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Spring is around the corner and it's time for us to do some Spring cleaning and YOU will be the beneficiary! Please read the following carefully as this is an unprecedented sale of every item on the website! Bill and Donna have snuck away for some fun in the sun and told us "to make things happen". So, as they say, when the big dog is away, the cats will play!   Patrick, Nikki and The Ruptured Duck Team   Beginning NOW, through Midnight on March 31, 2017     Paid In Full Orders* Made During This Promotional Time...  with payment made via Cash,...

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GREAT SCOTT! Well, the 2017 Show of Shows is “history” so to speak but it is one for the books and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Each year there are a few different factors which make this one different from a previous event. The 2017 SOS was no exception. Once again it took place in one very big hall at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY. When we walked in on Wednesday evening to set up I was amazed by the enormity of this massive hall. It looked weird to see 2,000 tables set up with...

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Dozens of books have been written on this topic and many of these are great reference sources. My goal with this brief introduction is to impart at least one factoid regarding this prestigious, long living decoration that you didn't know before. It has always been awarded for bravery and over the 132 years of its official existence (1813-1945). The only known exception to that rule was the very first recipient who was Louise who was the wife of Friedrich Wilhelm III who instituted the award. In this case it was done after she passed away.  Over the years, the award was broadened and...

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As many of you know, Patrick, Nikki and I are very much into the trilogy Back to the Future. Much of our spare time is devoted to making appearances at events such as weddings, Comic-Cons, birthday parties, conventions, movies-in-the-park etc... Our family does many of these Team Fox events to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Most people see Michael as the face of Parkinson's, but there are millions of people dealing with the disease and it has many different faces and symptoms. One of my motivations is Major Dick Winters, who was the CO of Easy Company...

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Ok, now be truthful, you've all heard about it. Chances are you know who wrote it and probably have an idea when it was first published. Chances are slimmer that you know what the title translates to and slim to none that you've ever read even a chapter in the book. Well, now you have another chance.     The book that "sold" over ten million copies in Germany alone by 1945 and some statistics claim sold as many copies as the Bible during its heyday, is readily available in a 2016 annotated version. It will help if you can read German because...

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