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           TRIVIA TODAY - Tuesday, July 29, 2008 
       "Six Items a Day of Enduring Insignificance" 

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Greetings Infomaniacs,

The company picnic was a lot of fun, and a great way to 
catch up with everyone. Since I don't actually work in the 
office anymore, I don't get to see the Gophercentral crew 
very often. I definitely miss all the joking around and 
good times that are always had. You know there can never be 
a dull moment with TZ, editor of Laffaday, around!



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                    TODAY'S MYSTERY QUOTE 

QUOTE: "There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we 
have of them."

HINT:(1869-1951), French author and winner of the Nobel 
Prize in literature in 1947 


                        RANDOM TIDBITS 

In 1832, U.K. representative B.H. Hodson, while living in 
Nepal, claimed to have seen the Abominable Snowman attack 
his servants. Hodson described the creature as a "wild man 
... covered in long, dark hair, and had no tail". This is 
generally considered the first report of the Abominable 
Snowman made by a Westerner.


The National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils are named 
after The Jersey Devil, a legendary creature who has 
reportedly been sighted by numerous New Jersey residents 
for almost three centuries, but whose description has 
changed dramatically over the years. Originally described 
as a demonic child with hooves, bat wings, a forked tail, 
and the head of a horse, the creature has since been 
described as a flying lion, a green alien-like monster, 
and a faceless hairy creature.


In the summer of 1816, while visiting the poet Lord Byron 
at his villa near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Mary Shelley 
created the character of the Frankenstein monster. During 
this visit, stormy weather forced the party to spend most 
of their time indoors. To pass the time, some of Byron's 
other guests read from a volume of ghost stories. One 
evening, Byron issued a challenge -- that each of his 
guests should write a ghost story of their own. Mary's 
story, which was inspired by a dream, eventually became 
her most famous literary work -- the novel Frankenstein.



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Famed Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa once told of 
a legendary humanoid creature that supposedly lived in 
South America. Producer William Alland overheard the story, 
and it became the inspiration for The Creature From the 
Black Lagoon (1954). The Creature is considered by many 
critics to be Universal's last great classic monster, and 
it spawned several sequels including Revenge of the Creature 
(1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).


The Dracula legend is generally believed to have evolved 
from the life of Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, a Prince 
of Wallachia (in Romania) who lived from 1431 to 1476. Best 
known for the cruelty of his reign, he was greatly disliked, 
but he served as a sort of buffer between Europe and the 
Ottoman invaders, and this made him key to the European 
defense. He fulfilled this purpose well, killing so many 
Turks that the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II laid siege on Vlad's 
castle himself.


In Greek mythology, the story of Lycaon serves as one of 
the earliest examples of the werewolf legend. According to 
one version of the story, Lycaon was transformed into a 
wolf as punishment for eating human flesh. According to 
another version, he served up his own son Nyctimus, offered 
the dish of human flesh to Zeus on the altar of mount 
Lycaeus, and was immediately turned into a wolf by the 
disgusted god. This gave rise to the legend that a man was 
turned into a wolf at each annual sacrifice to Zeus Lycaeus, 
but if he refrained from eating human flesh for ten years 
he would regain his human form.


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                  *** Weekly Mind-Scrambler *** 

Weight in my belly,
Trees on my back,
Nails in my ribs,
Feet I do lack.

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QUOTE: "There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we 
have of them."

ANSWER: Andre Gide

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