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Simon Bolivar is the only person in the world to have two sovereign nations named after him: Bolivia and Venezuela (the country's full name is Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).

Simon Bolivar is the only person in the world to have two sovereign nations named after him: Bolivia and Venezuela (the country's full name is Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).

Morning Cup of Links: Air Force Bronies

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Dickens Character or Romance Novel Hottie?

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Say what you will about Charles Dickens (and I had some choice words for him during my second reading of “A Tale of Two Cities” in high school), but the man could name a character. Through puns, clever references or just plain nonsense syllables, Dickens made sure even his supporting characters were memorable, if only for their monikers. Almost nobody can match his naming abilities, except for the best (or is it worst) romance novelists.

George S. Patton, the man who helped drive the Nazis out of North Africa and liberate Sicily during World War II, believed he’d fought in North Africa and Sicily centuries before. A staunch believer in reincarnation, Patton claimed to have fought during

George S. Patton, the man who helped drive the Nazis out of North Africa and liberate Sicily during World War II, believed he’d fought in North Africa and Sicily centuries before. A staunch believer in reincarnation, Patton claimed to have fought during the Punic Wars as both a Roman legionnaire and as the Carthaginian general Hannibal.

If you've been searching for another name for the nape of your neck, try "niddick."

If you've been searching for another name for the nape of your neck, try "niddick."

Comic book publishing giants Marvel and DC can both churn out whiz-bang serialized adventures, but they disagree on one very important aspect of a super hero’s origin. Marvel sets all its characters in real cities (New York, Los Angeles, etc.). DC Comic

Comic book publishing giants Marvel and DC can both churn out whiz-bang serialized adventures, but they disagree on one very important aspect of a super hero’s origin. Marvel sets all its characters in real cities (New York, Los Angeles, etc.). DC Comics, however, chooses to keep the fantasy alive with places like Batman’s Gotham City and Superman’s Metropolis.

Looking to expand his fan base, a young Elvis Presley landed a monthlong gig at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately, the booking didn’t last. After just one performance (on October 2, 1954), the management threw Elvis out onto the s

Looking to expand his fan base, a young Elvis Presley landed a monthlong gig at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately, the booking didn’t last. After just one performance (on October 2, 1954), the management threw Elvis out onto the street because he wasn’t singing country “correctly.”

A sculpture of Darth Vader's head appears on the outside of the Washington National Cathedral as a grotesque (similar to a gargoyle).

A sculpture of Darth Vader's head appears on the outside of the Washington National Cathedral as a grotesque (similar to a gargoyle).

5 Questions: When "Holl" Freezes Over

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The only state highway in the U.S. that prohibits motorized vehicles is M-185 on Mackinaw Island in Michigan. You can travel on foot, bicycle, or horse.

The only state highway in the U.S. that prohibits motorized vehicles is M-185 on Mackinaw Island in Michigan. You can travel on foot, bicycle, or horse.

5 Questions: Button Your "Coat"

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The fortune cookie was invented in the early 20th century by Makato Hagiwara, who designed the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. He intended the cookie to be a snack for people walking through the garden.

The fortune cookie was invented in the early 20th century by Makato Hagiwara, who designed the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. He intended the cookie to be a snack for people walking through the garden.

The highest spot on earth is not Mt. Everest. If we define the "highest spot" as that which is closest to the moon, stars, etc., then Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is an incredible 1.5 miles higher due to the oblate spheroid shape of the earth.

The highest spot on earth is not Mt. Everest. If we define the "highest spot" as that which is closest to the moon, stars, etc., then Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is an incredible 1.5 miles higher due to the oblate spheroid shape of the earth.

5 Questions: Schrodinger's "Cat"

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