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Old 09-17-2019, 03:24 PM
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American actor Mark Lenard played, in various incarnations of Star Trek, a Vulcan (Spock's father, Ambassador Sarek), a Romulan and a Klingon.
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Mark Lenard's first Star Trek appearance was in The Original Series. He did not appear as Sarek or any other Vulcan, but instead as the first-ever Romulan seen by anyone, in the episode Balance of Terror (1966). His last Star Trek motion picture role was in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), as the Vulcan, Ambassador Sarek.
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Although created by Gene Roddenberry, and having several similar elements, Andromeda is not considered to be in the Star Trek universe.
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Andromeda Chained to the Rocks is a 1630 painting by Rembrandt, or Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn >> painting image - well technically it is NSFW so add a "z" (lower case) to the end of this:

https://is.gd/O2fvX

She represents Rembrandt's first full length mythological female nude history painting.

ETA: fixed the link.

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The Rembrandts are a pop music duo, founded in Los Angeles in 1989 by Danny Wilde and Phil Solem.

They had a top-20 hit in 1990 with the song "Just the Way It Is, Baby," but their enduring fame has come from recording the theme song for the TV comedy Friends, "I'll Be There For You."
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Los Angeles, not San Francisco or any other city, has the steepest street in California. Eldred St., near Mt. Washington in Highland Park, has a 33% elevation grade, which is 1.5% higher than the grades on two of San Francisco’s most notoriously steep streets, 22nd St. and Filbert.
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Filberts are a type of nut, closely related to the common hazelnut, but longer and narrower. The term 'filbert' comes from Norman French. Saint Philibert's feast day is 20 August and the plant was possibly named after him because the nuts were mature in England and Normandy around this day.
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The cashew nut grows on bottom of the cashew apple, which is an acidic fruit. The harvesting is arduous and time-consuming, which is why the price of cashews is much higher than most other nuts.
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A nut is a fruit that is a dried seed with an inedible hard shell that does not open to release the seed when ripe -- it is indehiscent.

The peanut is not a nut, it is a legume.

Walnuts are the oldest known tree food.

The hazelnut is Oregon's official State Nut.

The shell of the cashew is toxic and can’t be eaten. Cashews are in the same plant family as poison ivy and poison sumac and their itchy oil is primarily contained in their shell.
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Nutella spread (it's an acquired taste) is made from hazelnut paste and cocoa, by the Italian confectioner Ferrero. They also produce the line of Ferrero branded chocolate products, including Pocket Coffee, Mon Chéri, Confetteria Raffaello, Ferrero Küsschen, and the Ferrero Prestige line, which comprises three different brands of pralines: Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Rondnoir, and Garden Coco.
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11 year old Daisy Eagan won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for playing Mary Lennox in the musical version of The Secret Garden, making her, at eleven years old, she is the youngest female to win a Tony and the second youngest person to win a Tony (Frankie Michaels was ten when he won his Tony for Mame).
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The Ferrara Candy Company of Oak Brook, IL makes Lemonheads, Atomic Fireballs, Red Hots, and Original Boston Baked Beans, and also Brach's, Chuckles, Jujyfruits, and Now and Later. Two years ago Ferrara was acquired by Ferrero SpA of Alba, Piedmont, Italy, makers of Nutella.

It may be easier to acquire the taste for Nutella (“NOO-tella”) if you have it in a dessert crêpe, in your garden.
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Andromeda Chained to the Rocks is a 1630 painting by Rembrandt, or Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn >> painting image - well technically it is NSFW so add a "z" (lower case) to the end of this:

https://is.gd/O2fvX

She represents Rembrandt's first full length mythological female nude history painting.

ETA: fixed the link.
Linky still no worky - try here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androm...d_to_the_Rocks

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John Adams successfully defended most of the British soldiers charged with unlawfully killing the victims of the March 5, 1770 Boston Massacre.
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After John Astin married Patty Duke, he adopted her son Sean. Duke insisted that he was he child's father, though she had been in a relationship with Desi Arnez Jr. at the time. When she was pregnant, she married Michael Tell, but insisted the relationship was never consummated and got the marriage annulled.

Sean Astin would later have genetic testing, which proved Tell was his biological father, but Patty Duke went to her grave insisting that the tests were wrong and John Astin was Sean's father.
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"Duke of Earl", a song written and recorded by Gene Chandler, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on January 13, 1962, and held the number-one spot for three weeks.
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The legend of William Tell and his resistance to the tyranny of Gessler, an official of the Austrian Dukes of Hapsburg, has been popular since the 1500s, but there is no evidence for Tell as a historical individual, let alone for the apple-shot story.

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Andromeda Chained to the Rocks is a 1630 painting by Rembrandt, or Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn >> painting image - well technically it is NSFW so add a "z" (lower case) to the end of this:

https://is.gd/O2fvX

She represents Rembrandt's first full length mythological female nude history painting.

ETA: fixed the link.

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The URL works but since it is NSFW you have to add a z to the end. You missed the part in bold.

But I realize that my ETA saying I fixed the link is a little misleading.

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Old 09-18-2019, 10:14 AM
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In 1498 Emperor Maximilian I founded one of the most famous choirs in the world, the Vienna Boys Choir of Austria, replacing castrati with young boys whose voices had yet to change.
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Another Vienna institution is the Spanish Riding School, home of the famed Lipizzaner horses originally bred for the Habsburgs. The rescue of the Lipizzans by the United States Army, made famous by the Disney movie Miracle of the White Stallions, occurred in two parts: The United States Third Army, under the command of General George S. Patton, was near St. Martins in the spring of 1945 and learned that the Lipizzan stallions were in the area. Patton himself was a horseman, and like Podhajsky, had competed in the Olympic Games. On May 7, 1945, Podhajsky put on an exhibition of the Spanish Riding School stallions for Patton and Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson, and at its conclusion requested that Patton take the horses under his protection.
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Charles II was the last of the Spanish Habsburgs, the son of Philip IV of Spain and Mariana of Austria. The Habsburgs were famous for their strategic marriages, and Charles II was the culmination of this: his mother was a niece of his father, his grandmother was his aunt, and his great-grandmother was also his grandmother. In fact, all 8 of this great-grandparents were direct descendants of Joanna and Philip I of Castile, and Joanna appears in his family tree no less than 14 times! As a result, Charles II was born with several genetic disabilities, including his protruding jaw. His Habsburg jaw was so pronounced that he did not learn to speak until the age of 4, and even then could barely be understood. He also had difficulty chewing due to his large tongue, and frequently drooled. Unsurprisingly, Charles II was also impotent, though that did not prevent him from having two wives who tried in vain to give him an heir. The homogeneity of the Habsburg genetic pool was so extreme by this point that they had a higher rate of stillbirths than peasants in the Spanish countryside. And ultimately, after 16 generations of inbreeding, Charles II was the end of the line – he died in 1700 just shy of his 39th birthday, and along with him died the Habsburg dynasty in Spain.
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"I'm My Own Grandpa" (sometimes rendered as "I'm My Own Grandpaw") is a novelty song written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe, performed by Lonzo and Oscar in 1947, about a man who, through an unlikely (but legal) combination of marriages, becomes stepfather to his own stepmother—that is, tacitly dropping the "step-" modifiers, he becomes his own grandfather.

The relationship is simpler than the lyrics suggest - the singer married the mother of a woman who married his father. In his view, being the husband of his father's stepmother made him his own grandpa.
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The "grandfather paradox" is a well-known topic in theortical discussions (and fiction) regarding time travel. The paradox is named after the concept of someone traveling back in time, and killing their own grandfather before that man had participated in the conception of the time traveler's parent (thus also preventing the birth of the time traveler), but it broadly refers to any action taken by a time traveler which alters the past.

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When Woody Allen married Soon-Yi Previn, he became Mia Farrow and Andre Previn's son-in-law, and brother-in-law to all of Mia's children, including his own adoptive children Moses and Dylan Farrow and their biological son Satchel (who now goes by the name Ronan Farrow). Woody and Soon-Yi's two adopted children are Moses, Dylan, and Satchel's half-sisters and/rr nieces. And Mia and Andre are their grandparents.

I doubt their family gets invited to many of Mia's family events.

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Like Mass and Energy, Space And Time are simultaneous and inseparable phenomena, and together they form the fabric of the universe known as space-time. A demonstration of four dimensional space-time’s inseparability is the fact that, as astronomers often remind us, we cannot look into space without looking back into time. We see the Moon as it was 1.2 seconds ago and the Sun as it was 8 minutes ago. But if we could look back into time, we could also see Moses of the Sinai.
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The division of the hour into 60 minutes and of the minute into 60 seconds comes from the Babylonians who used a '60s' counting system (rather than '10s') for mathematics and astronomy. They derived their number system from the Sumerians who were using it as early as 3500 BC.
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In artillery fire direction control, howitzers are aimed and moved by lateral angles measured in mils, or milliradians. Milliradians, often called a mil or mrad, is an SI derived unit for angular measurement which is defined as a one-one thousandth division of a radian (0.001 radian). In the 1950s, NATO adopted metric units of measurement for land and general use. Mils, meters, and kilograms became standard, although degrees remained in use for naval and air purposes, reflecting civil practices.
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The radian is an odd measurement that can be either dimensional or not, depending on the application. It can be thought of as a unit of angle equal to 180/pi degrees, or it can be thought of as the ratio of the subtended circumference to the radius of the circle.
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The number of decimal places calculated for pi has grown exponentially since pi's first use. The Babylonians thought the fraction 3 1/8 was good enough in 2000 B.C., while the ancient Chinese and the writers of the Old Testament (Kings 7:23) seemed perfectly happy to use the integer 3. By 1665, Isaac Newton had calculated pi to 16 decimal places. By 1719, French mathematician Thomas Fantet de Lagny had calculated 127 decimal places, according to "A History of Pi". The advent of computers radically improved humans' knowledge of pi. Between 1949 and 1967, the number of known decimal places of pi skyrocketed from 2,037 on the ENIAC computer to 500,000 on the CDC 6600 in Paris, according to "A History of Pi". Recently, Peter Trueb, a scientist at the Swiss company Dectris Ltd., used a multithreaded computer program to calculate 22,459,157,718,361 digits of pi over the course of 105 days.
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Fig Newtons were named for the town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and not for the scientist.

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Retired USAF General Lloyd "Fig" Newton, a South Carolina native, was the first African-American pilot in the Thunderbirds.
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Calvin J. Spann was an original Tuskegee Airman and fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Spann received his wings from the Tuskegee Flight School as a part of the graduating class of 44G. As a member of the United States Army Air Corps, he served in Europe during World War II, where Spann flew 26 combat missions before the end of the war in the European Theatre.

In 2006, Spann was inducted in to the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and was honored by President George W. Bush with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Spann died on September 6, 2015 at the age of 90 (and, may I add, Spannie was a close personal friend of mine).
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According to Wiki, the latest person to receivee the Congressional Gold Medal is Steve Gleason, former NFL player for the Colts and Saints. Following his retirement in 2008, Gleason revealed in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with ALS. His experiences while living with the disease were captured on video over the course of a five-year period and featured in the 2016 documentary Gleason. He is the first NFL player to receive the award.
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The Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom are the highest civilian awards in the US. The Congressional Gold Medal normally is awarded to persons, but in 1979 the American Red Cross became the first organization to be honored with a gold medal.
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In 1880, at the first International Millers' Exhibition, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Washburn-Crosby Company (based in Minneapolis, Minnesota) won gold, silver, and bronze medals for their flour products.

As a result of these awards, Washburn-Crosby (which became part of General Mills in 1928) re-branded their highest-quality wheat flour as Gold Medal.
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Both Ted Williams (#9) and Carl Yastrzemski (#8) played minor league ball for the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association in the Boston Red Sox system.
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Ted Williams is a US Marine. He once said, towards the end of his life, that being a Marine is the one thing he is most proud of.

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It's a funny thing, but, as years go by, I think you appreciate more and more what a great thing it was to be a United States Marine... People will tell me what a shame it was I had to go back into the service a second time, but I'm kinda glad I did.. Besides, I am a U.S. Marine and I'll be one till I die.

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I was a United States Marine pilot. It was the greatest experience of my life, and the greatest people in the world that I ever met were in the Marine Corps. The two things that I'm proudest of in my life, one is that I was a marine. The other thing is that I was lucky enough to play the game I loved.
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The Marines' Hymn begins with one of the most readily recognized verses anywhere:

From the Halls of Montezuma
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The music to this hymn is believed to have been adapted from an 1859 French comic opera composed by Jacques Offenbach. The author is unknown.
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Traveler's diarrhea, also known as "Montezuma's Revenge" and "Delhi belly" is typically suffered by travelers visiting developing countries, including Mexico, and portions of Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.

The condition is caused by ingesting an infectious agent, including bacteria such as E. coli and Shigella. Typical mechanisms for becoming infected include drinking contaminated water, eating improperly-cooked food, and insufficient hygiene.
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Mary Mallon, aka Typhoid Mary, was a carrier of the typhoid virus, but did not show any signs of having it. This, plus the fact that she insisted on finding work as a cook, and her lack of basic hygiene, led to the disease being spread. She was institutionalized, but an outcry led to her being released, on the condition that she not seek work as a cook. She did, people got sick from typhoid, and she was institutionalized for the rest of her life.
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Walt Disney originally considered Angela Lansbury, Mary Martin, and Bette Davis for the role of Mary Poppins.
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Bette Davis!? Really?

In play: a piece of sad Mary Poppins trivia that I learned only recently.

Matthew Garber, who played Michael Banks in Mary Poppins (1964), died in 1977, age 21. In 1976-1977, Garber was in India and contracted hepatitis, possibly from infected food. He returned to London in June 1977 for medical treatment. It was too late as the disease had infected his pancreas. He died soon after, the official cause being haemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis.

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The recent remake of Mary Poppins was so successful, despite mixed reviews, that Disney is already considering a sequel.
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Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mentioned more times in the Qur’an than in the New Testament.
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Both the 'Catholic Bible' and the 'Protestant Bible' contain 27 books in the New Testament. However, the Catholic Bible has 46 Old Testament books, 7 more than the Old Testament in the Protestant Bible.
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In Marvin Olasky's Standing for Christ in s Modern Babylon, he argues that since abortion is against the Bible and a child needs a mother and a father, women facing an unwanted pregnancy should not make the selfish choice of killing the baby or subjecting him to a life of poverty as a single mother, but should either marry the baby's father or let it be adopted by a straight, married Christian couple. He states (direct quote) Christians need to work to double the choice, going from two--reluctant homicide or life imprisonment--to four, adding adoption and emphasizing marriage when appropriate and possible.

Because, you know, must pregnant single woman are too stupid to have heard about adoption and marriage.
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Dave Thomas, the founder, CEO, and longtime commercial spokesperson for the Wendy's restaurant chain, was born to an unwed mother, and was adopted when he was six weeks old. As an adult, Thomas became an adoption advocate, and created the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a charity organization which works to find permanent homes for children in foster care.
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US Olympic diver Wendy Wyland competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics. She won a bronze medal in the Women's 10m Platform competition at the age of 19. She was recognized in a 1990 People magazine article as one of the "50 most beautiful people".

She died unexpectedly at the young age of 36. She had suffered from migraines and dizziness for 22 months before her death. An autopsy was performed but could not determine the cause of death. An annual diving competition bears her name, The Wendy Wyland Invitational.
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Diving first became an Olympic event in the summer games at St. Louis in 1904. There were two diving events, both contested by men. One was 'fancy diving', which was a platform event during which the contestants performed acrobatic moves (like somersaults and twists) during the dive. The other event was called 'plunge for distance'. In this event, competitors dove into the pool from a standing position and their attained distance was measured after either 60 seconds passed or their head broke the surface, whichever came first.

Plunge for distance did not appear in any subsequent Olympic Games.
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The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known as the St. Louis World's Fair, was held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904. It included tribal peoples from American territories, including Apaches from the Arizona territory and Tlingit from what was then called the Alaska district, put on display in so-called "living exhibits" that recreated their native villages.

The largest "living exhibit" was the Philippine village, a 47-acre site that for seven months in 1904 housed more than 1,000 Filipinos from at least 10 different ethnic groups. The biggest crowd-drawers were the so-called primitive tribes -- especially the Igorots, whose appeal lay in their custom of eating dog. While they usually ate dog only on rare ceremonial occasions, during the fair, they were fed the animals on a daily basis.
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