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Elvis Presley Appears on The Ed Sullivan Show

Presley was one of the 20th century's most popular American singers. His first national television appearance was in 1955 on Jackie Gleason's Stage Show, but it was his 1956 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that made him a national sensation. His pelvic gyrations caused a scandal but earned him thousands of adoring, often female, fans. That same year he released his first million-selling single, "Heartbreak Hotel," and starred in the first of his 33 movies, which was what?

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Powerbocking

Powerbocking is a sport involving the use of spring-loaded stilt-like devices, which allow practitioners to run, jump, and perform acrobatic feats with superhuman ability. Known generically as jumping stilts and by hobbyists as bocks, after German inventor Alexander Böck, the stilts allow users to jump up to 5 ft (1.5 m) high and cover up to 9 ft (2.7 m) in a single stride. The closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing featured powerbockers. How fast can one run while wearing bocks?

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Harland David "Colonel" Sanders

In 1929, Sanders opened a gas station and small restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. His cooking grew so popular that he soon closed the gas station. By 1939, he had developed a secret blend of herbs and spices and a process for cooking chicken more quickly than conventional methods. He sold his restaurant in 1956 and took to the road franchising his fried chicken recipe. By 1964, when he sold the Kentucky Fried Chicken corporation, he had sold more than 600 franchises. How did Sanders get his title?

Last updated on Friday, 9th September 2011

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