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As go the engraved words upon the gravestone of the (not so) immortal pioneer of flight, Otto Lilienthal: “Sacrifices Have to Be Made”.  In pursuit of scientific knowledge and discovery, there will always be those who step out, over and beyond the call of duty.  This article is NOT for these brave people.  This article…

In American English, the word “international” is commonly used as a euphemism for “foreign national.”  According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a foreign national is “an individual who is a citizen of any country other than the United States.”  On the contrary, in the European Union a foreign national is someone who is…

In choosing ten comebacks as the greatest of all-time some standard was necessary such an auspicious list.  My criteria involved two elements and within each element a measurement was used.  The elements were the nature of the setback and the prominence of the comeback.  The measurement for each was simply the greatness of the span…

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We’ve all achieved something in our lives, and some of these feats are quite amazing. Just today, for example, TopTenz sent this page to hundreds of millions of homes, and made billions of people happy when they read it aloud for the amusement of friends and family.  If you aren’t doing that now, by the…

They say behind every great man, there is a woman holding him up. That may be true.  It has certainly been true in the case of many musicians, especially rock musicians.  Following are some of the greatest women of rock and roll history – not performers, but the women who inspired the songs we all…

Forbes is an American publishing and media company.  Its flagship publication, the Forbes magazine, is well-known for its lists, including articles on the richest Americans (the Forbes 400) and its list of billionaires.  The company has discovered that people are interested in learning about the world’s richest celebrities.  The curiosity has spawned a large collection…

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The First Ladies of the United States are a surprisingly unhealthy group of women. While the rigors of public life are arguably analogous, longevity is valued in potential presidents but overlooked in their spouses. Notwithstanding the women’s relatively younger age and their proclivity to live longer, an equal number of Presidents and First Ladies– four…

Everybody needs a hobby, even famous people.  After all, they can’t just do the one thing that earns them millions upon millions of dollars, day on and day out, without some variety to keep their lives interesting.  Some celebrities have turned their hobbies into legitimately respectable second careers. Key word: some.  Other times, they take…

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