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We're impressed that Kelsey Grammer played Frasier for ... what ... 30 years or something? Feh. Helen Wagner spent 54 years playing Nancy Hughes on "As the World Turns." She was there was the show debuted in April 1956, and she stuck with it until the summer of 2010, when both the show, and she herself, were canceled. She was even on screen when...Read more

Who produced the "Dictator?"

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The Studebaker auto company produced a car called the "Dictator" from 1927–1936.

Do you give a fig about coffee?

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For many years, the fig has been used as a coffee substitute. The fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme that is considered an aid to digestion and is used by the pharmaceutical industry.

Do we have more wild turkeys today?

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According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, the number of wild turkeys in the U.S. has increased from an all time low of 30,000 to more than 4 million today. One state park in Iowa now boasts more than 100 turkeys per square mile.

How would you be tabescent?

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The little-used adjective "tabescent" means to waste or wither away.

Contreversial Laterals, External Element

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In 1982, archrivals Stanford and the University of California were playing the 85th Big Game. Stanford looked to be winning, but at the last moment, a series of controversial laterals led Kevin Moen to the touchdown line, which he scored by running through the Stanford marching band, which thought the game was over and was already on the field, ...Read more

Where was the 1607 settlement?

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The first English settlement in what became New England was founded thirteen years before the arrival of the Pilgrims. In 1607, a settlement was established at Popham Beach, Maine. After a year, its inhabitants found the climate too harsh, and departed.

What would you do with frumenty?

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Frumenty was a spiced porridge, enjoyed by both rich and poor. It is thought to be the forerunner of modern Christmas puddings. It has its origins in a Celtic legend of the harvest god Dagda, who stirred a porridge made up of all the good things of the Earth.

On what did Ada base her early computer programs?

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In 1843, mathematician Ada Byron published the first computer programs. She based them on Jacquard's punch-card idea. Her programs were for the first general-purpose mechanical digital computer that had just been invented by Charles Babbage.

Where was the first traffic light?

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The world's first electric traffic light signal was installed 75 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street.

Hilton Paris, Double Charge

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For five months in 2005, Paris Hilton was engaged to Paris Latsis. So, if you ever wondered whether Paris was a boy's name or a girl's name, it's both! There is also Michael Jackson's daughter Paris. Right about now, you may be wondering to yourself, "Self, wouldn't it be cool if there was a Hilton in Paris, France?" Well, Self, there are ...Read more

What was so special about Dr. Bliss?

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U.S. Army doctor D.W. Bliss had the unique role of attending to two U.S. presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865, he was one of 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln; in 1881, Bliss supervised the care of James Garfield.

How did Mary Shelley come up with the name <i>Frankenstein</i>?

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Mary Shelley always maintained that she derived the name "Frankenstein" from a dream-vision, yet the name and what it means has been a source of many speculations. Literally, in German, the name Frankenstein means stone of the Franks. Frankenstein is the former name of Zbkowice Slaskie, a city in Silesia. There is a town called Frankenstein in ...Read more

When did passports first become prevalent?

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Until the Middle Ages, passports were given only to the privileged well-to-do. In 1215, the Magna Carta established that "All merchants are to be safe and secure in leaving and entering England." One of the earliest U.S. passports on record was issued in France in 1778. It was signed by Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams.

When would you have played Heidenwerfen?

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In ancient Germany "Heidenwerfen" was the popular sport bowling. Heidenwerfen means "strike down the heathens."

How long has boxing been a sport?

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Archaeological evidence suggests boxing existed in North Africa as early as 4000 BC and had also developed in the Mediterranean by 1500 BC. Around 900 BC a mythical Greek ruler named Theseus allegedly invented a form of boxing in which two men, seated face to face, would beat each other with their fists until one of them was killed. In time, the...Read more

Shostakovich's Oscar, Navel Grammy

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Dmitri Shostakovich was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, but we know what you're thinking. That's all jack unless you're somebody in Hollywood. Well, he was in fact nominated (unsuccessfully) for a 1962 Oscar for scoring the film "Khovanshchina." Duke Ellington was also nominated that year for "Paris Blues." They both lost to "...Read more

Was the organ in Bach's blood?

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It would seem so. More than 100 descendants of the prolific (and some would say definitive) composer for the grand instrument, Johann Sebastian Bach, have been cathedral organists.

Does your home have dust mites?

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More than 45 percent of the homes in the United States have dust mites residing in them in significant numbers. The microscopic creatures burrow themselves by the thousands into plush furniture and carpeting to consume flakes from human skin and animal dander. Though mites are harmless, many people are allergic to their waste. When a person ...Read more

What color is butter naturally?

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Butter is a dairy product made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. While butter from cow's milk is most common, it can be made from the milk of other mammals as well, including sheep, goats, buffalo, and yaks. The color of the butter depends on the animal's feed and is sometimes manipulated with food colorings, most commonly annatto or...Read more

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