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1. The heir to a billionaire fortune gets superpowers.
2. He puts on a newly made superhero costume.
3. While in public view the pants fall down. 
 
 
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"He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign." - Victor Hugo

 

Good job Greg!!

 

 

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Douglas Adams (1952)

Best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a BBC radio series in 1978 and was thereafter adapted for a series of bestselling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game, and several stage productions, Douglas Adams was a talented writer and musician. Though his career was cut short by a fatal heart attack, he left behind a creative legacy that includes the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." What is it?

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On 3/11/2018 at 11:15 AM, oldtexasdog said:

Douglas Adams (1952)

Best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a BBC radio series in 1978 and was thereafter adapted for a series of bestselling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game, and several stage productions, Douglas Adams was a talented writer and musician. Though his career was cut short by a fatal heart attack, he left behind a creative legacy that includes the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." What is it?

 

42 of course.

 

What is the significance of the number 42? One possible answer is that 42 is the numerical equivalent of the asterisk character in ASCII. So perhaps 42 is anything you want it to be...

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The Legend of El Dorado

El Dorado is the legendary golden city sought by 16th- and 17th-century explorers in the New World. The legend is said to derive from a custom of the Chibcha people of Colombia who each year anointed a chieftain and rolled him in gold, which he ceremonially washed off in a sacred lake while casting offerings of emeralds and gold into the waters. The supposed location of the fabled city shifted as new regions were explored and ruled out. In what places did the conquistadors search for El Dorado?

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The First Rock Major Concert Is Held, Gets Shut Down (1952)

On the night of March 21, 1952, more than 20,000 fans tried to pack into the Cleveland Arena, which had an actual capacity of about half that number. Consequently, authorities shut down that evening's concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, just minutes into the opening act, Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers. The show is considered to have been the first major rock concert in history. It was promoted by Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey believed to have coined what term?

 

 

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1 hour ago, oldtexasdog said:

Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey (was) believed to have coined what term?

 

Alan Freed is known as the "father of rock 'n' roll" due to his promotion of that style of music, and his use of the phrase "rock and roll" on AM radio.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific Opens on Broadway (1949)

Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific opened on Broadway to great acclaim. Set on a Pacific island during WWII, the musical relates two parallel love stories that are threatened by prejudice and war. The play's first run earned 10 Tony Awards, and its 2008 Broadway revival earned seven. When it was awarded the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, who notoriously failed to receive credit for coauthoring it?

 

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Bessie Smith (1894)

When Smith was just a teen, she became the protégée of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, one of the earliest blues singers. After making recordings, she quickly became the favorite singer of the jazz public. The power and somber beauty of her voice, coupled with songs representing every variety of the blues, earned her the title "Empress of the Blues." Numerous critics have regarded her as the greatest of all jazz artists, and her fame increased enormously after her death in what tragic accident?

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Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction involving futuristic, dystopian, computer-based societies. Borrowing elements from hard-boiled detective novels, film noir, and postmodern prose, cyberpunk details the often nihilistic underground of electronic societies marked by rapid technological change. Typically set in the near future, cyberpunk plots often center on conflicts among hackers, artificial intelligences, and corporations. What are some of the most well-known cyberpunk novels?

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Fav book series: The Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune Shirow

Fav screen adaptation: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick  (better known as Bladerunner)

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15 hours ago, oldtexasdog said:

What are some of the most well-known cyberpunk novels?

A few of my favorites by date published:

  • The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester (1956)
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison (1967)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick (1968)
  • Frontera - Lewis Shiner (1984)
  • Vurt - Jeff Noon (1993)
  • Diaspora - Greg Egan (1997)

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Happy B Day Chet

 

Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins, Mister Guitar (1924)

Atkins got his first guitar by making a trade with his brother, and it was arguably the best deal he ever made. Although he struggled with shyness and suffered from severe asthma—he had to sleep sitting up and often fell asleep still holding his guitar—he became an accomplished guitarist and went on to release several hit records, develop a signature line of guitars, and help create country music's "Nashville sound." What did "Mr. Guitar," as he came to be known, trade to get that first guitar?

 

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World's First Parking Meter Installed (1935)

The parking meter was invented in 1935 by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first meter was installed there later that year, guaranteeing drivers a parking space for an amount of purchased time. Used until the 1980s, Magee's original design had a coin acceptor, a dial, and a visible flag indicating the expiration of paid time. Reverend C.H. North was the first person in the US to get a parking ticket because of an expired meter. What happened when he disputed his ticket in court?

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Rev. North beat the ticket by claiming he was inside getting change for the meter.

 

It's said the ticketing officer was so enraged at the outcome, that he too performed a first. He used the parking meter to perform the first coin operated colonoscopy on Rev. North.

 

"Now you know the rest of the story."

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Washing Hands

It’s hard to believe something every toddler knows today was once so groundbreaking, the guy who thought of it was shunned from the medical community. But that’s exactly what happened with the simple act of hand washing.

While working in a Vienna maternity clinic in 1847, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis witnessed a horrific number of new mothers dying from what they called “childbed fever.” But Semmelweis also noticed a pattern.

New mothers were cared for in two separate wards. One was run by midwives. The other by doctors and medical students. The mothers in the latter ward were five times more likely to die than those in the midwives’ ward. Semmelweis then discovered the main difference between the two facilities: the doctors and medical students also conducted autopsies, sometimes right before delivering a child.

Semmelweis theorized contaminated particles from the cadavers caused the shocking number of deaths, and proposed doctors douse their hands in chlorine between procedures. The rate of childbed fever plummeted, but soon, doctors resisted the practice. Doctors resented Semmelweis for calling them dirty and did not want to admit they were responsible for the deaths of so many mothers.

Semmelweis was removed from his position at the hospital in 1850. It wasn’t until years later that doctors eradicated the term “childbed fever”, realizing sepsis (the contaminated particles Semmelweis warned of) was what actually killed all those mothers. But Semmelweis never lived to see that day. He went into a tailspin after being removed from the hospital and ended up in an insane asylum, where he too died of sepsis. He was 47.

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Happy B Day Leo

 

Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (1909)

Few people in recent history have transformed popular music—rock and roll in particular—the way Leo Fender did. A self-taught radio repairman, Fender began inventing electronic instruments in the 1940s and is responsible for the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar, the first widely used electric bass, and many other revolutionary instruments. His Fender Musical Instruments Corporation remains a leading manufacturer of instruments and amplifiers. Which famous bassists favor Fender?

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Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? 

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Odd Sympathy

The phrase "odd sympathy" was coined by Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens to describe the tendency of two pendulums mounted on the same beam to end up swinging in exactly opposite directions. Huygens, the inventor of the pendulum clock, at first attributed the effect to air currents, but he dismissed this hypothesis himself after performing several tests. His later hypothesis—confirmed centuries later by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers—attributed it to what?

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On 7/17/2018 at 8:48 PM, maytag said:

 

 

 

 

Washing Hands

It’s hard to believe something every toddler knows today was once so groundbreaking, the guy who thought of it was shunned from the medical community. But that’s exactly what happened with the simple act of hand washing.

While working in a Vienna maternity clinic in 1847, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis witnessed a horrific number of new mothers dying from what they called “childbed fever.” But Semmelweis also noticed a pattern.

New mothers were cared for in two separate wards. One was run by midwives. The other by doctors and medical students. The mothers in the latter ward were five times more likely to die than those in the midwives’ ward. Semmelweis then discovered the main difference between the two facilities: the doctors and medical students also conducted autopsies, sometimes right before delivering a child.

Semmelweis theorized contaminated particles from the cadavers caused the shocking number of deaths, and proposed doctors douse their hands in chlorine between procedures. The rate of childbed fever plummeted, but soon, doctors resisted the practice. Doctors resented Semmelweis for calling them dirty and did not want to admit they were responsible for the deaths of so many mothers.

Semmelweis was removed from his position at the hospital in 1850. It wasn’t until years later that doctors eradicated the term “childbed fever”, realizing sepsis (the contaminated particles Semmelweis warned of) was what actually killed all those mothers. But Semmelweis never lived to see that day. He went into a tailspin after being removed from the hospital and ended up in an insane asylum, where he too died of sepsis. He was 47.

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Was this from "the checklist manifesto" or "Bad Science"? I can't remember. 

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9 hours ago, oldtexasdog said:

Odd Sympathy

The phrase "odd sympathy" was coined by Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens to describe the tendency of two pendulums mounted on the same beam to end up swinging in exactly opposite directions. Huygens, the inventor of the pendulum clock, at first attributed the effect to air currents, but he dismissed this hypothesis himself after performing several tests. His later hypothesis—confirmed centuries later by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers—attributed it to what?

 

http://www.perlikowski.kdm.p.lodz.pl/papers/Czolczynski_preprint.pdf

 

On 9/1/2018 at 10:42 AM, oldtexasdog said:

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? 

 

He first composed four songs to accompany a puppet show his nieces were giving at home.

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