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Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Eddie Mathews, Chipper Jones, and Brooks Robinson rank among the best-ever third basemen of all time.
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New Zealand singer Lorde's first single, "Royals," was a worldwide hit in 2013, when she was only sixteen years old.

Lorde wrote the song's lyrics, about the displays of wealth and luxury which many pop musicians engage in. She took the title for the song from a photograph in the July, 1976 issue of National Geographic magazine, which depicted Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett signing baseballs, with the word "Royals" prominently displayed on his jersey.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has a flag for use in her capacity as monarch for most of her non-United Kingdom realms, including New Zealand. It was adopted in 1962 and is, in my non-trivia-fact opinion, fugly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%...or_New_Zealand
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The Mercury Monarch was manufactured for one generation from 1975 to 1980 as the Mercury counterpart to the Ford Granada. It was built in Mahwah NJ and Wayne MI. Sharing its chassis underpinnings with the Mercury Comet/Ford Maverick, the Monarch and Granada marked the final evolution of the 1960–1965 Ford Falcon platform architecture.
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The Mercury Monarch was manufactured for one generation from 1975 to 1980 as the Mercury counterpart to the Ford Granada. It was built in Mahwah NJ and Wayne MI. Sharing its chassis underpinnings with the Mercury Comet/Ford Maverick, the Monarch and Granada marked the final evolution of the 1960–1965 Ford Falcon platform architecture.
My first car was a 1966 Ford Falcon with a 289 V8 engine and a 3-on-the-tree transmission. I wish I still had that car.

In play: Because the planet Mercury has no atmosphere to retain heat, the temperatures at its equatorial regions can range from 800 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to -280 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
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On average, the closest planet to every planet in the Solar System is Mercury.
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British composer Gustav Holst was best known for his suite "The Planets"; the "Mars" section inspired John Williams in his soundtrack for the Star Wars films (specifically "The Imperial March"), while the melody of the central section of "Jupiter", adapted by Holst to fit the poem "I Vow to Thee, My Country" has become a well-known patriotic hymn.
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As writer Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick developed the story for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the original story had the spaceship Discovery One bound for the planet Saturn. However, during pre-production, the special effects team, led by Douglas Trumbull, was unable to create convincing effects for Saturn's rings, and Clarke and Kubrick substituted Jupiter for Saturn in the final script.

However, in Clarke's novelization of the film, the destination of Discovery One remained Saturn.
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Stanley, with s population of 2,500, is the capital of the Falkland Islands. Stanley Racecourse, located on the west side of Stanley, holds a two-day horse racing meeting every year on 26 and 27 December. The Christmas races have been held there for over 100 years.
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Falkland, British Columbia is between Kamloops and Kelowna. Falkland's Canadian flag (images is huge. Made of lumber, it is 56’ wide x 28’ high. It is considered to be the biggest Canadian Flag in Western Canada.
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The BBC came under considerable political and public criticism for broadcasting what some felt were overly-detailed and thus dangerous stories about British military plans during the 1982 Falklands War.
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Rich Skrenta was born in Pittsburgh on June 6, 1967. As a high school student at Mt. Lebanon High School, he wrote the Elk Cloner virus that infected Apple II machines. Elk Cloner is widely believed to have been one of the first large-scale self-spreading personal computer viruses ever created. Elk Cloner was released in 1982, when Skrenta was 15.
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Since the Civil War, only ten apecies in mammals are known to have gone extinct from the US mainland. Two of them are the Eastern Elk and Merriam's Elk.
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Birds are mammals, and Wikipedia has a page of recently extinct bird species here, https://is.gd/JalHsc. Over 190 species of birds have become extinct since 1500, and the rate of extinction seems to be increasing. The situation is exemplified by Hawaii, where 30% of all known recently extinct bird taxa originally lived.
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Birds are not mammals.

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Of course! DUH, and thank you.

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The passenger pigeon was once among the most common birds in the world. The naturalist John Audubon once calculated a single flock to number over a billion birds. The pigeon was hunted close to extinction for food and sport in the late 19th century. The last individual, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.
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Technically, the most common bird in the world is the domestic chicken, with around 50 billion birds. However, the most common wild bird is thought to be the red-billed quelea. They are sparrow-sized birds with brown bodies and the males have a red bill with variable face markings.

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Mary Higgins Clark was a writer for the radio's the Portraits of a Patriot series. She would use this knowledge to spend three years writing a fictionalized account of the relationship between George and Martha Washington, Aspire to the Heavens. Although it was sold for only a small advance and "was remaindered as it came off the press," its acceptance gave Higgins Clark confidence that she could indeed finish a full-length book and get it published.
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In the US, books are being remaindered much faster after the decision on Thor Power Tool Co. vs Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. This decision affected the ability of companies to write down inventory for tax purposes, making liquidation more attractive vs holding on to unsold goods.
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The Rock Bottom Remaiders are a rock charity "supergroup," consisting primarily of authors who are also musicians.

The group was founded by book publicist and musician Kathi Kamen Goldmark in 1992, and they take their name from the term "remaindered book" (in which copies of a published book are sold off at a reduced price to get them out of inventory). The group primarily plays in charity benefit concerts.

Authors who have played with the band include Dave Berry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, and Matt Groening; Maya Angelou was an honorary member of the band.
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, with whom he won a national championship in 1991. He went undrafted in the NFL, signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, but then he was cut from the team in the middle of his first season. He wrestled in the WWF, and was promoted as the first third-generation wrestler in WWF history — Johnson is the son of WWF wrestlers Rocky Johnson and grandson of Peter Maivia. He has won several championships — he is a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a five-time tag team champion, and a ten-time world champion. He was also a Royal Rumble match winner and WWE's sixth Triple Crown champion. Johnson is one of the greatest professional wrestlers and biggest draws of all-time.

Johnson started acting in 2001, and then in 2019 he retired fully from wrestling to focus on acting. His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the most successful and highest-grossing box-office stars of all time. On this 2018 Business Insider list of the 50 actors who have made the most money at the US box office he ranks 20th, above Cate Blanchett, Woody Harrelson, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard, and Zoe Saldana:

1. Samuel L. Jackson — $5.753 billion
2. Harrison Ford — $4.963 billion
3. Robert Downey, Jr. — $4.960 billion
4. Tom Hanks — $4.605 billion
5. Morgan Freeman — $4.522 billion
6. Scarlett Johansson — $4.385 billion
7. Andy Serkis — $4.357 billion
8. Anthony Daniels — $4.040 billion
9. Tom Cruise — $3.989 billion
10. Eddie Murphy — $3.811 billion
11. Stanley Tucci — $3.776 billion
12. Idris Elba — $3.688 billion
13. Johnny Depp — $3.642 billion
14. Ian McKellan — $3.654 billion
15. Bradley Cooper — $3.626 billion
16. Don Cheadle — $3.564 billion
17. Vin Diesel — $3.492 billion
18. Michael Caine — $3.439 billion
19. Gary Oldman — $3.433 billion

20. Dwayne Johnson — $3.379 billion

21. Zoe Saldana — $3.318 billion
22. Stellan Skarsgard — $3.294 billion
23. Robin Williams — $3.279 billion
24. Woody Harrelson — $3.265 billion
25. Cate Blanchett — $3.257 billion
26. Robert DeNiro — $3.233 billion
27. Bruce Willis — $3.223 billion
28. Emma Watson — $3.206 billion
29. Will Smith — $3.205 billion
30. Matt Damon — $3.189 billion
31. Chris Pratt — $3.177 billion
32. Chris Evans — $3.161 billion
33. Chris Hemsworth — $3.062 billion
34. Cameron Diaz — $3.031 billion
35. Liam Neeson — $2.990 billion
36. Orlando Bloom — $2.988 billion
37. Steve Carell — $2.987 billion
38. Simon Pegg — $2.969 billion
39. Helena Bonham Carter — $2.965 billion
40. Mark Wahlberg — $2.937 billion
41. Owen Wilson — $2.922 billion
42. Julia Roberts — $2.912 billion
43. Mark Ruffalo — $2.906 billion
44. Ralph Fiennes — $2.903 billion
45. Carrie Fisher — $2.890 billion
46. Elizabeth Banks — $2.831 billion
47. Forest Whitaker — $2.830 billion
48. Ben Stiller — $2.829 billion
49. Adam Sandler — $2.825 billion
50. Mark Hamill — $2.797 billion

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When Muhammed Ali set the Guinness Record for the most lifetime earnings through athletic performance, the previous record was held by Sonja Henie.

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Muhammed Ali once (at least once) saved a man from suicide. In 1981, a man threatened to jump from the ninth story of a building in L.A.’s Miracle Mile neighborhood. Ali’s friend Howard Bingham witnessed the unfolding drama and called the boxer, who lived nearby. Ali rushed into the building and successfully talked the man down from the ledge.
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Note the spelling of his first name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ali

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The 1999 film adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm was not well-received, in spite of its stellar cast. Patrick Stewart voiced Napoleon, the leader of the pigs; Ian Holm was Squealer, the second-in-command pig; Julia Louis-Dreyfus was Mollie, a mare; Pete Postlethwaite was Benjamin, an old donkey; Paul Scofield voiced Boxer, the horse; Peter Ustinov was Old Major, the visionary pig.
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Julia Ormond is now 55 years old. She was 24 when her acting started attracting attention, and then at 26-27 she began landing noteworthy roles. She was 30 when she played the title role in Sabrina (1995).
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Yao Lee died last year at 96 in Hong Kong, 83 years after signing her firs recording contract. The peak of her Shanghai career cane in the four years between the end of Japanese occupation and the fall to Mao's Red Army. One of her hits was later translated as "Rose Rose I Love You", also a hit in America by Frankie Laine.

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During World War II, over 20,000 Jews lived in the Shanghai Ghetto, many of them having fled Europe. When the Nazis pressured Japan to hand over the Shanghai Jews, the Japanese military governor of the city sent for Jewish community leaders and asked "Why do the Germans hate you so much?" A rabbi answered "because we are Oriental" or "because we are short and have dark hair." The Japanese governor supposedly smiled and the Shanghai Jews were never handed over.
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Shanghai-born Yao Ming played for both the Chinese Basketball Association and the NBA. At 7'6" tall, he was the tallest player in the NBA when he retired in 2011. Ming's entire NBA career was spent with the Houston Rockets, and
he was the only player from outside the USA to lead the NBA in All-Star votes. He retired because (not surprisingly) because of foot and ankle injuries that caused him to miss some 250 games in his last six seasons.

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The term "shanghaiing" or "crimping" refers to the practice of kidnapping individuals and coercing them into service as sailors. Use of the term "shanghaiing" appears to have come about in the 1850s, possibly because many ships using such crews had the Chinese city of Shanghai as a destination.

The related term "impressment" (and the use of a "press gang") describes the similar practice used by the British Royal Navy; it was first legalized by Parliament in 1563, and, although the Royal Navy ceased using it in 1815, the practice remained legal until the early 20th Century.
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The British Royal Navy currently has 75 commissioned ships.

At its peak during World War II, the British Royal Navy had 832 commissioned ships.
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Among the many sail warships aboard which Capt. Jack Aubrey served over the course of a long (fictional) Royal Navy career in the books of Patrick O'Brian were HMS Sophie, Polychrest, Lively, Boadicea and Surprise, the latter of which is perhaps the best known (and the frigate featured in the Russell Crowe movie adaptation of the tales, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World).
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Formed in 1660, the British Royal Navy was the first branch of the British armed forces created and thus known as the “Senior Service”. During the Falklands War in the 1980s, HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry were sunk by Argentinian forces on different days in May 1982. On both occasions, as the ships’ crews awaited rescue, the sailors began to sing Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
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The role of Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita about the Argentinian President Juan Person's wife Eva Peron was played by C.T Wilkerson on the first concept album, who would originated the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. The West End production started roc singer David Essex as Che, and the Broadway production starred Mandy Patemkin.
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Juan Perón was first elected President of Argentina in February of 1946, and he assumed office in June of that year. He was re-elected in the election of 1951 and began his second term in June of 1952. He was subsequently overthrown by a military coup in 1955, from which he barely escaped the country.

He returned from exile and was once again elected President in 1973 with Isabel, his third wife, as Vice President. She succeeded him as President upon his death in 1974.
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Argentina is the number one producer of wine in South America. Wine grapes have been grown in Argentina since at least the mid-16th century, and more Malbec is grown in Argentina than anywhere else in the world.
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Formed in 1660, the British Royal Navy was the first branch of the British armed forces created and thus known as the “Senior Service”. During the Falklands War in the 1980s, HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry were sunk by Argentinian forces on different days in May 1982. On both occasions, as the ships’ crews awaited rescue, the sailors began to sing Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
I've read a lot about the Falklands War and never read that, but I did read an account of Royal Marines singing the song as they marched in a pouring rain during the war.

ETA: Great Britain fought the Falklands War against Argentina.
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I've read a lot about the Falklands War and never read that, but I did read an account of Royal Marines singing the song as they marched in a pouring rain during the war.
Hmmm, it might not be factual. Perhaps?


Malbec wine, of which Argentina is the leading country producing it, is commonly grown in many countries but notably in Argentina, Chile, and Cahors (southern France). Malbec grapes are one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine.
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Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world, followed by France and Spain. These three countries are also the world's largest exporters, accounting for more than 50% of the global market.

10 countries produce more than 80% of the wine on the planet. Here is the list:

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Nearly all red wines are made from one species of grape. All of the most common red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are of just one species of grape: Vitis vinifera. There are certainly other species used for wine (there are some 65-70 vitis species), but they are very rarely used for wine. Vitis vinifera is commonly considered the wine grape species.
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George Washington was particularly fond of the fortified wine known as Madeira, and bought it by the barrelful for entertaining at Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Ben Franklin, John Adams and John Hancock all mentioned drinking Madeira in their writings. A bottle of Madeira was even used to christen the sail frigate USS Constitution.
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Madeira Wine was an enormous source of revenue for the British Empire, because most of the shippers on the island of Madeira were English and because of its popularity in England and in the New World. Records show that by 1780, a total of 70 British commercial houses were trading wine on Madeira Island.

An important off-stage character in Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre is John Eyre, a Madeira merchant who dies and leaves his fortune to Jane.

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The Madeira River is the largest tributary to the Amazon, and drains 15% of the Amazon basin, mostly Bolivia.
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Madeira wine is a fortified wine made on the island of Madeira, Portugal. The island is closer to Morocco than it is to Portugal.
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The former colonial Spanish Sahara is now claimed by both Morucco and the unrecognized Republic of Sahrawi. The Moroccan claim would extend the country to La Guera, an old town that I visited before it was depopulated and reclaimed by the desert. La Guera once issued its own postage stamps.

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The first self-adhesive United States postage stamp, per Wiki, was a Christmas 1974 10-cent stamp. It was not considered successful, and the surviving stamps, though not rare, are all gradually becoming discolored due to the adhesive used. Self-adhesive stamps were not issued again until 1989, but are now the majority of all first-class stamps.
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With the September publication of her mystery Christmas Cupcake Murder, Joanne Fluke will have 26 books in the cozy mystery series. Leslie Meier also has 26 titles in her cozy mystery series, and they all end in Murder.

I'm reading one a week, alternating the two authors for the entire year.
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In 1974, the debut of TV’s Happy Days sitcom occurred.
In 1989, the debut of Northrop Grumman’s B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber occurred when it made its first flight. ETA: then on September 8, Partnair Flight 394 flew past an F-16 Fighting Falcon on its way home, then the Convair 580 rolled upside down and fell in the North Sea. 50 passengers and 5 crew members on board the aircraft died, and it was the deadliest aviation disaster in Denmark. The crash was caused by use of counterfeit aircraft parts in repairs and maintenance.

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The 'Black Box' was invented by an Australian scientist named Dr. David Warren. The first demonstration unit was produced in 1957, but it was not until 1960, after an unexplained plane crash in Queensland, that Australia became the first country in the world to make the Black Box mandatory for all commercial aircraft.

The Black Box is actually two separate pieces of equipment: a cockpit voice recorder and a flight data recorder.

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