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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Liston

    Second most famous case
    Amputated the leg in 2​1⁄2 minutes, but in his enthusiasm the patient's testicles as well.

     Richard Gordon[18]

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    I love this one

    Liston's most famous case
    Amputated the leg in under 2​12 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene; they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). He amputated in addition the fingers of his young assistant (who died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene). He also slashed through the coat tails of a distinguished surgical spectator, who was so terrified that the knife had pierced his vitals he dropped dead from fright.


    That was the only operation in history with a 300 percent mortality.


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    Hardly a 'famous' city but its the world largest

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chongqing

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    A few of my go-to Wiki articles have already been posted, but here's a couple of others...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi-Fi_murders - pretty grisly, not for the faint-hearted.

    The Hi-Fi murders were the brutal torture and killings of three people during a robbery at a home audio store in Ogden, Utah on the evening of April 22, 1974. Several men entered the "Hi-fi Shop" shortly before closing time and began taking hostages; two would survive but with severe life-changing injuries.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_is_dead - spent wayyy too long reading about this when I first came across it.

    "Paul is dead" is an urban legend and conspiracy theory alleging that Paul McCartney, of the English rock band the Beatles, died in November 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lists_of_lists - well, if you have a few weeks to waste.

    This is a list of articles that are lists of list articles on the English Wikipedia. In other words, each of the articles linked here is an index to multiple lists on a topic. Some of the linked articles are themselves lists of lists of lists. This article is also a list of lists.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Pyramid

    The Memphis Pyramid, initially known as the Great American Pyramid, formerly referred to as the Pyramid Arena and locally referred to as The Pyramid, was originally built as a 20,142-seat arena located in downtown Memphis, in the U.S. state of Tennessee, at the banks of the Mississippi River

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    No idea how I got to this page of course

    Louisiana Purchase Exposition

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    The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, was an international exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, from April 30 to December 1, 1904. Local, state, and federal funds totaling $15 million were used to finance the event. More than 60 countries and 43 of the 45 American states maintained exhibition spaces at the fair, which was attended by nearly 19.7 million people

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    Friday afternoon...

    The Turk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Turk
    The Turk, also known as the Mechanical Turk or Automaton Chess Player, was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in the late 18th century. From 1770 until its destruction by fire in 1854 it was exhibited by various owners as an automaton, though it was eventually revealed to be an elaborate hoax.

    Phantom Time Hypothesis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_time_hypothesis
    The phantom time hypothesis is a historical conspiracy theory asserted by Heribert Illig. First published in 1991, it hypothesizes a conspiracy by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, Pope Sylvester II, and possibly the Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII, to fabricate the Anno Domini dating system retrospectively, in order to place them at the special year of AD 1000, and to rewrite history

    Centralia, Pennsylvania: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania
    Centralia is a borough and near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from more than 1,000 residents in 1980 to 63 by 1990, to only seven in 2013a result of the coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962

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    The Chamberlin, a forerunner of the Mellotron. Window cleaner Bill Franson (Fransen is the spelling on the Mellotron page and on Mellotron's site) deserves a wiki page of his own.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamberlin

    Franson/Fransen pictured on Mellotron's site: https://www.mellotron.com/franson1.htm

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    Irish Argentine

    Irish Argentines are Argentine citizens who are fully or partially of Irish descent. Irish emigrants from the Midlands, Wexford and many counties of Ireland arrived in Argentina mainly from 1830 to 1930, with the largest wave taking place in 18501870. The modern Irish-Argentine community is composed of some of their descendants, and the total number is estimated at 500,0001,000,000.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Argentine


    Famous Irish Argentines, one Ernesto "Che" Guevara Lynch

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    Ya, his Dad's side were descended from an Irish immigrant land holder... I remember a quote from his Dad about the "blood of rebellious Irish" or something

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    Think I fell down that rabbit hole once before when trying to find out why there's a Chilean football team called O'Higgins.

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    I ended up there after reading an article about Hungary's 6-3 win over England in 1953. Of course.

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    Gray Goo

    Gray goo (also spelled grey goo) is a hypothetical global catastrophic scenario involving molecular nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating machines consume all biomass on Earth while building more of themselves, a scenario that has been called ecophagy ("eating the environment", more literally "eating the habitation").
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_goo

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    After watching The Greatest Showman this is quite an interesting read

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._T._Barnum

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    John Cooper - The Bullseye Killer - so called as he appeared on the TV show Bullseye as a contestant (didn't win a speedboat)

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    Wahhahahahaha - he looks like Peter Wright the darter!

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Lustig

    "the man who sold the Eiffel Tower twice"

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    Demon Cat

    The Demon Cat (also referred to as D.C.)[1] is the name given to the ghost of a cat which is purported to haunt the government buildings of Washington, D.C. in the United States.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_Cat

    List of inventors killed by their own inventions


    This is a list of inventors whose deaths were in some manner caused by or related to a product, process, procedure, or other innovation that they invented or designed.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...own_inventions

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