia, which was their home rink until 1979. A new owner changed the name to the Red Wings in 1932, in memory of the team nickname, the Winged Wheelers, of the Montreal Maroons.

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The NBA basketball team the Detroit Pistons were originally (when I was in high school) the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, owned and operated by the Zollner company, which manufactured pistons for Detroit automakers. They were an early NBA franchise that played its home games in a high school gym

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Old Today, 09:27 AM
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The Lycoming XR-7755 was the largest piston-driven aircraft engine ever produced, with 36 cylinders totaling about 7,750 cubic inches of displacement and a power output of 5,000 horsepower. Only two examples were built before the project was terminated in 1946. The original test engine is now in the Smithsonian Institution.
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Old Today, 11:42 AM
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The Lycoming XR-7755 was intended for the aircraft that became the Convair B-36 Peacemaker, which was eventually powered by six Pratt & Whitney R-4360 "Wasp Major" engines, with 4 GE J-47 jets near the wingtips to provide takeoff boost power. The configuration was nicknamed "six turning and four burning", but the engines' chronic reliability problems led to variants including words like "two joking and four smoking".
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Old Today, 08:14 PM
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Western Kansas has more museums per capita than any other region in the USA. Seemingly, one in almost every town. The Kansas Department of Wildlife maintains a museum in Pratt, Kansas, featuring aquaria where visitors can see native fish, as well as other wildlife displays.
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