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Postby AuthorTony » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:05 pm

Vermont was an independent country until it entered the U.S. as a state.

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Postby dodint » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:09 pm

Weird. Do they talk about it non-stop as if it comes with birth-right entitlements to act like an asshat?

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Postby AuthorTony » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:10 pm

Ha. They're probably too cold.

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Postby tifosi77 » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:18 pm

That's one of those things that always gives me a chuckle about Texas. They are not the first state admitted to the Union after being an independent territory, nor are they the most recent. But, you know, Six Flags n'at, yeeehaw.

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Postby RonnieFranchise » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:47 pm

Renowned former NFL and College Basketball official and current TV "Rules Expert" Gene Steratore is a native of Fayettenam.

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Postby RonnieFranchise » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:41 am

Bryan May's guitar, the "Red Special" was entirely homemade in the mid-60s and uniquely designed to provide his signature sound.

I fancy myself a music nerd and somehow did not know this. Many of you probably did but for me it's a TIL.

Credit to Scott Paulsen, erstwhile WDVE morning show co-host who's a great follow for music history and classic albums on FB if you get a chance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Special

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Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy » Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:48 am

he’s also got a doctorate in astrophysics

I’m a huge Queen fan and while I never really considered May to be an alltime great guitarist he’s still really good and a hell of a songwriter

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Postby PFiDC » Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:46 am

Bryan May's guitar, the "Red Special" was entirely homemade in the mid-60s and uniquely designed to provide his signature sound.

I fancy myself a music nerd and somehow did not know this. Many of you probably did but for me it's a TIL.

Credit to Scott Paulsen, erstwhile WDVE morning show co-host who's a great follow for music history and classic albums on FB if you get a chance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Special
Lookup SRV's pickups. I would have hated to be that dudes tech...

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Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy » Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:01 am

Yo-Yo Ma’s concert cello was built in 1733 by an Italian luthier, Domineco Montagnana.

Albeit it’s probably the ship of Theseus at this point but still, that’s really cool

Also valued at 2.5 million

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Postby robbiestoupe » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:22 am

Yo-Yo Ma’s concert cello was built in 1733 by an Italian luthier, Domineco Montagnana.

Albeit it’s probably the ship of Theseus at this point but still, that’s really cool

Also valued at 2.5 million
This is common with symphony regulars. Their instruments can cost more than their home. Many of them will buy their own seat on a plane when traveling. It’s crazy.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:57 am

I vaguely remember him leaving it in a cab several years ago, but obviously managed to get it back. That must have been nerve wracking.

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Postby Shyster » Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:54 pm

It looks like Ma owns it outright. Many of those famous instruments are owned by museums, foundations, or wealthy collectors and are loaned to prominent concert musicians. The Nippon Music Foundation, for example, owns close to 20 Stradivarius instruments that it loans out to musicians.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:56 pm

The Private James Ryan from Saving Private Ryan was named for Cornelius Ryan, the Irish journalist who wrote the seminal histories of WWII, including The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far. The story was based on the Niland brothers, but Spielberg felt it sounded too German to be a film title...

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