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(British) Guyana was the site of Jonestown, the Peoples Temple's last home.

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Randy Jones was the name of the cowboy in the Village People
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The Village People's record label, Casablanca, also released records by KISS, Donna Summer, Peter Noone, Buddy Miles, and Robin Williams.
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Gene Simmons of KISS was born Chaim Witz, in Haifa, Israel in 1949.
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Israeli actor Chaim Topol first performed the role of Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in London when he was 31 years old and the last time this past year on a U.S. tour when he was 74.

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Old 02-05-2010, 10:29 PM
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This reminds me of the regular article in Mental Floss Written by Ken Jennings [Yes, THAT Ken Jennings].

He is tasked with linking near homophones factually to each other in 6 degrees.

In two of the articles I recall, He has taken on Plato and Play-doh, Dinah Shore and Dinosaur.
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Israeli actor Chaim Topol first performed the role of Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in London when he was 31 years old and the last time this past year on a U.S. tour when he was 74.
Lou Gossett Jr. won an Emmy playing a slave named Fiddler, in the TV minseries "Roots."
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LeVar Burton who played Kunta Kinte in "Roots" was also the host of the 26 Emmy winning PBS show Reading Rainbow.
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John Amos, who played the older version of Levar Burton's character, wrote and stars in a one man show called HALLEY'S COMET about an old man in 1986 recalling his life since the last time he saw the comet in 1910.
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Dr. Paul Francis of Australian National University calculates that dangerous comet collisions are very rare "So I don't lose sleep over it, but you're still more likely to be killed by a comet than to win the jackpot at Lotto.
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Actress Arlene Francis was known as "Radio's Oomph Girl."
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:39 AM
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Arlene Francis was a frequent panelist on What's My Line? with Dorothy Kilgallen, a journalist whose 1965 death is often considered a murder by by JFK conspiracy theorists.

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Old 02-06-2010, 08:49 AM
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Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie were regulars on both the UK and US versions of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Great thread idea, Sampiro!
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After hosting the U.S. version of "Whose Line," Drew Carey went on to take over the hosting of "The Price Is Right" after Bob Barker retired.
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Bob Barker is part (the minor part) Sioux Indian and grew up on a reservation in South Dakota.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:15 AM
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I could have taken this down Star Trek, but I didn't want to. Glad someone else took it elsewhere.
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Bob Barker is part (the minor part) Sioux Indian and grew up on a reservation in South Dakota.
South Dakota State's sports teams are nicknamed "Jackrabbits".
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:44 AM
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Jackalopes, the offspring of jackrabbits and antelopes, were a tongue-in-cheek hoax started by a taxidermist that became a big fad in the late '70s and early '80s; you still see mounted jackalope heads once in a while.
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Jackalopes, the offspring of jackrabbits and antelopes, were a tongue-in-cheek hoax started by a taxidermist that became a big fad in the late '70s and early '80s; you still see mounted jackalope heads once in a while.
Norman Bates, in "Psycho," was an amateur taxidermist.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:08 AM
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Real life murderer Ed Gein served as partial inspiration for Norman Bates and for Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb in Silence of the Lambs.

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William "Buffalo Bill" Cody created a travelling show called "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World."
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ETA: Oops, we did Jackson Pollock already.

Robert Conrad played the titular character of the '60s TV show "Wild, Wild West."

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Will Smith starred in the crapfest that was the movie "Wild, Wild West."
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In West Philadelphia where he was born and raised before going into show business Will Smith was offered admission and a full scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the basis of his SAT scores in spite of never actually applying there.

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Alias Smith and Jones was the name of TV show in both the US and the UK.
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Mel Smith played the Albino in The Princess Bride
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Bobby Sherman, a teen idol in the 70's, was in the show Here Come the Brides.

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Bobby Sherman's later show Getting Together was spun off from an episode of The Partridge Family.
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Eric Partridge was a noted lexicographer who published numerous collections of slang and idioms.
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The last words of the French lexicographer, grammarian and Jesuit priest Dominique Bouhours translate as, roughly, "I am about to -- or I am going to -- die: either expression is correct."
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Georgetown University was founded in 1789 by a Jesuit, Bishop John Carroll, for whom John Carroll University (a Jesuit institution, natch) in suburban Cleveland is named.
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Fidel Castro was taught by Jesuits; he is featured on recruitment materials for Fordham University (a Jesuit school)
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Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi was a member of Fordham's "Seven Blocks of Granite" offensive line of the 1930's.

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The iconic Yosemite monolith El Capitan is almost entirely (and perhaps unsurprisingly) composed of El Capitan Granite.

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The iconic Yosemite monolith El Capitan is almost entirely (and perhaps unsurprisingly) composed of El Capitan Granite.
Yosemite Sam first appeared in Friz Freleng's 1945 Bugs Bunny short "Hare Trigger."

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Yosemite comes from a Paiute phrase meaning "they are killers".
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The Killers are a Las Vegas based band, who took their names from the band name on the face of the bass drum in New Order's video for "Crystal".
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The Killers are a Las Vegas based band, who took their names from the band name on the face of the bass drum in New Order's video for "Crystal".
The last movie Ronald Reagan ever starred in was "The Killers," very loosely based on an Ernest Hemingway story.
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Ernest Hemingway volunteered as an ambulance driver for the Italians during the first World War and was wounded by a mortar round during his service.
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One of the largest mortars ever produced was the 'Little David" mortar produced by the U.S. The shell it fired weighed over 3600 pounds and had a range of six miles. It was never used in combat.
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Buster Keaton posed in a gag photo with a mortar while starring in The General: http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/im...he_general.jpg

Great game idea - sorry I hadn't seen it sooner!
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A mortar is commonly used with a pestle. Few people know which is which, or why.
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"The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!"

-- was spoken by Danny Kaye in the film, The Court Jester (1956).

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Raymond Burr played paralyzed detective Robert Ironside in Ironside.
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The interjection "Brr" is also used by the French to indicate being cold.
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"Interjections!" was a song from Schoolhouse Rock, as was "Conjunction Junction," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Verb: That's What's Happenin'."
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