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Old 02-19-2019, 11:14 AM
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Andrew Lloyd Webber settled a lawsuit by the estate of Giacomo Puccini because a climactic phrase from A Quello che tacete (from Puccini’s ‘la Fanciulla del West’ ‘Girl of the Golden West’) is basically identical in melody and harmony to A.L.W.’s ‘Music of the Night'.
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Vice President Mike Pence recently gave a speech in Munich before a largely-German audience which did not applaud, as he plainly expected them to, when he mentioned that he brought greetings from President Donald Trump: https://www.vox.com/2019/2/18/182292...s-trump-allies

ETA: Puccini was Italian, not German.

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"Pence" is the part of the family name of former Colorado Senator Gary Hart, born Gary Warren Hartpence, that the family dropped for simplicity's sake when he was a young man. Hart is best known for his flameout in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries, involving a woman named Donna Rice and a yacht named "Monkey Business".
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Andrew Lloyd Webber settled a lawsuit by the estate of Giacomo Puccini because a climactic phrase from A Quello che tacete (from Puccini’s ‘la Fanciulla del West’ ‘Girl of the Golden West’) is basically identical in melody and harmony to A.L.W.’s ‘Music of the Night'.
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On SNL, Christopher Guest played ventriloquist Senor Cosa. His puppet would confuse the host by pronouncing it Cotha and Senor Cosa would have to explain that the dummy used the Castilian pronounciation.
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The 2018 film The Front Runner was a dramatization of Senator Gary Hart's bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, and his fall from grace in the wake of the Donna Rice / Monkey Business scandal. Hugh Jackman played Hart in the film, and though his performance was praised, the film overall was not as well-received critically as had been hoped, and it did poorly at the box office.
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Yeah, sorry.

Puccini's last residence was the Tagliata Tower in Tuscany, in the town of Cosa.

The Marx Brothers, who made the move A Night At the Opera, which features the Italian song "Cosi Cosa", also made the film Monkey Business.

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One of Lord John Whorfin/Dr. Emilio Lizardo's (John Lithgow) many memorable lines in the sf rock-and-roll parody The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) is "Laugh-a while you can, Monkey Boy!" Lithgow was, in a stunning oversight by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, not nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the role.

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The main character in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, was a polymath -- he was a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock star.

Buckaroo was played by actor Peter Weller, who, himself, is a bit of a polymath -- in addition to his work as an actor, director, and writer, Weller is fluent in five languages, plays the trumpet, and, in 2014, he received a Ph.D in Renaissance Art History from UCLA.

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According to most authorities, the word buckaroo derives from vaquero, the Spanish word for cowboy. Some believe that it comes from the Gullah word buckra, meaning white man or boss.
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One of the best known "race" Westerns, by black-owned Hollywood Productions, was 1939's The Bronze Buckaroo, starring black cowboy singer Herb Jeffries. Fair warning: It has a trite plot and bad acting. Jeffries also starred in Harlem on the Prairie (1937), Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938), Rhythm Rodeo (1938), and Harlem Rides the Range (1939).

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It's thought that bronze was originally discovered when copper deposits that contained arsenic were refined. The inclusion of arsenic resulted in a bronze alloy.

Because of the health risks from working with arsenic, other metals were substituted to make different types of bronze alloys. One of the most useful alloys included tin instead of bronze.

The tin trade became extremely important. Devon and Cornwall became a major source of tin, shipped to the Mediterranean, and leading to Britain being known at this time as the "Tin Islands".

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Cornish was a language spoken in western England, where Cornwall is. It went extinct by the beginning of the 19th century but has been revived, and a few thousand people today can speak it.

Cornish is a Brittonic language, related to Welsh.
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Cornwall's traditional "national" dish is the Cornish pasty, a D-shaped bun sealed around a full meal of meat, potatoes, and vegetables. The thick crust edge was reputedly a means for tin miners to hold it with their fingers, and it could be thrown to the rats when the meal in it had been eaten.
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On July 20, 2011, after a nine-year campaign by the Cornish Pasty Association – the trade organisation of about 50 pasty makers based in Cornwall – the name "Cornish pasty" was awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission. According to the PGI status, a Cornish pasty should be shaped like a 'D' and crimped on one side, not on the top. Its ingredients should include beef, swede (called turnip in Cornwall), potato and onion, with a light seasoning of salt and pepper, keeping a chunky texture. The pastry should be golden and retain its shape when cooked and cooled. The PGI status also means that Cornish pasties must be prepared in Cornwall. They do not have to be baked in Cornwall, nor do the ingredients have to come from the county, though the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) noted that there are strong links between pasty production and local suppliers of the ingredients. Packaging for pasties that conform to the requirements includes an authentication stamp, the use of which is policed by the CPA.
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Prince Charles, eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and heir to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has among his many titles Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall.
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In March 2005, following the suicide of writer Hunter S. Thompson, the comic strip Doonesbury ran a tribute, with Uncle Duke lamenting the death of the man he called his "inspiration". The first of these strips featured a panel with artwork similar to that of Ralph Steadman, who illustrated several of Thompson's works, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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Hunter S. Thompson and John Denver lived near each other in rural Colorado, although they got along better than Denver and Doonesbury's Duke (who also lived near Denver, at least in the cartoon strip) did.
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Two of John Denver's songs have been named as official state songs. His 1971 hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is one of West Viriginia's four official songs, while his 1973 hit "Rocky Mountain High" is one of the two official songs of Denver's adopted home state of Colorado.
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Although John Denver wrote "Leaving on a Jet Plane", he never had a hit with his own recordings of it. Peter, Paul, and Mary took their cover (effectively a Mary Travers solo) to #1 in 1969, and it was immediately adopted by United Airlines for its commercials.

Denver's final leaving was on a propeller plane, however.
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John Denver, George Burns and Paul Sorvino all turned in stellar performances in the movie Oh God!.
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There have been several U.S. Presidents with the first names of John and George; there has never been one with the first name Paul. Paul Tsongas, a Democrat of Massachusetts who ran in 1992, would have been the first, had he been elected.

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There have been several Kings of England with the first names of John (one), George (six), and Richard (three); there has never been one with the first name Paul.
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Under the law of the United Kingdom, whales are royal fish, and when taken become the personal property of the monarch of the United Kingdom as part of his or her royal prerogative.
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Swan upping is an annual ceremony in England in which mute swans on the River Thames are rounded up, caught, ringed, and then released. By prerogative right, the British Crown enjoys ownership of all unmarked mute swans in open water. The ownership of swans in a given body of water was commonly granted to landowners up to the 16th century. The only bodies still to exercise such rights are two livery companies of the City of London. Thus the ownership of swans in the Thames is shared equally among the Crown, the Vintners' Company and the Dyers' Company.
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The flag of England displays the Cross of St. George, a red cross on a white field. It is a component of the Union Flag (or Union Jack), which represents the entire United Kingdom.

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From 1997 to 2001, British Airways jets omitted the Union Jack, even in stylized form, from most of their tails, in favor of a variety of Utopia or World Image logos, representing the countries it served.

BA has just repainted one of its 747's with the old BOAC livery, even though that name was retired before the 747 entered service.

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Elton John did not think that his song "Bennie and the Jets" would be a hit. He was shocked when it went to #1 in America in 1973; it only reached #37 in the UK. John claims he rarely knows which of his songs will be hits.
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the New York Jets' only Super Bowl appearance, SB III and a 16-7 win against the Baltimore Colts, in the latter days of the Lyndon Johnson administration. Joe Namath played QB for New York, Earl Morrall and John Unitas for Baltimore.
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Quarterback Earl Morrall played for 21 seasons in the NFL, primarily as a backup quarterback. However, he had several occasions when injuries thrust him into a starting role.

In 1968, when the Colts' starting QB, Johnny Unitas, suffered a season-ending injury in the final preseason game, Morrall became the Colts' starter. He lead the team to a 13-1 record and the NFL championship (though they then lost to the AFL champion Jets in Super Bowl III), and he won the league MVP award. Two years later, Morrall replaced the injured Unitas in Super Bowl V, which the Colts won.

Then, in 1972, Morrall replaced the injured Bob Griese for the Dolphins, and led the team to 9 consecutive wins (completing the Dolphins' undefeated season).

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On the TV series Flipper, the title role was portrayed by five different dolphins; the most commonly used ones were named "Kathy" and "Susie."

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"Flipper" was produced by Ricou Browning, who had previously been best known for the monster suit he wore in the underwater scenes as The Creature from the Black Lagoon and its sequels. Those were shot at Wakulla Springs, FL, while "Flipper" was shot mostly in Miami. The house where the Ricks family lived for "Flipper" was the same house used for the Wedloe family on "Gentle Ben", about a bear instead of a dolphin. The story of the movie Flipper was a blatant ripoff of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Florida-set The Yearling, except for having a dolphin and a fisherman instead of a deer and a farmer.
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In 1843, the British government appointed William Wordsworth as Poet Laureate, having previously granted him a Civil List pension of £300 per annum.

This outraged Robert Browning, who idolised Wordsworth as a radical poet and saw his acceptance of these honours as a surrender to conservatism.

Browning wrote the poem, "The Lost Leader", attacking Wordsworth. The opening lines are memorable:

"Just for a handful of silver he left us,
Just for a riband to stick in his coat."


(Note that the Bank of England inflation calculator estimates that £300 in 1843 would be approximately £33,325 today, which is a bit more than a "handful" of silver.)

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The Tay Bridge Disaster is a poem written in 1880 by the Scottish poet William McGonagall, who has been widely recognised as the worst poet in history.

On one occasion, his shopmates paid a local theatre owner to allow McGonagall to appear in the title role in a production of Macbeth. Convinced that the actor playing Macduff was jealous of him, McGonagall refused to die in the final act.
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One of the most famous bridge disasters in US history was the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The bridge opened on July 1, 1940, and collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the same year. Known as 'Galloping Gertie' for its swaying and gyrations, it failed due to something called 'aeroelastic flutter'. After this failure bridges were built with the wind and the bridge’s harmonic frequency in mind. Although one dog died in the collapse, there were no human fatalities.

The famous video of the collapse can be seen here:

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Following the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the United States's involvement in World War II delayed plans to replace it. The portions of the bridge still standing after the collapse, including the towers and cables, were dismantled and sold as scrap metal. Nearly ten years after the collapse, a new Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened in the same location, using the original bridge's tower pedestals and cable anchorages. The portion of the bridge that fell into the water now serves as an artificial reef. The bridge's collapse had a lasting effect on science and engineering. In many physics textbooks, the event is presented as an example of elementary forced resonance; the bridge collapsed because normal speed winds produced aeroelastic flutter that matched the bridge's natural frequency. The collapse boosted research into bridge aerodynamics-aeroelastics, which has influenced the designs of all later long-span bridges
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The card game bridge (more formally: contract bridge) is a trick-taking card game, which developed out of the earlier game of whist.

A variation of whist, known as Biritch, or Russian Whist, became popular in the the U.S. and U.K. in the late 19th century. Several variants of this game were soon developed; the rules for the modern game of contract bridge were set out in 1925, and it quickly became the dominant version of the game.
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Mr. Merryweather, a bank official in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story "The Red-Headed League," laments that he is missing his regular game of whist while dealing with a clandestine nighttime attempt by criminals to rob his bank.
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Horatio Hornblower, in C S Forester's series, owes his promotion to Commander and his appointment to the Hotspur to a fortunate and well-played game of whist with a commanding Admiral.

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Although Hornblower was a skilled whist-player, he was tone-deaf and had no appreciation for music.
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In honoring former Vice President Hubert Humphrey at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City, President Jimmy Carter referred to him as "Hubert Horatio Hornblower... Humphrey!"
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Hubert Humphrey served as the 38th Vice-President of the United State during Lyndon Johnson's presidency from 1965-1969. Previously, he had been a Senator from Minnesota, first elected in the 1948 election. In 1968, he was the Democratic nominee for President in the 1968 election, a race in which he lost the Electoral College vote by a wide margin to Richard Nixon. In 1970, he once again was elected Senator from Minnesota, where he served until his death in January of 1978.
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, was named for the former U.S. Senator, Vice-President, and Minneapolis mayor. The stadium had several nicknames, including "the Homerdome" (it was known as a hitter's park) as well as "HumpDome."

It had an air-supported fabric domed roof, which collapsed several times under the weight of heavy snow. In December, 2010, weighed down by snowfall from a recent blizzard, the stadium's roof suffered several sudden tears, and collaped in spectacular fashion.

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Hubert Humphrey, Democrat of Minnesota, was the first Deputy President pro tem of the United States Senate, a title created specifically to honor him. The title has been held only twice, by Humphrey and George Mitchell, Democrat of Maine, and not since 1989: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presid...nt_pro_tempore
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Before it was officially named, an certain area of Minnesota was known as Pig's Eye, after a retired fur trader-turned-bootlegger turned saloon keeper names Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant. He was the first person of European descent to live within the borders of what would eventually become the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, as the town came to be known.

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The Pig War was a confrontation in 1859 between the United States and United Kingdom over the British–U.S. border in the San Juan Islands, between Vancouver Island and the mainland. The Pig War, so called because it was triggered by the shooting of a pig, is also called the Pig Episode, the Pig and Potato War, the San Juan Boundary Dispute and the Northwestern Boundary Dispute.
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The San Juan Islands are located at the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a strait which separates Vancouver Island in Canada, and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

The strait is named for Juan de Fuca, a Greek sailor who served under King Philip II of Spain, and whose account of a 1592 exploration voyage may have included the discovery of the strait. ("Juan de Fuca" was the Spanish translation of his Greek name, Ioannis Phokas.)
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Philip II of Spain had four wives, Maria Manuela of Portugal, Mary Tudor of England, Elisabeth of Valois and Anna of Austria. He buried all four of his wives and all but two of his eight children; three wives died in childbirth, while Mary Tudor possibly died of uterine cancer. The longest of the marriages, to Anna of Austria, lasted ten years.
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Mary Tudor was the only child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to survive to adulthood. When Henry died, Mary's half-brother, Edward VI, assumed the throne at the age of nine. When Edward became mortally ill six years later, he attempted to have Mary removed from the line of succession, because he correctly thought that she would reverse the Protestant reforms that had started under the rule of Henry VIII. Upon Edward's death, his cousin Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen, but Mary quickly assembled an armed force and deposed Jane, who was later beheaded.

Mary, who was the first Queen Mary, had over 280 religious dissenters burned at the stake during her five-year reign, earning her the nickname of "Bloody Mary".
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The nickname of "Bloody Mary" for Mary Tudor was partly an attempt to legitimize the reign of her sister Elizabeth. Their father Henry VIII better deserves to be called "Bloody Henry" as he had many thousands of "heretics" executed, including Catholics, Lutherans and other kinds of Protestants; estimates vary from 57,000 to 72,000. Like her father, Elizabeth also executed a number of Lutherans for heresy. Several hundred Catholics were executed as traitors for not recognizing Elizabeth as the Supreme Head of the Church.

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