John-John ticket not a first-first
Upon yesterday's announcement by presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry that Sen. John Edwards would be his running mate, The Rail's crack research team delved into the most important issue - Is this the first time both major candidates have h...
Upon yesterday's announcement by presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry that Sen. John Edwards would be his running mate, The Rail's crack research team delved into the most important issue - Is this the first time both major candidates have had the same first name?
No, sirreeee! However, there are very few of us around who would've remembered the last time it occurred.
According to the Time Almanac, John Quincy Adams and John C. Calhoun were elected in 1824 and in 1892, James B. Weaver and James G. Field ran on the People's Party ticket and finished a distant third.
The last time it occurred was in 1916 when Republican nominee Charles E. Hughes ran with Charles W. Fairbanks. They lost a close race to Woodrow Wilson.
The odds, based on this experience, that the John-John ticket will win? One in three.
Lord of the(cash register) Rings
Estimated wealth of director Peter Jackson in 2002
His estimated wealth in 2003
Amount he spends on his wardrobe
Source: National Business Review & The Rail
Things you can buy at a Madonna concert
- "The Power of the Kabbalah" book: $18
- "Boy Toy" necklace: $30
- "Like a Prayer" jersey, with an array of religious symbols: $65
- "What Would Madonna Do?" T-shirt: $55
- "I Have A Madonna Complex" shirt: $40
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Lost in translation?
Actors who have done commercials in Japan include:
- Nicolas Cage, Pachinko, which is a mix between a pinball and slot machine
- Harrison Ford, beer
- Brad Pitt, jeans
- Sylvester Stallone, ham
- Kevin Costner, coffee drink and cars
- Ben Stiller, mixed drink
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Today's best bet
"The Tale of the Snow Bear," 2 p.m., Gooseberry Players perform scenes from this year's production
Moorhead Public Library