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Old 09-09-2019, 03:22 PM
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During the liberation of Paris in 1944, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, son of Pierre and Marie Curie and himself a Nobel laureate in chemistry, used his laboratory near the Prefecture of Police to turn discarded wine bottles into Molotov cocktails that could be dropped into German tanks on the streets of his city.
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Marie Curie named the first chemical element she discovered polonium, after her native country of Poland.
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In January of 1918, US President Woodrow Wilson gave a speech which was a statement of principles for peace that was to be used for peace negotiations in order to end World War I. This speech became known as the Fourteen Points. The 13th of these 14th points called for an independent Polish state to be erected which would include the territories inhabited by indisputably Polish populations. Shortly after the armistice in November of 1918, Poland regained its independence.

Alas, World War II began with the Nazi German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, followed by the Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939,
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On hearing of Wilson's Fourteen Points, Prime Minister Clemenceau is said to have exclaimed : "Quatorze points? Le Bon Dieu n'avait que dix!"

("Fourteen points? The Good Lord only had ten!")
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"The Fourteen" was an informal name for NASA Astronaut Group 3, the third set of astronauts selected by NASA, who were first introduced in October, 1963.

Of the fourteen, four died in training accidents before they were able to fly in space, including Roger Chaffee, who died in the Apollo 1 fire. All ten of the surviving members of the group flew on Apollo missions, including Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins of the Apollo 11 crew.

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A fortnight equals fourteen days. Fortnight comes from the Old English fēowertyne niht, meaning "fourteen nights".
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An archaic term for a week is sennight, meaning seven nights.
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church observes Saturday as the Sabbath Day. Sabbath is observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening. One of the Ten Commandments is, Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is a Shaker village near New Gloucester and Poland, Maine, in the United States. It is the last active Shaker community, with two members as of 2017.
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Shaker High School of Latham NY includes, among notable alums, former NBA player Sam Perkins. Perins went on to play at U. North Carolina where he won an NCAA Championship in 1982, and then on to a 17-year NBA career playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, and Indiana Pacers. He has been inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in KCMO.
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Founded in 1829, Perkins Institute for the Blind was the first school for the blind established in the United States. The school was originally named the New England Asylum for the Blind and was incorporated on March 2, 1829. The name was eventually changed to Perkins School For the Blind. John Dix Fisher first considered the idea of a school for blind children based upon his visits to Paris at the National Institute for the Blind and was inspired to create such a school in Boston.

The school is named in honor of Thomas Handasyd Perkins, one of the organization's incorporators and a Boston shipping merchant who began losing his sight at the time of establishment. In 1833, the school outgrew the Pleasant Street house of the father of its founder Samuel Gridley Howe, and Perkins donated his Pearl Street mansion as the school's second home. In 1839, Perkins sold the mansion and donated the proceeds. This gift allowed the purchase of a more spacious building in South Boston. In 1885, 6 acres were purchased in the Hyde Square section of Jamaica Plain, a residential district of Boston, to build a kindergarten. This property was home to both Laura Bridgman and Helen Keller. The school moved to its present campus, in Watertown, Massachusetts, in the autumn of 1912.
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Jamaica, south of Cuba, was spared from significant damage from Hurricane Dorian. Dorian passed north of the Dominican Republic and north of Cuba, so it was quite far, relatively speaking, from Jamaica. Unfortunately, Dorian passed directly over the Bahamas.
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Louis Braille, who invented the system of touch reading and writing for the blind, was inspired to create it after hearing of 'night writing'. This was an effort to develop a means of safe communication between soldiers in Napoleon's army during the night. Soldiers were killed because they used lamps after dark to read combat messages. As a result of the light shining from the lamps, enemy combatants knew where the French soldiers were and that led to the loss of many men.

ETA: Today, Braille is used all over the world, including the Bahamas.

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Old 09-10-2019, 10:32 AM
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Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph, whom he made King of Naples and Sicily and later of Spain (where he ended the Inquisition), went into exile in Bordentown, New Jersey, just outside of Trenton.
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Laurie Beechman was the first actor to play the lead role of the Narrator in the original Broadway cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat during its first Broadway production in 1982, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) and a Theatre World Award.

In December 1983, Beechman headed the First National Company of Cats as "Grizabella, The Glamour Cat" when the tour opened in Boston. Within four months, she assumed the role on Broadway, replacing Tony winner Betty Buckley. Belting out the show's hit song "Memory", Beechman stayed with the show for more than four years and made occasional return engagements over the next decade.
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Dolly Parton's favorite of all the songs she has written is 1971's "Coat of Many Colors", about a garment her mother stitched together from rags. She wrote it on the back of a dry-cleaning receipt while riding a tour bus with her then-partner, Porter Wagoner.
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Sevier County, Tennessee is just east of Knoxville. The largest employer in the county is Dollywood.
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Dolly Parton wrote a song about a professional breakup, not a personal one.

When Parton wrote it in 1973, it was as a farewell to her mentor, producer, and longtime duet partner, Porter Wagoner, with whom she never had a romantic relationship. Wagoner was reluctant to have her go solo, to say the least. "It's saying, 'Just because I'm going don't mean I won't love you. I appreciate you and I hope you do great and I appreciate everything you've done, but I'm out of here,'" Parton told CMT. "And I took it in the next morning. I said, 'Sit down, Porter. I've written this song, and I want you to hear it.'... And he was crying. He said, 'That's the prettiest song I ever heard. And you can go, providing I get to produce that record.' And he did." She even sang it on one of her last appearances on Wagoner's TV show in 1974.

the song was I Will Always Love You. But some people still think it was written for the movie The Bodyguard and first recorded by Whitney Houston.
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Porter Wagoner is known for his musical accomplishments, but also for casually opening his suit jacket while performing to show the fancy sequins and other decorations on the inside of his flashy Nudie suits. This is not to say the outsides weren't equally ostentatious, because they were.

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The hottest-selling item in the University of Tennessee bookstore in Knoxville is a copy of a hand-drawn logo T-shirt created by a Florida boy who was bullied in class for wearing it.

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Actually, ninja on that one.

The 1965-66 Jerry Van Dyke sitcom "My Mother, the Car" was based on the notion of his late mother being reincarnated as a 1928 Porter touring car. Her voice was provided by veteran B-movie actress Ann Sothern, although only the Van Dyke character can hear her through the dashboard radio.

In 2002, TV Guide proclaimed it to be the second-worst show of all time, behind "The Jerry Springer Show".

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According to american-automobiles.com, Porter made cars in the 1910s into the 1920s.
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Porter beer was supposedly invented by a barman in an English pub, made by blending lighter, hoppier beers, with older aged ales. This eventually led to porter being produced at breweries across the country.

Technically, stout is a stronger version of a porter. In fact, its original name was “stout porter.”
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The production of beer dates back to thousands of years before recorded history; evidence of Neolithic beer production has been found in the Fertile Crescent. Beer was likely invented in conjunction with the invention of agriculture.
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The Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile Rivers feed the Fertile Crescent, a concave-down arc bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and the Nile River Delta to the west, and arcing downward towards but not quite reaching the Persian Gulf. The Fertile Crescent is named for its rich soils and curved shape.

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There has been recent debate as to whether the Nile or the Amazon is the world's longest river. The Nile has traditionally been considered longer, but the Brazilian government has supported studies claiming that the Amazon is longer by measuring the river plus the adjacent Pará estuary and the longest connecting tidal canal.

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Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was a Brazilian composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and singer. Widely considered as one of the great exponents of Brazilian music, Jobim internationalized bossa nova and, with the help of important American artists, merged it with jazz in the 1960's to create a new sound with remarkable popular success. As such he is sometimes known as the "father of bossa nova"
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Jobim's collaboration with Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto in the production of the album Getz/Gilberto brought Brazilian music (and Bossa Nova, in particular) to American listeners. The biggest hit from that album, Garota de Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema) won record of the year and is one of the most recorded tunes of all time. It's arguably not the best tune on the album, but was certainly the catchiest.
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Nice story - thanks!

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American singer Frank Sinatra and Brazilian musician Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim collaborated on a 1967 bossa nova album that bears both of their names.
It was nominated for a Grammy that year but lost to an otherwise-obscure album: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franci...o_Carlos_Jobim
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"The Coffee Song" (occasionally subtitled "They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil") is a novelty song written by Bob Hilliard and Dick Miles, first recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1946. The song caricatures Brazil's coffee surplus, claiming (among other things) that no other beverages are available, and that the daughter of a politician was fined for drinking water.
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According to Nat Geo in Apr 2004, the most commonly ingested drink not coffee, it's not beer; it is tea. Tea predates coffee by about 3,000 years.
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In 1991, The Spectator newspaper held a competition for new answers to the question Lewis Carroll posed at Alice's Made Tea Party "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" Among the prize winners were: "because one has flapping fits and the other fitting flaps"; "because one is good for writing books and the other better for biting rooks"; and "because a writing desk is a rest for pens and a raven is a pest for wrens".
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Another clever response is, because Poe wrote on both.
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In the last episode of the first Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Lisa reads "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. In this adaptation, Bart is depicted as the raven, Homer finds himself in the role of the poem's lead character, The Narrator, while Lisa and Maggie are seraphim. Marge appears briefly as a painting of Lenore. James Earl Jones narrates. The segment ends when The Narrator, infuriated by the Raven's mockery of his grief, flies into a fit of rage chasing it across his study, ending with the Raven's eventual victory and The Narrator lying wide eyed and staring under a pile of books.
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Homer, Alaska, a city on the Kenai Peninsula ("KEY"-nigh), is only 15 miles away from the most westerly highway point in all of the Americas. That point is in the town of Anchor Point, also on the Kenai Peninsula.

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The southernmost Point in the United States is Ka Lae, which is Hawaiian for "The Point." It is on Hawaii's Big Island, and is as far south as you can go in the United States.

The southernmost point in the continental United States is the cleverly-named Southernmost Point Buoy, an anchored concrete buoy in Key West, Florida.
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There has only ever been a single commissioned United States Navy warship named the USS Hawaii, a Virginia-class fast attack nuclear submarine launched in 2006 and still on active duty. She is homeported, appropriately enough, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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The first Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, K-19, suffered a nuclear disaster from not having its backup cooling system installed. One of many differences between history and the Harrison Ford movie, other than the names and the mutiny scene, was that K-19's crew members nicknamed her "Hiroshima", not "Widowmaker".
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Belpre and Seward, two Kansas towns 35 miles apart and about 100 miles WNW of Wichita, are connected by Kansas Highway K-19.

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Belpre and Seward, two Kansas towns 35 miles apart and about 100 miles WNW of Wichita, are connected by Kansas Highway K-19.

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I've been to both of those towns. Total population of the two, according to the 2010 census, is 148.

In play: William Seward was US Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, serving under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward was one of the targets of the 1865 assassination plot that killed Lincoln, and was seriously wounded by conspirator Lewis Powell.
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I've been to both of those towns. Total population of the two, according to the 2010 census, is 148.
Cool. You may want to chime in about that in the MPSIMS thread, Places you've been. . .. I’d be willing to bet no other Dopers have been there.

In play: The annual Iditarod sled dog race follows the Iditarod National Historic Trail in Alaska. That trail is also known as the 1910 Seward to Nome Trail because it was frequently used in the 1910 Iditarod Gold Rush, Flat, Alaska, 1910–12, where gold was discovered by John Beaton and William A. Dikeman in 1908. Flat is close to the (now-abandoned) ghost town named Iditarod.

On imgur, 4 pics of my family and me last winter. We were there for the Iditarod race: https://imgur.com/a/Xsti9cZ
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The Iditarod commemorates a 1925 in which a relay of dogsled teams took diphtheria serum to the epidemic-stricken town of Nome. Although a musher named Gunnar Kaasen and a dog named Balto led the final leg and got all the fame and adulation, a musher named Leonhard Seppala and a dog named Togo actually went most of the way, including through the most dangerous stretch.
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Togo is a country in West Africa that has a total area of 22,000 square miles. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa. The total population of Togo is about 7.6 million people.
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The country of Togo, like much of western Africa (including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, and Senegal), is francophone by dint of French colonization. Although the French have been gone for a long time, French is still spoken in urban areas and some currencies are still backed by French banks.
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The TV Show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has Wil Smith, son of Viola "Vy" Smith and one of the four Smith sisters moving in with his aunt Vivian Smith Banks, her husband Phillip Banks and their three children.

However, in an episode Ben Vereen appears as Wil's father Lou Smith. So apparently Viola Smith married Lou Smith, become Viola Smith Smith.
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When Eleanor Roosevelt married her fifth cousin once removed Franklin Roosevelt in 1905, she might have taken the name Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt, but she didn't.
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The TV Show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has Wil Smith, son of Viola "Vy" Smith and one of the four Smith sisters moving in with his aunt Vivian Smith Banks, her husband Phillip Banks and their three children.

However, in an episode Ben Vereen appears as Wil's father Lou Smith. So apparently Viola Smith married Lou Smith, become Viola Smith Smith.
What is the domino connection to my post? (I'm pre-coffee, so be gentle)

ETA: never mind, I see it.

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Yes, and you can take it to the "BANKS."

In play: A 6-year-old Theodore Roosevelt witnessed the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln from his grandfather's mansion in Union Square, New York City where he was photographed in the window along with his brother Elliot, as confirmed by wife Edith who was also present.
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