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• Once a grammarian, always a grammarian! The famous French grammar expert Dominique Bouhours lay on his death bed and spoke, “I am about to – or I am going to – die: either expression is correct.” • And speaking of all things proper, as Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, was being escorted to the guillotine to be executed for treason in 1793, she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner. This very polite lady expressed the apology, “Monsieur, I beg your pardon.” • After being diagnosed with cancer, legendary movie critic Roger Ebert wrote to the faithful readers of his blog that he would be taking leave for his treatment. The final words of his farewell were, fittingly, “I’ll see you at the movies.” • Who knows what Apple Computers co-founder Steve Jobs saw when he passed from this life to the next? His sister Patty reports that at the moment that pancreatic cancer claimed the life of this creative genius, he looked over her shoulder and proclaimed, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” • One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Pete Maravich, had a magnificent tenyear career with the NBA. A severe knee injury forced him to retire in 1980. In 1988, while playing a pickup basketball game in the gym at a Pasadena, California, church, “Pistol Pete” collapsed and died at age 40, less than one minute after saying, “I feel great.” An autopsy revealed that he had been born without a left coronary artery, necessary for supplying blood to the heart’s muscle fibers. The right coronary artery had been compensating for the heart defect his entire life without his knowledge and it finally gave out.

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of his life. After her death in 1962, Joe had roses sent to her grave twice a week for 20 years. His final words were, “I’ll finally get to see Marilyn.” • Showman Flo Ziegfeld brought musical revues, Broadway productions, and films to the world of entertainment, including his legendary Ziegfeld Follies, which ran from 1907 to the early 1930s. Ever the theatrical producer, his last words from his deathbed were, “Curtain! Fast music! Lights! Ready for the last finale! Great! The show looks good, the show looks good!”


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• As Kennedy rode in a Dallas motorcade in 1963, the wife of Governor John Connelly commented to him, “You certainly cannot say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.” His answer of, “No, you certainly can’t,” were his final words before his assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald. • Ever the poet, Emily Dickinson, author of more than 1,800 poems, pronounced her last words in 1886, “I must go in, for the fog is rising.”

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• In 1902, Eastman began building a mansion in Rochester, New York, a 35,000-square-foot, 50-room house with the latest in heating and electricity, telephones, and an elevator. It took three years and $335,000 to complete. Today, the home is the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and is a National Historic Landmark. • Upon his retirement, Eastman embarked on African safaris, bringing home a white rhinoceros and an elephant, which he displayed in his home. In his early 70s, Eastman was diagnosed with a crippling spinal disease. After enduring excruciating pain for over four years, in 1932, Eastman took his own life. His last words, penned in a suicide note were, “To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?” • A generous philanthropist, Eastman donated more than $100 million to education and the arts, public parks, hospitals, and dental clinics (about $2 billion in today’s dollars). He supported the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with $20 million, as well as establishing the Eastman School of Music. Having never married, he willed his entire estate to the University of Rochester.

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Cinco de Mayo translates to the "fifth of May." Tidbits takes the opportunity to look into the history of this event. • In the United States, many mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day. Not so! That event is commemorated on September 16, marking the anniversary of Mexico’s call to arms against the Spanish colonial government in 1810. Cinco de Mayo is actually the celebration of the Mexican army’s victory of over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In Mexico, the holiday is called El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, which translates into English as “The Day of the Battle of Puebla.”

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• In 1861, after undergoing both the MexicanAmerican War and a civil war within their boundaries, the Mexican treasuries were nearly empty and the national economy was in ruins. The country was deeply in debt to France, Great Britain, and Spain, but was forced to default on its loans. President Benito Juarez declared that all payments on foreign debts would be suspended for a period of two years, and promised that payments would resume after that time. The three European countries sent armed forces to Mexico to demand payment. Negotiations were successful with Britain and Spain and those two countries withdrew their armies, but France, under the rule of Napoleon III, opted to attempt to expand its empire and install its own leader. • A well-outfitted and provisioned French force of over 6,500 soldiers began its march toward Mexico City. President Juarez rounded up a force of 4,000 loyal but ill-equipped Mexican men and sent them to the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe near Puebla. Many of them were not soldiers at all, but rather agricultural workers, armed with machetes and outdated rifles.

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CINCO DE MAYO (continued): • Early on the morning of May 5, French General Charles de Lorencez led his attack, supported by heavy artillery, on the Mexican forces. Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza commanded the counter-attack and after a day-long battle, Mexico emerged the victor, having defeated the French army that was considered the “premier army in the world.” Although vastly outnumbered, the Mexicans suffered less than 100 casualties, while the French had five times that many.

• This was just one battle in the war against French occupation (which did not end for another six years), but the victory at Puebla was a great boost to the morale of the patriotic resistance movement. Napoleon III responded to the defeat by sending 30,000 more troops to Mexico, eventually taking over Mexico City and appointing Maximilian as the ruler of Mexico. His rule lasted but three years until 1867. The U.S. began providing military assistance to Mexico, France withdrew, and Maximilian was eventually executed. • Today, Cinco de Mayo is just a minor holiday in Mexico, primarily observed only in the state of Puebla. It is much more of a celebration in the United States, where it is seen as an observance of Mexican heritage. The largest festivals in America are held in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.

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• In 1972, Ray Tomlinson was working on developing the precursor to the Internet, a system called ARPANET, which stood for Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. One day he sat two computers next to each other. They were connected to each other only by ARPANET. He sent a message from one to the other, and that was the world's first email. Tomlinson claims the message was probably something like "Testing 123." • It was Tomlinson's idea to use the @ symbol to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer. The @ sign was originally an accounting symbol used in commercial invoices meaning "at the rate of" as in: six widgets @ $2 per widget = $12. Tomlinson chose the symbol because it is on every keyboard, yet is rarely used. Its official English name is "the commercial at sign." • Although in the U.S. it's usually called simply the "at sign," other countries have different names for it. In Dutch, it's apestaart meaning monkey's tail. In Swedish, it's snabel-a meaning "A" with an elephant's trunk. In Italian, it's chiocciolina meaning small snail. In Hungary, it's kukatsz meaning little worm. In Czech, it's zavinac meaning a rolled pickled herring. In Finland, it's miumau (the sound a cat makes) because it looks like a sleeping cat. In Russian, it's sabachka meaning puppy. In German, it's klammerraffe meaning spider monkey. • On May 24, 2004, which was the 160th anniversary of the first public Morse telegraph transmission, a unique Morse code for the ‘@’ symbol was introduced: • – – • – • (dot-dash-dash-dotdash-dot). This was the first official addition to the Morse set of characters since World War I. • There are about 3.8 billion email accounts worldwide, on a planet with about 7 billion humans.


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