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1) Message boards : General discussion : ARTICLE OF THE DAY (Message 10694)
Posted 4597 days ago by Profile Bethard E. Bailey III
John Bull is an English-built railroad steam locomotive. It was operated for the first time on September 15, 1831, and it became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it in 1981.[3][4] Built by Robert Stephenson and Company, the John Bull was initially purchased by and operated for the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first railroad in New Jersey. The railroad gave John Bull the number 1 and its first name, "Stevens". The C&A used the locomotive heavily from 1833 until 1866, when it was removed from active service and placed in storage.

After the C&A's assets were acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1871, the PRR refurbished and operated the locomotive a few times for public displays: it was steamed up for the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and again for the National Railway Appliance Exhibition in 1883. In 1884 the locomotive was purchased by the Smithsonian Institution as the museum's first major industrial exhibit.

In 1939 the employees at the PRR's Altoona, Pennsylvania workshops built an operable replica of the locomotive for further exhibition duties, as the Smithsonian desired to keep the original locomotive in a more controlled environment. After being on static display for the next 42 years, the Smithsonian commemorated the locomotive's 150th birthday in 1981 by firing it up, making it the world's oldest surviving operable steam locomotive. Today, the original John Bull is on static display once more in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The replica John Bull is preserved at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

2) Message boards : General discussion : This Day in History (Message 10693)
Posted 4597 days ago by Profile Bethard E. Bailey III
September 15, 1978
Ali defeats Spinks to win world heavyweight championship

On this day in 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Ali, who once claimed he could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," left the sport permanently in 1981.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 14, 1942, the future world champ changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. He earned a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Husaker in October 1960, winning the bout in six rounds. On February 25, 1964, Ali defeated the heavily favored Sonny Liston in six rounds to become heavyweight champ, after which he famously declared, "I am the greatest!"

During the Vietnam War, Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. armed forces and in 1967 was convicted of draft evasion and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed and returned to the ring in October 1970, knocking out Jerry Quarry in Atlanta in the third round. On March 8, 1971, Ali fought Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century" and lost after 15 rounds, the first loss of his professional boxing career. In June 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction for evading the draft.

At a January 1974 rematch at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Ali defeated Frazier in 12 rounds. In October of that same year, an underdog Ali bested George Foreman and reclaimed his heavyweight champion belt at the heavily hyped "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire, with a knockout in the eighth round. On February 15, 1978, in Las Vegas, an aging Ali lost the title to Leon Spinks in a 15-round split decision. For Spinks, who was born in 1953 and won a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the fight was just the eighth of his professional career. However, seven months later, on September 15, Ali won the title back, in a unanimous 15-round decision.

In June 1979, Ali announced he was retiring from boxing. On October 2, 1980, he returned to the ring and fought heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, who knocked him out in the 11th round. After losing to Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981, Ali left the ring for the last time, with a record of 56 wins, five losses and 37 knockouts. In 1984, he was revealed to have Parkinson's disease. Spinks retired from boxing in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 losses and 14 knockouts.

3) Message boards : General discussion : Researchers say numbers aren't needed to count (Message 10172)
Posted 4623 days ago by Profile Bethard E. Bailey III
to be fair in establishing this, I think they should have used a box of various shaped and sized objects an then asked that question. It solves the volume problem and it eliminates comparing.

(my two cents)

4) Message boards : General discussion : Glyphers Corner Invitation (Message 10107)
Posted 4628 days ago by Profile Bethard E. Bailey III
Just wanted to send out a invite to all out there, just a small group right now, but hope that more will join, chatting via thread mails or inbox's if your interested...and any old thing that comes to mind...all are welcome, only ask that no flame or strutting LOL
Join up! You know you want to be part of something!

5) Message boards : General discussion : For those US Navy Members.... (Message 8149)
Posted 4834 days ago by Profile Bethard E. Bailey III
Past and present...
If you want the fastest growing site for find old friends, come join up at
I'm encouraging people to get on the BOINC bandwagon there, an now I'm encouraging users of BOINC that are military to try it out.
6) Message boards : General discussion : Team recruitment thread (Message 8054)
Posted 4853 days ago by Profile Bethard E. Bailey III
Greetings, I founded an earlier group, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted, it was just a throw together. This group now, is for those that want to belong, and need a place to belong, no judgments, no questions. Everyone want’s something we all know that, Me I just want to contribute and think that the projects that advance science is a good way to do that. All that I ask is that you have a filled in profile, a valid email addy and are willing to share thoughts and discuss things as they are presented. I will eventually have a link to a webpage (probably MySpace) when I have time. And if you’re a wonderful writer or have any good with deep thought (grin) let me know. Now all the people that want, just join up, start a string in the discussion groups, and maybe more people will join. Just realize that I’m feeling my way into this and just don’t know where it will all head. The image that I’m using is what I consider my personal glyph, or symbol what have you, I chose it back when I was in high school, so it’s mine in my head at least. Post you own and such… My name is rather generic, but it follows through with my image, Glyph’ers Corner, enjoy.
The name to search for if you wish to join is the Glyphers Corner (since the ' doesn't always translate right) Thanks for looking, drop a line, whatever makes you feel right...join up please!
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