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Old 05-23-2019, 01:39 PM
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There was talk of cancelling the traditional Army-Navy Football Game after the 1963 assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Jackie Kennedy urged the teams to hold it, and the game was postponed from November 30th to December 7th, and Calvin Huey of Navy became the first African-American to play in the series.
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Calvin and Hobbes was a popular newspaper comic strip in the 1980s and 1990s, written and drawn by Bill Watterson. The strip depicted the adventures of Calvin (a precocious, imaginative, and mischievous six-year-old boy) and his best friend, his stuffed tiger toy, Hobbes (who, when no one other than Calvin is around, interacts with Calvin).

The strip contained a number of recurring gags, such as "The Noodle Incident" (an apparently horrible event, which Calvin refuses to discuss), and Calvin's favorite children's book, "Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie."
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In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin's parents are never given actual names. Per Bill Watterson, their names are never needed. The characters' only functions are as Calvin's parents, and so to a child, the parents are simply called "mom" and "dad."
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John Calvin, the Protestant reformer, starting in 1541, installed a kind of "theocratic republic" in the city of Geneva based on the ascetic work ethic and strict morality of Protestantism. The church governed all matters of daily life, banned Catholic "superstition", enforced puritan sexual morality, regulated opening hours for taverns and imposed heavy penalties on dancing, gambling and swearing. Theater plays were banned and the theaters closed.

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One of King Charles II's most popular acts upon taking the throne of England after the fall of the Puritan, anti-monarchist Commonwealth was reopening the theaters of London.

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London's Apollo Victoria Theatre became a venue for musical theatre, beginning with The Sound of Music in 1981, and including the long-running Starlight Express, from 1984 to 2002. The theatre is currently the home of the musical Wicked, which has played at the venue for almost thirteen years.
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In Boston slang, "wicked" is an adverb for superlativeness, as in "wicked awesome" or "wicked pissah".

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As a city/locality, Boston is second in the number of professional sports championships in the 'Big Four' sports: baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. Boston has 39 of these championships; 17 of them come from professional basketball.

New York City tops this list with 54 championships. 35 of these come from baseball.
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According to a Boston Magazine article, where a reader asks, “Where did “wicked” come from, and who popularized it in Boston and New England?”...

The year was 1942 and it was an election year. Former Boston Mayor James Michael Curley was running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Curley, married, had an affair with The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, actress Margaret Hamilton. (Umm, really, Margaret Hamilton?) According to the article, once Curley dumped his Hollywood mistress, he swept to victory, thanks to an endorsement from Cardinal O’Connell, who exclaimed, “Our wicked man has become wicked good!” And the rest is local slang history.

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The U.S. House of Representatives, like the British House of Commons and many other parliaments in former British colonies, has a mace which is displayed in the chamber when the House is in session.

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The Sacred Cod is a four-foot eleven-inch carved-wood effigy of an Atlantic codfish, "painted to the life", hanging in the House of Representatives chamber of Boston's Massachusetts State House—"a memorial of the importance of the Cod-Fishery to the welfare of this Commonwealth" (i.e. Massachusetts, of which cod is officially the "historic and continuing symbol").
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About 10% of the world fish catch is cod. The cod is the official state fish of Massachusetts.
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Indiana doesn't have a state fish, but it does have a state stone: limestone.
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The 1979 film Breaking Away deals with the town vs. gown problem in Bloomington, Indiana, where the more affluent Indiana University students habitually refer to "cutters", a derogatory term for locals related to the local Indiana limestone industry and the stonecutters who worked the quarries. (The term "cutters" was invented for the movie, because the real name "stoners” was deemed unusable because of its perceived link to marijuana.) One of the local friends "escapes" by pretending to be an Italian professional bicycle racer.
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Actor Dennis Christopher plays the lead role in Breaking Away as a young man pretending to be an Italian bicycle racer. Christopher is actually Italian-American; his birth name is Dennis Carrelli. Although the four "cutter" friends are supposed to be 19 years old, the actors were all of different ages - none of them 19. Dennis Quaid was 24, Dennis Christopher 23, Daniel Stern 21, and Jackie Earle Haley just 17. Dennis Quaid, ultimately the most successful actor of the four, did not play a first-billed leading role in a film until two years later, in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.

Breaking Away was ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time (2006) and #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sports" in June 2008.

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Actor Dennis Christopher reunited with his Breaking Away (1979) "father" Paul Dooley, again as his son, in an episode of TV's Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001 was its series premier). The two had first played father and son in Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978).
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In the NCIS Season 6 episode 13, actor Mark Sheppard (best known as Bowler in Firefly or Crowley in Supernatural) played the younger, flashback version of the character being portrayed by his father, William Morgan Sheppard.
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One of actor Pete Postlethwaite's biggest fans was Steven Spielberg, who called him "the best actor in the world" after working with him on The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Daniel Day-Lewis, who as a young man saw him perform on stage frequently, was another fan. It was Day-Lewis who recommended him for the role of his father in In the Name of the Father (1993). Postlethwaite received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, one of the film's seven nominations.
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The English rock band Chumbawamba frequently addressed political and social themes in their music. They were best known for their 1997 song "Tubthumping," which was a top 10 hit in England, the U.S., and a number of other countries.

"Tubthumping," which, according to guitarist Boff Whaley, was about "the resilience of ordinary people," began with a clip of a monologue by actor Pete Postlethwaite from the 1996 film Brassed Off.
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The 1996 US presidential election was won by the incumbent Democratic president, Bill Clinton. He defeated the GOP nominee, Bob Dole of Kansas, who had resigned his seat as Senate Majority Leader to run for president. Also in the race was Ross Perot of the Reform Party.

Clinton garnered over 49% of the popular vote and carried 31 states and the District of Columbia, winning 379 electoral votes. Dole amassed about 41% of the popular vote, carrying 19 states and winning 159 electoral votes. Perot did not win any electoral votes, although he did win 8% of the popular vote.
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This past week, a committee of the Senate of Canada voted down a government bill to establish a tanker moratorium on the BC coast.

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The perennial haplessness of the Washington Senators baseball team (a team name also used by the NHL's Ottawa franchise, in the hometown of the Senate of Canada), memorialized in the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, led to the saying "Washington: First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League".
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While the official motto of the Marine Corps is Semper Fidelis, “Always Faithful”, one unofficial motto is “Marines — First to Fight” because one USMC mission is to lead amphibious assaults onto a beachhead in order for the more massive US Army and/or Air Force to own and occupy the new territory. During World War II’s Pacific Campaign, this was used in the Allied Forces’ ‘island hopping’, or ‘leapfrogging’ strategy to advance towards Japan. The islands of the Gilbert (e.g., Tarawa) and Marshall Islands (e.g., Wake Island) and the Marianas (Guam) and the Solomons (Guadalcanal), the Philippines, and Okinawa and Iwo Jima were some of the ‘stepping stones’ towards Japan.
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President Harry S. Truman, frustrated by the Marine Corps's effectiveness in legislative battles after World War II to reorganize the US armed forces, wrote to a critical Republican Congressman that the Corps had "a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's." He later wrote an apology.
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The Great Purge was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which occurred during the decade of the 1930s. It was perpetrated primarily by Josef Stalin and Nikolai Yezhov, the head of the Soviet secret police. It has been estimated that at least 700,000 executions took place during the Purge.

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Stalin's mother encouraged his education and a local priest arranged to send him to a seminary.

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The Mothers of Invention was the name of guitarist / composer Frank Zappa's band, and existed, with a variety of line-ups and several hiatuses, from 1964 until 1975.

While the group was playing at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland in 1971, an audience member fired a flare gun; the resulting fire burned down the casino, and destroyed the band's equipment. The incident was later immortalized in Deep Purple's 1972 song, "Smoke on the Water."

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The 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Martin Luther King, Jr.
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One of Martin Luther's accomplishments was the translation of the Bible from the original Greek text to German. It is believed that this translation aided in the development of a standard version of the German language.
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Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School (commonly known as LuHi) is a Lutheran college preparatory school in Brookville, New York. 17 Lutheran congregations united in the late 1950's to found a Lutheran high school to serve the Long Island community, and purchased the former Deering Howe Estate (from the family that made its fortune from the International Harvester Company) as the site for the school.
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In 1985, International Harvester sold most of its agricultural-machinery business to Tenneco, which then merged that business with their J.I. Case business, to form the Case IH brand. The remainder of International Harvester's business (primarily heavy trucks and buses) was renamed Navistar International in 1986.
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The harvester is the only carnivorous butterfly in North America. They can be found through the eastern USA and Canada, and are recognizable by their orange/rust mottled wings.
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Harvester butterfly larvae, being carnivorous, feed on various aphids such as Neoprociphilus, Pemphigus, Prociphilus and Schizoneura, according to Wikipedia.
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Four centuries ago, mummies were still believed to have medicinal properties against bleeding, and were sold as pharmaceuticals in powdered form.For a brief time in Europe, an unusual form of cannibalism occurred when thousands of Egyptian mummies preserved in bitumen were ground up and sold as medicine. The practice developed into a wide-scale business which flourished until the late 16th century. This "fad" ended because the mummies were revealed actually to be recently killed slaves.
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It has been estimated that, in 2015, over 4% of North Korea's population were living in modern slavery. Over 50,000 North Korean citizens had been sent abroad to work in mining, logging, and the textile and construction industries; they were sent mainly to China, Russia and the Middle East.
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"Va Pensiero" (also known as the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves"), from the 1842 opera Nabucco, is one of Giuseppe Verdi's best-known pieces. At the opera's first rehearsal of the chorus, "the stagehands shouted their approval, then beat on the floor and the sets with their tools." Nabucco was Verdi's breakthrough and this piece went on to become the unofficial hymn of Italian national liberation and reunification. It has been suggested on several occasions that it replace "Inno di Mameli" as the Italian National Anthem.

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Gerard Alessandrini was putting together Forbidden Broadway, a show about parodying musicals with their own songs. Barbra Streisand had just bought the film rights to Evita, and Gerard met with his cast at the theater venue, trying to come up with a good idea for a parody.

Suddenly cast member Bryan Bratt stood up, put his arms in the traditional touchdown pose, and belted out "Don't Cry For Me Barbra Streisand, the truth is you bought the film rights."

The whole cast cracked up, and a parody was born.
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When the Saskatchewan Roughriders got a brand-new stadium a few years ago, Bryan Adams was booked to play the first concert.

He asked his elderly mother if she wanted to come help open a new stadium for the Riders.

Her immediate response: "Hell, yeah"!

A new stadium for the Riders is a National Event.
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U.S. Minister to France John Adams recognized the seamanship and patriotism of Scottish-born Capt. John Paul Jones, but also wrote that he was "the most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy" during the Revolution. Jones's biographer Evan Thomas believes that Adams did not mean "intriguing" as in, "someone who is found very interesting by others," but rather, "one who schemes to gain unearned advantage."

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John, Adam, Paul, and Thomas are all biblical names.

Evan is the Welsh form of John, and Jones is a Welsh patronymic form of John, and thus indirectly biblical names.

Elendil is from a different religious tradition.
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The Evans Scholars Foundation is a philanthropic foundation, which provides college tuition and housing for golf caddies. The organization was founded in 1930 by amateur golfer Chick Evans, who wanted to find a good use for money he'd earned in tournaments and royalties, while still maintaining his status as an amateur.
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Francis Ouimet, a former caddy at The Country Club in Brookline, MA, became a championship golfer himself, winning the 1913 US Open at that very course over British golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, both of Jersey. The publicity from the win helped cause an explosive growth in recreational golf in the US. Ouimet's exploits, including becoming the first non-Briton elected Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, were depicted in the 2005 film The Greatest Game Ever Played, Bill Paxton's last film as director.
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Bill Murray's famous "Cinderella story" scene in the movie Caddyshack was improvised based on two lines of stage direction. Director Harold Ramis gave him direction to act as a child announcing his own imaginary golf moment, with Murray then improvising. The flowers were his idea. Murray was with the production only six days, and all of his lines were unscripted.
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One of the writers of Caddyshack was Brian Doyle-Murray, who is the older brother of Bill Murray. Doyle-Murray also appeared in the film in a supporting role; he played the part of Lou Loomis, who is the manager of the Caddyshack. Loomis is the only character to say the title of the movie.
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Brian Doyle-Murray also appears with his little brother Bill in Groundhog Day. He plays Buster, the head of the local Groundhog Day celebration committee whom Phil later saves from choking in a restaurant.

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The Comedy Central series "The Sweet Spot" featured brothers Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Joel Murray, and John Murray touring the western hemisphere, competing against each other in golf for the Braggart's Cup.
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Ponce de Leon shows up in St. Augustine and a drunken announcer runs through the course in his skivvies on Lake Geneva.

Also, for a show that claims to be about golf, there is surprisingly little golf in The Sweet Spot. Instead, skits seem to take up much of each episode. In the Wisconsin episode, Ryan Stiles plays Liberace. In another, Tim Meadows plays a personal injury lawyer specializing in golf, vowing, “I will make them pay.”

The Sweet Spot has even taken some lowbrow cues from Comedy Central’s The Man Show. John makes Joel funnel beer to give him “Wisconfidence.” And, inevitably, in each episode, random women somehow make their way onto the course to dance around in bikinis.
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Dick and Jane are the main characters in popular readers written by William S. Gray and Zerna Sharp. Supporting characters in the books include Baby (or Sally), Mother, Father, Spot (originally a cat, but a dog in later editions), Puff the cat, and Tim the teddy bear.

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The characters mentioned in Pinkfong's song "Baby Shark" are Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark, and Grandpa Shark. The song does not say which of them encountered Kay Kyser's "Three Little Fishies" after they crossed the dam into the sea.
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