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: Sumana's reading a Dave Barry book. Yesterday she read a bit of it to me about how Abner Doubleday "invented a game that included virtually all of the elements of modern-day baseball, including Bob Costas and the song 'Who Let the Dogs Out'. This led to the Civil War."

"Actually there is a connection between Abner Doubleday and the Civil War," I said, ever the vigilant connection-spotter and nitpicker. I looked it up in Bully for Brontosaurus and, yes, Abner Doubleday did start the Civil War. He was a Union officer who fired the first shot from Fort Sumter.

Actually his Confederate counterpart is the one who really started the war, but it's more true to say that he started the Civil War than to say he invented baseball.

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