Watercooler Ammo: What you won't find in Castro's obituary

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As Cuban exiles cheer in the streets of Miami, newspapers and magazines are scrambling to write advance obits for Fidel Castro (that is, if they haven't already -- rumors about the old boy's death have been swirling for a few weeks). We're lobbying to have the following tidbits included in the official records:

* Castro was one of seven kids, and his parents weren't sure they were going to send all of them to school. In perhaps his first display of power through violence, young Castro threatened to burn the house done if he didn't get to enroll. Unlike, say, Milton, he found the threat worked, and ended up in a Jesuit school in Havana.

* There's a long-standing rumor that a college-aged Castro tried out for the Washington Senators -- and was reee-jected. Alas, the rumor is probably false, although Castro was apparently named the best all-around athlete in Cuba at age 18. (We hear he's won the same title for the last several decades.)

* The ship that brought Castro back to Cuba after he snuck across the Rio Grande from Mexico to the States to start his revolution was called Granma. Today, Castro's official newspaper is named after it. Put on your propaganda filter and read it en ingles here.

If you know any other bizarre Castro facts, tell us in the comments, and maybe we'll write our own unofficial obit when he finally kicks the bucket.

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August 1, 2006 - 11:43am
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