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Catherine Bach - As In Johann Sebastian?
Actress Catherine Bach took pride in her success and enjoyed the attention she received from fans. One day she gave her name at Manhattan's swanky Sherry Netherland Hotel on 5th Avenue, prompting an innocent reception clerk to ask, "Is that 'Bach' as in Johann Sebastian?" "No," Catherine replied, "that's Bach as in The Dukes of Hazzard!"
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I'm Jimmy Carter From Plains, Georgia
One day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter attended a service at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a small Episcopal log chapel in Grand Teton National Park, beneath the towering Tetons near Jackson, Wyoming. (The chapel was sited and built to frame a view of the Cathedral Group of peaks in a large window behind the altar.) Following a long-standing tradition, worshipers were asked to introduce themselves. When his turn arrived, Carter rose and remarked, "I'm Jimmy Carter from Plains, Georgia, but I'm living for a while in Washington, D.C."
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McCaulay Culkin - Celebrity Pseudonym
Like many privacy-seeking celebrities, McCaulay Culkin occasionally checked into hotels using a pseudonym. "Usually," he once explained, "I just put a 'Mr.' in front of whatever I'm working on." Culkin must have raised a few eyebrows at the reception desk one day when he registered under the name "Mr. Party Monster."
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The "winner" Of The 1904 Men's Olympic Marathon
From Wikipedia: The first to arrive at the finish line was American runner Fred Lorz, who had actually dropped out of the race after nine miles and hitched a ride back to the stadium in a car, waving at spectators and runners alike during the ride. When the car broke down at the 19th mile, Lorz re-entered the race and jogged across the finish line. After being hailed as the winner, he had his photograph taken with Alice Roosevelt, daughter of then-U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, and was about to be awarded the gold medal when his subterfuge was revealed. Upon being confronted by officials, Lorz immediately admitted his deception, and despite his claims he was joking, the AAU responded by ...
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Devo's Subliminal Messaging
During the production of When Pigs Fly, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh made a curious admission: he and his bandmates often seeded their music with subliminal messages. Among Mothersbaugh's mischievous pranks? Instructing people to buy jeans because they are "the uniform of the proletariat" and smuggling the phrase "sugar is bad for you"... into a cereal commercial. Mothersbaugh also said it was "entirely possible" that the line "question authority" had been snuck into the Rugrats soundtrack.
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Freddie Mercury - Peeping Freddie
Freddie Mercury once owned a fashion stall in a London market opposite a women's clothing boutique. One day, Mercury moved his cash register and went into the boutique and adjusted the angle of the dressing-room mirrors—so he could see the girls while he was making change.  ["If I didn't do this [music] well, I just wouldn't have anything to do," Mercury once remarked. "I can't cook, and I'd be a terrible housewife!"]
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The Origin Of The Yellow Rose Of Texas
Where was the yellow rose of Texas first found on America soil? In New York City. It was brought west by settlers and -- according to legend -- adopted by Texans after Mexican General Santa Anna was distracted by a beautiful woman wearing it in her hair.
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Saddam Hussein - Tomorrow You Will Find Him
Saddam Hussein once arrested one of his best friends, who was a minister in his government. The man's wife begged Saddam to release him. Saddam promised her that "tomorrow you will find him at your home." The next day, Saddam sent the man's body to his wife, in a coffin, cut into pieces. Saddam, who controlled by fear, enjoyed telling this story to other friends.
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Charlie Sheen - Skipping Skool
Charlie Sheen once confessed that he was a poor student in high school. How bad was he? Said Sheen: "I had a 32% attendance record."
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David Pressman's Fur-rimmed Keyhole
During an appearance on television one day, famed patent attorney David Pressman displayed some humorous patents. Censors, however, prevented him from showing one of his favorite items: a fur-rimmed keyhole from 1953 ( U.S. Pat. No. 2,632,266). Among Pressman's other favorites? - a male chastity device (U.S. Pat. No. 587,994-1897)- a figure-eight-shaped device to hold your big toes together to prevent sunburned inner thighs (U.S. Pat. No. 3,712,271-1973)- dentures with individual teeth shaped like the wearer's head (U.S. Pat. No. 3,049,804-1962), and- a dress hanger with breasts (U.S. Pat. No. D226,943- 1973)