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Dr. Martin Arthur Couney (whose credentials were suspect) operated exhibits of premature infants in incubators at the Berlin Exposition of 1896, at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition in Omaha, Nebraska in 1898, at the World's Fair in Paris in 1900, at the World's Fair in Buffalo, New York in 1901, and most famously, for many years at Coney Island, New York, where he charged 25 cents to view the babies so parents would not have to pay for their children's medical care.
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The Louisiana Supreme Court is the only state high court in the United States to have two permanent seats - one in New Orleans, the most populous city in the state, and the other in the capital, Baton Rouge.
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The earliest references to the legendary Briton named Arthur, who allegedly held court at Camelot, suggest that he was a great warrior, but never a King. Some evidence points to him being the son of a King of Scottish Dalriata.

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Old 05-21-2019, 01:00 PM
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Author Stephen King, a native of Durham, Maine, created a trinity of fictional Maine towns—Derry, Castle Rock and Jerusalem's Lot—as central settings in a number of his works. The settings have also been referenced in the works on his wife Tabitha King and his son Joe Hill.
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The IWW ("Wobblies") song "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night" refers to one of their leaders, who was executed (possibly railroaded) for murder. Hill, an immigrant worker frequently facing unemployment and underemployment, became a popular songwriter and cartoonist for the union. His most famous songs include "The Preacher and the Slave" (in which he coined the phrase "pie in the sky"), "The Tramp", "There is Power in a Union", "The Rebel Girl", and "Casey Jones—the Union Scab", which express the harsh and combative life of itinerant workers, and call for workers to organize their efforts to improve working conditions.
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While awaiting execution, Joe Hill sent a telegram to a friend: " I die like a true-blue rebel. Don't waste any time mourning. Organise!"

Hill's last telegram was "Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don't want to be found dead in Utah."
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In the original Star Wars film, Luke Skywalker is recruited by the Rebel Alliance to participate in the attack on the Death Star; Luke is assigned to Red Squadron (a squadron of X-wing starfighters), and given the callsign Red Five.

In George Lucas's original script (and in the film's novelization), Luke was a member of Blue Squadron. However, during production, it was discovered that the planned blue markings on the miniatures for the Blue Squadron ships would not work with the "blue screen" technique being used to film the SFX shots; Blue Squadron was thus renamed Red Squadron.
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"Star Wars" was at the time the highest grossing film in the history of cinema; it has since been surpassed by many films, but only because of inflation. If one adjusts for inflation it has not since been surpassed (figure from Box Office Mojo.) BUT...

... if you adjust for inflation, it was never the all time box office champ. That title would still be held by Gone With the Wind.
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David Selznick of Selznick International Pictures is the only producer/studio to have won Best Picture in consecutive years: Gone With the Wind in 1939 and Rebecca in 1940.
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George Reeves was best known for his role as Superman; his film career began in 1939 when he was cast as Stuart Tarleton, one of Scarlett O'Hara's suitors in Gone with the Wind. It was a minor role, but he and Fred Crane were in the film's opening scene. Reeves and Crane both dyed their hair red to portray the Tarleton twins.
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Steve Reeves was an American body builder, capturing Mr. World, Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles. He was also a film actor who was hugely popular in Europe. Reeves was best known for his Italian sword and sandal films such as Hercules and Hercules Unchained, which were also hits in the United States.
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The British Coronation Regalia include three swords: the Sword of Temporal Justice, with a regular point; the Sword of Spiritual Justice, with a slanted point, supposedly to symbolize that only the temporal courts have the authority to impose the death penalty, and the Sword of Mercy, or Curtana, which is blunt, to symbolize mercy.
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The only stanza of "Maryland, My Maryland" (to the tune of "O Tannenbaum") that is officially part of the state's official song is

Thou wilt not cower in the dust
Maryland, my Maryland
Thy beaming sword shall never rust
Maryland, my Maryland
Remember Carroll's sacred trust
Remember Howard's warlike thrust
And though thy slumberers with the just
Maryland, my Maryland!


Unfortunately, that leaves out the rest of the lyrics calling for the slave state to secede from the Union, such as

Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore


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She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb—
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she'll come! she'll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!

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Ahh, the Preakness States, won last Saturday by the strong War of Will. The Preakness Stakes is traditionally held on the third Saturday in May.

In 1996 the winner was Louis Qatorze, and in 1952 it was Blue Man.

The St. Louis Blues are the oldest active NHL team never to have won the Stanley Cup, although they played in the Stanley Cup Finals three times, in 1968 (their inaugural season), 1969, and 1970. In 2019, tonight actually, the Blues returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 49 years and as was the case in 1970, the opposing team was the Boston Bruins.



Go Blues! Go get that cup!
(ETA: Maryland, My Maryland is traditionally sung every year before the Preakness Stakes.)

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The famous photo, and statue outside TD Garden, of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr diving to celebrate a Cup-winning goal comes from the final game of the 1970 Stanley Cup series at Boston Garden against the St. Louis Blues, who were named for a W.C. Handy song. That was Boston's first Cup since 1941.
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As for Bobby Orr, he recalls vividly waking up from his Stanley Cup hangover and seeing the photograph.

“I remember where I was. In those days, we didn’t stay at home; we stayed at a hotel. We were out in Lynfield, Massachusetts, at the Hilton hotel. My father was staying there also,” Orr says.

“I went down for breakfast to meet my dad. In those days it was the Record-American, the newspaper. My dad had one and opened it up. I was in the centre page. That was the first time I saw it. I don’t think I was thinking about how high I was; I just thought, ‘Oh, that’s a different picture.’ ”
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The Bruins defeated the Blue in 1970 in part because of an odd expansion decision... the St. Louis Blues reached the Stanley Cup finals in each of the first three years of their existence, actually, but only because the NHL had doubled in size in 1967 and set it up so that one of the six new expansion teams HAD to make the Finals.

In 2018, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights also made the Stanley Cup Finals, but did so purely on merit, not because the league was structured to allow it.
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The famous photo, and statue outside TD Garden, of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr diving to celebrate a Cup-winning goal comes from the final game of the 1970 Stanley Cup series at Boston Garden against the St. Louis Blues, who were named for a W.C. Handy song. That was Boston's first Cup since 1941.
Great article in that link. Thanks ElvisL1ves
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The first and (so-far) last time a city won three sports championships in one calendar year was Detroit in 1935: Lions and Red Wings and Tigers, oh my.
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In 1973-74, the Bruins shared Boston Garden with not only the Celtics but with their AHL affiliate, the Boston Braves, and with another team that is now in the NHL. That was the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association, who moved to Hartford, joined the NHL in the merger, and later became the Carolina Hurricanes, who the Bruins just beat to advance to the Finals. Occasionally, Boston sports teams will play "Brass Bonanza", the instrumental fight song used by "The Whale", as a way to build their fan base in Hartford, where a coterie of diehard Whalers fans remains.

ETA: If the Celtics had gotten rid of Kyrie Irving when they should have, they'd have a chance at giving Boston a championship sweep this year. I'd still have bet on the Warriors, though.

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The movie based on John Irving's book The Cider House Rules won two Academy Awards: Irving won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, while Michael Caine won his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with four other nominations at the 72nd Academy Awards. Irving documented his involvement in bringing the novel to the screen in his book, My Movie Business.
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In addition to The Cider House Rules, four other best-selling books by John Irving have been adaapted into movies: The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, and The Hotel New Hampshire.
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In The World According to Garp, the filming location for Jenny Fields’ beach house was on Fishers Island, Long Island NY, near here: gMap, Lat / Long 41.260335, -72.023780. Some of the school scenes were filmed at Eastchester High School, Eastchester NY and Millbrook Private School, Millbrook NY.
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Gorp is an American term for trail mix; the term is likely an acronym for its common ingredients, either "good old raisins and peanuts" or "granola, oats, raisins, and peanuts." Despite not being mentioned in either list of ingredients, gorp / trail mix commonly also contains some form of chocolate (often M&Ms) and / or other nuts.

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Peanuts are nuts in the culinary sense, but in the botanical sense they are legumes, more closely related to beans than to tree nuts like almonds.
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The botanical definition of a "nut" is a fruit whose ovary wall becomes hard at maturity. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, shea nuts, and walnuts.
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During the 1970's, Peter Paul used the jingle "Sometimes you feel like a nut / Sometimes you don't / Almond Joy's got nuts / Mounds don't", written by Leo Corday and Leon Carr and sung by Joey Levine, to advertise Almond Joy and Mounds together. In a play on words, the "feel like a nut" portion of the jingle was typically played over a clip of someone acting like a "nut", i.e., doing something unconventional, such as an equestrian riding on a horse backward or a bride carrying her groom over the threshold, and then showing the same act being done "normally" for the lyric "sometimes you don't."

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The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini's designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress. In the early 1920s, it was still used as a prison and execution ground by the Bolshevik government. The first person to escape from the fortress prison was the anarchist Prince Peter Kropotkin in 1876. Other people incarcerated in the "Russian Bastille" include Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich, Artemy Volynsky, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Alexander Radishchev, the Decembrists, Grigory Danilevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Maxim Gorky, Mikhail Bakunin, Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Leon Trotsky and Josip Broz Tito.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky used his experiences as an epileptic to create the character of Prince Myshkin, the protagonist of The Idiot. Neurologists have compared symptoms of patients who experienced ecstatic epilepsy to Dostoevsky's descriptions in the book and have also attempted clinical diagnoses of Prince Myshkin and of Dostoevsky .

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Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half the people with the condition. In the other half, the condition may be traced to various factors, including genetic influence, head trauma, brain conditions such as tumors or strokes, and infectious diseases such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis.
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“Is AIDS a judgment of God? I could not be sure but I think so,” said Billy Graham back in 1993 during the height of the AIDS epidemic that caused the death of millions of people globally at that point. It was a time when the world continued to fight for a cure.

Of course, like many who get called when using their own voice as that of God’s, he backtracked, stating: “l don't believe that and I don't know why I said it. I remember saying it, and I immediately regretted it and almost went back and clarified the statement… God stands in judgment of all sins, but AIDS is a disease that affects people, and is not part of that judgment. To say that God has judged people with AIDS would be very wrong and cruel. I would like to say that I am very sorry for what I said.”
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Billy Graham was listed by Gallup as one of the "Ten Most Admired Men in the World" more than 50 times. He met with every US president from Harry Truman to Donald Trump..
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In the TV series "The Crown," Billy Graham is played by Paul Sparks, who has also had important roles in "Boardwalk Empire" and "House of Cards."
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Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half the people with the condition. In the other half, the condition may be traced to various factors, including genetic influence, head trauma, brain conditions such as tumors or strokes, and infectious diseases such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis.
Not in play: Bullitt, I didn't know this! A few years ago, hubby had viral meningitis as a complication of West Nile. I'll tell him to be aware that he may develop epileptic seizures, but fortunately it seems to be a fairly low risk (according to articles online). Still, forewarned is forearmed.

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Not in play: Bullitt, I didn't know this! A few years ago, hubby had viral meningitis as a complication of West Nile. I'll tell him to be aware that he may develop epileptic seizures, but fortunately it seems to be a fairly low risk (according to articles online). Still, forewarned is forearmed.

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I’m glad he’s doing well. Yes, forewarned is forearmed. I read that fom the Mayo Clinic site, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20350093

I’m no doc, I’m a SW engineer.

Carrying on...

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, founded in 1907, is California's oldest surviving amusement park. It is also one of the few seaside parks on the West Coast.
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((Star Wars engineer? Cool! ))

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The California cities of Santa Cruz and Huntington Beach have both long been known as "Surf City," and both cities have formally adopted the term as a nickname. However, in 2004, Huntington Beach filed for trademark status for the term "Surf City USA," sparking a multi-year legal fight between the two cities over the use of the name.
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What is now Surf City was originally formed as Long Beach City borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 19, 1894, from portions of Stafford Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. The borough was renamed Surf City by a resolution of the Borough Council as of May 26, 1899.
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Maximilian Kolbe, John Ford, Harold Macmillan, Jack Benny, Bessie Smith, Nikita Khrushchev, Martha Graham and Rudolf Hess were all born in 1894.

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Bessie Smith died in a horrific car crash on September 26, 1937.
Her estranged husband Jack Gee thwarted all efforts to purchase a gravestone for her, once or twice pocketing money raised for that purpose. Smith's grave was unmarked until a tombstone was erected on August 7, 1970, paid for by the singer Janis Joplin and Juanita Green, who as a child had done housework for Smith
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried in an unmarked grave in Vienna, not a mass pauper's grave despite folklore. The gravesite in St. Marx Cemetery has indeed been marked since 1859.
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Louis Marx and Company was one of the leading U.S. manufacturers of toys in the first half of the 20th century. Marx was particularly known for their line of toy trains, as well as for boxed "playsets," many of them representing historical events and figures.

Marx's sales went into decline in the 1960s, and when Louis Marx retired, he sold the company to Quaker Oats in 1972. The company was then sold to an English toy company (Dunbee-Combex-Marx) in 1976, which went bankrupt several years later, ending the Marx brand.

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The Marx Brothers last name was indeed "Marx"; their first names were:

Chico: Leonard
Harpo: Adolph
Groucho: Julius
Gummo: Milton
Zeppo: Herbert

Zeppo was the last to die at age 79 in 1979, from lung cancer.
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When Margaret Mitchell was asked (in an interview) who she thought should play Rhett Butler in the film version of Gone With the Wind, she replied "Groucho Marx", jokingly showing her lack of interest in the casting.
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In the SDMB thread, “Wherefore, Exapno Mapcase?”, on 05-13-2007 SDMB user Defective Detective asks in his (her?) OP,

“I want to know where some of these crazy Doper names came from. Obviously, in most cases, this thread will require a response from the member named. Please redirect me if this thread has been done before - couldn't find it. I am, after all, the Defective Detective.

Some names that I have always been curious about:

Exapno Mapcase
Quiddity Glumfuster
Bosda d'Chi of Tricor

I know my name may not seem so interesting, but it was supposed to be Selective Detective (two consecutive rhymes from a Billy Joel song that I like), but I had a brain-fart when I was signing up. So now instead of having a name that makes me seem careful and discriminating, I have a name that makes me look like an idiot. I probably deserve it, though I wish I could change it...

Okay, now you try it. Name some names that you would like to see explained. If your name comes up in this thread, please explain it for the rest of us, should you be so inclined.
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Exapno Mapcase was originally spelled in the Cyrillic alphabet as ХАРПО МАРКС, which is Harpo Marx's name transliterated into Russian.

This came about back in 1933 because, following US diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union, Harpo Marx spent six weeks in Moscow as a performer and goodwill ambassador. His tour was a huge success. When he saw his name in Cyrillic, Harpo, having no knowledge of Russian, pronounced it as "Exapno Mapcase".

(I’m not claiming that this is the derivation for the SDMB user’s name, though.)
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In post #26 of that thread, Exapno Mapcase confirms the derivation.

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Wow. I don't often do vanity searches, because nothing ever comes up. But this time I hit the jackpot!

As everyone correctly says, I took the name from Harpo Marx. The poster is reproduced in his autobiography, Harpo Speaks. The name/phrase/whatever has always stuck in my head and I thought it would be unique and memorable as an online alias. Besides, it signals I'm a Marx Brothers fan and people always let me know if a thread breaks out.

And it's kinda cool in a post-modern sort of way that just like the original Harpo, you can't hear my voice but you know exactly what I'm thinking.

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"Defective Detective", your name is also the title of a very enjoyable anthology of short stories -- all literary detective spoofs. Some are really hysterical. I thought you were a fan of the book.
I'm a big fan of the book. Dumb cover, though.
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In 1951, Allen Sherman's first 78-rpm parody single"A Satchel and a Seck", parodying "A Bushel and a Peck" from Guys and Dolls, coupled with "Jake's Song", parodying "Sam's Song", a contemporary hit for Bing Crosby and his son Gary. The single sold poorly and when Sherman wrote his autobiography, he did not make reference to it. Sherman lived next door to Harpo Marx, who invited him to perform his song parodies at parties attended by Marx's show-biz friends. After one party, George Burns phoned an executive at Warner Bros. Records and persuaded him to sign Sherman to a contract. The result was an LP of these parodies, My Son, the Folk Singer, released in 1962. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
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Allan Sherman achieved Top-100 success on the Billboard chart with the 1963 hit Hello, Muddah, Hello Fuddah (A Letter from Camp), a novelty song that complains about the fictional "Camp Granada". The song rose to #2 on the charts for 3 weeks, but never got to #1. It was kept from the top spot by Fingertips by "Little" Stevie Wonder and My Boyfriend's Back by The Angels.

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Adm. Forrest Sherman, Chief of Naval Operations, was hostile to the institutional interests of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was not an ally of the Corps during the debates on military reform and service consolidation in the massive demobilization that followed the Allies' victory in World War II.
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In military terms, a "corps" is a military unit that is composed of two or more divisions. Were you to have a unit of two or more corps, that would be an "Army" in the organizational sense of that word.
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Division Street historically denoted the separation line between the white and black neighborhoods of Orlando, Florida. African-Americans, even those who worked in the white area, had to be back west of the street after sundown. Local activism exists to change the name to Vision Street, but so far unavailingly.
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