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2002 Breeders Cup Betting Scandal On October 26, 2002, Christopher Harn and two buddies masterminded one of the most talked about betting scandals ever. The annual Breeders Cup races are often called the Super Bowl of horse racing. Six races are run. The popular Pick Six wager requires a bettor to select the winners of all six races prior to the first race being run. The payoff can be enormous if anyone achieves the feat. As an employee of the computer company that handled off-track betting, Harn used his technical know-how to attempt to beat the system. On Breeders Cup day he placed a routine bet using a friend's off-track account. Then, after four races had been run, Harn took advantage of his knowledge of when the results were transmitted. Harn went to his office and altered his friend's original bet to give him the first four winners of the Pick Six. Then he 'boxed' the last two races, ensuring a winning ticket regardless of which horses happened to win the last two races. The payoff was an astounding $3 million. Unfortunately for Harn, the payoff was too rich for his own good. The bet was immediately flagged as suspicious because of the odd betting sequence and because too many longshots had won that day. Eventually investigators pried a confession out of Harn and his co-conspirators. They were convicted of fraud.
Tags: 2002  Breeders  Cup  scandal  betting  horse  racing 
Added: 17th January 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Official Pledge of Allegiance Salute The pledge of allegiance was originally written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a socialist magazine writer. When he wrote it for an children’s magazine, he also described a salute that he thought would be appropriate during its recital. The pledge was aimed towards children, and the magazine also gave free flags away to schools, where the pledge was originally recited. The salute they were taught to give, with one stiff arm outstretched toward the flag, was deemed the “Bellamy salute” after its creator (who had gotten the idea from a salute that the Romans had done). In the early 1940s, it was noticed that the salute bore a resemblance to a certain other salute being used in Germany at the time (which was based off of the same original Roman salute). As a result, it was formally replaced by Congress with the now-customary hand-on-heart during the pledge.
Tags: The  Official  Pledge  of  Allegiance  Salute  Hitler  Roman  soilder  salute 
Added: 12th February 2009
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Posted By: pfc
Eagle Eagle
Tags: Eagle  Flag  U.S. 
Added: 16th May 2009
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Posted By: GroundEagle
Canadas Most Famous Photo Here's a good question for this website's regulars: What's the most famous photograph in American history? Is it the flag-raising at Iwo Jima? Is it the VJ Day kiss in New York City. Is it Lee Harvey Oswald getting shot? How about the grieving girl at Kent State? There are probably a dozen photos that merit consideration. In Canada we have no such debate. This is it: Frank Orr's photo of Paul Henderson celebrating his series wining goal in Moscow in 1972. Orr got rich from its countless reprints.
Tags: Frank  Orr  photo  Paul  Henderson 
Added: 10th June 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Sands of Iwo Jima - Final Scene One of the best war movies ever made was The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949). Fittingly, the final scene was the famous flag-raising on Mount Suribachi.
Tags: Sands  of  Iwo  Jima  war  film 
Added: 21st July 2009
Views: 2475
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Posted By: Lava1964
Banana Splits The Banana Splits was a popular children's series in the that mixed live-action and animation which ran from 1968 to 1970 on NBC. It was famous for its theme song and opening scenes, which were filmed at Six Flags Over Texas and Kings island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here, then, is the first episode.
Tags: TV 
Added: 14th December 2014
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel
Which Country Had This Flag The flag below used to belong to which country?
Tags: flag   
Added: 26th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Barbara Ann Scott Canada's Barabara Ann Scott is photographed doing a 'stag leap' in this photograph from December 1947. Two months later, at age 19, she would win the women's figure skating gold medal at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. At the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, the 81-year-old Scott was one of the dignitaries who brought the Olympic flag into the stadium.
Tags: Barbara  Ann  Scott  figure  skater  Olympics 
Added: 18th February 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ecology Flag Earth Day will celebrate it's 40th anniversary on April 22, 2010. It was originally know as Ecology Day, here is the flag from back in the day.
Tags: Ecology  Flag  Earth  Day  40th  anniversary 
Added: 16th April 2010
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Posted By: pfc
49-Star American Flag There have been 26 'official' versions of the American flag since 1776. The 48-star version lasted from 1912 until 1959 when Alaska entered the Union. President Dwight Eisenhower approved this short-lived 49-star version in which the stars appeared in seven staggered rows of seven. A year later Hawaii was added to the Union and the familiar 50-star version became official on July 4, 1960. The current run of more than 50 years without a change in the flag is the longest such stretch in American history.
Tags: American  flag  49  stars 
Added: 19th May 2010
Views: 1621
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Posted By: Lava1964

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