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You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London

January 12, 2009

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Man takes 26 years to solve Rubik’s Cube

Rubik Man

Finally done: Graham Parker with his cube

It has taken most of his life – but, after 26 years, builder Graham Parker has finally solved the puzzle of the Rubik’s Cube.

When he bought the toy in 1983, Yuri Andropov was leader of the Soviet Union, breakfast TV was a novelty and music CDs were in the shops for the first time.

‘I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it,’ the 45-year-old from Portchester, Hampshire, said. ‘It has driven me mad over the years – it felt like it had taken over my life.

‘I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lie awake at night thinking about it.

‘I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it but it was all worth it. When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid colour, I wept.’

Wife Jean, 47, said it had felt like there had been three people in their marriage.

‘When I met Graham, he was already obsessed with the cube – spending hours on it every day,’ she said. ‘I have often thought about getting rid of it but I knew he would not rest until he had solved it.’

A spokesman for the governing body for competitions involving the puzzle, the World Cube Association, said it was ‘definitely the longest it has taken’ to finish the cube.

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1915 – The United States House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women the right to vote.

On January 12, 1915, a suffrage bill was brought before the House of Representatives but was lost by a vote of 174 to 204. Again a bill was brought before the House, on January 10, 1918. On the evening before President Wilson made a strong and widely published appeal to the House to pass the bill. It was passed with one more vote than was needed to make the necessary two-thirds majority. The vote was then carried into the Senate. Again President Wilson made an appeal, and on September 30, 1918, the question was put to the vote, but two votes were lacking to make the two-thirds majority. On February 10, 1919, it was again voted upon, and then it was lost by only one vote.

There was considerable anxiety among politicians of both parties to have the amendment passed and made effective before the general elections of 1920, so the President called a special session of Congress, and a bill, introducing the amendment, was brought before the House again. On May 21, 1919, it was passed, 42 votes more than necessary being obtained. On June 4, 1919, it was brought before the Senate, and after a long discussion it was passed, with 56 ayes and 25 nays. It only remained that the necessary number of states should ratify the action of Congress. Within a few days Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, their legislatures being then in session, passed the ratifications. Other states then followed their examples, and Tennessee was the last of the needed 36 states to ratify, in the summer of 1920. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was an accomplished fact, and the Presidential election of November 1920, was therefore the first occasion on which women in all states were allowed to exercise their right of suffrage

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Couple married in Taco Bell

Taco Bell

Going down the Taco Bell aisle

Wedding bells meant the Mexican fast food chain Taco Bell for Paul and Caragh Brooks.

Customers inside the fast-food restaurant continued to order tacos and burritos as the couple sat in an orange Taco Bell booth and exchanged vows.

“It’s appropriate,” groom Paul Brooks said. “It’s an offbeat relationship.”

 

Employees displayed hot sauce packets labeled with the words “Will you marry me?” They decorated the restaurant with streamers and balloons.

The bride wore a $15 hot pink dress and the entire wedding cost about $200. Several dozen guests looked on as the couple’s friend, Ryan Green of Normal, administered the vows while wearing a T-shirt. He was ordained online.

“This is the way to go – there’s no stress,” said the groom’s mother, Kathy Brooks.

Caragh Brooks, 21, of Australia, met Paul Brooks, 30, on an Internet dating Web site. They already had the same last name.

The couple wrote back and forth and talked on the phone for nine months before Caragh Brooks moved to the United States.

“We have the same brain, just in two bodies,” Paul Brooks said. “We think alike in virtually every manner. We have the same interests, viewpoints.”

He proposed on New Year’s Eve and, because they like to spend time at the local Taco Bell, they decided to wed there.

“I would never have expected in my life in working here there would be a wedding,” restaurant manager Carl Hamlow said.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. danmihalache permalink
    January 15, 2009 11:36 am

    As general Douglas MacArthur said when he left Bataan: I shall return.
    Best regards, Dan, Romania, http://danmihalache.wordpress.com

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