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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 24 February 2017

A random quote from our archives...

"You must be careful about giving any drink whatsoever to a bore. A lit-up bore is the worst in the world."
David Cecil

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A random fact...

With its duplex suites starting at $1,095 and reaching $18,000 per night, the Burj al-Arab, or tower of the Arabs, the world's tallest hotel, opened on December 1, 1999. Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan was the suite's first guest, staying there the month before the hotel's official opening. As a guest of the premier hotel, you can take a helicopter to the 28th-floor helipad or relax in one of the hotel's eight Rolls Royce Silver Seraphs, which drops you off on the shore across from the hotel. All the suites boast laptop computers, faxes, and 42-inch television screens. The new Emirates hotel is taller than Paris' Eiffel Tower and just 196 feet shorter than the Empire State Building in New York City.

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Five random people born today...

  • Philip Knight, American Businessman (1938)
  • Paul Gruber, NFL tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1965)
  • Edward James Olmos, Cal, actor, Miami Vice, Stand and Deliver, Triumph (1947)
  • Helen Shaver, Ontario Canada, actress, WIOU, Praise of Older Women (1951)
  • G J M Gazdar, computational linguist (1950)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Henny Youngman, comedian, ", Take My Wife, Please! Henny Youngman's Giant Book of Jokes, ", dies at 91 (1998)
  • Bernard S Ingemann, Danish author (Holger Danske), dies at 72 (1862)
  • Ignaz Lachner, composer, dies at 87 (1895)
  • Conrad Nagel, actor (Celebrity Time), dies at 73 (1970)
  • Franz Waxman, German composer (Day at the races), dies at 60 (1967)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres, London (1711)
  • Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92 (1982)
  • Simplon tunnel in Switzerland completed (1905)
  • "Bless You All" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 84 performances (1951)
  • Explorer 10 fails to reach Earth orbit (1961)

Number One Single this time last year...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single five years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single ten years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Shakespears Sister - Stay
US: Mr Big - To Be With You
Australia: Euphoria - Love You Right

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Petula Clark - This Is My Song
US: The Buckinghams - Kind Of Drag
Australia: The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy vs The Red Baron

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