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The Quick 10: Juniors, IIIs and IVs

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alec1. Alec Baldwin is really Alexander Rae Baldwin III. Before he was a big star, he went by "Alex."
2. Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. His parents divorced when he was 12, though, and he dropped the last half of his name.
3. Lon Chaney, Jr., wasn't really a junior. He was just billed that way in order to capitalize on his father's success. His real name was Creighton Tull Chaney.
4. Hank Williams, Jr. Same situation there "“ his real name is Randall Hank Williams, but he goes by Hank, Jr., to honor his dad. Hank III "“ really Shelton Hank Williams "“ is a simiar situaiton.
5. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr. (Franklin and Eleanor's daughter). Yep, women can have the designation, too, but it's pretty rare. Most women who are named after their mothers have a different middle name, and thus there is no need for the "junior." But when the names are exactly the same, a junior can be added to lessen confusion on legal documents and the like.

6. Jimmy Fallon is actually James Thomas Fallon, Jr.
7. Eddie Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson III. His parents got divorced when he was only a year old, though, and he took his stepfather's name "“ Mueller. He took his mother's maiden name, Vedder, when he dropped out of high school during his senior year and moved to Chicago.
8. Robert Redford's full name is Charles Robert Redford, Jr.
depp9. Johnny Depp was born John Christopher Depp II. This is slightly unusual because most people opt for "junior" instead of "II," but there's no legal reason it can't be II. Lots of times when families do this, it's because they don't want their children to get the nickname of Junior. Is this a cheap excuse to put up a picture of Johnny Depp? ...maybe.
10. Vincent Price was a junior. His father, Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., was the president of National Candy Company. His grandfather made the family millions when he invented and sold "Dr. Price's Baking Powder," which was the first cream of tartar baking powder.

Are you a junior? Or a III? Or something even more? We don't have any names that run in the family, so I'm unsure of how the whole thing works. Do you sign the "junior" part when you're writing checks and stuff, or can you just ignore it if you want? Share your story in the comments.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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