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The Milkshake That Almost Killed Castro

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How Tootsie Rolls Saved the Troops

In 1950, a group of U.S. Marines fighting in North Korea got stranded without enough ammunition. They managed to get to safety, but only with the help of ... wait for it ... Tootsie Rolls. Imagine that!

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The CIA's 638 Attempts to Assassinate Castro

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Fidel Castro's Death Impact on Cuba

The Cuban government still holds political prisoners and faces criticism over potential human rights violations.
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Your Halloween in 1997

The year is 1997, it’s almost Halloween, and you’re trying to get into the spooky spirit. Jennifer Love Hewitt is starring in “I Know What You Did Last Summer!”, Universal Studios is scaring up fun in Hollywood with Halloween Horror Nights, and it seems like everyone is dressing up as Batman. When your nose isn’t buried in one of the “Goosebumps” books, you’re watching “Hocus Pocus” for the umpteenth time. And in those moments when you are feeling especially brave, you sneak a peek at those frightening illustrations in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” book everybody’s passing around. Curious about the guy who wrote those “Goosebumps” books? Find yourself wondering what happened to Billy Butcherson from “Hocus Pocus”? And what was the guy who illustrated “Scary Stories” thinking? We’re going back to the Halloween of our childhood for all the answers. Don’t be scared.

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Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, dies at 90 - BBC News

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother Raul has announced.
James Robbins looks back on his life.

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Katie Cooke is a 20-year-old competitive runner from Dublin. Due to an aggressive form of epilepsy, she experiences up to 14 seizures a day. Despite her condition, Cooke hasn’t let anything stand in the way of her love for running. With the help of her neurologist, who doubles as her running partner, Cooke is never steered off course. With each seizure, she is able to bounce back and keep on going.

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The Milkshake That Almost Killed Castro

According to a former Cuban intelligence official, CIA assassination attempts got pretty weird during the Cold War. The target: Fidel Castro. The weapon: A delicious milkshake.

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When Popcorn Was Banned at the Movies

Popcorn at the cinema is as normal as peanut butter with jelly, but did you know there was a time when the popular snack was banned in theaters?

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Why This Movie Has Been Playing for 24 Years

If you ask someone in India if they’ve seen “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”—or DDLJ for short—chances are you’ll get a yes. The movie is an iconic part of Indian cinema, and has changed rom-coms forever. It’s so beloved that it has screened every day, for the past 24+ years, at the Maratha Mandir theater in Mumbai. What makes this movie so special? Great Big Story senior producer Beryl Shereshewsky went to the movies in Mumbai to experience it for herself. Strap in for forbidden love, fight scenes, dances in fields, and lots and lots of singing.

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This is What a Convict Sentenced to Death Row Chose as His Last Meal

Keith Tharpe is scheduled for execution by lethal injection on September 26 in Georgia. His final meal request is rich in calories and comfort. He ordered three spicy chicken breasts, a roast beef sandwich, a fish sandwich, tater tots, onion rings, apple pie, and a vanilla milkshake. Not every state supports the death penalty, but those that implement it do try to accommodate selections, no matter how odd the order.

Drawn History: The Many Attempted Assassinations of Fidel Castro | History

During Fidel Castro's tenure as President of Cuba, he survived an estimated 638 attempts on his life - and that's just from the CIA.

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Were Totino's the Best Sleepover Snack?

The year is 1996. “Space Jam” is in theaters, Eminem just released his first album, and the “Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles” wrapped its run on CBS. It’s a Friday night, and your best friend is sleeping over. You’re going to play videogames, stuff yourselves with Totino’s pizza rolls, and stage a Super Soaker shootout in the basement—at least until mom shuts it down. Join us for a trip down memory lane as we meet the iconic voice behind Mario, learn how pizza rolls were created and connect with Lonnie Johnson, the NASA scientist who created the Super Soaker.



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Fidel Castro Historic Interviews

Historic Interviews With Fidel Castro Highlight Dictator's Life | ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer both had sit-down interviews with the Cuban leader.
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Fidel Castro's almost poisoned milkshake.

During Castro's reign over Cuba. The Central Intelligence Agency tried countless times to assassinate him. But they try to use one of his deepest obsessions against him.

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Castro's Milkshake

Castro singing Milkshake at his 30th Birthday.

Cuba bans the use of image or name of Fidel Castro in public works

(29 Dec 2016) Cuba's National Assembly formally banned the use of it's revolutionary leaders name or image on public works on Tuesday, a nod to late Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro who said he did not want to become a cult figure in the country.
But Fidel Castro was an icon long before he passed away last month, and is still a larger-than-life figure in the country he led for almost 50 years.
His image is on poster's, billboards, banners and in homes and offices throughout the country. His books, thoughts and speeches on offer to visitors and Cubans from all walks of life.
Fidel Castro's legacy will linger on for many years to come, his name invoked by Cuba's Communist Party to explain their policies, and by average citizens who appreciate the system he left behind.
For visitors to Cuba, many of whom know little about the country, Fidel Castro's and Che's images are immediately recognisable, and sought after for souvenirs.
Along with rum and cigars, they are the two most popular items street vendors in Old Havana offer to tourists.
The government's ban on the use of Fidel Castro's name or image on public works will have little effect on his overwhelming presence in the country.
Even in death, Fidel Castro lives on in the country he shaped for decades.


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Fidel Castro Failed Assassination Attempt (4/19/1988)

This is footage of Fidel Castro almost getting killed from a bullet that was shot at his chest, the bullet missed all vital organs and he survived.

Many In U.S. Celebrate Death of Former Cuban President Fidel Castro

The controversial former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. While his country will have nine days of mourning, in Miami people took to the streets to celebrate in the city's Little Havana neighborhood. Castro came to power in 1959 and turned the island nation communist. Families fled the country fearing he would kill or imprison them if they dared defy him. Fidel Castro permanently stepped down because of his health in 2008, leaving his brother Raul as the country's leader.

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