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Mystery author Rita Mae Brown has written about her relationships with Martina Navratilova, Fannie Flagg, and (first openly lesbian elected state rep) Elaine Nobles, but her longest relationship has been with Judy Nelson who, ironically, Martina Navratilova had cheated on Brown with many years earlier.
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The word "lesbian" refers to the Greek island of Lesbos, home of the 6th century BC poet Sappho, whose works seemingly imply her leadership of a community of women who loved women. Lesbos was later the home of Huseyn Hilmi Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire and founder of the Turkish Red Crescent.
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In Chinese culture, red symbolized happiness and good luck. Red envelopes containing money are given to children on The Chinese New Year (and other holidays). Among the Lakota Indians, red is considered the color of death.
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Death omens are symbolized by many different things according to different cultures. In England by a black dog, classical Roman and Greek myth by Mercury/Hermes or even Charon the black hooded ferryman, or more traditionally by a Grim Reaper, and so on.

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But the walrus is not and never was a symbol of death. And the walrus was John -- in the video, it's the hippopotamus (mud, mud, glorious mud) who's playing the guitar left handed.
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Phil Mickelson is not left handed. He plays golf as a lefty, but that's it.
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Both major party candidates in the 2008 election (Barack Obama & John McCain) are left handed.
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(What's the difference between Phil Mickelson and his wife? On her, the smile is real and the tits are fake)

Mickelson, Canada's Mike Weir, and New Zealand's Bob Charles are the only golfers to win majors playing lefthanded.
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Besides the kiwi, New Zealand's unique animals include the tuatara, a reptile which is capable of living over 100 years and possesses a parietal "third eye" whose function has not been determined.
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Almost all of the outdoor scenes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed in New Zealand, homeland of its director, Peter Jackson.
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The third eye, called chakra in Hindi, symbolizes enlightenment and is symbolized by the red dot commonly painted on the foreheads of Hindus, most notably women.

Peter Jackson has a project inexplicably underway to direct a remake of The Dam Busters, inevitably using CGI instead of real Lancasters this time. No decision has been announced as to the name of Wing Commander Guy Gibson's dog, named "N-word" in the original, also used as a significant code word.

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Old 04-11-2010, 04:33 PM
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William T. Riker held the rank of Starfleet commander during the decade he served as first officer of the USS Enterprise under Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, and was promoted to captain when he assumed command of the USS Titan.
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The remake of Clash of the Titans was not originally going to be 3-D. It was only after the success of Avatar that they added 3-D effects.

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Director James Cameron has directed both the biggest and the second-biggest movies of all time, Avatar and Titanic, respectively.

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Cameron Diaz, though born in CA, is of Puerto Rican decent, not Mexican.
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Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, though born in Puerto Rico, is of Cuban descent, not English.

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Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, though born in Puerto Rico, is of Cuban descent, not English.
She's of Cuban descent, not Puerto Rican. Your's still stands, Elvis. Sorry about that!

Damn... I was thinking "Cuban" and wrote "Puerto Rican". I blame it on multitasking while watching The Masters.
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Well, the flags are almost the same. Easy mistake.

Last year's Masters winner, Angel Cabrera, is of Argentinian descent, remarkably enough for someone who lives in Argentina. His nickname is El Pato (The Duck) for his awkward gait.

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Howard the Duck -- a first-class comic book series -- has had its reputation destroyed by the failure of the film, a project of George Lucas.
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The film Howard the Duck, probably the second-best-known film set in Cleveland other than Major League, scorned as it was otherwise, did provide major early career boosts to both Tim Robbins and Lea Thompson.
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When Drew Carey, whose sitcom most often began with the cast lipsynching "Cleveland Rocks", and when Carey was a celebrity contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? he donated his $500,000 winnings to the Cleveland public library.

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The other songs used in the credits for "The Drew Carey Show" were "Moon Over Parma" and "Five O'Clock World".
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Ernie Anderson, later known for such enunciations as "The LOVE Boat" during his career as an ABC staff announcer, appeared on Cleveland television in the mid-1960's as late-night movie host Ghoulardi. One feature of his schtick was mocking Parma for its residents' propensity to wear white socks, eat kielbasa, and install plastic flamingos on their lawns.
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In the wild, flamingos tend to have white feathers, and become pink only if they eat large quantities of shrimp or other red shellfish. Zookeepers usually add red dye to the food given to captive flamingos.
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The crimson-colored dye carmine is made with cochineal, an insect. It goes back as far as the Aztecs/Mayans but is becoming popular again due to concerns about artificial food additives.
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The Flamingo Hotel (as the Pink Flamingo) in Las Vegas was financed by gangster Bugsy Siegel as the first of the major gambling hotels that now define the city.
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"Hotel California" was one of the Eagles's biggest hits ever, and still gets a lot of airplay. Don Henley and others in the band have given conflicting explanations over the years for the meaning of the lyrics.
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Lanford Wilson's play "Hot l Baltimore" (the "E" in "hotel" having burnt out in the hotel's marquee) became a Norman Lear sitcom that ran for all of 13 episides in 1975.
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One of the great mysteries in literary biography is the reconstruction of Edgar Allan Poe's final week. He boarded a ship from Richmond to Baltimore on September 27 1849 then was not seen for a few days until he showed up October 3 outside of a Baltimore tavern completely disoriented, wearing shabby dirty clothes that did not fit (even in his poorest days Poe was known for being a sharp dresser), and speaking in incoherent gibberish save for repeatedly shouting the name "Reynolds" (a name which meant nothing to anybody). He died 4 days later, never really regaining his senses.
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In 1919, the U.S. Foil Company, parent of Reynolds Metals Company was founded in Louisville, Kentucky to produce lead and tin foil.
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But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening Or the tropic of Sir Galahad
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After seeing a version of "The Wizard of Oz" on stage -- especially due to the performance of the actor portraying the scarecrow -- Ray Bolger decided to become a dancer and entertainer. When the chance to appear in the Judy Garland film version came up, Bolger was delighted -- but he was cast as the tin man and wanted to play the scarecrow. The role had been given to Buddy Ebsen, but Bolger convinced him to exchange roles. Ebsen later was sickened by aluminum dust in his costume and was replaced by Jack Haley.

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Bill Haley and His Comets' big hit was "Rock Around the Clock," released in 1954 and given new prominence when featured in the George Lucas-directed American Graffiti.

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The first jet airliner to be put into production was the DeHavilland Comet. A series of crashes of Comets, followed by the fleet's grounding, greatly advanced understanding of metal fatigue. It also inspired the Nevil Shute novel "No Highway" and the Jimmy Stewart movie made from it, "No Highway in the Sky". The RAF is still flying the Nimrod variant of the redesigned Comet IV in the antisubmarine warfare role.
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In traditional mythology, "Nimrod" was a great hunter. Bugs Bunny used the term derisively to refer to Elmer Fudd, and it now is pejorative, meaning "idiot."
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No Highway came out in 1948, before the Comet ever went into production, let alone the crashes happening. So, remarkably similar to, yes, inspired by, no.

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For many years, former child star Jane Withers played Josephine the plumber in TV commercials for Comet kitchen cleanswer.
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Jane Withers became a star in her own right after she appeared as the spoiled rich kid, the foil of six-year-old Shirley Temple, in "Bright Eyes", the film in which she debuted "On the Good Ship Lollipop". The Lollipop was not actually a ship at all, but an airplane, as the lyrics make clear. Temple sang it aboard a DC-2 that was taxiing around the old Glendale, CA airport.

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Temple Grandin invented the hug machine, used to calm people with autism spectrum disorders (or other hypersensitive people) in 1965.
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The Inns of Court are four professional organizations in the UK that you must belong to in order to act as a barrister (i.e., to try and defend cases). The are Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn, the Inner Temple, and the Middle Temple.
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Mohandas Gandhi enrolled in the Inner Temple upon being called to the bar in 1891, following his graduation from University College London, just before his return to India.
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Goa is the smallest state (by area) in India. It was a Portuguese overseas territory for about 450 years before being annexed by the New Delhi-based government in 1961.
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The remains of St. Francis Xavier, one of the original seven members of the Jesuits, are kept at the Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa.
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Xavier University of Louisiana, established in 1915, is the only historically black Roman Catholic institute of higher learning.
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Louisiana's is the only state supreme court to regularly hold sessions in two different places, and thus to have two different courthouses (in Baton Rouge and New Orleans).
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Baton Rouge dates from 1699, when French explorer Sieur d'Iberville leading an exploration party up the Mississippi River saw a reddish cypress pole festooned with bloody animals and fish that marked the boundary between Houma and Bayou Goula tribal hunting grounds. They called the pole and its location "le bāton rouge", or red stick.
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Cypress knees are knobby growths that protrude from the roots of cypress trees. Some folk artists carve them into whimsical images of people, wild animals, and other phenomena.
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Muskogee tribes of the southeastern U.S. usually built their summer residences of cypress trees because, as their English name of "Creek Indians" implied, they often lived on the banks of rivers, creeks and other water (and for their Seminole cousins in swamps) and cypress, which grows in water, is exceptionally resistant to water rot.

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The world's oldest cypress tree is in Iran and is over 4000 years old.
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Several U.S. presidents have had regular summer residences, including Truman's Little White House in Key West, Fla., Nixon's estate in San Clemente, Calif., to which he retired after his 1974 resignation; and George W. Bush's ranch near Crawford, Tex.

ETA: President George W. Bush considered attacking Iran, which he said was part of an "axis of evil," to destroy or hamper its suspected nuclear-arms program.

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