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The Doors took their name from poet William Blake, who metaphorically referred to our eyes as "the doors of perception."
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William Blake is a character in the Orson Scott Card Novel "Seventh Son."

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Old 02-05-2010, 01:33 PM
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Orson Scott Card won Hugo and Nebula awards in consecutive years for the novels Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:52 PM
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The Crab Nebula was first observed in 1731 by John Bevis.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:56 PM
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Crab Louis Salad is also called the King of Salads.
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The movie "Attack of the Crab Monsters" co-starred Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on Gilligan's Island.
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The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island is a movie about the Harlem Globetrotters visiting Gilligan's Island.
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The Harlem Globetrotters have been beaten by teams including Michigan State, UTEP, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's All Stars. They were even beaten once by the New Jersey Reds (aka Washington Generals).
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The Globetrotters played their first game in Harlem in 1968, almost 40 years after the team was formed.
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The first number ever retired by the Harlem Globetrotters was 13, Wilt Chamberlain's number.
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Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a single game.
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Wilt Chamberlain claims to have slept with more than 20,000 women.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:35 PM
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The league is a unit of measure equal to 5.556 kilometers. That means 20,000 leagues is over 110,000 kilometers, or two times the circumference of the earth.
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:36 PM
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The Disney movie version of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was directed by Richard Fleischer, son of Disney competitor Max Fleischer.
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The voice of Mickey Mouse (until his death last year) was married to the voice of Minnie Mouse
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The voice of Olive Oyl and Betty Boop was Mae Questal, who also played the part of Aunt Bethany in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
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William Hickey, who played the uncle in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, was an acting teacher whose students included Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, and James "Roscoe P. Coltrane" Best (who was also an acting teacher).

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Jack Nicholson was on trial on an episode of "The Andy Griffth Show," with Aunt Bee as a juror.

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Jack Nicholson was on trial on an episode of "The Andy Griffth Show," with Aunt Bee as a juror.

"The Andy Griffith Show" was a spinoff of Danny Thomas' "Make Room for Daddy."
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:12 PM
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Rafe Hollister was a recurring character on TAGS and was played by Jack Prince, who was gifted with a beautiful baritone voice, not matching his character, much like Gomer Pyle.
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Actor Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle, owned a macadamia nut plantation in Hawaii for 25 years.
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In the Marvel universe, "Shazam" is the wizard who bestowed his powers upon Captain Marvel. His name is an acronym, standing for the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

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Martin Goodman founded Timely Publications, the forerunner to Marvel Comics, in 1939
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1939 was the year of release for GONE WITH THE WIND and for WIZARD OF OZ, both directed by Victor Fleming.

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The mascot for RCA Victor ("His Master's Voice") is Nipper. Nipper's son is Chipper.
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Laurel and Hardy's "March of the Wooden Soldiers" was loosely based on Victor Herbert's operetta "Babes in Toyland."
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"Babes in Toyland" was also the title of a classic porno. If not, it should have been.
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The book Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland is available for $9.95 on amazon.com.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:34 PM
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The book Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland is available for $9.95 on amazon.com.
Raul Julia sang Santa Lucia in the movie Tequila Sunrise.
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:39 PM
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Tequila Sunrise was a hit by the Eagles from their album Desperado (whose title song is one of Simon Cowell's favorites).
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Desperado was a sequel, of sorts, to Robert Rodriguez's first surprise success, El Mariachi.
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There are three major grades of tequila: blanco (bottled shortly after fermentation), reposado (aged between two months and a year in casks before bottling) and añejo (aged more than one year in casks before bottling).
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Desperado was a sequel, of sorts, to Robert Rodriguez's first surprise success, El Mariachi.
The group Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán provided backing on Linda Ronstadt's Canciones de Mi Padre album.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:00 PM
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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe was published in 1846.
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Edgar Allan Poe married his first cousin when she was 13, struggled with alcohol addiction, and according to one theory died of rabies, yet he was not from Alabama.
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The jazz standard "Stars Fell on Alabama," mentioned on recent printings of the state's license plate, reference an unusually strong Leonid meteor shower that took place in 1833.
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Alabama's former license plate slogan was Heart of Dixie.
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:21 PM
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It's not known where the name Dixie came from, but theories include the French word dix ("ten") which was the nickname for a ten dollar bill, or from the Mason-Dixon line (named after two astronomers who surveyed the line for extra money).

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The term sawbuck (reputedly) came to be applied to a ten-dollar bill because the Roman numeral X on the note resembled a sawhorse.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X.

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Mike Ditka went to the University of Pittsburgh, and planned to become a dentist after graduating.
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Mike Ditka went to the University of Pittsburgh, and planned to become a dentist after graduating.
John Henry Holliday of OK Corral fame was called "Doc" Holliday because he was a dentist by training, having obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery.

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Pennsylvania was the first state to list their web site URL on their license plate.
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Richard Dreyfuss pulls a Louisiana license plate out of a tiger shark's stomach, in "Jaws."
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The Dreyfus Affair was a political scandal in France in the late 1800s, which involved a French soldier of Jewish descent.
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Dreyfus was sent to Devil's Island, which is located in French Guiana.

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