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"Speechless" is a song by the American recording artist Michael Jackson (pictured), included on his tenth studio album, Invincible (2001). It was released in South Korea as the lead single from the album, and elsewhere as a promotional single. The singer was inspired to write the ballad after a water balloon fight with children in Germany. Jackson collaborated on the production with musicians such as Jeremy Lubbock, Brad Buxer, Novi Novoq, Stuart Bradley and Bruce Swedien. Andraé Crouch and his gospel choir provided backing vocals. Executives at Jackson's record label, Epic Records, responded positively to the track when given a preview several months before Invincible‍ '​s release. The song received mixed reviews from music critics; commentary focused on its a cappellas and lyrics. A clip of Jackson singing "Speechless" was included in the 2009 documentary-concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It. (Full article...)

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Photograph of the Native football team in their uniform of black shorts and jerseys sat in front of the flags of Great Britain and the United Tribes of New Zealand

The 1888–89 New Zealand Native football team played 107 rugby union matches during their 14-month tour of the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. The tour was the longest in rugby history, and the first by a New Zealand team to Europe. The team was privately organised by Joe Warbrick, and was originally intended to contain only Māori players. Several non-Māori, and even a number of non-New Zealand-born players were eventually recruited to strengthen the side. The team played three internationals: a heavy loss to England, a win over Ireland, and narrow loss to Wales. The initial leg of the Native team's journey was a tour of New Zealand, and their first match was a 5–0 victory over Hawke's Bay. The team departed from New Zealand having won seven of their nine matches, but their losses included a heavy defeat to Auckland. They played 74 matches in the British Isles—with 36 of these in their first three months. Following their departure from Plymouth in March 1889, the Natives travelled to Melbourne, Australia. There the team played eight Victorian rules football matches, and two rugby games. (Full list...)

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The head of an impact sprinkler, a type of irrigation sprinkler in which the sprinkler head, driven in a circular motion by the force of the outgoing water, pivots on a bearing on top of its threaded attachment nut. Invented in 1935 by Orton Englehardt, it quickly found widespread use.

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