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The theme from Octopussy, "All Time High" marked the return of regular James Bond theme composer John Barry after his absence from the For Your Eyes Only soundtrack for tax problems. He wanted to work again with Don Black, but his commitments to the musical Merlin forced Barry to seek another lyricist. Tim Rice quickly accepted the invitation.

(On a personal note, I would have loved to hear what Rice could have done writing the lyrics for a song based on the film's title!)

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John Cleese came up with the name "Tim" for the fearsome enchanter in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when he blanked on his closeup and could not remember the longer, more complicated (and serious) name the script provided for the wizard. The Python crew thought it was funnier that way and left it in.
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Tim’s first appearance in Monty Python and the Holy Grail shows him standing on an outcropping of wet rock. John Cleese later revealed that the outcropping protruded over a substantial drop and that he was was not wearing any harness or fall protection. He was genuinely afraid of losing his footing and falling during the shooting of that scene.
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John Cleese reached a height of six feet by the age of twelve; he learned to use humor as a way to deflect hostility. His adult height is 6'5".
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John Cleese received his law degree from Cambridge University in 1963. He opted instead for a career in comedy, and the world is a much better place because of that decision.

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If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?
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John Cleese's family's name was originally "Cheese." His father hated it, and changed it to "Cleese" when he enlisted in the British Army.
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The British Navy and Air Force both enjoy the prefix "Royal," but the British Army does not. Its flag nevertheless depicts a royal crown and lion over two crossed swords.

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Several of the most popular US brands of soft drinks were invented in the South in the 1800's: Coca-Cola by John Pemberton in Atlanta, GA; Pepsi-Cola by Caleb Bradham in New Bern, NC; Dr. Pepper by Charles Alderton in Waco, TX; and Royal Crown Cola by Claud Hatcher in Columbus, GA.
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According to The Motley Fool, the 4 best-selling soft drinks in the world in 2018 were Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke, and Mountain Dew.
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After meeting Touchstone, the Fool in As You Like It, and hearing his idiosyncratic observations on life, Jaques declares that "motley's the only wear!"
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"Vesti la giubba (On with the motley)" is the famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo's 1892 opera Pagliacci. "Vesti la giubba" is sung at the conclusion of the first act, when Canio discovers his wife's infidelity, but must nevertheless prepare for his performance as Pagliaccio the clown because "the show must go on". The song exemplifies the fate of the tragic clown, laughing on the outside and crying on the inside.

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The word "motley" originated upon the birth of Hemmers in England between the 14th and 17th centuries and referred to a woolen fabric of mixed colors. It was the characteristic dress of the professional fool. During the reign of Elizabeth I, motley served the important purpose of keeping the fool outside the social hierarchy and therefore not subject to class distinction. Since the fool was outside the dress laws, the fool was able to speak more freely.
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Marion Motley, the original fullback for the Cleveland Browns in the AAFC as well as the NFL, still holds the record for most yards per attempt by a fullback, with 5.7. Motley was also one of the first two African-Americans to play professional football in the modern era, breaking the color barrier along with teammate Bill Willis in September 1946, when the two played their first game for the Browns.
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The US Navy in October announced that the USS Cleveland, a littoral combat ship, will be built and commissioned in the next two years. There have been three previous Navy warships to bear the Ohio city's name, most recently an amphibious transport dock decommissioned in 2011.
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Cleveland was founded in 1796, when surveyors laid out a capital city for the Western Reserve of Connecticut. The original name was 'Cleaveland', named after the surveyor leader, General Moses Cleaveland. However, in 1836, the city of Cleveland was incorporated.
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Cleveland currently has 17 wards, each with its own City Council member, which is more per capita than any other large Ohio city. A citizen initiative is now underway to reduce the size and pay of Cleveland City Council.
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The term "ward heeler", meaning a political operative who works a city ward on behalf of a party or mayor, originated during the period of machine politics around the turn of the 20th century, when powerful political machines in major cities run by political bosses, such as the Tammany Hall organization in New York City, used corruption, such as graft and patronage to maintain their power.
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"Watch and ward" was an English expression meaning a 24 hour municipal guard system. The "watch" were the guards on duty at night, the "ward" during daylight. It now has a meaning of "constant vigilance".

"Ward" is a word of Germanic origin, and is believed to be the origin of "guard", as a loan-word incorporated into old French, which then entered English, even though "ward" was already in English.
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For more than 30 years, plastic phones shaped like the cartoon cat Garfield have been washing up on French beaches.

The mystery is now solved: a shipping container which washed up during a storm in the 1980s was found in a hidden sea cave.
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President James Garfield was a true ambidextrous person. He could write with either hand. As a parlour trick, he would write with both hands simultaneously on separate sheets of paper.
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Gatfiel phones have been littering French beaches for 35 years

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There's no better symbol of plastic ocean pollution and '80s consumerism gone wild than the Garfield phones of Brittany. The handsets, in the form of the aggressively unfunny cat, have been washing up on French beaches for decades. However, the novelty has long since worn off for residents who have been picking them up since the '80s. Now, a local anti-litter group called Ar Vilantsou has finally found the source: a lost shipping container.
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President James Garfield was a true ambidextrous person. He could write with either hand. As a parlour trick, he would write with both hands simultaneously on separate sheets of paper.
Better yet... in Greek and Latin!

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Gen. James A. Garfield was chief of staff to U.S. Army Gen. William Rosecrans at the Sept. 1863 Battle of Chickamauga. Rosecrans left the field in haste when it appeared the battle was lost, but Gen. George Henry Thomas made a brave stand on Snodgrass Hill, earning the nickname "the Rock of Chickamauga." Garfield returned to the hill without Rosecrans, and praised Thomas for saving the day.
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Even though Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die before Hamlet's mass death scene in Act V, Shakespeare woreds it so that he reveals they've been killed at the same time everyone else is dying. A British ambassador shows up in the final scene for the sole purpose of saying, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead." Contemporary playwright Tom Stoppard liked this line so much that he wrote a play from the perspective of the two characters and titled it Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
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Between about 1590 and 1613, Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and probably collaborated on several more.

While the number of scenes per act vary, all of Shakespeare's plays contain five acts.

http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/sh...act-structure/
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Although he was English and wrote and performed for English audiences, more of Shakespeare's plays were set in Italy than in any other country.
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The only time where Shakespeare mentions America is in The Comedy of Errors: One of the twins named Dromio is talking with his master Antipholus about an overweight servant, and Dromio describes her by comparing parts of her body to parts of the globe. Antipholus asks where America is on her body, and Dromio says upon her nose:

ANTIPHOLUS OF SYRACUSE: Where America, the Indies?

DROMIO OF SYRACUSE: Oh, sir, upon her nose all o’er embellished with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, declining their rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain; who sent whole armadoes of caracks to be ballast at her nose.
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In the DC comic universe, the Green Lantern Corps are a galactic police force, whose "power rings" let them harness their willpower to perform various superheroic tasks.

Over time, the writers of the Green Lantern books have developed an full "emotional electromagnetic spectrum," with each of the seven colors corresponding to an emotion, and having an associated group of people who use power rings keyed to that color. The spectrum is:

- Red / rage / Red Lantern Corps
- Orange / avarice / Larfleeze (effectively the only member)
- Yellow / fear / Sinestro Corps
- Green / will / Green Lantern Corps
- Blue / hope / Blue Lantern Corps
- Indigo / compassion / Indigo Tribe
- Violet / love / Star Sapphires

In addition, there are rings for black (death, the Black Lanterns) and white (life, the White Lanterns).

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Two mnemonic devices for the order of the colors of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) are the initialism ROYGBIV (or Roy G. Biv) and the sentences "Read Out Your Good Book In Verse" and "Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain," which is more commonly used in Britain.
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IndiGo is a low-cost airline which has its headquarters in Gurgaon, India. The airlines hub is at Indira Gandhi International Airport, located in Delhi. IndiGo is the largest airline in India by both fleet size and passengers carried; it had 41.3% of the domestic market in 2018.
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The Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers performed onstage in the 1994 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar in Atlanta, titled Jesus Christ Superstar: A Resurrection. Ray played the role of Jesus and Saliers played the role of Mary Magdalene. They later reprised their roles in stagings of the musical in Austin, at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, and in Seattle. A 2CD set and a video of the show were released.
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Jesus Christ Superstar, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was originally released as a rock opera concert album in 1970. It was adapted for stage and premiered on Broadway in October of 1971. The show was nominated for five Tony Awards but won none.

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Tommy, the 1968 rock opera / concert album by The Who, was primarily composed by Pete Townshend, and inspired by the writings of Indian spirtual master Meher Baba. The album served as the basis for a film in 1975, and a Broadway musical in 1993.
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Baba Ghanoush, made from mashed cooked eggplant mixed with tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, is a popular Middle Eastern appetizer. "Bābā" is an Arabic word that means "father" and is also a term of endearment, while "Ghanoush" could be a personal name. The word combination is also interpreted as "father of coquetry" or "indulged/pampered daddy" or "spoiled old daddy".
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"Baba au rhum" is a French pastry, where dried cakes are soaked in rum or another liquor, then given a cream filling.

"Baba" is the word for "grandmother" in several Slavic languages.
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"Baba au rhum" is a French pastry, where dried cakes are soaked in rum or another liquor, then given a cream filling.

"Baba" is the word for "grandmother" in several Slavic languages.
As is "Babka", at least in Polish.
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Bolesław III Wrymouth, the last reigning duke of the early period of Polish history, succeeded in defending his country and recovering territories previously lost. Upon his death in 1138, Poland was divided among his sons.
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Polish jokes to the contrary, many luminaries were Polish, including Frederic Chopin, Pope John Paul II, Marie Curie, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Arthur Rubenstein, Agnieszka Holland, Joseph Conrad, and Zbigniew Brzezinski.
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Pope John Paul II, who served as head of the Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005, was the first non-Italian Pope since the Dutch Pope Adrian VI, who served from 1522 to 1523. John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878. John Paul II's predecessor, John Paul I, served just 33 days.
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The murder, by Vatican staff aligned with the Mafia, of a reform-minded Pope very much like John Paul I is an important subplot of the 1990 crime film The Godfather Part III.
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A white staff is the symbol of the authority of the Lord Chamberlain of the United Kingdom. When the monarch dies, the Lord Chamberlain breaks his staff of office over the gravesite.
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In the 1961-1962 NBA regular season, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers played all but eight minutes. A regulation NBA game is 48 minutes, but because of 7 overtime games, Chamberlain averaged 48.53 minutes per game.
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The Lord Chamberlain and the Lord Great Chamberlain (aka Lord High Chamberlain) are two different officials, the latter purely ceremonial. For many years the N'th Earl of Oxford was also the (N+2)th Lord Great Chamberlain.

Shakespeare's plays were performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men, that Lord being Henry Carey, Queen Elizabeth's putative half-brother. Since the Lord Great Chamberlain was the probable author of those plays, I've wondered if the Chamberlain's sponsorship, and hence the theatrical company's name, was a sort of inside joke!
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Shakespeare's plays were performed by The Lord Chamberlain's Men, that Lord being Henry Carey, Queen Elizabeth's putative half-brother. Since the Lord Great Chamberlain was the probable author of those plays, I've wondered if the Chamberlain's sponsorship, and hence the theatrical company's name, was a sort of inside joke!
Cite for the bolded statement. I thought Shakespeare was the probable author of the Shakespeare plays.

In play: Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch on September 9, 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. On February 6, 2017 she became the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee, commemorating 65 years on the throne.

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Shakespeare's plays were actually written by a man named William Shakespeare, and there is no real evidence to the contrary.

Shakespeare spelled his name several different ways and it continued to be spelled a few different ways long after his death; the current spelling became fixed surprisingly recently, around the beginning of the 20th century. Variant spellings of names were actually a pretty common thing in his day; spelling names and words in the same, consistent way wasn't really a thing people were super into until the 18th century, when dictionaries became popular.
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The relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Edward de Vere (probable author of the Shakespeare" works) was very complex, almost a love-hate relationship.

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Shakespeare's plays were actually written by a man named William Shakespeare, and there is no real evidence to the contrary.

Shakespeare spelled his name several different ways and it continued to be spelled a few different ways long after his death; the current spelling became fixed surprisingly recently, around the beginning of the 20th century. Variant spellings of names were actually a pretty common thing in his day; spelling names and words in the same, consistent way wasn't really a thing people were super into until the 18th century, when dictionaries became popular.
The case for the Oxford authorship is much MUCH stronger than most people realize. In a "debate" here, detractors revealed breath-taking ignorance on the topic. Many had obviously Googled "Help me debunk an Oxford authorship" or such, finding counter-arguments to arguments the "Oxfordians" don't even make! RickJay's comment is a good example: the multiple spellings of Shakespeare is almost a trivial point among a huge body of real evidence.

Here's a challenge for anyone wishing to have a sincere discussion of the topic. Google to find pages supporting an Oxford authorship. (Don't Google "Help me debunk" ). Read and study the Google hits — there will be hundreds — until you find something that gives you pause. Start an IMHO thread titled "I still believe Shakespeare was the author but here's a piece of contrary evidence that is rather disturbing." If you can't find any such disturbing evidence, then you're not trying.

Do that, and I will be delighted to join in discussion! (It's a fascinating topic.) If you can't do that much, well ... I'm afraid my masochism has limits.

ETA: Please note: The purpose is not to find an argument and refute it, but to play Devil's Advocate.

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Nancy Drew stories were authored by "Carolyn Keene," a ghost name used by a plethora of actual writers. From 1930 to 2003, 175 Nancy Drew titles appeared, being published by many different companies. The reason the stories got started was because of the huge success of the Hardy Boy stories. If the Shakespeare model takes hold again, the publishers will arrange for a real person named Carolyn Keene (or something close like Carolin Kean) to get credit for the writing—such arrangement being so effective that in 300 years, only wacko conspiracy theorists will suggest that person was not the writer.
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In his book Is Shakespeare Dead? Mark Twain argues that William Shakespeare could not have written the great works attributed to him because he did not have enough formal education to do so.

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I often wonder why Shakespearean critics and experts have paid so little attention to Merlin’s Prophecy as set out in _King Lear_; see

Act III Scene II, the King’s Fool speaking:

I'll speak a prophecy ere I go:
When priests are more in word than matter;
When brewers mar their malt with water;
When nobles are their tailors' tutors;
No heretics burn'd, but wenches' suitors;
When every case in law is right;
No squire in debt, nor no poor knight;
When slanders do not live in tongues;
Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;
When usurers tell their gold i' the field;
And bawds and whores do churches build;
Then shall the realm of Albion
Come to great confusion:
Then comes the time, who lives to see't,
That going shall be used with feet.
This prophecy Merlin shall make; for I live before his time.
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Again, the challenge is not to find the weakest "anti-Stratford" claims, those which are easily debunked. The challenge is to look at the real evidence that intrigues serious scholars.

Please re-read the above paragraph until you see clearly the point it makes.

The case for Oxford and against the man from Stratford is too involved to summarize in just 7 pages, but some have tried. This is one such effort.

Here are three websites which discuss the controversy in much detail:
https://hankwhittemore.com/
https://shakespeareoxfordfellowship....r-shakespeare/
https://doubtaboutwill.org
Note that these are websites, not webpages. You'll need some clicking to find the best arguments.

If you get bored of clicking without finding anything of interest, that's fine. As I said, it's a fascinating topic to discuss, but I will avoid masochism!

Shakespeare wrote a large number of plays set in Italy, the country which (excepting England) Oxford was most familiar with. Anti-Oxfordians contend that, had Oxford written these plays they would show much more familiarity with these Italian cities. This is a claim particularly interesting to debunk.
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