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Christian, the oldest of Marlon Brando’s 11 children, shot and killed the boyfriend of his half-sister, Cheyenne, in their father’s L.A. mansion in 1991 after she said she was being abused. Christian was 32 at the time and Cheyenne was 20. She died (by suicide) at age 25.
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In his later years, Marlon became a parody of himself, so much so that Chris Elliot, on Late Night with David Letterman, often mocked him in parody sketches.
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David Letterman hosted late night television talk shows for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982, debut of 'Late Night with David Letterman' on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015, broadcast of 'Late Show with David Letterman' on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,080 episodes of the two shows, surpassing Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.
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David Letterman's first network TV show was The David Letterman Show, a daytime comedy/talk show, which aired on NBC from June until October, 1980. Though the show was well-received by critics, it was too edgy and strange for daytime TV, and was cancelled due to poor ratings.

Several of the team members who would go on to work on Letterman's late night shows started out with him on the daytime show, including Hal Gurnee, Biff Henderson, and Merrill Markoe. The daytime show was also where some of Letterman's signature bits originated, including "Stupid Pet Tricks" and "Small Town News."

After the cancellation of the show, NBC kept Letterman under contract, and gave him the late-night time slot in 1982.
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Admiral Sir John "Sandy" Woodward kept his two irreplaceable aircraft carriers, HMS Hermes and HMS Invincible, so far east during the 1982 Falklands War to keep them out of harm's way from Argentine air attack that it was joked his sailors should receive the West Africa Campaign Medal.
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The chemical symbol for silver is Ag, for Argentum, the Latin word for silver. In Italian, Terra Argentina means "land of silver". The country name Argentina was probably given by Italian explorers, possibly Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot). The country name was associated with a legend of silver mountains, where 15th century European explorers heard local native mythical stories of a mountain of silver.
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The town of Ajax, Ontario, established in 1941 as a base for factories contributing to the World War II effort, was named after HMS Ajax, one of 3 British ships involved in the Battle of the River Plate. Fought in 1939 in the estuary of the river off Uruguay and Argentina, this was the first naval battle of World War II, resulting in the scuttling of the German heavy battle cruiser, the Admiral Graf Spee.
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Ajax is a brand of household cleaning products made by Colgate-Palmolive. The company introduced Ajax Powdered Cleanser in 1947 as one of the company's first major brands. An early slogan was "Stronger than dirt!", a reference to the muscular hero Ajax of Greek mythology.
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Hockey defenseman Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks hails from Ajax, Ontario. Born in Barrie, Ontario, Burns played seven seasons with the Minnesota Wild before being traded to San Jose where he’s been for the last nine seasons including this season which just got started. Before entering the NHL, Burns played for the Barrie Icemen and Ajax Knights of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA).
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Major Franklin Delano Marion Burns (aka "Ferret Face") was ranking surgeon and second-in-command at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Early on in the series he had an ongoing affair with Major Margaret Houlihan which was a poorly-kept secret throughout the Army, though the two were convinced that nobody else was aware.

His character was portrayed by Robert Duvall in the 1970 film and Larry Linville during the first five seasons of the TV series M*A*S*H, who once described Burns as a man with "a mind that had stripped its gears".
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Cream's album Disraeli Gears was recorded in just five days in 1967, from May 11 to May 15, at Atlantic Studios in New York. “We worked very fast,” Bruce says. “We didn’t know that you were meant to take months and years to make an album. A lot of the tracks were first and second takes.”
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The name of the Atlantic Ocean was first used in Ancient Greece around 450 BC, and derives its meaning from Greek mythology. In the Greek language, "Atlantic" is loosely translated to mean “the island of Atlas” or “sea of Atlas.”
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The term "atlas" for a collection of maps was originally coined by geographer Gerardus Mercator in 1595, when he published the book Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura ("Atlas or cosmographical meditations upon the creation of the universe, and the universe as created"). Though Mercator's original book was not just a collection of maps, but a treatise on the history and creation of the universe, the term soon became specifically applied to map collections.

Mercator chose the name to honor the Greek Titan Atlas, whom he consiered to be the first great geographer.
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Angelo Siciliano was an Italian immigrant who became interested in bodybuilding as a child. After supposedly having sand kicked in his face by a stronger man,* he developed the concept of "dynamic tension" and, after changing his name to Charles Atlas, became the most famous body builder starting in 1921, when he was named "America's most perfectly developed man." His training courses -- complete with the bully kicking sand in the face of a 97-pound weakling -- became the most popular in the world and the ads were ubiquitous in comic books and magazines.

Among those who used his training were boxers Max Baer, Rocky Marciano, and Joe Louis, plus actor David Prowse, the body of Darth Vader.

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British actor and bodybuilder David Prowse spoke Darth Vader's dialogue during the filming of George Lucas's Star Wars, and learned only later that Vader's lines were to be dubbed by American actor James Earl Jones. Due to failing health, Prowse made his last announced public appearance in October 2016.
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The American Film Institute listed Darth Vader as the third greatest movie villain in cinema history on 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains, behind Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates.
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The top three heroes on the list of America's 100 Greatest Heroes & Villains are Atticus Finch, Indiana Jones, and James Bond. As noted above, Hannibal Lecter is the #1 villain; Clarice Starling is #6 on the heroes list.
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In the 1970s, director George Lucas owned an Alaskan Malamute dog named Indiana. The dog provided inspiration for two of Lucas's characters:

His appearance (and the fact that he would sit in the passenger seat of Lucas's car, like a co-pilot) inspired the development of Chewbacca in Star Wars.

And, the dog's name was borrowed for the name of Indiana Jones. In the third Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), a lampshade is hung on this fact, when Indiana's father, Dr. Henry Jones Sr. (played by Sean Connery) clarifies that Indiana's given name is actually Henry, and "we named the dog Indiana."
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The Civil War memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana is the nation's largest. It is only 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty, and includes your choice of an elevator or stairs to reach the summit, with remarkable views out over the entire city.

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R. Dean Taylor wrote and composed the song Indiana Wants Me after watching the movie Bonnie and Clyde.In addition to writing, composing, and originally recording the selection, Taylor produced the record and arranged it in collaboration with David Van De Pitte.
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“My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean” is a traditional Scottish folk song. It may be a veiled tribute to the exiled Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie').

A pre-fame (and pre-Ringo) Beatles recorded a rock 'n roll version as "My Bonnie" with Tony Sheridan in 1961 under the name the Beat Brothers; it went to #5 in West Germany. It has also been covered by Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin and Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Early on the morning of Nov. 23, 1976, cops were called to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis to deal with a drunk man carrying a gun. The fact that he turned out to be Jerry Lee Lewis didn’t stop him from being arrested amid accusations of planning to shoot Elvis.

It was actually the second attempt by Lewis – known as "The Killer" – to enter Graceland that week. Around the same time the previous evening, he’d rolled up in a Rolls-Royce, only to be told by gate guard Harold Loyd that Presley was asleep. Lewis offered polite thanks and drove off – but later crashed his car and was cited for driving under the influence and without a license.

On the second night, he arrived in a brand-new Lincoln Continental, displaying a brand-new pistol on the dashboard, and displayed a much more negative state of mind. “He was outta his mind, man,” Loyd said later. “He was screamin’, hollerin’ and cussin’, ‘Get on the goddamn phone. I know you got an intercom system. Call up there and tell Elvis I wanna visit with him. Who the hell does he think he is? Tell him the Killer’s here to see him.’”

Perhaps understandably, Loyd reacted with some panic, and, on calling the house, was told to relay his information to the police. While six patrol cars were dispatched, Loyd said Presley himself called the guard house, while he was watching events unfold on CCTV. “[H]e used to stutter a lot when he got upset – 'Wh-wh-what the hell's goin' on down there, Harold?’” the security man recalled. “I said, 'Well, Jerry Lee Lewis is sittin' in his car down here outside the gate, wavin' a derringer pistol and raisin' hell.’” On being told, “Oh, I-I-I don't wanna talk to that crazy sonofabitch,” Presley asked Loyd to call the cops; and on being told it had already been done, added: “Good. When they get there tell 'em to lock his butt up and throw the goddamn key away. Okay?”

Arresting officer Billy J. Kirkpatrick later reported that Lewis had broken a window of his car while throwing an empty champagne bottle through it, and then suffered a facial injury on the broken glass. The pistol was found to be loaded and cocked, and he was arrested for carrying the weapon and being drunk in a public place – although in the end, the charges mostly went away.
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Jerry Lee Lewis was born into a poor farm family in eastern Louisiana. His parents mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. In his youth, he played piano with his cousins Mickey Gilley (later a popular country music singer) and Jimmy Swaggart (yes, that Jimmy Swaggart.
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In 1930, Sinclair Lewis became the first writer from the United States (and the first from the Americas) to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. While his novels (including Babbitt, Elmer Gantry and Main Street) are not often read today, he was very influential in his time.
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The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden (about 15 miles northwest of Saltsjöbaden) awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
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Between 1750 and 1850, the population in Sweden doubled; mass emigration to America became the only way to prevent famine. Between 1850 and 1910 more than one million Swedes moved to the United States. As a result, in the early 20th century, more Swedes lived in Chicago than in Gothenburg, which was Sweden's second largest city.
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Notable Americans of Swedish descent include actress Maud Adams, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, composer Leroy Anderson, actress Candice Bergen, author Ray Bradbury, football hotshot Tom Brady, actor James Coburn, actor Matt Damon, sportscaster Dick Enberg, actress Edie Falco, musician Jerry Garcia, actor Larry Hagman, skater Dorothy Hamill, artist Claes Oldenburg, scientist Glenn T. Seaborg, director Steven Soderbergh, singer Taylor Swift and Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren.
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Actress Beatrice Arthur, of Maude and other television shows, was a US Marine. She was a truck driver and typist during WWII, and in 1944 was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
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In the 1980s, Beatrice Foods, which had traditionally been a manufacturer of food products, diversified into a wide range of unrelated industries through acquisitions, including STP automotive products, Avis Rent-a-Car, Playtex, Jensen Electronics, and World Dryer commercial hand dryers. The company ran a short-lived corporate advertising campaign, with a "We're Beatrice" tag placed at the end of ads for their various products.

Beatrice had taken on a huge amount of debt during their diversification program, which proved to be unsustainable; by 1987, and the conglomerate had been broken up and sold off in pieces. Many of the original Beatrice Foods businesses wound up under the ownership of ConAgra Foods.

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The company, STP, began with its name as an acronym for Scientifically Treated Petroleum. Mario Andretti's Indy 500 win in 1969 is the only Indy win for the Andretti racing family. His car was sponsored by STP and had a large STP logo on top of its nose (images, https://is.gd/ozpxMX).
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The Indianapolis 500 was first held in 1911, and it is the world's oldest major automobile race. The race is traditionally held around the Memorial Day weekend in late May. Because the event was not held during both World Wars, the 100th running was held in 2016.

Three drivers hold the record for most victories, with 4 wins each: A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears.
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The Unser family has won a total of nine Indianapolis 500 races: Al Unser Sr. has won the race four times, his brother Bobby Unser has won three times, and Al's son Al Unser Jr. has won the race twice.

In addition, two other Unser family members have competed in the Indy 500 (though have not won the race): Johnny Unser (the son of Al and Bobby's older brother Jerry, who died in a crash during practice at Indianpolis when Johnny was a baby), and Bobby's son Robby.
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Louis Unser (1896-1979), was a nine-time winner of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

Louis Unser's nephew, Jerry Unser, jr. (1932–1959), was the 1957 USAC Stock Car champion and was the first of the Unser family to compete at Indianapolis, in 1958. Jerry Unser, jr. died in a practice crash before the 1959 Indianapolis 500 and left behind a widow, Jeanne Unser, and two sons, Jerry and Johnny Unser. His brothers Al and Bobby and his nephew Al Jr. have won the Indy 500.

Jerry Unser jr's son, Johnny Unser (born 1958), made his first Indy 500 start in the 35th position after League and Speedway owner Tony George added his and Lyn St. James' car to the field because slower cars than theirs were guaranteed starting positions because of prior races. He went on to finish 18th, his best Indy 500 result in 5 starts.

Johnny Unser's daughter, Loni Unser (born 1998), is currently developing into a fine race car driver. She's in her early 20s.
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Nostradamus's Prediction about Louis Pasteur is considered one of his best:

“The lost thing is discovered, hidden for many centuries. Pasteur will be celebrated almost as a God-like figure. This is when the moon completes her great cycle, But by other rumours he shall be dishonoured.”

What happened:

This is another case where Nostradamus actually uses a real name in one of his quatrains. In this poem Nostradamus describes Louis Pasteur's revelation of the long-hidden microbe. Pasteur's discovery eventually led to the "pasteurization" of milk, the development of rabies vaccine, the sterilization of medical instruments, and many other major changes in the field of medicine. Unfortunately Louis Pasteur altered many long standing medical concepts in Europe and was slandered by many of his jealous colleagues in the European medical community. Nostradamus wrote this quatrain over 250 years before Louis Pasteur was born.
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Other predictions ascribed to Nostradamus include the French Revolution, the Great Fire of London, Charles de Gaulle, Adolf Hitler, and the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy.
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15 Times The Simpsons Accurately Predicted the Future includings the Trump Presidency. At the time, the real Trump presidency was still 16 years away. However, in a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Dan Greaney explained the joke was meant as a warning to the country. “That just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom,” he said. “It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane."

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Matt Groening was originally a comic writer and artist; his comic strip, "Life In Hell," primarily ran in alternative newspapers (much like "The Straight Dope," in fact ). He was tapped by television producer James L. Brooks to create animated shorts for a new television series, which became The Tracey Ullman Show; the characters which he created for Ullman's show were soon spun off into their own series, The Simpsons.

Between The Simpsons, and two other series which he created or co-created (Futurama and Disenchanted), Groening's animated series have aired for a total of 39 seasons (and counting).
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The original concept for the Ullman shorts was for the characters to be rabbits, but Groening did not want to give up the rights to his "Life in Hell" characters. It's speculated by many that under Marge's blue beehive is a pair of rabbit ears.
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In addition to the Simpsons, the Tracy Ullman Show had a second series of bumpers Dr. N!Godatu* created by cartoonist M. K. Brown. It alternated with the Simpsons in the early episodes, but was dropped early on, unable to attract the attention of the audience, mostly because it was very strange.

* The "!" represented the click sound made in some southern African languages.
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It has been estimated that there are as many as 2000 spoken African languages. Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa, with over 100 million speakers.
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It is estimated that there are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages currently spoken in the world, but most languages are spoken by fewer than 10,000 people. Researchers estimate that between 50% and 90% of the world's languages could become extinct by the year 2100, as speakers of those languages either die out, or switch to speaking other, more commonly spoken languages.

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If only native speakers are counted, the most spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. Next on the list is Spanish, followed by English and Hindi.

However, if both native and non-native speakers are counted, then English is the most spoken language in the world.
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Native Speaker (1995), the first novel by Korean-American author Chang-Rae Lee, received several awards including the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the American Book Award. According to one review, “With echoes of Ralph Ellison, Chang-rae Lee’s extraordinary debut speaks for another kind of invisible man: the Asian immigrant in America…a revelatory work of fiction.”
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Native Son was the original title of Chicago writer Nelson Algren's first novel, Somebody in Boots, based on a piece of doggerel about the first Texan. Algren and author Richard Wright had met at Chicago's John Reed Club circa 1933 and later worked together at the Federal Writers' Project in Chicago. According to Bettina Drew's 1989 biography Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side, he bequeathed the title "Native Son" to Wright, who used it for the title of his second book, an immediate best seller.
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On a similar note, George Harrison wrote the song, It Don't Come Easy, but gave full writing credit to Ringo Starr. (Richard Starkey)
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Portia de Rossi credits Barbara Bach's daughter (Richard Starkey's stepdaughter) Francesca Gregorini with bringing her out of the closet as a lesbian and helping her end a long battle with anorexia.Portia started living openly with Francesca, who pointed out that her battle with food was making her miserable and not yielding any positive result. Portia started eating whatever Francesca ate, and eventually realized that eating enough to not feel hungry was the answer.
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Portia and Porsche are pronounced identically. The first vehicle to carry the Porsche name was built in Austria in 1948, in the town and state of Gmünd, Kärnten (as opposed to Gmünd, Niederösterreich). This was the Porsche 356 “Number 1” designed by Erwin Komenda.

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On March 12, 1938, Austria was annexed to the Third Reich and ceased to exist as an independent country. After World War II ended, Austria was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet zones and governed by the Allied Commission for Austria. On May 15, 1955, Austria regained full independence by concluding the Austrian State Treaty with the Four Occupying Powers. On October 26, 1955, after all occupation troops had left, Austria declared its "permanent neutrality" by an act of parliament. This day is now Austria's National Day, a public holiday.
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The full, legal name of Austria-Hungary (sometimes referred to as the Austro-Hungarian Empire) was "The Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Imperial Council and the Lands of the Holy Hungarian Crown of St. Stephen."
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Stephen I, also known as King Saint Stephen of Hungary, lived from ca. AD 975 to 1038. He was the first King of Hungary from either 1000 or 1001 until his death in 1038. The year of his birth is uncertain, as is the date of his coronation. He is the Saint Stephen of “The Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Imperial Council and the Lands of the Holy Hungarian Crown of St. Stephen.” Stephen is a popular saint in Hungary and the neighboring territories. In Hungary, his feast day (celebrated on 20 August) is also a public holiday commemorating the foundation of the state, known as State Foundation Day.
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