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Do you remember "The Little Rascals"? ...

What ever happened to those people?


Well, here it is...

The Our Gang

Alfalfa --

Carl Switzer was shot to death at age 31.
Chubby --
300-pound Norman Chaney died at age 22 following an operation.

Buckwheat --
William Thomas died at age 49 of a heart attack.

Darla Hood --
The Our Gang leading lady contracted hepatitis and died at age 47.
Brisbane -- 
Kendall McCormas, known as Breezy Brisbane, committed suicide at age 64.

Mickey Daniels --
He died of liver disease at 55.

Stymie --
Mathew Bear led a life of crime and drugs. He died of a stroke at age 56.
Scotty Beckett --
He died at age 38 following a brutal beating.

Wheezer --
Robert Hutchins was killed in an airplane accident at age 19.
Pete the Pup --
He was poisoned by an unknown assailant.

Butch --
Currently lives in California

Submitted by Dick, Williamsport, Md.

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Interesting Facts
  • 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie. (Wait, what about Sleeping Beauty, which also has both parents surviving in the film?)
  • 'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  • The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
  • Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
  • Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.
  • A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink." A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of geese is called a gaggle. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament.
  • Physicist Murray Gell-Mann named the sub-atomic particles known as quarks for a random line in James Joyce, "Three quarks for Muster Mark!"
  • The phrase "sleep tight" derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bed frame. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.
  • "Three dog night" (attributed to Australian Aborigines) came about because on especially cold nights these nomadic people needed three dogs (dingos, actually) to keep from freezing.
  • Gilligan of Gilligan's Island had a first name that was only used once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy. The skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio's newscast about the wreck.
  • In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  • Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.
  • Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself. (I don't want to know how they found this out LadyHawke)
  • The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off...Thus the saying.
  • Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
  • The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."

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Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen...

... found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape.

Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.

Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.

Someone in MI-5 (similar to America 's OSS ) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.

At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into 'CARE packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.

Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps were regional system).. When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.

As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's also managed to add: 1. A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass 2. A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together 3. Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!

British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set -- by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.

Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets. Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war. The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honored in a public ceremony.

It's always nice when you can play that "Get Out of Jail Free" card!

Submitted by Dewey, Pensacola, Fl.

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Little Known Tidbit of Naval History...

The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men.. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."

Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England .. In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.

Go Navy!

Submitted by Dick, Williamsport, Md.

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Every so often, the calendar throws up dates that ‘experts’ predict...

... will signal the end of life on earth. It happened in 1997 and it happened, most famously, in 2000.  But it doesn’t end there, take a look forward into the future for some Armageddon dates we should be dreading.

Date to dread: 2011

Why we should dread it: The Solar System may enter a Photon Belt. Despite a prediction in 1997 that earth would enter the strange energy phenomenon known as a Photon Belt not coming true, experts predict it may still happen in 2011, leading to aliens landing, the world ending or, at best, widespread electrical failure.

Likelihood it will happen: 2/10 – it didn’t happen in 1997, so we’re not holding our breath.

Date to dread: 23 December 2012

Why we should dread it: According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world is divided into 13 baktuns, or cycles. A baktun lasts for 144,000 days and if the Mayans are right, the last day of the final cycle will come at the end of 2012. Still, at least we’d get to watch the Olympics.

Likelihood it will happen: 6/10 – the Mayans were sharp cookies and, of the apocalypses doing the rounds, this one is causing the biggest buzz.

Date to dread: 2014

Why we should dread it: Pope Leo IX, speaking in 1514, didn’t have to worry about the end of the world because it was a long time away – 500 years to be precise. But if he was right, his prediction would mean lights out on earth in 2014.

Likelihood it will happen: 2/10 – Leo was most likely just reassuring his flock rather than coming over all Mystic Meg.

Date to dread: 13 November, 2026

Why we should dread it: In 1960, Science magazine gave this as the date when the world’s population would reach infinity – with disastrous consequences.

Likelihood it will happen: 1/10 – while there’s no denying the population is a little out of control, it looks highly unlikely it’ll to get so out of hand by 2026 that the Earth couldn’t cope.

Date to dread: 26 October 2028

Why we should dread it: The Asteroid 1997 XF11 is predicted to sail dangerously close to the Earth on this day, potentially creating an Armageddon scenario. Luckily by ‘close’ we mean 951,000 km.

Likelihood it will happen: 3/10 – even if the asteroid gets as close as experts fear, it’ll still be over twice as far away as the Moon.

Date to dread: 2033

Why we should dread it: For all the Evangelical types who thought the year 2000 was going to mean curtains, 2033 is looking like the next disastrous date as it is believed to be the 2000th year after Christ’s death.

Likelihood it will happen: 2/10 – at least 2000 had a nice round number ring to it – this one seems to be clutching at straws.

Date to dread: 2035

Why we should dread it: One group of doom mongerers called the Raelians, who study a UFO religion, believe if they can establish an embassy in Jerusalem by 2035, an alien race called the Elohim will fall to earth, bringing with it a New Age.

Likelihood it will happen: 1/10 – if aliens capable of changing the world are hamstrung by the lack of a buffet reception they’re not worth rolling out the red carpet for.

Date to dread: 2280

Why we should dread it: Some maths whizzes claim the Koran contains a code which helps pinpoint the precise time when we’ll all breathe our last breath. Using computers to decode clues hidden in the book, they’ve come up with 2280 as d-day.

Likelihood it will happen: 2/10 – looking for hidden codes is nothing new, and this has the hallmarks of another scare-story born out of mathematicians with too much time on their hands.

Date to dread: 3797

Why we should dread it: One word – Nostradamus. The French astrologer’s predictions have a worldwide army of followers who believe he’s predicted world wars and other global disasters. This is his suggestion for the end of the world.

Likelihood it will happen: 7/10 – Nostradamus is certainly the prediction daddy so it’d be silly to dismiss this one out of hand. However, the fact that none of us will still be here then, kind of makes you worry a bit less.

Date to dread: 1,000,000 AD

Why we should dread it: As our Outlook calendars don’t quite take us up this far there’s not a lot of point stressing about this date, but huge Gamma Ray star bursts occur about every one million years. The radiation caused by one of these will have a devastating effect on the Earth’s oxygen supply.

Likelihood it will happen:  9/10 – Unless oxygen’s no longer essential, life on Earth won’t stand a chance.

Submitted by Bill, Ardmore, PA.

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