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Flick Fact: The many firsts that occurred in Bloomington? | rail item

Questions: Bloomington is the birthplace of which of the following? (1) the picture postcard; (2) Steak ‘n Shake; (3) the world’s largest auto insurer; (4) Florida Sen. Rick Scott; (5) someone being photographed “giving the finger.”

answer: It’s all of those. As for No. 5, it was Sports Illustrated magazine that recently wrote: “Bloomington, Illinois’ Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn, in an 1886 team picture of the Boston Beaneaters pro baseball team, furnished the first photographic evidence of a human extending a middle finger as a symbolic gesture.”

Photos: Steampunk comes to downtown Bloomington with Cogs and Corsets

A dog named Titan Chaos enjoys Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 in the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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A clue from a murder mystery dinner hosted at Epiphany Farms Restaurant as part of Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 in downtown Bloomington.


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“Happy” Landon surveys suspects in a murder mystery hosted at Epiphany Farms Restaurant as part of Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 in downtown Bloomington.


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Cogs and Corsets, Friday June 3 in the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Choosing a necklace at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 at the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Steampunk style clothing at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 at the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Masks for sale at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 at the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Young people choose masks at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 in the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Vendors sell steampunk merchandise at Cogs and Corsets Friday in the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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A vendor sells mini top hats and potion necklaces at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 at the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Handmade mini top hats at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 at the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Necklaces made from camera lenses at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 at the McLean County History Museum in downtown Bloomington.


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Cogs and Corsets kicked off Friday, June 3 in downtown Bloomington.


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Contestants line up for an airship race at Cogs and Corsets Friday, June 3 in downtown Bloomington.


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A citizen concerned reads the news to President Lincoln at Cogs and Corsets Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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A to Z’s Catering and Parties sold food at Cogs and Corsets Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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A child clears his vision before an airship race at Cogs and Corsets Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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Cogs and Corsets kicked off Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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The Cogs and Corsets steampunk festival kicked off Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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Cogs and Corsets kicked off Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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Cogs and Corsets kicked off Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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Cogs and Corsets kicked off Friday in downtown Bloomington.


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