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Queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined in the Place de la Révolution on October 16, 1793, at the end of the Champs d'Elysée.
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When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was 6 years old, he played for the Imperial Court in Vienna, where the Empress Maria Theresa tested his skill by having him play with the harpsichord keyboard covered. When Mozart slipped on the polished floor, he was helped up by the Archduchess Maria Antonia, the future Marie Antoinette, who was 2 months older than him. According to some biographers, Mozart thanked her and exclaimed that he would marry her when he grew up; other biographers consider the story of the proposal to be apocryphal.

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The incident between Mozart and Marie Antoinette was mentioned in the 1984 Best Picture Oscar-winning movie Amadeus. The Emperor Joseph II goes even farther, telling his courtiers with a chuckle that the young Mozart, smitten, jumped into her lap and asked, "Will you marry me?"
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Marie-Antoinette was Austrian and not French. She was born in Vienna from Hungarian parents. The city of Marietta, Ohio, was named after her by American patriots in order to celebrate the help the French State had provided in their fight against the British.
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Steve Barton was playing in the Austrian musical CATS when choreographer Gillian Lynn decided he would be perfect as Raoul in Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The lyrics to one of the songs was translated into German and he auditioned with it. Then they creative team asked him (in German) "Can you sing in English?"

Steve Barton was born in Texas and raised in Utah.
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In a 2003 baseball playoff (NLCS) game, Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman did what most people would do — in reacting to a foul ball hit in his direction, he reached out for the ball. Just like most people would do. In this instance, though, Bartman’s actions prevented Cubs left fielder Moisιs Alou from catching the ball for what would have been the second out of the 8th inning, with the Cubs leading 3-0 in the game and holding a 3 games to 2 advantage over the Florida Marlins in the 7 game series.

Marlins batter Luis Castillo, given another chance, drew a walk. Following the incident, the Marlins scored eight runs, the Marlins won that game to tie the series, won the next game to win it, and went on to win the World Series over the Yankees.

Many Cubs fans were livid over the incident (and unfairly so because if they were in Bartman’s seat they likely would have reacted similarly. My conjecture.).

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This Steve Bartman Incident was one of many through the years that contributed to (not caused) the Cubs’ long World Series Championship drought since 1908.

Alou later said, "It's time to forgive the guy and move on."

In 2016 when the Cubs finally won the World Series, thereby breaking the longest-ever championship drought in baseball (107 years), the Cubs found Steve Bartman and gave him a World Series ring.
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The Chicago Cubs began as the White Stockings, a team name that lasted until 1889. Based on the relative youth of the players, the team was next called the “Colts” (1890-1897). When the club’s owner refused to renew manager Cap Anson’s contract in 1898, the leader-less ballplayers were dubbed the “Orphans” (1898-1901). After a disastrous 1901 losing season, the Chicagoans began a huge rebuilding project, stocking the team with young players and rookies. Hence the “Cubs.”
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Steve Dettelbach, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, is the Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Ohio in the Nov. 6, 2018 general election. His Republican opponent is Dave Yost, currently State Auditor.

ETA: Neither man ever played for the Chicago Cubs.

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Ned Yost was a catcher for three MLB teams (Brewers, Rangers, and Expos), and has managed both the Brewers and the Royals. Like Steve Dettelbach and Dave Yost (no apparent relation), Ned Yost has never been a member of the Chicago Cubs.
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Brewer's yeast is an ingredient that has been used for millennia in the production of beer and bread. It is made from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a one-celled fungus. It may have originally been produced from the skins of grapes. It is also used as a nutritional supplement. It's a rich source of chromium, which may help the body maintain normal blood sugar levels.
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Beer, which is brewed from cereal grains, is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in the world. The earliest evidence of beer produced from barley dates to about 3500–3100 BC. It is possible, but not proven, that it dates back even further — to about 10,000 BC, when cereal grains were first farmed.

Beer is the third most popular drink in the world, behind water and tea.
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Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, never, as I recall, ordered a beer in any of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV episodes or movies. He did, however, often ask his Ready Room replicator for "Tea, Earl Grey, hot."
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Earl Grey tea is believed to have been named for Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1830 to 1834. During Grey's time as Prime Minister, several important political changes occurred in England, including the 1832 Reform Act (which instituted major reforms to the House of Commons), and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

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The Grey Cup is the Canadian Football League's championship game and trophy. The trophy was commissioned in 1909 by the Earl Grey, then Canada's governor general, for hockey, but later it became awarded for football championships when the Allan Cup was used for hockey.
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Allen Sherman had the #1 album in 1962 with My Son, the Folk Singer, a set of song parodies using well-known tunes with his own lyrics.
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Allie Sherman (Allie for Alex; 1923-2015) was an NFL football Hall of Fame quarterback who played for the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Steagles and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Steagles were the team created by the temporary merger of two teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. The NFL's official record book refers to the team as "Phil-Pitt Combine", but the unofficial "Steagles", despite never being registered by the NFL, has become the enduring moniker.

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William Tecumseh Sherman of Ohio, the U.S. Army major general during the Civil War whose capture of Atlanta in September 1864 is often credited with ensuring President Abraham Lincoln's reelection and thus helping win the war, was called "Cump" by his friends.
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The National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio and was opened in 1963. There are currently 318 members of the Hall, Canton was chosen as it was the location of the founding of the American Professional Football Association, which later became the NFL, in 1920 and had an NFL team in the early years (the Canton Bulldogs).
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The college with the most alumni in the NFL Hall of Fame is Notre Dame, with 13 inductees. Southern California (USC) is next on the list with 12 inductees; Ohio State follows with 10. No other school has more than 8.
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Carmen Twillie Ambar, inaugurated as president of Oberlin College earlier this month, is the second woman and the first person of color to lead the college, founded in 1833. Oberlin was the first American college to regularly admit female and black students.

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Oberlin OH and its college are named after Jean-Frιdιric Oberlin (1740–1826), an Alsatian minister and philanthropist. J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan, also bears his name.

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Actress and singer Betty Aberlin is primarily known for appearing as "Lady Aberlin" for the entire 33-year run of the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Later in her career, Aberlin also made appearances in several Kevin Smith films, including Dogma and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
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"Dogma" is transliterated in the 17th century from Latin meaning "philosophical tenet", which in turn was derived from the Greek dogma meaning literally "that which one thinks is true" and dokein "to seem good."
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George Carlin, raised Catholic but long an acerbic critic of the Roman Catholic Church, played a cardinal in the 1999 religious satire movie Dogma. The film was written and directed by Kevin Smith.
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When George Carlin was 10 his idol was Danny Kaye.

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Danny Kaye had a wide range of interests and talents. He was an avid cook (and had his own restaurant built at the rear of his home), was an aviation enthusiast and accomplished pilot, owned several radio stations, and was one of the original owners of the Seattle Mariners baseball team.
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The Danny Kaye film Hans Christian Andersen is not a biography; instead the opening scene states "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."
It received 6 Oscar nominations including Best Music, Original Song (Frank Loesser for the song "Thumbelina") and Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Walter Scharf). It was also a nominee for 2 Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and Best Actor - Comedy or Musical: Danny Kaye

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In 1847, Hans Christian Andersen met Charles Dickens at a party hosted by the Countess of Blessington. 10 years later, Anderson visited his friend Dickens and his family at their home, stayed too long, and was asked to leave. This ended their friendship.
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According to The Phrase Finder, the phrase 'like the Dickens' has nothing to do with Charles Dickens. 'Dickens' is probably a euphmenism for the word 'devil'. Shakespeare used it in The Merry Wives of Windsor: 'I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my husband had him of.'
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Dickens, Nebraska, about 175 miles west of Grand Island (which is on I-80) is named after Charles Dickens. Dickens NE had its start in the 1880s by the building of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad through that territory.
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The Pioneer Zephyr was a streamlined, diesel-powered passenger train which was built by the Budd Company, and operated by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, beginning in 1934.

The Zephyr was an articulated train -- that is, the locomotive and cars were all interconnected, and custom-built to be run as a set. Its exterior was largely stainless steel, and its stylish design (and high-speed service) led to it being the first successful streamlined train design in the U.S.
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"Zephyr", in Greek mythology, is the God of the west wind, supposedly a gentle Spring breeze that inspires new growth.This function is referred to in the first lines of the Prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales:

Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes

In modern English,
When Zephyr also has with his sweet breath,
Filled again, in every holt and heath,
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The 2001 film A Knight's Tale borrows its title from the first story ("The Knight's Tale") in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. In A Knight's Tale, Paul Bettany appears as a fictionalized version of Chaucer.
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The knight's tour problem is the mathematical problem of finding a knight's tour -- a sequence of moves of a knight on a chessboard such that the knight visits every square only once. Creating a program to find a knight's tour is a common problem given to computer science students.

The earliest known reference to the knight's tour problem dates back to the 9th century AD. Leonhard Euler ("oiler") was one of the first mathematicians to investigate the knight's tour.
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The number e is a mathematical constant that is the base of the natural logarithm: the unique number whose natural logarithm is equal to one. It is approximately equal to 2.71828, although being an irrantional number it has no known end. It is often called Euler's number after the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler.
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The President of the Swiss Confederation is elected by the Federal Assembly, or national legislature, from among the seven members of the Federal Council to a one-year term. He or she has no powers over the other six Councillors. The President is not the head of state; the entire Council is a collective head of state.
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The Eiger is a 3,967-metre mountain of the Bernese Alps, overlooking Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. The most notable feature of the Eiger is its 1,800-metre-high (5,900 ft) north face of rock and ice, named Eiger-Nordwand, Eigerwand or just Nordwand, which is the biggest north face in the Alps.
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A young J.R.R. Tolkien visited Switzerland in 1911 and is thought to have based the Elven valley of Rivendell or Imladris upon the Lauterbrunnental, which he hiked. The Lauterbrunnental was also featured in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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Ian Fleming wrote 12 novels and two short story collections which featured the James Bond character; the first was Casino Royale, which was published in 1953. Fleming passed away in 1964, and two of the Bond books were published after his death.

All of the writing was done at Fleming's Jamaican home, which was known as Goldeneye.
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Albert Broccoli produced more than 40 motion pictures throughout his career, including many of the James Bond films. He and Harry Saltzman saw the films develop from relatively low-budget origins to large-budget, high-grossing extravaganzas, and Broccoli's heirs continue to produce new Bond films. Saltzman and Broccoli produced the first Bond movie, Dr. No, in 1962. Their second, From Russia with Love (1963), was a break-out success and from then on the films grew in cost, action, and ambition.

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Broccoli is a cultivar of the plant species brassica oleracea. A large number of different vegetables which have become staples of the human diet are cultivars of this species, including cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoflower, kale, kohlrabi, and kai-lan (Chinese broccoli).

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A cultivar is a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by selective breeding. Cultivars are usually designated in the style Taxus baccata “Variegata”.
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Young Albert "Cubby" Broccoli was raised in Queens, New York, on the family farm. The family was in the vegetable business, and Albert claimed one of his uncles brought the first broccoli seeds into the United States in the 1870's. Broccoli is classified in the Italica cultivar group of the species Brassica oleracea.
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Harry Houdini is buried in Queens NY, at the Machpelah cemetery.

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Harry Houdini is buried in Queens NY, at the Machpelah cemetery.


It's taking him an awful long time to escape!

In play: Queen's University at Kingston is one of Canada's oldest universities. Named after Queen Victoria, it was originally thought that the university would establish campuses at different locations, hence the "at Kingston" in the official name.
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More than five million people are buried in Queens alone, many of them in the 2.5 mile "cemetery belt" on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, of which Machpelah cemetery is part. The dead in Queens outnumber those living there (2.36 million) by more than two to one.
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Colma CA has about 1,800 residents - living.

Colma CA has about 2,000,000 residents - dead and buried.
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There have been seven warships named USS California to serve in the United States Navy. The first, a screw sloop, was commissioned in 1867. The most recent, a Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine, was commissioned in 2011 and is still in service.
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A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. Generally, term refers to any of several devices with few or no moving parts that are used to modify motion and force in order to perform work.

The six classical simple machines are:

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