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NHL defenseman Gordie Roberts is the only North American major pro athlete to have been named for one of his teammates and a fellow Hall of Fame member. He and legend Gordie Howe were both with the now-defunct Hartford Whalers.
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Connecticut's Hartford Courant is the oldest US newspaper still being published, established in 1764.
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Connecticut's Hartford Courant is the oldest US newspaper still being published, established in 1764.
I delivered the Hartford Courant as a middle schooler growing up in West Hartford. The August 9, 1974 issue had a large headline with two simple words:

NIXON RESIGNS

I delivered that issue that day.
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In the Nov. 10, 1901, edition of The Sunday Republican of Springfield, Mass., tucked away in an item at the bottom of Page 4, an unnamed writer put forth a modest proposal. “There is a void in the English language which, with some diffidence, we undertake to fill,” the writer began. “Every one has been put in an embarrassing position by ignorance of the status of some woman. To call a maiden Mrs. is only a shade worse than to insult a matron with the inferior title Miss. Yet it is not always easy to know the facts.”

The writer suggested “a more comprehensive term which does homage to the sex without expressing any views as to their domestic situation,” namely, Ms. With this “simple” and “easy to write” title, a tactfully ambiguous compromise between Miss and Mrs., “the person concerned can translate it properly according to circumstances.” The writer even gave a pronunciation tip: “For oral use it might be rendered as ‘Mizz,’ which would be a close parallel to the practice long universal in many bucolic regions, where a slurred Mis’ does duty for Miss and Mrs. alike.”
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Seneca Falls, NY claims a role in the birthplace of Women's Rights in the USA. On July 19 and 20, 1848 the first Convention on Women's Rights was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on Fall Street in Seneca Falls. It was organized by Jane Hunt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Ann M'Clintock. The Women's Rights National Historic Park is located there.
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In an October 1986 People magazine article, Baby M's surrogate mother stated "I'm looking ahead to when Sara is 21. She's not going to go to the judge. She's not going to the lawyers. She's not going to Betsy and Bill. She's going to come to me and ask "Why didn't you fight for me?"

After turning 21 in March 2004, the child in question, now known as Melissa Elizabeth Stern, legally terminated Mary Beth's parental rights and made Betsy Stern her legal mother through adoption proceedings.
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Baby M's surrogate mother, Mary Beth Whitehead, previously had a child named Tuesday. The English name of Tuesday (the day of the week) is derived from Old English Tiwesdζg and Middle English Tewesday, meaning "Tīw's Day", the day of Tiw or Tύr, the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology.
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According to the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, at one stage the gods decided to shackle the Fenris wolf, but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarves make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir. It appeared to be only a silken ribbon but was made of six wondrous ingredients: the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, bear's sinews. Fenrir sensed the gods' deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf's mouth. Tyr, known for his great wisdom and courage, agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. After Fenrir had been bound by the gods, he struggled to try to break the rope. Fenrir could not break the ribbon and enraged, bit Tyr's right hand off. When the gods saw that Fenrir was bound they all rejoiced, except Tyr. Fenrir will remain bound until the day of Ragnarφk. As a result of this deed, Tyr is called the "Leavings of the Wolf"; which is to be understood as a poetic kenning for glory.
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The music video for the Duran Duran hit, Hungry Like the Wolf, was filmed in Sri Lanka.

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Music Bingo was a TV show of 1958-60, hosted by Johnny Gilbert. Contestants would play on a board designed like a bingo game. A song would be played by the studio band; the first person to identify it could place a mark on the board. Whoever got five in a row won.

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Johnny Gilbert started his early career as a nightclub singer and entertainer. In the 1950s he served with the US Army.
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Jonathan Gilbert, Sarah and Melissa's brother who played Willie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie, left acting and became a stock broker.
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Early film actor John Gilbert was left standing at the altar in 1927 after Greta Garbo got cold feet about marrying him.
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Gilbert's Syndrome is a mild condition where the liver does not process bilirubin.
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The GAG line was an offensive lineup for the New York Rangers in the late 60s to 1974, so named because they averaged a goal a game. It consisted of Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle, and Vic Hadfield.
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The Marqis de Lafayette's full name was Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier. In the John Jakes novel The Bastard his intimates call him Gil (short for Gilbert), but I do not know if this is historically accurate.
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Marquis de Lafayette Randall and Lorenzo de Medici Randall were the uncle and father, respectively, of Rebecca Randall in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin.
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"Tip and Ty," or Tippecanoe and Tyler Too, was the 1840 US presidential campaign cry of the Whig party's Log Cabin campaign, for William Henry Harrison, the Hero of Tippecanoe, and John Tyler. In Lafayette, IN is a shopping mall called Tippecanoe.
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The statement "The public be damned" is often attributed to Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, but was actually said by his son and heir William Henry Vanderbilt, who doubled his father's incomprehensibly mammoth fortune* in the 8 years between his father's death and his own.

* The roughly $100,000,000 fortune of Commodore Vanderbilt does not seem so enormous today when even actors can earn that in a career, but in terms of per capita income/ wealth and GDP of the US in 1877 Vanderbilt was at least as wealthy for his time as Warren Buffett is today.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally created as part of a promotion by Montgomery Ward Department Store in 1939. The song was actually written 10 years later.
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Gene Autry's recording of Rudolph was by far his biggest hit, selling over 12.5 million copies (far more by some counts), though it has the distinction of being the first song ever to drop completely off the charts a week after occupying the number 1 position (due to its seasonal nature and the end of Christmas season).
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Gene Autry was born in Tioga, TX, and the town of Gene Autry, OK was named in his honor. Gene Autry, OK is 100 miles east of Lawton, OK and Fort Sill.
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"The Honour of the Crown" is an important principle of Canadian constitutional law in relation to government dealings with aboriginal peoples. It is a legal presumption that the Crown intends to act fairly with aboriginal peoples. Treaties, laws, and government conduct will be interpreted to favour the Honour of the Crown, unless a contrary intention is manifest.
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At 37, Honor Blackman was the second-oldest Bond girl [as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)].

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The Bond villain Goldfinger's first name was Auric, after Au, the periodic table's designation for gold.

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A legendary bumper sticker from the 1964 presidential election was "BaAuH2O", pronounced Barium Gold Water.
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I remember the "AuH20" stuff, but not with a "Ba-" prefix. Cite?:

http://timeonhands.files.wordpress.c...uh20-badge.jpg
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President Lyndon Johnson, Democrat of Texas, selected Hubert Humphrey, Democrat of Minnesota, as his running mate in 1964. Humphrey had run for the Democratic nomination for President in 1960, but lost to John F. Kennedy.

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On Johnny Carson's final Tonight Show, he had a montage of people who had appeared on the show. The final image -- usually a position of honor -- was that of Hubert Humphrey.
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Jimmy Carson was one of the players which the Los Angeles Kings traded for Wayne Gretzky in 1988. At the time, Carson said that one day, he would be a trivia question: "Who was traded for Wayne Gretzky?"
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When Mike Dukakis selected U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as his Democratic Party running mate in 1988, campaign staff at the announcement ceremony chanted "Boston... Austin!"
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John F. Kennedy, to whom Dan Quayle several times foolishly compared himself and was finally called on it by Bentsen during the sole 1988 Vice Presidential debate, rose to the rank of Star Scout, but did not earn his Eagle.
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I remember the "AuH20" stuff, but not with a "Ba-" prefix. Cite?

How about a kitty with glasses and a bow tie?


The US Coast Guard training ship Eagle, based at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, was built for Germany as the Horst Wessel, and was taken by the US as war reparations. Reputedly the original nameplate is still in place under the Eagle one on the helm.
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In 1705, copper was discovered in Simsbury, Connecticut. Later, the copper mine became the infamous New-Gate Prison of the Revolutionary War. Doctor Samuel Higley of Simsbury started the first copper coinage in America in 1737.
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Nice, but not a "legendary bumper sticker" and not from 1964.

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The US Army was in charge of exploring and mapping America. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all-Army affair. Army officers were the first Americans to see such landmarks as Pike's Peak and the Grand Canyon.
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The Grand Teton mountain range is named from two French words meaning "big tits."
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The French tooth fairy is actually a souris (mouse).
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The Souris River crosses from Saskatchewan into North Dakota, where it is called the Mouse River. It then turns north and flows into Manitoba, where its name changes back to the Souris River.
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Winnipeg, Manitoba was the first city in the world to develop the 911 emergency phone number.
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...The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all-Army affair....
Not so:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacagawea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_Charbonneau
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baptiste_Charbonneau

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Not so:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacagawea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_Charbonneau
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baptiste_Charbonneau

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But those people weren't Americans. I said the first Americans to see these things were Army officers, which Lewis and Clark were. Is that where the confusion comes?

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Anyway, moving on: The Greek bard Homer Has had his works translated more often and into more languages than any other person. That's assuming he actually existed since some scholars speculate that Homer was not the name of one man but a group of poets using a collective name.
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But those people weren't Americans. I said the first Americans to see these things were Army officers, which Lewis and Clark were. Is that where the confusion comes?
Okay, Charbonneau was an American, but I didn't say all such things were seen first by Army officers.

Anyway, still in play: The Greek bard Homer has had his works translated more often and into more languages than any other person. That's assuming he actually existed since some scholars speculate that Homer was not the name of one man but a group of poets using a collective name.

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The Westminster cabinet system is based on collective solidarity. Once Cabinet makes a policy decision, all Cabinet members are required to support the collective decision, even if they had vociferously opposed the decision in the internal Cabinet debates.
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"Merriam" refers to George and Charles Merriam, publishers. "Webster" refers to Noah Webster.
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George Carlin was the first posthumous recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, and he died on April 21, 1910. These dates coincide almost exactly with the perihelion dates for Halley's Comet: November 16, 1835 and April 20, 1910.
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But those people weren't Americans. I said the first Americans to see these things were Army officers, which Lewis and Clark were. Is that where the confusion comes?
No. You wrote, as I quoted, "The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an all-Army affair." There were three people who were not in the Army, but were undoubted members of the expedition.

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