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L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Park marks the only confirmed Norse or Viking site in North America outside of settlements found in Greenland. The ruins there date to around 1000 AD, less than a century before the Norman Conquest of England.
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The Ilulissat Icefjord, a fjord in western Greenland, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its eastern end, the Jakobshavn Glacier that produces around 10% of all Greenland icebergs.
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Titanic is a 1997 Broadway musical about the ship that hit the iceberg,with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone.It swept the 1997 musical Tony Awards winning all five it was nominated for, including the award for Best Musical and Best Score (Yeston's second for both).
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RMS Titanic was, at the time she sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg, suffering from a low-grade coal-bunker fire. The sinking of the White Star luxury liner presumably extinguished the fire.
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"RMS" stands for Royal Mail Ship, a vessel that carries mail under contract to the Royal Mail. ny vessel designated as "RMS" has the right to fly both the pennant of the Royal Mail when sailing and to include the Royal Mail "crown" insignia with any identifying device and/or design for the ship. It was used by many shipping lines, but is often associated in particular with the White Star Line (which operated RMS Titanic), Cunard Line, Royal Mail Lines and Union-Castle Line.

ETA: Fun fact: The swimming pool on the Titanic is still full!

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In mathematics, RMS, root mean square, is the square root of the arithmetic mean of the squares of a set of values, used as a measure of the typical magnitude of a set of numbers, regardless of their sign.
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"Crown prosecutor" is the title used in Canada and many other Commonwealth realms to refer to the lawyers of the public prosecutions service.
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Maple syrup is made from the sap of certain species of maple tree, particularly in colder climates. The trees store starches in their trunks and roots during the colder months, and convert the starches to sugars. As temperatures rise in late winter and early spring, and the trees' sugary sap "rises," it can be tapped from the trees, and then boiled down to create maple syrup.

The maple syrup industry is concentrated in the Canadian province of Quebec, which is responsible for about 70% of the world's production.

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Maple Syrup Snow Candy is a simple candy recipe mentioned in Laura Ingall Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. Hot maple syrup is poured over snow to make a taffy like candy.
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Laura Ingalls Wilder lived to see atomic energy, jetliners, "I Love Lucy" and cures or vaccines for every childhood disease that bedevilled her family.
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In 1943, Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter Rose Wilder Lane came into the national spotlight through her response to a radio poll on Social Security. She mailed in a post-card with a response likening the Social Security system to a Ponzi scheme that would, she felt, ultimately destroy the United States. Wartime monitoring of mail eventually resulted in a Connecticut State Trooper being dispatched to her home to question her motives. Her strong response to this infringement on her right of free speech resulted in a flurry of newspaper articles and the publishing of a pamphlet, "What is this, the Gestapo?", that was meant to remind Americans to be watchful of their rights despite the wartime exigencies. During this time period, an FBI file was compiled on Lane.
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John David Sweeney, Jr., of Westchester County, New York, was the first person to be issued a Social Security Number. Sweeney received the number 055-09-0001 in November 1936.

Sweeney died at the age of 61 and never collected any Social Security benefits, but his widow did until she passed away in 1982.
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When Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opened on Broadway in 1979, it won all the major Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Stephen Sondheim), Best Book (Hugh Wheeler), Best Performance by a Leading Actor (Len Cariou), Best Performance by a Leading Actress (Angela Lansbury), and Best Direction (Harold Prince).
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Audra McDonald has won six Tony Awards for acting, more than anyone else, and has won in all four possible categories - winning for both leading and featured (the stage term for supporting) actress in both a play and musical. Her two repeats were in the featured performer category.

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
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The House on the Rock, a tourist attraction near Spring Green, Wisconsin, is home to what is claimed to be the world's largest carousel. It is 80 feet in diamater, 35 feet high, and features over 20,000 lights, and 269 animals (though, apparently, none of them are horses).

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A small section of window frame just off the Truman Balcony on the south face of the White House still shows scorchmarks from the burning of the building by British troops during the War of 1812.
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In Fullerton CA are three public parks, named:

- Virgil (Gus) Grissom Park, Fullerton
- Roger B Chaffee Park, Fullerton
- Edward White Park, Fullerton

They are named for the three astronauts who died in the burning of Apollo 1 during a test.

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Author E.B. White graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1921. He got the nickname "Andy" at Cornell, where tradition confers that moniker on any male student whose surname is White, after Cornell co-founder Andrew Dickson White.
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The White Tree of Gondor was planted from a seedling surreptitiously taken from the doomed island of Numenor by Isildur, eldest son of Elendil the Tall, in the Middle-earth legendarium of JRR Tolkien.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's father Arthur died in 1896, leaving his wife Mabel to bring up their two sons, aged 4 and 2. In spite of serious family opposition, Mabel converted to Catholicism in 1900 and for this was rejected by her own family and her husband's. In 1904, Mabel passed away from diabetes; J.R.R. Tolkien was 12 years old.
Many years later Tolkien wrote a letter to his own son Michael about his mother, saying she was a “gifted lady of great beauty and wit, greatly stricken by God with grief and suffering who died in youth (at 34) of a disease hastened by persecution of her faith.”

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J.R.R. Tolkien never expected his stories to become popular, but by sheer accident a book called The Hobbit, which he had written some years before for his own children, came in 1936 to the attention of Susan Dagnall, an employee of the London publishing firm George Allen & Unwin, who persuaded Tolkien to submit it for publication.When it was published a year later, the book attracted adult readers as well as children, and it became popular enough for the publishers to ask Tolkien to produce a sequel, an act which prompted Tolkien to begin what would become his most famous work: the epic novel The Lord of the Rings (originally published in three volumes 1954–1955). Tolkien spent more than ten years writing the primary narrative and appendices for The Lord of the Rings.
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Homo floresiensis ("Flores Man"; nicknamed "hobbit"[2]) is an extinct species in the genus Homo.
The remains of an individual who would have stood about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) in height were discovered in 2004 at Liang Bua on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Partial skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete skull, referred to as "LB1".[3][4] These remains have been the subject of intense research to determine whether they represent a species distinct from modern humans;[5] the dominant consensus is that these remains do represent a distinct species due to genetic and anatomical differences.
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Who but Kinky Friedman could write the song Homo Erectus?

You know that I'm a Homo Erectus
Got to connect this
Bone that I discovered yesterday
Tyrannosaurus
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The White Tree of Gondor was planted from a seedling surreptitiously taken from the doomed island of Numenor by Isildur, eldest son of Elendil the Tall, in the Middle-earth legendarium of JRR Tolkien.
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In 1913, toymaker A.C. Gilbert created the first Erector Set -- a construction toy, featuring metal parts, such as girders, gears, wheels, nuts and bolts.

After Gilbert's death in 1961, the Erector trademark passed through a number of owners. The brand is currently owned by Meccano (an English toy company, which makes a similar metal construction set), which bought Erector in 2000.
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In 1949, an Erector set was used to build the precursor to the modern artificial heart by William Sewell and Dr. William Glenn of the Yale School of Medicine. The external pump successfully bypassed the heart of a dog for more than an hour.
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The first heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in 1967 at Groote Schuur Hospital in Capetown, South Africa. He implanted the heart of accident-victim Denise Darvall into the chest of 54-year-old Louis Washkansky, with Washkansky regaining full consciousness and being able to easily talk with his wife, before dying 18 days later of pneumonia.
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The first doctor to perform open-heart surgery was Daniel Hale Williams. He is mentioned (though not by name) in Stevie Wonder's song "Black Man" ("heart surgery/was first done successfully/by a black man").
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U.S. Navy submarines during World War II did not carry a ship's doctor, but usually a corpsman or pharmacist's mate trained in first aid and basic medicine. One, aboard USS Seadragon, had to conduct an emergency appendectomy while his submarine was submerged. Two others later did the same aboard other subs.

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An estimated 10% of the 1.35 million bombs dropped on Germany during World War II failed to explode, a Smithsonian investigation found in 2016.

Even now, though the war ended in Europe in May 1945, upward of two thousand pounds of unexploded munitions are uncovered every year.
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The Zone Rouge is an area in north-eastern France, site of the Battle of Verdun, which was totally devastated by the war and remains completely uninhabitable. The area is saturated with unexplored munitions and the soil is contaminated with dangerous heavy metals and chemicals. In two areas, 99% of all plants which sprout in the soil die. It is estimated that it will take 300 to 700 years to rehabilitate the area.
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The immediate area inside the nuclear facility at Chernobyl will be uninhabitable for at least another 20,000 years. In the 18-mile exclusion zone around the site, it is estimated that it could be habitable again anywhere from 20 to several hundreds of years. However, plant life appears to have adapted to the radioactivity and is thriving throughout the area.

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Both Pierre and Marie Curie experienced radium burns, and were exposed to extensive doses of radiation while conducting their research. They experienced radiation sickness and Marie Curie died of aplastic anemia in 1934. Even now, all their papers from the 1890s, even her cookbooks, are too dangerous to touch. Their laboratory books are kept in special lead boxes and people who want to see them have to wear protective clothing. Had Pierre Curie not been killed at age 45 in a traffic accident, it is likely that he would have eventually died of the effects of radiation, as did his wife, their daughter Irène, and her husband Frédéric Joliot.
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As shown in the critically-acclaimed recent HBO miniseries Chernobyl, Soviet investigators of the catastrophic explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in April 1986 raced to interview the plant staff, many of whom were by then dying of massive radiation poisoning, before they died in order to learn why the accident had occurred.
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A medical linear accelerator (LINAC) is the device most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. It delivers high-energy x-rays or electrons to the region of the patient's tumor. These treatments can be designed in such a way that they destroy the cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue. The LINAC is used to treat all body sites, using conventional techniques, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radio Therapy (SBRT).


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Tom Clancy's military novel Red Storm Rising (1986) is about a conventional war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, begun by Moscow as a means to seize Mideast oil fields after a terrorist attack severely curtails Soviet oil production.
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The Mark Gordon Company is planning to produce a feature film adaptation of the musical Come From Away, which is set in the week following the September 11 terror attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gande. Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon.
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Gander Airport was taken over by the RCAF during the war, and became a major staging base for RAF Ferry Command, who transported new airplanes from North America to Britain. Other stops on the route eventually included Narsarssuaq, Greenland (code named Bluie West One); Keflavik, Iceland (a field the British built after their non-hostile but insistent takeover of Iceland); and Prestwick, Scotland. Although Ferry Command pilots were not military personnel, they were given military uniforms to protect them if somehow captured - they joked that the "FC" on their hats stood for "Frightened Civilian".
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Gander Crater, with a diameter of about 25 miles, is located at 31.5° south latitude, 265.9° west longitude, on Mars.
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A male goose is a gander; a female peacock is a peahen.
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In January 2018, a female United Airlines passenger was denied boarding at Newark for a flight to LAX with what she claimed to be her "emotional support peacock", even though she had bought it its own ticket. The peacock, reportedly called Dexter, belongs to Brooklyn-based artist Ventiko (real name unknown), who documents its life on social media.

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Emotional support animals differ from trained service animals, who have been trained to do work or perform a task for the benefit of a person with a disability. Most emotional support animals are not officially trained to offer support, but their owners consider them a comfort nonetheless.

Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines, told a business group that his airline was expected to fly a support animal for an emotional support animal.

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A group of emotional supprt peacocks is called a bevy, or ostentation, or muster, or party.
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The Irish Rovers, recording under the name The Rovers, had an international hit with their cover of Tom Paxton's Wasn't That A Party?. The recording even crossed over to success in the country rock genre.
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Rover has been a common name for hunting dogs since at least the mid-18th century. The first movie to feature a dog was made in 1905 and called "Rescued by Rover."
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Michael Brooke, a British movie critic, said that when Rescued by Rover was released, it was "possibly the only point in film history when British cinema unquestionably led the world."
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And I just now realized why Tom Paxton worked "Irish rover" into the last song of his Annie trilogy When Annie Took Me Home

here was I wondering why
Annie'd choose to ask me over
But she did, sure she did
She called me her Irish rover
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"The Wild Rover" is a well-known folk song; its origins are disputed, some claiming it is Irish, others saying it is from Northern Scotland. Supposedly it originated as a temperance song, but now it is commonly sung in pubs as a drinking song. At matches of the Celtic Football club, its chorus is performed by fans, and by other clubs throughout England, usually with the words adapted to suit the team in question.:
And it's no, nay, never
No, nay, never no more
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Four robotic vehicles, generically called "Rovers," have been successfully deployed to Mars. The USSR tried to send two of its own back in the 1970s but both missions failed. "Curiosity" is stil loeprational on Mars, having been there since 2011. Its power source of just eleven pounds of plutonium dioxide can power it for at least 14 years.
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The first extraterrestrial rover was the USSR's Lunokhod series, designed to support the Soviet manned moon missions during the Moon race. They were transported to the lunar surface by Luna spacecraft, which were launched by Proton-K rockets. The moon lander part of the Luna spacecraft for Lunokhods was similar to the one for sample-return missions. There were no other rovers until the US Pathfinder mission in 1997.

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The playground game "Red Rover" has been the subject of lawsuits and bans at schools in the US and Canada due to injuries to children.


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