Next time you go to a Thai restaurant, look for a framed picture of a dark-haired, skinny, bespectacled guy with a well-decorated white military uniform. That's Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Yul Brynner became very famous for playing the ROLE of the King of Siam in a very famous Broadway play, The King and I, beginning in 1951. By that time, Bhumibol WAS the King of Siam, the REAL one. In fact, he is the longest-serving head of state in the world, having taken over in June 1946. That's 62 years at this writing. Yul Brynner, if you didn't know, is dead.
Who is the first to make a non-stop transatlantic flight? Charles Lindbergh, right? Wrong! These guys did it eight years earlier, flying from St. John's, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland. "Lucky Lindy" garnered a lot more fame, because he flew from New York to Paris.
You know Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, right? Of course... the first to summit Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. May 1953. Fourteen months later, these two reached the top of K2 (the highest summit of the Karakoram Range). K2 is the second-highest mountain in the world, only 247 meters shorter than Mt. Everest. Besides that, K2 is widely considered a far more difficult climb than Everest.
Even small children know of Paul Revere's midnight ride from Boston to Lexington to warn revolution leaders and people in general of approaching British soldiers. These two men performed the same feat, the three of them taking different routes to warn more people and to increase the odds of the message getting to Lexington without capture. We've never heard of them, because unlike Revere, Dawes and Prescott didn't have poets to tell their stories.
A learning disorder characterized by the inability to spell English words without shortening them ridiculously (e.g. "E-Z," "thru"), a tendency to apply prefixes where they don't belong (e.g. "Perma-grip"), and an obsession with using capital letters in mid-word and/or skipping spaces between words (e.g. "PacifiCorp," "Telcom")
This refers to "Proclamation 7547" by George W. Bush, made on July 25, 2001: ".... Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 27, 2001, as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day...."
Poor little Lucy Pevensie's wardrobe is garish and threadbare, but is that sufficient reason for Aslan and Mr. Tumnus to tread it underfoot and bury it in a long, narrow hole? But perhaps the talking lion and the half-goat have something much better in mind for the small girl - IF they can thwart the devilish plans of the White Witch and that ugly dwarf with the Turkish Delight!
Thus in plain terms: i not so very handy
Hath naught dexterity to pound a nail-
And so the screw. Its narrow groove doth mock me.
For am I he am born to tame it, Kate?
And drive it in the wood that it may fasten-
Conformable as other home hardware.
Sunny is sensitive about her hairless pate, a word which here means the billiard-ball-like top of her noggin. In fact, she sharpens her canines on those who tease her, thus developing a talent that will serve the Beaudelaire children well in this first of Lemony Snicket's thirteen part series. I warn you! Don't read it!