Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is one of the oldest law firms in the world. It is the sixth-largest U.S.-based corporate law firm with more than 1,650  lawyers, annual revenues of more than one billion dollars, and offices in 17 cities worldwide, with the most recent addition of Palo Alto, California in December 2009.  It is a full-service law firm, with broad experience in transaction and litigation matters.Notable Alumni
U.S. President Barack Obama was a summer associate in the Chicago office, but never joined the firm as a full-time associate. He met his wife, Michelle Obama (who was an associate at Sidley Austin at the time), while he was a summer associate at the firm.
The Sabres’ general manager at the time, Punch Imlach, was reportedly fed up with the slow drafting process via the telephone, a process intended to keep draft picks secret from the rival World Hockey Association. Imlach decided to have some fun at the expense of the league and president of 28 years, Clarence Campbell, and found a common Japanese name in a Buffalo-area phone book.Thus, when the 11th round surfaced, Imlach chose to select star center Taro Tsujimoto of the Japanese Hockey League's Tokyo Katanas, ”Katanas" being an approximation for "Sabres" in theJapanese language (both referring to types of swords). (The JHL, which was a real entity, had no such team; the Kokudo Keikaku Ice Hockey Club represented Tokyo in the JHL.) The NHL made the pick official, and so it was reported by all major media outlets including The Hockey News.
Imlach did not acknowledge the fake draft pick until just before the start of training camp that year. The NHL would eventually change the pick to an “invalid claim” for its official record-keeping purposes (Campbell not finding it nearly as funny as Imlach), but this was after Tsujimoto’s name had appeared in several NHL publications. Tsujimoto is still listed among Sabres’ draft picks in the Sabresmedia guide.
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Philippe Petit (French pronunciation: [filip pəti]; born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, on 7 August 1974. For his feat (that he referred to as “le coup”), he used a 450-pound (200-kilogram) cable and a custom-made 26-foot (8-metre) long, 55-pound (25-kilogram) balancing pole.
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MIMAL is a geographical acronym referring to five states in the United States: Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The term is used as reference to the fictional persona of Mimal the Chef, the area composed of the five states found on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
The state of Minnesota represents Mimal’s hat, Iowa is his face, and Missouri is his shirt. Mimal’s pants are represented by Arkansas, and his boots by Louisiana. Tennessee and Kentucky are sometimes included as Mimal’s frying pan and the chicken being cooked in the pan (Kentucky being the “Kentucky Fried Chicken,” and Tennessee being the “tin pan”), thus making Mimal a cook.
Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the world’s largest urban bat colony, which is composed of Mexican Free-tailed Bats. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. They are migratory, spending their summers in Austin and the winters in Mexico. According to Bat Conservation International, between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats reside underneath the bridge each summer. Since Austin’s human population is about 750,000, there are more bats than people in Austin during the summer.
The nightly emergence of the bats from underneath the bridge at dusk, and their flight across Lady Bird Lake primarily to the east, to feed themselves, attracts as many as 100,000 tourists annually. Tourists can see the bats from the bridge, from the sides of the river and even from special boats.
A study made in 1999 by Dr Gail R. Ryser and Roxana Popovici concludes that the economic impact of the bats to Austin city is $7.9 million each year. Today, businesses are using the bats as a symbol for Austin.
A project, called “Bats and Bridges”, has been put in place by the Texas Department of Transportation, in cooperation with BCI, to study the best way to make bridges habitable for bats.
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A glory is an optical phenomenon that resembles an iconic saint's halo about the shadow of the observer’s head. The effect is produced by light backscattered (a combination of diffraction, reflection and refraction) towards its source by a cloud of uniformly sized water droplets. The association with a halo is not coincidental, but derivative, though a real glory has multiple colored rings.
A fog bow is a similar phenomenon to a rainbow, however, as its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain. Because of the very small size of water droplets that cause fog—smaller than 0.05 millimetres (0.0020 in)—the fog bow has only very weak colors, with a red outer edge and bluish inner.
A Brocken spectre (German Brockengespenst), also called Brocken bow ormountain spectre is the apparently enormous and magnified shadow of an observer, cast upon the upper surfaces of clouds opposite the sun. The phenomenon can appear on any misty mountainside or cloud bank, or even from an aeroplane, but the frequent fogs and low-altitude accessibility of the Brocken, a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany, have created a local legend from which the phenomenon draws its name. The Brocken spectre was observed and described by Johann Silberschlag in 1780, and has since been recorded often in literature about the region. However it can be seen in any mountain region.