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Classical composers have found interesting ways to die:

Charles-Valentin Alkan - Died after pulling an umbrella stand down on himself.

Ernest Chausson - Died instantly after hitting a brick wall riding his bicycle.

Jean-Baptiste Lully - Accidentally stuck his staff into his foot and died of gangrene (conductors used to tap the floor with a staff instead of waving batons).

Mieczyslaw Karlowicz - Died in an avalanche.

John Barnes Chance - Accidentally electrocuted in his back-yard.

Alexander Borodin - Died while dancing a little to heartily.

Edward Macdowell - Run over by a cab.

Maurice Ravel - Was hit by a cab and died in surgery later.

Cesar Franck - Died in a cab accident. His cab was hit by a horse drawn carriage.

Alessandro Stradella - Stabbed to death by an assassin.

Henry Purcell - His wife locked him out of the house after coming home late one night and he died from the elements.

Guillaume Lekeu - Died from eating contaminated sorbet.

Alban Berg - Died from insect-sting induced carbuncle.

Alexander Scriabn - Died from septicemia from shaving cut on his lip.

Louis Vierne - Died while playing the organ in Notre-Dame cathedral, leaving a low E sustaining throughout the cathedral.

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some of those fairy tales are really kinda scary

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FF: In the original story of Pinocchio that the Disney classic is based off of, he kills Jiminy Cricket by smashing him with a hammer because Jiminy tells him that he needs to get a job or go to school.

At the end, the Fox and the Cat kidnap him, tie up his hands, put a noose around his neck, and hang him from a tree until he dies, with the moral of the story being that if you don't listen/follow rules in life, it doesn't turn out well.

http ://w ww.slate.co m/articles/arts/books/2011/10/carlo_collodi_s_pinocchio_why_is_the_original_pinocchio_subjecte.html

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The coding to create him does. James Earl Jones and Yoda, too.

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Wow. So somewhere out there in a galaxy far far away Dearth Vader really exists.

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Fun fact:

Any irrational number (a non-terminating, non-repeating number, such as pi, or the square root of any number other than the perfect squares, such as 2, 3, 5, etc) contains every numerical sequence that can exist.

Therefore, it stands to reason that contained within the digits of pi are an encoding of Britney Spears' DNA, and a JPEG image of you having sex with a giraffe.

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http :// historywithatwist.wordpress. com/2013/12/20/how-santas-helpers-beat-the-nazis/

How Santa's helpers beat the Nazi's

In the stillness of night they wait, antler horns gently clacking as heads turn, unfazed, towards their master. Hot air plumes from flared nostrils, hooves dig at the packed snow beneath. They wait; ready to move on his command, ready to be sent into the icy darkness with their sleigh full of longed-for items, to be delivered into expectant hands.

You might be thinking of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, possibly, a certain Rudolph, but me…I’m thinking of the nameless reindeer – the ones who gave their lives in the fight for freedom from Nazi domination.

What do you mean you never heard of the reindeer that went to war…?

Well, it’s a little-known fact but in 1941, during World War II, approximately 6,000 reindeer and more than 1,000 reindeer herders (mainly Nenets) from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Komi began risking their lives to transport ammunition, food and communications for the Soviet Army.

It is estimated that 25 per cent of war supplies and munitions manufactured in North America during the war were shipped across the Arctic to America’s Soviet allies. The supply route used was under constant siege from the weather as much as the Germans.

Reindeer were the perfect beast of burden in this environment, but their use wasn’t a Soviet innovation – Finnish troops had used Sámi reindeer to transport equipment on sledges during the Winter War.

The Soviet reindeer corps worked an area from Murmansk to the Karelian front. It was an arduous and highly dangerous journey in harsh conditions and one which was constantly subject to German attack. Of the 800 herders who went to the northern front in 1941, only 600 returned. By the end of the war almost half the herders and their reindeer had perished.

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http: // stephandudeck.wordpress. com/2012/02/26/first-monument-for-fighting-reindeer-during-the-world-war-ii/

The first Memorial for the reindeer herders that went to war with their reindeer in World War II was inaugurated by the governor on February 23rd in Naryan Mar. Relatives of the Nenets and Komi that fought in the reindeer transport troops in the Soviet army came up with the initiative to establish such a monument. They fought in the surroundings of Murmansk, often behind the lines of the German troops, and a lot of them were killed in action and never found. Now their children and grandchildren have a place to grieve and commemorate.

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The Xerox story reminded me of the time Mr and I went to buy an air purifier and the dude tried so hard to sell us a $45 warranty on a $300 purifier, that he ended up saying, "You really should get the warranty...these things can overheat and start smoking, and you're not going to spend $45 on the warranty yet risk your whole house catching fire?" And we said, "No. That just means we won't be buying this particular air purifier." And walked away. Dumbass.

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Fun Fact:

In July, 1980 CompuServe began providing pay-per-view downloads of a few newspapers via dial-up service. An entire newspaper would take 2-6 hours to download, at a cost of $5 per hour.

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