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Old 07-15-2019, 11:58 PM
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Playing cards may have been invented during the Tang dynasty around the 9th century AD as a result of the usage of woodblock printing technology. They played the Leaf Game. The earliest dated instance of a game involving cards with suits and numerals occurred on 17 July 1294 when two men were caught playing cards [zhi pai] and that wood blocks for printing them had been impounded, together with nine of the actual cards. Four-suited playing cards are first attributed in Southern Europe in 1365, and are likely derived from the Mamluk suits of cups, coins, swords, and polo-sticks, A card manufacturer provided crates of Ace of Spades cards for U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam War. It was erroneously believed that the Viet Cong believed the Ace of Spades to be a symbol of death and would flee at the sight of the card. In actuality, the Ace meant nothing to the Viet Cong, but the belief that the enemy was afraid of the cards improved the U.S. soldiers' morale.
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The word 'ace' comes from the Old French word as meaning 'one unit', from the name of a small Roman coin. It originally meant the side of a die with only one pip. Since this was the lowest roll of the die, it traditionally meant bad luck or trouble, but as the ace is often the highest playing card, its meaning has since changed to mean high-quality or excellence.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:43 AM
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Ten Roman as coins added up to a denarius, the standard Roman silver coin. The word denarius is derived from the Latin dēnī, "containing ten". The word for "money" descends from it in Italian (denaro), Slovene (denar), Portuguese (dinheiro), and Spanish (dinero). Its name also survives in the many past and dinar currencies used in the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East.

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Old 07-16-2019, 11:44 AM
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The musical Oh Calcutta!, consisting of sketches on sex-related topics, got its title from a painting by Clovis Trouille, itself a pun on "O quel cul t'as!" French for "What an arse you have!". One of the composers was Peter Schickele, better known as P.D.Q. Bach.

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Old 07-16-2019, 12:10 PM
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A London workshop recently took place for Andrew Lloyd Webber's modern musical remake of Cinderella, which welcomed some of Broadway's most notable producers and theatre owners. Now the composer has revealed in an recent interview with Good Morning Britain that the musical will open on Broadway next year.

And Annie does her Happy Dance!
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Old 07-16-2019, 02:11 PM
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Actresses who have performed or voiced the character of Cinderella - from a tale of which the earliest variant may date back to Ancient Greece - include Mary Pickford, Colleen Moore, Yanina Zhejmo, Leslie Caron, Julie Andrews, Lesley Ann Warren, Shelly Duvall, Brandy Norwood, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez and Lily James.
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Old 07-16-2019, 06:10 PM
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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created a musical version of Cinderella, specifically for television. The musical was first performed live on CBS, on March 31st, 1957, with Julie Andrews (then only 21 years old) in the title role.

In 1965, CBS aired a new production of the musical, starring Lesley Ann Warren (who was only 18) as Cinderella. A 1997 adaptation was created by Disney, and first aired on ABC, with Brandy Norwood (also 18 at the time) as Cinderella.
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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created nine Broadway musicals in the years 1943-1959. Five of these shows were outstanding successes, including the first and the last, Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music. The other successful shows were Carousel, South Pacific, and The King and I.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:34 AM
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George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess was first performed in Boston on September 30, 1935, before it moved to Broadway in New York City. It featured a cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time. After suffering from an initially unpopular public reception, a 1976 Houston Grand Opera production gained it new popularity, and it is now one of the best-known and most frequently performed operas.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:47 AM
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Porgy and Bess, set in Charleston's fictional Catfish Row, is the official state opera of South Carolina, the only state which has one. Gershwin wrote the character of Sportin' Life, the local pimp and pusher, for bandleader Cab Calloway, but he did not take the role until a later revival production.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:17 AM
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Cab Calloway's parents wanted him to become a lawyer, like his father, and he began prelaw studies at Crane College in Chicago, but he was more interested in music and eventually made his highly successful career in that field.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:15 AM
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Northern J. Calloway replaced Tony winner Ben Vereen as the Leading Player in Broadway's original cast of Pippin. He would later play David on Sesame Street, and take over Mr. Hooper's store, but his later years were marked by legal troubles and deteriorating physical and mental health. He died in 1990, age 41.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:29 AM
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The Northern League is a right-wing Italian political party which advocates the transformation of Italy into a federal state, fiscal federalism, regionalism and greater regional autonomy, especially for northern regions. At times, the party has advocated the secession of the North, referred to as "Padania", and consequently Padanian nationalism. The party has always opposed illegal immigration, especially when involving non-Europeans and Muslims. It is allied with other European right-wing populist parties such as France's National Rally, the Netherlands' Party for Freedom and the Freedom Party of Austria.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:33 AM
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The musical CATS has been translated into more than 10 languages including Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights. The title of the show has rarely been translated, the Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called Gatos – the response in favor of keeping the English original was unanimous.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:27 AM
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Cats ranks #10 on the list of highest-grossing Broadway Musicals all-time. The Lion King, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera are the top three on this list.

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Old 07-17-2019, 11:31 AM
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Lin-Manual Miranda, the book writer, lyricist, and composer of "Hamilton," made $6.4 million dollars from show's first year of its Broadway run.

Attendance was about 10,700 a week or 558,000 annually. So Miranda got approximately $11.50 per ticket.
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Hamiltonian mechanics was first formulated by William Rowan Hamilton in 1833, starting from Lagrangian mechanics, a previous reformulation of classical mechanics introduced by Joseph Louis Lagrange in 1788. Historically, it was an important reformulation of classical mechanics, which later contributed to the formulation of statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics.
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The film That Hamilton Woman, (1941) with Laurence Olivier as Horatio Nelson and Vivien Leigh as Emma Hamilton, was one of several Hollywood films made to encourage pro-British sentiment among American audiences, especially with the United States not yet having entered the war. The film was popular in the United States and an outstanding success in the Soviet Union and was one of Winston Churchill's favorites.

In July 1941, the isolationist group America First Committee (AFC) targeted That Hamilton Woman and three other Hollywood feature films (The Great Dictator, Foreign Correspondent, and The Mortal Storm) as productions that "seemed to be preparing Americans for war." The AFC called on the American public to boycott theaters showing these movies.
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:52 PM
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The fictional character Horatio Hornblower, created by novelist C.S. Forester, was an officer in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.

Hornblower has served as an inspiration for a number of notable fictional characters, including James Kirk, Honor Harrington, and Richard Sharpe.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:45 PM
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The Hornblower collection by Forester consists of eleven novels (one unfinished) and five short stories. The first novel was published in 1937, and the last completed novel was published in 1962. Forester died in 1966.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:29 AM
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50 years ago today, Apollo Eleven had already launched on 16 July 1969 and was on its way to the moon. After approximately 2 days of flying to the moon, Apollo 11 will cross the equigravisphere, the point where the moon’s gravitational attraction equals that of the earth, at 2012hrs tonight, fifty years ago today.

I’ve excerpted and constructed this Apollo 11 Timeline. All times are PDT.


Apollo 11 Timeline
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16 July 1969
➤ 0632: launch, liftoff of Apollo 11
➤ 0633: Mach 1 achieved
➤ 0635: Stage II ignition
➤ 0641: Stage III ignition (S-IVB)
➤ 0643: Earth orbit insertion, Stage III ignition cutoff
➤ 0916: Stage III TLI burn ignition
➤ 0922: Stage III TLI burn cutoff, velocity >24,000 MPH
➤ 0922: TLI achieved, Trans-Lunar Injection – they’re on their way to the moon!
➤ 0956: CSM docs with LM, command service module, lunar module
➤ 1113: S-IVB maneuver to lunar slingshot

17 July 1969
➤ 0917: midcourse correction (3-sec burn), 24 hours after achieving TLI, Trans-Lunar Injection

18 July 1969
➤ 1402: Armstrong and Aldrin enter LM for initial inspection (for approx 2 hrs)
➤ 2012: crossing the equigravisphere, the point where the moon’s gravitational attraction equals that of the earth; it took them about 2 days to reach this point after they had achieved TLI, Trans-Lunar Injection


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https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4029/Apo...i_Timeline.htm
https://history.nasa.gov/ap11ann/apollo11_log/log.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11
http://apollo11.spacelog.org/page/04:06:45:04/
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:43 AM
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According to Buzz Aldrin, just as he was getting ready to step off the lunar module, he reached back and took the cassette of "Fly Me to the Moon" that Quincy Jones had arranged and conducted for Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, and turned it on, making it the first music played on the moon.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:13 AM
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According to Buzz Aldrin, shortly after landing on the moon and before Neil went out the door to look around, he solemnly gave thanks with a quiet service of holy communion — the first meal on the moon.
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According to Pixar producers, the Toy Story astronaut character was originally named Lunar Larry, but it sounded "too wacky", so while trying to rechristen him "we went through some space terms and the word light-year came up, and the coolest astronaut name was Buzz Aldrin." Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers. A clip of this can be found on the Toy Story 10th Anniversary DVD. Aldrin did not, however, receive any endorsement fees for the use of his first name.
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The Washington Monument has been illuminated this week as a Saturn V rocket, in honor of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first manned landing on the Moon.

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The competing Soviet program to put a man on the moon effectively ended with an on-pad explosion of the N-1 rocket which would have powered it.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:01 AM
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In addition to flying the first American woman, African-American, Dutchman and Canadian into space; carrying three Spacelab missions; and performing the first night launch and night landing of a Space Shuttle, Challenger was also the first space shuttle to be destroyed in an accident during a mission.
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The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was built in 1976, and was only used in testing and had no orbital capability. Four fully operational shuttles were initially built: Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, and Atlantis. Of these, two were lost in mission accidents: Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003, with a total of fourteen astronauts killed. A sixth shuttle, Endeavour, was built in 1991 to replace Challenger. The Space Shuttle was retired from service upon the conclusion of Atlantis's final flight on July 21, 2011. The U.S. has since relied on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:25 AM
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In January 1997, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the Tappet Brothers of NPR's Car Talk, received an unusual phone call. A John from Houston wanted to pick their brains about the odd behavior of the government vehicle he was driving, and the car-savvy duo quickly realized he wasn't talking about a car.

On the January 18th, 1997, episode of Car Talk, the Tappet Brothers chatted with this mysterious John, who described his issue over a very poor phone connection:
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I work for the government, so I can't tell you too much, but I occasionally drive this government vehicle; it's one of those Rockwell things? And twice it's done a really funny thing I thought maybe you guys could help me with it.

The twice that I've driven this thing off the line, when I first start it up, it starts great. It starts really, really well, and it runs incredibly rough for the first two minutes. This is one of those puzzlers.

After the first two minutes, after this really rough ride, there's kind of a jolt. And then it runs smooth for about six and a half minutes, and then at that point, the engine dies.
This was John Grunsfeld, who was, at the time, aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis on a STS-81, a mission to Mir.
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One recent book portraying the Space Race is Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (2016); the film rights to the book were sold while Shetterly was still working on it. The 2016 film adaptation focuses on the early 1960s.
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The term "computer", in use from the early 17th century (the first known written reference dates from 1613), meant "one who computes": a person performing mathematical calculations, before electronic computers became commercially available. Astronomers in Renaissance times used that term about as often as they called themselves "mathematicians" for their principal work of calculating the positions of planets. They often hired a "computer" to assist them. For some men such as Johannes Kepler, assisting a scientist in computation was a temporary position until they moved on to greater advancements.
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During its over nine and a half years of service, NASA's Kepler space telescope observed 530,506 stars and detected 2,662 planets. It was retired in October 2018.
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Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler, a German native whose parents were professional ballroom dancers, has hit home runs in 5 consecutive at bats off Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer, a major league record.
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South African guitarist and singer Trevor Rabin has been an on-and-off member of the progressive rock group Yes since the early 1980s. Rabin's song "Owner of a Lonely Heart," which appeared on the 1983 Yes album 90125, turned out to be Yes's highest-charting single in the U.S., hitting #1 in January, 1984.

Rabin is also a prolific composer of motion picture scores, including the music for Armageddon, Remember the Titans, and National Treasure.
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, published in 1940, was the first novel by the American author Carson McCullers. McCullers was just 23 at the time of publication. The book is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s mill town in the state of Georgia. A movie based on the book was released in 1968. The film starred Alan Arkin and introduced Sandra Lee. Both Arkin and Lee received Academy Award nominations for their performances.
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Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. He often remarked: "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

Thompson died by suicide at the age of 67, following a series of health problems. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend Johnny Depp and attended by friends including then-Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson.

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In 1965, Hunter S. Thompson was asked by the editors of The Nation to do a story on the Hell's Angels. That article led to a book deal; Thompson spent almost a year with the Angels before he wrote the book, which was published in 1966.

Two years later, Thompson was covering Richard Nixon's presidential campaign for Rolling Stone. One day during the campaign, Nixon asked Thompson to ride with him to the next stop, because Nixon wanted to talk football, and Thompson was purportedly the only journalist who knew anything about football.

Hunter S. Thompson was undoubtedly the only person who rode with both the Hell's Angels and with Richard Nixon.
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The National Archives's most-requested photographic reprint is that of the Dec. 21, 1970 Oval Office meeting between President Richard M. Nixon and rock star Elvis Presley.

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Nixon was President when Apollo 11 landed on the moon fifty years ago.

At this time fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 had just crossed the equigravisphere, the point where the moon’s gravitational attraction equals that of the earth


Apollo 11 Timeline
(all times PDT: hrs, day & date)

Wed 16 July 1969
➤ 0632: launch, liftoff of Apollo 11
➤ 0633: Mach 1 achieved
➤ 0635: Stage II ignition
➤ 0641: Stage III ignition (S-IVB)
➤ 0643: Earth orbit insertion, Stage III ignition cutoff
➤ 0916: Stage III TLI burn ignition
➤ 0922: Stage III TLI burn cutoff, velocity >24,000 MPH
➤ 0922: TLI achieved, translunar injection – they’re on their way to the moon!
➤ 0956: CSM docs with LM, command service module, lunar module
➤ 1113: S-IVB maneuver to lunar slingshot

Thu 17 July 1969
➤ 0917: midcourse correction (3-sec burn)

Fri 18 July 1969
➤ 1402: Armstrong and Aldrin enter LM for initial inspection (for approx 2 hrs)
2012: crossing the equigravisphere, the point where the moon’s gravitational attraction equals that of the earth
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Now, 50 years later, I have an opinion on our 1969 moon landing. Normally I would shy away from making such an unprovable and controversial remark. It could cause me to lose credibility in some eyes. On the other hand, I know what a farce our media can perpetrate on you all, already, that it just might wake you up to hear what I think.

I first had my doubts a long time ago. The number one reason I doubted the veracity of the man landing on the moon script was the fact that Richard Nixon was president at the time and both R.F.K. and Martin Luther King had both just been assassinated. I think Nixon had long planned for this exact diversion to keep the public confused about those murders that he was busy covering up. (I can prove that Nixon was behind J.F.K.’s murder via the same Time and Newsweek codes they left behind then. No doubt he also killed R.F.K. to lock up the 1968 election as well as Martin Luther King, another social activist.)

I recently learned that the daytime temperature on the lunar surface is over 250 degrees hot. Strange how only now have I ever heard of that fact.

If these famous astronauts DID land on the moon and walk around they would be the biggest heroes of the twentieth century, practically, and would have capitalized on this feat more than they did. In fact, they ALL shunned the media light of day ever after. The exact opposite behavior one would have expected.

Fifty years later no nation has landed a man on the moon, since. You’d think that Russia would at least go for the silver medal on this one and duplicate our supposed feat.

As I recall, the divot Neil Armstrong made with his golf shot on the moon flew much like a divot (sand) would fly if it was made on earth. It didn’t float off endlessly outwards from it’s impact like you’d expect it to.

Watching a KQED documentary last night (7-2-’19) about that landing I spotted three new clues; One was a photo of a laughing out loud hysterically Richard Nixon in the same shot with those astronauts smiling phony smiles behind a window of a mock up capsule they were in, supposedly after the mission. I interpreted this bug eyed hysterical smile / laugh by Nixon to mean he was privately thinking; “God, this is SO MUCH FUN!!!! The stupid public is BUYING all this bullshit!!!! So long as I got elected and not R.F.K..”

The other clue was the photography of the machine’s camera that did, indeed, land on the moon’s surface and the next shot of the emerging astronaut walking on the surface. Suddenly the lighting was MUCH dimmer and more shadowy, as if it were not in the same place or time as the shot seconds before from the spacecraft. As if THAT portion of the footage was filmed on earth, perhaps in Idaho, golf shot included. Suddenly there WAS no brilliant lighting that you can only get from the stark lunar surface. If these three astronauts were in on a secret, and about a hundred other NASA / media mucky mucks, there would be no way for anyone on earth to know for sure if all that footage we were watching was all live or edited. Spliced together or not.

Then there was the fact that the entire Cape Canaveral complex and the space program was all but shut down immediately after this supposed landing of a man on the moon. All personnel who might have ever learned through any grapevine of any stories were scattered like the wind to find jobs elsewhere, first.

That’s my take on the moon landing, people. That you were all taken.

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Cape Canaveral (Spanish for reedy marsh), named by Juan Ponce de Leon, is locally claimed to have been the second geographical feature in North America to be given a European name. The first was La Florida itself, because it was the season of Pascua Florida ("Flowery Easter") and because much of the vegetation was in bloom when Ponce's expedition arrived.

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The moon rotates on its axis in about 27 days. Daytime on one side of the moon lasts about 13 and a half days, followed by 13 and a half nights of darkness. When sunlight hits the moon's surface, the temperature can reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit; when the sun goes down, temperatures can dip to minus 280 degrees Fahrenheit.

All of the US space missions launched from Cape Canaveral. It was known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 through 1973.

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Physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit is known for being the inventor of the mercury-in-glass thermometer (the first practical, accurate thermometer), as well as for developing the temperature scale which bears his name.

Though there are some conflicting stories about how Fahrenheit chose the reference points for his scale, his original reference points are generally believed to be the temperature of a mixture of water, ice, and ammonium chloride (which originally defined 0 degrees F), and the normal body temperature of a human (which originally defined 96 degrees F).
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The planet Mercury, closest of all to the Sun, has no moon, unlike Earth.
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A research team undertook a study in 2016 to understand the appeal behind Freddie Mercury's voice.Led by Professor Christian Herbst, the team identified his notably faster vibrato and use of subharmonics as unique characteristics of Mercury's voice, particularly in comparison to opera singers. They confirmed a vocal range from F#2 to G5 (just over 3 octaves) but were unable to confirm claims of a 4-octave range. The research team studied vocal samples from 23 commercially available Queen recordings, his solo work, and a series of interviews of the late artist. They also used an endoscopic video camera to study a rock singer brought in to imitate Mercury's singing voice.
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:11 AM
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As I learned in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury was born with four extra teeth in the back of his mouth, pushing the front ones forward and causing a large overbite. Mercury never fixed his teeth, fearing that the procedure would cause more health issues, and might affect his unique voice.
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:35 AM
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According to the site "Jesus is Savior," Freddie Mercury was The Spirit of Sodomy.

Warning: That whole site is a hoot, but be prepared to spend some time on it.
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Old 07-20-2019, 10:47 AM
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Per Wiki, Mercury's surface appears heavily cratered and is similar in appearance to the Moon's, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years. Having almost no atmosphere to retain heat, it has surface temperatures that vary diurnally more than on any other planet in the Solar System, ranging from 100 K (−173 C; −280 F) at night to 700 K (427 C; 800 F) during the day across the equatorial regions. The polar regions are constantly below 180 K (−93 C; −136 F).
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:15 PM
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At its warmest, when it is closest to the sun, the dwarf planet Pluto can reach temperatures of -369 F (-223 C). At its coolest, temperatures can fall to -387 F (-233 C).

A 'day' on Pluto is 6.4 Earth days or 153.3 hours long.
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Old 07-20-2019, 08:09 PM
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The maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-B, was planned as a "quick run around the block," taking the ship out beyond Pluto and then returning to spacedock, in the movie Star Trek Generations. However, the flight plan was abandoned when the Enterprise received a distress call from an alien starship.
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