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  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    My first time in Oslo, I was sitting on a bench on Karl Johans gate eating a sandwich, and a guy sat on my bench, asking me questions about why I am in Oslo, and telling me that drugs are sold on this street. When he realized I was just a visitor, he wished me a nice visit and left. I think he was an undercover cop.

    Later that evening, it was a Friday, a bunch of young Norwegians began appearing drinking from Coke bottles. There were so many beautiful women on the street. I went up to a group of young woman and asked why everyone had Coke bottles, and one of them told me that they all had vodka in them. I partied with them and the woman who told about the vodka let me stay at her place.
     
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    There is a book by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson called, "If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People."
     
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    I just enjoyed watching two videos about crows and was reminded that my husband and I often see crows while playing tennis; also, the videos reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's, "The Birds." Anyway, who knew crows had such rituals?!
     
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    Alex Proyas's film, The Crow was about a man brought back from the dead to avenge the murder of his fiancéewas inspired [marred] by two tragedy when its star, Brandon Lee, was killed in an on-set accident just days before the film was scheduled to wrap, and not long before he was to be married.

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    ^^
    Pretty weird and tragic!

    Florida has three NFL teams.
     
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    California has four until the Raiders move to Las Vegas.

    They are farther apart than the five teams between Washington D.C. and the NJ Meadowlands.
     
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    There are more bourbon barrels in Kentucky than humans
     
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    The problem with bourbons is that they are too sweet and easy to drink. I will go for a quality Scotch whisky, Armagnac, or Cognac, where each little sip allows the aromas and complexities to envelope your mouth, and you can enjoy a small glass for an hour.
     
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    To me personally, Armagnacs are definitely head and shoulders above the Remy Martins [super crap] and such [paying thru the nose with presumptuous run-of-the-mill cognacs]. Certainly, Armagnac is more diverse andd distinctive than overhyped cognac [I almost never drink the cognacs freely available at the office pantry yet guests and regional colleagues would salivate to get them served for free during HQ caucases.]. However, I must admit, it all boils down to individual tatste [the price tag is what really irks me because when I consume them side by side, the Remys and Martell Cordon Bleus are just rudimentary snobbish crap cognacs--if I didn't know they were two different kinds.:mad::(
     
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    2000 BC - The first recorded drunk-driving incident.

    In ancient Egypt, an inebriated charioteer is apprehended after running down a vestal virgin of the goddess Hathor. The culprit is crucified at the door of the tavern that sold him the beer, and his corpse allowed to hang there until scavengers reduce it to bones.
     
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    The last queen of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra Vii won the hearts of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony--her beauty must be otherworldly [perhaps even alien?;) Aha, I just made that up.] However, her coins suggest this might not be the case [perhaps it has to do with craftmanship at the time]. However, the historian Plutarch--who's never been vis-a-vis w/ the enchatress [thus, no eyewitness account]--hinted allegorically of her angelic voice and cool demeanour.


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    Boy oh boy they have some far out posts in this thread, and sometimes I wish there was a "double like" button here.
     
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    Che Guevara was executed 50 years ago today.
     
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    I wonder who other future pro players will be that spark the next controversy of who is GOAT.
     
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    Let's see one or two of them make it past the slam SFs stage just once before contemplating such conversations.
     
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    It is hard to imagine anyone matching the feats of Federer and Nadal within decades, but Sampras didn't see anyone breaking his records anytime soon when he retired.
     
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    Are the 49ers and Chargers still considered NFL teams?
     
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    I can smell smoke from the Napa and Sonoma fires. It is not good for my asthma.
     
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    Chargers play 16 road games now and they won yesterday in a real road trip game. They also cut the rookie K that cost them wins earlier.

    SF has now lost in OT two weeks in a row and lost the two previous games by a combined 5 points. They are 15 points away from a 4-1 record (11 points deficit in the last four losses plus 4 to win).

    The Raiders are the weak link without a healthy Carr and an AWOL Amari Cooper. Very disappoint.
     
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    Sounded bad on the news. Hoping you are safe.

    The points system by the ATP interests me and I plan to get up to snuff on everything about it.
     
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    Messi and Ronaldo must be at the World Cup!

    As of now, incredible as it seems but there is a genuine prospect of the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia w/o football's most iconic current players. And that's not good for the game.
    -- Mark Ogden, ESPN senior football writer.
     
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    I just finished a Barre class with lots and lots of seat work...ouchy!
     
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    Putin's reward for election meddling or is it his way to rig a win for the home side???
     
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    I think I need one of the SoBad masks that are popular in Tokyo to deal with the Bay Area smoke.
     
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    The guy at my building watch tennis on a pink screen. Like, everything on it is pink. He asked me to watch tennis with him...
     
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    I love crow. Super intelligent. And can actually be very cute and cuddly as a pet. :)

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    "Beam me up Scotty" was never said on Star Trek
     
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    I prefer "Drop by for a spray?" which is often said by @JoelDali in The Thread.
     
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    "Beam me up." and "Beam us up, Scotty" made the TV show dialogue and "Beam me up, Scotty." made it into the movie Star Trek IV and onto the cover of the great James Doohan's autobiography as its title.
     
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    Michael "Mick" Doohan won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships.
     
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    The roots of the marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis) were the source for the original marshmallow candy, made by boiling the soft inner pulp from the roots with sugar until very thick.
     
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    One of two modern epics I thoroughly enjoyed.
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    I am curious what the second is.
     
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    The Iliad, no.:)

    A totally different one, Wild Swans by Jung Chang.
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    Fun fact: 60 years ago this month, Queen Elizabeth on tour in North America wanted to see 'a typical American sport.' She attended an college football game, Maryland v North Carolina.

    “A ‘Royal’ atmosphere produced a royal game today as the spirited Terps struck for three second half touchdowns to defeat Jim Tatum and the favored North Carolina Tar Heels 21-7. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, were among the 45,000 fans who packed Byrd Stadium to see the Terps score an upset.”

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    The Danish royal family is pretty low key.
     
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    Colored marbles in a glass dish can be a nice table decoration, but it is difficult to actually find the original sort of marbles nowadays.
     
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    To follow up a bit on crows: :)
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    And something Japanese: :)
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    It will soon be time to rake, rake, rake those autumn leaves.
     
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    I haven't had a great steak (or any steak), in at least ten years.
     
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    Autumn is my favourite season but I'd rather hold on to the summer of my life than to rush to the autumn of my life. As for tender, juicy and tasty steak, there is no way I can stay away from it for a decade.
     
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    As a kid, my father was sent to D.C. for his job, and we lived in Vienna, Virginia. I hated late fall as it augured a long, bleak winter with trees bereft of leaves and outdoor tennis a fading memory.
     
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    For some reason, and it undoubtedly the lighting and sound, a tennis ball seems to move much faster indoors than outdoors. The fast indoor courts of the 1990s were fun, and I remember watching the likes of Enquist practice on these courts.
     

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