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... in 1836, in the town of Washington-on-the-Brazos, a meeting of 41 elected delegates adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence, establishing the Republic of Texas and freedom from Mexico. Four days later, during the drafting of the Texas Constitution, the Convention received a message from Commander William B. Travis, begging for reinforcements and supplies for the besieged forces at the Alamo.
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Miguel Ferrer, of the "Bionic Woman" remake and assorted other films and son of Jose Ferrer (known as the Emperor Shaddam IV from "Dune"), is George Clooney's cousin.
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Jeffrey Combs, everyone's favorite faceless vigilante/mad doctor, was cast to play a character named Wilbur in "The Dunwich Horror". As the only character named Wilbur in that story is the infamous Wilbur Whatley, who is supposed to be almost 8 feet tall at the age of 15, when a dog tears his throat out, I find that Hollywood is once again playing fast and loose with the literature. Not surprising, but interesting that they'd pick Combs.

I bet he'd do a pretty creepy Wilbur, though, even if he isn't the hulking monstrosity described by Lovecraft.
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One hundred forty-nine years ago, letters were distributed in San Francisco announcing the following:


At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.; and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall, of this city, on the 1st day of Feb. next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity.


NORTON I, Emperor of the United States


EDIT: It occurs to me that this time next year, being the 150th anniversary of Norton I's coronation, would be an excellent time for a party. And since the 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, I could combine the two, into a party where you come as a pirate or as a wacky, self-proclaimed monarch of America. And it probably would be awesome. Must remember to think about this in 11 months or so....
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A "Glasgow Smile" is the slang term for the Joker's facial scars in "The Dark Knight." Tommy Flannagan, character actor first seen in "Braveheart," is a real-life example of a Glasgow Smile (also known as a Chelsea Smile) victim.
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Mad Max's last name was Rockatansky.

(This has been another useless fact....)

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