Japanese sumo wrestling originated as a religious ritual performed at Shinto shrines and evolved into a spectator sport in the 17th and 18th centuries. Matches often last only a few seconds and end when one wrestler forces his opponent to either step outside the fighting ring or touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet. Wrestlers generally weigh more than 300 lbs (135 kg) and follow a rigorous training regimen. What is the life expectancy of a sumo wrestler?
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The Supreme Court's decision in this case ended Florida's statewide ballot recount and allowed Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify George W. Bush as the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes. These votes gave Bush a majority of the Electoral College with 271 votes and enabled him to win the US Presidency. Though Gore received 543,816 more votes than Bush, his defeat in the Electoral College lost him the presidency. The court cited what reason for stopping the recount?
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Sinatra was a giant of American entertainment. He began his career in the 1930s and 40s as a singer whose performances caused the "bobby soxers," his female teenage fans, to shriek and swoon. Later, as an actor, he starred in films such as The Manchurian Candidate, From Here to Eternity, and the original Ocean's Eleven. He became popular in Las Vegas as the leader of the Rat Pack, a group that included what other 1950s entertainers?