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President Harry S Truman was prone to seasickness but nevertheless enjoyed cruises on the presidential yacht USS Williamsburg, including an impromptu one to Bermuda in the late summer of 1946.

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The presidential yacht Sequoia was used from the administrations of Herbert Hoover until Jimmy Carter, who had it sold. Nixon used her more than any other. She is now in storage during an ownership dispute. Sequoia was purchased in 1931 by the United States Department of Commerce, for Prohibition patrol and decoy duties. Bootleggers would see what they thought was a rich-man's yacht and boat over to offer to sell illegal liquor, and then undercover police would arrest them.

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Folk singer Tom Paxton could hardly avoid writing and singing "Talking Watergate" about the whole Nixon scandal. The song is about the man who helped break into the Watergate building, and ends:

I said it made me feel so proud,
Just to hang around with this great crowd,
With John and Bob and Mitch and all the rest.
And even though no jail was fun,
I knew that justice would be done.
And they laughed so hard the tears rolled down their chest.

Oh, ain't it great what friends can do,
They say I'll be out in a year or two
And they'll get me a real nice job that pays real well.
Yeah, they taught some useful things to me
And now that I'm going on TV,
They taught me how to smile and lie like hell.
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Tom Paxton wrote the song "The Marvelous Toy" (it went Zip! when it moved, Pop! when it stopped, Whirr! when it stood still) during a typing class at Fort Dix, NJ, when the US Army was training him to be a clerk-typist. Students who could already type still had to sit through the class, but could kill time with their own writing. The Chad Mitchell Trio made the song a hit.
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John Paul Mitchell Systems is a privately-held company, specializing in haircare products and services. The company was founded in 1980, by stylist Paul Mitchell and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria. It's best known for the Paul Mitchell line of haircare products and tools, and the Paul Mitchell Schools for cosmetology.
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John Mitchell, who served as Nixon's Attorney General, served 19 months in prison for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury related to the Watergate cover-up. In the days immediately after the Watergate break-in of June 17, 1972, Mitchell enlisted former FBI agent Steve King to prevent his wife Martha from learning about the break-in or contacting reporters. While she was on a phone call with journalist Helen Thomas about the break-in, King pulled the phone cord from the wall. Mrs. Mitchell was held against her will in a California hotel room and forcefully sedated by a psychiatrist after a physical struggle with five men that left her needing stitches. Nixon aides, in an effort to discredit her, told the press that she had a "drinking problem".
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John Mitchell is heard in a phone call with Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), but not seen, in the 1976 Watergate film All the President's Men.
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The Doolittle Raid of April 1942 consisted of 16 B-25B medium bombers taking off from the USS Hornet (CV-8) from 650 miles east of Tokyo. The Mitchell bombers bombed Japan only four months after Pearl Harbor to give Americans a needed morale boost and to plant seeds of doubt among the Japanese military and civilian personnel. Of the 80 crewmen, 77 initially survived the mission.

Lt Col. Richard E. Cole, Doolittle's copilot in the lead aircraft was the last surviving Doolittle Raider. Cole died one month ago in San Antonio TX, on 9 April 2019, at the age of 103.
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Hugh Lofting, an Englishman who served in the Irish Guards during World War I, wrote illustrated letters to his children back in England during the war. As telling his children about the war would be, in his words, either "too horrible or too dull," his letters were stories about a character, Doctor Dolittle, who could speak with animals. After the war, Lofting wrote an extremely popular series of novels about the character and his adventures.
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Hugh le Despenser was chief advisor to England's King Edward II. Both the King and Hugh's son, also named Hugh, were allegedly sodomites. Both of the Hughs, and Edward were eventually killed at the orders of Isabella the She-Wolf (daughter of King Philip IV of France and wife of King Edward II) and Isabella's lover Roger Mortimer.

While King Edward II was killed secretly, in a gruesome way intended to leave no marks of violence, Hugh the Younger was executed quite openly, with his penis first severed and burned.
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The Playboy Hugh Hefner was a descendant of Plymouth governor William Bradford. While enrolled at Northwestern University as a graduate student, Hefner submitted a graduate paper titled, “Sex Behavior and the US Law”. In it he concluded that almost every American would be in jail if all the laws against various sex acts were enforced.
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Playboy Motor Car Corporation was a Buffalo, New York-based automobile company, established in 1947. The company only made 99 cars including 1 prototype, 97 finished serial numbered production cars, as well as 1 unfinished car numbered 98 which has survived with zero miles on the odometer (99 cars total) before going bankrupt in 1951. The prototype is owned and has been restored by company founder Lou Horowitz's grandson David Kaplan.
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The American bison, commonly referred to as a buffalo, is only distantly 'related' to the buffalo species. The American bison is more closely related to cows and goats.

Members of the buffalo species include the African buffalo and the water buffalo.
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The Buffalo Bills have the distinction of being the only team to advance to four consecutive Super Bowls, but also has the dubious distinction of losing all four of them.
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The Buffalo Bills are the only team in the NFL located in the State of New York. The New York Jets and New York Giants, despite their names, are located in New Jersey.
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At various times, Donald Trump, Jon Bon Jovi and Edward Rogers (a Toronto media magnate) have expressed interest in buying the Bills. Rogers hoped to buy them and relocate them to Toronto.
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Trump owned the New Jersey Generals of the long-defunct USFL.

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The military rank "General" actually started as an adjective, as it began as "Captain General," meaning, more or less, "the captain who is in charge of a large group of troops." The "general" was similar to the term "in-chief." Eventually, "general" by itself came to mean a very senior officer, and morphed into the various kinds of generals that armies have today.
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Writer William Safire explained the Shakespeare line "caviar to the general" in 1985, in his long-running New York Times column, "On Language":

"Most people don't know that [Shakespeare] allusion; most who do think it means ''that expensive food appreciated by big shots,'' but they are wrong. The phrase was coined in ''Hamlet,'' as he told the players that ''the play . . . pleas'd not the million, 'twas caviary to the general.'' The ''general'' was not some gourmet leader of troops, but the general public, which thought caviar was a mess of foul-smelling fish eggs and did not appreciate the delicacy. The phrase has been twisted into meaning ''a delicacy appreciated by the General.''"

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Hoi polloi, Greek for "the many", is one of numerous derogatory terms for the general public. Others include "the plebeians" or "plebs", "the rabble", "the masses", "the dregs of society", "riffraff", "the herd", "the canaille", "the proles" (proletariat), "sheeple", and "peons". The phrase probably became known to English scholars through Pericles' Funeral Oration, as mentioned in Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War. Pericles uses it in a positive way when praising the Athenian democracy, contrasting it with hoi oligoi, "the few".
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Simon bar Sinister and Riff Raff were the two main recurring villains of the Underdog cartoon show. Simon (the "bar sinister" is a heraldry term that means the person is literally a bastard) was a mad scientist, while Riff Raff was a wolf gangster.
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Simon the Coldheart is a medieval romance-adventure novel by Georgette Heyer. The title character gets his nickname from keeping his temper and emotions under strict control.
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“The Splash Brothers“ is the nickname for the Golden State Warriors’ outstanding shooters, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.


The same Warriors and Curry and Thompson who, without KD (Kevin Durant), just eliminated the Rockets in Houston tonight!

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All About Eve was one of Bette Davis' most famous films. A bit part in the film was played by the then-unknown actress Marilyn Monroe. Miss Davis' and Miss Monroe's maternal grandmothers were Harriet Eugenia Thompson and Della Mae Hogan respectively.
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Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was born in 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts which is some 30 mi NW of Boston and close to the New Hampshire state line (gMap — https://tinyurl.com/y64lpc7u). Her first marriage was to Harmon Oscar Nelson on August 18, 1932, in Yuma, Arizona. Their marriage was scrutinized by the press because his $100 a week earnings did not compare favorably with her reported $1,000 a week income. Davis addressed the issue in an interview, pointing out that many Hollywood wives earned more than their husbands, but the situation proved difficult for Nelson, who refused to allow Davis to purchase a house until he could afford to pay for it himself.

In 1938, Nelson obtained evidence that Davis was engaged in a sexual relationship with Howard Hughes, and subsequently filed for divorce, citing Davis' "cruel and inhuman manner"
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Although nominated for the Best Actress Oscar ten times, Bette Davis only won twice, for her roles in Dangerous and in Jezebel. In the latter movie her character shocks New Orleans society and disappoints her fiancι (played by Henry Fonda) when she wears a red dress to the Olympus Ball. (It was a black-and-white movie!)

Jezebel was not the name of Miss Davis' character in Jezebel. That name refers to the villainous Princess of Tyre who was married to King Ahab of Israel.
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In the book Gone With the Wind, the dress Scarlett Butler wore to the birthday party for Ashley after being discovered in his arms (the horror!) was jade green. In the movie, it was a daring red dress, to emphasize the idea of being discovered in the arms of another women's husband made her a "scarlet woman."
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Although some of her writings were published after her death, Gone With The Wind was the only novel written by Margaret Mitchell which was published while she was still living. The book was released in 1936 and the movie which followed was released in 1939.

Mitchell, who was born in 1900, died in 1949 after being struck by a speeding automobile while she was crossing an Atlanta street.
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An IBM 370/145 mainframe in Atlanta, Georgia was once made to pass an IBM diagnostic by attaching a 100pF capacitor between a main timing signal and ground. Although the diagnostic failure was spurious — it could not affect system operation — the capacitor was left in place for several weeks.
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The farad (F) is the SI derived unit of electrical capacitance, the ability of a body to store an electrical charge. It is named after the English physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867). During his life, Faraday contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

Michael Faraday was self-taught. He never had a formal science education. Michael Faraday is called the "father of electricity," a title he shares with Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.
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Princess Michael of Kent got into some hot water for wearing a "blackamoor" brooch to her first meeting with Meaghan Markle.
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Michael Faraday was one of the very greatest experimental physicists ever. In addition to his discoveries in electricity and magnetism, he was an important chemist. He invented the Bunsen burner, discovered benzene, new varieties of glass, and several other compunds; was first to liquefy chlorine; etc.

Faraday was a devout Christian and turned down a knighthood on religious grounds.

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Chlorine gas was first used as a weapon in World War I by Germany in 1915. it reacted with water in the lungs to form hydrochloric acid, which is destructive to living tissue and potentially lethal. Humans can be protected from chlorine gas by gas masks with activated charcoal or other filters, which makes chlorine gas much less lethal than other chemical weapons. After its first use, both sides in WW1 used chlorine as a chemical weapon, but it was soon replaced by the more deadly mustard gas.
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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, different varieties of dragons have different types of breath weapons. For example, red dragons are the archetypical "fire-breathing dragons," while blue dragons breathe lightning, white dragons breathe a cone of extreme cold, and green dragons breathe clouds of chlorine gas onto their opponents.
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The flag of Wales is a red dragon on a background with a white top half and green bottom half.

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The present Prince of Wales has several other titles including Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, and His Royal Highness. He has various knighthoods and military ranks including Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force. One title he wanted but didn't get was Governor-General of Australia — when informed that Australian enthusiasm for this promotion was muted he replied "So, what are you supposed to think when you are prepared to do something to help and you are just told you're not wanted?"
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When Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, formerly of the Blues and Royals and the Army Air Corps, is performing his volunteer duties with the Invictus Games for wounded veterans, he prefers to be addressed by his former rank and name: Captain Wales.
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Invictus is a 2009 movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Freeman plays the role of Nelson Mandela, newly-elected President of South Africa. Damon plays the role of the captain of the national rugby team. The team improbably wins the World Cup, held in their home country, and helps to unite the population in the early post-apartheid years.
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The film Shawshank Redemption was nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1995, the most for a Stephen King film adaptation: Best Picture, Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), Best Adapted Screenplay (Frank Darabont), Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Editing (Richard Francis-Bruce), Best Sound Mixing (Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick, and Willie D. Burton),[93] and Best Original Score (Thomas Newman, his first Academy Award nomination). It did not win in any category.
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Morgan le Fay is a mysterious character in the Arthurian tales. In some accounts, she is a sorceress who protects Arthur, taking him to the Isles of the West to recover. In others, she is his half-sister, but still a supporter, but in other variants, she is an antagonist and the mother of Mordred, who brings down Camelot in the final days.
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The stage musical Camelot gave us the lovely (and timely appropriate) tune The Lusty Month of May. Lyricist Frederick Lowe had to know the second meaning of the world "gay," which fortunately rhymes with the month of "May."
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The 1995 Oscar nominees for best cinematography were Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks, Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt, The Shawshank Redemption (surprisingly) with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Three Colours: Red with Irθne Jacob, and Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner.

In The Shawshank Redemption, when Tim Robbins’ character escapes from prison in the rain, he stands exulting quietly with arms upraised and looking upward as it’s raining on him.
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The maximum-security Maine State Prison is in Warren, and was previously located in Thomaston. There is no such place as Shawshank outside Stephen King's mind.
Zihuatenejo, Mexico, is real, however, although it existed only in Red's and Andy's minds for most of the book and film.
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The prison scenes set in the movie The Shawshank Redemption were actually shot in a building at the Ohio State Reformatory, also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio

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Maximum Security, a horse named for the type of prison that Shawshank and Mansfield were, is the only horse to have finished first in the Kentucky Derby and been disqualified for actions on the track. Dancer's Image was disqualified as the 1968 winner 3 days later, when an illegal drug was found in his urine test. Forward Pass was declared the winner in 1968, and Country House in 2019.
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In play: “The” tree in The Shawshank Redemption played a central role in the plot after Tim Robbins escaped and Morgan Freeman was paroled. The real tree was eventually knocked down by strong winds in a 2016 storm after being split by a lightning strike in July 2011. Before it was knocked down the tree, a 100’ high white oak approximately 150 years old, was one of the most popular tourist sites connected to the movie.

The tree, in in Lucas OH, was located at lat / long 40.654000, -82.391944; and gMap here — http://bit.ly/e7t-gMapShawshankTree.



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Maximum Security, a horse named for the type of prison that Shawshank and Mansfield were, is the only horse to have finished first in the Kentucky Derby and been disqualified for actions on the track. Dancer's Image was disqualified as the 1968 winner 3 days later, when an illegal drug was found in his urine test. Forward Pass was declared the winner in 1968, and Country House in 2019.
Comment: unfortunately it was the right call to DQ Maximum Security. But he ran a strong race and could only be beat by himself that day.
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During the French Revolution, the National Convention established two committees to protect the nascent Republic from enemies domestic and foreign: the Committee of Public Safety and the Committee of General Security.

Although in theory they had separate mandates, there was not clear separation, resulting in a power struggle. The Committee of Public Safety under Robespierre and St Just tried to establish that the Committee of Public Safety was the superior body, while the Committee of General Security tried to maintain its equal status.

The tension between the two Committees contributed to the fall or Robespierre, St Just and other members of the Committee of Public Safety, who were guillotined on 10 Thermidor An II (July 28, 1794). Both Committees were dissolved and eventually replaced by the Directorate by the Constitution of the Year III.
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Thermidor was the eleventh month in the French Republican Calendar. The month was named after the Greek word "thermos" which means heat. Thermidor was the second month of the summer quarter. It started July 19 or 20 and ended August 17 or 18.
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The vacuum flask, also known as the Dewar flask, was invented by Scottish scientist Sir James Dewar in 1892. A vacuum flask uses two flasks, one inside of the other, with the space between the two a partial vacuum to slow the transfer of heat -- thus, a vacuum flask can keep the temperature of its contents stable for longer than in a normal vessel.

Dewar initially created the vessel as a scientific tool, but since Dewar did not patent his design, two German glassblowers were able to build on, and commercialize, his designs, and trademarked their commercial version as "Thermos."
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