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Ripley's Believe It or Not by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for June 09, 2012

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    DaJellyBelly  over 9 years ago

    Balloons & Blunderbusses, that is how the duel was fought in the movie “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines!”

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    paulproteus48640  over 9 years ago

    the bullet hit Teddy’s speech and the is why he lived through that ordeal.

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    paulproteus48640  over 9 years ago

    so that means the width of it’s head is as long as half the length of it’s body?

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    Kimber Forrester  over 9 years ago

    TR was shot before his speech not during.

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    Simon_Jester  over 9 years ago

    TR was not President at the time of that assassination attempt. It happened while he was running for office on the Progressive ( Bull Moose ) ticket, a move that basically destroyed his poiltical career. The Republican Party never forgave him for splitting the Repub vote and handing the election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson

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    Jogger2  over 9 years ago

    “It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”

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    Puddleglum2  over 9 years ago

    “…let’s go on with the show!”

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    Puddleglum2  over 9 years ago

    I’m speechless!

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    Stephen Gilberg  over 9 years ago

    I think he shot back and hit the would-be assassin, too.

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    silvrGrl123  over 9 years ago

    There’s an interesting write-up of The Balloon Duel by Tom Sleman at http://thomasslemen.tripod.com/balloon.htmlIt ends:

    “…De Grand returned to earth, the hero of the day, and he marched straight to the most beautiful woman in Europe. She had agreed to marry the survivor, but a woman who stood between him removed her hood. She announced that De Grand was already married – to her. And her lawyer produced the marriage papers to prove it. So Gwen Tirevitt married De Grand’s assistant, and she bore him 5 children.”

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    tuslog64  over 9 years ago

    Did they shoot at each other or the opponents gas bag?

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    dadenny Premium Member over 9 years ago

    There’s something wrong with the shark description. Shouldn’t it be: “The width of it’s head is equal to half the length of its body?”

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    Chuck Norton  over 9 years ago

    TR felt betrayed by his chosen succesor, William Howard Taft, who failed to follow up on any of the progressive initiatives that he had begun as President, including natural conservation and regulation of industry. Had Taft and his machine not controlled the GOP establishment in 1912, the rank and file of the Republican Party would probably have nominated Roosevelt and he would have gone on to defeat Wilson.

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    GarfieldLover116  over 1 year ago

    He spoke for 87 minutes (1.5 hours), not “nearly and hour”. Silly…

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