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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Oscars

With Oscars season upon us, it’s anyone’s guess who will take home the gold. Each year, some newcomers crash the party among veteran actors who command the red carpet at the Academy Awards. The annual event draws Hollywood’s biggest stars, and millions more around the world. The press always puts together some basic information about this year’s nominees, but how much do you actually know about the Oscars ceremony? Here’s a list of fun facts and trivia you can use to impress your friends this awards season.

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Celebrate President’s Day with a Look at Presidents Tossing Ceremonial First Pitches

Did you know that President Taft was the first president to toss the ceremonial first pitch before a Major League Baseball game? He did in in 1910 on Opening Day at Griffith Stadium before a Washington Senators game. Since Taft, every president has followed suit taking the mound at some point during his presidency.

Franklin Roosevelt holds the record for the most times a president got the honor, hurling nine different times (eight opening days and an All-Star Game). Here’s a look back at some of the more memorable performances of presidents over the past century:

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How Did Rebecca Black Get Invited to the Grammy Awards? … Anyone?

She found her way into the ears and hearts of millions around the world with her surprise viral hit ‘Friday,’ and now Rebecca Black is mingling with music’s best at the Grammy Awards. She was spotted on the red carpet in a black dress and sporting red shoes, but the question on most of our minds is, “Why is she there?”

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was first celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but the legend of the groundhog’s prognosticating prowess was first established a year later. A group of devoted followers went to Gobbler’s Knob to spread word that the little rodent had special powers to determine the length of the winter.

If the furry mascot emerges from its cave only to scamper back in without spotting its shadow, we should rejoice: Winter would be ending soon. However, if the sun that morning allows the groundhog to see its shadow the winter weather will go on for an additional six weeks.

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5 Daughters of Famous People Who Have Been on ‘American Idol’ [VIDEOS]

Open casting calls for ‘American Idol‘ have brought out lots of memorable singers, good and bad. But they’ve also spawned a chance for the next generation to get discovered, including some young women who are seeking their own versions of the fame they’ve seen their fathers achieve.

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Charles Barkley Gives the Best Shaq Attack on ‘Saturday Night Live’ [VIDEO]

The former basketball player and outspoken media personality, Charles Barkley, delighted sports fans with a pitch-perfect parody of Shaquille O’Neal on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Almost as entertaining, though, was when he got a taste of his own medicine.

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Eddie George and 6 Other Former NFL Players Who Became Actors

Former Tennessee Titans running back used to thrill audiences with long runs and evasive moves. Now, he’s hoping to win over new audiences with his…acting.

George will star in the title role of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s production of ‘Julius Caesar’ this month. With the play, George joins a rich history of former football players who’ve gone on to theatrical stardom.

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Miraculous Accident Allows Paralympic Cyclist to Walk Again [VIDEO]

Normally it’s an accident that causes permanent limb damage and changes the course of an athlete’s career. But for paralympian Monique va der Vorst, the opposite proved to be true. The paralympic cyclist and two-time silver medalist recently got into an accident and found herself left with a bit of a surprise — after 14 years of living in a wheelchair, she could suddenly walk again.

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Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke Killed in Plane Crash

Oklahoma State, which dealt with the tragic deaths of 10 people in a 2001 plane crash, including some men’s basketball players, is reeling from another crash that took the lives of women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and an assistant coach, Miranda Serna.

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‘Field of Dreams’ Property in Iowa Sold, Will Be Preserved

The baseball diamond immortalized in the 1989 film ‘Field of Dreams’ is being sold, but it will remain intact, thanks to Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will turn the Dyersville, Iowa, property into a baseball and softball complex.

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