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Old 07-14-2017, 02:37 PM
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Joseph Jacobs was a 19th century scholar and collector of folklore. His work popularized the best known versions of English fairy tales including "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Goldilocks and the three bears", "The Three Little Pigs", "Jack the Giant Killer" and "The History of Tom Thumb". He also published fairy tales collected from continental Europe as well as Jewish, Celtic and Indian folktales.
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:36 PM
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President John F. Kennedy was called "Jack" by his parents, family and many friends, "Johnny" by his brother Bobby in particularly serious moments, and "Bunny" by his wife Jacqueline.
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:42 PM
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Jane Jacobs’ book, Dark Age Ahead, appeared in 2004. The book suggests that North American" civilization likely is in a spiral decline ala Edward Gibbon’s Roman Empire.
ETA: She didn't know Jack.

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Old 07-14-2017, 04:00 PM
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Every year in May, volunteers across North America lead "Jane's Walks" around their city, commenting on different aspects of urban architecture and city planning. The walks are named for Jane Jacobs, whose insightful critiques of North American urban planning resonate to this day.
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:06 PM
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Pierre (or Peter) L'Enfant, was a Frenchman who left school in France to enlist in the American Revolutionary War. A military engineer, he became one of America's first urban planners, and is remembered for his plan of Washington, DC. However, he disagreed with the city Commissioners, was dismissed by George Washington and died in poverty in 1825.
In 1909, the French Ambassador to the United States moved for a recognition of L'Enfant. His remains were exhumed from their burial site in Maryland and placed in a metal-lined casket. After lying in state at the Capitol rotunda, L'Enfant was re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. His re-burial site overlooks the Potomac River and the portion of Washington, D.C., that he had originally designed.

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Old 07-14-2017, 10:11 PM
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L'Enfant Plaza is a commercial development in Washington, DC. It was created as part of city development in the 1950s.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:17 AM
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On 9/11, after the attacks had already begun, the last aircraft hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists was United Airlines Flight 93. But to this day, the ultimate target of the terrorists on this aircraft has never been confirmed. The 9/11 Commission concluded the target was probably the Capital Building or the White House in Washington DC.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:07 AM
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The "Miss Macao", a Catalina seaplane owned by Cathay Pacific and operated by a subsidiary, was the victim of the first hijacking of a commercial aircraft, over the Pearl River Delta on 16 July 1948. Piracy for robbery and ransom was the motive; a gang of 4 pirates intended to kidnap the wealthy passengers. The crew resisted and the pilot was shot; the lone survivor was a hijacker who jumped out the emergency exit just before the plane hit the water.
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:22 AM
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Lyricist and librettist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schonberg, after the success of their musicals Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, flopped with Martin Guerre and again with The Pirate Queen (2006), wjocj was based on the life and adventures of the 16th century Irish chieftain and pirate Gráinne O'Malley, who was one of the last Irish clan leaders to resist the English conquest of Gaelic Ireland.

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Old 07-16-2017, 01:07 PM
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Alain Boublil was born to a Sephardic Jewish family in Tunisia and moved to Paris at age 18 to pursue a university degree in Economics. The history of the Jews in Tunisia goes back to Roman times. The Jewish population was estimated at about 100,000 individuals in 1948, but as of 2011, only 700 Jews were living in Tunis and 1,000 on the island of Djerba. Another notable Tunisian Jew is Max Azria, designer and founder of clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA.
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Old 07-16-2017, 03:20 PM
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Tataouine is a city in southern Tunisia and is the capital of the Tataouine Governorate. The below-ground "cave dwellings" of the native Berber population, designed for coolness and protection, render the city and the area around it a tourist and film makers' attraction. When Star Wars was filmed there, George Lucas barely even changed the name.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:38 PM
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As of May 2017, the You-Tube channel "Lucas" (created by Lucas Cruikshank in 2005) has over 2,555,000 subscribers.
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:34 AM
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The two songs whose videos have reached two billion views on YouTube are Psy's "Gangnam Style" and Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again".
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:45 AM
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The late U.S. Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen, Republican of Illinois, is said to have quipped, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money!"
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:38 AM
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Senator Dirksen won a Grammy Award for Best Documentary Recording in 1968. Collaborating with Charles Osgood and composer John Cacavas, he produced a single, "Gallant Men" (1966), released by Capitol Records, speaking his own poem. On January 7, 1967, Dirksen at 71 years 3 days old became the oldest person to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 40 when the single reached #33; two weeks later it reached #29. That distinction passed to Moms Mabley with her recording of "Abraham, Martin and John" peaking at #35 on 19 July 1969 when she was 75 years 4 months old. Gordon Sinclair, at the even older age than Dirksen of 73 years 8 months 6 days, eclipsed Dirksen's peak when Sinclair's version of "The Americans" peaked at #24 on 9 February 1974.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:21 PM
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On June 9, 1772, in an act of defiance against the Navigation Acts, Abraham Whipple led 50 Rhode Islanders in the capture and burning of the British revenue cutter Gaspee. The ship had run aground off Pawtuxet.

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Old 07-17-2017, 02:02 PM
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Abraham Lincoln wrote in 1855 to a young aspiring lawyer, "If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. It is but a small matter whether you read with any body [study with an established lawyer] or not. I did not read with any one. Get the books, and read and study them till, you understand them in their principal features; and that is the main thing. It is of no consequence to be in a large town while you are reading. I read at New-Salem, which never had three hundred people living in it. The books, and your capacity for understanding them, are just the same in all places."
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:37 PM
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Despite years of legal study at the University of Edinburgh, and admittance as an advocate after passing his Scots Bar examinations “with credit,” Robert Louis Stevenson practiced law very briefly before focusing on his literary career. He studied law only to please his father, who was greatly disappointed when it became clear that he had no aptitude for the family business, lighthouse engineering.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:40 PM
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Arthur Conan Doyle became a doctor after graduating from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and turned to writing when his medical practice repeatedly struggled.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:42 PM
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Arthur Conan Doyle clerked under surgeon Joseph Bell, of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and said that Bell was his inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:27 PM
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Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell, found that the traditional soft tortillas that were stuffed with filling and then fried meant that customers had a long wait for their tacos. He decided to use preformed fried shells that would then be stuffed. Mr. Bell asked a man who made chicken coops to fashion a frying contraption made of wire.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:36 AM
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Alvin C. Copeland, founder of Popeyes Chicken, claimed he named the stores after the fictional detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in the movie The French Connection and not the comic and cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. And also would claim facetiously that he was "too poor" to afford an apostrophe.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:06 AM
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The Scottish philosopher, David Hume, declined his publisher's entreaties to finish his History of England, explaining that he was done with literary endeavours: “I must decline not only this offer, but all others of a literary nature, for four reasons: Because I’m too old, too fat, too lazy, and too rich.”
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:46 AM
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Queen Elizabeth II's Scottish heraldic coat of arms is different from her arms for the rest of the United Kingdom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_...United_Kingdom
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:38 AM
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On February 10, 1862, a Union naval flotilla destroyed much of the Confederate Mosquito Fleet in the Battle of Elizabeth City in North Carolina. The result was a Union victory, with Elizabeth City and its nearby waters in the North’s possession and the Confederate fleet captured, sunk, or dispersed.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:05 PM
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Although the US Civil War battle is generally referred to as the Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack, in fact, the Merrimack was officially known as the CSS (Confederate States Ship) Virginia. The Virginia had been a Union vessel, which had been captured by the Confederacy, armored, and renamed.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:13 PM
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The newest U.S. Navy class of nuclear fast-attack submarine is the Virginia class. Despite the longstanding efforts of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and others, the Navy has not yet agreed to name one of the subs of the class the USS Monitor, in honor of the historic ironclad which fought the CSS Virginia to a standstill in March 1862.
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Old 07-18-2017, 06:58 PM
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William & Mary is the second-oldest college in America. The original plans for W&M date back to 1618 — decades before Harvard — but were derailed by an "Indian uprising."

On February 8, 1693, King William III and Queen Mary II of England signed the charter for a "perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good Arts and Sciences" to be founded in the Virginia Colony.

Workers began construction on the Sir Christopher Wren Building, then known simply as the College Building in 1695, before the town of Williamsburg existed. Over the next two centuries, the Wren Building would burn on three separate occasions, each time being re-built inside the original walls. That makes the Wren the oldest college building still standing in America.
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:09 PM
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William III and Mary II were cousins. William was the son of Mary, Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King Charles II of England. Upon the exclusion of Roman Catholics to the English throne, Mary II became Charles II's heir, and her sister, Anne, was Mary's heir. But William was the third in line, behind Anne, and so when Mary died, William was ceded the throne. But he and Mary had no children, so Anne inherited upon William's death.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:52 AM
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In addition to reigning as King of England, William III of the House of Orange-Nassau was also Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overijssel and sovereign Prince of Orange. The colors of Princeton University, black and orange, and the name of the oldest campus building, Nassau Hall, honor him.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:20 AM
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William III was the last King of England and also the last King of Scotland, reigning as William II.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:46 AM
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A popular claim by Scottish nationalists is that all royal emblems in Scotland, including those on Royal Mail postboxes, should refer to their monarch simply as Queen Elizabeth, not QE II, since Scotland never had a Queen Elizabeth I.


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in fact, the Merrimack was officially known as the CSS (Confederate States Ship) Virginia.
Only by the CSS.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:50 PM
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According to Uncle Fred, Lord Ickenham, the mixed cocktail "May Queen" is guaranteed to alleviate the deepest despondency. His summary of the recipe:

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Its foundation is any good, dry champagne, to which is added liqueur brandy, armagnac, kummel, yellow chartreuse and old stout, to taste.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:29 AM
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Louisa May Alcott's middle name was the maiden name of her mother, who was born Abigail May. The Mays were an established Boston family; Abigail's father, Colonel Joseph May, was a respected merchant and for over forty years a warden of King’s Chapel in Boston. On her mother's side she descended from prominent families, the Sewalls and Quincys. Abigail's uncle Samuel Sewall was a congressman and her great-aunt Dorothy Quincy had been married to John Hancock.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:48 AM
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And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod.
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.


- John Collins Bossidy, A toast given at Holy Cross College alumni dinner in 1910.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:09 AM
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In the classic Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever, the role of Captain Kirk's love interest Edith Keeler was played by Joan Collins, who agreed to appear on the show because her daughter loved it.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:23 AM
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The classic movie scene where the stage show producer tells the understudy "You're going out there just a chorus girl, but you've got to come back a star!" is from the original 42nd Street, starring Ruby Keeler.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:52 AM
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... in fact, the Merrimack was officially known as the CSS (Confederate States Ship) Virginia....
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...Only by the CSS.
You probably mean by the CSA or CSN. But many contemporary U.S. sources referred to the warship largely interchangeably as either the Merrimack or the Virginia.

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Joan Collins, in her autobiography, mistakenly recalled her Star Trek role of Edith Keeler as having been that of a Nazi sympathizer. Keeler was, rather, a prominent pacifist and social reformer whose ill-timed opposition to war led to Hitler's Germany winning World War II.
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Old 07-20-2017, 07:39 PM
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The writer of the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", Harlan Ellison, has said that Edith Keeler was based on Aimee Semple McPherson, an evangelist of the 1930s. However, McPherson renounced her pacifism during World War II, and fans have noted many similarities between Keeler and the pacifist social activist Dorothy Day.

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Old 07-20-2017, 07:56 PM
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Nurse Edith Cavell was a British nurse in German-occupied Belgium who helped over a hundred British, French an Belgians escape to the Netherlands and ultimately Britain.

When caught by the German military authorities, the case against her was clear, aided by her own admissions. She was convicted of treason under German military law and executed by firing squad.

The night before her death she stated to an Anglican chaplain: "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred in my heart."

Her execution served as the basis for major British propaganda efforts, in Britain and North America.

There is a statue of Nurse Cavell close to Trafalgar Square.

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Old 07-21-2017, 09:53 AM
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez' seminal magical realist novel One Hundred Years of Solitude begins: "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:44 AM
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez must be the only Nobel Literature laureate to be given a black eye by another Nobel Literature prizewinner, Mario Vargas Llosa. Garcia Marquez had himself photographed 2 days later: http://kayviewbar-bar.blogspot.com/2...-mario_24.html
The two were longtime friends, and the reasons for the 1976 fight were supposedly connected to Vargas Llosa's wife Patricia and advice that Garcia Marquez gave her when she discovered that Vargas Llosa had been unfaithful. When Garcia Marquez died in 2014, Vargas Llosa was questioned about the fight and stated that the two of them had made a pact never to reveal the reasons, and that he would take the secret to the grave.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:11 PM
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In the Disney series, Zorro would frequently use his sword to slice a "z" on the rear of Sergeant Garcia's pants.

In one episode when he was particularly angry at Sergeant Garcia's apparent betrayal, Zorro threatened to do so on Garcia's front.

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Old 07-21-2017, 09:34 PM
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The first appearance of Zorro was in a 1919 magazine series, "The Curse of Capistrano", in the pulp "All Story Weekly". It was then published as a single unit. Following the 1920 film adaptation, called The Mark of Zorro, the book was retitled for its next publication.
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Old 07-22-2017, 09:44 AM
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Antonio Banderas, who starred in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro, played Guido in the 2003 Broadway revival of Maury Yeston's musical Nine, based on the film 8. Banderas won both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, and was nominated for the Tony Award for best actor in a musical.

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Old 07-22-2017, 09:57 AM
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Slim Whitman recorded "Bandera Waltz" in 1952, the same year he recorded "Indian Love Call", the sound of which was fatal to the Martians in the film Mars Attacks!
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Old 07-22-2017, 01:37 PM
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In the early 20th century, Pickaninny Peppermints were a popular Whitman's Chocolate confection. However, NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (later a Supreme Court Justice) took issue with the name. In a 1941 article directed at Whitman's published in the Afro-American , Marshall urged Whitman's Candies to realize its racial insensitivity. Whitman's denied that the term "pickaninny" was racist and responded to Marshall by saying that it meant "cute colored kid". The product was soon dropped.
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Old 07-22-2017, 05:52 PM
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On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American Justice of the Supreme Court of the US. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court including the case of Brown v. Board of Education—the 1954 decision that desegregated public schools
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Old 07-23-2017, 03:01 AM
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In England, the term "public school" emerged in the 18th century when the reputation of certain grammar schools spread beyond their immediate vicinity. They began taking students whose parents could afford residential fees and thus became known as public, in contrast to local, schools. By the late 20th century the term "independent school" was increasingly preferred by the institutions themselves.

The first of the public schools was Winchester, founded in 1394; Eton was second, in 1440.
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Old 07-23-2017, 11:20 AM
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In juvenile terminology in England, farting is "trumpeting" and a fart is a "trump".
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