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Old 09-22-2018, 10:45 PM
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In the 1800s, "Huckleberry" was commonly used together with "persimmon" as a small unit of measure. "I'm a huckleberry over your persimmon" meant "I'm just a bit better than you."
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On January 24, 41 AD, Emperor Caligula of Rome was assassinated by members of the Praetorian Guard. With Caligula's death, his uncle Claudius rose to the position of Emperor.
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In the 1800s, "Huckleberry" was commonly used together with "persimmon" as a small unit of measure. "I'm a huckleberry over your persimmon" meant "I'm just a bit better than you."
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:58 PM
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Not quite. gkster had made the Yogi Bear post while I was researching the Caligula post, which I discovered after posting, so I edited mine to include some reference to gkster's entry. Then, yours was on the heels of mine, but continued the huckleberry theme.

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Continuing the Huckleberry theme:

For Shakespeare fans, the most memorable passage in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the performance by "the King", a con-man who professes to be an actor but whose Shakespearean speech is a mashup of several soliloquies from Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard III, with ridiculous combinations of lines that he does not intend:

To be, or not to be; that is the bare bodkin
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would fardels bear, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane,
But that the fear of something after death
Murders the innocent sleep,
Great nature's second course,
And makes us rather sling the arrows of outrageous fortune
Than fly to others that we know not of.
There's the respect must give us pause:
Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The law's delay, and the quietus which his pangs might take,
In the dead waste and middle of the night, when churchyards yawn
In customary suits of solemn black,
But that the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns,
Breathes forth contagion on the world,
And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i' the adage,
Is sicklied o'er with care,
And all the clouds that lowered o'er our housetops,
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
But soft you, the fair Ophelia:
Ope not thy ponderous and marble jaws,
But get thee to a nunnery- go!

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Old 09-23-2018, 07:02 AM
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The moon of Uranus named Uranus VII was was discovered from the images taken by Voyager 2 on January 20, 1986 and not actually seen until the Hubble Space Telescope recovered it in 2003. Uranus, the 7th planet, has 27 known moons. They are all named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.

Uranus VII is also named Ophelia.
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Astronaut Wally Schirra correctly identified the glowing particles surrounding Gemini VI as frozen wastewater from the spacecraft itself, dubbing the formation "the constellation Urion".

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24 astronauts have flown to the moon, and of those, 12 walked on the moon.

12 astronauts who flew to the moon:
Frank Borman, Jim Lovell (twice!),
William Anders, Thomas P. Stafford,
Michael Collins, Richard F. Gordon Jr.,
Fred Haise, Jack Swigert,
Stuart Roosa, Alfred Worden,
Ken Mattingly, and Ronald Evans.

12 astronauts who flew to and also walked on the moon:
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,
Pete Conrad, Alan Bean,
Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard,
David Scott, James Irwin,
John Young (flew twice, walked once), Charles Duke,
Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt.

When I say John Young walked once, I mean he went on one Apollo mission to walk on the moon.

Wally Schirra was one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury.

On October 3, 1962, Schirra launched in a Mercury spacecraft he nicknamed Sigma 7 to become the fifth American, and ninth human, to travel to space.

On December 15, 1965, Schirra launched in Gemini 6A with Thomas P. Stafford to achieve the first space rendezvous, station-keeping his Gemini 6A spacecraft within 1 foot of the sister Gemini 7.

On October 11, 1968, Schirra launched in Apollo 7 to be in the first mission in the Apollo program, with Donn F. Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham to carry a crew into space. It was also the first U.S. spaceflight to carry astronauts since the flight of Gemini XII in November 1966.

Schirra was the first astronaut to go into space three times, and the only astronaut to have flown in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs.
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Gene Cernan, who died in January of 2017, was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. He is the last person to walk on the moon.

Interestingly (or not), Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, the first and thus far the last people to walk on the moon, are both alumni of Purdue University.
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According to Buzz Aldrin, just as he was getting ready to step off Apollo 11, he reached back and took the cassette of "Fly Me to the Moon" that Quincy Jones had arranged and conducted for Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, and he played it, making "Fly Me to the Moon" the first music to be played on the Moon.
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Quincy Jones has seven children (with five different women). Of the seven, at least five are involved in the entertainment industry: musician and artist Jolie Jones (Levine), music producer Quincy Jones III, model Martina Jones, actress Rashida Jones, and designer Kidada Jones.

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Rashida and Kidada Jones are both daughters of Peggy Lipton, best known for playing Julie on "The Mod Squad".
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Lipton Yellow Label tea has been sold since 1890, when Sir Thomas Lipton created the first version. It is sold in 150 countries worldwide.
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Sir Thomas Lipton, the tea magnate, was the most persistent challenger in the history of yachting's America's Cup. Between 1899 and 1930 he challenged the American holders of the America's Cup through the Royal Ulster Yacht Club five times with his yachts called Shamrock through Shamrock V. His well-publicized efforts to win the cup, which earned him a specially designed cup for "the best of all losers", made his tea famous in the United States.
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Sir Thomas Lipton, the tea magnate, was the most persistent challenger in the history of yachting's America's Cup. Between 1899 and 1930 he challenged the American holders of the America's Cup through the Royal Ulster Yacht Club five times with his yachts called Shamrock through Shamrock V. His well-publicized efforts to win the cup, which earned him a specially designed cup for "the best of all losers", made his tea famous in the United States.
Cool trivia! I love stories of good sportsmanship.

The history of the San Diego Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup dates back to the early days of yachting on the Pacific Ocean, circa 1900. The Commodore of the San Diego Yacht Club wrote to Sir Thomas in 1902 to request permission for the Club to name a cup in his honor. Sir Thomas not only granted the request, but once again demonstrated his nobility and he gifted a trophy to SDYC which became known as the San Diego Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup.

A picture of the cup can be seen here, https://peggybawn.files.wordpress.co...ipton-cup1.jpg, from this article, https://peggybawn.wordpress.com/2012...as-lipton-cup/.


ETA from the SDYC, the challenge cup race comes up next month.

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The Challenge for the Lipton Cup returns to San Diego Yacht Club October 26 - 28, 2018. Twelve of the most competitive teams from yacht clubs across the country will battle in a rotation of 12 J/105s in the stadium sailing of San Diego Bay. The Notice of Race has been published and applications to challenge are being accepted through May 1st. Welcome to Lipton Cup 2018!
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Yacht rock (originally known as the West Coast Sound[2][3] or adult-oriented rock[4]) is a broad music style and aesthetic[5] identified with soft rock.[6] Its name, coined in the 2000s by the makers of the online video series Yacht Rock, was derived from its association with the popular Southern Californian leisure activity of sailing. The term describes one of the commercially successful genres of its era, existing between the late 1970s and early 1980s.[7] Drawing on sources such as smooth soul, smooth jazz, R&B, funk, and disco,[5] common stylistic traits include high-quality production, clean vocals, and a focus on light, catchy melodies.
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The band Toto, now considered to be one of the exemplars of the Yacht Rock genre, was formed by a group of successful session musicians in Los Angeles in the mid-late 1970s. Four of the original band members had known one another at Grant High School in Los Angeles. When the band formed, guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist Steve Porcaro were still teenagers, though both were already active as session players and as touring band members.

Stories vary on the origin of the band's name: it may have been inspired by the Latin phrase in toto, meaning all-encompassing (and a reference to the variety of musical genres in which the members of the band had played), or it may simply have been a reference to Dorothy's dog in The Wizard of Oz.

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Ulysses S. Grant had a much longer beard at the beginning of the war, when he was an officer of Illinois troops, than at the end, when he was lieutenant general in command of all U.S. Army troops.

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While General Grant was often portrayed with a cigar, it was a case of a story making reality. As Grant told it:

""I had been a light smoker previous to the attack on Donelson .... In the accounts published in the papers, I was represented as smoking a cigar in the midst of the conflict; and many persons, thinking, no doubt, that tobacco was my chief solace, sent me boxes of the choicest brands .... As many as ten thousand were soon received. I gave away all I could get rid of, but having such a quantity on hand I naturally smoked more than I would have done under ordinary circumstances, and I have continued the habit ever since."
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Grant died of throat cancer.
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Aware that his throat cancer condition was terminal, and that he had no other way of providing for his family, Ulysses S. Grant determined there was no better time to write his memoirs. He had been swindled out of all his investments by his business partner, 33 year old Ferdinand Ward, who was running a Ponzi scheme. With the help of his friend Mark Twain, Grant finished his memoirs—and saved his wife from an impoverished widowhood—just three days before he died. Twain's marketing efforts earned $450,000 in royalties for Grant's family.
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Grant’s Tomb, where Ulysses and his wife, Julia, rest, is the largest mausoleum in North America
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Cuthbert Grant was an early Métis leader in the Canadian North-West.

Born at what is now Togo, Saskatchewan, in 1793, he rose in the ranks of the North-West fur trading company, and then in the Hudson Bay Company after the two companies merged. He was active in the fur trade in the "pays d'en haut", the area now in northern Saskatchewan.

He later founded a Métis settlement in the Red River area.

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The Red River, which forms most of the boundary between the states of Minnesota and North Dakota, flows from the United States into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Unlike the vast majority of rivers in the United States, it flows northward, which means melting snow and river ice, as well as runoff from its tributaries, often create ice jams, which cause the river to overflow. The valley is essentially flat, leading to overland flooding, with no high ground on which to take refuge.

This river is sometimes called the Red River of the North, to distinguish it from the so-called Red River of the South, which forms part of the border between Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
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The Red River of the South forms the boundary between two states on US Route 66, Oklahoma and Texas. It also forms a short part of the boundary between Texas and Arkansas, before it turns into Arkansas and then Louisiana, where it ends. This river begins in the Texas panhandle, and ends in Louisiana where it drains into the Atchafalaya River.
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The northernmost area of the U.S. state of Texas is called the Panhandle. It is straight and narrow like the handle of a pan with the broader area of the state below it, like the bottom of a pan. This region has mostly flat, grassy land or plains. These plains are part of the same flat grassland that extends from the Great Plains of the Central United States. The land is mostly treeless and is on a high, flat plateau.
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States with areas that are typically considered panhandles include, in alphabetical order, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas.
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The Alaska panhandle (known to Alaskans simply as "Southeast Alaska") is home to the present capital of Juneau (named after Joe Juneau, a gold miner from Quebec), and the older capital of Sitka, which is actually an island. Prior to being renamed Juneau, the site was known as Rockwell and Harrisburg (named after Juneau's mining partner, Richard Harris).
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In addition to Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas, with their paltry one each, West Virginia has two panhandles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia_Panhandle
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In geography, panhandles are called salients, which are geopolitical protrusions delimited by a land border on at least two sides and extending out from the larger geographical body of the main administrative unit.
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The best-known double stars in the night sky are Mizar and Alcor, which are easy to find in the handle of the Big Dipper (or the panhandle, if the Dipper is pictured as a saucepan). Mizar is really four stars, and Alcor is really two stars. So what we see as one star, or two stars if we have good eyesight, are really six in one.
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The Messier 45 star cluster in the constellation Taurus is one of the most obvious star clusters to the naked eye. There are ten stars ranging in apparent magnitude from 2.86 to 5.66, where apparent magnitude is an inverse logarithmic brightness measure. The sun, at apparent magnitude -26.7, is the brightest object in our sky, and the full moon has an apparent magnitude of -12.7.

Messier 45 is more commonly known as the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters. The nine brightest stars are named for the Seven Sisters of Greek mythology, and their parents: Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygeta, Celaeno, and Alcyone, and Atlas and Pleione.
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The name of the Pleiades comes from Ancient Greek. It probably derives from plein ("to sail") because of the cluster's importance in delimiting the sailing season in the Mediterranean Sea: "the season of navigation began with their heliacal rising". However, in mythology the name was used for the Pleiades, seven divine sisters, the name supposedly deriving from that of their mother Pleione and effectively meaning "daughters of Pleione". In reality, the name of the star cluster almost certainly came first, and Pleione was invented to explain it.
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Subaru is the Japanese name for Pleiades, and the Subaru logo shows the star cluster.
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The first Subaru car, which began manufacturing in 1954, was named the Subaru 1500. Only twenty were manufactured owing to multiple supply issues.
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Among the critics of "supply side economics", the theory that economic growth can be most effectively created by lowering taxes and decreasing regulation, are John Kenneth Galbraith and Paul Krugman. Galbraith called supply-side economics "merely a cover for the trickle-down approach to economic policy—what an older and less elegant generation called the horse-and-sparrow theory: If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows." Krugman called it "a set of foolish ideas" and "a crank doctrine that would have had little influence if it did not appeal to the prejudices of editors and wealthy men."
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In 1963 President John F. Kennedy advocated a drastic tax-rate cut when the top income tax rate was 91%, arguing that tax “rates are too high today and tax revenues too low, and the soundest way to raise revenues in the long run is to cut rates now". The Revenue Act of 1964 emerged from Congress and was signed by Kennedy's successor Lyndon Johnson on February 26, 1964. The stated goals of the tax cuts were to raise personal incomes, increase consumption and increase capital investment.
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John F. Kennedy began his political career in 1946 when he ran for Congress in the 11th congressional district of Massachusetts. With his father financing and running his campaign, Kennedy won the Democratic primary with 12 percent of the vote, defeating ten other candidates. In the general election, Kennedy defeated his Republican opponent, taking 73 percent of the vote. Along with Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy, Kennedy was one of several World War II veterans first elected to Congress that year.
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John F. Kennedy, as a very young-looking freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was once told by a Capitol Police officer, "Those phones are only for Congressmen, son."

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Kennedy, California, some 80 miles east of San Francisco (gMap https://goo.gl/p1Jh88), is a small town about 1 square mile in size and whose population is about 3,000 people. Kennedy, California is about 2,200 miles from Kennedy, Alabama, a small town about 3 square miles in size and whose population is about 400 people (gMap https://goo.gl/PmqaHy).
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On the Doors's cover of by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann's Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)", the melody is changed and the verse beginning "Show me the way to the next little dollar..." is omitted. On the album version, Jim Morrison altered the second verse from "Show us the way to the next pretty boy" to "Show me the way to the next little girl" but, on the 1967 Live at the Matrix recording, he sings the original "... next pretty boy".
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On April 20th, 1967, Surveyor 3 landed on the Moon. As Surveyor 3 was landing highly reflective rocks confused the spacecraft's lunar descent radar. The engines failed to cut off at 14 feet in altitude as called for and this delay caused the lander to bounce on the lunar surface twice. Its first bounce reached the altitude of about 35 feet, while the second bounce reached a height of about 11 feet. Despite this, it transmitted 6,315 images to Earth.



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Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s second album, Second Helping in 1974, contained one of their best known songs, Sweet Home Alabama. It reached number 8 on the US charts (and pretty high on Earth, I suppose) and was the band's second hit single. The song was their reply to Neil Young‘s songs, Southern Man (1970) and Alabama (1972).

None of the three writers of the song were from Alabama; Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington were both born in Jacksonville FL, and Ed King was from Glendale CA.
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Rumor has it that April 20th become weed day because of the Dylan song "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and its lyric, "Everybody must get stoned," and the fact when multiplying 12 by 35 equals 420.

Dylan himself has never confirmed any link, and it does seem a bit of a stretch.

In Robert Shelton's biography of Dylan, Shelton said he was told by Phil Spector that the inspiration for the song came when Spector and Dylan heard the Ray Charles song, "Let's Go Get Stoned" on a jukebox in Los Angeles, California.

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On April 20, 1861, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as his home state seceded in the early days of the Civil War. Lee had earlier been offered command of the U.S. Army, but turned it down. When he told his friend and mentor Gen. Winfield Scott, also a Virginian, about his decision, Scott replied, "Lee, you have just made the biggest mistake of your life."
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The headquarters of the Scott paper company for many years was located at International Plaza (known then as Scott Plaza) in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, in Greater Philadelphia. The complex at that time consisted of three buildings known as Plaza I, Plaza II, and Plaza III. Plaza I was completed in 1961. Plaza II was completed after 1961. Plaza III was completed in 1969. The complex was constructed for the purpose of serving as Scott's headquarters.
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The film Rocky Horror Picture Show was a flop on its initial release, but later became a cult-film favorite, with a key part of the experience being audience participation: talking back to the screen, shouting comebacks and one-liners, and using props.

One of the traditional prop-related responses is to throw rolls of toilet paper into the air when Dr. Scott appears, and Brad says, "Great Scott!"
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On April 20th, 1967...

*April 20th was also my 14th Birthday
Fellow Doper, that means you are 2 months younger than me. 1953, obviously, was a very good year.

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Scott Paper was founded in 1879 in Philadelphia by brothers E. Irvin and Clarence Scott, and is often credited as being the first to market toilet paper sold on a roll. Consolidated sales of its consumer and commercial products totaled approximately $3.6 billion in 1994.

The company was acquired by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1995.
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Earlier this year, Kimberly-Clark announced it is extending its partnership and race sponsorship of the SCOTT® 150 with ARCA, the Automobile Racing Club of America, and Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway in Joliet IL.

US Route 66 passes right next to Chicagoland Speedway & Route 66 Raceway.

https://roadtripusa.com/route-66/illinois/joliet/
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Explorers Joliet and Marquette were an unlikely pair. Father Jacques Marquette was a studious Jesuit, just turned 36. His partner, Louis Joliet was a 27-year-old philosophy student who had become a fur trader.

They did not discover the Mississippi; it had been in use by indigenous peoples for thousands of years, and Spanish explorer Hernan De Soto had crossed it more than a century before them. They did confirm, however, that it was possible to travel from the Great Lakes all the way to the Gulf of Mexico by water, that the native peoples who lived along the route were generally friendly, and that the natural resources of the lands in between were extraordinary.
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