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George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw

(1856–1950)

At a performance given by an Italian string quartet, Shaw’s companion remarked approvingly, “These men have been playing together for twelve years.”

“Surely,” said Shaw, “we have been here longer than that.”

four-leaf clover

Sure and Begorrah

Green is the dominant color in Ireland’s landscape because of the weather.
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Sweet Honey
Shamrock

Luck

“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”
Quotes about Luck

Le Bateau

Le Bateau

Le Bateau

In 1961, Henri Matisse’s Painting “Le Bateau” hung upside down in New York’s Museum...

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The Luck of the Irish?

During World War II, the captured Allied agents of Stalag 15 were attempting yet another daring prison break. Prisoners Major O’Roarke and Lieutenant Flanagan had planned for months to acquire two steel files and now finally possessed...

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Douglas Corrigan

Douglas Corrigan

(1907–1995)

In 1937 Corrigan applied to the Bureau of Air Commerce for permission to make a solo flight across the Atlantic in his 1929 Curtis-Robin monoplane (nicknamed Lizzy). After inspecting the aircraft the bureau refused permission on...

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Success

Who said “Nothing succeeds like success”?
More quotes about “Success”

Celtic Cross

Irish Blessing

Celtic Cross
May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong...
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Silly Putty

Silly Putty

  • Most kids know about Silly Putty, that stretchy, bouncy stuff that comes in a hollow plastic egg. It’s a mixture of boric acid and silicone oil, originally invented in 1945 by engineers at General Electric as a...
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Eugene O’Neill

Eugene O’Neill

(1888–1953)

O’Neill always strongly objected to cutting any of his plays. When director and playwright Russel Crouse asked him to shorten the script of Ah, Wilderness! he was very reluctant. The following day he telephoned Crouse to tell...

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U.S. Presidential seal

Presidents’ Military Service

List of United States Presidents by Military Service

The United States Constitution names the President of the United States the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces. Although, previous service...

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Did you know...

A group of unicorns is called a “blessing.”

Bridge of ships

The Old Switcher-oo

I have always been fascinated by optical illusions. Find the four on this page and prepare to have your mind bent.

California Poppy quote

Words to live by

“Love many, hate few, learn to paddle your own canoe.”

~American Proverb

All about Clouds

Nimbus clouds are the dark clouds characteristic of storms.

Willie Sutton

Willie Sutton

(1901–1980)

Willie Sutton, one of the most famous bank robbers of the twentieth century, was the subject of numerous books, a TV drama, and at least one song. He was also a favorite of newspaper reporters, who could count on him for the kind of...

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On the 'net

An urban legend gone haywire

I was on my way to the post office to pick up my case of free M&Ms (sent to me because I forwarded an e-mail to five other people celebrating the fact that the year 2000 is “MM” in Roman numerals), when I ran into a friend whose...

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Photo of Loch Ness monster

The Loch Ness Monster

Many lakes of Northern Scotland have ancient legends about monsters and the like. In 565 A.D., though, Loch Ness’s story was written down. The account tells of Saint Columba who saved a swimmer from a hungry lake monster. From then on rumors...

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Last Names

O’Hanlon was the last name of the eight-year-old girl named Virginia who wrote to the “New York Sun,” asking if there really was a Santa Claus.
More Last Names...

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Irish Proverbs

“A goose never voted for an early Christmas.”

Bow Tie

The Bow Tie

Two guys are driving along an outback road and then they drive into this small country town, driving past the local town hall they notice that there is a B&S (bachelor and spinster) ball on. Deciding that they’d like to go in and try...

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