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How Did Alan Alda Meet His Wife?

Alan Alda, the six-time Emmy and Golden Globe Awards winner who played Hawkeye Pierce in the TV hit series MASH had quite a remarkable career. But did you know he also had an interesting personal life? He met his wife, Arlene Weiss, in the most peculiar way, and they have been together ever since. At …

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Who is D.B. Cooper?

There are many unsolved crimes in history but none more trivial as the 1971 Northwest Orient Airlines hijacking. Who hijacked the plane, and how did he escape? D.B. Cooper was the name the media assigned to an unknown hijacker who took over a Boeing 727. Cooper earned a hefty $200,000 ransom for the hijack and …

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Why Was George Carlin Arrested in Milwaukee?

Comedy has evolved significantly through the years. Topics and words considered taboo in the past are now sometimes regarded as hilarious if delivered correctly. George Carlin, one of the most outstanding comedians in history, saw through the so-called evolution of comedy, but did you know he got arrested for it? “Seven Dirty Words” was one …

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What Happened During the Last Four Years of Elvis Presley’s Life?

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, passed away on August 16, 1977, of a heart attack that was likely brought on by his addiction to barbiturates. But what lead to his untimely demise, and who is to blame? In the last four years of Presley’s life, he had been prescribed about 19,000 doses …

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Who Wrote the Lyrics to the Song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”?

We all know the Grinch as the lead character in the 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Since then, there have been three movies of the said book. The first animated film featured the song You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, but did you ever wonder who wrote it? The author of the …

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What Happened to Emmett Till’s Killers?

Many events in American history are smeared with racial discrimination, often ending with injustice towards those who are not white. A good example is the murder of Emmett Till and the fortunate fate of his murderers. Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old, was brutally killed in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of whistling to a …

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What Happened to River Phoenix?

Only a few celebrities in the early 1990s were as famous and well-loved as River Phoenix. He was recognized for his great acting skills and good looks. Unfortunately, all was lost in an incident at The Viper Room. What happened on Halloween night in 1993? River Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix’s older brother, was a child star …

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Who Developed Improved Techniques for Blood Storage?

Many casualties in the second world war were avoided due to the advancement of blood storage, giving it the capability to be shipped overseas. But did you know that the proponent of the technique was also the first African American director of the Red Cross? Charles Drew improved blood storage and distribution techniques, which helped …

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