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    Margaretha Geertruida Zelle (Mata Hari)(Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and WWI spy)
    Louis Leakey (British archaeologist)
    Ralph Bunche (American diplomat)
    Don Larsen (American MLB pitcher, only perfect game in the World Series)
    B.J. Thomas (American singer, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head)
    Wayne Knight (American actor, "Newman")
    Charlize Theron (South African actress, Monster)
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    Okay. You made me check this out.
     
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    A trillion seconds would amount to 31,709.8 years.
     
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    In 1918, the highest of the high-end motion picture cameras was the Bell And Howell model 2709. It was prohibitively expensive, with the exact price determined by the lenses, for a total cost easily in the six-figure range in 2018 dollars. The working sample shown below, serial number 227, was owned personally by actor Charlie Chaplin, one of the very few individuals to possess such a camera. Most of them were owned by the largest studios of the time. The B&H 2709 photographed many of the silent-era comedy shorts and feature films which have survived to this day.

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    Matthew Henson (1st African/American to reach North Pole)
    Emiliano Zapata (Mexican revolutionary)
    Dino De Laurentiis (Italian film producer)
    Esther Williams (American swimmer and actress)
    Richard Anderson (American actor, The Six Million Dollar Man)
    Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis (American country singer)
    Dustin Hoffman (American actor, The Graduate)
    Ken Dryden (Canadian ice hockey goaltender and politician, won 6 Stanley Cups)
    Dave Evans (The Edge)(Rock guitarist, U2)
    Roger Federer (Swiss tennis player, 20 Grand Slam titles)
     
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    Contrary to reports of an otherwise forgettable Eddie Arnold tune having the honor, there was no such thing as the "World's First 45 RPM Recording", as several hundred singles were first released in the 7 inch 45 RPM format at one time in January of 1949, from RCA Victor's regular recording collections. Eddie Arnold's record was simply the lowest numbered recording in the batch released all at once. Columbia, Mercury and (US) Decca followed shortly in releasing their recordings in the new 45 RPM format.
     
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    Robert Shaw (British actor, Jaws)
    Bob Cousy (NBA Hall Of Fame, 6 time NBA champion)
    Smoky The Bear (Named after NYC fireman Smoky Joe Martin)
    Whitney Houston (America singer)
    Brett Hull (Canadian/American NHL player, won 2 Stanley Cups)
    Deion Sanders (NFL and MLB player, infamous hot dog)
    Gillian Anderson (American actress, X-Files)
    Rod Brind'Amour (NHL player and coach)
     
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    On August 9, 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi became “nijyuu hibakusha,” or “twice-bombed person.”

    Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010, age 92) was a survivor of both the Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) atomic bombings during World War II. A marine engineer with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip when the city was bombed at 8:15 AM, on August 6, 1945. He returned to his home in Nagasaki the following day. At 11:00 AM on August 9, Yamaguchi was describing the Hiroshima blast to his supervisor back in Nagasaki when he was A- bombed for the second time in three days.
     
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    It took 44 years for the car to achieve a 25% market share in the US. For the telephone it was 35 years. For the Internet it was only 7 years, according to a Merrill Lynch report.
     
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    William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe (Commander of British Forces during American Revolution)
    Henri Nestle (French/German industrialist, founder of Nestle)
    Herbert Hoover (31st President of the United States)
    John Joseph "Jack" Haley (American actor, The Wizard Of Oz)
    Norma Shearer (Canadian/American actress)
    Leo Fender (American inventor, Fender Stratocaster)
    Noah Beery, Jr. (American actor, The Rockford Files)
    Eddie Fisher (American singer)
    Jimmy Dean (American country singer, sausage magnate)
    Doyle Brunson (American poker player)
    Ian Anderson (Scottish musician, Jethro Tull)
    Rosanna Arquette (American actress, Desperately Seeking Susan)
    Antonio Banderas (Spanish actor, Evita)
    Riddick Bowe (American Heavyweight boxing champion)
     
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    A "Hot Jupiter" is a gas giant planet, external to our Solar System, which orbits its host star very rapidly at a very close distance.
     
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    Alex Haley (American author, Roots)
    Jerry Falwell (American TV evangelist)
    Steve Wozniak (co-Founder of Apple)
    Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) (WWF wrestling champion)
    Viola Davis (American actress, The Help)
    Anna Gunn (American actress, "Skyler White" on Breaking Bad)
    Merrit Weaver (American actress, Nurse Jackie)
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    SHADES OF SOYLENT GREEN!!
     
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    The Electriquette was a short-lived open-air motorized vehicle indigenous to San Diego in the mid 19-teens. It had a woven wicker body and could carry 2-3 riders. Although it was intended for special events and as an amusement ride, these vehicles were not unknown on the city streets of the era. It was powered by an electric motor and an electric storage battery. It had a range of about 16 miles per charge. It performed very poorly on inclines. It was steered with a tiller or "steering stick" instead of a wheel and braking was provided by the drag of a short-circuited drive motor. They disappeared around 1920 and no working samples are believed to have survived.

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    Christy Mathewson (Hall Of Fame MLB pitcher, 37 wins in 1908)
    Cecil B. DeMille (American film maker, The Ten Commandments)
    Joe Besser (American comedian, The Three Stooges)
    Jane Wyatt (American actress, Father Knows Best)
    Mario Moreno (Cantinflas) Mexican actor, Around The World In 80 Days)
    Guy Gibson (South African RAF pilot, leader of The Dambusters)
    Porter Wagoner (American country singer, discoverer of Dolly Parton)
    Buck Owens (American country singer, "Act Naturally" and Hee Haw)
    William Goldman (American screenwriter, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid)
    George Hamilton (American actor)
    Pat Matheny (American jazz and fusion guitarist)
    Pete Sampras (American tennis player, 14 Grand Slam titles)
    Casey Affleck (American actor, Manchester By The Sea)
     
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    The Triple Nine Society is an international organization for those whose score on any of several standardized tests demonstrates an IQ at or above the 99.9th percentile of the general population. More than 20 different tests of intelligence are considered, including Wechsler and Stanford-Binet (IQ 146 to qualify), SAT (1450 to 1550 to qualify, depending on year), ACT (32 to 34 depending on year), GRE (1460 to 2180 depending on year), LSAT (highly dependent on year taken), and the Miller Analogies Test (472 to qualify).
     
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    AKA Nerds.
     
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