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The Eagle & Child, a pub in Oxford, was nicknamed "The Bird and Baby" by its regulars, who included J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. An informal discussion group known as the Inklings, comprising Tolkien, Lewis and friends, used the venue for regular weekly meetings at which works in progress (including the Lord of the Rings saga and the Narnia books) were read and discussed.
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The Algonquin Round Table was a group of New York City writers, critics, actors, and wits. Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of "The Vicious Circle", as they dubbed themselves, met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929.

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Franklin Pierce Adams, columnist
Robert Benchley, humorist and actor
Heywood Broun, columnist and sportswriter (married to Ruth Hale)
Marc Connelly, playwright
Ruth Hale, freelance writer who worked for women's rights
George S. Kaufman, playwright and director
Dorothy Parker, critic, poet, short-story writer, and screenwriter
Brock Pemberton, Broadway producer[4]
Harold Ross, The New Yorker editor
Robert E. Sherwood, author and playwright
John Peter Toohey, Broadway publicist
Alexander Woollcott, critic and journalist
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The London-based punk rock band The Sex Pistols were considered to be critical to the formation of the punk rock genre, and were seen as an inspiration to many later musicians, despite the fact that they only recorded one album and four singles.

The Sex Pistols initially consisted of vocalist Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious (Simon Ritchie) partway through the band's short original existence.
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During the recording of the only studio album produced by the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious was hospitalized for hepatitis. As a result, his bass playing is featured on only one track of the album, which was released in 1977. A year later, his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, died of a stab wound. Vicious was charged with her murder but died of a heroin overdose while on bail in February 1979, before the case went to trial.
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Nancy Spungen's sister Susan is a cookbook author, culinary consultant and food stylist for both print and film. She brought food to life in such major feature films as Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated and Eat, Pray, Love. She was the founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living, where she was responsible for conceiving of, developing and styling recipes for the magazine.
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During World War II, Julia Child served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), after discovering that she was too tall to enlist in the WAC or with the WAVES.

While in the OSS, Child developed a shark repellent, for use in keeping sharks away from underwater explosives; the formula is apparently still in use today.
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The dwarf lanternshark is the smallest shark known to exist in the world; it is no more than eight inches long. It lives at extreme depths in the Caribbean, at a thousand feet down or more.
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There have been six commissioned warships named USS Shark to serve in the United States Navy, and one uncommissioned vessel of the same name. Four of them were submarines, the most recent of which was a Skipjack-class nuclear-powered submarine decommissioned in 1990 and scrapped six years later.
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Steven Spielberg became a household name as the director of Jaws , which was critically and commercially successful, and is considered the first summer blockbuster. Since the movie's mechanical sharks often malfunctioned, Spielberg decided to mostly suggest the shark's presence, employing an ominous and minimalistic theme created by composer John Williams to indicate its impending appearances.

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John Williams has been nominated for 51 Academy Awards, the most of any living person. Only Walt Disney had more, with 59.
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Walt Disney dropped out of school at age 16 to join the Army but was rejected for being underage. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance. He returned to the U.S. in 1919 and moved to Kansas City to pursue a career as a newspaper artist.
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"Kansas City," a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and first recorded by Little Willie Littlefield in 1952, is one of Leiber and Stoller's most recorded tunes, with more than three hundred cover version, including one by The Beatles.
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Cities whose tourist attractions include Disney Parks, Experiences and Products theme parks and resorts are Anaheim (LA), Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
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British secret agent James Bond is supposedly killed in Hong Kong in the movie You Only Live Twice.
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The only not-James-Bond book that Ian Fleming published was Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car, a children's novel written by Fleming for his son Caspar, with illustrations by John Burningham. It was later turned into a movie and a stage musical
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Over the course of his career, Caspar Weinberger served in a variety of political and govermental positions. He is mostly remembered for being Secretary of Defense for most of Ronald Reagan's presidency, and being forced to resign the post due to the Iran-Contra scandal.

Previous to that, Weinberger served in several roles in the Nixon administration, including heading up, at various times, the Federal Trade Commission, the Office of Management and the Budget, and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; before joining the Nixon administration, he held a number of positions in California government.
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The German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich is known for landscape paintings with an intense emotional focus on strange and awe-inspiring nature scenes. His 1818 painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog has been called a cultural icon.
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The German equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz or BfV. It was established in 1950 and is based in Cologne, not Berlin, although it has offices in the capital city. Its leaders are referred to as presidents, not directors.
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Cologne was bombed over 200 times by Allied air forces in World War II, including the RAF's first "Thousand Bomber Raid." By war's end the center of the city was completely destroyed and almost the entire population had left or been killed.
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Cologne is the fourth most populous city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich, and the largest city on the Rhine river. A major cultural center, it has more than thirty museums and hundreds of galleries.
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The first usage of the word 'Cologne' for a scented perfume was in 1709, when an Italian perfume maker started marketing 'Eau de Cologne', named for his adopted city of Cologne, Germany. Giovanni Maria Farina, the original mixer of the fragrance, described it as 'an Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain.'

In contemporary society, the word 'cologne' has become a generic term for perfumes usually marketed towards men.
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"Chì mi na mòrbheanna" is a Gaelic song written in the mid-19th century. Under the English name of "Mist Covered Mountains" it is a popular pipe tune, and was played at the funerals of JFK and the Queen Mother.

The song was a favourite of JFK, who joked that it was so beautiful that he could not believe it was composed by a Scot, rather than an Irishman.
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John F. Kennedy was, in the last year of his life, taking occasional French lessons so that he could speak to Charles de Gaulle in the French president's native tongue.
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The first written records of an outbreak of syphilis in Europe occurred in 1494 or 1495 in Naples, Italy, during a French invasion (Italian War of 1494–98). Since it was claimed to have been spread by French troops, it was initially called the "French disease" by the people of Naples.
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Robert Rayford, a 15 year old who died in may, 1969), s age, was a teenager from Missouri who has been described as the earliest case of HIV/AIDS in North America, having been "infected with a virus closely related or identical to human immunodeficiency virus type 1." Rayford died of pneumonia, but his other symptoms baffled the doctors who treated him. A study published in 1988 found the presence of antibodies against HIV.
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Gaetan Dugas, a promiscuous Air Canada flight attendant who often visited San Francisco, was long considered to be "Patient Zero", or the primary case for AIDS in the United States. Dugas is featured prominently in Randy Shilts's book And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (1987), which documents the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.
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Air Canada commenced operations with three aircraft and less than a hundred employees on Sept. 1, 1937, two years to the day before the outbreak of World War II. It now operates more than 180 aircraft and has more than 30,000 employees.
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Googling Air Canada led to this link from September 11, 2001 at 8:50 a.m.

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Nearly three decades after an Air Canada jet was hijacked to Cuba, police arrested a man who has been a model member of his New York community for the past seven years.

Patrick Dolan Critton, 54, has been arrested and charged with the 1971 hijacking of an Air Canada flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto. He was arrested without incident at his home in Mount Vernon. Police from Ontario, New York and the FBI co-operated in the investigation.
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Air Canada was originally a Crown corporation, operated by the federal government under the name "Trans-Canada Airlines."

The name was changed to the bilingual "Air Canada" in the mid-sixties as a result of a private member's bill introduced by a rookie MP, a young fellow named Jean Chrétien.
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Jean-Luc Ponty, who was born in France, was originally trained and played as a classical violinist in an orchestra in Paris. However, his interest in jazz eventually led him to emigrate to the United States, where he toured with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Ponty performed on Elton John's 1972 album Honky Chateau, and he contributed to two albums by the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
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The Chateau Frontenac is a luxury hotel on the heights of Quebec. It was built in the late 19th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. as part of its chain of luxury hotels.
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The Pacific Ocean covers more of the Earth's surface than all the continents combined.
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If you took all of the water on Earth (all of the water in the oceans, ice caps, lakes, rivers, groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.) It would fit into a sphere just 860 mi in diameter.
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Despite its inappropriate name, the Caspian Sea is the worlds largest lake. Its size of 143,000 square miles is more than four times the size of the worlds second-largest lake, Lake Superior.
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Wild beluga sturgeon caviar from the Caspian Sea was priced in 2012 at $16,000 per 1 kilogram (35 oz).
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1 kilogram is ~ 35.274 avoirdupois ounces, but only ~32.151 Troy ounces. Note that "Troy weight" is named for Troyes, France, not the Troy made famous by Homer.
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An ounce of air, water, or feathers weighs about 10% less than an ounce of gold, but a pound of air, water, or feathers weighs about 20% more than a pound of gold, because the units of measurement, though they share the same names, are not the same at all.

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A cubic meter of gold weighs over 19 metric tons. 19 metric tons is almost 42,000 pounds.
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There are currently 147.3 million ounces of gold in Fort Knox, KY.
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The song "Sixteen Tons" is coal-miner's lament, written by Merle Travis and first recorded in 1946 reflecting his own family's experience in the mines of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1955 version spent ten weeks at number one on the country charts and seven weeks at number one on the pop charts. The record sold over twenty million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song made Ford a crossover star, and became his signature song.
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The meaning and origin of the word "Tennessee" are uncertain. Some accounts suggest it is a Cherokee modification of an earlier Yuchi word. It has been said to mean "meeting place", "winding river", or "river of the great bend". According to ethnographer James Mooney, the name "can not be analyzed" and its meaning is lost.

Tennessee is also the only state name that only uses the vowel "e" in its name.
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Mississippi is the only state name that only uses the vowel "i" in its name.

Alaska, Arkansas, Alabama, and Kansas are the four states that only use the vowel "a" in their names.

(Depending on your definition of the letter "y", Maryland and New Jersey may also qualify as states that use just one vowel in their names.)
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The name of the letter "y" in French is "i-grec", meaning "Greek i ". The name dates back two millennia to the Roman era, when the Romans borrowed it from Greek. The other Romance languages have similar names for "y".

Old English borrowed the letter directly from Latin, and it acquired a new name in English.

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Old English is the name given to the vernacular language of England from the settlement of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes until the 12th century. It is also sometimes called Anglo-Saxon, although noted philologist, academic and later author JRR Tolkien preferred the term "Old English."
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The common word for a bird in Old English was "fugel," but at some point the word "bird" pushed it aside. Precisely why no one can say, and in fact the etymology of "bird" - "brid" as it was usually said inOld English- is a mystery.

"Fugel" lives on as our food-specific word "fowl."
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The German word for 'bird' is 'vogel' (pronounced 'foe-gell' with a hard 'g'), which is similar to the Old English word. This is not surprising when one considers that the Angles, Saxons and Jutes were all Northern Germanic tribes.
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Minor correction: Anglo-Saxons were West Germanic.

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Frisian is the language closest to English, particularly West Frisian, spoken on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, which is believed to be close to where the Anglo-Saxons lived before emigrating to Britain.
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Fries roggebrood, Frisian rye bread, is known for its long baking time (up to 20 hours), resulting in a distinctive sweet taste and a deep dark color.
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The use of "bread" meaning money was associated for a short time with the 1960's hippies, and obviously is an offshoot of "dough."

However, in the 1930s, Lester Young - known as the 'President of Jazz' or simply 'The Prez' - led a revolution on the tenor saxophone that influenced generations to follow..Young also had a flair for language: He said he had 'big eyes' for the things he liked, he nicknamed Billie Holiday 'Lady Day,' and he called women's feet in open-toed shoes 'nice biscuits.' He also made up new words that found their way into songs. Young's cachet among hipsters led to his popularizing now-common words. Everyone started using the word 'cool' after they heard him say it, according to jazz historian Phil Schaap. 'But the one that really makes the most sense,' Schaap says, 'you call up Lester Young for a gig, he'd say, 'Okay, how does the bread smell?' So he used 'bread' for money for the first time.
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