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Old 07-21-2019, 11:52 AM
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In Edgar Allen Poe's 1843 short story "The Black Cat," the cat's name is Pluto. And this was long before Mickey Mouse's dog took the name.
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Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in 1809, was just 40 years old when he died in 1849. According to Wiki, the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, "brain congestion", cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other causes.
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Allan Blakeney was the Premier of Saskatchewan in the 1970s. Although he was a socialist, he got along well with Premier Lougheed of Alberta, who was a conservative. They were united in their determination to keep natural resources under provincial control, rebuffing efforts by then Prime Minister Trudeau to assume control under the "National Energy Policy".
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The British Prime Minister is ex officio also First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service. During World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill also held the portfolio of the Minister of Defence. He did so again for less than a year during his second stint as PM.
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When PM Chamberlain finally took Churchill into Cabinet on the outbreak of WWII, he appointed Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty, a post Churchill had previously held in WWI.

The Admiralty laconically announced it in a message to the Royal Navy: " Winston is back."



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The British Prime Minister is ex officio also First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service.
It's the other way around: you're appointed First Lord of the Treasury, thereby ex officio becoming Prime Minister. The British Constitution contains odd little quirks, like a head of government position that is not defined by statute anywhere.
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The long-running television jingle for Winston cigarettes, "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should", drew criticism from pedants for an incorrect word choice. Advertising agency William Esty Co. deliberately, and ungrammatically, used "like" rather than "as" in the slogan and jingle, just to gain attention.

In the fall of 1961, a small furor enveloped the literary and journalistic communities in the United States when Merriam-Webster published its Third New International Dictionary. In the dictionary, the editors refused to condemn the use of "like" as a conjunction, and cited "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should" as an example of popular colloquial use. After publication of Webster's Third, The New York Times called the edition "bolshevik," and the Chicago Daily News wrote that the transgression signified "a general decay in values."

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Dental caries are the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 11 years and adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Tooth decay is four times more common than asthma among adolescents aged 14 to 17 years. Dental caries also affects adults, with 9 out of 10 over the age of 20 having some degree of tooth decay.
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:21 AM
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 13 people in the US have asthma. More than 25 million Americans have asthma; this is 7.7 percent of adults and 8.4 percent of children.
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In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the fat, glasses-wearing Piggy regularly begs out of activities, telling Ralph about his asthma. Ralph's regular reply is "Sucks to your ass-mar".
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Bonnie Erickson and her mother used to live in North Dakota where Peggy Lee sang on the local radio station before she became a famous jazz singer. When Erickson first created Miss Piggy, she called her Miss Piggy Lee—as both a joke and an homage. Peggy Lee was a very independent woman, and Piggy certainly is the same. But as Peggy and Piggy's fame began to grow, nobody wanted to upset Peggy Lee, especially because they admired her work. So, the Muppet's name was shortened to Miss Piggy.
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Two U.S. Navy warships have been named the USS North Dakota, a battleship which saw service during World War I and was scrapped in 1931, and a Virginia-class nuclear fast attack submarine commissioned in 2014 and still in service.
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A 2001 (and earlier) effort to rename North Dakota to simply Dakota, to soften its image as an icy wasteland, failed, apparently due to its inherent silliness.
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In 2001, eight year old Dakota Fanning was chosen to star opposite Sean Penn in the movie I Am Sam, playing the daughter of a mentally challenged man who fights for her custody. Her role in the film made Fanning the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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The abortive, and widely-ridiculed, effort to drop the first word of North Dakota's name was a subplot in an episode of the TV political drama The West Wing.
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North Dakota is the No. 1 producer of honey in the nation. Check out the North Dakota Bee Map — https://beemap.ndda.nd.gov/map.
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Only four United States have the letters USA in their names: Louisiana, Massachusetts, South Carolina and South Dakota.
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The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, commonly known as Rhode Island, is the smallest state by land area in the United States, and the state with the longest official name.

The state's common name, Rhode Island, actually refers to the largest island in Narragansett Bay, also known as Aquidneck Island, on which the city of Newport is located.
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The island of Rhodes (from which Rhode Island probably derives its name) may be named for roses, from the Greek "rhodon" (ῥόδον). It may also be named for the snakes with which the island was infested in ancient times, "erod" being the Phoenician word for snake.
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Although Ohio has the only non-rectangular American state flag, Rhode Island's is otherwise the closest to a square in its legal proportions, 29:33.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Ohio
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The only three national flags to show a firearm are Mozambique's, with an AK-47; Guatemala's, with a pair of generic rifles; and Haiti's, with a pair of cannons.
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Lichtenstein and Haiti developed nearly-identical national flags independently of each other. No one realized until the two countries competed against each other in the 1936 Summer Olympics under the same flag.

Flag of Liechtenstein, 1921-1937 — https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File...1921-1937).svg

Flag of Haiti, variant flag — https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag...ti_(civil).svg

Current flag of Haiti — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Haiti
Current flag of Liechtenstein — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Liechtenstein
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Sheldon Cooper Presents: Fun With Flags (later renamed Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler Present: Dr. Sheldon Cooper's Fun With Flags) is a YouTube/podcast show that Sheldon and Amy make to teach vexillology, the study of flags. There are ten known episodes; however, Sheldon originally planned for 52 weekly episodes though his podcast appeared in episodes over more than a year's timeframe.
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The study of flags is called vexillology. The Latin word for flag is vexillum – a vexillarius came to mean a standard-bearer.
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The Flag Act of 1777, passed by the Continental Congress, read in its entirety, "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." However, the dimensions of the flag and the arrangement of both the stars and stripes were not specified until an executive order issued by President William Howard Taft in 1912.
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William Howard Taft is the only person to have served both as the President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States. Taft won the 1908 election but, in his 1912 bid for re-election, was defeated by Woodrow Wilson. Taft assumed the role of Chief Justice in 1921, a position he held until shortly before his death in 1930.

Taft is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the first president and first Supreme Court justice to be interred there.
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William Howard Taft, William Henry Harrison and John Quincy Adams were the only three US Presidents that routinely used their middle names.
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Lyndon B. Johnson was the only president to take the oath of office from a female official, Judge Sarah T. Hughes.

He was probably the only president to take his oath on an airplane, too.
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Barry Lyndon was a 1975 film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, who also wrote the screenplay, based on a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. The film starred Ryan O'Neal as the title character, an 18th-century Irish rogue.

The movie is regarded as highly innovative in its cinematography (including shooting many scenes without using electric lights), and it won four Academy Awards in technical categories (cinematography, production design, costume design, and score). However, the film received mixed reviews at the time, due to its slow pace (it was over 3 hours long) and lack of emotion.

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Actor Chris Makepeace was born on April 22, 1964 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Meatballs (1979), My Bodyguard (1980) and Vamp (1986). In 1981, he recorded spoken dialogue for "Music From The Elder" KISS album with Producer Bob Ezrin, but it was not used in the final mix. Plans to turn the album into a feature film never came to fruition. He started acting in TV commercials at the age of ten.
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Makepeace Island is a small heart shaped island resort located in the Noosa River on Australia's Sunshine Coast. The island is currently owned by Virgin Australia founding partners, Brett Godfrey and Sir Richard Branson. The island is Branson's Australian home and can hold up to 22 guests accommodated in three 2-bedroom villas and a 4 bedroom Bali House wing. The property has a tennis court, theatre, two-story Balinese wantilan, 500,000-liter pool and indoor bar and dining area.
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William Howard Taft is the only person to have served both as the President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States....
Kudos for getting both titles right.

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Lyndon B. Johnson was... probably the only president to take his oath on an airplane, too.
No "probably" about it.

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In Superman 2, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, when asked by General Zod what reward he would want for helping the Kryptonian exiles take over Earth, replies with a big grin, "Australia!"
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In 2012, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson worked with DC Comics to select a real-life star to be designated as the parent star to the planet Krypton in DC continuity. Tyson then appeared as a character in Action Comics #14, in which he revealed that Krypton had orbited the red dwarf star LHS 2520, in the constellation Corvus, located 27.1 light years from Earth.

Tyson later revealed that he selected a star in Corvus (Latin for "crow"), in part because a crow is the mascot of Smallville High School.
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Noted astrophysicist and pop-science guy Neil deGrasse Tyson once appeared on The Big Bang Theory, making an aggressive phone call to Bill Nye the Science Guy, who hurriedly hung up on him.
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Kudos for getting both titles right.
I cannot tell a lie...copied and pasted directly from Wiki!

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Bill Nye's mother, Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, was a codebreaker during World War II. She was among a small elite group of young women known as "Goucher girls," alumnae of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, whom the Navy had enlisted to help crack the codes that were used by the Japanese and German military.

Nye's father, Ned Nye, also served in WWII and worked as a contractor building an airstrip on Wake Island. He was captured and spent four years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Living without electricity or watches, he learned how to tell time using the shadow of a shovel handle, leading to a passion later in life for sundials and other forms of time-telling.
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What??? Who the hell does that??? I've never done that.



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Bill Nye's mother, Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, was a codebreaker during World War II. She was among a small elite group of young women known as "Goucher girls," alumnae of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, whom the Navy had enlisted to help crack the codes that were used by the Japanese and German military.

Nye's father, Ned Nye, also served in WWII and worked as a contractor building an airstrip on Wake Island. He was captured and spent four years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Living without electricity or watches, he learned how to tell time using the shadow of a shovel handle, leading to a passion later in life for sundials and other forms of time-telling.
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The "gnomen" is the past of a sun-dial which casts a shadow. The word is derived from the Greek root for knowledge, similar to Gnosticism.
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Besides the gnomon, the other part of a sundial is the dial, onto which the shadow cast by the gnomon falls. Sometimes (usually) the gnomon is fixed, and sometimes (less commonly) the gnomon is movable. Further, the gnomon has a style which is its time-telling edge.

For fixed gnomon sundials the style must lie at an angle from the horizontal equal to the latitude of its location.

In Redding CA is the Sundial Bridge (image, https://is.gd/B7xQkC). Its support tower is a 66 meter mast pointing north at a cantilevered angle and serves as the gnomon for its horizontal sundial. The dial is at the north end of the bridge. The shadow moves about 1 foot per minute so that the Earth's rotation can be viewed with the naked eye.
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Shadowlands, a play by William Nicholson about C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy Davidman, was first shown as a BBC film starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom in 1985. It was adapted for the stage, premiering on Broadway in 1990 with Nigel Hawthorne and Jane Alexander as the leads, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. A 1993 film version directed by Richard Attenborough starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. It has been revived as a play in the West End and Off Broadway (2007 and 2017) and in 2019 at the Chichester Festival, starring Hugh Bonneville (better known for his role in Downton Abbey)

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Hugh Bonneville had a relatively small role in Notting Hill, playing a clueless stockbroker who doesn't recognize a famous movie star when he meets her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAgIUxmWXOE
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Lake Bonneville of the Pleistocene epoch covered present-day Utah and extended into present-day Idaho and Nevada. It existed until about 14,500 years ago, when a large portion of the lake was released through the Red Rock Pass in eastern Idaho, south of Downey (gMap, Downey ID is 40mi SSE of Pocatello in SE Idaho, https://is.gd/ZFOp0v). Following the Bonneville flood, as the release is now known, the lake receded to a level called the Provo Level. Many of the unique geological characteristics of the Great Basin are due to the effects of the lake. Lake Bonneville was more than 1,000 ft deep and more than 19,691 square miles in area, and as such was nearly as extensive as Lake Michigan and significantly deeper — Lake Michigan’s max depth is 923 feet and its average depth is 279 feet.

With the climate change, Lake Bonneville began drying up, leaving remnants including Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake, Sevier Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Salt Lake.

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The USS Salt Lake City was a Pensacola-class heavy cruiser, commissioned in 1929, which saw extensive service during World War II. She survived two atomic-bomb blasts at Bikini Atoll in the July 1946 Operation Crossroads testing before being sunk off the Southern California coast as a target vessel in May 1948.
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French automotive engineer Louis Réard, who tried his hand at clothing design in 1946, introduced a two-piece swimsuite design he named the "bikini", adopting the name from the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Réard hoped his swimsuit's revealing style would create an "explosive commercial and cultural reaction" similar to the explosion at Bikini Atoll.

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July 5th is National Bikini Day. Apparently July 5, 1946 is when the bikini first hit the beach in the US.
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SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Squidward, and his friends live in Bikini Bottom, where they dine on Krabby Patties at the Krusty Krab restaurant.
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The bikini swimsuit has spawned many variant styles, including:

- the "bandini" (a bikini with a bandeau (strapless) top)
- the "tankini" (a bikini with a tank top rather than the traditional bikini top)
- the "string bikini" (a more revealing bikini, using thin "strings" to connect the bottom at the hips, and connecting the two pieces of material which cover the breasts)
- the "microkini" (an even more revealing string bikini)
- the "monokini" (a topless bikini)
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Apollo 11 splashed down at 12:49 a.m. EDT, July 24, 1969, about 812 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii and only 12 nautical miles from the USS Hornet. That’s in less than two hours, exactly 50 years ago today. There were crabs and squid — and bikinis! — in the ocean that day. As there are today.
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Nichole Brown's dog was named Kato after "Kato" Kaelin, who took the name from the Green Hornet's sidekick. To figure out the time of the Brown & Goldman murders, prosecutor used the dog. Between 10:15 and 11pm, neighbors stated that they heard Kato howling. One neighbor, Steven Schwab, later found Kato with bloody paws. After being examined, he realized that Kato was not injured and, before long, the canine led another neighbor, Sukru Boztepe, to the murder scene.

Since Kato seemed like a dog who cared about his owner, why didn’t he protect her? Is it because he knew her killer?
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OJ Simpson was the only NFL player to ever rush for over 2,000 yards in the 14-game regular season format.



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