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Rare Toy - Kenner Stretch Serpent In 1978 Kenner released the Stretch Serpent as part of its Stretch Armstrong series of malleable toys. Stretch Serpent was priced at $9.49. Filled with corn syrup, it could be stretched to an extraordinary length and then return to its normal size. The toy proved to be unpopular so Kenner only made one run of it. Furthermore, if Stretch Serpent's body became dried or developed cracks, the corn syrup would leak rendering the toy useless. Only two are known to exist today. At a 2008 online auction, one sold for $12,500.
Tags: Kenn  Stretch  Serpent  toy  rare 
Added: 16th December 2012
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Posted By: Lava1964
JFK Podium Catches Fire During Inauguration Tags: JFK  Podium  Catches  Fire  During  Inauguration,  John  F.  Kennedy  Dwight  D.  Eisenhower  podium  fire    jfk  fire  Cardinal  Cushing  invocation  Richard  Cushing 
Added: 23rd January 2013
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Posted By: Cliffy
Bill Cullen Secret Disability The affable Bill Cullen is largely considered one of the greatest TV game show hosts ever. (One poll lists him as THE greatest.) Witty and charming, Cullen was a fixture as a game show host and as a regular panelist on I've Got a Secret for years. One source claims he earned $300,000 in 1958--an extraordinary sum for that era. During his impressive broadcasting career which spanned from radio sports commentary in 1942 to his umpteenth TV game show gig in 1986, Cullen hid an obvious physical disability: As a toddler in 1921 he had been stricken by polio. As a teen he was further crippled in a motorcycle mishap. The end result was that Cullen had severe mobility issues until the day he died. As was the norm at the time, the TV networks did their best to hide Cullen's disability as a kindness to him. Every game show he hosted he was never shown walking to his place; he was always already seated behind a podium and stayed that way for the show's duration. On July 9, 1961 he was a mystery guest on the original What's My Line. Usually the WML mystery guest would be shown signing in and then walking a few feet to sit beside host John Daly. When Cullen entered, the camera focused on the blindfolded panelists until he was seated--which must have puzzled millions of viewers that night. Mel Brooks related a horribly awkward story about a time he appeared on the Cullen-hosted game show Eye Guess in the late 1960s. At the end of the tapings, Brooks walked toward Cullen's desk to thank him for having him on. Cullen walked towards Brooks with his arms flailing and his feet turned over at the ankles. Brooks thought Cullen was doing a deliberately comical walk, so Brooks mimicked it! Brooks was aghast when someone shouted that Cullen was disabled. Cullen, however, laughed loudly and told Brooks he was glad someone finally had the courage to poke fun at him. Cullen said he always felt self-conscious about the special treatment he received. Cullen also suffered through pancreatic surgery in the late 1960s. He was never as robust looking afterwards. A lifelong smoker, Cullen succumbed to lung cancer in 1990 at age 70.
Tags: Bill  Cullen  polio  TV  host  disability 
Added: 18th June 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Valour Road - Victoria Cross The Victoria Cross is the most difficult military medal in the world to win. A recipient must be a member of the military of a British Commonwealth country and must perform an extraordinary feat of valour in the presence of the enemy. The feat also has to be witnessed. The circumstances surrounding the feats of all potential receipients are thoroughly investigated before the award can be given. Since 1856 there have been 94 Canadians who have won the VC. Against all odds, three recipients from the First World War all lived on Pine Street in Winnipeg. This Canadian Heritage Minute gives a hint of what they did.
Tags: Victoria  Cross  Winnipeg  Pine  Street  Valour  Road 
Added: 30th January 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon A first-round men's singles match at the 2010 Wimbledon tourney between American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut was, in many respects, the greatest tennis match ever contested. It is the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. The extraordinary match, contested over three days, lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes with Isner eventually prevailing 64, 36, 67(79), 76(73), 7068 for a total of 183 games. The match began at 6:13 pm on Tuesday, June 22. At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended at two sets all. After resuming on Wednesday, at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:10 pm, with the final set tied at 59 games all. Play resumed at 3:43 pm on Thursday. Isner won at 4:48 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes. Both players broke numerous Wimbledon and tennis records, including each serving over 100 aces, with the match being referred to as "the endless match." Twice the score of the final set exceeded the scoreboard's ability to record it. (A computer technician was called in to address the problem both times.) Of course such a lengthy match is only possible at events such as Wimbledon where no tiebreaker is played in the final set.
Tags: tennis  Isner  Mahut  Wimbledon 
Added: 31st August 2013
Views: 910
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Posted By: Lava1964
Citizen Kane - Final Scene This is the final scene of what many film critics consider the greatest movie ever made: Citizen Kane (1941). The movie begins with the lonely death of Charles Foster Kane (based on the life of William Randolph Hearst) in his vast gated mansion. Kane's dying word was "Rosebud!" A reporter wants to know the significance of the word so he tracks down and interviews colleagues of the deceased great man. Kane's life is shown in retrospect from childhood until his death. Kane's mother had run a boarding house in Colorado. She acquired the deed to a mine in lieu of payment from a boarder. The mine provided enormous wealth for young Kane who lived a life of privilege and became famous as a mud-raking newspaper baron and a scandal-plagued failed political candidate. So what's the significance of Rosebud? It was the name of his sled he had when he was an ordinary child. It means everything...or nothing at all. It's up to the viewer to decide.
Tags: Citizen  Kane  final  scene  Rosebud 
Added: 27th June 2013
Views: 2610
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bewitched - Final Scene Today we are used to favorite sitcoms ending their runs with big finishes. That seldom used to be the case. Here is the last scene of the 252nd and final episode of Bewitched. It was produced in December 1971 and aired in March 1972. The episode's title is "The Truth, and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Sam." It's ordinary plot revolves around a unicorn pin which, because of a spell that Endora has placed on it, compels any mortal close to it to always tell the truth. There is no farewell scene--just Samantha and Darrin fittingly expressing their love for each other as the episode ends. By 1972, Bewitched had been moved by ABC to a deadly Saturday time slot directly against All in the Family. Neverthless, it still attracted decent enough ratings. There were initial plans for a ninth season. However, Elizabeth Montgomery and her husband Bill Asher (who produced the show) were divorcing, so the continuation of Bewitched would have been awkward.
Tags: Bewitched  sitcom  final  scene  1972 
Added: 28th June 2013
Views: 2351
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Posted By: Lava1964
Baseball Glove Designer on WML There's nothing too special about this clip--just an ordinary challenger on a 1961 episode of What's My Line. This fellow designed baseball gloves for the Rawlings sporting goods company.
Tags: baseball  gloves  WML 
Added: 24th August 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mike Tyson - Baseball Player Here's a quick way to make a devious buck or two: Bet someone that Mike Tyson once played Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. You'd be correct. A Mike Tyson (not the Mike Tyson) was an infielder who spent most of his 10-year career (1972 to 1981) with the Cardinals. Here's his baseball card as proof!
Tags: baseball  Mike  Tyson 
Added: 4th September 2013
Views: 740
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Posted By: Lava1964
Last VW Beetle Rolls Off Assembly Line July 30th, 2003 the last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line in all places in VW's Puebla,Mexico plant. Over 21 million were sold since it was first introduced in 1939.
Tags: Volkswagen  Beetle  Bug  Subcompact,  economy  car    Ferdinand  Porsche   
Added: 30th July 2014
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Posted By: Cathy

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