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Richie Cunningham - NFL Placekicker It can be an unfortunate or amusing coincidence when someone, quite by chance, has the same name of a celebrity or a fictitious character. Such was the case of of Richie Cunningham, an NFL placekicker who shared the name of Ron Howard's character from the TV sitcom Happy Days. The football-playing Cunningham was born in Houma, LA in 1970--four years before Happy Days hit the airwaves. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and did most of the kicking for the school's football team. Undrafted, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 1994, but released. He was back with the Cowboys by 1997 where he enjoyed an outstanding rookie campaign. In 1998 he kicked 34 field goals to set a Dallas team record. On occasion, a snippet of the Happy Days theme would be played over the public-address system after Cunningham successfully booted a three-pointer. ESPN's Chris Berman, in doing the NFL highlight package, liked to say "Cunningham Potsied the ball through the uprights!" However, being an NFL kicker is a tenuous existence. Partway through the 1999 NFL season, Cowboys released Cunningham when his accuracy on field goals was just over 50 percent. By 2002 he was out of football altogether after stops in Carolina, Cincinnati, Jacksonville and Green Bay.
Tags: NFL  Richie  Cunningham  shared  name 
Added: 18th August 2015
Views: 821
Posted By: Lava1964
Exhumation of President Taylor - 1991 President Zachary Taylor became the second American chief executive to die in office when he succumbed to gastro-intestinal problems on July 9, 1850 at age 65. Known for generally having robust health, Taylor had been ill for five days with severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. The cause may have been Taylor's overindulging in cherries covered in iced milk following a Fourth of July ceremony on the site where the Washington Monument was going to be erected. Doctors tried to cure the president with blood-letting and laxatives, but to no avail. The cause of Taylor's death was officially listed as "cholera morbus"--which apparently was an all-purpose answer whenever someone died suddenly from digestive problems in the middle of the 19th century. There was no autopsy. The dead president's body was preserved in ice for five days but never embalmed. More than 140 years later a historian named Clara Rising claimed Taylor had actually been poisoned by arsenic, perhaps by political enemies. (Taylor, despite being a slaveholder, was an outspoken pro-Union man. He had threatened to use the army to quash any secessionist movements.) Rising's compelling arguments--plus her willingness to pay $1200 in fees--persuaded officials in Kentucky to exhume Taylor's body from his crypt and perform modern scientific tests on it. The exhumation was carried out on June 18, 1991 with about 200 curious onlookers watching silently from a respectful distance. Modern forensic examination of Taylor's fingernails, sideburns, and even pubic hair showed no signs of arsenic poison whatsoever. Taylor was re-interred alongside his wife at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, KY. Today the medical community believes that the purgatives that Taylor was given by his physician to cleanse his system may have contained mercury which may have hastened the president's demise.
Tags: exhumation  Zachary  Taylor 
Added: 19th July 2015
Views: 1607
Posted By: Lava1964
The Monty Hall Problem In a 1990 issue of Parade Magazine, Marilyn vos Savant examined a question that was first posed to mathematicians in a statisticians' publication back in 1975. It was based on a situation that frequently came up on the TV game show Let's Make a Deal--thus it was dubbed the Monty Hall Problem in honor of the show's longtime host. Here's the situation: You are a contestant on Let's Make a Deal. You have to choose one of three doors numbered 1, 2, and 3. Behind one of the doors is a fabulous prize (a new car). Behind the other two doors are worthless prizes (a goat). Let's suppose you choose Door #1. Monty--who knows which door conceals the car--then opens Door #3 to reveal a goat. He asks you, "Do you want to change your choice of door to Door #2 or do you want to stick with Door #1?" One would think that either door is a 50:50 proposition--but that would be wrong. According to mathematicians, you have to consider the initial odds. By choosing Door #1 you had a 1/3 chance of picking the car and a 2/3 chance of picking a goat. Doors #2 and #3 offer a combined 2/3 chance of concealing the car. The fact that Door #3 is revealed does not change the original odds. It seems counterintuitive, but the math experts say you are better to make the switch to Door #2 as it will conceal the car 2/3 of the time.
Tags: logic  stats  mathematics  probability  Monty  Hall  Problem 
Added: 14th July 2015
Views: 747
Posted By: Lava1964
Jolly Rancher Candies Commerical Tags: Jolly  Rancher  Candies  Commerical  three  quarters  by  three  quarters  squared  fruit  flavored  candy 
Added: 3rd July 2015
Views: 484
Posted By: Cathy
Get Lucky Funny WWII spoof for one of the last TV commercials for Lucky Strikes Cigarettes in the United Kingdom.
Tags: World  War  II  WWII  spoof  Lucky  Strikes  Cigarettes  TV  advertising  smoking  aircraft  carrier  united  states  navy 
Added: 21st June 2015
Views: 660
Posted By: pfc
George Harrison Knife Attack Tags: George  Harrison  Olivia  Harrison  knife  attack  The  Beatles  Liverpool  Brian  Epstien 
Added: 13th June 2015
Views: 720
Posted By: Cliffy
Color Me Badd - I Adore Mi Amor Tags: Color  Me  Badd  -  I  Adore  Mi  Amor  Mark  Calderon  Kevin  "K.T."  Thornton  Bryan  Abrams   
Added: 10th June 2015
Views: 644
Posted By: Music Maiden
Dinosaurs TV Show Commercial Tags: Dinosaurs  TV  Show  Commercial  Dinah  Shore  ABC  TV  90s 
Added: 9th June 2015
Views: 938
Posted By: pfc
Teletubbies Baby Sun All Grown Up Here is Baby Sun from the Teletubbies all grown up at age 19. Her name is Jess Smith.
Tags: Teletubbies  Baby  Sun  All  Grown  Up  Jess  Smith  Giggling  Baby 
Added: 31st May 2015
Views: 744
Posted By: pfc
Jay Leno Talks About His Father - 1994 In this Tonight Show clip from 1994, Jay Leno lovingly talks about his recently deceased father. The quality of the video is not great, but it is well worth watching.
Tags: Jay  Leno  Tonight  Show  father  Angelo  tribute 
Added: 24th May 2015
Views: 602
Posted By: Lava1964

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