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Today in 1907: Florenz Ziegfeld stages his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City. Full of lush costumes, beautiful women, and glittering sets, the Follies included music, "living tableaux," satirical comedy, and acts inspired by German cabaret. 

The 21 flamboyant editions of Follies launched many musical, acting, and comedy careers. "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" (sheet music from 1919 shown here) by Irving Berlin was one well-known song from the Follies. The other two sheet music covers are "Row-Row-Row" from 1912 and "Tell Me Little Gypsy" from 1920. 

Ziegfeld was born in Chicago. His father was a music teacher and encouraged his son to pursue classical music, but Ziegfeld had a taste for popular performance. When he joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show at 16, his dad dragged him home. 

A skilled promoter throughout his career, he once captured huge media attention for actress Anna Held by spreading word of her special milk baths. Held didn't actually take milk baths, but the public loved the story. When they started to lose interest, Ziegfeld invented another ploy: suing an innocent dairy delivery company for providing Held with supposedly spoiled milk! 

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Milton Hershey did more than just make chocolate. 
Find out what else the famed chocolatier is known for from Archives of American Gardens at +Smithsonian Gardenshttp://si-siris.blogspot.com/2014/07/roses-for-hershey.html 
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I didn't know about this. Would make a great vacation.
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Want to print your own T-Rex skull? +Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History palentologist, Nick Pyenson and experts with Smithsonian 3D Digitization tell you how: http://mashable.com/2014/06/11/3d-printed-dinosaur-bones/
The Smithsonian is digitizing a T-Rex skeleton so anyone, anywhere can 3D-print exact replicas of the bones.
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That is another reason why I desperately want to own a 3D printer. 
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Scientists at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History develop new technique to examine the complex chemistry of bird feather pigments. 

Read more from Smithsonian Science: http://smithsonianscience.org/2014/05/feather-pigments/
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“I’m against the idea that rock stars have to live a life that’s completely understandable or predictable to their audience….Maybe I’ll just be the mysterious figure that’ll never be able to truly be defined. Maybe that’s what my thing is.” – Debbie Harry

Pictured: This photo of Blondie lead singer, Debbie Harry by Robert Mapplethrope is one of 100 that make up the “American Cool” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. More about the punk rock pioneer and fashion icon: http://newsdesk.si.edu/snapshot/deborah-harry-1978
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Past tense?
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Are animal selfies helping wildlife conservation? 

Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
say, "Yes!" 

Watch our scientists and citizen scientists at work with the EMammal project: http://seriouslyamazing.si.edu/siq/animal-selfie
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Awesome!
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Don't be too stubborn or you won't evolve. A new study from +Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History shows that our ancestors' flexible response to climate change is how humans came to be.
Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa. A …
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The gifted gardeners of +Smithsonian Gardens are creating an urban oasis for pollinators in the heart of Washington, D.C. 

Join +Smithsonian Channel in a tour of the Butterfly Habitat Garden at the +Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History http://ow.ly/ydXvx 

You may even learn a few tips for your own garden! #PollinatorWeek
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I can't wait to be an associate
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Raise your glass to ‪#‎PollinatorWeek‬!

What's the connection between tequila and pollinating bats? +Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History expert, Dr. Don Wilson explains in this video: http://ow.ly/yaYNM
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Ones happens naturally and the other is 10 dollars a bottle
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First hired by Harvard College Observatory to carry out astronomical calculations, Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941) eventually became one of the foremost American astronomers, known especially for her work on variable stars. 

More info from Smithsonian Institution Archives: http://ow.ly/xCu45 #Groundbreaker
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Calling all #hackers. We're making our data available for this weekend's #HackForChange  National Civil Day of Hacking. Help us prototype some open source solutions for new ways to interact with our content 
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individualization of the World Wide Web is clear - but what of the Internet?
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Got a case of the post-holiday-weekend Tuesdays? The +Smithsonian's National Zoo  Asian small-clawed otters wrote this little ditty to cheer you up.

The keyboard is part of the Zoo’s enrichment program: activities designed to allow animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, to allow them exercise control or choice over their environment and to enhance their well-being. While they wouldn't encounter a keyboard in the wild, the activity engages their sight, touch and hearing senses. 

This week, the Zoo is sharing stories of #ZooEnrichment on their Facebook. Like the page to follow along.
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OMG THAT IS SO CUTE😂
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