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Message 891372 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:15:25 UTC

The Trickster

A common figure in the folklore of many indigenous peoples, the trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, human, or anthropomorphic animal who is often an amoral and comic troublemaker. The trickster's rule-breaking frequently takes the form of tricks or thievery. An enduring archetype, the trickster can be cunning, foolish, or both and often inspires laughter even when considered sacred. In many cultures, the trickster is also a culture hero

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Message 891373 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:16:29 UTC - in response to Message 891372.

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Message 891377 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:18:33 UTC

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Message 891378 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:20:39 UTC - in response to Message 891377.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.
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Message 891382 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:23:15 UTC - in response to Message 891378.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.



What do you remember about Loki? :o)
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Message 891385 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:26:10 UTC - in response to Message 891382.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.

What do you remember about Loki? :o)

Being called that. :D Whether here or in another forum I can't recall but it was definitely SETI related.
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Message 891396 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:40:51 UTC - in response to Message 891385.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.

What do you remember about Loki? :o)

Being called that. :D Whether here or in another forum I can't recall but it was definitely SETI related.

I knew I'd seen You somewhere else, At least Yer not Mephistopheles... ;)
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Message 891399 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:43:35 UTC - in response to Message 891396.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.

What do you remember about Loki? :o)

Being called that. :D Whether here or in another forum I can't recall but it was definitely SETI related.

I knew I'd seen You somewhere else, At least Yer not Mephistopheles... ;)

Both were named in my D&D Monster's Manual. :) I really liked the description it gave of Loki and thought how much fun it would be to play all those antics. Ta-Da!
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Message 891400 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:43:47 UTC - in response to Message 891396.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.

What do you remember about Loki? :o)

Being called that. :D Whether here or in another forum I can't recall but it was definitely SETI related.

I knew I'd seen You somewhere else, At least Yer not Mephistopheles... ;)



Thanks goodness :o) That name would hard to pronounce ten times fast !! LOL
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Message 891403 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:45:45 UTC - in response to Message 891400.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.

What do you remember about Loki? :o)

Being called that. :D Whether here or in another forum I can't recall but it was definitely SETI related.

I knew I'd seen You somewhere else, At least Yer not Mephistopheles... ;)

Thanks goodness :o) That name would hard to pronounce ten times fast !! LOL

I had something about Asmodeus that I got published in Dragon Magazine when I was 15. Can't recall that either. I think what was printed was only half of what I wrote.
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Message 891406 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:52:31 UTC

Thanks for this thread Matt, pretty neat.

African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.

I'll give a better one later...period 3 of hockey game's starting.


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Message 891407 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 0:54:04 UTC

First submarine designed in 1578

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) made sketches of a submarine and William Bourne, a British mathematician, drew plans for a submarine in 1578. But it was only in 1620 that Cornelius van Drebbel, a Dutch inventor, managed to build a submarine. He wrapped a wooden rowboat tightly in waterproofed leather and had air tubes with floats to the surface to provide oxygen. Of course, there were no engines yet, so the oars went through the hull at leather gaskets. He took the first trip with 12 oarsmen in the Thames River - staying submerged for 3 hours.

The first submarine used for military purposes was built in 1776 by David Bushnell (1742-1824) of the US. His "Turtle" was a one-man, wooden submarine powered by hand-turned propellers. It was used during the American Revolution against British warships. The Turtle would approach enemy ships partially submerged to attach explosives to the ships's hull. The Turtle worked well but the explosives did not.

Two rival inventors from the US developed the first true submarines in the 1890s. The US Navy purchased submarines built by John P Holland, while Russia and Japan opted for the designs of Simon Lake. Their submarines used petrol or steam engines for surface cruising and electric motors for underwater travel. They also invented torpedoes which were propelled by small electric motors, thereby introducing one of the most dangerous weapons in the world.

Submarines are also called U-boats, which is short for Unterseeboot, the German word for undersea boat.

The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched in 1955. In 1958 the Nautilus made the first voyage under the polar ice pack, completing the 2945 km (1,830 miles) journey in 6 days.

The first submerged circumnavigation of earth was made in 1960 by the nuclear submarine USS Triton.

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Message 891415 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:14:17 UTC - in response to Message 891400.

AH, Loki! LOL I remember that name.

What do you remember about Loki? :o)

Being called that. :D Whether here or in another forum I can't recall but it was definitely SETI related.

I knew I'd seen You somewhere else, At least Yer not Mephistopheles... ;)



Thanks goodness :o) That name would hard to pronounce ten times fast !! LOL

Try this then: Satan, The Devil and I wouldn't doubt there's at least another half dozen or so names of that mythological figure floating about.
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Message 891417 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:25:22 UTC - in response to Message 891407.
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First submarine designed in 1578

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) made sketches of a submarine and William Bourne, a British mathematician, drew plans for a submarine in 1578. But it was only in 1620 that Cornelius van Drebbel, a Dutch inventor, managed to build a submarine. He wrapped a wooden rowboat tightly in waterproofed leather and had air tubes with floats to the surface to provide oxygen. Of course, there were no engines yet, so the oars went through the hull at leather gaskets. He took the first trip with 12 oarsmen in the Thames River - staying submerged for 3 hours.

The first submarine used for military purposes was built in 1776 by David Bushnell (1742-1824) of the US. His "Turtle" was a one-man, wooden submarine powered by hand-turned propellers. It was used during the American Revolution against British warships. The Turtle would approach enemy ships partially submerged to attach explosives to the ships hull. The Turtle worked well but the explosives did not.

Two rival inventors from the US developed the first true submarines in the 1890s. The US Navy purchased submarines built by John P Holland, while Russia and Japan opted for the designs of Simon Lake. Their submarines used petrol or steam engines for surface cruising and electric motors for underwater travel. They also invented torpedoes which were propelled by small electric motors, thereby introducing one of the most dangerous weapons in the world.

Submarines are also called U-boats, which is short for Unterseeboot, the German word for undersea boat.

The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched in 1955. In 1958 the Nautilus made the first voyage under the polar ice pack, completing the 2945 km (1,830 miles) journey in 6 days.

The first submerged circumnavigation of earth was made in 1960 by the nuclear submarine USS Triton.

And there's a U-Boat in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry by the Hull number of U-505 there and possibly the last of Her kind on earth.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12509899@N00/2732904512/

http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/u-505/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unterseeboot_505
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Message 891420 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:44:05 UTC

Every second, the sun produces more energy than human civilizations have ever produced in history. Indeed, every second, the sun produces about 400 trillion trillion watts of energy. That’s the equivalent of a trillion 1 megaton atom bombs.
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Message 891430 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:52:22 UTC - in response to Message 891407.

Two rival inventors from the US developed the first true submarines in the 1890s. The US Navy purchased submarines built by John P Holland, while Russia and Japan opted for the designs of Simon Lake. Their submarines used petrol or steam engines for surface cruising and electric motors for underwater travel. They also invented torpedoes which were propelled by small electric motors, thereby introducing one of the most dangerous weapons in the world.


The USS Holland and the USS Simon Lake are two Submarine Tender Ships in the US Navy. They are basically a floating combination of grocery store, spare parts depot, and repair shop for submarines.

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Message 891434 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:53:45 UTC

More than 5 billion crayons are produced each year

More than 100 billion crayons have been produced so far. The first crayons consisted of a mixture of charcoal and oil. In the early 1900s, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. Binney's wife, Alice, attached the French word for chalk, craie, with "ola," from oily, to form the Crayola name. Their first box of Crayola crayons were sold for a nickel in 1903.

The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colours: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. By 1957, 40 new colours were introduced. Today there are more than 120 crayon colours, including Atomic Tangerine, Blizzard Blue, Mango Tango, Outrageous Orange, Laser Lemon, Screamin' Green and Shocking Pink. Over 5 billion crayons are produced each year.

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Message 891443 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:58:21 UTC

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in 1926 in Soho, London. Ten years later there were only 100 TV sets in the world.

Today there are more than 1.5 billion TV sets in use.

China has the most TV sets (300 million).

US citizens watch the most TV. By age 65, an American would have watched the equivalent of 9 years uninterrupted screening, viewing more than 20,000 TV commercials per year.

In the US there are more TV sets than telephones.

The first TV interview was made with Irish actress Peggy O'Neil in April 1930.

The first daily broadcast was started by the BBC in November 1936.


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Message 891445 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 1:59:59 UTC

Budweiser beer named after Czech town

In the mid-1800s, Eberhard Anheuser was a successful manufacturer of soap and candles in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In 1859, he financed a loan to a struggling neighbourhood brewery called The Bavarian Brewery, which was started by George Schneider in 1852. When the brewery faltered again in 1860, Anheuser and a partner, William O'Dench, bought the interests of minority creditors rather than see the brewery go under. They reorganised the company and resumed production under the name E. Anheuser & Company.

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In 1857, the 18-year old Adolphus Busch, the second youngest of 22 children, immigrated to the United States from Germany to join his 3 brothers in St. Louis. Although his brother had started the John B. Busch Brewing Company in Washington, Missouri, Adolphus opted to enter into a partnership with Ernst Wattenberg to sell brewing supplies. It was through this business that Adolphus met his wife, whose father would be his future partner. Adolphus Busch and Lily Anheuser married in 1861. In 1865, the two beer companies merged, with Adolphus as equal partner with Eberhard Anheuser.

Budweiser beer
In 1876, Busch and his friend Carl Conrad, a liquor importer, developed a "Bohemian-style" lager, inspired after a trip to the region. Brewers in Bohemia generally named a beer after their town with the suffix "er." Beers produced in the town of Plzen, for example, were called Plzners, or Pilsners. Busch and Conrad had visited another town, only 104 km (65 miles) south of Plzenalso, known for its breweries: Bömische Budweis, which became Ceske Budejovice in 1918. Beer has been brewed in Ceske Budejovice since it was founded as Budiwoyz by king Premys II Otakar in 1245. The German name for the town is Budweis. The name "Budweiser" is a locative, meaning "of Budweis."

The beer recipes from Budweis were carried around the world - including by Busch and Conrad - and in the late 1800s there were several breweries producing beers called Budweiser. Miller and Schlitz both produced Budweisers but, as the name became so strongly associated with Anheuser-Busch, they stopped it. In the US the last other Budweiser producer was DuBois Brewing, which stopped making the brand only in the late 1970s.

The American Bud
Busch and Conrad introduced "Budweiser Lager Beer" in St. Louis, brewed by E. Anheuser Co.'s Brewing Association, and bottled and distributed by Carl Conrad. The Anheuser company was renamed Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association in 1879, and Adolphus became president the following year, a position he was to hold for 33 years. On 24 January 1883, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association acquired the rights in the US to bottle and sell Budweiser. In 1919, the company was renamed Anheuser-Busch, the name by which it is known today. In 1997, the Anheuser-Busch annual worldwide beer volume exceeded 100 million barrels, confirming its position as the world's largest brewer.

The Bud battle
In 1895, almost 20 years after Busch's Budweiser was first brewed, a Bohemian company called Budejovicky Pivovar started making a beer known as Budvar, a shortened version of the brewery name. It was exported under the name Budweiser Budvar, being from Budweis.

The golden rule in business is that the one with the gold rules. Well, usually. In the battle for the Budweiser brand name there has not been a victor. A legal battle between the Buds has raged for years. According to EU regulations, a locative can be registered as a trademark only by a manufacturer residing at that place. Thus, according to EU regulations, the Czech beer is the legal bearer of the trademark "Budweiser", or "Budejovicky." But that's not the only claim.

According to the German "Reinheitsgebot" (Beer Purity Regulations), the Annheuser-Busch Budweiser cannot be considered as beer because rice is used in the production process. According to the Beer Purity Regulations, beer can only be brewed from [barley] malt, hops and beer. (Wheat beers are called "weizens" in German.) Germany forbade the use of word "Bud" as trademark on everyone; the court ruled it was too close to "Bit" which the domestic Bitburger brewery uses as its trademark.

The oldest brewery in the town of Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) is Budweiser Burgerbrau, founded in 1795, and by far the most "original" of the claimants over the name Budweiser. The main brand of Budweiser Burgerbrau (Budejovice Burghers' Brewery) is Samson, still brewed as both light and dark lager beer, bearing the labels Budweiser Bier and Budejovicky Pivo. It is said Samson was the model for Augustus Busch for his brew.

Budweiser Burgerbrau has claimed they have the right to the trademark "Budweiser" on the basis they were the oldest brewery of the German-speaking burghers of Budweis. They insist that Budejovicky Budvar was the brewery of the Czech-speakers, who thus only have the right to the trademark "Budejovicky".

The Budweisers from Budejovice has been called "The Beer of Kings" since the 16th century. Adolphus Busch is said to have turned the slogan around to "The King of the Beers". The Czech Budweiser is imported all around Europe, sold in some countries as "Budejovicky Budvar" but known as Budweiser. In Europe it is still known as the original Budweiser. In the US and elsewhere the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser remains, if not the king of beer tastes, the king of beer sales.

Eberhard Anheuser (1805-1880). He had a taste for success. A German immigrant to the US, he made a fortune in soap manufacturing. But when he helped finance a small brewery in 1860, he suddenly found himself in the lucrative beer business.

Adolphus Busch (1839-1913). He was taken with Lily Anheuser from the start. His brother Ulrich courted Lily's older sister Anna. On 7 March 1861, Eberhard Anheuser gave away the hands of both daughters in a double wedding ceremony with the Busch boys in St. Louis.

Adolphus Busch died in 1913, and his son August took charge of the company. When August passed away in 1934, his son Adolphus Busch III took over. He was succeeded by his brother, August A. Busch Jr in 1946. In 1974, his son August A. Busch III became the fifth-generation Anheuser-Busch president. In 1992, August A. Busch IV was named vice president, Budweiser Brands.
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Message 891448 - Posted: 5 May 2009, 2:13:40 UTC

An atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 1.7 million years.
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