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Awakenings: 50's & 60's TV Commercials

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Television - entertainment for the home BUT not without commercials! How producers come up with the zany ideas they do is beyond me. Do you find it interesting how the most stupid commercials are those most remembered? Are such antics truly indicative of average human being behavior? They do make one wonder!

Sharla Shults's insight:

The ol' black and white of the 50s reminded me of a box with four legs! Ah-h-h, I remember it well!

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Awakenings: Say it for America

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"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:

freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

—Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

 
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Poetry, quotation ... America as she could be and ought to be.

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Awakenings: The Flavorlicious Ice Cream Cone

Awakenings: The Flavorlicious Ice Cream Cone | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Today's History Lesson...ice cream cone

An abundance of celebrations occur throughout the year that center around ice cream, different flavors, sandwiches, sundaes, floats, sodas, splits, soft serve, cakes, pies, single, double, triple or just about anyway you like it. Therefore, it's not surprising to discover a delicate partner of this delicious cold treat being invented to ward off the heat on this day in history. Continuing with the month of July being Ice Cream Month, it would do ice cream an injustice to not include a bit of trivia about the ice cream cone.

This Day in History: July 23, 1904 (Watch the video)
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No one knows the actual inventor of this flavorlicious holder of ice cream. Paper and metal cones had been used in Europe for some time to hold ice cream and it was known that edible cones were being served in England prior to its coming to America. As for its debut in America, this happenstance was quite by accident...
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Awakenings: Hot Dogs & Ice Cream

Awakenings: Hot Dogs & Ice Cream | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"It's summertime! Hot dogs and ice cream are at the top of the list...hot dogs being ideal for a quick lunch or even at supper time demanding very little preparation time. Of course, the hot dogs are center stage on the grill or can be boiled, broiled, even fried! As that item on the menu is completed, the ice cream always brings on additional curtain calls and a standing ovation, especially when it happens to be homemade vanilla. So, are you ready to doubly celebrate with two of America's favorites?

July 23 is...
National Hot Dog Day and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Sharla Shults's insight:
Are you ready to celebrate? Get to the grocery store if your pantry or frig isn't already stocked with what you need. Have a hot dog cookout being sure to serve vanilla ice cream for the dessert! Have some fun with friends and family - churn your own ice cream being sure to request helping hands :-)
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Awakenings: Penuche!

Awakenings: Penuche! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
If the title of this posting had been 'Cake', there would be no question as to what it is about. There are thousands of different types of cakes in the world today, each culture with its own specialties, many of which never reach America's shores. For the cake, we need icing and one might want to try something different perhaps topping it off with penuche frosting. That's one possibility for penuche. Let's add a little extra pizazz to the title: Penuche Fudge. Now, let's get on with the celebration!

July 22 is...

National Penuche Fudge Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
A known fact is there is not just one fudge. Fudge of All Kinds includes for starters white fudge, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, turtle fudge and brown sugar fudge, also known is penuche fudge.
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Awakenings: ♫Billboard's First Record Chart♫

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"When you encounter the term "billboard", what is the first image that comes to your mind? Do you think of the large, often huge, signs along the highway or on the sides of buildings? Perhaps aging, decaying billboards Torn with Time catch your eyes, provide a glimpse into days past and become a metaphor of life itself. There is another "billboard" which is the focus for today, this one associated with music.

Today in Music History: July 20"

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On this day in 1940 Billboard's first comprehensive record chart was published. The magazine had previously published best-seller lists submitted by the individual record companies, but the new chart combined the top sellers from all major labels. Their first number one song was ‘I'll Never Smile Again’ by Frank Sinatra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
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Awakenings: Lollipop, Lollipop...Oh lolli lolli lolli! Lollipop!

Awakenings: Lollipop, Lollipop...Oh lolli lolli lolli! Lollipop! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Think back to days (possibly dating back to prehistoric man) when one used a stick to poke a beehive for the honey; then, the honey was scraped off the stick to be eaten later. Of course, the honey could be licked right off the stick possibly marking the beginning for what we know today as the lollipop.

July 20 is...
National Lollipop Day
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Whoa! Not too quick for more on that 'honey on a stick"...you need some music to set the stage for the foodie fun of this day. Let's begin the celebration with a step back in time to The Chordettes, one of the longest-lived vocal groups with roots in the mainstream pop and vocal harmonies of the 40s and early 50s.
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Awakenings: Doc Holliday's Kill: Fact or Fiction?

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"Today's History Lesson...the American West

Outlaws and gunslingers of the old West share a unique persona. Visions of saloons, dance hall girls, whiskey and gambling immediately come to mind. These were the times when men were men who stood their ground and died with their boots on. 

This Day in the Old West: July 19, 1879

When you hear the name "Doc" Holliday, do you envision days of the Wild West? Gamblers? Gunfighters? Outlaws? Does the Shootout at the OK Corral come to mind? Do you see Val Kilmer as "Doc" in the 1993 film Tombstone? It will come as no surprise if you answer "yes" to each question. Any and all of the above depict John Henry "Doc" Holliday."

Sharla Shults's insight:
During the early days of the American West, killing in the streets occurred regularly and hangings were public displays of capital punishment. The law and the lawless constantly battled over cattle, sheep, horses, water rights and land. Notorious outlaws and bandits were as common as band-aids along with Old West Scoundrels, Outlaw Gangs and Vigilantes. Are you among those who find such eventful days utterly fascinating?
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Awakenings: Little Miss Dynamite

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If you were a teenager during the 60s, you remember well the remarkable voice of a 15-year old girl that earned multiple smash hits during her professional career. Just under five feet tall (even in socks and saddle shoes) weighing in at barely 90 lbs, this little lightweight bellowed out melodies of a heavyweight champion. Thus, the title "Little Miss Dynamite."

Today in Music History: July 18, 1960
Sharla Shults's insight:
In early 1960, Brenda Lee's recording "Sweet Nothin's" made its mark at #4 on the Billboard Charts. Then, on July 18, 1960, the first of many successful recordings for Brenda Lee hit #1.
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Awakenings: Somethin' Fishy

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When you hear the expression something's fishy, that usually means something appears suspicious or seems not quite right. Some 'fishes' do have an unpleasantness about them, but today's celebration is not about somethin' fishy in the sense of something being afoul.

July 18 is...a touch of luxury
National Caviar Day
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Caviar is the processed and salted roe of fish. Roe is the mass of eggs contained in the ovaries of a female fish or shellfish. The smooth tiny eggs are usually black, though caviar comes in many shades, including red, gold and grey.
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Awakenings: 1950s Main Street

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Today's History Lesson...theme park

It's summertime! That means more time with family and kids since school is out. Time to vacation, time to picnic, time to just simply have fun. What better way to engage in fun activities than visit an amusement or theme park? When you hear someone speak of going to a theme park, many such locations could possibly come to mind - Cedar Point, Epcot, Six Flags (any of many), Sea World, Universal Studios, just to name a few, and of course, the 'biggie' not mentioned which fills today's history pages.  

This Day in History: July 17, 1955

Disneyland's Grand Opening
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Walt Disney's very first theme park, Disneyland, opened its gates at 2:30PM on Sunday, July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California. Things you may not know about opening day...
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Awakenings: "The Gadget"

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Today's History Lesson...explosive!

"The Gadget" referred to in today's history lesson is not found in any state-of-the-art kitchen, it is not a small mechanical tool but it's discovery is definitely ingenious. Gadgets in the kitchen make cooking easier and save time while much the same can be said for mechanical tools making life easier, also saving time. Numerous kitchen and mechanical inventions have impacted the way we live, grow and learn. The impact of today's gadget was explosive!

This Day in History: July 16, 1945
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Early in the morning of July 16, 1945, the success or failure of the first atomic bomb blast was tested in the New Mexico desert 120 miles south of Santa Fe. The tower on which the bomb sat when detonated was vaporized. Thus, the Manhattan Project came to an explosive end!
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Awakenings: ♫A Raw, Stripped-down Sound♫

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"Within the music industry are the singers, songwriters, musicians here today but gone tomorrow. Some hit the charts fast and furious only to become among the many classified as one-hit wonders. Then, upon occasion, there is that one, or group, which fills the pages of music history with hit after hit becoming legends in his or her own time.

Today in Music History: July 15, 1986
Songwriter, storyteller and cat lover, Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash, the Man in Black, was a singer, guitarist and songwriter whose music innovatively mixed country, rock, blues and gospel influences."

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His resurgence emerged in 1994 under contract with Mercury Records with the guidance of Rick Rubin. Under Rubin's influence, Cash moved to a raw, stripped-down sound that proved to be enormously successful with critics, with country traditionalists and with hipster newcomers to country music.
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Awakenings: ♫A Day in the Life of Music...♫

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From love songs to sad songs, the truly memorable song to an occasional bad song, gatherings of mass proportion to break-ups of heartache, all are a part of the life of music. Each song has a story, each story its own rhythmic beat. Such are the events through the decades on this day in music history...

Today in Music History: July 14
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Songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s featuring Bobby Vinton, The Rolling Stones, The Everly Brothers, Donna Summer, Madonna, Michael Jackson and a gathering of 432 guitarists appear in today's step back in time.
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Awakenings: ♫Musical Acts & Trivia Facts♫

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On any given day, music surprises us with new melodies, upcoming recording artists, nostalgic musical acts and interesting trivia facts. It gives us the chance to revive memories long passed but not forgotten. It stills the mind, warms the heart, soothes the soul. Today's visit begins in the 50s moving into the second decade of the 21st century. Some songs and instrumentals are still going strong today while others have faded into the sunset but the music lives on and on and on...

Today in Music History: July 23
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Begin in 1955 with Slim Whitman's Rose Marie moving on to the Beatles, Sinatra & The Rolling Stones in the 60s. Barry Manilow hits #1 in the 70s followed by Paul Young in the 80s. Today's list ends with Richard Marx No.1 hit 'Hold On To The Nights'. Tidbits of trivia include Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance and  Beyoncé soldiering through a concert in Montreal, Canada after her hair got tangled in the blades of a fan.
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Awakenings: ♫Guns N' Roses♫

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"Guns N' Roses - Mainstream hard rock wasn't the same after members of Guns N' Roses sank their teeth into it.  

Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin originally formed the band out of the ashes of two other groups—L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose. Guns N' Roses played in a style that owed much more to the pure hard rock Stuck in the 70s than to the showy heavy metal of the 80s Music Mania. 

Guns N' Roses made its big popular breakthrough on July 23, 1988


Today in Music History: July 23, 1988

Sharla Shults's insight:
Sometimes songwriters and musicians spend hours upon hours, days upon days, weeks upon weeks, etc. to get the words and music just right. Then, there are times when it only takes a matter of minutes.
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Awakenings: Penguin Craze

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Today's History Lesson...movies

History delegates we step back in time...often way back in time...decades upon decades, centuries upon centuries in the past. That does not have to always be the case. Today we are going to remain in the 21st century with a look back to a movie produced 11 years ago. Not a thriller, a horror flick nor one of romantic nature (among humans anyway). It does depict a lot of action, adventure, drama, at times rather comical and you might even encounter a bit of dance. Its specific category is not even listed among Main Film Genres until you dig deeper into Genre Sub-Sections (Other Major Categories).

This Day in History: July 22, 2005
Sharla Shults's insight:
There are movies that make us roll with laughter until our sides hurt, cry what seems like buckets of tears leaving both eyes looking like Georgia road maps, wish we had never bought the movie tickets because they were a waste of money, or wait in anticipation until released on DVD in order to relive the emotion over and over and over again. Which one is this?
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Awakenings: Junk Food Junkie

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"Do you have an insatiable sweet tooth...the sweeter the better? Do you absolutely crave the salty along with the sweet? Do you love, love, love popcorn...perhaps the saltier the better never forgetting the butter, REAL butter? Do you load up on the salty fries or chips along with that greasy burger? Does a slice of pizza never seem to be enough with more, more, more sometimes equaling the whole 'thang'? In other words, are you a junk food junkie? Well, if you answered yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, then this day's celebration is definitely going to be the day for you!


July 21 is... National Junk Food Day"

Sharla Shults's insight:
The term “junk food” was initially used in the 60s but was popularized during the following decade when the song “Junk Food Junkie” reached the top of the charts in 1976.
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Awakenings: A Walk on the Moon...Fact or Fiction?

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47 years ago, Apollo11 blasted off into history. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the "Eagle", touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported "The Eagle Has Landed." A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle's ladder, placed one foot upon the moon's surface and proclaimed: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."


July 20 is... Moon Day [It's not about flashing your hiney!]

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It's pretty cool to uncover a quick fact on the day when that subject is being celebrated. Not only does today mark a monumental day in history but it has achieved its own day of celebration. 
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Awakenings: ♫The King vs. The Father of Rock 'n' Roll♫

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"Long live rock 'n' roll! Its history is more than just the spirit of the 60s. Elements of rock and roll can be heard in blues records roaring into the 20s and as country blues-jazz records swing into the 30s with music still swinging in the 40s. It was rockin' in the 50s, rollin' too when the first wave of rock and roll music gyrated across the United States under the newly acquired name - Rock 'n' Roll!


Today in Music History: July 19"

Sharla Shults's insight:
While Elvis may be dubbed the "King of Rock 'n' Roll," it was not Elvis who fathered rock 'n' roll. Do you know who did?
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Awakenings: Beverage of the Day: Daiquiri

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"When you hear the word daiquiri, the first thought is probably the cocktail. In fact, July 19 is...

National Daiquiri Day 

...the day to celebrate the cocktail. The daiquiri is rum-based invented by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox. One legend has it that Cox created the first daiquiri in 1898 in the village of Daiquiri, Cuba (about 4 miles east of Santiago de Cuba) after he ran out of gin while entertaining American guests at a small bar. Of course, this is not the only story..." 

Sharla Shults's insight:
The beautiful simplicity of the original daiquiri is often referred to as the 'lime slurpee' since it is lime oriented. Today, there are dozens of daiquiri flavors and varieties with the most famous being the Strawberry Daiquiri.
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Awakenings: 'Pie in the Sky' & more...

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Today's History Lesson...a familiar phrase

We say, as well as also hear, expressions and phrases on a rather regular basis most of the time repeating what was passed down to us via parents or grandparents. More often than not, we don't pay much attention to the history or perhaps a story behind the origin of such phrases.

This Day in History: July 18, 1914


Phrases come and go dependent upon the times and circumstances which bring them about. "Pie in the Sky" is an American phrase dating back to 1911, which was coined by labor activist Joe Hill in an early 20th century folk song, The Preacher and The Slave. The song written by Hill is a satiric attack on the Salvation Army whose preachers Hill decried for lulling workers into complacency.
Sharla Shults's insight:
But, that is not all you need to know about Joe Hill for there is more to the man on this day in history...
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Awakenings: ♫How Much Do You Know About The Beatles?♫

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Are you a Baby Boomer? Do you remember Beatlemania? The Beatles were already a British sensation so it is no wonder their first arrival in the United States in the 60s resulted in a mania of American proportion. The question today does not center around whether you remember the group or recall even listening to The Beatles music but rather a little quiz to test your knowledge about the Beatles. 

Today in Music History: July 17
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The impact the Beatles had on the music industry resounded around the world. The question today is NOT "Have you ever heard of the Beatles?" but "How Much Do You Know About The Beatles?" Click the link or the spotlight to test your knowledge. Just a warning: the easy quiz is easy, but the hard quiz is a hard day’s quiz indeed.
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Awakenings: The scoop of the day!

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Georgia on My Mind! Is it the state? What about the iconic Ray Charles' song? Maybe it is something associated with Georgia. With July being Ice Cream Month (among other things), it is time for another special ice cream day celebration. Um-m-m-m? Is there something about Georgia that goes with ice cream?
Sharla Shults's insight:
On a hot summer day, peach ice cream is a wonderfully cooling dessert! It can be in an ice-cream cone, enjoyed as a sundae, on top of fresh peach slices, or simply as its own dish. Enjoy it with or without sprinkles, sauces or toppings...its delicate flavor is simply enough on its own!
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Awakenings: Corn Fritters & Fresh Spinach

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We take what is offered for daily celebration. Sometimes it tempts our palettes, other times not. There are even times when it takes some searching in order to put the two together for some foodie fun.
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JULY 16 IS...
 NATIONAL CORN FRITTERS DAY & FRESH SPINACH DAY
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If you are not from the South, it is possible you aren't familiar with a 'fritter'. So, let's start with a few tidbits about the little frit. 
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Awakenings: Love 'em or hate 'em!

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Gummy worms fall in one of two categories...love 'em or hate 'em! Kids love 'em for sure, so does that mean the adults hate 'em? For some, yes; for others, definitely no! They are sweet, they are chewy, but they notoriously stick to your teeth! A bigger question might be "What makes sugar, gelatin and flavorful 'worms' so irresistible, especially for kids?" The truth is...

Gummy candy superstar Trolli was the first to develop the gummy worm, which happened in the early 1980s. Trolli’s idea was built on traditional American marketing values: making something gross enough looking to shock parents and simultaneously attract children. [Source: Huffington Post]

July 15 is...
National Gummy Worm Day
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Whether you are in the love 'em or hate 'em category, make this day a fun day! Gummy worms are not just for snacking!
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Awakenings: Baseball & a Mouse

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"Today's History Lesson...baseball

At the heart of Awakenings are the American Classics - Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet! Heading the top of the classic list as you can see is baseball...Baseball IS America, America IS Baseball! It is not unusual in the Major League to witness many hits Outta' the Ballpark nor for a true baseball fan to reflect on an all-time great, such as Remembering #42: An American Hero and Two 'Kings' Remembered (one of which was a famous baseball player). 

This Day in History: July 14, 1967 & 1968"

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There is the humorous side of baseball with the Abbot & Costello hilarious rendition of Who's on First! But, the question is..."What does a mouse have to do with baseball?"
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