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Blair House is the official state guest house for the President of the United States.
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Robert E. Lee was offered command of the Union Army in the parlor of Blair House; he declined soon after.
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Anissa Jones, of Family Affair fame, later to die of an OD at age 18, was up for the part in The Exorcist, that eventually went to Linda Blair.
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This Hollywood version of an exorcism is supposedly based on a real-life exorcism performed on a Maryland boy in 1949.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:05 AM
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In the year 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb, the People's Republic of China was established, and the first VW Beetle arrived in the US.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:13 AM
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In the movie "The Atomic Kid", Mickey Rooney plays a prospector who survives an atomic test blast, possibly because of the peanut butter and sardine sandwich he had been eating.
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It is an urban legend that Mr. Ed's "talking" mouth movements were created by putting peanut butter on the roof of his mouth.



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Roger Bannister, who ran the first 4-minute mile, became one of England's leading neurologists.
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Alan Young, who played Wilbur in Mister Ed, tried to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy, but was rejected due to ill health.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:37 AM
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An episode of Ren and Stimpy had them joining the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:39 AM
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An episode of Ren and Stimpy had them joining the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen.

Darrell Royal coached the last all-white team to win the NCAA national championship in football: the 1970 Texas Longhorns.
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Before its announcement in July 2005, Windows Vista was known by the codename "Longhorn." The name was taken from a bar at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:00 AM
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James Abbott McNeill Whistler, perhaps best known for his painting "Whistler's Mother," was a notoriously acerbic, combative and egotistical man.
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Whistler's Mother isn't the actual name of that painting... it's Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother.

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The school colors of Bowdoin College are black and white.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:10 AM
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Cop cars are known as "panda cars" in the UK because of their black-and-white colors. (Colours?)
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Pandas, which primarily eat bamboo, are an endangered species native to China.
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"Me 'Ol Bam-Boo" is a song from the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on the 1964 children's book by Ian Fleming.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:25 AM
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"Me 'Ol Bam-Boo" is a song from the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on the 1964 children's book by Ian Fleming.
Ian Fleming, an avid birdwatcher, named his most famous creation, James Bond, after the author of his favorite book on birds of the Caribbean.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:33 AM
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The inspiration for the Bond character's title of "M" comes from "C," the title of the real life MI6 director, which in turn comes from Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, who signed documents in green ink with that letter when he held that position.
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Blue Oyster Cult's song "Transmaniacon MC" was the inspiration for John Shirley's first novel. He later became a lyricist for the band.
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Cindy Williams played Shirley Feeney in the TV show Laverne & Shirley, set in Milwaukee, WI.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:54 AM
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Laverne, Maxine, and Patty were the first names of the Andrews Sisters.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:57 AM
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Patty and Selma are the names of Marge's sisters on The Simpsons.

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Old 02-09-2010, 11:09 AM
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Patty and Selma are the names of Matt Groening's two older sisters, Maggie and Lisa his two younger sisters, and Homer and Marge his parents. Bart comes from "brat."
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:17 AM
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Patty and Selma are the names of Matt Groening's two older sisters, Maggie and Lisa his two younger sisters, and Homer and Marge his parents. Bart comes from "brat."
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Patty is the name of Matt Groening's older sister, Maggie and Lisa his two younger sisters, and Homer and Marge his parents. Bart comes from "brat."

Must have misremembered Selma. She might have been an aunt.
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Groening's grandfather's name is actually Abe.

However, when it came time to name the grandfather, he was sick of having them share the names of his family, so he let the writers choose a name for him, Groening then left the room. Can you imagine Matt's reaction when they told him the name that they picked, not knowing what his grandfather's name is?

(Matt also had a brother, I think his name is/was Mark, but his name hasn't been used in the series (yet))

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Matt Groening's last name rhymes with "complaining" (as he pointed out in one of his Life in Hell strips).
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:25 AM
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Matt Groening's last name rhymes with "complaining" (as he pointed out in one of his Life in Hell strips).
Dean Martin played Matt Helm in a series of comical spy movies in the Sixties; Tony Franciosa played a much more serious Matt Helm on a TV series in the Seventies.

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Old 02-09-2010, 11:51 AM
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Dean Martin, who had previously been Jerry Lewis' comedy partner, played the captain on the first, and seminal, Airport movie.
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Maryland's College Park Airport claims to be the world's oldest continuously operating airport, having been established in August 1909 as a site for Wilbur Wright to train military officers to fly the U.S. government's first plane.
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The movie Airport was based on the novel by Arthur Hailly, who also wrote The Moneychangers.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:12 PM
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The Albany County Airport in New York is the oldest municipally owned airport in the US>

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In the movie "Kate & Leopold," the time traveling title character played by Hugh Jackman is the Duke of Albany.
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The HG Wells novella, "The Time Machine" is frequently credited with popularizing the concept of time travel.

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The flux capacitor, which was an integral part of Doc Brown's time traveling DeLorean in the Back To The Future movie enterprise, operated at 1.21 gigawatts.
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Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc Brown, is the son of a Texaco heiress (her childhood home) and the uncle of Sam Lloyd, best known as Ted Buckland, the nervous hospital lawyer on Scrubs.

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1.21 Church meets in a brewery in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.

As for their name -- "1 stands for the first century, and the truth and values that drove the early church: the first century was when the church was started. 21 refers to the 21st century, and living the truth, the mission, and the message of Jesus in the context of our time..."
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Among the companies founded in Winston-Salem are Krispy Kreme, Wachovia, and R. J. Reynolds.
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1.21 Church meets in a brewery in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.

As for their name -- "1 stands for the first century, and the truth and values that drove the early church: the first century was when the church was started. 21 refers to the 21st century, and living the truth, the mission, and the message of Jesus in the context of our time..."
Francis Church wrote the famous Christmas editorial, "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus."

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Frank Church was also the name of a Democratic Senator from Idaho who was best known for opposing the Vietnam War.
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Idaho's state motto is Esto Perpetua, Latin for "Let it be forever."
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Let It Be was the Beatles' final studio album.
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The studio sessions for Let it Be were filmed and released as a documentary to fulfill a contractual obligation, but the film has never been officially released onto DVD.

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The Rolling Stones released the album "Let it Bleed"- featuring what many consider to be their best song: "Gimme Shelter."
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Stephen King considered the Rolling Stones' Paint it Black one of his favorites and has referenced it in his works and used it in the soundtrack of movies/miniseries based on his works; covers of the song were used in the soundtracks of Devil's Advocate, Talladega Nights, and The Sopranos.
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Stephen King made his debut as an actor in "Knightriders," one of the few non-horror films George Romero ever directed.

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Steven Van Zandt played the Michael Corleone-quoting Silvio Dante in The Sopranos
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New-Zealand born operatic soprano Kiri Te Kanawa has been singing professionally for more than 40 years (her debut was in 1968).
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