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DID YOU KNOW?

 
Back in the day there were many individuals called Beatniks and Hippies
Many houses (clubs) of entertainment sprang up taking on names such as "The Cave of the Ninth Cat" and "The Purple Onion." just to name a couple.  These were gathering places, in the early sixties primarily, where the Beatniks,( or disfavored elements of the Social System,) would come together for a variety of activities.  There was body painting booths, free-lance pencil and charcoal portraits for a buck, and of lots poetry reading and meanderings.  These were interesting houses, (refered to often as not as simply a " Beatnik Joint") even for the revolutionary mindset of the sixties.
I, for one, read my poems at "The Cave of the Ninth Cat" in the early sixties in Pontiac, Michigan. The atmosphere was thick with incense, burning candles and the low rythmn beats of live "bongo drums" played by young men dressed in bright clothing, long but neatly napped hair, thick, smartly trimmed beards and often wearing small, unique headwear.
You could sit for hours, with or without the added inducement of drugs ( although most were stoned ) and savor the evening until the wee hours of the morning, sipping an "express-o" and chewing on mint leaves.
 
Later in the decade, the Beatniks were displaced by the Hippies, whose attire was a mixture of tye-dye, light silken fabrics, jeans and rummage store style dress.  Long unruly hair, unkept and ruffled beards. A living declaration to the well used phase,"tuning-out." 
Special coffee houses sprung up where love and flowers, Panama Red and Thai-Stick weed was the fair of the day. Again you could relax, sip on warm wine and listen to the dozens of "Folk Singers" who toured each new "Coffee House" to play accoustic guitar and sing songs of the times.
 
Both the old "Beatnik Joints" and "Coffee Houses" were a vital part of the counter-revolution and gave birth to many of the ideals and Social schemes that survive until this very day.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Viet Nam War was shown every evening of televison as part of regular programming? Even as the war was very unpopular and was the driving force behind the revolution that occured in the sixties, it none the less captured the imagination and frustration of the freedom movement, giving fuel to a slow developing protest against Government and Big Brother.  
From that initial rebellion to the war came concentrated demonstrations for Civil Rights for Black Americans, Womens Lib and the Burning of the Bra demonstrations, a movement to abolish the Draft by burning draft cards and the beginning of  the Gay Rights agenda.
The Viet Nam War was the starting point that eventually changed the face of America, not only in our understanding, but in our intolerance of Govenment Imposed events.

Vietnam War Pictures

Here are statistics from the Combat Area Casualty File (CACF) as of November 1993. The CACF is the basis for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall):

Average age of 58,148 killed in Vietnam was 23.11 years. (Although 58,169 names are in the Nov. 93 database, only 58,148 have both event date and birth date. Event date is used instead of declared dead date for some of those who were listed as missing in action)

        

                                         

 
DID YOU KNOW?


June 25, 1950

At approximately 4 a.m. (Korean Standard Time) on a rainy Sunday morning Democratic People's Republic of Korea Army (DPRK - North Korea) artillery and mortars open fire on Republic of Korea (ROK - South Korea) Army positions south of the 38th Parallel, the line then serving as the border between the two countries. The opening barrage is followed shortly by tank/infantry attacks at all points along the Parallel. At 11 a.m. North Korea announced a formal declaration of war and what is now known as "The Korean War" officially began. In this announcement North Korea claimed ROK forces on the Ongjin Peninsula attacked North Korea in the Haeju area (west) and their declaration of war was in response to this attack. This claim was bogus.

U.S. President Harry S. Truman was notified of the invasion and returned from his home in Independence, Missouri, to Washington, D.C., arriving in early afternoon. Meanwhile the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for the immediate cessation of hostilities and the withdrawal of North Korean forces to north of the 38th Parallel.

Within hours, the United States went to war against North Korea.

Historical Facts

     Actual hostilities occurred from June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1953.  However, the war period was extended to January 31, 1955 by Congress to define a period of benefit eligibility in the wake of uneasy peace negotiations after July 27, 1953.  

     There were 6.8 million American men and women who served during the Korean War period, June 27,1950 to January 31, 1955.

     There were 54,200 deaths to Americans in service during the period of hostilities, June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1953.  Of these, 33,700 were actual battle deaths.

     There were 7,140 POW’s during the Korean War.  Of these, 4,418 returned to the United States, 2,701 died, and 21 refused repatriation.

     There have been 131 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor among Korean War veterans.

 

INTERESTING STUFF

 



In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"

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Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.  -------------------------------------------
 
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.-----------------------------------------

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska


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The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
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The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%



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The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:

$ 16,400


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The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: is 61,000


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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer

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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


 
  
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:  
Spades - King David  
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.


 
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 Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
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Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?  Obsession
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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women. 
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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey
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Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day
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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."
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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
 
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.
It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's.
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Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

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DID YOU KNOW?
 
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/1000 of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for 3 years.
Al Capones business card read "Furniture Dealer."
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on a $50 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An Ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without knee-caps. They don't appear until age 2-6.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over 100 vocal sounds. Dogs only have 10.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends with "mt."
February 1865 did not have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the population reproduction.
You will spend about 6 months of your life time waiting at a red light.
Its impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Maine is the only state whose name is one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, purple or silver.
On the Canadian $2 bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is the American Flag.
Our eyes remain the same size as at birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Peanuts are used in dynamite.
Rubber bands last nearly forever when refrigerated.
"Stewardess" is the longest word typed with the left hand. "Lollipop" is the longest word typed with the right hand.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, Queen Elizebeth II, burns one gallon of fuel for every six inches it moves.
 Microwave was invented by a researcher who walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The sentence " The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
In the winter of 1932, Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The words "racecar" and "kayak" are the same whether read frontwards or backwards. (palindromes)
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There is no Betty Rubble in Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.
Tigers have striped skin, not striped fur.
The only ten letter word that you can type using the top row of letters on a typewriter is "Typewriter."
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink twice as much as men.
Your stomach must produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks; otherwise it would digest itself.
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and " facetious."
If you are arrested for DUI in Alaska, your car in sentenced to "30 days in impound" and fined over $500.00.  That is in addition to the drivers punishment.
 
There.......now you know everything!
 
 

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