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Scientists from Ohio State University have determined that vacuuming kills fleas in all stages of their lives, with an average of 96 percent success in adult fleas and 100 percent destruction of younger fleas. In fact, the results were so surprisingly definitive that the lead scientist, W. Fred Hink, professor emeritus of entomology at Ohio State, repeated the experiments several times to be sure the findings were correct.
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Section 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867 of Canada provides that the federal government appoints the judges of the provincial superior courts. By circuitous judicial interpretation, s. 96 has been held to be a guarantee for the core constitutional jurisdiction of the provincial courts.
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Lake Superior is not only the largest of the Great Lakes; it is the largest body of fresh water on Earth. During most winters, Lake Superior is 40 to 95 percent covered with ice, although it rarely completely freezes. The last time Lake Superior froze over was in 2014.
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The Great Lakes have likely existed in their current form for less time than human beings have occupied that area.
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Duluth, Minnesota, located on the southwest coast of Lake Superior, is the farthest-inland freshwater seaport in North America. It is more than 2000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
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In 1914, Carl Wickman and Andrew "Bus Andy" Anderson, started a bus line between Hibbing and Alice, Minnesota, which would eventually become Greyhound Lines, the world's largest bus transportation company. The Greyhound name had its origins in the inaugural run of a route from Superior, Wisconsin to Wausau, Wisconsin. While passing through a small town, Ed Stone, the route's operator, saw the reflection of his 1920's era bus in a store window. The reflection reminded him of a greyhound dog, and he adopted that name for that segment of the Blue Goose Lines. The Greyhound name became popular and later applied to the entire bus network.
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The 1948 Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Cleveland, Ohio was built structurally strong enough for additional floors to be built atop it, if needed, but it remains its original height to this day.

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North Central Airlines was a regional U.S. air carrier, primarily serving the Upper Midwest. The airline served cities such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland.

Originally founded as Wisconsin Central Airlines in Clintonville, WI in 1944, the airline moved its headquarters to Madison, WI, then to Minneapolis, MN in 1952, at which point it became North Central. The airline's logo was a flying duck, nicknamed "Herman the Duck."

North Central Airlines ceased to exist under that name in 1979; on the heels of deregulation of the airline industry in the U.S., North Central merged with Southern Airways to form Republic Airlines.
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Tom Paxton wrote and recorded the song "Thank You Republic Airlines" on his 1985 album One Million Lawyers and Other Disasters, based on a real life incidence:

Thank you, Republic Airlines, for splintering the neck on my guitar!
My guitar case was so strong that nothing could go through it,
Way to go Republic, only you could do it,
Crash bang, Republic Airlines, in the field of demolition, you'll go far!
For you took it as a challenge when I turned in my case.
and you saw the fragile stickers glued all over the place,
May a team of mad flamenco dancers do to your face
What you did to the neck on my guitar!

There could no satisfaction greater than if,
You should be the next to go the way of Braniff!
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To illustrate that the industry learned nothing from Tom Paxton's song, in 2008 Dave Carroll followed it up with "United Breaks Guitars". Bing Futch wrote "Only a Northwest Song" when that airline broke his double mountain dulcimer, but he did get an apology.
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The husband-and-wife musical team of Richard and Mimi (Baez) Farina both had Celtic-Latino ancestry: Dulicer playing Richard had am Irish mother and Cuban father, while his wife guitar-playing Mimi had a Scottish mother and Mexican father.
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Other notable husband-and-wife musical teams include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sonny and Cher, Ike and Tina Turner, and (my favorite) Johnny and June Carter Cash.
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John Lennon's first wife was Cynthia Powell and his second wife was Yoko Ono. Note that the letters of their last names are one letter apart in the reversed alphabet--P to O. Same with Ringo Starr's two wives, Maureen Cox and Barbara Bach--C to B.

George Harrison went them one better and went from Pattie Boyd to Olivia Arias--both names one letter from each other in the reverse alphabet---P to O and B to A.

(This factoid occurred to me during a sleepless night. "Insomnia will surely take the mind where minds don't usually go.")
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All four of the Beatles had at least one child who has pursued a career as a musician:

Ringo's son Zak Starkey is a drummer, who has played with his father's All-Starr Band, as well as with The Who and Oasis, among other bands.

John's elder son, Julian, is a singer and guitarist, who has released a number of solo albums since the 1980s (his first album, Valotte, featured two songs wich were top 10 hits in the U.S.). His younger son, Sean, is also a musician, and currently plays in the Claypool Lennon Delirium.

One of Paul's children, James, is a guitarist, drummer, and singer. He has played on several of his father's albums, and has released several solo albums.

George's son, Dhani, is a guitarist and singer. Dhani assisted Jeff Lynne in finishing his father's final album, Brainwashed. He has been a member of the band Thenewno2, has written the scores for several movies and television shows, and will be the opening act for Jeff Lynne's ELO on their tour in the summer of 2019.

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The 1980's first number 1 single on the Billboard chart (in the USA) was "Please Don't Go," by KC and the Sunshine Band. The last #1 single of the 1980s was "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins.
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Lord Simon of Glaisdale, an English barrister and subsequently judge, was the last surviving English lawyer who had been appointed King's Counsel (KC). He was appointed in 1951, before the death of King George VI and the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.

He died in 2006 at the age of 95.

At one point, Simon had a benign tumour removed from his cheek. The surgery left him blind in one eye. He wore a black eye-patch, which was particularly appropriate when he sat in Admiralty cases, as President of the Probate, Admiralty and Divorce Division of the High Court (informally referred to as the "Wills, Wives and Wrecks" Division).
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Ana de Mendoza, the Princess of Eboli, was a Spanish aristocrat. Portraits show her as a beautiful woman with a black eye-patch over her right eye; supposedly she was blinded around age 14 in a mock duel with a page. Olivia de Havilland portrayed her in That Lady (1955), with Paul Scofield making his film debut as Philip II of Spain. Scofield won the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer for the role.
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Paul Scofield is one of 24 people who have won the 'Triple Crown of Acting': An Oscar, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award in the acting categories. The first was Helen Hayes in February of 1953 when she won an Emmy. Thomas Mitchell was the second, just seven weeks later, when he won the Tony. There have been 15 women and 9 men who have won all 3 awards.
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...He wore a black eye-patch, which was particularly appropriate when he sat in Admiralty cases, as President of the Probate, Admiralty and Divorce Division of the High Court (informally referred to as the "Wills, Wives and Wrecks" Division).
Heh. Wills and Trusts are slangily referred to as "Stiffs and Gifts" in American legal parlance.

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Maj. Gen. George Henry Thomas and Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant did not get along too well as colleagues in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Nevertheless, Thomas is prominently shown in a mural along with Grant in the main chamber of Grant's tomb (formally known as the General Grant National Memorial) in New York City, and is also honored with a large bust overlooking the sarcophagi of both the late President and his wife, Julia Dent Grant.
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In the pilot episode of the ABC series Eight Is Enough, the eldest son, David, was played by Mark Hamill. Hamill had been signed to a five-year contract for the role, but got out of the contract in order to take the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars; the role of David was then recast, with Grant Goodeve taking on the part for the series.
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Eight is Enough was set in Sacramento CA. The father, Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten), was a newspaper columnist for the fictional Sacramento Register (however, Sacramento’s largest and real newspaper is the Sacramento Bee, founded in 1857). The home featured in the exterior shots was not in or near Sacramento. It was in Los Angeles (Studio City), on Chiquita St, near Lankershim Boulevard. It is actually marked on Google Maps — https://tinyurl.com/y43ql8ya.

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Chiquita Brands International, leading distributor of bananas in the US, is the successor firm to United Fruit Company, best known for controlling the economies and politics of the "banana republics" Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala, and to lesser degrees elsewhere in the region.
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Several origins of the word fruit being used to describe gay men are possible, and most stem from the linguistic concepts of insulting a man by comparing him to or calling him a woman. Comparing a gay man to fruit, soft and tender, effeminate, like a woman has possibly gained near universal use because both LGBT people and fruit are found nearly everywhere. In One of the Boys: Homosexuality in the Military During World War II author Paul Jackson writes "a number of words that originally referred to prostitutes came to be applied to effeminate or queer men - "queen, punk, gay, faggot, fairy, and fruit."
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For every five German soldiers who died in WWII, four of them died on the Eastern Front.
One original abbreviation of the National Socialist Party was Nasos. The word “Nazi” derives from a Bavarian word that means “simple minded” and was first used as a term of derision by journalist Konrad Heiden (1901-1966).
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No German officer has ever been shown to command a Starfleet vessel in any TV or movie version of Star Trek.
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In the Star Trek:TOS episode, Patterns of Force, the Enterprise tracks down a Federation observer on a planet dominated by a "Naziesque" regime, and Kirk dons a Nazi uniform.
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In the 1987 film Surf Nazis Must Die:
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The term "African-American" to refer to Americans of black African ancestry did not come into common use until the 1980s and 1990s, popularized by, among others, Jesse Jackson. However, the term was used at least as far back as the late 18th century, and similar terms like "Afro-American" and "Africo-American" have been used over the last few centuries. Earlier usages usually did not include the hyphen.
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The ethnic group that has traditionally dominated the government and economy of Liberia, despite being a minority, is the Americo-Liberians, of African American, Afro-Caribbean and Liberated African descent. The term has been superseded locally by "Congo" or "Congau" people, recognizing that the Americo-Liberians mixed with former slaves from the Congo Basin, who were freed by British and Americans from slave ships after the prohibition of the African slave trade, and some former Caribbean slaves.
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After the Yankees beat the Dodgers in the 1952 World Series 4 to 3, Dodger player Jackie Robinson (the first African American in the major league) came into the Yankee dugout, shoot hands with first time World Series player Yankee Micky Mantle, and said "You're a helluva ball player and you've got a great future." He later told the press "Mantle beat us. He was the difference between the two teams. They didn't miss DiMaggio."

Mickey Mantle became a Robinson fan at that moment, and titled the chapter in his book All My Octobers about that series "Here's To You, Mr. Robinson."

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Cool story Annie.


In play: Mickey Mantle grew up just 5 miles north of Miami, and 20 miles south of Columbus.

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Mickey Mantle played his entire career with the New York Yankees. He first appeared in the majors in 1951 at age 19; his final season was 1968 when he was 36 years old. He played in 12 World Series (the Yanks won 7 of them), and he was the American League Most Valuable Player 3 times.
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On the Canadian prairies, a "Mickey" is slang for a 12 oz bottle of spirits.
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Every US President since Harry Truman who has completed their term has posed with Mickey Mouse, with one exception: Lyndon Johnson.
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There have been three Vice-Presidents named Johnson: Richard Mentor Johnson (Van Buren); Andrew Johnson (Lincoln); and Lyndon Johnson (Kennedy).

Richard Johnson was the only Vice-President elected by the Senate, having fallen short of a majority in the Electoral College.
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Charles S. "Chuck" Robb was a Governor of Virginia, a U.S. Senator, and is married to Linda Bird Johnson (daughter of President Lyndon Johnson). Chuck Robb is also a US Marine.
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Lucianne Goldberg, a former Johnson Administration press aide and later Washington ghostwriter, was moved out of the press office after advising a reporter he could tell Johnson’s daughters apart by remembering that “Luci is the short ugly one, and Lynda is the tall ugly one.”
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Country music singer Jamey Johnson, from Montgomery, Alabama, nominated for three Grammies and winner of the 2009 Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music and also from the Country Music Association Awards, for the song “In Color”, is a US Marine.
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Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell), the Jamaican-American reggae rapper who performed "Oh Carolina", "Boombastic", "In The Summertime", "It Wasn't Me", and "Angel", served with a Field Artillery Battery in the 10th Marine Regiment during the Persian Gulf War. He was a Lance Corporal at his career peak, but was busted twice.
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Shaggy, from Scooby-Doo, is actually named Norville Rogers. He was originally played by Casey Kasem.
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During the Vietnam War, the term "Ben Casey" was used by American troops as slang for a medic.
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The first name Casey ranked among the top 200 names for both sexes in the 1990s. Variants include Caicey, Kaisey, Caci, Casi, Cacey, Kacey, Kacee, Kaci, Kasi, Kacy, Kacie, Kasie, Kasey, Kaycee, Kaysee, Kayci, Kaysi, Kaycey, Kaysey, Kaycie, and Kaysie.

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 is a baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner newspaper on June 3, 1888. The poem ends with, “there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.”
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The New York Yankees were not integrated until 1955, when Elston Howard was signed to the team. Mickey Mantle wrote that, while the all-white roster did not go unnoticed, he didn't think there was any prejudice involved: The Yankees were winning team with an amazing roster under the management of Casey Stengel , and were just not looking for new players at the time.
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The names "Ernest" and "Earnest" were popular in the 1800s, inspired by the Victorian emphasis on the virtue of earnestness. One of the best-known poems of the era was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Psalm of Life", with its reminder that

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
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Oscar Wilde mocked the cult of earnestness in his comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.

Neither Longfellow (born in Maine in 1807) nor Wilde (born in Dublin in 1854) were Yankees fans.

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Lily Tomlin first came to fame playing Ernestine, the officious telephone operator ("One ringy dingy ...") and 5 1/2 year old Edith Ann on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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On December 31, 2013, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles after 42 years together.
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Robert Wagner, born in 1930, is an American actor best known for starring in the television series It Takes A Thief and Hart To Hart. Wagner is also known for being the husband of actress Natalie Wood, who drowned under mysterious circumstances in 1981. Wagner and Wood were married from 1957 through 1962; they remarried in 1972. Wagner was also married to actress Marion Marshall from 1963 through 1971, and to actress Jill St. John from 1990 through the present.
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In his memoirs, Robert Wagner claimed to have had affairs with Yvonne De Carlo, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, Shirley Anne Field, Lori Nelson and Joan Collins. He also claimed a four-year romantic relationship with Barbara Stanwyck after they acted together in the movie Titanic (1953). According to Wagner, because of the age difference – he was 22, she was 45 – they kept the affair secret in order to avoid damage to their careers.
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Wilhelm Richard Wagner was a German composer, theater director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the libretto and the music for each of his stage works. He was considered to be antisemitic and racist and many believe that there were antisemitic tropes in his operas.
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An opera is, technically speaking, a stage production in which all, or essentially all, dialogue is sung. This is distinct from musical theatre, in which songs are combined with normally spoken dialogue.
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