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Later in life, Peter Benchley, writer of Jaws and The Depp, came to regret writing such sensationalist literature about sharks, which he felt encouraged excessive fear and unnecessary culls of such an important predator in ocean ecosystems and became an outspoken advocate for marine conservation.
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During the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, actor Johnny Depp wore tinted contact lenses, both for vision correction, and to keep from squinting in the bright tropical sunshine.

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Johnny Depp has said that he based his portrayal of Capt. Jack Sparrow as a cross between Keith Richards and Pepe LePew. Richards later appeared in a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel as Sparrow's father.
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The House Sparrow, also known as the English Sparrow, is one of the most abundant songbirds in the United States, with an estimated 150 million birds established in all the 48 contiguous states. The bird is not native to North America; they were introduced in various parts of the continent beginning about 1850.
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The seating plan of the British House of Commons, with the Government and Opposition members sitting on benches facing each other, is derived from the original meeting place of the Commons, the Chapel of St Stephen. The members sat in the choir stalls, and naturally sorted themselves to sit with those of like views.
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British morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse tried unsuccessfully to get Chuck Berry's 1972 song "My Ding-A-Ling" banned from the BBC. "One teacher," Whitehouse wrote to the BBC's Director General, "told us of how she found a class of small boys with their trousers undone, singing the song and giving it the indecent interpretation which—in spite of all the hullabaloo—is so obvious... We trust you will agree with us that it is no part of the function of the BBC to be the vehicle of songs which stimulate this kind of behaviour—indeed quite the reverse."
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When John Cleese was an eight year old entering St. Peter’s Preparatory School, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, the other boys immediately demanded to know “Are you a Roundhead or a Cavalier?”.

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John Cleese, playing the anchor of a parliamentary-election news team, mentioned Mary Whitehouse in the Nov. 1970 Monty Python sketch "Election Night Special," saying, "Mary Whitehouse has just taken Umbrage," as if she were a candidate from a city of that name.

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Dolores Jane Umbridge was the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic, and the main antagonist in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Umbridge had the Dementors attack Harry in an attempt to silence him from contradicting the Ministry's statement about Voldemort not returning from the dead. Ultimately, she deposes Dumbledore after he 'confesses' to plotting against the Ministry to prevent Harry being expelled, and has herself installed as Headmistress by the Ministry.
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American horror and fantasy writer Stephen King wrote in 2003 that Dolores Umbridge was the "greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter...." She was played in the Harry Potter movies by English actress Imelda Staunton, who once told an interviewer that she hated the character as much as Potter fans did. Staunton is married to actor Jim Carter, perhaps best known for his role as the butler Carson in Downton Abbey.
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The Staunton chess set is composed of a particular style of chess pieces used to play the game of chess.[1] According to the rules of chess, this style is to be used for competitions. The journalist Nathaniel Cooke is credited with the design, and they are named after the English chess master Howard Staunton. The first 500 sets were hand signed and numbered by Staunton.[2] This style of set was first made available by Jaques of London in 1849, and they quickly became the standard. They have been used around the world since.[3]
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Chess is a musical, which first opened on London's West End in 1986. The story, about a rivalry between two chess grandmasters (an American and a Soviet), is an allegory to the Cold War between those two nations.

The show's music was written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (the male half of the pop group ABBA), with lyrics by Tim Rice. In 1984, two years before the show's premiere, a concept album of the show's music was released; one of the songs from the album, "One Night in Bangkok," performed by Murray Head, became an international hit, reaching #3 on the U.S. chart.

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Before Chess, before Mamma Mia!....In 1983 a French TV station aired Abbacadabra, a fairy tale musical with French songs set to ABBA music. It was a hit, and English theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh decided to produce a live-action English stage version of the TV show with lyrics by David Wood, Mike Batt, and Don Black. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, who wrote the songs in ABBA, contributed with one new song, "The Seeker." The show would also be done in Dutch and Portuguese, and deserves to be brought to Broadway.
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The Dutch–Portuguese War was an armed conflict involving Dutch forces, in the form of the Dutch East India Company and the Dutch West India Company, against the Portuguese Empire. Beginning in 1602, the conflict primarily involved the Dutch companies invading Portuguese colonies in the Americas, Africa, India and the Far East. The outcome of the war was that Portugal successfully repelled the Dutch attempts to take control of Brazil and Angola, while the Dutch were the victors in the Cape of Good Hope and the East Indies, capturing Malacca, Ceylon, the Malabar Coast and the Moluccas from the Portuguese. English ambitions also greatly benefited from the long-standing war between its two main rivals in the Far East.
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"Dutch" is old English for "people," but somehow the English started applying it to Germans and people from the Netherlands; "High Dutch" or "Upper Dutch" were from Germany, "low Dutch" from the Netherlands - "Netherlands" of course coming from the same meaning of "low lands." Over time "German" supplanted "Dutch" for people from Germany, and so the Netherlands got stuck with Dutch.
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Ronald Reagan was of irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. However, when he was a child, Reagan's nickname was "Dutch" -- Reagan claimed that this nickname was given to him by his father when he was a baby, and looked like "a fat little Dutchman," though, on other occasions, Reagan indicated that the nickname was due to him having a "Dutch boy" haircut as a child.
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Michael Caine, playing international secret agent Austin Powers's father Nigel in Goldmember, said, "There's only two things I hate in this world: people who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch."
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In 2016, late in life, Sir Michael Caine had his legal name changed to his stage name, from the original Maurice Micklewhite, because he got tired of explaining his passport to Immigration officials.
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Sir Michael Caine thought a bit differently sixteen years earlier. In the 2000 Birthday Honours he was knighted as Sir Maurice Micklewhite CBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. In a tribute to his background, he stated, "I was named after my father and I was knighted in his name because I love my father. I always kept my real name."
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Buckingham Palace, the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom, is located in the City of Westminster. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building was originally a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen's House. Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
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Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, was a cousin of Richard III and originally an ally.

He is suspected to have had a hand in the murder of the Princes in the Tower, whether on Richard's command or to advance his position with Richard. There is at least one contemporary document which states his involvement.

Richard and Buckingham had a falling out in 1483, and Richard had him executed.

In Shakespeare's play, Buckingham is a committed ally of Richard in the first part of the play, but breaks with Richard over a command to kill the Princes and leads an unsuccessful rebellion. Richard then has him executed.
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In the neo-fascist 1995 film adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III starring Sir Ian McKellen, the Duke of Buckingham is played by Jim Broadbent, later to go on to greater fame in Iris, Moulin Rouge!, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Game of Thrones, Topsy-Turvy, Hot Fuzz and The Iron Lady.
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The oldest operating elevator in the US is located in the city hall of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The 1912 Otis steel and wrought iron cage has a curved cushioned bench large enough for six, and serves the four floors of city hall.
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Shortly before his 1967 death in a plane crash, Otis Redding wrote and recorded (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay with Steve Cropper. The song became the first posthumous number-one record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Similarly, the album The Dock of the Bay was the first posthumous album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.
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Early American aviator Cal Rodgers, trained by the Wright Brothers, was the first to fly across America ("crash by crash," as one biographer wrote), from Sept. 17 to Dec. 10, 1911. Rodgers carried the first transcontinental U.S. Mail pouch on the 70-stop trip.

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Wilbur Wright, the elder of the two flying Wright brothers, died of typhoid fever in 1912 at age 45, just 9 years after their first powered flight in 1903. Orville died in 1948, over 35 years after his brother, having lived from the horse-and-buggy age to the dawn of supersonic flight.

John T. Daniels, the Coast Guardsman who took the Wrights' famous first flight photo, died the day after Orville. Daniels said that he was so excited by seeing the Flyer rising that he nearly forgot Orville Wright's instructions to squeeze the bulb triggering the shutter.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is the only branch of the U.S. armed services that performs law enforcement as one of its fundamental purposes.
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Let's raise a glass and toss it down, to our fellow Coasties...


The Coast Guard was founded on August 4, 1790, after Congress commissioned the construction of ten ships to help enforce federal tariffs and prevent smuggling.

Alex Haley, who wrote the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family,“ (1976) was the Coast Guard’s first journalist.

Walt Disney created a special logo for the Coast Guard’s Corsair Fleet during World War II, featuring Donald Duck. 1941-1945. Image here.

Since 2003, the Coast Guard has been operating as part of the Department of Homeland Security. Before that, they were in the Department of Transportation.

“Semper Paratus” is the Coast Guard motto. Always Ready.

If a vessel is over 65 feet long, the Coast Guard calls it a "Cutter".

President George Washington commissioned the first Coast Guard officer, Captain Hopley Yeaton, on March 21, 1791.
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The Constitutional Act came into force on December 26, 1791. The Act divided the old province of Quebec into the two provinces of Upper Canada and Lower Canada.
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In 1979, the World Hockey Association, a rival to the established National Hockey League, folded. However, four of the WHA's franchises survived, being accepted into the National Hockey League for the 1979-80 season. Those teams were the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers, and Winnipeg Jets.

Of those four, only the Oilers remain in the city which they were in when they joined the NHL: the Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995, the Jets became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, and the Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997. (However, in 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers then moved to Winnipeg, and adopted the old Jets name.)
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The Hartford Whalers began play in 1971 as the New England Whalers in Boston MA, where they played from 1971 to 1974. In 1974 they relocated to Hartford CT. They were to play in the brand-new Hartford Civic Center but it was not completed in time for the start of the 1974-1975 season, so they opened the season 25 miles to the north in West Springfield MA. In January, 1975 when the Civic Center opened, the Whalers played from there until the WHA folded in 1979.

For the 1979-1980 season the New England Whalers continued play in the NHL as the Hartford Whalers and they soon adopted their new “W” and “H” and whale tail logo. The designer of the new logo had explained that a team named the Whalers should not have a whale for a mascot and harpoons in its logo because it implies killing your own mascot (images here, and here). Team ownership agreed and the new logo was born (image here). The Hartford Whalers continued play from 1979 to 1997.

On May 6, 1997, the Whalers announced that they would move to Raleigh NC and become the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hartford Whalers had already played their last game in Hartford on April 13, 1997, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1.

Hartford Whalers team captain Kevin Dineen scored the final goal in Whalers history that day.
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Sir Walter Raleigh is well known as one of the popularizers of tobacco smoking in England. His small tobacco pouch was found in his cell after his execution in 1618. Engraved upon the pouch was a Latin inscription: Comes meus fuit in illo miserrimo tempore ("It was my companion at that most miserable time")
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Johannes Kepler’s Third Law of Planetary Motion (of his 3 Laws) states, The square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.

Kepler discovered this law on March 8, 1618. He soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made, but on May 15 he confirmed the discovery.
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Johannes Kepler’s Third Law of Planetary Motion (of his 3 Laws) states, The square of the orbital period of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit.

Kepler discovered this law on March 8, 1618. He soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made, but later on May 15 he confirmed the discovery.
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According to Space.com, more than 3,700 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date, most of them by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
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The current administrator of NASA is James Bridenstine. Bridenstine, a native of Michigan, was formerly a US congressman from Oklahoma. His nomination to the post was controversial, due to his lack of scientific qualifications and his rejection to the scientific consensus on climate change. However, after his confirmation in April of 2018, Bridenstine has reversed his position on climate change, saying that 'Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. We're putting it into the atmosphere in volumes that we haven't seen, and that greenhouse gas is warming the planet. That is absolutely happening, and we are responsible for it.'
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The first greenhouse in the sense we would understand it today, at least that was recorded, was used in the 15th century in Korea. The windows were made of translucent paper.
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The first ironclad warships were built in ancient Korea, but the first battle between ironclad warships did not take place until March 1862, when the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia clashed at Hampton Roads, Va. during the American Civil War.
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Hampton-on-Sea is a drowned village in Kent.
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Interesting, Northen Piper...

The Hampton Inn is one of the few remaining places from Hampton-on-Sea, Kent (gMap here), which was lost to coastal erosion and became a drowned village in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries.

The cause of the erosion and flooding which eventually drowned the village was the original Hampton Pier. The pier, built in 1865, changed the tidal current patterns which then changed where deposits of sand and pebbles were built up. This is believed to have caused the ocean currents to scour and erode the land where Hampton-on-Sea houses had been built. These were then lost to flooding.
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Hampton by Hilton, a chain of hotels that was formerly known as Hampton Inn, includes over 2,300 hotels around the world. The majority of these properties are in the United States. The first Hampton Inn opened in Memphis, Tennessee in 1984, and the first international location opened in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1993.
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"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the “In the Heights” movie crew surprised by turning out for a high school performance of the musical at New York’s George Washington High on Friday, May 31st.

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10118.

10118 is the zip code for New York City’s Empire State Building.

10118 is not a zip code for any other location.

The Empire State Building has its very-own zip code.

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The Balfour Declaration, issued by the Imperial Conference of 1926, marked the beginning of the transition of the British Empire to the Commonwealth of Nations.
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The original signed parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence was, for many years, displayed in an ordinary frame under glass (but not under guard) in the library of the U.S. State Department. It is now housed at the National Archives in an ultrasecure and airtight display case which descends every night into a basement vault.

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The original engrossed copy of the British North America Act, 1867, the foundation of the Constitution of Canada, is held by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Rumour is that the Canadian government once inquired whether the original could be transferred to Canada, but was met with the equivalent of "Dear boy, if we did that for you, we would have to hand out our original copies of acts to countries all over the world."
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The Mayflower Compact, written and signed by the Pilgrims while the ship was moored in Provincetown Harbor, and often considered white America's first constitution (the Iroquois Confederacy had no document), has been lost but Gov. William Bradford's handwritten copy from his journal Of Plimoth Plantation is on display at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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Joan Braden was a popular Washington hostess who also held a number of low-profile political and government positions. During Bostonian John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, she reportedly ghosted a weekly newspaper column, "Campaign Wife", for Jacqueline Kennedy, who could not understand the respect of her husband Tom Braden and brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy, for Braden's opinions.
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George Washington and Continental Navy hero Capt. John Paul Jones exchanged letters during and soon after the American Revolution, but it does not appear that they ever met. Jones sent copies of the Houdon bust of himself to Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others as a token of his esteem (and as a shameless bit of self-promotion). Jefferson's copy is still displayed at Monticello.

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