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The Fort Sumter flag was flown at both the very beginning and the very end of the American Civil War, four years apart to the day, raised and lowered by the same officer on the same spot in the harbor of Charleston, S.C.

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The Charleston dance was named for the city of Charelston, SC; it was popularized by a song of the same name, written by composer James P. Johnson for a Broadway show, Runnin' Wild. Johnson indicated that he came up with the song's rhythm from listening to dockworkers in the city of Charleston.

The dance was extremely popular in the U.S. in the latter part of the 1920s.
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Charleston, West Virginia, and not Charles Town, West Virginia, is the home of Yeager Airport named in 1985 after then-Brigadier General Chuck Yeager, a native of nearby Lincoln County who in 1947 was first to break the sound barrier. He did it flying in the Bell X-1.
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24 states have a county named Lincoln County. Lincoln, along with Jackson, is the 4th most common county name in the country. Washington, with 31, is the most common county name, followed by Jefferson, with 26, and Franklin, with 25.
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Hardung County, New Mexico, is the last one to be named for a president. and was in fact organized and named on the day President Warren Harding was inaugurated in 1921. New Mexico has counties named for the last three presidents so honored, including Roosevelt and McKinley. Harding County, South Dakota, was named after somebody else, 40 years earlier. There are four Wilson Counties, none named for the president/ Taft County, Iran, was not named for a US president at all.

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The Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers have had several star players who shared surnames with U.S. presidents, including running back Keith Lincoln, wide receiver John Jefferson, and offensive lineman Russ Washington.
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Steve Van Buren, no relation to the 8th president, was the greatest running back of the post-war years. Cut by his high school team, he quit school, then returned after two years, made the team, got an LSU scholarship, and played three years as a blocking back before they let him carry the ball.
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LSU, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is perhaps the better-known Louisiana universities, but NFL Hall of Famer and 4x Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, some 220 miles to the northwest.

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The Louisiana Supreme Court is unique in that it has two official courthouses, one in the state capital, Baton Rouge, and the other in the state's biggest city, New Orleans.
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The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 nearly doubled the size of the US. 828,000 sq mi (530,000,000 acres) was acquired for land bounded roughly on the east by the Mississippi River, and then on the west by the Sabine River, the Red River, and the Arkansas River as finalized by the 1819 Adams–Onís Treaty with Spain. The northern borders of the purchase were adjusted by the Treaty of 1818 with Britain.
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The Arkansas River changes name at the state lines. In Colorado and Arkansas, it is pronounced like the state or Arkansas, but where it flows through Kansas, it is pronounced Ar-KAN-zus.
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The Arkansas River, a major tributary of the Mississippi River, starts near Leadville CO in the Rocky Mountains at the confluence of the East Fork Arkansas River and Tennessee Creek and drops nearly 10,000 feet over the course of its nearly 1,500 miles.

The Adams–Onís Treaty of 1819 set the Arkansas River as part of the frontier between the United States and Spanish Mexico.
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The word "Arkansas" is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word, akakaze, meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word akakaze meaning “people of the south wind”.
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Although Chicago is known as the 'Windy City', according to a list produced by the US National Climatic Data Center, Dodge City, Kansas is the windiest city, with an annual average wind speed of 14.0 mph.
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In Alaska the term "cheechako" means 'newcomer' or 'tenderfoot', first used extensively during the Klondike gold rush. Some sources used to claim that the term came from local Natives' interpretation of 'Chicago', but the word is actually from Chinook jargon.
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There are several different theories as to how Chicago historically came by the nickname "the Windy City." It's almost certainly not from the weather: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windy_City_(nickname)
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Compared to Dodge City's 14 mph, the average wind speed at Mt. Washington, new Hampshire, is 32 mph. Mt. Washington holds the world record, with a straight wind of 231 mph, the highest ever recorded not associated with a cyclonic event.
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George Washington's false teeth were not made of wood, as is commonly believed, but of a mix of human and animal teeth. Several sets of them still exist.

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George "Boomer" Scott was a first baseman for several Major League Baseball teams in the late 1960s and 1970s, including the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees.

Scott was known for his personality, and sense of humor -- he sometimes wore a necklace, which he described as being made from "second basemen's teeth."
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A “boomer” is a ballistic missile submarine capable of deploying ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads. In US naval slang, ballistic missile submarines are called boomers. In Britain, they are known as bombers.
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Boomer Scott is the best-known MLB player whose state of birth has counties matching his first and last names -- Mississippi has a George County and a Scott County. Another more recent one is Texas-born Austin Jackson.
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Scott Joplin was an African American composer who popularized the ragtime genre early in the 20th century. His composition "Maple Leaf Rag", released in 1899, was the first and most influential hit of the genre. During his lifetime, he wrote 44 ragtime pieces, two operas and one ragtime ballet. Sadly, Joplin developed dementia due to syphilis and died at age 48.

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Boomer Scott is the best-known MLB player whose state of birth has counties matching his first and last names -- Mississippi has a George County and a Scott County. Another more recent one is Texas-born Austin Jackson.
Interesting!

In play: The state with the most counties is, unsurprisingly, Texas, with 254. Delaware, with 3 counties, has the fewest. The largest state in area, Alaska, has just 27 counties.

Technically, of course, Louisiana has zero counties...but it does contain 64 parishes.

ETA: Scott Joplin was born in Texarkana, a city in Bowie County, Texas.

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Interesting!

In play: The state with the most counties is, unsurprisingly, Texas, with 254. Delaware, with 3 counties, has the fewest. The largest state in area, Alaska, has just 27 counties.

Technically, of course, Louisiana has zero counties...but it does contain 64 parishes.

ETA: Scott Joplin was born in Texarkana, a city in Bowie County, Texas.
Nitpick: Alaska has zero counties, but it does contain 19 organized boroughs and one unorganized borough. The unorganized borough contains 10 census districts, which means 29 county equivalents.
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Nitpick: Alaska has zero counties, but it does contain 19 organized boroughs and one unorganized borough. The unorganized borough contains 10 census districts, which means 29 county equivalents.
Mea culpa. Alaska does indeed contain boroughs rather than counties.

The Unorganized Borough encompasses nearly half of Alaska's land area, is larger than any other state, and is larger than the land area of the smallest 16 states combined.
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While New York State has 62 counties, New York City is comprised of five boroughs: The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. NY and VA are the only states that allow for consolidated cities to have boroughs within them. There are three states that allow municipalities to be boroughs instead of cities: CT, PA, NJ.
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In the past 75 years, only four new counties have been organized, in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Meanwhile South Dakota has gone the other way, eliminating one and stripping three of any official function. Alaska is in transition, with changing status from Census District to Borough to County.
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The original county structure of England, from which the American system takes its name, has its origins in the Middle Ages. It has undergone many reforms, so that there are currently many layers of historical and traditional county names, ceremonial counties as well as modern demarcations of metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties. For example, the historic county of Middlesex (whose name derives from its being the territory of the Middle Saxons) was incorporated into Greater London in 1965, which is now the ceremonial and administrative county.

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Ohio has 88 counties. All but two elect three county commissioners as the co-executive officers of the county, and also elect a county prosecutor, auditor, treasurer and coroner. Cuyahoga County (the greater Cleveland area) and Summit County (the greater Akron area) both have a county-charter form of government, with a single county executive and, other than the county prosecutor, all other main officers are appointed by the county executive.
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Since World War I, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, of Akron, Ohio, has developed and flown blimps (non-rigid airships). Though the "Goodyear Blimps" are primarily known for promotional appearances (and serving as camera platforms at sporting events), from the 1910s through the 1950s, many of these blimps were developed for military use, particularly for the US Navy.

The current generation of Goodyear's blimps, introduced beginning in 2014, are not, technically speaking, blimps -- they are, in fact, semi-rigid airships, or dirigibles (in other words, they have a rigid internal structure).
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The US Navy’s USS Akron was a helium-filled rigid airship in the 1930s. 785 ft long, both she and her sister ship the Macon were among the largest flying objects ever built. Although the Hindenburg and the Graf Zeppelin II were some 18 ft longer and slightly more voluminous, the two German airships were filled with hydrogen, so the US Navy craft still hold the world record for helium-filled airships.
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The America's Challenge gas balloon race is part of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. Last year, nine teams from various countries took part in the race, in which balloons filled with hydrogen (or helium) lift off and travel as far as they can. The winner is the balloon which travels the farthest. In 2019, a team from Poland won the race, flying 1614 miles before landing in a remote area in northern Ontario in Canada.
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Only five Canadian provinces have counties: Quebec, Ontario and the three Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). British Columbia has Regional districts.
A number of Canadian counties are named for British counties (York, Essex, Cumberland), towns or regions (Durham, Halifax). Others are named for local features (Niagara, Huron).
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The British title of Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale was suspended during World War I for Prince Edward Augustus, the German holder of it at the time, and has not been reinstated since, although his heirs may at any time ask the Queen to permit it.

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, centered on the Cumberland Gap and at the border of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, contains the Tri-State Point that is accessible by trails. The nearby Cumberland Gap Tunnel goes underneath and close to the tri-state point. The Cumberland Gap is a natural break in the Appalachian Mountains.

The Cumberland Gap was frequently traveled by Native Americans, and then by European settlers. The earliest written account of it dates to the 1670s by Abraham Wood of Virginia, an English fur trader and explorer.
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Gary Puckett & The Union Gap were a pop-rock music group, from San Diego. They took their name from Union Gap, a town near Yakima, Washington, where Puckett grew up.

Inspired by the band's name, the group often wore replica Civil War-era Union army uniforms while on stage. They had five songs hit the Top 10 in the U.S. in the late 1960s, including "Young Girl" and "Lady Willpower," both of which reached #2.
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Gary, Indiana, was for a century the state's second largest city, but in the 60s it went into economic decline, and has since lost half its population. It was named ather the head of US Steel, which established the first economic presence in the town, which is now a suburb of Chicago.
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The song "Gary, Indiana", along with the more famous "Seventy-Six Trombones", is from the musical The Music Man. The show, written by Meredith Willson, was first performed on Broadway in 1957. It won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 1,375 performances. The cast album won the first Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and spent 245 weeks on the Billboard charts.
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West Side Story debuted in 1957 in Washington DC, Philadelphia, and on Broadway.
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Columbia Records initially declined to record the West Side Story cast album, saying the score was too depressing and too difficult.
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The 1961 film, West Side Story, nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won 10 of them. It did not win for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. That Oscar went to Judgment at Nuremberg which was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards.
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John Wayne won a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 movie True Grit. Upon accepting his Oscar, Wayne said, "Wow! If I'd known that, I'd have put that patch on 35 years earlier."

Charles Portis, who wrote the novel the film was based on, lived in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he died on February 17, 2020 at the age of 86

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In the mid-1930s, actor John Wayne often appeared in low-budget Western films. During 1935 and 1936, Wayne starred in thirteen straight such films; in all thirteen films, his character's first name was "John."
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Wayne Brady made his professional stage review as Billy Flynn in the 2004 Broadway revival of Chicago, a fine example of "stunt casting"--purring a popular actor into a long running show to generate new interest. Sometimes it works, as in the case of Brady, and sometimes it doesn't (Melanie Griffith in Chicago?)
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Errol Flynn, one of Hollywood's leading actors during the 1930's and 1940's, had a bit of a checkered past before achieving stardom.

He was expelled from school at the age of 17 for theft. Then he was fired from his job with a shipping company for pilfering petty cash. Then, after relocation to Britain, he was dismissed from his job with an acting troupe for throwing a female stage manager down a stairwell.
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Flynn is typically an Irish name meaning ruddy, or having a reddish complexion.


Flynn, Texas is a small town about 75 miles east of Waco.
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Wayne Brady... purring a popular actor into a long running show....
Maybe they should have put him in Cats.

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The Governor of Texas is, compared to governors of other states, relatively powerless. The Lieutenant Governor, who presides over and actively runs the State Senate, is often considered a more powerful public figure.
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The Lieutenant Nun is the autobiography of Catalina de Erauso (1592-1650), a Basque noblewoman who, just before taking final vows to become a nun, escaped from the convent at San Sebastián. Dressed in men’s clothing, Erauso lived successfully as a man for almost twenty years, for a brief period in Spain and later in Peru and Chile, where she fought in the Spanish army, and was regarded as a good catch by parents eager to marry their daughters to a young Spanish officer.
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In play: there are no natural lakes in Texas.




Umm, no, wait!



Really in play: "Tex" Avery, or Frederick Bean Avery (1908 - 1980) was crucial in the creation of Bugs Bunny. He was an animator and he helped to evolve the Bugs Bunny character, and other Warner Brothers' characters. Specifically, he steered the company away from Disney-like character personalities and more towards humor that would be enjoyable by both kids and adults.


Avery, nicknamed "Tex", "Fred", and "Texas", was born and raised in Taylor, Texas, a small town in the vicinity of Austin. Avery graduated in 1926 from North Dallas High School. A popular catchphrase at his school was "What's up, doc?", which he would later utilize for Bugs Bunny in the 1940s.

That's where he first heard it, "What's up, doc?" -- in Dallas, Texas.


Avery married his girlfriend, Patricia, in 1935.
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The first time a ball player got four walks in his first-ever MLB game was in 1932, done by Yankee Jack Saltzgaver. The following year, Cleveland's Milt Galatzer did it in his first game, and it hasn't been done since. Did you notice that all the letters in Galatzer's name are also in Saltzgaver's name?

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