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Old 10-11-2018, 12:42 PM
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The municipal coat of arms of Montreal, Quebec, Canada features a beaver on its crest, a wreath of maple leaves, heraldic symbols of England, France, Scotland, Ireland and First Nations, over a scroll with the civic motto, Concordia Salus, which is Latin for "well-being through harmony."

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Old 10-11-2018, 01:41 PM
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The best quality cowboy hats are made of 100% beaver fur. John B. Stetson worried about the waterproofing of his hats, and finally decided to make his hat of beaver felt. It took about 42 beaver belly pelts to produce a high quality hat. Because of the tight weave of most Stetson hats, it was waterproof enough to be used as a bucket.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:37 PM
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While a bucket ist is a list of things you want to do before you "kick the bucket" (die), there are three separate meanings for a "fuckit list"

1. A list of people you would like to have sex with before you die.
2. A list of the things you thought you would do in your lifetime, but never did and now think "Ah, fuck it."
3. A list of things you would do if you knew you were dying soon and could get away with anything without serious consequences.
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In the season 3 episode of Friends, "The One With Frank Jr.," the group discusses their "freebie lists" -- their lists of five celebrities with whom, if the opportunity were to ever present itself, they would be allowed to have sex, without suffering repercussions from their significant others.

In the episode, Ross has Isabella Rosselini on his freebie list, but then replaces her with Winona Ryder, as Rosselini is frequently outside of the U.S. Later in that episode, Rosselini actually makes an appearance at Central Perk.
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Winona Ryder later appeared in Season 7 of Friends, starring as Rachel's sorority sister with whom Rachel shared a kiss after a Hawaiian-themed party in their college years.

And the last woman on Ross' list was Dorothy Hamill (!).

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Old 10-11-2018, 06:02 PM
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The term "electoral college" is not actually used in the United States Constitution.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:26 PM
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Although the United States Constitution does not specify who should swear in the President, the Chief Justice of the United States has traditionally done so. Others to administer the oath have included the Chancellor of New York (for George Washington, in 1789), a Vermont notary public and justice of the peace (Calvin Coolidge's father, in 1923) and a U.S. district court judge (for Lyndon Johnson, in 1963).
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Manchester United Football Club has won more trophies than any other club in English football, with a record 20 League titles. It was the highest-earning football club in the world for 2016–17, with an annual revenue of €676.3 million, and the world's most valuable football club in 2018, valued at 3.1 billion. Among its highest-profile former players are David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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[not in play: the interesting life story of Sarah Tilghman Hughes, the judge who administered LBJ's oath of office in 1963 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_T._Hughes]
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:43 AM
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David Lloyd George is the only British prime minister who did not have English as his native language.
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Richard Garriott the video game developer who flew a privately funded mission to the International Space Station is known by the alter ego of Lord British. He is also the son of former Skylab and Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:16 AM
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In 2002, the Royal National Theatre staged Simon Bent's adaptation of the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany: On Faith starring Aidan McArdle as the title character and Richard Hope as John Wheelwright

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Bent is a city in and the capital of Bent District of Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 4,302.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:03 AM
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[not in play: the interesting life story of Sarah Tilghman Hughes, the judge who administered LBJ's oath of office in 1963....
Link fixed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_T._Hughes

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There have been movies called Bent released in 1997, 2013 and 2018. The movies are each different and do not have the same plot.
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Bent Fabric was the stage name for a Dutch musician who had a massive international hit with "The Alley Cat" in 1961, a song that was played at weddings and bar/bas mitzvahs for decades afterward.

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Titanic, released in 1997, was the biggest international film hit of its decade, both at the box office and at the Academy Awards, with 11 awards including Best Director and Best Picture. It was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark and remained the highest-grossing film of all time until Avatar surpassed it in 2010.
In the past 30 years, only four movies were named best picture while topping box office charts.

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James Cameron directed both Titanic and Avatar. One or more sequels to Avatar have been expected for years since the film's 2009 release; current plans are for four, to be released in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025. Cameron is directing, producing and co-writing all four.
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The name 'Cameron' is believed to have been originated in the Gaelic language spoken in Scotland. The Gaelic phrase is 'cam srn', which means 'crooked nose'.
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The three modern Gaelic ("Goidelic") languages are Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx. Manx (spoken on the Isle of Man) nearly died out in the late 19th / early 20th centuries, but was revived thanks to the work of linguists and enthusiasts.
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The Manx cat is a breed of domestic cat .originating on the Isle of Man, with a naturally occurring mutation that shortens the tail. Manx are prized as skilled hunters, and thus have often been sought by farmers with rodent problems, and been a preferred ship's cat breed.
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The Isle of Man, all 221 square miles of it, is a British prison camp in the 1992 P.D. James dystopic sf novel The Children of Men. There is no mention of the prison in the 2006 movie based on the book.
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The 2006 WC Final between France and Italy was the first final in 20 years to see both teams score.
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Like Great Britain and Japan, France and Italy were allies in World War I but foes in World War II.
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Four countries (or empires) suffered over 1 million combat casualties during World War I. These were Russia, Germany, France, and Austria-Hungary.

By contrast, the United States suffered 53,000 combat casualties, while Japan suffered just 300 casualties.
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Trivia Dominoes: Play Off the Last Bit of Trivia

Over 60,000 Canadians were killed in WWI, and approximately 172,000 wounded.

Newfoundland, at that time a separate colony, suffered 1,305 killed and several thousand wounded. Over half of the Newfoundlanders were killed in the battle of Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916, the first day of the Somme.

The financial cost of Newfoundland's war effort contributed to its bankruptcy, loss of sovereignty, and eventually joining Canada as a province.

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The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is a memorial site in France dedicated to the commemoration of Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed during World War I. Purchased in 1921 by the people of Newfoundland and officially opened by British Field Marshal Earl Haig in 1925, the memorial site is one of only two National Historic Sites of Canada located outside of Canada.
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In 1921, on 13 September, White Castle hamburger restaurant opened in Wichita, Kansas, and formed the foundation of the world's first fast food chain.
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Wilkie Collins's f859 novel The Woman in White is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of "sensation novels". The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with protagonist Walter Hartright employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. The use of multiple narrators (including nearly all the principal characters) draws on Collins's legal training, and as he points out in his preamble: "the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness."

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Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon repeatedly tells the story of a murder, each from the POV (point of view) of a different character, each of whom sees themselves as the hero.
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A POV in government language is a Privately Owned Vehicle, a vehicle not owned by the government.
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Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon repeatedly tells the story of a murder, each from the POV (point of view) of a different character, each of whom sees themselves as the hero.
On The Simpsons once, Marge said, "You liked Rashomon!" and Homer replied, "That's not how I remember it!"

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POV is a U.S. Public Broadcasting Service documentary series that premiered on July 5, 1988. POV films have won 34 Emmys, 19 Peabody Awards and 3 Academy Awards over the years.
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Robert Lopez is not only the youngest of the only fifteen people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award, he also did it the quickest, taking only 10 years time to win all four, and is currently the only person to have won all four awards more than once.
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At Yale, Robert Lopez was a member of the Spizzwinks(?) a cappella group. Founded in late 1913, the Spizzwinks(?) are the oldest underclassman a cappella group in the US, dating back to a first performance in early 1914.
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If I Had a Hammer, written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary in July 1962, became a Top 10 hit, and won the Grammy Awards for Best Folk Recording and Best Performance by a Vocal Group. Trini Lopez's 1963 single went to number three on the same Billboard chart.
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"The Hammer of the Gods" is a line from the 1970 Led Zeppelin song "Immigrant Song." After the band played in Reykjavik, Iceland, Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics around elements of Viking legend.

The song, and the line, became closely associated with the band, and "Hammer of the Gods" became the name of an unauthorized (and allegedly highly inaccurate) biography of the band, written by Stephen Davis. The song was also, fittingly, used in the soundtrack of the Marvel film Thor: Ragnarok.

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Iceland has an area of about 40,000 square miles and a population of about 350,000. It ranks 17th in size of the countries in Europe, and it is the most sparsely-populated European country. Two-thirds of the population live in Reykjavk and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country.
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At just about 9 people per sq mi, Iceland is less dense than the next dense European country, Finland with 41 people per sq mi.
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Drivers from Finland have won more World Rally racecar championships (14 titles) than any other country, and more Formula One racecar championships compared to their country's population (4 titles for 5 million inhabitants) than any other nation.
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Race driver Mario Andretti was born in Italy, but emigrated to the United States as a teenager, and became a naturalized American citizen in his 20s. Andretti was highly successful in several different racing formats: he is the last American driver to win the Formula One championship (1978), and is the only driver to have won an F1 Championship as well as the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.
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At age 107, Anthony Mancinelli still works from noon to 8, 5 days a week, at Fantastic Cuts in New Windsor, NY,an hour north of NYC.

Mancinelli was named the "World’s Oldest Barber" by Guinness World Records in 2007 at 96 and continues to break his own record.

He was born in 1911 near Naples, Italy, and emigrated with his family when he was 8, joining a relative in Newburgh, N.Y. He was one of eight children and went to work at age 11 in a local barbershop. By age 12, he was cutting hair and dropped out of high school to cut hair full time.
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Windsor, Ontario, is south of Detroit, Michigan.
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According to How to tie a tie.com, the Windsor knot is one of the five most popular methods of knotting a tie. The other 4 knots on this list are the Four-in-Hand, the Half-Windsor, the Pratt, and the bow tie.

This site then lists 10 more ways to tie a tie.

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King Edward VIII, having controversially abdicated the British throne in 1936 in order to marry his lover, the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, was named Duke of Windsor by his brother, who succeeded him as King George VI. The Duke was entitled to the style "His Royal Highness," but his wife was specifically denied the privilege.
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The United Kingdom has a population density of 704 people per sq. mi. In the world, that is just behind:
Vietnam, which has a population density of 741 people per sq. mi., and is just ahead of:
Pakistan, which has a population density of 652 people per sq. mi.
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The most-densely populated independent country in the world is generally considered to be Monaco. Monaco has a population of only 37,000, but its size is just .78 square miles (2.02 square kilometers). Thus, it has a population density of 43,830 people per square mile. Next on the list is Singapore, with a density of 18,513 people per every square mile.
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The flags of Monaco and Indonesia are identical except for their statutory dimensions.

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The nation of Indonesia consists of over thirteen thousand islands. The island of Java is the most populous of Indonesia's islands: it's home to over 141 million people (over half of Indonesia's population), and it's the world's most populous island.

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The island of Java has been producing coffee since the 1600s. The term 'java', which means coffee, may have originally meant to refer to single-origin coffee from Java.

In 1995, a programming language called Java was released and featured a steaming cup of coffee as its icon.
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While some coffees advertise the fact that they contain "100% Arabica beans", many coffee experts prefer blends of different types of beans because of the more complex flavor profile that they provide.

Around 60% of coffee cultivated worldwide is Arabica coffee. Robusta beans, which contain double the amount of caffeine and are used for espresso and instant coffee, account for around 30%. Excelsa beans, with a dark, lingering flavor, account for 7%, while Liberica beans, which have a strong, smoky flavor and pungent aroma, have become naturalized in much of Southeast Asia and are being cultivated as an heirloom crop.

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A concentrated coffee/milk/sugar mixture was produced for the Union army during the American Civil War under the name Essence of Coffee, a teaspoonful of which was mixed with a cup of hot water to produce the first 'instant coffee'. It was not a success and was soon discontinued. In more modern times in nations such as Portugal, Spain, and India, instant coffee is commonly mixed with hot milk instead of boiling water
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