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Thu Apr 25 16:59:14 UTC 2013

Misha is the big, loveable Russian Teddy Bear, mascot of the 1980 Moscow
Olympics. He may be holding a grudge against Americans since Jimmy Carter
boycotted the Games that summer. All part of the Great Game.

Origins of the name Misha [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misha] Mikhail,
nickname Misha, diminutive Mishka. (Cf. McHale GorbaCHOFF.)

Mikaiel (but not Misha) is listed in [

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