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  1. The idea that Mercury was friends with Princess Diana—yes, that Princess Diana—would raise enough eyebrows as it is, but in the mid ‘80s, the two of them were hanging out with actress Cleo Rocos and comedian Kenny Everett when Diana found out they were heading to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern that night. The Tavern was the most famous gay venue in London during that time, and Diana figured she’d had a long day and wanted to join them for a drink. To make sure she didn’t spark a riot, Mercury and Everett dressed her in drag, with Rocos later amusedly reflecting that they were trying to make Princess Di look like a “gay male model”. Apparently, though, the disguise worked! Everyone in the Tavern freaked out to have Freddie Mercury amongst them, not even realizing that Princess friggin’ Di was standing nearby, ordering a white wine. Talk about a missed opportunity!
  2. Despite the way that their romantic relationship concluded, Mary Austin and Mercury maintained a very close relationship for the rest of their lives. In 1985, Mercury stated “All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary, but it’s simply impossible. The only friend I’ve got is Mary, and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that’s enough for me.” When he died, Mercury bequeathed his home and recording royalties to Austin. She and her family still live in Mercury’s former home.
  3. In the 1970s, Mercury was in a long-term relationship with Mary Austin and they lived together in West Kensington, London. However, when he told her about an affair he’d begun with a male record executive in 1976, their relationship ended. Mercury bought Austin a place of her own when they both moved out of the flat they shared.
  4. A Song to Make You Cry One of Queen’s most beloved songs, “Love of My Life” was written by Mercury about Mary Austin. During live performances of the song, the audience would get so caught up in it that Mercury would often stop singing and let them take over. After his death, the remaining band members would often dedicate the song to his memory when they performed it.
  5. Love of my life, you've hurt me You've broken my heart and now you leave me Love of my life, can't you see? Bring it back, bring it back Don't take it away from me, because you don't know What it means to me Love of my life, don't leave me You've stolen my love, you now desert me Love of my life, can't you see? Bring it back, bring it back (back) Don't take it away from me Because you don't know What it means to me Obrigado You will remember When this is blown over Everything's all by the way When I grow older I will be there at your side to remind you How I still love you (I still love you) I still love you Oh, hurry back, hurry back Don't take it away from me Because you don't know what it means to me Love of my life Love of my life Ooh, eh (alright) Songwriters: Freddie Mercury
  6. Man of Many Talents In addition to singing and songwriting, Mercury was very instrumentally skilled. He’d been trained to play the piano since he was nine years old. He would go on to play keyboards in a lot of Queen’s songs, including “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Well played, Freddie!
  7. Champions, Indeed Written by Mercury, “We Are the Champions” is one of Queen’s most well-known songs, despite the fact that it never hit #1 anywhere, not even the UK. In 2011, a team of researchers concluded that “We Are the Champions” is actually the catchiest song in the history of pop music. To be honest, I'm not that surprised by this discovery.
  8. Turning an Accident into an Icon Mercury became well known for performing with a “bottomless mic” during his live shows. However, the origin of this was a complete accident. Early in Queen’s career as a band, Mercury’s mic stand broke in two while Mercury was in the middle of a song. Mercury simply continued with the song, refusing to stop in the middle just to switch it out. The image was so memorable that they continued with it from then on.
  9. One Band’s Success Thanks to Some Bad Teeth On the December 1, 1976, Mercury and the rest of Queen were in the middle of promoting the release of A Day at the Races. As a result, they were supposed to appear on the talk show Today with Bill Grundy that day. However, Mercury bailed because he apparently hadn’t gone to the dentist in 15 years and it had become a now or never situation. Instead, Queen’s label, EMI, sent a newer band in Queen’s place: the Sex Pistols. The young punk band made an obscene scene on the show, prompting nation-wide condemnation and instant infamy. It was exactly the kind of big break that they needed, and it only happened because Mercury was such a procrastinator when it came to dental hygiene! Don’t Mess with Mercury, or He Will Rock You Sadly, the Sex Pistols weren’t exactly grateful to Queen for the chance to shout swear words on the air. The Pistols loathed Queen’s image and stardom, while for his part, Mercury didn’t even consider what the Sex Pistols produced to be music—fair enough, really. In 1977, the bands’ paths crossed at their mutual recording studio. While John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) was actually polite when talking to Queen, Sid Vicious drunkenly tried to pick a fight with Mercury. For his part, Mercury wasn’t goaded into fighting with “Simon Ferocious,” as he humorously called him during the encounter. He preferred instead to belittle him, like most of the critics of the world were doing at the time—and mostly still are.
  10. From late 1947 to May 1949 he gave Alexander Feklisov, his Soviet case officer, the principal theoretical outline for creating a hydrogen bomb and the initial drafts for its development as the work progressed in England and America. Meeting with Feklisov six times, he provided the results of the test at Eniwetok Atoll of uranium and plutonium bombs and the key data on production of uranium-235. Also in 1947, Fuchs attended a conference of the Combined Policy Committee (CPC), a committee created to facilitate exchange of atomic secrets at the highest levels of governments of the United States, Great Britain and Canada; Donald Maclean, another Soviet spy, was also in attendance as British co-secretary of CPC.
  11. From August 1944, Fuchs worked in the Theoretical Physics Division at the Los Alamos Laboratory, under Hans Bethe. His chief area of expertise was the problem of imploding the fissionable core of the plutonium bomb. At one point, Fuchs did calculation work that Edward Teller had refused to do because of lack of interest. He was the author of techniques (such as the still-used Fuchs-Nordheim method) for calculating the energy of a fissile assembly that goes highly prompt critical, and his report on blast waves is still considered a classic. Later, he also filed a patent with John von Neumann, describing a method to initiate fusion in a thermonuclear weapon with an implosion trigger. Fuchs was one of the many Los Alamos scientists present at the Trinity test. Bethe considered Fuchs "one of the most valuable men in my division" and "one of the best theoretical physicists we had." Fuchs, who was known as "Karl" rather than "Klaus" at Los Alamos, dated grade school teachers Evelyn Kline and Jean Parker. He befriended Richard Feynman. Fuchs and Peierls were the only members of the British Mission to Los Alamos who owned cars, and Fuchs lent his Buick to Feynman so Feynman could visit his dying wife in hospital in Albuquerque. Klaus Fuchs's main courier was Harry Gold. Allen Weinstein, the author of The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America (1999), has pointed out: "The NKVD had chosen Gold, an experienced group handler, as Fuchs' contact on the grounds that it was safer than having him meet directly with a Russian operative, but Semyon Semyonov was ultimately responsible for the Fuchs relationship."
  12. So one could postulate that he caused the "Cold War" and will be cause of World War III which will potentially end humankind on the planet. Thank you Klaus Fuchs What a "KlausterFuch" you started.
  13. Bill and Hillary Clinton on their wedding day, 1975 .
  14. The Sex Pistols photographed by Janette Beckman during a rehearsal in 1977
  15. Yes.... Ray should not get the credit for McDonald's In 1937, Patrick McDonald opened the Autodrome, in Monrovia, California.
  16. This is what I've found: Wi-Fi will provide you with the fastest connection, and a more reliable one than Bluetooth. That being said, it will be the biggest battery suck of the three available options, especially when you're tethering more than one device. Bluetooth tethering You'd only want to use Bluetooth tethering when you want to conserve battery on the device with the connection (iPhone or cellular iPad). It's fairly slow, and you'll only be able to connect one device at a time. All that and, unless you have an older iPhone or iPad, Bluetooth tethering is fairly superfluous. If you're in a pinch, though, it'll do.
  17. Well... as soon as I made my post.... my bluetooth internet stopped.... not sure if it was bluetooth's fault or the cell network itself.... So I just switched back to wifi. These need to work smoother. 😉
  18. So I'm using my Personal Hotspot from my iPhone to get internet connectivity on my iMac and MacBook Air. I can do so either through Wifi or Bluetooth. My wifi tends to not want to connect "automatically" without turning the on/off switch a couple times on the Personal Hotspot (wifi) so I just connected via Bluetooth hoping I can bypass all this connection lag. Next question though is .... Is Bluetooth slower than Wifi? or vice-versa? Just curious if anyone on here knew for sure or could explain it. Thx in advance.

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