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...Broken News...
December 2007

Dramatic Irony:

Only two singers have ever died on stage at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

On March 4 1960, the famous American baritone Leonard Warren was about to deliver the line Morir, tremenda cosa ("to die, a momentous thing") from the Verdi opera "La Forza del Destino" (The Force of Destiny), when he started coughing and gasping. His final words were "Help me, help me!" before pitching face-forward on the stage. A few minutes later he was pronounced dead of a massive heart attack, and the rest of the performance was canceled.

On 5 January 1996, Richard Versalle, a tenor met a similar fate. As he delivered the line "You can only live so long" from the opening scene of "The Makropoulos Case", a opera by the Czech composer Janacek, about an elixir of eternal youth, he suffered a heart attack plummeting 10 feet from a ladder to the stage, dead. Again the rest of the concert was cancelled.

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Two riders were approaching
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On the 28th of April, 1748, Pope Clement XII, issued his bull forbidding the practice of Freemasonry by the members of the Roman Catholic Church. Many of the Masons of Italy continued, however, to meet; but, for the purpose of escaping the temporal penalties of the bull, which extended, in some cases, to the infliction of capital punishment, they changed their esoteric name, and called themselves Xerophagists. This is a compound of two Greek words signifying "eaters of dry food," and by it they alluded to an engagement into which they entered to abstain from the drinking of wine. They were, in fact, the first temperance society on record. Theory says (Act. Lat., i. 346,) that a manuscript concerning them was contained in the collection of the Mother Lodge of the Philosophic Scottish Rite.

Mackey, Albert G. M.D.
- Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and its Kindred Sciences.
(1917) McClure Publishing Co. Philadelphia.

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Iqaqa laziqikaqika kwaze kwaqhawaka uqhoqhoqha

[trans from xhosa: The skunk rolled down and ruptured its larynx]