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    Flagpole Sitting
    Started by Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly who was a professional stuntman. He did it on a dare in 1924, and it soon caught on nationwide. It became a spectator sport, and he eventually set the World Record at 49 days with a crowd of 20,000 people watching. When the stock market crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression started, it brought an end to this fad.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by KidRok
    Flagpole Sitting
    Started by Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly who was a professional stuntman. He did it on a dare in 1924, and it soon caught on nationwide. It became a spectator sport, and he eventually set the World Record at 49 days with a crowd of 20,000 people watching. When the stock market crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression started, it brought an end to this fad.
    :enforcer:
    I think a lot of things came to an end in October of '29...
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    • #3
      Originally posted by KidRok
      Flagpole Sitting
      Started by Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly who was a professional stuntman. He did it on a dare in 1924, and it soon caught on nationwide. It became a spectator sport, and he eventually set the World Record at 49 days with a crowd of 20,000 people watching. When the stock market crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression started, it brought an end to this fad.
      :enforcer:
      Vlad Teppish would have loved that guy, lol.
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      • #4
        Psssttt...I think you meant Vlad Tepes...

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        • #5
          Correct...Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad the Impaler.........

          You have heard of him IM^??
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          " We know that to err is human, but the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake"
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          "The fact is that you can not start off with bad science and end up with good medicine"

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          • #6
            Yes sir, I am full of useless info like that. I know his complete biographical history (which is obviously how I knew who you were referring to).

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            • #7
              Yes, he and his father were madmen from Transylvania-equating the modern henchmen of the likes Stalin and Hitler.

              I believe his father was Vlad Dracul, and the son-Vlad Tepes-was Vlad Dracula which inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula". Am I correct with this?

              World history was a long time ago for me....but so very interesting.
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              " We know that to err is human, but the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake"
              Dr. Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry for inventing the Polymerase Chain Reaction


              "The fact is that you can not start off with bad science and end up with good medicine"

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              • #8
                King Sigismund of Hungary, who became the Holy Roman Emperor in 1410, founded a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Turks. Its emblem was a dragon, wings extended, hanging on a cross. Vlad III’s father (Vlad II) was admitted to the Order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Turks. From 1431 onward Vlad II wore the emblem of the order and later, as ruler of Wallachia, his coinage bore the dragon symbol.

                The word for dragon in Romanian is "drac" and "ul" is the definitive article. Vlad III’s father thus came to be known as "Vlad Dracul," or "Vlad the dragon." In Romanian the ending "ulea" means "the son of". Under this interpretation, Vlad III thus became Vlad Dracula, or "the son of the dragon." (The word "drac" also means "devil" in Romanian. The sobriquet thus took on a double meaning for enemies of Vlad Tepes and his father.)

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