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There are literally hundreds of pages on Wikipedia that feature the word "Denver," and many of them include information that'll be new even to most natives -- about, for instance, the Denver Tool, the Denver Doll and Denver Spiderman, who was a murderer rather than a superhero. And that's not to mention Dapper Denver Dooley...

We've spotlighted the ten pages that struck as the most unusual -- and the most interesting. Check them out below, featuring photos, links and original Wikipedia text.

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Number 10: Denver Spiderman

"Denver Spiderman" was the name given to Theodore Edward Coneys (November 10, 1882-May 16, 1967), an American drifter who committed a murder in 1941 and subsequently occupied the attic of the victim's home for nine months....

In September 1941, 59-year-old Theodore Coneys intended to ask former acquaintance Philip Peters for a handout at his home on 3335 West Moncrieff Place in Denver, Colorado. Coneys broke into the house in Peters' absence to steal food and money. In the ceiling of a closet, Coneys found a small trapdoor that led to a narrow attic cubbyhole and decided to occupy the small space without Peters' knowledge. Coneys lived in the house undiscovered for about five weeks. On October 17, 1941, Peters discovered Coneys at the refrigerator. Peters struck at Coneys with a cane he carried, but Coneys clubbed him with an old pistol he had found in the house. After the gun broke apart, Coneys continued the battery with a heavy iron stove shaker and bludgeoned the 73-year-old Peters to death. Coneys then returned to the attic cubbyhole.

Peters' body was discovered later the same day after a neighbor, concerned Peters had not come by for dinner, called the police. The police found all of the home's doors and windows locked, and there was no other sign of forced entry. They noted the trapdoor but believed a normal-sized person could not fit through it. Peters' wife, who had been in the hospital recuperating from a broken hip during and prior to Coneys' occupation of the attic, returned to live in the house with a housekeeper. Both women would often hear strange sounds in the house. The housekeeper resigned after becoming convinced the house was haunted and Mrs. Peters moved to western Colorado to live with her son.

Coneys remained in the vacant house with the occasional signs of his occupation written off as an apparition or local pranksters. Police continued to make routine checks, when on July 30, 1942, one of them heard a lock click on the second floor. Running upstairs, the police caught the sight of Coneys' legs as he was going through the trapdoor and pulled him down. He was taken into police custody and confessed to the crime.

Local newspapers dubbed him the "Denver Spider Man of Moncrieff Place" after police detective Fred Zarnow remarked "A man would have to be a spider to stand it long up there." Coneys was tried and convicted, then sentenced to life imprisonment at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City, Colorado.

Number 9: "Denver Dream"

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"Denver Dream" is a single by Donna Summer, released in 1974. This was her first collaboration with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, a songwriting team that would stay together until 1981 and produce all of Summer's biggest disco hits. At this time Summer was living in Munich, Germany and singing backup for groups such as Three Dog Night. Through her job as a backup singer she met Moroder and before long he started using her as a lead vocalist. This single also marked the first usage of Summer's stage name (she had previously been credited as Donna Gaines, but had anglicised her married name to Austrian actor Helmut Sommer). It was released in The Netherlands, Belgium and France in 1974, but did not make any particular impact on the chart. The B-side, "Something's in the Wind," would, in 1977, be re-worked into the single, "Back in Love Again," which would become a top-40 UK hit.

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Number 8: Manhattan Beach (Denver)

Manhattan Beach was a former amusement park in Denver, USA, (1881-1914). It was built near Denver on the shore of Sloan's Lake in Edgewater, Colorado, and was the first amusement park created west of the Mississippi River. Open to the public for the first time on 27 June 1881, it had a roller coaster, a dance hall, a Ferris wheel, boating attractions, hot air balloon rides, wrestling bears, contortionists, aerial acts (including a human cannonball), a man who walked on ceilings, and exhibits displaying more than 40 species of animals, but its primary draw was Roger the Elephant (real name: Rajah), who was a popular children's ride. Visitors reached the park by streetcar, boats, and wagons.

A large theater at the park was opened on June 27, 1891. It featured everything from light opera to vaudeville.

While Manhattan Beach was a popular destination, competition (from nearby Elitch Gardens and White City, the latter eventually becoming Lakeside Amusement Park) and mishaps marked its existence. Roger the Elephant was spooked by the sound of a hot-air balloon, bucked passengers and stepped on the head of a six-year-old boy; Roger was subsequently put down and buried in a nearby swamp. In 1908, Manhattan Beach was destroyed by fire; later that year, it was rebuilt and reopened as Luna Park. It closed for the final time in 1914.

Number 7: Denver Doll

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Denver Doll is a fictional character created by Edward Lytton Wheeler, author of the Deadwood Dick dime novels. She originally appeared in four novels in Beadle's Half-Dime Library, which were reprinted in the Deadwood Dick Library and in Aldine Boys' First-Rate Pocket Library in England.

Denver Doll is considered by some scholars to be the first American female detective, but copies of the first issue are so scarce that the conclusion eludes most researchers. Her age is not given, except to say that she is older than 18 years of age, and is a sharpshooter, card player and disguise artist.

The first dime novel appearance described her: She had "rich brown hair fell in rippling waves half way to her waist. A plumed slouch hat of snow white; an elegant suit of gray, and patent leather top boots, with a diamond studded 'boiled' shirt, collar, and a sash about her waist beneath the coat made up her costume, and gave her an appearance at once dashing, and characteristic of the wild roving existence she led." In the novel "Denver Doll's Drift" she is revealed to be a mine-owner.

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Number 6: Denver Sandwich

A Denver sandwich, also known as a Western sandwich, consists of a Denver omelette (consisting of at least ham, onion, green pepper, and scrambled eggs), sandwiched between two pieces of bread.

The sandwich has been claimed to have been invented by many different people, including Denver restaurateur Albert A. McVittie in 1907 as well as M. D. Looney, of Denver, in the same year. It has also been claimed that the "Denver sandwich" was invented at Denver's Taber Hotel but mentions of it in newspapers predate all these claimants.

As early as 1908 it was known as the "Western Sandwich", cited in a San Antonio newspaper. A "Manhattan Sandwich" (cited from 1909) was similar in that it contained fried egg, minced ham, and onion.

Food writers James Beard and Evan Jones believed that the Denver or Western sandwich was actually created earlier by "the many Chinese chefs who cooked for logging camps and railroad gangs in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries" and was probably derived from egg foo young.

Number 5: Denver Tool

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The TNT Tool (or Denver Tool as it was formerly known) is a multi-purpose tool used by firefighters, emergency personnel, and law enforcement officers to gain forcible entry to buildings, automobiles, etc. during emergency situations. It is a combination axe, sledgehammer, pry tool, ram, and D-handle pull tool. It is also carried by off-roaders and those traveling in remote areas.

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Number 4: Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone

The Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ) is an orographically-induced atmospheric phenomenon characterized by convergent winds east of the Denver metropolitan area, typically 50 to 100 km in length and oriented in a north-south direction. This meteorological feature was subject to academic scrutiny following a large outbreak of Denver-area tornadoes in 1981 and has been used to explain the propensity of the area to spawn landspout (misocyclone) and supercell (mesocyclone) tornadoes. The DCVZ is often associated with the Denver Cyclone effect, although the Denver Cyclone is considered a distinct atmospheric phenomenon by some scientists.

Number 3: USS Denver

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USS Denver (CL-58) was a Cleveland-class light cruiser. Denver launched on 4 April 1942 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; sponsored by Miss L. J. Stapleton, daughter of the Mayor of Denver; and commissioned on 15 October 1942, Captain Robert Carney in command. It was the second ship named for the city of Denver, Colorado....

On the last day of October 1943, Denver sortied from Port Purvis with Task Force 39 (TF 39) to intercept an enemy force attempting to disrupt the landings at Cape Torokina, Bougainville. In the resulting battle of Empress Augusta Bay on the night of 1/2 November, the American ships sank one enemy light cruiser and a destroyer and damaged two heavy cruisers and two destroyers, while the four other enemy ships broke off the action and retired. During the heavy firing Denver was hit by three 8 in (203 mm) shells which fortunately did not explode. She shared in the Navy Unit Commendation awarded her division for its outstanding performance in this battle....

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Number 2: Denver C. Snuffer Jr.

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Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. is a Utah lawyer and an author of books about the history and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was excommunicated by the LDS Church in 2013 for refusing to cease publication of his 2011 book, Passing the Heavenly Gift.

Snuffer converted to the LDS Church in New Hampshire in 1973. He received undergraduate degrees from Daniel Webster Junior College and McMurry University and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Media has interpreted Snuffer's main thesis in Passing the Heavenly Gift, to be that "every Mormon prophet, starting with Brigham Young, caved to social, political and legal pressures to accommodate mainstream American society." Snuffer states in the book that he has seen and spoken with Jesus. A 2012 episode of Mormon Stories Podcast described Snuffer as a "progressive, fundamentalist, non-polygamist Mormon lawyer who claims to have seen Christ." Snuffer was not fully settled with sensationalism inherent in the title.

Snuffer's original book, The Second Comforter: Conversing With the Lord Through the Veil, claims to outline the process for receiving a personal visitation from the resurrected Jesus.

In August 2013, Snuffer's Sandy, Utah, stake president informed him that the continued publication of Passing the Heavenly Gift specifically constituted apostasy since the "book's thesis is in direct conflict with church doctrine," and that the only way he could avoid church discipline was to cease its publication and to cancel a planned speaking tour that was thought to be for promoting the ideas expressed in the book. Snuffer's negotiations with his stake president resulted in an impasse -- with Snuffer claiming that his stake president received instructions from LDS Church leaders in Salt Lake City to proceed -- and he was excommunicated from the church in September 2013. In November 2013, Snuffer said his appeal to the First Presidency of the church to have the excommunication reversed was denied.

Snuffer claims his intentions are faith-promoting: "I have loved every minute of being a Mormon since I joined the church in September 1973 in New Hampshire," he says. "I am actually advocating activity and fidelity to the Mormon church."[1] Snuffer intended Passing the Heavenly Gift and his other works to promote loyalty to the LDS Church.

Number 1: Dapper Denver Dooley

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Dapper Denver Dooley is a Walter Lantz character and Woody Woodpecker's rival. He was voiced by Dallas McKennon.

Dapper Denver Dooley first appeared in the cartoon "Square Shootin' Square" in 1955. Dooley returns in 1957 to 1959 cartoons "Box Car Bandit", "Dopey Dick the Pink Whale", "Misguided Missile", "Half Empty Saddles", "Jittery Jester", "Yukon Have It" (Chilly Willy cartoon), "Panhandle Scandal" and "The Tee Bird". In these short films Dooley had more or less replaced Wally Walrus and Buzz Buzzard as Woody's primary foil. He, in turn would later be replaced in the role by Gabby Gator and Mrs. Meaney.

One of his traits was when he was defeated, which was often, the emotional Dooley would begin to cry.

Dapper Denver Dooley reappears in the TV Series The New Woody Woodpecker Show in 5 episodes total throughout seasons 1 and 2 "Cheap Seats Woody", "Lap It Up", "Spa Spa Blacksheep", "Difficult Delivery" and "Out of Line" (marks the last appearance of Dapper Denver Dooley). In that series, he is voiced by Jim Cummings, and His Grungy Appearance is replaced with a Cleaner and Male version of Miss Meany.

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