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Philly's founding, National Potato Day, Patient Zero wasn't, rainbow sprinkles are back, Australian spider killer
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Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 5:17 AM EDT
Oct 27 2016


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On this date in 1682, William Penn founded Philadelphia to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. It just feels like it was a thousand years ago. Trivia: The decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the reduction of penalties for possession and public use to minor fines and community service, makes Philadelphia the largest city in the United States to decriminalize pot.

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Among other things, this is also National Potato Day.

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Florida man robs bank, leaves, has a drink, returns when he hears sirens.

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The KGB Quotations Database has passed 40,000 entries. Check it out.

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Some persons born on October 27 who said memorable things. The second link is to the person's biography, since some entries may be rather obscure:
Enid Bagnold, author of National Velvet;
John Cleese, English actor, comedian, writer, and film producer, Monty Python co-founder;
Ruby Dee, American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist;
Francis Fukuyama, American political scientist, political economist, and author;
H.R. Haldeman, an American political aide and businessman, best known for his service as White House Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon;
Maxine Hong Kingston, Chinese American author and Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley;
Fran Lebowitz, American author and public speaker;;
Sylvia Plath, poet, novelist, and short story writer;
Emily Post, etiquette author;
Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and writer;
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States; and
Owen D. Young, American industrialist, businessman, and lawyer.

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Even if Hillary Clinton wins, our long national nightmare may not be over. If Republicans continue to control of the House of Representatives, hang on for 'years' of investigations of the possible President.

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It turns out that French-Canadian flight attendant Gaetan Dugas was not "patient zero" in the AIDS epidemic, he was patient "O"- capital "O", meaning outside California. The misinterpretation of the letter as a number made Dugas the fall guy for the spread of the deadly virus in the United States.

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Here's some good news: Rainbow sprinkles are back. (Or "jimmies," as they say in Pittsburgh.)

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Comedian Patton Oswalt on the sudden, unexpected death of his wife: Mr. Oswalt has suffered from depression, but this, he said, was far worse. "Depression is more seductive," he said. "Its tool is: 'Wouldn't it be way more comfortable to stay inside and not deal with people?' Grief is an attack on life. It's not a seducer. It's an ambush or worse. It stands right out there and says: 'The minute you try something, I'm waiting for you.'"

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Darrell Issa, a California Republican and one of the richest and most obnoxious members of the House, is the legislative branch's mini-Trump. For 16 years, he has tortured Democrats. And he could finally be defeated at the polls this year.

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Last week, Peggy Noonan argued in the Wall Street Journal that an outsider like Donald Trump could've won handily this year, touting skepticism of free trade and immigration, if only he was more sane, or less erratic and prone to nasty insults. But then, he wouldn't have been Trump.

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It makes senset that an insect that preys on spiders must be pretty horrific itself. And live in Australia.

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