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By Mr. Smarty Pants

OCTOBER 25, 1999: 

The official fan club Web site for Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine on Star Trek Voyager) is based in Austin, at http://www.jerilynn.com.

On the legendary title tune to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, the whistling, twangy electric guitar and screeching "ah-ee-ah-ee-ah" were produced by one musician: Allesandro Allesandroni.

Jimi Hendrix's grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee.

Cambodian barbers have spread false rumors about a dream had by the queen. In the alleged dream, spirits said they would steal the souls of women born in the year of the dog, tiger, or rabbit who did not give offerings of hair. As a result of the rumor, many Cambodian women have rushed to get their hair cut short.

HAL, the computer from 2001, A Space Odyssey, was a play on IBM, being the preceding letters in the alphabet for I,B, and M.

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