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Frederick E Blaisdell Pencil debuted in the 1800s The pencil was an improvement from grease pencils—all you had to do once the graphite wore out was unwrap up more of the pencil. Blaisdell Pencils were famous among artists and weren’t primarily as durable as the ones today. In some cases, artists blew through 60 pieces per day. Over the years, prominent names made orders for custom read more

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In 1915, the Skaggs family owned a small grocery store in American Falls, Idaho. Originally owned by S. M. Skaggs, a Baptist minister, the store was opened to help provide for his family of 15 children. Shortly after the grocery was founded, it was purchased by one of Skaggs’s sons, Marion Barton Skaggs.

Marion Barton Skaggs, or M. B. as he was known, quickly developed an impressive business strategy. read more

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Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.
The deal’s closing removes a cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Twitter’s business, employees and shareholders for much of the year. Musk appeared to acknowledge the takeover in a tweet Thursday night saying, “the bird is freed.”

Earlier this week, Musk visited Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters to meet with employees. read more

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‘Momentous’: Actor Anna May Wong to be first Asian American on U.S. currency
More than 60 years after Anna May Wong became the first Asian American woman to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the pioneering actor has coined another first, quite literally.

For her contribution to read more

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Embattled British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced she would step down from office Thursday after just 44 days in office
— making her the UK’s shortest-serving leader ever. The shunned leader has left office with a miserable 10% favorability rating among the British public, according to a recent YouGov poll.

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Floridians are facing devastating scenes after Hurricane Ian, one of the strongest storms ever to hit the U.S., swept across the state.
The storm, which made landfall in southwest Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, flooded numerous buildings and streets, ripped off roofs, left people trapped in their homes and knocked out power to millions of read more

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Every year, a wonderful event celebrating the beauty of nature and humanity’s connection with it takes place over a weekend in Scotland.
The European “Land Art” Festival and Stone Stacking Championships were held for the fifth time in Dunbar on the shores of Scotland. Organized originally as the “John Muir Stone Stacking Challenge,” taking the name read more

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…far beyond just the public-relations vids and soundbites, Federer demonstrated mostly grace, humility, gratitude, respect for the game, respect for fans, and, on the court, all-around greatness.
When he announced his retirement on social media, he said: “Of all the gifts tennis has given me over the years, the greatest, without a doubt, has been the people I’ve met along the read more

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Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a German polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and proponent of Romantic philosophy and science. He was the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Humboldt’s quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography. read more

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The King pays tribute to his “darling mama” as he delivers a moving address to the nation The King’s Address in full:

“I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the read more

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Queen Elizabeth ii on her coronation day, in 1953:
“I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”

On the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the last day of the Platinum Jubilee:
“When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. … I remain committed read more

India Today September 9, 2022 – “A rainbow had appeared right before the announcement happened, and another came up soon after the Queen’s passing when the flag was lowered at her Windsor Castle residence outside London,” AFP reported.

Image courtesy Sky News, The Scottish Sun, buckinghampalaceroyal Instagram, Press Association / AP, Reuters, Chris Jackson / Getty Images

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Two surfers filmed whizzing along Venice’s busiest canal have evoked the wrath of the city’s mayor. Videos of the two people foil surfing between boats and water buses on the Grand Canal sparked outrage after being posted online. Surfing – along with sports such as paddle boarding and canoeing – is prohibited on Venice’s Grand Canal. In footage posted online, the two appear to be whizzing read more

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A city fisherman has hauled in a record-breaking beast of the deep – a whopping 7ft halibut. The largest ever of its species to be caught by a Brit, the 90-year-old creature was caught by Paul Stevens off the coast of Norway.

He managed to catch a halibut thought to be between 70 and 90 years old measuring almost 7.5ft long weighing 400lbs – 28.5 read more