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The Tailgate / Re: What is this?
« Last post by nastygunz on Yesterday at 07:07:51 PM »
 I put some serious research time into that object and I could not find anything about it  :argh: :shrug:
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this?
« Last post by Hawks Feather on Yesterday at 05:27:12 PM »
Jerry,, prolly cause you come from a time where the rug woulda been cleaned & the holes sewn shut & re-used. Just my guess.  :wink: :wink:

 :biggrin:
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this?
« Last post by HaMeR on Yesterday at 02:06:54 PM »
Jerry,, prolly cause you come from a time where the rug woulda been cleaned & the holes sewn shut & re-used. Just my guess.  :wink: :wink:
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The Tailgate / Today in history 2-25
« Last post by remrogers on Yesterday at 09:45:05 AM »
1977
"Star Wars" opens in theaters

On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars movies hits American theaters.

The incredible success of Star Wars–it received seven Oscars, and earned $461 million in U.S. ticket sales and a gross of close to $800 million worldwide–began with an extensive, coordinated marketing push by Lucas and his studio, 20th Century Fox, months before the movie’s release date. “It wasn’t like a movie opening,” actress Carrie Fisher, who played rebel leader Princess Leia, later told Time magazine. “It was like an earthquake.” Beginning with–in Fisher’s words–“a new order of geeks, enthusiastic young people with sleeping bags,” the anticipation of a revolutionary movie-watching experience spread like wildfire, causing long lines in front of movie theaters across the country and around the world.

With its groundbreaking special effects, Star Wars leaped off screens and immersed audiences in “a galaxy far, far away.” By now everyone knows the story, which followed the baby-faced Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) as he enlisted a team of allies–including hunky Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and the robots C3PO and R2D2–on his mission to rescue the kidnapped Princess Leia from an Evil Empire governed by Darth Vader. The film made all three of its lead actors overnight stars, turning Fisher into an object of adoration for millions of young male fans and launching Ford’s now-legendary career as an action-hero heartthrob.

Star Wars was soon a bona-fide pop culture phenomenon. Over the years it has spawned five more feature films, five TV series and an entire industry’s worth of comic books, toys, video games and other products. Two big-screen sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983), featured much of the original cast and enjoyed the same success–both critical and commercial–as the first film. In 1999, Lucas stretched back in time for the fourth installment, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, chronologically a prequel to the original movie. Two other prequels, Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005) followed. Revenge of the Sith became the top-grossing film of 2005 in the United States and the second worldwide.

Several additional films are scheduled into the 2020s.
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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
« Last post by pitw on May 24, 2019, 05:48:27 PM »
Blood usually means he "ain't OK", but could be slightly wounded. :rolleye:
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The Tailgate / Re: Today in history 5-24
« Last post by pitw on May 24, 2019, 05:46:56 PM »
That was close to the start of decay.
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The Tailgate / Re: What is this? 5-18
« Last post by remrogers on May 24, 2019, 04:08:29 PM »
Anyone still cook on a woodstove?
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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
« Last post by bambam on May 24, 2019, 03:10:10 PM »

 aim small miss small.
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The Tailgate / Today in history 5-24
« Last post by remrogers on May 24, 2019, 09:58:47 AM »
1844
Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph with the message, “What hath God wrought?”

In a demonstration witnessed by members of Congress, American inventor Samuel F.B. Morse dispatches a telegraph message from the U.S. Capitol to Alfred Vail at a railroad station in Baltimore, Maryland. The message–“What Hath God Wrought?”–was telegraphed back to the Capitol a moment later by Vail. The question, taken from the Bible (Numbers 23:23), had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellworth, the daughter of the commissioner of patents.

Morse, an accomplished painter, learned of a French inventor’s idea of an electric telegraph in 1832 and then spent the next 12 years attempting to perfect a working telegraph instrument. During this period, he composed the Morse code, a set of signals that could represent language in telegraph messages, and convinced Congress to finance a Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line. On May 24, 1844, he inaugurated the world’s first commercial telegraph line with a message that was fitting given the invention’s future effects on American life.

Just a decade after the first line opened, more than 20,000 miles of telegraph cable crisscrossed the country. The rapid communication it enabled greatly aided American expansion, making railroad travel safer as it provided a boost to business conducted across the great distances of a growing United States.
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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
« Last post by bambam on May 23, 2019, 05:11:42 PM »

 A new poll confirms that 1 in 3 liberals are as stupid as the other 2 .
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