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Oceans Edge
920415.  Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:26 pm Reply with quote

The blue whale* is the largest animal ever known to have existed.

*see what I did there?

920446.  Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:02 pm Reply with quote

The bowhead whale can live for 200 years.

Spud McLaren
920450.  Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:08 pm Reply with quote

"Two hundred years together" is a 2-volume historical essay by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He published the work on the history of Russian-Jewish relations in 2001 and 2002. The book stirred controversy and is viewed by many historians as unreliable in both factual data and ideological approach, as well as antisemitic.

dr bartolo
920718.  Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:17 am Reply with quote

The Alhambra Decree, an edict issued on 31 March 1492 expelling all Jews from the Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon , was not formaly revoked till 16 December 1968


920995.  Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:16 am Reply with quote

Spain was a Muslim country for over 300 years as it was under Moorish rule until 1492.

Spud McLaren
921234.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:51 am Reply with quote

On Jan 2 1492, Christopher Columbus was in Alhambra, and saw the defeated Moorish king come out of the city gates and kiss the hands of the Spanish king, queen and prince.

And on November 7 1492, the Ensisheim meteorite, a 127-kg meteorite, landed in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace.

Take your pick.

921237.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:58 am Reply with quote

On January the 2nd, 2010, a 28-year-old Somali male was shot for breaking into Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoonist Jurt Westergaard's home and threatening his family with an axe.

Spud McLaren
921243.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:05 am Reply with quote

Yougreaved a 28-year-old Somali whale. Sorry.

921256.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:34 am Reply with quote

The village of Youlgreave is known to locals as 'Pommie'.

921258.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:40 am Reply with quote

Youlgreave was mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Henry de Ferrers and being worth sixteen shillings.

Oceans Edge
921323.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:08 pm Reply with quote

The Domesday book was completed in 1086, in August of 2006 it went online.

921332.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:46 pm Reply with quote

Must have used an obsolete file format.

August 2006: The Royal Correspondent of the News of the World was arrested concerning allegations of phone-tapping of staff in the Prince of Wales' household.

921337.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:58 pm Reply with quote

On August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle successfully swam the English Channel.

Spud McLaren
921379.  Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:21 pm Reply with quote

A few facts about the first successful Channel swimmer, Capt. Matthew Webb:

He died attempting to swim through the Whirlpool Rapids on the Niagara River below Niagara Falls, a feat many observers considered suicidal, on 24 July 1883.

John Betjeman's poem "A Shropshire Lad" commemorates the death of Captain Webb, portraying his ghost swimming back along the canal to Dawley.

Captain Webb's picture on boxes of Bryant and May matches is said to be the inspiration for the character of Clouseau, portrayed originally in the Pink Panther movies by Peter Sellers.

921955.  Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:29 pm Reply with quote

John Betjeman was very fond of the ghost stories of M.R. James and supplied an introduction to Peter Haining's book M.R. James- Book of The Supernatural.

There is a sculpture of John Betjeman at St Pancras station. Betjeman had been the driving force behind efforts to save the site when it was threatened by development plans during the 1960s.


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