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Stanley Unwin (comedian)

Stanley Unwin, sometimes billed as Professor Stanley Unwin, was an English comedian and comic writer. He invented his own comic language, "Unwinese", referred to in the film Carry On Regardless as "gobbledygook". Unwinese was a corrupted form of English in which many of the words were altered in playful and humorous ways, as in its description of Elvis Presley and his contemporaries as being "wasp-waist and swivel-hippy". Unwin claimed that the inspiration came from his mother, who once told him that on the way home she had "falolloped over" and "grazed her kneeclabbers". Unwin's parents, Ivan Oswald Unwin and his wife Jessie Elizabeth emigrated from England to South Africa in the early 1900s, their son was born in Pretoria in 1911. Following his father's death in 1914, Unwin's mother arranged for the family to return to England. By 1919, Unwin had been sent to the National Children's Home in Cheshire. In the late 1920s, he studied radio and languages at Regent Street Polytechnic in London. In 1937, he married his wife Frances, with whom he had a son.

Unwin stated that Unwinese had its roots in enlivening the bedtime stories that he used to tell his children. In 1940, he was given a job in transmitter maintenance for the BBC, was assigned to the Borough Hill transmitting station in Daventry. Unwin and their nine-month-old daughter, moved to Long Buckby in Northamptonshire, where Unwin would reside for the rest of his life. Unwin's early career and training introduced him to wireless and radio communication, this, coupled with work in the BBC's War Reporting Unit from about 1944 proved to be his passage into the media. While based in Birmingham from 1947 to 1951, Unwin made his first, transmission. While testing equipment, he handed the microphone to broadcaster F. R. "Buck" Buckley, who ad-libbed a spoof commentary about an imaginary sport called "Fasche". Buckley encouraged Unwin to join in and introduced him as "Codlington Corthusite", handing back the microphone – whereupon Unwin continued in Unwinese; the recording was played back to two BBC producers.

The broadcast produced Unwin's first fan mail, from Joyce Grenfell, impressed by his performance. Since Grenfell was Unwin's heroine, the encouragement gave Unwin a boost and he was inspired to break into show business. After the war, while in Egypt and recording a series of shows by Frankie Howerd, Unwin was pushed onto the stage and told to "do a turn" after the actor fell ill. Unwin's next major breakthrough came. Once Ray had heard Unwin talking, he said simply: "I want him in the series" – namely, The Spice of Life, co-starring June Whitfield and Kenneth Connor. During the mid-1950s, Unwin performed in about a dozen shows for Speer and made the acquaintance of Johnnie Riscoe and his daughter, who would become his managers for the rest of his career. By the end of the 1950s, Unwin had ventured into the film industry, being given a part in the Cardew Robinson film Fun at St Fanny's. In 1968 Unwin was invited to narrate "Happiness Stan", a six song fairy tale about a boy of the same name, taking up the entire side two of the Small Faces' album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, which reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart.

In 1969, Unwin appeared in Gerry Anderson's "Supermarionation" TV series The Secret Service, both in person and as the voice of the puppet character Father Stanley Unwin, whose appearance was based on him. Episodes comprised one or more scenes in which the character of Unwin would attempt to baffle opponents with his gobbledegook; when Lew Grade, Anderson's financial backer and head of distributor ITC, was introduced to the Unwinese dialogue, he cancelled the production on the basis that he believed viewers would not understand what Unwin was saying, despite the fact that such confusion was intentional. Though professionally retired in his decades, Unwin still continued to make occasional appearances. In the 1970s, he appeared on The Max Bygraves Show on ITV, sometimes speaking and sometimes in gobbledegook. In the final episode, Bygraves tested a number of gobbledegook phrases on Unwin, who claimed that he could not understand them. In 1985, Unwin recorded with Suns of Arqa on their album Ark of the Arqans, providing spoken word accompaniment in Unwinese on the first three tracks.

In 1987, he recorded again with Suns of Arqa on their track "Erasmus Meets The Earthling", featured on their album Seven, a remixed version of this track was released again in the 1990s. He appeared as himself in a hospital scene of Inside Victor Lewis-Smith. In 1994, Unwin collaborated with British dance music act Wubble-U on their single "Petal". In 1998, Unwin made a cameo appearance in the Aardman Animations series Rex the Runt, as an accountant who speaks in standard English lapsing inexplicably into Unwinese. Unwinese known as "Basic Engly Twenty Fido", was an ornamented and mangled form of English in which many of the words were deliberately corrupted in a playful and humorous manner, but, still comprehensible to the listener. Unwin's performances could be hilarious yet disorientating, although the meaning and context were always conveyed in a disguised and picturesque style. Unwinese may well have been inspired in part by Lewis Carroll's well-known 1871 poem Jabberwocky

Cuno Barragan

Facundo Anthony "Cuno" Barragan is an American former professional baseball player. He was a catcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs from 1961 to 1963. Barragan, born in Sacramento, California and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds, he attended California State University, Sacramento. Cuno Barragan's only MLB home run came on his first big-league at bat, on September 1, 1961 off left-hander Dick LeMay. All told, he collected 33 career hits in the majors, with six doubles and a triple, with 14 runs batted in in 69 games played, he batted.202. His Hispanic given name and its unique nickname, combined with his cup-of-coffee career, led the authors of The Great American Baseball Card Flipping and Bubble Gum Book to make the following sarcastic comment next to the illustration of his Topps baseball card: "Who the hell is Cuno Barragan? And why are they saying those terrible things about him?" In 1973, Barragan was inducted into the Mexican American Hall of Fame, an organization which honors individuals from the Sacramento area.

In 2002, he was elected to the Sacramento City College Hall of Fame for football. List of players with a home run in first major league at-bat Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs

Twin Mountain (Greene County, New York)

Twin Mountain is a mountain located in Greene County, New York. Twin gets its name from its two summits; the mountain is part of the Devil's Path range of the Catskill Mountains. To the northwest, Twin Mtn. is separated from Sugarloaf Mountain by Pecoy Notch. Twin Mountain stands within the watershed of the Hudson River; the northwest end and northeast side of Twin Mtn. drain into the headwaters of Schoharie Creek, thence into the Mohawk River, the Hudson River. The southeast end of Twin Mtn. drains into Saw Kill, thence into Esopus Creek, the Hudson River. The southwest side of Twin drains into Beaver Kill, thence into Esopus Creek. Twin Mountain is contained within New York's Catskill State Park; the Devil's Path hiking trail traverses the summit ridge of Twin. The Long Path, a 350-mile long-distance hiking trail through southeastern New York, is contiguous with this stretch of the Devil's Path. List of mountains in New York Twin Mountain Hiking Info Catskill 3500 Clu Twin Mountain U.

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The clurichaun or clúrachán is a mischievous fairy in Irish folklore known for his great love of drinking and a tendency to haunt breweries and wine cellars. He is related to the leprechaun and has sometimes been conflated with him as a shoemaker and a guardian of hidden treasure; this has led some folklorists to suppose that the clurichaun is a leprechaun on a drinking spree, while others regard them as regional variations of the same being. Like the leprechaun the clurichaun is a solitary fairy, encountered alone rather than in groups, as distinct from the trooping fairies. In the folktale "The Haunted Cellar", recorded by Thomas Crofton Croker in 1825, a clurichaun named Naggeneen haunts the wine cellar of an Irish lord, drinking everything in sight and playing frightening pranks on the servants, he is described as a little man measuring six inches in height with a face like a withered apple. He has twinkling eyes and a nose, red and purple from heavy drinking, he wears a red nightcap, a short leather apron, light blue stockings, shoes with large silver buckles.

When he is discovered by the master of the house, Naggeneen talks him out of moving elsewhere by implying that he would move with him. Other descriptions have him wearing red like other solitary fairies. In another tale, "Master and Man", a young man named Billy Mac Daniel is on his way home one winter night when he is offered a glass of liquor by a clurichaun to warm himself, he takes the drink but when he refuses to pay for it he is compelled by the clurichaun to serve him for seven years and a day. Billy, however, is able to break his servitude by invoking the blessing of God. In this story, the clurichaun is able to pass through keyholes to invade homes and wine cellars and can transform bog rushes into horses to be used as mounts. Clurichauns can fly through the air on rushes similar to witches and their broomsticks. Thomas Keightley in his Fairy Mythology presents the story of a clurichaun named Little Wildbean, more helpful than others of his kind, but quick to anger and violence when slighted.

He haunted the wine cellar of a Quaker gentleman named Harris, if one of the servants was negligent enough to leave the beer barrel running Little Wildbean would wedge himself inside to stop the flow until someone came to turn it off. His dinner was left for him in the cellar, but one night the cook left him nothing but part of a herring and some cold potatoes. At midnight Wildbean dragged the cook out of her bed and all the way down the hard cellar stairs, leaving her battered and bruised so that she was bedridden for three weeks. In a common folktale motif Mr. Harris tried to rid himself of Wildbean by moving elsewhere but decided to turn back when he discovered the clurichaun had moved with him; the folklorist Nicholas O'Kearney described the clurichaun in 1855 as follows: Katharine Briggs stated that he was "a kind of buttery spirit, feasting himself in the cellars of drunkards or scaring dishonest servants who steal the wine."He is described as a trickster and practical joker, a disturber of order and quietness in a household, making noise day and night.

Despite his troublesome nature, the clurichaun takes special care of the family to whom he has attached himself, endeavoring to protect their property and lives provided he is not interfered with. This dual nature makes him similar to the domestic hobgoblin. Besides his love of drinking, the clurichaun enjoys pipe smoking, the small disposable clay pipes known as "fairy pipes" that are found while digging or plowing are said to belong to him, he knows the secret of making beer from heather. Alternate spellings include cluracan, cluracaun and cluricaune. Though regarded as separate beings, certain characteristics of the leprechaun have sometimes been merged with those of the clurichaun as a shoemaker and treasure guardian; the clurichaun is sometimes portrayed carrying a jug of ale or wearing a leather apron with hammer in hand, whistling as he works. He carries a magical purse with varying properties, it may contain a shilling that always returns to the purse no matter how it is spent, or it may always be full of money, for this reason mortals will try to capture the clurichaun.

If he is caught he has the power to vanish if he can make his captor look away for an instant. He carries two such purses, one containing the magic shilling and the other containing a normal copper coin, if captured he will present the latter before vanishing. Like the leprechaun he is sometimes said to have knowledge of hidden treasure and can be forced to reveal its location. In such instances one of his tricks is to create the illusion of multiple treasure markers so that the seeker will not know its exact whereabouts; the clurichaun shares many attributes with the biersal, a type of kobold stemming from Germanic mythology and surviving into modern times in German folklore. A clurichaun named Kweequel is a prominent character in the first story of the book Four Different Faces by C. J. Cala; the clurichaun appears as a regular character in Neil Gaiman's acclaimed comic series The Sandman and its spin-off series The Dreaming. Cluracan continues the tradition of constant drunkenness but is portrayed as a tall, elegant blond fairy.

The clurichaun Naggeneen magically associates himself with "Mary's Place", the successor to Callahan's Bar in Spider Robinson's stories. The word is spelled'cluricaune' there.'Naggeneen' is used in place of his true name, unwise for magical beings to reveal. Naggeneen saves the bar from bankruptcy through his abili

Hippichthys heptagonus

Hippichthys heptagonus, the belly pipefish, is a species of freshwater pipefish of the family Syngnathidae. It is found from Kenya and South Africa to the Solomon Islands, from southern Japan to New South Wales, it is a demersal species, living in the lower parts of rivers and streams, estuary habitats such as mangroves and tidal creeks, in large lakes. It feeds on small crustaceans, such as copepods and cladocerans, as well as dipteran and ephemopteran larvae, it can grow to lengths of 15 centimetres. This species is ovoviviparous, with females depositing eggs on the males, who in turn give birth to live young several weeks later. Males may brood at 6.5–7.5 centimetres. Hippichthys heptagonus can be recognized by its brownish colour, alternating dark and light bands along the back and sides, black stripe on the snout, black bands radiating from the eye. Encyclopedia of Life IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish & Stickleback Specialist Group

Samuel D. Leidesdorf

Samuel David Leidesdorf, internationally known accountant inducted into the CPA Hall of Fame. Leidesdorf, was born on September 1881 in New York City, he attended the New York School of Pace College. In 1905, he began his own accounting firm, S. D. Leidesdorf & Co. certified public accountants, which grew and became one of the largest accounting firms in the nation. The 1915 New York City Directory shows him living at 302 West 79th and with the S. D. Leidesdorf Co office at 417 5th Avenue, his World War I Draft Registration Card shows. In 1929, he helped arrange the sale of Newark-based Bamberger's department store, to the R. H. Macy Co. Fortune Magazine recognized his company as a “Pioneering Firm” in 1932. In 1931 he was on the executive committee of the American Jewish Committee, he served on the State Council of Accountancy, from 1934 to 1942. When Einstein arrived in the US, Leidesdorf was his accountant, he soon began dedicating himself to what would become a lifetime of philanthropic endeavors for medical and educational institutions, many other charitable causes, including the Red Cross, the United Jewish Appeal, the Young Women's Christian Association and the United Negro College Fund.

"In a letter written to Mr. S. D. Leidesdorf of New York, Rockefeller solicited Leidesdorf to serve as a member of the Foundation Committee of the UNCF, working with W. D. Embree, the Chairman."Mr. Leidesdorf was active in civic and community service and received numerous honors and awards, including an honorary degree as doctor of humane letters from Hebrew Union College, the Medal of the National Fund for Medical Education, the Herbert H. Lehman Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee and the Medal for Distinguished Service from the Protestant Council of the City of New York. In 1958, Mr. Leidesdorf received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York." He was a founding Trustee for the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1948, Mr. Leidesdorf began his tenure on the board of the New York University Medical Center serving as the first Chair of the Building Committee, he served as the Chair of the board from 1956 until his death on September 21, 1968.

He was chairman of the board of NYU Medical Center from 1956 to 1968. At the time of his death in 1968, the firm he founded was in the top 10 of accounting firms in the United States; the company he started merged to become Ernst & Whinney in 1979 and Ernst and Young in 1989. With his wife Elsa Grunwald, he had two children Arthur. Arthur D. like his father, was a philanthropist. Arthur married Tova, a prior beauty-contest winner and International Socialite, who continues his philanthropic work. Tova was honored in 2003 as "Woman of the Year" by the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Hall of Fame induction Street named for him Leidesdorf Club IAS site Picture 1930 US Federal Census Social Security Death Index OneWorldTree World War I Draft Registration Card, published by Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 4: September, 1955-August, 1958. New York: H. W. Wilson Co. 1960. Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines.

Volume 8: September, 1967-August, 1970. New York: H. W. Wilson Co. 1971. Who Was Who in America. Volume 5, 1969-1973. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1973