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A noted eccentric, Edward Kasner often summered in Brussels, Belgium. Why Brussels? Kasner, for one thing, had developed a peculiar attachment to a certain chair in a particular outdoor cafe.

However, he also appreciated Brussels, for another reason. It was well-suited, he explained, to serve as a base from which to organize a mountain-climbing expedition to the highest point in Belgium.

"How high is that?" he was asked one day. "Twelve feet," he replied, "above sea level."

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[In March 2003, after receiving several complaints, the Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort in Alta, Wyoming renamed a mountain which had been christened in honor of a waitress named Mary who streaked through the resort one night in the 1970s. The name changed from Mary's Nipple to: Mary's.]

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