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1st Man On Moon Neil Armstrong Passes At Age 82 Former U.S. astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, NBC News reported on Saturday. Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month to relieve blocked coronary arteries. As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. It was Armstrong who coined the now famous expression, "That's one small step for [a] man. One giant leap for mankind" as he first set foot on the surface of the moon.
Tags: Neil  Armstrong  First  Man  on  the  Moon  NASA  moon  astronaut  Apollo  11  July  20,  1969     
Added: 25th August 2012
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Posted By: Old Fart
Mercury Dimes The coin commonly referred to as the "Mercury dime" was a ten-cent coin struck by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1945. It is one of the great misnomers in numismatic history. Designed by Adolph Weinman, it is properly called the Winged Liberty dime, as the face depicts a female Liberty figure rather than the male god Mercury. It gained its wrong but commonly used name as the obverse depiction of a young Liberty, identifiable by her winged Phrygian cap, was confused with the Roman god Mercury. Weinman is believed to have used Elsie Stevens, the wife of lawyer and poet Wallace Stevens, as a model. The coin's reverse depicts a fasces, symbolizing unity and strength, and an olive branch, signifying peace. The value of each Mercury dime is more than $2 because of the current price of silver. The Roosevelt dime replaced it in 1946.
Tags: numismatics  Mercury  Liberty  dimes 
Added: 26th January 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Missing Beaumont Children - 1966 This is one of the saddest stories I've ever come across: Australia's most famous abduction case. On January 26, 1966, three siblings under the age of 10 vanished from Glenelg Beach on Australia Day, the country's national summer holiday. To many Australians it is the day their country lost its innocence. The three Beaumont children - Jane, nine; Arnna, seven; and Grant, four -- headed alone to the resort town of Glenelg Beach, a five-minute bus ride from their Adelaide home at about 10 a.m. Due back at 12 noon, their parents raised the alarm when they failed to return by 3:30 p.m. Several witnesses said the three Beaumont children had been spotted in the presence of a blond man at the beach. He was never identified and the children have not been sighted since. Their disappearance spawned one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history. Understandably, it forever changed parents' attitudes in Australia about how they supervised their youngsters. In all likelihood, the children, who had often traveled to the resort without their parents, had become friendly with their abductor in earlier visits to Glenelg Beach. After one such visit, Arnna told her mother that Jane "had a boyfriend" at the beach. The mother assumed Arnna was talking about another child--not an adult. On the morning the Beaumont children vanished, Jane bought some treats from a refreshment stand with a one-pound note. Her mother had only given Jane enough coins to cover the children's two-way bus fares. The case remains unsolved.
Tags: Australia  missing  children  Beaumont  abduction 
Added: 3rd June 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sad Final Years of Jerry Quarry Jerry Quarry was an extremely popular heavyweight fighter whose best years unfortunately coincided with the heydays of both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Quarry was a two-fisted slugger who possessed suprising mobility in the ring. A fine overall athlete, Quarry was a finalist in ABC's Superstars in 1974. His popularity landed him cameo appearances on TV shows such as Adam-12, I Dream of Jeannie, and Batman. However, Quarry's long career in the ring--he had about 200 amateur bouts and 66 pro fights--took a heavy toll. In 1983, six years after his last fight, Quarry and two other boxers volunteered to take neurological exams for a Sports Illustrated feature on the harmful effects of boxing. Although Quarry seemed perfectly healthy and alert, his test results were shockingly bad. By the mid 1990s, pugilistic dementia, commonly known "being punch drunk" had set in. This sad feature on Quarry was shot in 1995 when he was just 50 years old. He was under the care of his brother because he was unable to take care of himself anymore. Quarry was hospitalized in late December 1998 with pneumonia and died of cardiac arrest on January 3, 1999. He was just 53 years old.
Tags: boxing  Jerry  Quarry  pugilistic  dementia   
Added: 13th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Great Britain Adopts Decimal Currency - 1971 Although the idea had been discussed in the British parliament as early as 1824, it was not until Monday, February 15, 1971 that Great Britain finally adopted decimal currency (100 pence to the pound) and shelved the cumbersome monetary system of 240 pence to the pound that had thoroughly confused foreigners. Prior to Decimal Day, there were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound. There were also lesser denominations of coins. For example, a farthing was worth a quarter of a penny. Then there were the weird coins such as the half crown which was worth two shillings and sixpence--or 30 pence--or one-eighth of a pound. British banks shut down on Wednesday, February 10, 1971 at 3 p.m. in order to have nearly five days to convert all their accounts from old money to new money. (As few banks were computerized in 1971, most of the recalculations had to be done manually.) In the months leading up to Decimal Day, the British government produced a wide array of pamphlets designed to educate the public about the 'new money.' There were even songs produced for the same purpose. Typically, older Brits were mostly against the change and had the most difficulty adapting to it.
Tags: British  money  decimalization  change 
Added: 2nd March 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Diner Juke Boxes Tags: Diner  Juke  Boxes  music  coin  operated 
Added: 23rd April 2015
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Posted By: Freckles
1985 NBA Draft Lottery Conspiracy Many NBA fans steadfastly claim that the league's first draft lottery, held in 1985, was rigged. Prior to 1985, the two teams that finished in last place in the NBA's two conferences used a coin toss to determine which of the bottom-feeders would pick first overall in the collegiate draft that summer. This practice led to the accusation that some teams that had little hope of being competitive were deliberately tanking games to get in on the coin toss. To make tanking a less attractive proposition, the NBA instituted a 'draft lottery' in 1985 in which the seven teams that did not qualify for the playoffs had an equal chance of getting the first overall pick. In 1985 that selection would obviously be used to choose Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University who had led the Hoyas to three berths in the NCAA final in four years. Even before the draft was held there was scuttlebutt that the NBA would rig the draw so that the New York Knicks, the team with the biggest TV market, would get the #1 pick. The lottery was held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. CBS televised the lottery between halves of a playoff game. As this clip shows, it was a very simplistic lottery. Seven sealed envelopes, each containing a team's logo, were put into a transparent sphere drum. The drum was spun. Commissioner David Stern selected the seven envelopes one at a time for the one to seven draft slots in that order. Almost immediately conspiracy theorists argued the draw had been rigged in favor of the Knicks. The fourth envelope tossed into the drum contained the Knicks' logo. It ended up with a bent corner because it was tossed into the drum more strongly than the other envelopes. Some cynics even claim the Knicks' envelope was frozen so Commissioner Stern would select the coldest envelope first! Others point out that the law firm responsible for overseeing the fairness of the lottery had a financial interest in the Knicks. Interestingly, the team that ended up with the seventh pick, Golden State, had the worst record in the NBA in 1984-85. In previous years they would have gotten no worse than the second pick. David Stern has always scoffed at the idea that the 1985 lottery was rigged. Watch for yourself and decide if anything was amiss.
Tags: 1985  NBA  draft  lottery  conspiracy 
Added: 21st May 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
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
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hypno-Coin Tags: Hypno-Coin  comic  books  hypnotism  power  control  novelty     
Added: 31st October 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Comic Book Mail Order Mysteries Tags: Comic  Book  Mail  Order  Mysteries  hypno  coin  toys  hovwercraft  x-ray  vision  100  toy  soilders   
Added: 9th January 2016
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Posted By: Steve

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