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Pointless Post of the Day: The Dionne Quintuplets

The Dionne Quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survivce past infancy.  They are also the only set ever recorded that consists of all indentical females.

When the Dionne Quintuplets were born 75 years ago, the mother of the children didn’t know she was expecting more than one child.  The babies were all delivered at home, 2 months premature, by Dr. Allan Dafoe.  Dr. Dafoe did not expect the babies or the mother to live much longer after the birth.  The mother had gone into shock, but did recover the next day.  The babies were under constant care and because of it, they all survived.

Four months after the birth, the government Ontario took the children from the parents because it felt they were unfit to care for 10 children, as the Dionne’s had 5 kids prior to the quintuplets.  Under their new government care, a nursery was built for their enjoyment.  The government of Ontario realized that there was much interest in the children, so they decided to make a profit.  It’s estimated that over 3 million poeple paid to visit the Dionne children in their nursery from 1936 to 1943.  The children also starred in four films; The Country Doctor, Reunion, Five of a Kind, and Quinupland.

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Pointless Post of the Day: Pauline Hanson’s “Pauline’s United Australia Party”

Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson

Pauline’s United Australia Party was created by Australian politician, Pauline Hanson.  Hanson was the founder of One Nation, a nationalist political party in Australia.

Hanson formed the party in order to ensure that her name appeared above the line (as per the voting method in Australian federal elections) rather than simply below the line amongst a list of independent candidates.

In the first election as a member of “Pauline’s United Australia Party”, Hanson received over 100,000 votes, garnering her 4% of the statewide vote in Queensland.

Brian Burston also ran under this political party for the Australian Senate int the state of New South Whales.  He received nearly 40,000 votes, nearly 1% of the vote.

Pauline Hanson, the founder of the party, was named among the Top 100 Most Influential Australians of All Time.

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Pointless Post of the Day: William W. Dixon

I’m back today!  I had a great trip to see the family for Memorial Day weekend.  I hope every one had a great holiday as well and is enjoying what is more than likely your first day back at work after a long weekend.  Woo.

William W. Dixon was a U.S. Representative for Montana for 2 years between March, 1891, and March, 1893.  Dixon was originally from Brooklyn, New York, though he left there at a young age and never returned.  When Dixon was old enough, he attended law school Keokuk, Iowa, and was admitted to the bar in 1858.  He then moved to Tennessee in 1860, then to Arkansas a few short months later.  He then moved to California for a very short time before moving to Nevada for a little over 3 years.  In 1866 he moved to Helena Montana, where he resided until 1879.  He then temporarily moved to Black Hills, but returned to Montana in 1881 and practiced law in Butte.  In 1891 he was elected as a Democrat to serve  in Congress.  In 1893, however, he failed to be re-elected.  He then practiced law until retiring to Los Angeles, California, where he lived until his death in 1910.  Even after his death Dixon couldn’t stay settled.  His casket was moved 3 times after his death.

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Pointless Post of the Day: Top 10 Largest Public and Private Universities in the U.S.

The largest university campus is the Columbus campus of Ohio State

The largest university campus is the Columbus campus of Ohio State

This is a list of the Top 15 largest actual campuses.  It does not include full enrollment numbers for some colleges, as they are spread out amongst several campuses.

  1. Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio- 53,715
  2. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona- 52,734
  3. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida- 51,413
  4. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota- 51,141
  5. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida- 50,254
  6. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas- 50,006
  7. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas- 48,029
  8. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan- 46,648
  9. University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida- 46,174
  10. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania- 44,406

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Pointless Post of the Day: Dr. Charles R. Baxter

Dr. Charles R. Baxter was the doctor that unsuccessfully attempted to save Presiden John F. Kennedy after he was shot in Dallas, Texas.  Baxter was born in Paris, Texas, and earned his degree in medicine from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1954.  He also worked on Texas Governor John Connally, who also suffered injuries from the Dallas shooting.  After operating on Kennedy, Baxter had this to say:

As soon as we realized we had nothing medical to do, we all backed off from the man with a reverence that one has for one’s president, and we did not continue to be doctors from that point on. We became citizens again, and there were probably more tears shed in that room than in the surrounding hundred miles.

Baxter also made great advances in the care of burn victims, and played a large part in the creation of Gatorade.  Baxter died March 10, 2005 from Pneumonia at the age of 75.

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Tree Circus

The most famous Tree Circus tree, The Basket Tree.

The most famous Tree Circus tree, "The Basket Tree".

The Tree Circus was opened in 1947 by Axel Erlandson after he visited “The Mystery Spot” in Santa Cruz, California.  Erlandson decided that if the people lined up and paid to see “The Mystery Spot” he could make some cash showcasing

One of the many tree circus trees.

One of the many tree circus trees.

the odd trees he had been cultivating for several years.  He bought a patch of land in Scotts Valley, California, and began moving his most bizarre and interesting trees to that location.  The Tree Circus never produced millions for Erlandson, one of his best years he made a mere $320.  However, Erlandson’s trees were popular among the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! circuit, being featured in Ripley’s publication 12 times.

Upon Erlandson’s death, the owner of Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California, purchased the trees and had them moved to his theme park.  24 of the trees can be found there today.

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Ugli Fruit

This is one ugly Ugli.

This is one ugly Ugli.

Yes, the Ugli is a real fruit.  It is not, however, pronouced like the adjective “ugly”, but rather like “ooo-glee”.  This is far more fun than just calling it an ugly, and it’s correct.  The Ugli is native to Jamaica and is a hybrid tangerine and grapefruit.

Though Ugli is not pronounced “ugly”, that is how it received it’s name.  The Ugli fruit shown above is actually a very pretty Ugli.  Most Uglis have wrinkly, saggy skin that is the color of an old orange or tangerine.  In fact, many people mistake Ugli fruits at the grocery store for old oranges that are a little too ripe.  That is not the case, however, as Ugli fruits are very juicy and relate more closely in taste to the tangerine side of it’s family tree.  Go out and buy your Ugli today!

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Pointless Post of the Day: The Nation of Manchukuo

The flag of the Nation of Manchukuo

The flag of the Nation of Manchukuo

Here’s a little history lesson for your “Pointless Post of the Day”.  Manchukuo was developed in 1932 after Japan invaded Manchuria and set up a puppet government in a portion of the nation.  Manchukuo was then administered by Imperial Japan and ruled under a Constitutional Monarchy-type government by Emporer Puyi until they faced defeat by Soviet troops in 1945.  Manchukuo was made up of many different ethnic groups, with Han Chinese being the largest.  Other groups included White Russians, Koreans, Japanese, and Mongols.  After dissolving, the land occupied by Manchukuo became a part of North Eastern China.

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Pointless Post of the Day: Luigi Caponaro, The Healer of Italy

The Conservative Journal is now featuring a new special post every day: The Pointless Post of the Day!  The PPotD for short.  The PPotD is a post that is about absolutely nothing important.  It’s just something fun that most people will probably chose to ignore altogether.  It’s more fun for me than you, I’m sure.  Here’s our inaugural post:

In the late 16th and early 17th century, the popular healer and “medicine man” Luigi Caponaro roamed the streets of Naples and Gaeta, Italy.  Luigi officiated his medicical practice by receiving a degree in Naples, though he never formally practice medicine under his degree.  Luigi cited a fear of blood as his reasoning for not pursuing work in a clinic or other formal practice.  Luigi used the expertise he picked up from his days in med-school to give medical advice to anyone who chose to listen, often demonstrating his skills on anyone who’d give him a minute or two.

Ironically enough, the famed healer and medicine man died at 55 from cholera.

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