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Old July 28 2013, 12:10 PM   #76
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i could google it, but that would defeat the purpose of a lazy sunday afternoon. I'm sure one of our American cousins will know the date Alaska received statehood.
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Old July 28 2013, 12:24 PM   #77
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I just Googled it. The purchase was in 1867 and Alaska became a state in 1959.
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Old July 28 2013, 01:05 PM   #78
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Wasn't there decades between the purchase and Alaska becoming a state?
Quite a few states were decades between purchase and statehood. There was a territory stage in between. Oklahoma was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and got statehood in 1907, for example.
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Old July 28 2013, 01:53 PM   #79
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I just Googled it. The purchase was in 1867 and Alaska became a state in 1959.
which was a remarkably quick action by the bureaucracy!
The other day I came across a file labeled "for re-evaluation after our final victory" (it dated from 1939). Since we haven't won yet, I put it back into the archieve
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Old July 28 2013, 02:42 PM   #80
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I am reminded of Jay Walking!
Which was ripped off from Rick Mercer's "Talking To Americans" spot on the show "This Hour Has 22 Minutes".
I've seen clips of that on Youtube. Funny stuff!
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Old July 29 2013, 06:30 AM   #81
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Oklahoma was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and got statehood in 1907, for example.
For some reason, I feel like bursting out into song.

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Old July 29 2013, 09:51 AM   #82
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I am reminded of Jay Walking!
I think he's the one who once had a commercial featuring a clip of some goon answering proudly, "I don't read books."

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We had an Australian poster here who stated that Tasmania was not a state of Australia. However i wasn't convinced she was for real, I think she might have been a sock puppet.
There was somebody on TrekBBS who once tried to educate me on the fact that Alaska is not a state, but a "financial transaction."

I suppose they would classify some 15 other US states as a finacial transation as well, given that the US Purchased them from France during what is known as the Lousiaina Purchase.
Exactly.
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Old July 31 2013, 12:54 AM   #83
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A New Zealand women phone up her local council and told them that there was a 'baby moa' in her garden despite the fact that moas have been extinct for centuries. The dog control officers went out to investigate and discover the large bird was an emu. it seems that there had once been an emu farm nearby and some escapees from that farm had been living wild along the riverbank. The workers at a water treatment plant were quite aware that the birds were there and had recently notice that once was missing.

The emu was returned to the riverbed

Returning the emu "without causing a traffic accident, or harming the bird or ourselves" was a challenge.

Mr Falk used a "snappy snare", a type of long whip, to steer the bird without touching it or scaring it along the 1.5 kilometre stretch of road to the area of bush near the water treatment plant.
I wonder if this was a case of the woman not knowing that moas were extinct, or a case of her not being able to identify an emu, or both. Is the emu a well-known bird out of Australia?

(an emu appeared on an episode of DS9, maybe someone can tell me what episode it was, and what Odo called the bird, as I have forgotten).
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Old July 31 2013, 01:33 AM   #84
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Is the emu a well-known bird out of Australia?
Extremely well known here in the USA. Until the emu market crashed, there were emu farms EVERYWHERE.

There are still emu farms. It's a niche market. You can buy bottles of emu oil (supposed to be good for skin conditions), and you can buy emu burgers and emu steaks at specialty restaurants.

A supermarket in my area sells emu meat alongside beef in the meat department.
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Old July 31 2013, 01:39 AM   #85
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Emu oil grosses me out. What is it, rendered emu fat? Ick.
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Old July 31 2013, 02:53 AM   #86
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Emu oil grosses me out. What is it, rendered emu fat? Ick.
What's baby oil, then?
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Old July 31 2013, 06:24 AM   #87
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Is the emu a well-known bird out of Australia?
Extremely well known here in the USA. Until the emu market crashed, there were emu farms EVERYWHERE.

There are still emu farms. It's a niche market. You can buy bottles of emu oil (supposed to be good for skin conditions), and you can buy emu burgers and emu steaks at specialty restaurants.

A supermarket in my area sells emu meat alongside beef in the meat department.
There are emu farms down in southwestern Ontario, too - I played in a bridge tournament once in Leamington, which is near Windsor (across the river from Detroit). I remember having emu for dinner between sessions, and enjoying it. I haven't seen it anywhere since, though I can't say I've gone out of my way to look for it.
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Old July 31 2013, 05:19 PM   #88
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I wonder if this was a case of the woman not knowing that moas were extinct, or a case of her not being able to identify an emu, or both. Is the emu a well-known bird out of Australia?

(an emu appeared on an episode of DS9, maybe someone can tell me what episode it was, and what Odo called the bird, as I have forgotten).
Smaller cousin of the Ostrich, right?!?
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Old July 31 2013, 05:56 PM   #89
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Smaller cousin of the Ostrich, right?!?
Yes.
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Old July 31 2013, 10:27 PM   #90
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I thought it was a style of rock music typically characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics.
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