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Fun fact #1: the doctor that serves the nursing home my grandmother lived (st. Catharines, ON) in lives in Niagara Falls, New York.

I was surprised by this, and learned fun fact #2: 30% of the doctors that staff the local hospital live in the USA.

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Well I guess them being silent meant we never "heard" from them in the first place.

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"We will never hear from a silent film star again."

Well, not professionally anyway.

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Well, since nobody thought my "Fan Death" story was interesting.. I'll try again..

There is exactly one star alive today left over from the silent film era.

In 1924, a 4-year-old child star nicknamed Baby Peggy (real name: Peggy-Jean Montgomery) was presented with a film contract worth $1 million a picture. In 1924 dollars. An astounding amount of money even by today's standards. Probably the highest paid pre-schooler in history.

At the peak of her fame, the tiny film actress was an obsession for millions of Americans who bought Baby Peggy dolls, jewelry, sheet music, even brands of milk. After Universal gave her that seven-figure payday — her reward for shooting more than 150 shorts over three years, starting when she was 20 months old — she became even more famous, dubbed Hollywood's "Million Dollar Baby." During 1924's presidential race, the Democrats went so far as to name her the party's official "mascot" at their nominating convention.

By 1925, at the ripe old age of 6, the roles started drying up. Principal Pictures let her go following a dispute with her father, and her parents would spend nearly every dime she had made.

For the next few years, Peggy supported her family by touring with vaudeville acts, even then a dying art form. Much of the $1.5 million already had been spent — on a 14-room house in Laurel Canyon, a $30,000 Duisenberg car, golf memberships for her father — although she says she doesn't blame her parents. "They did some silly things," she says, "but they didn't do them viciously." The last seriously silly thing her father did was buy a ranch in Wyoming, where he moved the family in 1929 — right before the Great Depression. "He thought it was a solid investment, but it was six months before the stock market crash, and we lost everything," she remembers.

She lives in Fresno, CA today. She is 97. She granted a final interview to the Hollywood Reporter. We will never hear from a silent film star again.

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Sorry no. I was distracted by those pixie thighs.

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The hutch in a clutch!

See what I did there?

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Some of us have thought about nicknaming the hutch "Storyville" because of what goes on there.

Fun fact/True story

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FF: The little tavern where we watched a jazz duo play last night was formerly a pawn shop where Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington hung out, played and occasionally pawned their instruments for cash. It is just a few blocks from the Storyville, the red light district of New Orleans where these jazz founders played in the brothels.

FF2: We live just a few blocks from Storyville.

~R&s~

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Fun fact: in South Korea, electric fans are typically equipped with a timer so they shut off after a period of time. So they don't kill you while you're sleeping.

What?

Apparently, South Koreans suspicious of the new technology when it arrived in the 1920s came up with the notion, which is still widely held and even perpetuated by health authorities, in spite of virtually no statistics to support it. So called "Fan Death" is still widely feared. The cause of death is believed to be asphyxiation (due to the fan somehow piling up your exhaled carbon dioxide in front of your face) or hypothermia (from freezing you to death - as if you won't notice you're being blasted with Arctic air and wake up).

The Korea Consumer Protection Board (KCPB), a South Korean government-funded public agency, issued a consumer safety alert in 2006 warning that "asphyxiation from electric fans and air conditioners" was among South Korea's five most common summer accidents.

A Korean doctor blames the media, claiming that they hype the stories up and make sure that fans are mentioned in stories about people being found dead, even though they have nothing to do with it.

"Korean reporters are constantly writing inaccurate articles about death by fan, describing these deaths as being caused by the fan. That's why it seems that fan deaths only happen in Korea. They should have reported the victim's original defects, such as heart or lung disease, which are the main cause of death [in these cases]. If a Western doctor investigated these deaths, he would say what really caused the death, and say that a fan was beside the victim."

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"both of which are most likely caused by a third correlative: high temperatures"

Third (or more) correlatives are usually behind these things, some simply via population growth or demographic changes.

Although per capita mozzarella consumption with people getting tangled in their bed sheets? REALLY? 700 people died in 2009 from getting tangled in their bed sheets?

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