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Old 03-15-2019, 02:34 PM
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Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia ended his managing career due to the recording of his rant about his team's fans on April 29, 2983. It was worth it, though.
Note: All games at Wrigley Field were played in the daytime then, since lights were not installed for some years later.

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F*ck those f*ckin' fans who come out here and say they're Cub fans that are supposed to be behind you, rippin' every f*ckin' thing you do. I'll tell you one f*ckin' thing, I hope we get f*ckin' hotter than sh*t, just to stuff it up them 3,000 f*ckin' people that show up every f*ckin' day, because if they're the real Chicago f*ckin' fans, they can kiss my f*ckin' ass right downtown and PRINT IT.

They're really, really behind you around here...my f*ckin' ass. What the f*ck am I supposed to do, go out there and let my f*ckin' players get destroyed every day and be quiet about it? For the f*ckin' nickel-dime people who turn up? The motherf*ckers don't even work. That's why they're out at the f*ckin' game. They oughta go out and get a f*ckin' job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a f*ckin' living. Eighty-five percent of the f*ckin' world is working. The other fifteen percent come out here. A f*ckin' playground for the cocks*ckers. Rip them motherf*ckers. Rip them f*ckin' cocks*ckers like the f*ckin' players. We got guys bustin' their f*ckin' ass, and them f*ckin' people boo. And that's the Cubs? My f*ckin' ass. They talk about the great f*ckin' support the players get around here. I haven't see it this f*ckin' year. Everybody associated with this organization have been winners their whole f*ckin' life. Everybody. And the credit is not given in that respect.

Alright, they don't show because we're 5 and 14...and unfortunately, that's the criteria of them dumb fifteen motherf*ckin' percent that come out to day baseball. The other eighty-five percent are earning a living. I tell you, it'll take more than a 5 and 12 or 5 and 14 to destroy the makeup of this club. I guarantee you that. There's some f*ckin' pros out there that wanna win. But you're stuck in a f*ckin' stigma of the f*ckin' Dodgers and the Phillies and the Cardinals an all that cheap sh*t. It's unbelievable. It really is. It's a disheartening f*ckin' situation that we're in right now. Anybody who was associated with the Cub organization four or five years ago that came back and sees the multitude of progress that's been made will understand that if they're baseball people, that 5 and 14 doesn't negate all that work. We got 143 f*ckin' games left.

What I'm tryin' to say is don't rip them f*ckin' guys out there. Rip me. If you wanna rip somebody, rip my f*ckin' ass. But don't rip them f*ckin' guys 'cause they're givin' everything they can give. And right now they're tryin' to do more than God gave 'em, and that's why we make the simple mistakes. That's exactly why.

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Old 03-15-2019, 03:13 PM
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Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, was the last Major League Baseball stadium to install lights (and thus have night games), holding out for several decades after other teams had added lights. Finally, under pressure from the league to install lights (and under the threat of having "home" playoff games actually played on the road), the Cubs installed lights in 1988.

The first night game at Wrigley field was on August 8th, 1988 (8-8-88), against Philadelphia though as that game was rained out after 3 1/2 innings (and, thus, didn't count as a game), the first official night game was played the following night, against the New York Mets.
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The 1940 film The Philadelphia Story was actress Katharine Hepburn's first big hit following several flops, which had led to her being included on a 1938 list of actors considered to be "box office poison". The film was one of the biggest hits of 1940, breaking records at Radio City Music Hall. The review in Time declared, "Come on back, Katie, all is forgiven."

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James Hepburn, fourth Earl of Bothwell, was the abductor, lover, and final husband of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. He was suspected, but never proven, to be the murderer of her second husband, Lord Darnley.
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Mitch Hepburn was Premier of Ontario in the Depression period. He was well-known as a somewhat ... extravagant ... speaker.

On one occasion, he was addressing a group of farmers during a campaign and climbed up onto a piece of farm equipment to be able to address the group.

The piece of equipment was a manure spreader.

One of the farmers in the crowd yelled, "Just turn it on and let it fly, Mitch!"

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Manure was known since ancient times to be a good soil conditioner and fertilizer. For centuries, the manure was shoveled and spread by human labor. In 1875, the first successful mechanized manure spreader was introduced, and it was in wide use within 10 years. The implement was horse-drawn, and was powered by a gear assembly attached to the rear wheels.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:41 AM
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Harry Truman, when he was U.S President, once addressed the Washington Garden Club and kept referring to 'good manure' that must be used on flowers. Some society ladies complained (later) to the First Lady Margaret Truman, "Bess, can't you get the President to say fertilizer instead of manure?"

The First Lady replied, "Heavens, it took me 25 years to get him to say 'manure'."
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The New York Times, known for their not printing swears in the paper, transcribed President Richard Nixon's tapes, and actually published the word "shit" in the paper. When asked about their policy, they replied "We'll take shit from the President, but not from anyone else."
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:23 PM
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The New York Times crossword puzzle first appeared in the paper on Sunday, February 15, 1942. It became a daily feature in 1950. The puzzle becomes increasingly difficult throughout the week, with the easiest puzzle on Monday and the most difficult puzzle on Saturday. The daily puzzles are 15 squares x 15 squares, while the Sunday crossword is 21 squares x 21 squares.
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The Times is a British daily (Monday to Saturday) national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under its current name on 1 January 1788. It's sister paper The Sunday Times was founded in 1821, and while published by the same company, they do not share editorial staff, were founded independently, and have only had common ownership since 1967.
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The Times is the originator of the widely used Times New Roman typeface, developed in 1931 by typographer Stanley Morison, in collaboration with the Monotype Corporation.

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Helvetica is a 2007 documentary film about typography and graphic design, and the history of the namesake typeface. The film was directed by American filmmaker Gary Hustwit, and was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Helvetica typeface.

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Gutenberg! The Musical! is a musical written by Scott Brown and Anthony King. Brown and King developed the show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, where it ran for over a year. n the play-within-a-play, Johann Gutenberg is a wine presser in the medieval German town of Schlimer, a happy and cheery place except for the fact that the town is horribly dirty and depressing and no one except Gutenberg can read. Intent on saving the townspeople from their own ignorance, Gutenberg turns his wine press into a printing press (he accomplishes this in one night). His beautiful (but dim) assistant Helvetica is in love with him, but Gutenberg is unaware of her feelings. Meanwhile, the show's villain, Monk, an evil monk who worships Satan, attempts to keep ignorance alive so he can control the townspeople through inaccurate readings of the bible and seeks to destroy the printing press.
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It is believed that about 180 copies of the Gutenberg Bible were printed, which took place over a 3 year period beginning about 1451. There are now 49 surviving copies, but only 21 of these are complete. The last sale of a complete Gutenberg Bible took place in 1978, which sold for 2.2 million dollars.
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In 1969, a man named Vido Aras hid in a bathroom in Harvard’s Widener Library until after the building had closed. He then made his way to the roof and used a rope to climb into the window of the room where the University kept its copy of the Gutenberg Bible. Aras succeeded in prizing the two volumes from their case and stashing them in his knapsack, but when he tried to climb back up the rope, he found that the 70-pound tome weighed him down. After struggling for a time, the would-be thief lost his grip and tumbled six stories to the ground below, where he was found the next morning. The Gutenberg Bible was recovered with only minor damage. Aras, on the other hand, suffered a fractured skull.
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The "Black Brunswickers" was the nickname of a cavalry force raised by Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick. Excluded from inheriting his possessions in Brunswick and an ardent foe of Napoleon, the Duke raised the squadron of loyalists to oppose Napoleon. They were noted for their black uniforms and the Totenkopf ("skull and crossbones") cap badge.

The Black Brunswickers played an important role at Waterloo, although the Duke was killed at the preliminary skirmish at Quatre Bras.

ETA: portrait of the Duke. Don't think I'd want to make an enemy of him.

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Jeremy Clyde, actor and musician and part of the duo Chad and Jeremy, is a direct descendant of the first Duke of Wellington, hero of the battle of Waterloo. His mother, born Lady Elizabeth Wellesley, was the daughter of the 7th Duke of Wellington.

In 1953, when Jeremy was 12, he participated in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as a Page of Honour for his grandfather and carried his grandfather's ducal coronet during the ceremony.
He attended Eton College; the first Duke of Wellington supposedly said that "the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton", but the line is probably apocryphal.

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The Swedish pop quartet ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision song contest with their song Waterloo, which proved to be their breakthrough hit. The single was a #1 hit in the United Kingdom and Germany, and hit #6 on the U.S. chart.
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[another play on Waterloo]

Waterloo Station in London is the busiest railway station in the UK. It is also the country's largest station in terms of floor space and has the greatest number of platforms at 24. When combined with the Underground and Waterloo East stations, it is the busiest station complex in Europe.
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In the early stages of planning for the Chunnel, the British proposed that Waterloo be the London terminal for the Chunnel trains. This was considered by the French to be somewhat insensitive.

St Pancras was eventually chosen as the London terminus.
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St. Pancras is adjacent to King's Cross Station, which for years has attracted visitors unavailingly looking for Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express. It can, however, be found at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort.
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The name of Harry Morgan's character in M*A*S*H was Sherman T. Potter. Morgan had heard that writer Larry Gelbart based the name on his family doctor. What the T. stood for was however never revealed. Even Morgan never knew although he speculated that it might be "Tecumseh," as in General Sherman.
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William Tecumseh Sherman was universally called "Cump" by his close friends and family, including his wife. Exactly why is unclear.
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Richard Mentor Johnson, the only US Vice President elected via the Twelfth Amendment, was the 1836 Democratic candidate with Martin Van Buren. Using his military experience in his campaign, he used the slogan "Rumpsey Dumpsey, Rumpsey Dumpsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh", even though the claim is dubious. He did, however, serve in the Battle of the Thames in Upper Canada, where somebody killed Tecumseh and the British and Indians lost control of southwestern Ontario.
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Doug Henning graduated with honors from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with degrees in science and psychology, planning the plan to enter medical school. However, he decided to take a year off to work at perfecting his magic act.
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Besides his other writing and political activity, Alexander Hamilton also wrote a number of poems. When a friend’s 2-year-old daughter passed away in 1774, he eulogized her in a touching tribute called “Poem on the Death of Elias Boudinot’s Child.” Another piece helped Hamilton win over his bride-to-be, Eliza Schuyler. As they courted, he sent a tender sonnet to the object of his affection. Eliza liked it so much that she placed the poem in a little bag and hung it around her neck.

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Hamilton creator Linn-Manual Miranda has won one Emmy, three Grammy and three Tony Awards. Will somebody please give him an Oscar so he can be a member of EGOT?
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There have been two U.S. Navy warships named after Alexander Hamilton, and three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, the most recent of which was commissioned in 2014 and is still in service. Hamilton was the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and the Coast Guard had its start as the Revenue Marine (later the Revenue Cutter Service), an arm of the Treasury. The Coast Guard now operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Although the US Coast Guard's official motto is Semper Paratus, "Always Ready", its unofficial one is "You have to go out, but you don't have to come back" - the rescue must be attempted no matter the danger.

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The Pontifical Swiss Guard is a group of 135 soldiers who act as the bodyguards of the Pope, and the de facto military force of the Vatican City. Established in 1506 by Pope Julius II, they are one of the oldest continuously-operating military units in the world.

The Swiss Guard recruits its members from unmarried Swiss men, between the ages of 19 and 30, who are at least 1.74 meters in height, and who have completed basic training with the Swiss Armed Forces.

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The tailors of the Swiss Guard work inside the Vatican barracks. There the uniform for each guardsman is tailor-made individually. The total set of Renaissance style clothing weighs 8 pounds (3.6 kg), and may be the heaviest and most complicated uniform in use by any standing army today. A single uniform requires 154 pieces and takes nearly 32 hours and 3 fittings to complete.
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John Wilkes Booth, was inspired by the legends of Swiss hero William Tell. Lamenting the negative reaction to his action of assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, Booth wrote in his journal on April 21, 1865 "with every man's hand against me, I am here in despair. And why; For doing what Brutus was honored for and what made Tell a Hero. And yet I for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cutthroat."

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The name of the cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii), a member of the Pacific trout group that also includes the rainbow trout, refers to the distinctive red coloration on the underside of the lower jaw. The specific name clarkii was given to honor explorer William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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In 1957, Theodore Sturgeon moved to Truro, Massachusetts, where he befriended Kurt Vonnegut, then working as a salesman in a Saab dealership. At the time, both were writing in the genre of science fiction; Vonnegut had already published Player Piano, retitled Utopia 14 in paperback, while Sturgeon's then more-successful career (mainly as a short story writer) stretched back to 1938. In fact, at the time of their initial meeting, Sturgeon was the most anthologized English-language science fiction author alive.Kilgore Trout

Vonnegut was amused by the notion of a person with the name of a fish, Sturgeon, that he named his own fictional writer Kilgore Trout.
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Slaughterhouse-Five was Kurt Vonnegut's most popular novel. The story is about the World War II experiences and journeys through time of Billy Pilgrim. A central event is Pilgrim's surviving the Allies' firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner-of-war. This was an event in Vonnegut's own life, and the novel is considered semi-autobiographical.
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In the 1986 comedy film Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield played Thornton Melon, a successful (but uneducated) middle-aged businessman, who bribes his way into college in order to spend time with his son. Once at school, Melon decides he likes partying more than studying, and hires other people to do his coursework for him -- including hiring author Kurt Vonnegut (who appears in a cameo) to write an essay for him about (of course) Kurt Vonnegut.

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The actor Kurt Russell moved to a mansion in Shaughnessy, Vancouver along with his long time girlfriend Goldie Hawn in 2003 in order to be closer to their son, Wyatt, who at that time played junior hockey in Canada.
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The national name of Canada is simply that single word - not "The Kingdom of Canada," although Queen Elizabeth II is its head of state. Canada was officially a Dominion from 1867 until 1953.
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"And death shall have no dominion" is a poem written by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The title comes from the Bible, in St. Paul's epistle to the Romans.
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The Pauline Epistles, or Letters of Paul, are 13 books of the New Testament that are attributed to Paul the Apostle. A 14th New Testament book, the Letter to the Hebrews, was originally believed to have been authored by Paul, but that is no longer believed to be true.
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As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:33b-36: "As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?"

So remember Christian ladies: Paul wrote and signed his name to the idea that it is disgraceful for women to speak in church. In other words STFU.
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The Corinth that Paul wrote to in Corinthians, in Greece, was completely destroyed by 1858, the last parts of it being finished off by an earthquake. The modern town of Corinth was settled a few miles away. The ruin of the old city is still there.
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...So remember Christian ladies: Paul wrote and signed his name to the idea that it is disgraceful for women to speak in church. In other words STFU.
A conservative Christian friend of mine, who insists that all of the Bible is important and should guide us in our daily lives, changed the subject when I asked if he and his wife both agreed with St. Paul.

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The rector or chief priest of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the largest parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, is a woman, the Rev. Jeanne Leinbach.
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That's just disgraceful

In play: When conservative, church going Christian "lady" Anita Bryant opened her disgraceful mouth and lost her entertainment gigs and later her marriage, as well as being sued by the government for unpaid taxes and her employees for unpaid wages, she blamed the homosexual agenda for all her troubles.

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Per Wiki, Anita Bryant scored four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including "Paper Roses" which reached No. 5 on the charts. She was also a former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner, and was a brand ambassador from 1969 to 1979 for the Florida Citrus Commission, which marketed orange juice.
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Limone is the Italian word for 'lemon', and the town with this name on the shore of Lake Garda was once renowned for growing lemons and other citrus fruits. Limone's name, however, is coincidental, since it is said to be much older than the lemon groves, and to derive from a Latin word meaning 'boundary'.
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An Garda Síochána (Irish for "the Guardian of the Peace"), colloquially known as the Gardai or the Guards, are the police force of the Republic of Ireland. The force was formed in 1923, soon after the formation of the Irish Free State. Most members of the Gardai do not routinely carry firearms.
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The Guardian is a British daily newspaper. It was founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and took its current name in 1959. The Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by the Scott Trust. The Scott Trust was created in 1936 "to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of the Guardian free from commercial or political interference". Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to benefit an owner or shareholders.
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