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Kenneth Horne (1907–1969) was an English comedian and businessman. His burgeoning career with the Triplex Safety Glass company was interrupted by wartime service with the Royal Air Force. While serving in a barrage balloon unit and broadcasting as a quizmaster on the BBC radio show Ack-Ack, Beer-Beer, he met the entertainer Richard Murdoch, with whom he wrote and starred in the comedy series Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh (1944–51). After demobilisation Horne returned to his flourishing business career, keeping his broadcasting as a sideline. He later became the chairman and managing director of toy manufacturers Chad Valley. In 1958 Horne suffered a stroke and gave up his business dealings to focus on his entertainment work. He was the anchor figure in Beyond Our Ken (1958–64). When the programme came to an end, he recorded four series of the comedy Round the Horne (1965–68). Before a planned fifth series, Horne died of a heart attack. A 2002 BBC radio survey to find listeners' favourite British comedian placed Horne third, behind Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan. (Full article...)

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The timeline of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season (map pictured) covers a below-average season, featuring the fewest hurricanes since 1982. Although Tropical Storm Andrea formed on June 5, the season officially began on June 1 and ended on November 30, dates that conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones develop in the Atlantic basin. The season produced fifteen tropical or subtropical cyclones, of which fourteen intensified into tropical or subtropical storms; two became hurricanes, but none further intensified into major hurricanes, the first such occurrence since the 1994 season. Despite the slow season, Mexico was impacted by numerous tropical cyclones, the worst being Tropical Storm Fernand and Hurricane Ingrid. The former moved ashore in late August, killing 14 and causing millions in damage, while the latter moved ashore in mid-September, killing 23 and causing $1.5 billion (2013 USD) in damage. Only one tropical storm, Andrea, made landfall on the United States during the 2013 season. (Full list...)

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Loren Pankratz (b. 1940) is an American psychologist who has testified across the United States on multiple cases of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, often defending mothers falsely accused of harming their children. He has also written on a variety of subjects, including the paranormal, magic, and phenomena such as dancing manias and moral panics.

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