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  1. DRII

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    all the implications and processes are really unknown, but very simply put: the magnetic field produced by the spinning/flowing molten outer core moving around the solid metal inner core shields the earth's surface from extreme/harmful radiation from the sun and other objects in space.

    it is assumed based on certain evidence that Mars once had water on its surface and also once had a molten outer core spinning around its solid inner core. However, for some unknown reason its molten core stopped moving and became solid itself and thus no longer produced a strong enough magnetic field to act as a shield to extreme radiation/energy.

    there was a movie, a pretty bad movie, in 2003 called 'The Core' that lightly touched on these issues, in dramatic fashion of course, and could give someone a very crude idea of the theories involved.

    its really astonishing that we really don't know for sure how the Earth came to have vast amounts of water on its surface and thus setting up an environment capable of supporting life, but it is known (if not completely understood) that w/o a magnetic shield none of it would be possible...
     
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    There's a really cool book called 'The Science of Star Wars' and part of it talks about the probability of a plant like ours existing. It's a really good read. It really opened my eyes to the possibility of many planets existing that could combine the set of factors (size, distance from the sun, planets guarding it from extinction event collisions the way Jupiter and Saturn guard ours, and many more) giving rise to the possibility of an Earth-like environment. I think it's great that there's a lot we don't know. Each of us can travel that journey and exchange thoughts, knowledge, ideas and not regurgitate old theorems :)
     
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    Shakespe; Shakspe; Shakspere and Shakespear.

    Shakespeare was said to have an extensive vocabulary; his works contained at least 30,000 different words.

    A number of Shakespeare's original documents had been found to bear his signatures. However, none of those are spelled Shakespeare. Instead, he spells it Shakespe; Shakspe; Shakspere and Shakespear.
     
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    Shakespeare wore a gold hoop earring--can't see his right ear!:grin:
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    Van Gogh created his most famous work The Starry Night while staying in an asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France.
     
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    Vincent

    Vincent had an older brother who died at birth. His name was also Vincent van Gogh.
     
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    The youngest pope was 11 years old, Pope Benedict IX.
     
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    Vermeer

    Johannes Vermeer last painting was The Lady Standing At A Virginal (Staande Virginaalspeelster).

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    Dali had an older brother named Salvador who died nine months before the artist's birth. Does Joel also have a deceased sibling???
     
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    Hey R.J.

    you seem happier the last week or so. hope everything is going well...
     
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    Probably not. Interesting coincidence with Dali and Van Gogh though.

    The Girl with a Pearl Earring, painted in 1665, is recognized as Vermeer's greatest acheivement. This masterpiece is sometimes referred to as "The Dutch Mona Lisa" Scarlett Johansson in 2003 played the title role in the film, Girl with a Pearl Earring.


    The Allegory of Painting is my favourite Vermeer painting I must say.

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    Marloes Horst could have been a nice model for Vermeer; today her shots are more suitable for fashion photographers than the NBA. She is only a little better than Shaquille O'Neal was at shooting free throws, even though she doesn't look at the basket when she shoots.
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    It is a little known fact that bookmakers would heavily favour Elsa Hosk, who played in a women's professional basketball league in Sweden, over Marloes Horst in a one-on-one basketball game.
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    If I were the referee, I'd be rooting for Marloes and she would get all the calls.
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    Elsa Hosk's game is a lot like Steve Nash.
     
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    Natalia Vodianova can run faster than Elsa and Marloes.
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    Better than Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko (Ukrainian: Тетяна Гамера-Шмирко)?
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    The worst place to go for an ice cream is Turkey.
     
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    Copenhagen is a good place for ice cream in the summer, but it is probably a better place for beer.
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    The deepest part of the ocean is called The Mariana Trench.
     
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    Almonds are members of the peach family.
     
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    Diving into Maria's trench would be fun.
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    Wonder if the trench is like a forest, barren or centre-cropped.:)
     
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    NBA, in a three-team deal to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, both Andrew Wiggins of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers (both no. 21; jersey numbers) had to be dealt to acquire Number 42 (among other conditions)!

    Anomalous numbers game (21 + 21 = 42!)?
     
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    I just saw on the ESPN bottom line that Bill Talbert was the last player to wear long wool pants at the USO in 1945 :!:
     
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    1R USO gives you two choices of Maria trench diving!
     
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    Orville Redenbacher suffered a heart attack and drowned in his Jacuzzi. Not such a fun fact to share but I was inspired by the popcorn shown above.
     
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    The ball is only in play for about 20 minutes of an average two-and-a-half-hour tennis match.

    Wonder how much time Nadal spends adjusting his serve alone?:-|
     
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    Neighbours

    The Flushing Meadows-Corona Park area of New York is famously home to the U.S. Open, but is barely a home run hit away from the stadium of the New York Mets Major League baseball team.

    The Mets moved to their new Citi Field home from their famous Shea Stadium in 2009.
     
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    Jim [and Tonic] is the man

    Jimmy Connors had the unique distinction of being the only man to win the same grand slam on three different surfaces: grass at Forest Hills in 1974, clay at Forest Hills in 1976, and hard court in 1978 at Flushing Meadows.;)
     
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    That ESPN would publish utter nonsense in their running line does not surprise one little bit. What is puzzling though is the deafening silence on the matter from BobbyZero & Co. – I would expect screenshots and video links all over the FormerPro, GPPD, Tennis Tips, and References sections by now.

    Here is a fun fact: Jason Jung, the darling of TTW College Talk, is about to take a set from the #1 seed in the ATP Bangkok right this moment, and yet I cannot find the match thread anywhere on the forum.
    http://live.drakulastream.eu/static/popups/2357131494371540.html
     
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    Bangkok is quite lovely during the late dog days of a near equatorial summer. If Jason has some cash (and it sounds like his family does), there are a number of ways to spend it!
     
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    * SPOILER * (please don't read if match on DVR)

    Another fun fact (although not a huge surprise):

    Jason Jung has just choked away a 5-2 lead to lose to Soeda in straight sets. The radicals in College Talk are silent at present, and who could blame them.

    As any Jung match, this was a win-win situation all along for him. Now it’s four days in Bangkok for shopping and entertainment, heart-breaking debilitating injury stories released via social media, complete with pictures of uncomfortable new shoes and swollen feet, and a comfortable early Sunday evening flight into the heart of the mainland for the next 1R Futures match.
     
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    No, it is not, but there are large malls with good air-conditioning and i-whatever gadgets/games or whatever. Looks like he’s already made some progress on apparel since reading my comments from the Winston-Salem days!:lol:

    I don’t know anything about the family finances, except that a medium-size canal-side palace in Bangkok with a few tennis courts, an Olympic size swimming pool, and an afternoon tea-time rotunda wouldn’t have been out of the question for Jason before he decided to pursue tennis.:lol:
     
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    The U.S. Open Trophy is/was made by Tiffany & Co..
     
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    Early in his career, Ivan Lendl liked to wear black on the court so he wouldn't have to do his laundry as often.
     
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    Pete Sampras liked to sleep in the dark with the air conditioner on. He also did not enjoy the cinematic adaptations of Charles Bukowski's writing.
     
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    Andrei Medvedev might have been better friends with "Phil" than with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, presuming they were not one in the same. Medvedev, Safin, and Kafelnikov readily admit to a close friendship with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, but deny any association with "Phil".

    It is unclear who said them, but these words can be heard, "Dude, Phil, you need to get out in the sun".
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    Where is OP??? I miss our correspondent from SW1!
     
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    Going back several centuries, Djokovic and I share a common ancestor, Celiak Sentovic. He was the first person in our line to be gluten intolerant.
     
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    How xenophobic of you!
     
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    40 is the only number in the English language that, when spelled out, has its letters in alphabetical order.

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    I get a chuckle every time i log in to this forum and see that thread in the thread list "Rafa could have won WTF if healthy".

    LOL. Good laugh.
     
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    Why not? He has never lost unless sick, heartbroken, injured or tired!
     
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    Appendectomic. That would have been his name had he been a Serb two thousand years back.
     
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    Fixed that...very xenophobic of you.
     
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    The popular image of "witches" riding brooms is reputed to be derived from a favoured method of applying hallucinogens, such as belladonna and mandrake, which gave them the sense of flight.
     
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    Belladonna and witches...reminds me of Stevie Nicks, aka Welsh Witch.
     
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    I married a witch
     
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    By the end of his relationship with her, Chopin considered George Sand a witch. Now, I'm hungry...must find some dive named Earl's for a proper Sandwich. Then I'm off for a round of golf at Royal St. George's in Sandwich. I will carry several sand wedges for escapes from their sand traps.
     

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