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Thad H. Brown

Thaddeus Harold Brown was a Republican lawyer and politician from the U. S. State of Ohio. After serving in the United States Army during World War I, he was elected Ohio Secretary of State 1923-1927, was a commissioner of the Federal Radio Commission and the Federal Communications Commission from 1932 to 1940. Thad H. Brown was born January 10, 1887 at Cardington, Morrow County, son of William Henry Brown and Ella Dell Brown, he was married November 1915 to Marie Thrailkill. During World War I, Brown joined the United States Army and was Captain of Quartermaster Corps from July 13, 1917, from October 11, 1918 to discharge was Captain, Judge Advocate General's Corps at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In 1920, Brown was post Commander of American Legion in Ohio, he was elected Ohio Secretary of State in 1922 and 1924, serving 1923-1927. Brown was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for Ohio Governor in 1926, a delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention, a Presidential elector in 1928.

March 28, 1932, Brown was appointed to the Federal Radio Commission, served until being appointed to the successor agency. On July 11, 1934, he was appointed a Commissioner to the newly formed Federal Communications Commission and served until June 30, 1940. Thad H. Brown died in Cleveland, February 25, 1941, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, he was a Presbyterian, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Phi, Shriner

Old Bet

Old Bet was the first circus elephant and the second elephant brought to the United States. There are reports of an elephant brought to the United States in 1796, but it is not known for certain that this was the elephant, named Old Bet; the first elephant brought to the United States was in 1796, aboard the America which set sail from Calcutta for New York on December 3, 1795. However, it is not certain; the first references to Old Bet start in 1804 in Boston as part of a menagerie. In 1808, while residing in Somers, New York, Hachaliah Bailey purchased the menagerie elephant for $1,000 and named it "Old Bet". On July 24, 1816, Old Bet was killed while on tour near Alfred, Maine by local farmer Daniel Davis who shot her, was convicted of the crime. While many people believe that the farmer thought it was sinful for people to pay to see an animal, another suspected reason is jealousy. In 1821, the Scudder's American Museum in New York announced that they had bought the hide and bones of Old Bet and would mount the remains at the museum.

The elephant was memorialized in 1825 with the Elephant Hotel in Somers, New York. In 1922 the elephant John L. Sullivan walked 53 miles to lay a wreath for the memory of Old Bet at her memorial statue. Collins, Kate Irish. "Elephant named Old Bet not forgotten". Keep ME Current. Current Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2014. "Old Bet's Miserable Summer". Old Berwick Historical Society. 17 Nov 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2014. "First Circus Elephant" — Old Bet, featured on a segment of Monumental Mysteries

Ninja Burger

Ninja Burger is a parody website started in late 1999, purporting that a sect of noble ninja have taken to secretly delivering fast food meals, anytime, within 30 minutes or less. Failure to deliver within the ascribed time limit results in seppuku; some of Ninja Burger's rivals include Pirate Pizza, Otaku Bell, Samurai Burger. The site riffs on many of the same points as another ninja parody website. Ninja Burger became well known after appearing on and becoming an affiliate of Fark.com, soon after it was turned into a role-playing game. The site has spawned a series of comic strips, several short films, a second role-playing game, a card game, a multimedia CD, a book. On March 9, 2003, portions of a commercial for the website aired on the Food Network; the Wellman characterized the first version of the RPG as "more of a complex boardgame than an RPG." This edition of the game was published by 9th Level Games using a variant of the BEER Engine used in their Kobolds Ate My Baby! game. A second edition of the Ninja Burger RPG was published as a PDF in March 2006, is available in print through Key20 as of August, 2006.

It uses an all new ruleset based on Atomic Sock Monkey Press' Prose Descriptive Qualities system. The game features a campaign set in San Francisco, the home of Ninja Burger Headquarters. Unlike the original game, it allows players to take on specific roles within the organization—such as chef, etc. -- in addition to the baseline role of "ninja". It greatly expands upon the scope and scale of the original setting. Like other games utilizing the PDQ system, Ninja Burger is notable for the flexibility and simplicity of its rule systems; the core mechanic is to add 2d6 plus a freeform statistic or set of statistics, compare to a difficulty number, either a fixed difficulty number or the opponent's roll. In conflicts, the amount which you beat another character's roll by is the amount of damage or failure ranks. Player statistics are rated in five named ranks: Poor, Good and Master. Conflicts result in the accumulation of either "failure ranks" or "damage ranks"; each point of either type means. So if you lose a conflict roll by 3, you must lower three stats each by one rank, or one stat by three ranks.

You can choose any stat to take your damage in—i.e. You can downgrade your "Accounting" quality based on a hit in a fight; when you can't lower your stats any more you have lost the contest. Ninja Burger adds several elements to the system, including Ninja Magic. Noteworthy is the role of the Dispatcher. A special No Honor Edition edition of the Ninja Burger RPG premiered at Gen Con in August 2008; as the name suggests, one of the major changes was to remove the leveling mechanism from the game, along with other features and content to produce a slimmed-down volume in the shape and spirit of the First Edition game. A popular card game based on the Ninja Burger license was published by Steve Jackson Games in November, 2003, it shares only the core concept with the Ninja Burger RPG, using a different set of rules and game mechanics designed and developed by Steve Jackson. It was illustrated by creator of Lethargic Lad. A supplement to the card game entitled Sumo-Size Me was published in Spring, 2005, was illustrated by Greg Hyland.

The supplement was bundled with the original rules and published in 2009 as the Ninja Burger Secret Ninja Death Touch edition. A Russian translation of the original card game, entitled Ниндзя Бургер, was released in 2009; the Ninja Burger: Honorable Employee Handbook appeared as a self-published PDF through the website RPGNow, was published in 2006 through Citadel Press. Slated for release on June 6, it appeared in bookstores two weeks early and was available over the Memorial Day weekend along with Maddox's The Alphabet of Manliness, another release from Citadel's Rebel Base Books line; the Handbook purports to be a real employee handbook from Ninja Burger, as such is an obvious parody of "real-life" employee handbooks. It includes material such as: Ninja Burger History, Recipes, Safety Tips, Salary & Benefits, Health Coverage and the company's Termination policy. Included are a Ninja Burger job application and employee newsletter. Several long running web comics have appeared on the Ninja Burger website.

The longest-running is called the NB Crew. Other strips include the original Ninja Burger Comic Strip and The Ninja Shift (by Recca H