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Canadian 25 Cent Banknote Canada once had 25-cent paper money. This is an example. Known commonly as 'shinplasters,' they were discontinued in the early 1930s. Shinplasters can still be bought relatively cheaply from coin and banknote dealers.
Tags: Canadian  shinplasters 
Added: 7th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Canadian Dollar Bills Most Canadians born after 1986 probably wouldn't recognize this bit of history: a one-dollar bill. Citing the high cost of paper money (an average bank note stays in circulation just 14 months before it has to be replaced), the Bank of Canada ceased production of the green bills in 1986. They were replaced by the much more durable $1 coins, commonly known as loonies because a loon is featured on them, that same year.
Tags: Canadian  dollar  bills 
Added: 14th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Marceline Day Marceline Day was a silent film star best known for horror classic "London After Midnight" opposite Lon Chaney and Conrad Nagel, her role as Sally Richards in the 1928 comedy "The Cameraman" opposite Buster Keaton, and the 1929 drama "The Jazz Age" opposite Douglas Fairbanks . . she was also the sister of Alice Day . . .
Tags: marceline  day 
Added: 7th July 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
British Museum Cave Art Hoax In May 2005, a renowned British hoaxer, known only as Banksy, placed this alleged piece of 'cave art'--showing a prehistoric man with a shopping cart--in the British Museum in London. Titled 'Early Man Goes To Market,' the piece hung on a wall for three days before anyone questioned its authenticity. Banksy, who has pranked museums around the world, even provided a caption under his masterpiece: 'This finely preserved example of primative art dates from the post-Catatonic era...' How did no one spot such an obvious hoax for three days? Said a chagrined museum representative, 'It looked very much in keeping with the other exhibits.'
Tags: cave  art  hoax 
Added: 10th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Cardiff Giant Hoax 1869 The first great hoax in American history was the Cardiff Giant. In 1868, a wealthy American tobacconist and atheist named George Hull got into an argument with a minister about a passage in the book of Genesis that claimed that giant men once walked the earth. Inspired, Hull decided to create a fake petrified giant and foist it on the gullible public. He hired men in Fort Dodge, Iowa to carve him a 10-foot long block of gypsum. (Hull told them it was for a monument to Abraham Lincoln.) Hull sent the gypsum block to a stonecutter in Chicago to have it secretly carved into the likeness of a man. Once the work was completed, Hull had the carving sent to his cousin's farm in Cardiff, New York. There Hull artificially aged his giant with acid and buried it in the ground for 11 months. On October 16, 1869, two men hired to dig a well 'found' the giant. (This photo shows it being 'exhumed' from Hull's hiding place.) The story of the giant's discovery spread like wildfire. Hull initially charged the curious public 25 cents apiece to view the giant. He later upped the price to 50 cents. Despite scientists universally claiming the Cardiff Giant to be a hoax, Hull sold it for $37,500 to a five-man syndicate headed by David Hannon and laughed all the way to the bank. (The hoax had cost Hull about $2,600, so the sale netted him more than 14 times what he had spent!) P.T. Barnum tried to buy or rent the giant from Hannon for $60,000, but his offer was refused. Not to be outdone, Barnum had his own giant made, displayed it at his museum, and declared Hannon's giant was a fake! On December 10, Hull publicly confessed to his hoax. Meanwhile Hannon and Barnum were busily suing and countersuing each other over who possessed the real Cardiff Giant. Only in America...
Tags: Cardiff  Giant  hoax 
Added: 10th July 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Security Savings and Loan - Didnt We Learn Didn't we learn from the bail out of the Savings and Loan Crisis of the 80s?
Tags: ad    advertisement    1984    84    80s    retro    television    tv    commercial    old    vhs    bank    finances    security    savings    loan     
Added: 15th July 2008
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Posted By: Old Fart
Thief Of Bagdad 1924 Before the advent of computerized special effects, Hollywood had to be more creative. Check out this 'flying carpet' clip from The Thief of Bagdad (1924) starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
Tags: Thief  of  Bagdad  flying  carpet 
Added: 4th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gordon Banks Save Arguably the greatest save in the history of soccer: England's Gordon Banks thwarts Pele of Brazil at the 1970 World Cup tournament. (For you non-soccer fans, you might have to watch it four or five times to realize what an incredible athletic feat this truly was!)
Tags: Gordon  Banks  save  soccer  World  Cup 
Added: 8th August 2008
Views: 1465
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Posted By: Lava1964
1964 Alaska Earthquake This is what Fourth Avenue in the business district of Fairbanks, Alaska looked like after the massive earthquake of March 27, 1964 struck. The quake registered 9.2 on the Richter Scale, making it the most severe earthquake ever to hit North America.
Tags: 1964  earthquake  Alaska 
Added: 20th August 2008
Views: 1380
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rhyme And Reason Pilot Anybody else remember the game show Rhyme And Reason? It aired for about six months on ABC in 1975. It was designed for three reasons: To duplicate the success of CBS' Match Game; to give Bob Eubanks a new show after the cancellation of The Newlywed Game at the end of 1974; and to showcase the poetic skills of Nipsey Russell. The show never caught on and was eventually replaced by Family Feud. This is from the pilot episode. Be prepared to be shocked by how risque some of the answers are for 1975!
Tags: Rhyme  and  Reason  game  show 
Added: 28th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964

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