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Al Koran (Mentalist, Magician) 1914-1972

Al Koran Demographics:
Al Koran Facts:
  • Magic inventor of the effect known as 'Ring Flite' (1967).
  • Invented a special deck of cards - the Koran deck.
  • Invented The Jonah Card in 1948 and One Word in Thousands in 1954.
  • Based on Stewart James' Ball of Fortune, he invented Medallion by 1967.
  • He emigrated to America, dying of cancer there at the age of 58 years.
Al Koran Publications:
  • Mastered amazement: Mainly for the manipulator (1947)
  • Al Koran's Professional Presentations (1967)
  • The Magic of the Mind in Action (1976)
  • Bring Out the Magic in Your Mind (1988)
"I love every minute of every day. Loving should be a real part of your life. You can adapt yourself to this new way of facing things, if you determine to do so. Love can lift you to the highest dimension, and that is where you must get." [Bring Out the Magic in Your Mind (1988)]

Al Koran on The Ed Sullivan Show:




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Languages (Listed A-Z)

Official Languages listed (A-Z):
  • A - Abkhaz | Afrikaans | Albanian | Amharic | Arabic | Armenian | Assamese | Aymara | Azeri
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Dozen (Number, 12, Twelve)


Dozen Definition:
  • Dozen is another word for the number 12.
Dozen History:
  • Considered one of the earliest primitive groupings - ie dozen cycles of the moon or months in a cycle of the sun or year.
  • The use of 12 as a base number (duodecimal system) likely originated in Mesopotamia.
  • The English word dozen comes from the old form of the French word douzaine, which means "a group of twelve".
Dozen Mathematics:
  • Multiples and divisors are convenient.
  • 12 = 2 × 2 × 3 = 3 × 4 = 2 × 6
  • 60 = 12 × 5
  • 360 = 12 × 30
  • Gross = 12 dozen (12x12 = 144).
  • Great Gross = 12 Gross (12x12x12).
  • Great Hundred (Small Gross) = 10 dozen (10x12 = 120)
Other Facts:
Tags:
12 - 60 - 120 - 144 - 360 - Base-12 - Dozen - Gross - Mathematics - Mesopotamia - Twelve - Vendergood - William James Sidis


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Philology

Definition:
  • The humanistic study of historical linguistics.
Facts:
  • Term first used 1614.
  • Philology considers both form and meaning in linguistic expression.
  • The discipline combines linguistics and literary studies.
  • Classical philology is the philology of the Greek, Latin and Sanskrit languages.
  • Now philology can be considered to be involved with all languages.
  • Philology has a focus on the historical development of languages.
Branches of philology:
  • Cognitive philology
  • Comparative philology
  • Decipherment
  • Textual philology editing

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Vendergood (Language Invented By William James Sidis)

Vendergood Facts:
  • Vendergood is a constructed (invented) language of William James Sidis.
  • Sidis described the language in his Book of Vendergood, written at the age of eight years.
  • The language was apparently mostly based on Latin and Greek, though there are also components of German, French and other Romance languages.
  • Vendergood distinguished between eight different conjugations - indicative, potential, imperative absolute, subjunctive, imperative, infinitive, optative, and strongeable (Sidis's own idea).
  • Vendergood articles are grouped by gender inflection.
  • A base-12 system of numbers was used, as according to Sidis, "The unit in selling things is 12 of those things [dozens] and 12 is the smallest number that has four factors!"
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William James Sidis (Prodigy, Polyglot) 1898-1944


William James Sidis Demographics:
  • Name - William James Sidis
  • Born - April 1, 1898
  • Death - July 17, 1944
  • Cultural Heritage - Russian-Jewish immigrant parents
  • Father - Boris Sidis, Ph.D., M.D., (Psychiatrist).
  • Mother - Sarah Mandelbaum Sidis, M.D.
William James Sidis - General Facts:
  • Estimated ratio IQ of 250–300.
  • American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical and linguistic abilities (polyglot).
  • Accepted to attend Harvard University when he was only eleven years old.
  • He avoided mathematics in later life, focusing on other subjects which he wrote about under a number of pseudonyms.
  • Often cited as the most intelligent person who ever lived.
William James Sidis - Education:
  • Sidis could read the New York Times at 18 months.
  • Entered Harvard as part of a program to enrol gifted students early.
  • Other members of the group included - mathematician Norbert Wiener, Richard Buckminster Fuller, & composer Roger Sessions.
  • Could speak 8 languages (Armenian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Russian, Turkish) and thus was a polyglot.
  • Invented a new language (Vendergood).
  • Shortly after graduation from Harvard, he wanted to live the perfect life which meant living in seclusion.
  • Sidis abandoned his pursuit of a graduate degree in mathematics and enrolled at the Harvard Law School (September 1916), but withdrew in his final year (March 1919).
William James Sidis - Life after education:
  • Shortly after the withdrawal from law school, he was arrested for participating in a socialist May Day parade in Boston.
  • Detained in a sanatorium, by his parents, as part of a deal with the District Attorney by his father.
  • After returning to the East Coast in 1921 he worked in menial tasks and became estranged from his parents.
  • He devoted himself to his hobbies, particularly collecting streetcar transfers and published periodicals.
  • During his adult years, it is believed that he could speak over 40 languages, and was reputed that he was able to learn a new language in a day.
  • He wrote extensively about many topics including, cosmology, thermodynamics, street cars, Native American history, civil engineering, anthropology, philology.
  • Sidis died in 1944 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Boston at the age of 46 years.

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Ping-o-Matic (Search Engine Ping)

This very useful site pings a number of different web search engines so you don't have to.

Ping-o-Matic


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"You're Missing" (Song, Bruce Springsteen)

"You're Missing", a powerful song by Bruce Springsteen with imagery related to 9/11.



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Larry Gelbart (Writer, Producer) 1928-2009, R.I.P.

Larry Gelbart Facts:
  • Died in his Beverly Hills, California, home (11th September 2009) at age 81 years from cancer.
  • Best known for his work on the hit television series "M*A*S*H” (MASH).
Demographics:
  • Born - 1928, Chicago
  • Died - 2009, Beverley Hills.
  • Occupation - Writer and producer.
Career:
  • While in the Army, he wrote for Armed Forces Radio.
  • He later joined the staff of Bob Hope's show.
  • In 1972, Gelbart helped create the Korean War comedy drama "M*A*S*H" (lasting 11 years), although Gelbart only wrote and produced the first four seasons.
  • Gelbart is quoted as saying - "I said once that the only way before 'M*A*S*H' you would get any feeling out of your television set is if you touched it while you were wet".
  • His also wrote the 1982 hit film "Tootsie," which earned Gelbart an Oscar nomination for best writing.

Larry Gelbart was interviewed in Los Angeles, (May 26, 1998) by Dan Harrison (excerpt below):




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World's Oldest People (Documentary)

This TV documentary explores the lives of some of the world's oldest people. They look back on their lives and reveal how they feel about the present world.

"Learn from Wisdom, ... and Time" said an old wise human.

People interviewed include:
  • Buster, UK (100 years old)
  • Charlotte, UK (110 years old)
  • Emma, Conneticut, USA (114 years old)
  • Florrie, UK (110 years old)
  • Gertrude, California, USA (112 years old)
  • Gracie, UK (105 years old)
  • Henry, UK (110 years old)
  • Kamada, Japan (103 years old)
  • Marge, California, USA (102 years old)
  • Maria, Portugal (113 years old)
  • Muriel, UK (105 years old)
  • Rosie, Arizona, USA (101 years old)
  • Sidney, Japan (105 years old)
  • Tsuru, Japan (100 years old)
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Gertrude Baines (World's Oldest Person Record Holder)

Gertrude Baines (1894-2009) was the oldest person in the world (from January 2009, after death of Portuguese woman, Maria de Jesus) until her recent death.

Facts:
  • Born 6 April 1894.
  • Died 0725 local time (1425GMT) 11th September 2009.
  • Gertrude died in Los Angeles (age of 115 years) of suspected heart failure.
  • She attributed her long life to healthy lifestyle and religious belief.
  • Lived at Western Convalescent Hospital for her last years.
  • Her grandparents were slaves.
  • Worked as a maid in Ohio State University dormitories until her retirement.
  • Reported to be the oldest ever African-American voter when she voted for US President Barack Obama (November 2008).
  • Gertrude was presented with a certificate, from Guiness World Records, stating that she was the oldest person in the world on her 115th birthday.

Gertrude Baines voting for Barack Obama (November 2008).


Gertrude Baines (Oldest Woman in the World) 115th Birthday Celebration!


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Evolutionary Biology Tree Of Life Animation (David Attenborough Narration)

Good evolutionary biology Tree Of Life animation narrated by David Attenborough.



Key Dates:
  • 3 billion years ago
  • 450 million years ago
  • 375 million years ago
  • 65 million years ago

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Ivy League (University Education)

Ivy League Facts:
  • Athletic conference comprising eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States.
  • Refers to these 8 universities as a group.
  • Official term after the NCAA Division I athletic conference in 1954.
  • Term is no longer limited to just athletics - now seen more as an educational philosophy.
  • 7 of the 8 schools were founded during America's colonial period with the exception of Cornell University (founded in 1865).
  • The Ivy Leaguue are all in Northeast United States.
  • Acceptance rates at the universities range from about 7-19 %
  • The governing body of the Ivy League is the Council of Ivy Group Presidents.
  • Harvard and Yale are celebrated football and rowing rivals.
Institutions making up Ivy League:
  • Brown University (founded 1764)
  • Columbia University (founded 1754)
  • Cornell University (founded 1865)
  • Dartmouth College (founded 1769)
  • Harvard University (founded 1636)
  • Princeton University (founded 1746)
  • University of Pennsylvania (founded 1740)
  • Yale University (founded 1701)

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