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Jun 30, 1913, Herta Heuwer was born. The name might not be internationally famous, but she’s a legend in Berlin, as the creator of the currywurst! In 1949, she was feeling bored in her snack bar in West Berlin. She started experimenting with some curry powder she had acquired from British soldiers – mixing it with tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, a little salt, and sugar – and served the sauce up with a bratwurst. Customers were thrilled with the new dish – and the currywurst was born.

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The inventor of the Currywurst was born 30. June 1913 in Königsberg, then the regional capital of the German province of East Prussia and now Kaliningrad, Russia.
Herta Heuwer… who in 1949 added spices and Worcestershire Sauce from the British NAAFI, in Berlin's Charlottenburg - British military sector, to tomatoes and onions, and invented the sauce that turned a sausage into Berlin's iconic Currywurst.
Her snack bar, on the corner of Charlottenburg's Kant and Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse, began offering Currywurst for 60 pfennig, at the time about 50 US cents/6 UK pennies, on 4. September 1949, and a cult began.
Delicious, cheap, easy to prepare and nutritious, it spread over Berlin and throughout Germany.
When Herta Heuwer died in Berlin on 3. July 1999, she took the closely guarded secret of her recipe “to her grave”.
Photo credit: German Embassy, Washington

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When the Titanic sank, it carried millionaire John Jacob Astor IV. The money in his bank account was enough to build 30 Titanics.
However, faced with mortal danger, he chose what he deemed morally right and gave up his spot in a lifeboat to save two frightened children.
Millionaire Isidor Straus, co-owner of the largest American chain of department stores, "Macy's," who was also on the Titanic, said:
"I will never enter a lifeboat before other men."
His wife, Ida Straus, also refused to board the lifeboat, giving her spot to her newly appointed maid, Ellen Bird. She decided to spend her last moments of life with her husband.
These wealthy individuals preferred to part with their wealth, and even their lives, rather than compromise their moral principles. Their choice in favor of moral values highlighted the brilliance of human civilization and human nature.
 

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A Jewish family named Karnofsky, who immigrated from Lithuania to the United States, took pity on the 7-year-old boy and brought him to their home.
There he stayed and spent the night in this Jewish family home, where for the first time in his life he was treated with kindness and tenderness.
When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnofski sang him Russian lullabies, which he sang with her.
Later he learned to sing and play several Russian and Jewish songs.
Over time, this boy became the adopted son of this family.
Mr. Karnofsky gave him money to buy his first musical instrument, as was the custom in Jewish families.
Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used these Jewish melodies in compositions such as St. James's Hospital and Go Down Moses.
The little boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family, who adopted him in 1907.
In memory of this family and until the end of his life, he wore the Star of David and said that in this family he learned "how to live a real life and self-determination."
This little boy's name was Louis Armstrong. This little boy was called Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish and “Satchmo” is Yiddish for “big cheeks, a nickname some say was given to him by Mrs. Karnofsky!
 

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Danny Lloyd was selected for the role of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980) because of his ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Because Lloyd was so young, and since it was his first acting job, Stanley Kubrick was highly protective of the child. During the shooting of the movie, Lloyd was under the impression that the film he was making was a drama, not a horror movie. In fact, when Wendy carries Danny away while shouting at Jack in the Colorado Lounge, she is actually carrying a life-size dummy, so Lloyd would not have to be in the scene. He only realized the truth several years later, when he was shown a heavily edited version of the film. He did not see the uncut version of the film until he was seventeen, eleven years after he had made it.
The idea for Lloyd to move his finger when he was talking as Tony was his own. He did it spontaneously during his very first audition.
Lloyd grew up to be a professor of biology at a community college in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
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Saguaros rank among the largest of any cactus or desert plant in the world, but a saguaro’s growth is extremely slow. After 15 years, the saguaro may be barely a foot tall. At about 30 years saguaros begin to flower and produce fruit. By 50 years-old the saguaro can be as tall as 2 m. After about 75 years on average, it may sprout its first branches, or “arms”. By 100 years the saguaro may have reached 7.5 m. An adult saguaro is generally considered to be about 125 years of age. Saguaros may live at least 150 years, however, biologists believe that some plants may live over 200 years.
 

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Eric Simons, a young entrepreneur from Chicago, secretly squatted at AOL’s Palo Alto campus for two months,
Here’s how he did it:
- He worked until everyone left the office. - He found couches that were just outside the nighttime guards’ patrols, and slept on those. - At around 7 a.m., Simons would head to the gym as the first employees arrived. Since working out every morning was essential to avoid getting caught, he got in great shape. - The employees began to admire his work ethic. “There were so many people going in and out each day,” Simons said. “They’d say, ‘Oh, he just works, here, he’s working late every night. Wow, what a hard worker.’” - During his first month he managed to spend only $30.- Eventually, a guard caught on. He found Simons and kicked him out, bellowing, at 6 a.m. one morning.
AOL’s response: "It was always our intention to facilitate entrepreneurialism in the Palo Alto office—we just didn’t expect it to work so well.“
 

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Larry Walters of Los Angeles is one of the few to contend for the Darwin Awards and live to tell the tale.
When his friends cut the cord anchoring the lawnchair to his Jeep, he did not float lazily up to 30 feet. Instead he streaked into the LA sky as if shot from a cannon. He didn’t level off at 100 feet, nor did he level off at 1000 feet. After climbing and climbing, he leveled off at 16,000 feet.
At that height he felt he couldn’t risk shooting any of the balloons. So he stayed there, drifting cold and frightened with his beer and sandwiches, for more than 14 hours. He crossed the primary approach corridor of LAX, where startled Trans World Airlines and Delta Airlines pilots radioed in reports of the strange sight.
Eventually he gathered the nerve to shoot a few balloons, and slowly descended. Larry was then arrested. Larry’s efforts won him a $1,500 FAA fine, a prize from the Bonehead Clubof Dallas, the altitude record for gas-filled clustered balloons, and a Darwin Awards At-Risk Survivor.
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Larry Walters of Los Angeles is one of the few to contend for the Darwin Awards and live to tell the tale.
When his friends cut the cord anchoring the lawnchair to his Jeep, he did not float lazily up to 30 feet. Instead he streaked into the LA sky as if shot from a cannon. He didn’t level off at 100 feet, nor did he level off at 1000 feet. After climbing and climbing, he leveled off at 16,000 feet.
At that height he felt he couldn’t risk shooting any of the balloons. So he stayed there, drifting cold and frightened with his beer and sandwiches, for more than 14 hours. He crossed the primary approach corridor of LAX, where startled Trans World Airlines and Delta Airlines pilots radioed in reports of the strange sight.
Eventually he gathered the nerve to shoot a few balloons, and slowly descended. Larry was then arrested. Larry’s efforts won him a $1,500 FAA fine, a prize from the Bonehead Clubof Dallas, the altitude record for gas-filled clustered balloons, and a Darwin Awards At-Risk Survivor.
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Oh, man, LOLOL! Fourteen hours with his beer and sandwiches and floated in the view of airline pilots! LOL! What a great story!

Lee
 

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A couple in Bosnia filed for a divorce for unfaithfulness. Sana Klaric and her husband Adnan both sought out the internet for a romantic relationship they could enjoy.
They each found someone who they thought would be much better than their current marriage. It turns out that the online personas of “Sweetie” and “Prince Of Joy” were each other. [x]
The couple realized the other was cheating online when the online couple agreed to meet and the real life married couple showed up for the date.
 

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A couple in Bosnia filed for a divorce for unfaithfulness. Sana Klaric and her husband Adnan both sought out the internet for a romantic relationship they could enjoy.
They each found someone who they thought would be much better than their current marriage. It turns out that the online personas of “Sweetie” and “Prince Of Joy” were each other. [x]
The couple realized the other was cheating online when the online couple agreed to meet and the real life married couple showed up for the date.

The plot of Escape (The Piña Colada Song) with a new media. :)

Lee
 

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What is the highest passenger capacity for a turboprop aircraft?
The last C-130 out of Saigon, at the end of the Vietnam War, left with 452 people on board. 32 of them in the cockpit.
Later it was determined that it took off about 10,000 pounds over the maximum gross weight for a C-130.
The plane survived and is now on display in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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These are great, John! Had to do a little more reading about the Abernathy boys. https://eccentricculinary.substack.com/p/the-abernathy-boys-go-for-a-ride

Their mother died after delivering her 8th child, leaving the father to raise the kids, six of whom were under the age of 9 (the two boys had six sisters). This article called their father "the opposite of a helicopter parent", LOL!

Amazing story!

Lee
 
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