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Old 05-19-2017, 12:17 PM
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On January 25, 1971, Idi Amin Dada seized power in a military coup d'état from President Milton Obote, beginning eight years of military rule in Uganda. Amin's rule was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement. The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:29 PM
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Far from paying for his crimes, Idi Amin decamped with his fortune to Libya and then onward to Saudi Arabia, where he was given sanctuary, dying there in 2003 at age 78.

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Old 05-19-2017, 01:17 PM
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In the military, Idi Amin's initial job was as a cook.
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:29 PM
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Idi Amin was played by American actor Forest Whitaker in the 2006 British drama The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker, who was born in Longview, Texas in 1961, won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:41 PM
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Former NFL running back Earl Campbell is nicknamed "The Tyler Rose" because he hails from Tyler TX. Tyler is about 35 miles southwest of Longview TX.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:13 PM
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According to the Texas State Historical Society, the lyrics of the earliest version of the song "The Yellow Rose of Texas" originally referred to "a yellow girl," a term used to describe a light-skinned bi-racial woman born of African-American and white progenitors. The song is written in the first person from the perspective of an African-American singer who refers to himself as a "darkey," longing to return to his "yellow girl".
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:17 PM
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The English and French lyrics of "O Canada" have no correspondence to each other. The anthem is essentially two different songs.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:26 PM
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"El Gran Carlemany" or "The Great Charlemagne") is the national anthem of the Principality of Andorra. It was adopted as the national anthem on September 8, 1921.

The Lyrics:

The great Charlemagne, my father,
from the Saracens liberated me
And from heaven he gave me life,
of Meritxell, the great Mother.

I was born a Princess, a Maiden
neutral between two nations.
I am the only remaining daughter,
of the Carolingian empire

Believing and free for eleven centuries,
a believer and free I will be.
The laws of the land be my tutors,
and my Princes[A] defenders!

And my Princes defenders!

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:39 PM
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Playing off of "liberated": the Consolidated B-24 Liberator heavy bomber was one of the mainstay bombers of the Allied Forces in the European Theater of WWII. At nearly 19,000 units, it holds the distinction of being the most produced heavy bomber in history, the most produced multi-engine aircraft in history and the most-produced American military aircraft.

There are only two known airworthy examples of the B-24: Diamond Lil of the Commemorative Air Force (B-24/B-29 Squadron) in Addison TX, and Witchcraft, of the Collings Foundation in Stow MA.

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Old 05-19-2017, 11:59 PM
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The evil megacorporation of the 1981 Sean Connery sf thriller Outland is Consolidated Amalgamated or "Con-Am." Peter Boyle played the company's senior official on the remote mining outpost of Io.
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:06 AM
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In Greek mythology, Io was a princess whom Zeus fell in love with, then turned into a cow. Hera, in one of her typical jealous rages, caused a gadfly to sting the cow repeatedly until, attempting to escape, she jumped into the Black Sea strait known as the Bosporus (cow crossing).
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Old 05-20-2017, 01:15 AM
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People first domesticated cows about 5000 years ago. Cows came to America with Christopher Columbus. The average dairy cow produces about 10 gallons of milk a day and drinks about 30 gallons of water per day.
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Lactose is a sugar found in milk. Lactase is the enzyme necessary to digest lactose. In most mammals, the production of lactase gradually declines towards adulthood.

In humans, lactase persistence into adulthood is a genetic difference between different populations. It is strongest in people of northern European heritage, where milk was a major protein source, as well as in some other pastoral peoples in Central Asia. However, in large parts of the world, such as Africa, south Asia and South America, populations are largely lactose-intolerant, as the production of lactase in the body gradually declines towards adulthood.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:38 AM
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Nitpick: not so much in the northern part of South Asia, which has seen massive immigration over the centuries from Central Asia.

In play. Gibbons Decline and fall of the Roman Empire was one of the first histories to differentiate between primary and secondary sources.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:23 AM
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Judges are elected in Ohio at all levels, including the state supreme court. A judge's party affiliation will appear on the ballot in a partisan primary election, but not in the general election.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:48 AM
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A comedy routine, "Here Come de Judge", used repeatedly on the iU]Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In[/I] TV show, inspired the creation of a 1969 Pontiac GTO version called "The Judge."
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:01 AM
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The year 1969 saw 4 men walk on the moon. The year 1970 saw zero.

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Old 05-20-2017, 09:29 AM
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Zero Mostel played Teyve in the Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof", Pseudolus on stage and also in the movie of " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", and Max Bialystok in the original movie version of "The Producers".
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:31 AM
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In 1970, Barry Dennem played Pontius Pilate on the album of Jesus Christ Superstar, and he played the same role in the 1971 Broadway production. In the same year, he played Mendel in Norman Jewison's film of Fiddler on the Roof, and suggested to Jewison that he direct a film version of Superstar. Jewison did so, and Dennen played Pilate again
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:54 PM
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According to the historian Eusebius of Caesarea, Pontius Pilate killed himself on orders from Emperor Caligula in ~39 CE. A legend says that his body was rejected by several rivers and lakes and ended up in a small tarn on Mount Pilatus, overlooking Lucerne. Every Good Friday, the body is said to reemerge from the waters and wash its hands.
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Old 05-20-2017, 01:53 PM
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In the London production of Jesus Christ Superstar that I saw circa 1974, Pontius Pilate whipped Jesus with his microphone cord.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:06 PM
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The vocalists on the original album of Jesus Christ Superstar were offered a flat payment of $2500 or a contract for 1/2 of 1% of the record's profits for life. Murray Head, who sang Judas, was the only one who took the profit option. And became a millionaire from it.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:28 PM
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On February 1, 1884, the first fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary, a 352-page volume that covered words from A to Ant, was published. Six years previously, Oxford University Press agreed with publisher James Murray to proceed with the project, for which the first formal plan had originated in 1864. It took another 50 years to complete the entire dictionary.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:29 PM
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The first applied use of what we now call a microphone was in early telephones, in reference to the component of the device that transduced sound into an electric signal. In that original application however that component was called a transmitter. When that same technology was adapted for use in radio, confusion ensued, because by that time in radio the whole transmitting machinery was already referred to as the transmitter. So radio adopted the term microphone to refer only to that component of the transmitter that transducers sound into an electric signal.

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Old 05-20-2017, 02:38 PM
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Les Harvey, co-founder of the Scottish Band Stone the Crows* in late 1969, was on stage with the group at Swansea Top Rank in 1972, on a rainy day with puddles on the stage when he was electrocuted after touching a microphone that was not earth-grounded.

*A line used in Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Pharaoh's Song" "Pharaoh thought "Well, stone the crows. This Joseph is a clever kid. Who'd have thought that 14 cows could mean the things he said they did?"

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Old 05-20-2017, 04:15 PM
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American Pharoah is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the "Grand Slam" of American horse racing.
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The Egyptian word "Pharoah" meant "great house". Like using the term "The White House" to refer to the President of the United States, "Great House" came to be used to refer to the ruler of ancient Egypt.
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Faro, or Pharaoh, was a popular gambling game in Regency England and later in the United States.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:01 AM
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Faro is the southernmost city in Portugal and capital of the Algarve district. In 1596, the city was sacked by English privateers led by Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. Fires damaged the city and English troops seized the library of the Bishop of Faro, which eventually became part of the collection of the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. Among the looted books was the first printed book in Portugal: a Torah printed by Samuel Gacon at his workshop in Faro.
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:11 AM
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The Torah is the first five books of the Bible ans is also called the Pentateuch. The English (and Hebrew) names for the books are Genesis (Bereshit), Exodus (Shemot), Leviticus (Vayikra), Numbers (Bəmidbar), and Deuteronomy (Devarim).
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:10 AM
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A passage in James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake has the following references to the first five books of the Bible:

Quote:
Bygmester Finnegan, of the Stuttering Hand, freemen's mau-
rer, lived in the broadest way immarginable in his rushlit toofar-
back for messuages before joshuan judges had given us numbers
or Helviticus committed deuteronomy
This was often quoted to comic effect by Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers in their live performances.
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:36 AM
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NM, spelled name wrong.

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Old 05-21-2017, 10:40 AM
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The James A. Finnegan Foundation was founded in 1960. It was established to honor the memory of James A. Finnegan, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth (1955–58), who died in office. The foundation works to provide practical training in government and politics for outstanding undergraduate students by offering a number of ten-week paid internships in executive agencies located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania each summer.
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:17 AM
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In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan purchased a pizza store named DomiNick's. It became Domino's Pizza.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:16 PM
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Within eight months of opening their pizza business, James Monaghan, a postal worker, traded his half of the business to his brother in exchange for the VW Beetle they used for deliveries. It has to be one of the worst trades in the history of businesses deals.
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The song "That's Amore" (with its well-known line, "when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie") was written by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks in 1952, for the film The Caddy, starring Dean Martin (né Dino Crocetti). Martin at the time was the straight man in a popular comedy team, partnering with Jerry Lewis, his co-star in The Caddy. Martin and Lewis would later split up in, launching one of the longest-running feuds in American show biz history. While "That's Amore" was a big hit for Martin, it never reached No 1 on the US charts. The song it could not dislodge was "Vaya Con Dios," performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

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Old 05-21-2017, 09:11 PM
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The Gibson Les Paul is an electric guitar that was first sold by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1952. The Les Paul has been continually produced in countless versions and editions since.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:15 AM
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The five biggest deserts in Australia are, in order, Great Victoria Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Tanami Desert, Simpson Desert, and Gibson Desert.
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Saskatchewan has two major areas of sand dunes: the Great Sand Hills in the southwestern corner, and the Athabaskan Sand Dunes in the far north, on the shores of Lake Athabasca.

Both are active sand dune systems. The Athabaskan dunes are the northern-most active dunes in the world. They date back to the end of the last glacial period, probably about 8,000 years ago.

(I've been to the Great Sand Hills, but the Athabaskan ones are a fly-in only - no roads.)
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"Buckley's to none" is an Australian vernacularism that is used to characterize a very low probability outcome, particularly as it might pertain to the potential success of an endeavor. More often than not, the phrase is shortened to simply "Buckley's". For example, if one were to loan money to an untrustworthy individual, an astute onlooker might comment "Yer got Buckley's of ever seein' that bob again, mate."
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"It Tastes Awful. And It Works" was the successful cough syrup marketing slogan of the W.K. Buckley Ltd. company of Canada. Noted for the unpleasant taste (hence the slogan), the syrup's ingredients include ammonium carbonate, potassium bicarbonate, camphor, menthol, Canada balsam, pine needle oil, and a tincture of capsicum.
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Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, located in Lake Huron, is the largest freshwater island in the world.
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Lake Manitou is the largest lake on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. It is the largest lake on a lake island in the world. Since Manitoulin Island itself is in Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes, Manitou qualifies as the largest "lake in a lake".
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Huron Glacier is a 4.8 mile long and 2.2 mile wide glacial flow on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The glacier was named after the American ship Huron which visited the South Shetland Islands in 1820–21 and 1821–22.
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The US National Park Service predicts that there will be no more glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana by 2030 and perhaps sooner. In 1850, at the end of the Little Ice Age, there were an estimated 150 glaciers in the area that is now Glacier National Park. By 1968, these had been reduced to around 50. Today the number of glaciers in the park is 25, many of which are mere remnants of what they once were.
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On February 1, 1884, the first fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary, a 352-page volume that covered words from A to Ant, was published....
What flavors did those fascicles come in?

Fictional Ohio-class Trident ballistic missile submarines named the USS Montana appeared in both the TV movie The Fifth Missile and the James Cameron big-screen movie The Abyss.
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The first real-life USS Montana was launched in 1905, and renamed the USS Missoula after World War I.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:44 PM
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Miley Cyrus, star of "Hannah Montana", is the daughter of "Achy Breaky Heart" singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
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Ray Kurzweil received the 1999 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the United States' highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony.

To Elendil's Heir, a paste from the Wikipedia entry for “serial:”

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In literature, a serial is a printed format by which a single larger work, often a work of narrative fiction, is published in sequential installments. The installments are also known as numbers, parts or fascicles, and are either issued as separate publications or within sequential issues of the same periodical publication.
// My yogurt is flavored vanilla, but I couldn’t find much choice as to OED fascicles.

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Old 05-22-2017, 07:41 PM
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The first National Medals of Technology were issued in 1985 by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan to 12 individuals and one company. Among the first recipients were Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, founders of Apple Computer. The medal has since been awarded annually.
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