Denim- a French fabric that is traditionally dyed only on the welt side. Denim is from the French De Nimes – or from Nimes. From 1973-1975 Volkswagen made Jeans Beetle with all the upholstery and trim in denim.
Doughnuts originally dough nuts were small balls of dough. What we would call doughnut holes. Doughnuts got progressively larger until a sailor decided that he was tired of the raw dough in the middle and cut the center out before cooking.
Cake doughnuts are 20% lower in fat than the denser yeast doughnuts.
The donuts spelling first appeared in print in 1900.
Dragonflies – Rear wings larger than the forward wings. INsectavores. Fastest recorded speed for an insect. UP to 35 MPH. Lay eggs in the water. Larvae live up to 5 years in the water. Adults live about 6 months.
Deep Purple – From Hertford. Biggest hit Smoke on the Water peaked at #4 in the US. Biggest album 1972’s Machine Head. Listed in Guinness Book of records as The Globe’s Loudest Band. Touring with the Now What? Tour. Closest tour spot. Glasgow.
Dingoes – Native to Australia and SouthEast Asia. A Grey Wolf subspecies. Meryl Strep earned her 8th Oscar nomination for “A Cry in the Dark” in 1988.
Doobie Brothers formed in Northern California in 1970. Big album Black Water. First #1 What a Fool Believes. Early fan base… Hells Angels.
Djibouti – A city and tiny country in the horn of Africa. Slightly larger than New Jersey. A French Colony until 1977. A Presidential Republic with both a President and a Prime Minister – appointed by the President. HOT year round. Average low 80… average high 92. There are only 17 days of rain a year on average.
Didgeridoo – a 1500 year old instrument native to Indigenous Australians. A traditional didgeridoo uses a tree or large branch of a eucalyptus tree hollowed out by termites. Beeswax is used to seal the mouth to the end of the didgeridoo. Didgeridoo is an onomatopoeia. Players are found to reduce sleep apnea and snoring. July 31st is Uncommon Instrument Day, according to my brother David.
Charles Darwin – Was 22 when he sailed with The Beagle for 5 years. He published On the Origin of Species when he was 50. Then he grew the beard.
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia – Named for Charles Darwin by the crew of the Beagle in 1839, on a later journey that Darwin was not a part of. This city of 129,000 is mainly newer construction. The city was bombed by the Japanese fleet three weeks after Pearl Harbor.
Dalmatians – a companion dog that can be trained for rescue and guard dog work. Roots trace back to the nomadic peoples of Dalmatia, an area within modern Croatia. Breed developed in the 19th Century in Britain. Born white. Develop colored spots at about three weeks. They live about 11 – 13 years on average. Weigh up to 70 pounds. Have a genetic predisposition to deafness. 1956 – the book 101 Dalmatians, in 1961 the Disney cartoon film and the 1996 live action film starring Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels and Hugh Laurie.
Dr Demento – Barry Hansen from Minneapolis, MN -Got his start in an LA radio station. Played occasional novelty songs. Lived with the band Spirit for a few years after earning his Master’s degree in folklore and ethnomusicology. Started a weekly two hour novelty show in 1974 it was syndicated from 1978-1992 by Westwood One. We heard it at 10 pm on Sunday night.
Dubai – The most populous of the United Arab Emirates (and only Abu Dhabi is larger). HOT. DRY ! Only 2 inches of rain on average between May and October. Do NOT try to smuggle drugs. Trace amounts of drugs found on shoes, clothes of pocket link have resulted in possession convictions.
Dutched Chocolate – the dutching process lightens the color and the bitterness of pure chocolate by using a chemical alkalizing agent to neutralize the pH. The process reduces the anti-oxidants.
Denmark – The Danes are Scandinavian but attached to continental Europe on the Jutland peninsula. Most of Denmark is on one of 407 islands or Greenland. 5.6 million Danes. They create 25% of their electrical needs from wind turbine farms in the North Sea. They are also the leading crude oil producer in Europe. They have a constitutional monarchy. Queen Magrethe since 1972. Magrethe illustrated the Danish translation of Lord of the Rings.
John DeLorean – After serving in the Army from 1943-46 worked at Chrysler, Packard and GM before founding DeLorean Motor Company. Although best known for the DMC-12 (9,000 built from 1981-1982) – featured in Back to Future in 1985. He was also part of the team that brought the Pontiac GTO to market. And the Chevy Nova and Vega. Oops.
Frederick Douglass - An escaped slave from Maryland. He was taught to read by the wife of his master when he was a pre-teen. She was admonished not to teach him… “because if they learn to read they will become dissatisfied with their lot a slaves” He eventually bought his freedom after his escape with donations from British supporters.
Daft Punk – French Duo. Biggest hit “Get Lucky” from Random Access Memory. Got their first record deal after meeting an exec at a EuroDisney Rave.
Depeche Mode – English electronic music group. Founded in 1977. Biggest hit #1 – “People Are People” #1 in Germany… only reached #13 in US.
Duran Duran – British band founded in 1978. Took A View to a Kill to #1 – first #1 (and only) hit for a Bond Theme in 1985. Band named for the villain in Barbarella. First US #1 hit – The Reflex. 1984
Die Fledermaus – does not belong on the list of recommendations… but it made me laugh when I saw it. Die is The in German. The name of the Johann Strauss operetta translates as The Bat.
Stephen Decatur Jr – We should know who Stephen Decatur is. A true naval hero of the Quasi-War, First and Second Barbary Wars and the War of 1812.
One story of many – The US warship USS Philadelphia was captured by the sailors of the Barbary Coast – who are often described as pirates but were really doing the work of the local leaders. Decatur leads a raid against the badly damaged ship sitting in the harbor Tripoli.
He managed to subdue the guard force and scuttle and burn the ship to keep it from being repaired and used against the US without losing a man. Lord Nelson described it as the “the most bold and daring act of the Age”.
He was killed in a duel with a fellow naval captain when he was 41.
Five US naval vessels have been named for Decatur. He was on a 2 cent stamp while FDR was President at his insistence. Decatur’s home at Lafayette Square in DC is a part of the National Trust.
46 Communities in the US were named for Stephen Decatur.
Decatur, Georgia is a suburb of Atlanta and the county seat of DeKalb county. Decatur was founded 2 years after his death. Decatur County Georgia was founded a year later and is on the Florida Border where US 27 enters the state. The County seat of Decatur County is Bainbridge, named for the captain of the USS Philadelphia and the man who was the second at duel that killed Decatur.
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Duluth, MN is about 15% more populous – with 86, 265.
80 proof. 40 % ABV
Pinto -- Iacocca was at the helm at Ford when they developed the Pinto… he doesn’t brag about that.
Before – in fact all were originally sold before. Production only lasted from 1981-1982. Back to the Future was released in 1985.
Dubai -- people have been imprisoned for trace amounts of cocaine on their shoes, clothes and in pocket link.