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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

This Day in Pop Culture for August 23

(The Digital Artist/Pixabay)
Welcome to the Information Superhighway
While we can’t live without it today, it wasn’t that long ago when we were first introduced to the World Wide Web. It was on this day in 1991 that Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee introduced the world to his invention. Back in 1978, Berners-Lee helped to create a type-setting software for printers. In 1980, he proposed a concept for hypertext as a way to share and update information among researchers called “Enquire.” He later took what he learned from Enquire and developed an editor called WorldWideWeb in 1990. The first web site was built was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Visitors could learn more about hypertext, technical details for creating their own webpage, and even an explanation on how to search the Web for information. Today, he is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

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Dolley Madison Saves Portrait
Long before she became a symbol for snack cakes, First Lady Dolley Madison became famous for saving a portrait of George Washington by British troops during the war of 1812 on this day. Her husband, President James Madison, left the White House to meet with his generals on the battlefield. However, soon British troops gathered nearby and Dolley took it upon herself to save a full-length portrait of the first president from desecration by vengeful British soldiers, many of whom would have rejoiced in humiliating England's former colonists.


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