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Barry Goldwater ran against Lyndon Johnson in '64, and got absolutely creamed in the electoral vote, 486-52. Eight years later, Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern in an even more brutal electoral landslide, 520-17, with McGovern carrying only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
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Eight years after that, in 1984, Ronald Reagan laid an even worse beatdown on Walter Mondale, 525-13. Mondale barely won his home state of Minnesota by 3,761 votes.
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The Minnesota Vikings have lost four Super Bowls, but have yet to win one. Former Vikings coach Bud Grant philosophically quipped that 0-4 is better than 0-0.
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After spending a year with the New York Jets upon being traded from the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Brett Favre played two years with the Vikings, much to the discontent of Packers fans, to whom the Vikings are a bitter rival.
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Brett Favre's last completed pass attempts with each of the Packers, Jets and Vikings were all intercepted by the opposing teams.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:52 PM
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A pass in not considered to be a completion unless it is caught
by a member of the team on offence.

If intercepted it is an incompletion.
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A pass in not considered to be a completion unless it is caught
by a member of the team on offence.

If intercepted it is an incompletion.
"completed pass attempts" - I wasn't talking official pass stats & definitions; you knew what I meant. Gunslinger Favre screwed the pooch in those playoff games.

Back to the game:

Gunslinger Brett Favre has the most career interceptions in NFL history: 336. He led the league in interceptions in two different seasons, and had five seasons with at least 20 interceptions.

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The great-grandfather of Buford Tannen from the Back to the Future movies was Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen, a notorious gunslinger who bragged that he killed 12 men, "not including Indians or Chinamen". In the original timeline, he shot Doc Brown in the back at the town festival on Saturday night, September 5, 1885, and it took him two whole days to die.

Marty McFly went back to 1885 to prevent it from happening.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:44 PM
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Christopher Lloyd played Emmett "Doc" Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. Lloyd grew up in New Canaan, CT. His first major motion picture role was in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, in 1975.
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Though Christopher Lloyd's film and television career began in 1975, he didn't have his first onscreen kiss until 1990's Back to the Future Part III. He was 51 when the film was released.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:14 AM
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In the Star Trek episode, Plato's Stepchildren, Captain Kirk and Lt Uhura kiss. Commonly but mistakenly thought to be the first interracial kiss on TV, the actual first such kiss was when Sammy Davis, Jr kissed Nancy Sinatra in December 1967 on the variety show, Movin' With Nancy.
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was a popular and thought-provoking movie about interracial relationships. Its '00s remake, Guess Who, tells the story in contemporary times and flips the gender-- white male, black female. Ashton Kutcher played the prospective groom, and Bernie Mac was the bride's father.
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Bernie Mac (October 5, 1957– August 9, 2008) was born and raised in the south side of Chicago, where Leroy Brown of the Jim Croce song also hailed from.

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Bernie Taupin answered a want ad in the New Musical Express, asking for new songwriters. He was teamed with Elton John, who used the lyrics to build the melodies. Taupin was lyricist for most of Elton John's songs.
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Elton John also saw and replied to that want ad, which was placed by Liberty Records' Ray Williams. Neither Bernie Taupin nor Elton John passed the audition for Liberty Records, but Ray Williams recognised their talents and put them in touch with each other. The pair have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
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Elton John has sung "Crocodile Rock" in the movie Gnomeo and Juliet and in the TV show Bob the Builder.
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The Soviet magazine Krokodil was officially sanctioned as a safe outlet for social satire, within bounds of course. Its most common targets were mid-level bureaucrats and drunken workers.
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The American crocodile is the most widespread of the four extant species of crocodiles in the Americas. Within the United States, the American crocodile's habitat is limited to the southern half of Florida, where it has an estimated population of 2,000.
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The cover of the 2003 football guidebook of the University of Florida, whose mascot is the Gator, was illustrated with a photograph of a crocodile. This was obvious because American crocodiles have pointy snouts and are a light, olive-green color, while alligators have broad snouts and are nearly black.

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Gator Tim Tebow graduated in 2010 and won the Heisman Trophy in the 2007 season
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The Heisman Trophy resides in the Downtown Athletic Club in New York, who gives out the award. Winner get a trophy to keep, but the club has a trophy in its lobby with the nameplates of all the winners.
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About 150mi north of NYC, Union College in Schenectady is regarded as the Mother of Fraternities because Delta Phi is the oldest continually operating fraternity and Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Societies were started on the campus.

(trivial addition: that's close to my hometown)

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(I went to Union echo7Tango, and live in Schenectady now).

Frank Zappa's group, The Mothers, had their name changed by their record company to "The Mothers of Invention" because it was too risque. Generally, fans of the group use the original name.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:06 PM
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(RealityChuck, cool, I grew up in Latham when my dad taught at RPI)

Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia who started Mother's Day celebrations also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialisation of Mother's Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.

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Anna Jarvis had no children, but the holiday she campaigned for honors her mother, Ann. Ann Jarvis had organized Mothers' Day Work Clubs in several West Virginia towns. The clubs' goals included inspecting milk and hiring women to help families in which the mothers were too ill from tuberculosis to care for children. During the Civil War, club members fed, clothed, and nursed soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies.
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John Keats died of tuberculosis in Rome.
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Rome is the capital of the Republic of Italy, and also contains Vatican City, a microstate enclave led by His Holiness the Pope as head of state.
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Marquez Pope is a former American football player who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round of the 1992 NFL Draft. Pope played for 5 teams in 10 NFL seasons from 1992 to 2001. His best year as a pro came during the 1996 season for the San Francisco 49ers, intercepting 6 passes with 1 touchdown.

Pope is the only NFL player in history to play on all California teams (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland).

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Three different NFL teams have played their home games at the Los Angeles Coliseum, which was built for the 1932 Olympics: The Rams (previously in Cleveland, now in St. Louis), the Raiders (who have returned to their original Oakland home), and the Chargers (who played there their first year in the AFL but then moved to San Diego). None play there, or anywhere else in the LA metro area, today.
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Million Dollar Legs was a 30s comedy starring W.C. Fields as the president of Klopstokia, who is convinced to field a team for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. All the citizens of the country are world-class athletes, even though they never trained or entered any events before the Olympics. Field's talent is weightlifting.
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Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

(loosely linked by the 1930s)
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Some of these links are tenuous at best. Just sayin'.

Stretch Armstrong was a large, gel-filled action figure first introduced in 1976 by Kenner.
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Stretched links can be removed from old watchbands, and replaced, to restore the old watch's custom fit. Here's how.

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Bratwurst, chorizo, and linguica are three common types of link sausage.
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In 2003, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon was suspended for whacking one of the contestants in the Milwaukee Brewer's Sausage Race. At every game at Miller Park, stuntpersons dressed as the main products of Klement's Sausage Company have a running race along the infield, upon which the patrons can place friendly wagers if they so choose. The contestants are:
There are five Klement's Racing Sausages (mascots). Their official names are given by the race's sponsor:

#1, Bratwurst (nickname: Brett Wurst) is a bratwurst and wears green Austro-Bavarian lederhosen.
#2, Polish Sausage (nickname: Stosh) is a Polish sausage and wears dark sunglasses and a blue and red rugby shirt.
#3, Italian Sausage (nickname: Guido) is an Italian sausage and wears a chef's outfit.
#4, Hot Dog (nickname: Frankie Furter) is a hot dog and wears a baseball uniform.
#5, Chorizo (nickname: Cinco) is a chorizo and wears a sombrero.
Most fans refer to the sausages as Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates last won the World Series in 1979, as "We Are Family". The Pirates have struggled more recently, with 19 consecutive losing seasons to date, the longest in North American professional sports history.

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The Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, currently a tetralogy, is the fifth-highest-grossing film franchise in history, behind only Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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After discovering a seemingly endless number of islands in the northeast Caribbean in 1493, Christopher Columbus named them after St. Ursula and the 11,000 virgins--the Virgin Islands.
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The largest wooden building in the world is the Hall of the Great Buddha in the Todai-ji Temple on the main Japanese island of Honshu, although the present structure, rebuilt in 1709, is a mere two-thirds the size of the original.
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The tallest wooden roller coaster in the world is the Colossus at Heide Park in Soltau, Germany. It is 197 feet tall. The wooden roller with the tallest drop in the world is El Toro at Six Flags in Jackson Township, New Jersey, USA. It drops 176 feet.
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In tempting Brutus to join the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar, Cassius complained that Caesar did bestride the narrow world like a Colussus.
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18-year old Louisville Kentucky light-heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay almost did not go to the Rome Summer Olympics in 1960 because of his fear of flying. He begged to go by boat (or even by train!). When finally convinced by a mentor to go on the flight, the young Clay bought a military surplus parachute and brought it on the plane with him.

In Rome, the young upstart defeated the champion from Poland, Zbigniew "Ziggy" Pietrzykowski.

The rest, as they say, is history.
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Nazi Germany's September 1- October 6, 1939 invasion of Poland marked the start of World War II, less than a month after signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that brought Germany and the Soviet Union together as allies.
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Chevy Chase is a town in Maryland located in Montgomery county.
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Among the World War II campaigns in which Bernard Montgomery was involved were Operation Capri (an attack on the German Eighth Army in the Tunisian town of Medenine) and Operation Husky (Allied invasion of Sicily).
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In 2005, a life-size bronze statue of Elizabeth Montgomery sitting on a broom, like her character Samantha Stevens on "Bewitched", was installed in Lappin Park in Salem, Massachusetts.
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The Lady in the Lake was a 1947 movie adaptation of the novel by Raymond Chandler. Director and star Robert Montgomery show the entire film so that the camera was from the point of view of Phillip Marlowe. Montgomery only saw himself when his face was reflected in the mirror, and actors addressed themselves directly to the camera. The experiment was not a success.
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Department store retailer Montgomery Ward operated from 1872 to 2001. It was ultimately done in by lower-priced competitors such as Target, Kmart and especially Walmart.

One of the more notable events in the company history came in 1944-45, when the Roosevelt administration seized Montgomery Ward's American assets because they refused to resolve a strike, causing an adverse effect on the delivery of needed goods during wartime. President Truman ended the seizure in 1945.
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Harry Truman, after leaving the White House in 1953, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford University.
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The University of Oxford's list of notable alumni is far too extensive to list here, but the number includes 26 British prime ministers, at least 30 foreign heads of state, at least 12 saints, 50 Olympic medal-winners and 20 Archbishops of Canterbury.
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