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Post by Doodoo » April 28, 2021, 12:26 pm


No need to apologize This is open to all But thanks anyway

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by stattointhailand » April 28, 2021, 2:15 pm

DM you forgot the most famous Jock, Hamish McTosser the 18 times World Series Caber Champion, seen here during his World Record Toss

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Post by Doodoo » April 29, 2021, 1:45 am


Worlds most accurate clock is located at?

a) Greenich England

b) Zurich Switzerland

c) Colorado USA


WWII uncovered: Charles Jackson French a Hero's Hero
"On September 5, 1942, United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French, of Omaha Nebraska, swam through the night for 6 - 8 hours pulling a raft of 15 wounded sailors with a rope around his stomach through shark infested waters after the USS Gregory was hit by Japanese naval fire near Guadalcanal. French successfully brought the men to safety on the shores of the Solomon Islands. French was the first black swimmer to earn the Navy Medal for his heroism in 1943.
French's story first came to light when Robert N. Adrian a young ensign, told a reporter from the Associated Press about how Charles braved the Pacific Ocean to bring the men to safety.
Ensign Adrian was the only one on the bridge to survive and floated over into the water as the ship sank below him. Hearing voices, he found a life raft filled with 15 wounded men. Adrian, though superficially wounded, was able to hang on. “I knew that if we floated ashore we'd be taken as prisoners of war," he said. "Then French volunteered to swim the raft away from shore. He asked for help to tie a rope around his waist and towed them to safety." Adrian told him it was impossible that he would only be giving himself up to the sharks that surrounded them "French responded that he was not afraid. He was a powerful swimmer, and swam all night, 6 to 8 hours, until they were eventually saved by a landing craft."
Once Charles Jackson French was identified, he became a national hero. A depiction of French's heroic actions was included in the WWII Commemorative Card Set produced by Gum Inc., based in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In addition to the War Gum trading card, his story was told in syndicated comic strips, on calendars and he made public appearances across the country to promote the sale of War Bonds. Pictured is Charles with his sister Viola during a public appearance at a football game in Omaha, Nebraska,1943. He is also recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame." (Sources: The International Swimming Hall of Fame and
Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French passed away on November 7th, 1956 at the age of 37. Lest We Forget.


Riddle: What goes up but never comes down?

Riddle: What begins with an “e” and only contains one letter?


1C) Colorado USA using the atomic clock If it had started 300 million years ago it still would record the correct time

3 Answer: Your age

Answer: An envelope

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Hedy Lamarr is famous as a glamorous movie star from the black-and-white era of film. But what most people don't know about her is that, in 1942, she co-invented a device that helped make possible the development of GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi technology!
Born in Austria in 1914, the mathematically talented Lamarr moved to the US in 1937 to start a Hollywood career. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, she was considered one of cinema's leading ladies and made numerous films; however, her passion for engineering is far less known today. Her interest in inventing was such that she set up an engineering room in her house complete with a drafting table and wall of engineering reference books. With the outbreak of World War II, Lamarr wanted to apply her skills to helping the war effort and, motivated by reports of German U-boats sinking ships in the Atlantic, she began investigating ways to improve torpedo technology.
After Lamar met composer George Antheil, who had been experimenting with automated control of musical instruments, together they hit on the idea of "frequency hopping." At the time, radio-controlled torpedoes could easily be detected and jammed by broadcasting interference at the frequency of the control signal, thereby causing the torpedo to go off course. Frequency hopping essentially served to encrypt the control signal because it was impossible for a target to scan and jam all of the frequencies.
Lamarr and Antheil were granted a patent for their invention on August 11, 1942, but the US Navy wasn't interested in applying their groundbreaking technology until twenty years later when it was used on military ships during a blockade of Cuba in 1962. Lamarr and Antheil's frequency-hopping concept serves as a basis for the spread-spectrum communication technology used in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Unfortunately, Lamarr's part in its development has been largely overlooked and her efforts weren't recognized until 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave her an award for her technological contributions. Hedy Lamarr passed away in 2000 at the age of 85 and, in 2014, she was as long last inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her invention of a "Secret Communication System" many years ago.


Pteropus (suborder Yinpterochiroptera) is a genus of megabats which are among the largest bats in the world. They are commonly known as fruit bats or flying foxes, among other colloquial names. They live in the South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, East Africa, and some oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.[3] There are at least 60 extant species in the genus.[4]

Flying foxes eat fruit and other plant matter, and occasionally consume insects as well. They locate resources with their keen sense of smell. Most, but not all, are nocturnal. They navigate with keen eyesight, as they cannot echolocate. They have long life spans and low reproductive outputs, with females of most species producing only one offspring per year. Their slow life history makes their populations vulnerable to threats such as overhunting, culling, and natural disasters. Six flying fox species have been made extinct in modern times by overhunting. Flying foxes are often persecuted for their real or perceived role in damaging crops. They are ecologically beneficial by assisting in the regeneration of forests via seed dispersal. They benefit ecosystems and human interests by pollinating plants.

Like other bats, flying foxes are relevant to humans as a source of disease, as they are the reservoirs of rare but fatal disease agents including Australian bat lyssavirus, which causes rabies, and Hendra virus; seven known human deaths have resulted from these two diseases. Nipah virus is also transmitted by flying foxes—it affects more people, with over 100 attributed fatalities. They have cultural significance to indigenous people, with appearances in traditional art, folklore, and weaponry. Their fur and teeth were used as currency in the past. Some cultures still use their teeth as currency today.

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Sir Sean Connery (born Thomas Connery; 25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a Scottish actor. He was the first actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond on film, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.[1][2][3] Originating the role in Dr. No, Connery played Bond in six of Eon Productions' entries and made his final appearance in the Jack Schwartzman-produced Never Say Never Again.

Connery began acting in smaller theatre and television productions until his breakout role as Bond. Although he did not enjoy the off-screen attention the role gave him, the success of the Bond films brought Connery offers from notable directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet and John Huston. Their films in which Connery appeared included Marnie (1964), The Hill (1965), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be individual (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Highlander (1986), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Untouchables (1987), as Henry Jones, Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000). Connery officially retired from acting in 2006, although he briefly returned for voice-over roles in 2012.

His achievements in film were recognised with an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (including the BAFTA Fellowship), and three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award. In 1987, he was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, and he received the US Kennedy Center Honors lifetime achievement award in 1999. Connery was knighted in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to film drama

In 2004, a poll in the UK Sunday Herald recognized Connery as "The Greatest Living Scot"[5] and a 2011 EuroMillions survey named him "Scotland's Greatest Living National Treasure".[6] He was voted by People magazine as the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1989 and the "Sexiest Man of the Century" in 1999

Connery turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings films, saying he did not understand the script.[96] He was reportedly offered US$30 million along with 15% of the worldwide box office receipts, which would have earned him US$450 million.[97][98] He also turned down the opportunity to appear as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series and the Architect in The Matrix trilogy.


Brian Denis Cox CBE (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor. He has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of individual Lear. He currently stars as media magnate Logan Roy on HBO's Succession.[1] Cox is also known for appearing in Super Troopers, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, X2, Braveheart, Rushmore, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Troy. He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film, in 1986's Manhunter.

An Olivier Award, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, Cox has also been nominated for a BAFTA and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2006, Empire readers voted him the recipient of the Empire Icon Award.

Cox left the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1965 when he joined the Lyceum company in Edinburgh, followed in 1966 by two years with the Birmingham Rep, where his roles included the title role in Peer Gynt (1967) and Orlando in As You Like It, in which he made his London debut in June 1967 at the Vaudeville Theatre.[10] He made his first television appearance in an episode of The Wednesday Play in 1965 and made one-off appearances in several other TV shows before taking a lead role in The Year of the Sex Olympics in 1968.

A recurring rumour that Cox had made uncredited appearances as an extra in several episodes of The Prisoner was dismissed by the actor in an interview with, where he said, "I would've loved to have been in The Prisoner, and I remember seeing it, and I watched it when it first came out. I'm old enough to have seen it and watched it and, yes, to have been an extra in it. But I never was."[11] In 1978 he played individual Henry II of England in the acclaimed BBC2 drama serial The Devil's Crown, following which he starred in many other television dramas. His first film appearance was as Leon Trotsky in Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971.[citation needed]

Cox is an accomplished Shakespearean actor, spending seasons with both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in the 1980s and 1990s. His work with the RSC included a critically acclaimed performance as the title character in Titus Andronicus, as well as playing Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew. Cox said later that his performance in Titus Andronicus was "the greatest stage performance I've ever given."[12] Later, Cox portrayed Burgundy opposite Laurence Olivier in the title role of individual Lear (1983). He went on to play individual Lear at the National Theatre.

In 1986, during the production of Manhunter, while Cox was playing Hannibal Lecktor,[13] Anthony Hopkins was playing individual Lear on stage at the National Theatre. Five years later, during the production of The Silence of the Lambs in which Hopkins took over as the correctly named Lecter, Cox was playing individual Lear at the National Theatre. At the time, the two actors shared the same agent.

In 1984 he played the Royal Ulster Constabulary officer Inspector Nelson in the Royal Court's production of Rat in the Skull. He was subsequently awarded that year's Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a New Play.[14]

In 1991 he played the role of Owen Benjamin, the closeted father of a gay man, in the BBC "Screen 2" production of David Leavitt's novel, The Lost Language of Cranes, which is set in the 1980s. In 1993, he appeared as British spymaster Major Hogan in two episodes of the British television series Sharpe. In the same year, he was seen in an episode of Inspector Morse ("Deadly Slumber"), where he portrayed Michael Steppings, a retired bookmaker whose daughter is in a permanent coma.[citation needed]

In 1994 he played the role of Colonel Grushko, 'a policeman who sees greed and rapacity in Russia's new mood', in Grushko, a British-made crime drama set in Russia.[15]

His most famous appearances include Rob Roy, Braveheart (both in 1995), The Ring, X2, Troy, and The Bourne Supremacy. He often plays villains, such as William Stryker in X2, Agamemnon in Troy, Pariah Dark in the Danny Phantom television series episode "Reign Storm", devious CIA official Ward Abbott in the first two Bourne films, and in Chain Reaction. In 2001, he received critical acclaim for his performance as a paedophile in Michael Cuesta's L.I.E.; he won a Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actor and an AFI Award for Featured Actor of the Year – Male.

He has played more sympathetic characters, such as Edward Norton's father in 25th Hour. Super Troopers had him play a fatherly senior police officer.

He also played Rachel McAdams' father in Red Eye and appeared in the U.S. sitcom Frasier as the father of Daphne Moon (played by Jane Leeves). He was also the protagonist in the film The Escapist. Cox made a guest appearance in the 1997 Red Dwarf episode "Stoke Me a Clipper", as a medieval individual in a virtual reality game.[16] He won an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award that year for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in Nuremberg, and also appeared as Jack Langrishe in the HBO series Deadwood.

In 2002 he appeared in Spike Jonze's Charlie Kaufman-scripted Adaptation as the real-life screenwriting teacher, Robert McKee, giving advice to Nicolas Cage in both his roles, as Charlie Kaufman and Charlie's fictional twin brother, Donald. In 2004, Cox played an alternate, villainous version of individual Agamemnon in Troy. He appeared on a 2006 episode of the British motoring programme Top Gear (as a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car"). Cox has also been involved in the video-game industry. Some of his most prominent roles were in Killzone (2004), Killzone 2 (2009), and Killzone 3 (2011), in which he played the ruthless emperor Scolar Visari. Cox also was the voice of Lionel Starkweather, the main antagonist in the videogame for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, Manhunt (2003).[citation needed]

His radio work includes playing the title character in the BBC Radio 4 series McLevy (1999–present), based on the real-life detective James McLevy,[17] and his portrayal of the Dundonian comic character Bob Servant. Cox says he played Servant, the creation of Dundonian author Neil Forsyth, based on memories of his late brother Charlie.[18] Cox narrated an abridged audiobook version of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe, and an unabridged audio book of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. He has also collaborated with HarperCollins on an audiobook of Tolkien's epic poem The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún.

In 2008 Cox starred in Red, based on Jack Ketchum's novel. The film was directed by Lucky McKee and Trygve Allister Diesen, and also starred Tom Sizemore, Amanda Plummer, and Kim Dickens. Cox also played an institutionalized convict in Rupert Wyatt's film, The Escapist, appearing alongside Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, and Damian Lewis.[19]

In December 2009 Cox appeared in The Day of the Triffids, written by Patrick Harbinson, whose credits include ER and Law & Order. The drama is based on John Wyndham's best-selling postapocalyptic novel, The Day of the Triffids.[20] The same year, Cox provided the voice for the Ood Elder in part one of the Doctor Who Christmas special, "The End of Time". Cox starred in the Ridley Scott produced Tell-Tale, a film based on the short story "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe.[21]

In February 2010 Cox was elected as rector of the University of Dundee, polling almost two-thirds of the vote.[22] Cox was set to portray Mr. Reisert in Scream 4,[23] but it was later announced that he would not be joining the cast.[24]

In February 2010 Cox played former Speaker Michael Martin in the television film On Expenses. Cox played Laura Linney's father in the Showtime series The Big C.[25] In July 2010, he joined the cast of the 2011 science-fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[26]

In 2010 Cox appeared in another movie titled Red, totally unrelated to the 2008 film cited above.[citation needed]

In 2011 Cox appeared on Broadway opposite Jason Patric, Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jim Gaffigan in a revival of Jason Miller's That Championship Season, which opened in March.[27] In January 2012, Cox appeared alongside Billy Connolly in BBC Radio 4's Saturday Play — The Quest of Donal Q, specially written for the pair by David Ashton, who also wrote the McLevy series.[citation needed] Cox appears in the Australian TV drama The Straits as the patriarch of the Montebello family crime syndicate, Harry Montebello. Shooting started on location at Cairns and the Torres Strait Islands in June 2011. The series premiered on Australian TV Channel ABC1 on 2 February 2012.[28] His portrayal of Jack in The Weir at the Donmar Theatre in April 2013 is reprised at Wyndham's Theatre in January 2014.[29]

In 2013 he appeared as Ivan Simanov in Red 2, duplicating the role from the 2010 original film. in November 2013, he starred in the BBC television docudrama, An Adventure in Space and Time, about the creation of the British science-fiction series Doctor Who.[30] Cox portrayed Canadian television executive Sydney Newman, the driving force behind the creation of the iconic programme.[30] In March 2015, he joined Emile Hirsch in the cast of The Autopsy of Jane Doe.[31]

In the summer of 2016 Brian Cox directed the American premiere of Joshua Sobol's Sinners in Greensboro, Vermont, and became co-artistic director of the Mirror Theater Ltd.[32]

In June 2017 Cox starred in Churchill, playing the title role.[33]

In early 2018 Cox reprised his role of Captain John O'Hagen in Super Troopers 2 (2018), a sequel to the 2001 film Super Troopers. Early drafts of the script excluded Cox's character from the movie, with reservations about whether or not Cox would want to return for the sequel.[34] It was later announced he would return, Cox himself joking that it was on the condition that he received a "big action scene with rockets and explosions".[35]

In December 2018 Cox was appointed as head of the international jury at the Golden Unicorn Awards.[36]

In 2019 he provided the voice (but not the acting) for Death in Good Omens.[37]

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Phyllis "Pippa" Latour MBE (born 8 April 1921) is a South African-born former agent of the United Kingdom's clandestine Special Operations Executive (SOE) organisation during World War II in France.

She moved from South Africa to England and joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) in November 1941 (Service Number 718483) as a flight mechanic for airframes. Because of her fluent French, however, she was immediately asked by SOE to become an agent, and went through vigorous mental and physical training. The purpose of SOE was to conduct espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance in countries occupied by the Axis powers, especially Nazi Germany. SOE agents allied themselves with resistance groups and supplied them with weapons and equipment parachuted in from England. She joined the SOE in revenge for her godmother's father having been shot by the Nazis and for her godmother's suicide after being imprisoned,[1] officially joining on 1 November 1943 and was commissioned as an Honorary Section Officer.

She parachuted into Orne, Normandy on 1 May 1944 to operate as part of the Scientist circuit, using the codename Genevieve to work as a wireless operator with the organiser Claude de Baissac and his sister Lise, his courier and assistant.[2]

Small of stature, Latour, who was fluent in French, posed as a teenage girl whose family had moved to the region to escape the Allied bombing. She rode bicycles around the area, selling soap and chatting with German soldiers. When she obtained any military intelligence, she encoded it for transmitting by knitting using one-time codes hidden on a piece of silk that she used to tie up her hair; she would translate them using Morse code equipment. At one point, she was brought in for questioning, but the German authorities did not think to examine her hair tie, and she was released.[1]

After World War II, Latour married an engineer with the surname Doyle, and went to live in Kenya (East Africa),[3] Fiji, and Australia. She now lives in Auckland, New Zealand.[4] Ninety-nine years old in April 2020, she is the last living female SOE agent of the forty who worked in France during World War II.

She did not discuss her wartime activities with her family until her children discovered them by reading about them on the Internet in 2000.

Latour turned 100 in April 2021.

Why did Jim Morrison not play Woodstock

1) He was not headlining

2) He was not paid enough

3) He was afraid of being shot

Riddle: What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to?

Morrison would not play open venues as he was afraid of being shot

Answer: An echo

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What are the risks of using synthetic oil in your car?
There are two main risks I have experienced. Spoiler: the oil is perfectly fine. It’s you and your car that are risky.

The first risk is switching from conventional to synthetic in a high-mileage, worn-seals engine. Engine sludge will fill in the gaps of an imperfect gasket or seal. Conventional oil doesn’t do much to address that sludge, especially if you take short trips, because the oil doesn’t get a complete heat cycle and never gets “up to speed”.

If, on your next oil change, you decide to upgrade to synthetic, your new oil will get to work cleaning out that sludge. A side-effect of that is making an existing oil leak more prominent. Another one is making “new” leaks appear. Honestly, the car already had these issues, but synthetic has the possibility of bringing them to light. Don’t blame the oil. Blame the seals. Also, don’t start thinking that sludge in your engine is a good thing. Sure, it’s inevitable, but if you want your car running as long as possible, sludge is not your friend.

The other risk that I’ve seen is the risk of misguided judgement.

When seatbelts were first legally required to be worn on the road in the States, a curious thing happened. Fatal crashes decreased, but non-fatal accidents increased. The main theory behind this is humans taking the safety feature for granted and deciding to drive a little more recklessly. Go figure.

I see this at times at my work. Someone will come in for an oil change, and they tell me it’s been 10–15k miles since their last oil change. I’ll ask them why not sooner, and they’ll confidently quote the 15k mile test that was done on Mobile 1 synthetic oil. Well, they don’t know who did the test, they just heard that from their *insert random person*. What do you mean, that doesn’t apply? You’re just trying to take my money.

That test was done in a Corvette, in the desert, on a highway with no notable change in terrain, traffic, temperature, or heat cycles. These things matter.

If you’re driving a Yaris in the most populated cities, with stop & go traffic in very hot or very cold temperatures without long stretches of highway to cruise on, you should not rely on these claims. If you have a Corvette in the desert driving at steady rpms for a long time, then good for you.

Yes, synthetic oil is much more structurally sound as it wears than conventional. Yes, it takes longer to wear down. But don’t take it for granted and ruin your engine thinking the oil is a miracle cure. I’m looking at you, Chrysler guy with your mud pie of an engine at 36k miles.


Almon Brown Strowger (February 11, 1839 – May 26, 1902) was an American inventor who gave his name to the Strowger switch, an electromechanical telephone exchange technology that his invention and patent inspired.

Anecdotally, Strowger's undertaking business was losing clients to a competitor whose telephone-operator wife was redirecting everyone who called for Strowger.[1] Motivated to remove the intermediary operator, he invented the first automatic telephone exchange in 1889; he received its patent in 1891.[2] It is reported that he initially constructed a model of his invention from a round collar box and some straight pins.[citation needed] he also decided that he would be buried in Kansas
While he may have come up with the idea, he was not alone in his endeavors and sought the assistance of his nephew William and others with a knowledge of electricity and money to realise his concepts. With this help the Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Company was formed and it installed and opened the first commercial exchange in (his then home town of) La Porte, Indiana, on November 3, 1892, with about 75 subscribers and capacity for 99. He married Susan A. (1846–1921) from Massachusetts in 1897 as his second wife. Strowger sold his patents to his associates in 1896 for $1,800 and sold his share in the Automatic Electric Company for $10,000 in 1898. His patents subsequently sold to Bell Systems for $2.5 million in 1916.

The company's engineers continued development of Strowger's designs and submitted several patents in the names of its employees. It also underwent several name changes. Strowger himself seems to have not taken part in this further development. He subsequently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and appears to have returned to being an undertaker, as H.P. Bussey Funeral Home records report an unidentified body being moved "for Mr. Strowger" in December 1899. The same funeral home subsequently buried Strowger himself. Strowger was a man of some wealth at his death and was reported as owning at least a city block of property.

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Dennis Nikrasch (September 12, 1941 – 2010) was a Vegas slot cheater and a former locksmith who was responsible for spearheading the biggest casino theft in Las Vegas history, by grabbing $16,000,000 from rigging slot machines over a 22-year period. His career began in Chicago, Illinois as a locksmith. He then found out that he could break into any lock he wished, due to his extensive knowledge of the tools, and became associated with members from a key Chicago crime family until his arrest in 1961. When he was released in 1970, he realized that he could make even bigger profits by manipulating slot machines in Las Vegas. From 1976 until 1983, he obtained $10 million from this method. He was then found in 1986 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was released in 1991, but didn't return to Vegas headlines until 1996, when he returned, this time with a new approach in response to the higher levels of security. He actually managed to keep his cheating secret until November 1998, when one of his accomplices revealed information about his cheating machines. He was arrested and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison, being released in 2004. He died in 2010 from unknown causes.


Scott Allen Hatteberg (born December 14, 1969) is an American former professional first baseman and catcher.

During his MLB career, spanning from 1995 through 2008, he played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics,

and Cincinnati Reds. Before his major league career, Hatteberg attended Washington State University, where he

played college baseball for the Cougars.

Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics signed Hatteberg to a one-year contract with a $950,000 base salary plus incentives, the day
after the Rockies declined to offer salary arbitration. Due to his difficulty throwing resulting from the elbow injury, he
was asked to play first base.[4][5]
Hatteberg's conversion from catcher to first baseman by the Athletics is the subject of a chapter in the Michael Lewis

book Moneyball. In that chapter, Oakland General Manager Billy Beane openly admitted how the team had
pursued Hatteberg because of his high on-base percentage, which Athletics' management had determined was most
often correlated with runs scored. According to Beane, it was one of the most affordable skills at that time for
small-market clubs like the A's. Infield coach Ron Washington worked with Hatteberg to teach him the new position.
A fictionalized version of Hatteberg (played by Chris Pratt) is a key character in the 2011 film Moneyball.

A career highlight for Hatteberg was as a member of the Oakland A's on September 4, 2002. The A's had won 19 straight games to tie the American League record. With their next game, against the Kansas City Royals, tied at 11 after the A's had blown an 11-0 lead, Hatteberg pinch-hit with one out and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning. He drove a 1-0 pitch well over the right center field wall off Jason Grimsley for a walk-off home run to give the A's a 12-11 win and a then-American League record 20-game winning streak, which has since been broken by the 2017 Cleveland Indians, who won 22 straight games (the overall Major League record; the 1916 New York Giants had won 26 straight games with an interspersed tie for a record 27-game unbeaten streak). This moment is depicted in the Moneyball film.

As an everyday player Hatteberg helped the Athletics reach the playoffs twice, in 2002 and 2003. He hit 49 home runs and batted .269 from 2002 through 2005. He drove in 263 runs and had an on-base percentage of .355. His best year was 2004 when he hit .287, scored 87 runs, hit 15 home runs, drove in 82 runs, and had an on-base percentage of .367.[6]

Cincinnati Reds

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Jeannette Guyot (February 26, 1919 – April 10, 2016) was a French Resistance operative who went on to become one of the Second World War's most decorated women. She is one of only two women to hold the American Distinguished Service Cross obtained during the war. She participated in Pathfinder Mission of Operation Sussex

Jeannette Guyot was born on February 26, 1919, in Chalon-sur-Saône. Her father was a wood merchant and mother a seamstress. In the 1940s her family joined the resistance but soon after both her parents were deported. While her father died in deportation, her mother was repatriated.[note 2][2][3] Jeannette Guyot's first involvement in a clandestine network involved exfiltrating agents and civilians to the free zone. Soon after, in 1941 she became a liaison officer for Gilbert Renault. In 1942 she was arrested and sent to prison for three months. The Germans could prove no charges against her and she was set free.[4]

Guyot carried on her work after release, but due to the Germans closing in, the RAF picked her up in a rescue mission. On reaching England, she officially enlisted in the Free French Forces under the name Jeannette Gauthier.[4] She was one of 120 volunteers to be trained in St Albans by the Secret Intelligence Service and Office of Strategic Services officers who would go on to be a part of Operation Sussex.[4][5] In 1944 she got her parachute wings. Her first mission was "Pathfinder" and as part of Operation Calanque, with three other French officers, she was parachuted into Europe and helped find many dropping zones and about a hundred safe houses for Operation Sussex agents.[1][6] She chose the Cafe du Reseau Sussex as one such safe house because the owner, Andree Goubillon, was a friend of hers whose husband had been taken prisoner.

After France was freed from Nazi occupation, Guyot was given desk duties by the French Intelligence Service. Soon after, in June 1945 she retired. She married Marcel Gaucher, another Sussex agent. They had three children. She died on April 10, 2016


Which State issued the Speeding ticket for the fastest speed
1) Ohio
2) California
3) Texas


Riddle: Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How?

3 ) Texas 242 mph

Answer: They are a grandfather, father and son.

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3 Reasons This Finnish Pilot Was The Most ‘Successful’ WWII Ace
He Was The Highest Scoring Non-German WWII Ace
If you look at a list of WWII aces, you’ll notice that the Germans, trailing behind top ace Erich Hartmann, dominate with staggering numbers. Then you’ll find Ilmari Juutilainen’s name. With 94 1/6 official victories, the Finnish pilot is the top scoring non-German ace of all time. He scored 2 1/6 victories in a Fokker D.XXI, 3 in a Brewster B-239, and 58 in a Messerschmitt Bf-109. His score may not be the highest, but it is still substantial.

Even more impressive than his score is that Juutilainen was never hit at all. He also never crashed. Comparatively, Erich Hartmann crashed 12 times. That’s a lost plane for every 27 kills. Though Juutilainen was once forced to land due to friendly fire, he and the planes he flew walked away without so much as a scratch during his 12 years of service as a pilot in the Finnish Air Force.

It wasn’t that he escaped without injury for lack of good opponents. The Finnish Air Force primarily flew against the Soviet Union and while Juutilainen did think Finnish pilots were better, there were some good opponents, especially when they were equipped with the La-5, Yak-9, and the Spitfire.

He Lived A Long, Happy Life
Of course, to truly be a successful pilot, you would need to survive the war. Many excellent pilots, sadly, did not. Juutilainen went on to live a long and celebrated life. Finland awarded him two prestigious Mannerheim Crosses and he was knighted on April 26th, 1942. Post military career, he continued to fly as a civilian in his purchased de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane. He passed away comfortably on his 85th birthday. His last flight was taken two years before in the back seat of a Finnish Air Force F/A-18.


Charles Clinton Fleek, of Petersburg Kentucky, was a Sergeant with the U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism at Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam, on May 27 1969.
⭐Sgt. Fleek's Medal of Honor Citation reads as follows
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Fleek distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company C, during an ambush operation. Sgt. Fleek's unit was deployed in ambush locations when a large enemy force approached the position. Suddenly, the leading enemy element, sensing the ambush, halted and started to withdraw. Reacting instantly, Sgt. Fleek opened fire and directed the effective fire of his men upon the numerically superior enemy force. During the fierce battle that followed, an enemy soldier threw a grenade into the squad position. Realizing that his men had not seen the grenade, Sgt. Fleek, although in a position to seek cover, shouted a warning to his comrades and threw himself onto the grenade, absorbing its blast. His gallant action undoubtedly saved the lives or prevented the injury of at least 8 of his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Fleek's gallantry and willing self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Charles Clinton Fleek was 21 years old at the time of his death. He is memorialized on Panel 24W Line 116 on Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. Lest We Forget.


Suzuki started as a company that made what

Weaving looms

Fishing Rods



Weaving Looms

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » May 7, 2021, 8:36 am


LBJ President of the USA sometimes held Business Meetings where?

1) Bathroom
2 Garage
3 Kitchen


Equinophobia or hippophobia is a psychological fear of horses. Equinophobia is derived from the Greek word φόβος (phóbos), meaning "fear" and the Latin word equus, meaning "horse".
One who had the fear was Dan Blocker "Hoss" on the program Bonanza


Who a famous Western Actor turned down a part in Mel Brook's move "Blazing Saddles"

1) John Wayne
2) Clint Eastwood
3) Jimmy Stewart


1) Unfortunatley he held them in the Bathroom
He would hold them while he did his business

1) John Wayne
BUT he did promise Mel that he would be the first one in the theatre to see it

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » May 8, 2021, 12:22 am


In 1921 Babe Ruth was late for a Game He didnt arrive until the 6th inning Why?

a) He was intoxicated

b) he was ill

c) He was in jail


What was Bugs Bunny's original name

a) Hip Hopper

b) Babs Bunny

c) Happy Rabbit


The Starship was a former United Airlines Boeing 720 passenger jet, bought by Bobby Sherman and his manager, Ward Sylvester, and leased to touring musical artists in the mid-1970s.
The Starship, N7201U (S/N: 17907), was the first Boeing 720 built. It was delivered to United Airlines in October 1960 and then purchased in 1973 by Contemporary Entertainment.[1]

English rock band Led Zeppelin used the aircraft for their 1973 and 1975 North American concert tours. During the 1972 tour and in the early part of the 1973 tour the band had hired a small private Falcon Jet to transport its members from city to city, but these aircraft are comparatively light and susceptible to turbulence.[2] After performing a show at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco in 1973, Led Zeppelin encountered bad turbulence on a flight back to Los Angeles. As a result, the band's manager Peter Grant resolved to hire The Starship for the remainder of the tour, at a cost of $30,000.[2]

The aircraft was the same type as used by commercial airlines. Its owners had it modified to suit the whims of their clients. Sherman and Sylvester invested $200,000 to reduce the seating capacity to 40, and install a bar, seats and tables, revolving arm chairs, a 30-foot-long (9.1 m) couch (along the right side of the plane, opposite the bar), a TV set and a video cassette player with a well-stocked video library. An electronic organ was built into the bar, and at the rear of the craft were two back rooms, one with a low couch and pillows on the floor, and the other, a bedroom, complete with a white fur bedspread and shower room.[2] The exterior of the plane was painted with Led Zeppelin on the fuselage.

Flying on The Starship, Led Zeppelin were no longer required to change hotels as often. They could base themselves in large cities such as Chicago, New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles and travel to and from concerts within flying distance.[2] After each show, the band members were transported by limousine from the concert venue to the airport, as depicted in the Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same.

The Starship was used throughout Led Zeppelin's 1975 US concert tour, this time featuring a red-and-blue paint scheme with white stars similar to the United States flag with a smaller "Led Zeppelin" logo on the fuselage. According to Peter Grant, at one point during this tour Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham sat in the co-pilot's seat and assisted in flying the plane from New York to Los Angeles.[2][1]

The Starship is included at the end of "Stairway to Heaven" on disc 2 of the Led Zeppelin DVD with both its 1973 and 1975 paint schemes.

English rock band Deep Purple hired The Starship for their 1974 US tours. In an interview with Circus magazine in 1974, Deep Purple's Jon Lord explained: "It's a 707 put together by a firm in L.A. that Sinatra, Dylan and The Band just used and Elton John uses. It has a lounge, a bedroom, a shower and a study. It's supposed to look as little as a plane as possible." According to Gregg Allman, when The Allman Brothers Band chartered the plane, they found "Welcome Allman Bros" written on the plane's bar in lines of cocaine once they boarded.[3]

The Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper were also Starship clients. Peter Frampton was the last to charter The Starship, in 1976. As early as Alice Cooper's 1974 tour the aircraft was beginning to show signs of engine difficulties, and by the time of Led Zeppelin's 1977 US Tour it was permanently grounded at Long Beach Airport.[2] The band was forced to find a comparable alternative, and tour manager Richard Cole eventually chartered Caesar's Chariot, a 45-seat Boeing 707 owned by the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Starship had several ownership changes from 1977 through 1979 until it went into storage at Luton Airport. It was dismantled for parts starting in July 1982.


1 c) he was in jail
He received a one day jail sentence for speeding.

2 c) Happy Rabbit

Mel Blanc suggested he be named after Ben "Bugs" Hardaway the Director

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » May 9, 2021, 12:08 am


Buick introduced what standard car feature?

a) Car horn
b) Windsheild wipers
c) Turn signals


What is the single best toy ever sold?

a) Yo Yo
b) Rubiks Cube
c) Barbie


Which animal is the closest relative to a Tyrannosaurus Rex

a) crocodile
b) Chicken
c) Rhinosorous


1c) Turn signals
Introduced in 1939 didnt become wide spread until the 1950's

2b) Rubiks Cube
Erno Rubik invented it in 1974. It took him one month to solve it. So far 350 Million have been sold

3b) Chicken
Don't ask me why

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Re: Yes it really happened

Post by Doodoo » May 10, 2021, 2:11 am


How much did a Winchester 73 rifle originally cost

a) $75

b) $55

c) $20



Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was the guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and had a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground was not a commercial success during its existence, but became regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of underground and alternative rock music. Reed's distinctive deadpan voice, poetic and transgressive lyrics, and experimental guitar playing were trademarks throughout his long career.

After leaving the band in 1970, Reed released twenty solo studio albums. His second, Transformer (1972), was produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, and brought him mainstream recognition. The album is considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre, anchored by Reed's most successful single, "Walk on the Wild Side". After Transformer, the less commercial but critically acclaimed Berlin peaked at No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Rock 'n' Roll Animal (a live album released in 1974) sold strongly, and Sally Can't Dance (1974) peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200; but for a long period after, Reed's work did not translate into sales, leading him deeper into drug addiction and alcoholism. Reed cleaned up in the early 1980s, and gradually returned to prominence with New Sensations (1984), reaching a critical and commercial career peak with his 1989 album New York.

Reed participated in the reformation of the Velvet Underground in the 1990s, and made several more albums, including a collaboration album with John Cale titled Songs for Drella which was a tribute to their former mentor Andy Warhol. Magic and Loss (1992) would become Reed's highest-charting album on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 6.

He contributed music to two theatrical interpretations of 19th century writers, one of which he developed into an album titled The Raven. He married his third wife Laurie Anderson in 2008, and recorded the collaboration album Lulu with Metallica. He died in 2013 of liver disease. Reed has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996 and as a solo act in 2015.


Why did in WWII England use 9mm rounds in STEN submachine guns and not take the base .455 Webley bullets that Britain had?

Its not widely known that Britain produced another sub-machine gun before and during WW2, the Lanchester which was used by the Royal Navy.

The Lanchester was itself a copy of the German MP 28 Bergmann submachine gun of the late 1920s which had been produced under the supervision of Hugo Schmeisser (the MP 28 was derived from the MP18 of 1918),

The STEN took much design inspiration from the Lanchester including the 9×19mm Parabellum round, which was already manufactured for the Lanchester. The side mounted magazines of both weapons were interchangable. The Lanchester was however a much heavier weapon and had much higher build quality, using high quality materials and pre-war fit and finish.

By contrast early model STENs used stamped metal components and were famously unreliable and shoddily made (many by the toymaker Triang), By 1944 the reliable Mk 5 was introduced which was built to much higher standards. The STEN derived Patchett Mk 1 (re-named Sterling in 1947) was an excellent weapon and used throughout the world until the 1990s.


b) $20 about $380 in todays money

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