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Old 02-19-2018, 12:18 AM
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The Boston Red Sox did not win a World Series between their wins in 1918 and 2004. This drought was called the Curse of tne Bambino, for their selling Babe Ruth to the NY Yankees in 1919. Prior to that the Red Sox had won 3 of the previous 6 World Series.
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Bill Mazeroski's cousin was the Clerk of Court of the Court of Common Pleas of Coshocton County, Ohio in 1994. And I met her!

ETA - ninja'd! She did not play for Red Sox, either.

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Old 02-19-2018, 12:30 AM
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Baseball's first openly all-professional team was founded in 1866 and became fully professional in 1869: the Red Stockings of Cincinnati Ohio.
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According to this Sporcle quiz, in the 'Big 4' professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL), there are 12 teams that contain a color in their name: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and St Louis Blues.
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For his 52nd birthday, Franklin Roosevelt hosted a toga party in the White House. He dressed as Caesar and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt dressed as the Oracle of Delphi, with guests also donning white robes and Grecian headbands.
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:42 AM
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“What creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three in the evening?” — was the riddle that the Oracle of Delphi asked Oedipus Rex. Oedipus Rex answered, “Man.”
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Note: Bullitt, that was the riddle of the Sphinx that Opedius solved.

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The Pythia was the name of the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the oracle, commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle emerged pre-eminent by the end of 7th century BC and would continue to be consulted until the 4th century AD
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In his short story "Telemachus, Friend", O. Henry had his narrator describe his old friend "... We was friends an amount you could hardly guess at. We was friends in business, and we let our amicable qualities lap over and season our hours of recreation and folly. We certainly had days of Damon and nights of Pythias."
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:15 PM
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Telemachus was the son of Odysseus and Penelope, In Greek myth, he helped his father, returned incognito from the Trojan Wars, trap and slay his mother's many pushy suitors.
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New Orleans is the only city in the US that has a Telemachus Street. Seemingly, you can say that about practically any street in New Orleans, such as Duels, Magazine, Tchoupitoulas and Terpsichore.
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Magazine Street in New Orleans was probably named from a munition magazine located in this vicinity during“ the 18th-century colonial period. It may also have been named after the Spanish word magazin or almazon which means warehouse for exporting items.
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New Orleans was, by a very wide margin, the most populous city in the Confederacy, and the Union captured it in spring 1862.
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The loss of New Orleans to a naval squadron commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut (there were no admirals in the U.S. Navy at the time) marked the only time that Confederate President Jefferson Davis was seen to weep in response to news from the front during the entire Civil War.
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"The Battle of New Orleans" is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier. Driftwood was a school principal in Arkansas with a passion for history, and he set an account of the battle to the music of a well-known American fiddle tune in an attempt to get students interested in learning history. Driftwood eventually was given a recording contract by RCA, for whom he recorded 12 songs in 1958, including "The Battle of New Orleans."
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While playing at the Chicago bar "The Quiet Knight" in 1971, songwriter and musician Steve Goodman saw Arlo Guthrie and asked to sit in and play a song for him. Guthrie grudgingly agreed on the condition that Goodman buy him a beer first; Guthrie would then listen to Goodman for as long as it took Guthrie to drink the beer. Goodman played "City of New Orleans", which Guthrie liked enough that he asked to record it. His version was a hit, as was Willie Nelson's 1985 version, which won a posthumous Grammy for Goodman, who died of leukemia in 1984.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:53 AM
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While playing at the Chicago bar "The Quiet Knight" in 1971, songwriter and musician Steve Goodman saw Arlo Guthrie and asked to sit in and play a song for him. Guthrie grudgingly agreed on the condition that Goodman buy him a beer first; Guthrie would then listen to Goodman for as long as it took Guthrie to drink the beer. Goodman played "City of New Orleans", which Guthrie liked enough that he asked to record it. His version was a hit, as was Willie Nelson's 1985 version, which won a posthumous Grammy for Goodman, who died of leukemia in 1984.
Not in play: Cool trivia, gkster. I love that song by Arlo Guthrie.

In play: AMTRAK’s City of New Orleans runs over 900 miles through five states in about 19 hours, for an overall average speed of about 47 MPH. Along the way it passes from Chicago and through Kankakee IL, Champaign IL, Carbondale IL, Fulton KY, Dyersburg TN, Memphis TN, Greenwood MS, Yazoo City MS, Jackson MS, and Hammond LA (near Ponchatoula LA), on its way to New Orleans LA.

A round trip adult ticket is currently $267.00.

AMTRAK’s site for the City of New Orleans:
https://www.amtrak.com/city-of-new-orleans-train
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Note: Bullitt, that was the riddle of the Sphinx that Opedius solved.
Oh yes, of course. Thanks.

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AMTRAK’s City of New Orleans runs over 900 miles through five states in about 19 hours, for an overall average speed of about 47 MPH. Along the way it passes from Chicago and through Kankakee IL, Champaign IL, Carbondale IL, Fulton KY, Dyersburg TN, Memphis TN, Greenwood MS, Yazoo City MS, Jackson MS, and Hammond LA (near Ponchatoula LA), on its way to New Orleans LA.

A round trip adult ticket is currently $267.00.

AMTRAK’s site for the City of New Orleans:
https://www.amtrak.com/city-of-new-orleans-train
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Country singer Patsy Cline ("Crazy", "I Fall to Pieces") died in the 1963 crash of a Piper Comanche which had taken off in a fog from Dyersburg, Tennessee. Like in the Buddy Holly crash, visibility was poor and the pilot was un(der)qualified to fly in instrument conditions. Cline's pilot had learned to fly from the same instructor as country singer Jim Reeves, who crashed and died flying his own plane the following year.
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Country singer Patsy Cline ("Crazy", "I Fall to Pieces") died in the 1963 crash of a Piper Comanche which had taken off in a fog from Dyersburg, Tennessee. Like in the Buddy Holly crash, visibility was poor and the pilot was un(der)qualified to fly in instrument conditions. Cline's pilot had learned to fly from the same instructor as country singer Jim Reeves, who crashed and died flying his own plane the following year.
I’ve been to the cornfield memorial of the Buddy Holly crash, after visiting the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake IA. The Surf Ballroom has a lot of memorabilia on the walls, it’s almost a museum in its own right. The phone booth inside the ballroom where Holly last spoke to his wife, Maria, has her autograph on it.

The path to the cornfield memorial site in Clear Lake is marked by this simple marker representing the eyeglasses Buddy Holly wore (from Wiki): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Holly

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Clear Lake is a natural freshwater lake in Lake County in California, north of Napa County and San Francisco. It is the largest natural freshwater lake wholly within the state, with 68 square miles of surface area. Clear Lake was most recently ranked by Bassmaster Magazine in 2016 as the #3 best bass lake in the United States and the #1 best bass lake on the West Coast. However, locals strongly recommend against eating the fish from Clear Lake because of potentially toxic levels of mercury.
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Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, orbiting it every 87.96 days (as opposed to the Earth's 365.25 days). Although it has been visited by two NASA automated probes, one of which crashed on it, there has never been a controlled landing on its surface.
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A space probe is a robotic spacecraft that does not orbit the Earth, but is designed to explore further into outer space. Space probes have been launched by the space agencies of the USSR, the USA, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union, Japan, China and India. Voyager 1, one of the first probes, was launched in 1977 and is expected to be functional until about 2025.
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The first US satellite to reach orbit, Explorer 1, was equipped with a Geiger counter that demonstrated the existence of the Van Allen radiation belts. It was launched from Cape Canaveral by a Jupiter-C rocket whose technology derived from the German V-2, also developed by Wernher von Braun and his team.
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Cape Canaveral first appears on Spanish maps in the 1560s. The word Canaveral means a canefield. In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy asked Lyndon Johnson to change the name to Cape Kennedy in recognition of her late husband's interest in the space program. However, due to strong lobbying from local residents, the name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973.
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CCAFS, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, is part of PAFB, Patrick Air Force Base. CCAFS is headquartered at PAFB and is an installation of the United States Air Force Space Command's 45th Space Wing. It has a 3km long runway for military airlift aircraft delivering heavy and outsized payloads to Cape Canaveral. The CCAFS area has been used to test missiles since 1949 during President Harry S. Truman’s terms in office.
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President Harry S. Truman ignored a Secret Service recommendation not to go to Arlington National Cemetery to take part in a ceremony there just hours after he survived an attack by Puerto Rican nationalists on Blair House, where he was staying while the White House was undergoing major interior restructuring.
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In 1898, at the conclusion of the Spanish-American War, the United States claimed rule over the island of Puerto Rico, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party Revolts of the 1950s were a series of coordinated armed protests for the independence of Puerto Rico. In addition to the attack on President Truman in 1950, another armed assault took place on March 1, 1954. In that assault, four Nationalists fired shots from the visitors' gallery in the House of Representatives of the United States Capitol during a full floor debate, wounding five Congressmen, one seriously.
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To this day, there are bullet holes visible in the ceiling of the House of Representatives chamber in the Capitol, from the March 1, 1954 shooting incident.
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To this day, there are bullet marks dug into (and visible on) the concrete facade of Union Station in Kansas City MO from the 1933 “Kansas City Massacre” when gang members gunned down four lawmen. As a result, the FBI began arming all of its agents.
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Bullet holes are still visible in the walls of the lobby of the Louisiana state capitol, from the assassination of Senator Huey P. Long. Several times, the bullet holes have been paneled over, and then re-exposed, accoding to the prevailing administration's reverence for The Kingfish.
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On 22 Sep 1975, Sara Jane Moore took a shot at President Gerald Ford as he was leaving the St. Francis hotel in San Francisco CA. She missed, sending the bullet into the wall above the doorway. A bullet fragment ricocheted and struck a cabdriver in the groin. It was the second assassination attempt against Ford in 17 days. The first occurred when Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme pointed a loaded gun at him as he walked across Capitol Park in Sacramento.

The bullet hole in the wall of the St. Francis is still there today.
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Francis de Sales was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Catholic Church. He died in 1622, and his body was buried in the church of the Monastery of the Visitation in Annecy, France. However, Sales' heart was kept in Lyon, in response to the popular demand of the citizens of the city to retain his remains. During the French Revolution, however, it was taken to Venice, where it is venerated today.
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It was during the French Revolution that the famous French tricolor flag first came into use. Before that, the flag of France was that of the Bourbon kings, a white field with gold fleur-de-lis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_France

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Paris, Kentucky is the seat of Bourbon County. Whiskey was an early product of the area, and whiskey barrels from the area were marked Old Bourbon when they were shipped downriver from the local port on the Ohio River. As it was made mostly from corn (maize), it had a distinctive flavor, and the name bourbon came to be used to distinguish it from other regional whiskey styles, such as Monongahela, a product of western Pennsylvania, which may have generally been a rye whiskey.
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The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits state that bourbon made for U.S. consumption must be, among other things, produced in the United States, made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn, and aged in new, charred oak containers.

(I must admit that I had no idea that there was such a thing as the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits!)
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Charles Dickens was, in one story, inspired to write his most famous book by visiting a lonely churchyard in Scotland in which he found the grave of Ebenezer Scroggie, a dealer in corn whose stone read "Meal Man" which the dyslexic Dickens read as "Mean Man". "Corn" in Britain means any kind of grain, not just maize.
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Charles Dickens toured the U.S., doing public readings for pay, but didn't always enjoy the experience. When his Lake Erie steamship docked in Cleveland, Ohio, he was not in the mood to be greeted by a committee of local worthies, so he stayed in his cabin until they left.
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What is now the Golden Lamb Inn, still in business in Lebanon, OH, on what was once the main road between Cincinnati and Columbus, claims to have once hosted Charles Dickens on what must have been that same speaking tour in 1842. However, he left and found other accommodations when he was declined alcohol service.

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Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the Great American Insurance Group, has been home to the Reds since 2003. Its address is 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, a street named after the left-handed pitcher who played from 1944 to 1966. Nuxhall held the team's record for career games pitched (484) from 1965 to 1975, and still holds the team mark for left-handers.
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Nuxhall also has the record for being the youngest player ever to appear in the majors, at 15. That was during the war, when the personnel-depleted majors also found room for a one-armed player (outfielder Pete Gray of the St. Louis Browns). Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had asked President Franklin Roosevelt if he advised shutting down baseball for the duration, only to receive the "Green Light" letter telling him that soldiers and war plant workers still needed diversions.
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AAGPBL, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a women's professional baseball league from 1943 to 1954. The 1992 motion picture A League of Their Own tells a fictionalized account of the Rockford Peaches. The real Rockford Peaches won four championships, the most ever in the league.
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The Atlanta Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team. When choosing a nickname for the team, fans were invited to submit their choices and then vote on their favorite. The four finalists, based on the vote of the fans, were the Falcons, the Confederates, the Vibrants, and the Peaches.
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In China, the peach blossom is usually associated with love and the Chinese believe that the flower will bring opportunities in love, as referred to in the phrase "peach blossom luck."
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The fiddle tune "Orange Blossom Special", about the passenger train of the same name, was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938. It has been referred to as the fiddle player's national anthem. While bluegrass performers tend to play it as strictly an instrumental, country legend Johnny Cash sang the lyrics, and replaced the fiddle parts with two harmonicas and a saxophone.
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In 1992, President George H.W. Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Johnny Carson, for his television work. Carson was the second ever winner in the Television category. In 1989, Lucille Ball was the first, and hers was awarded posthumously.
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