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If you’ve caught any news coverage of late, you’ve no doubt been bombarded by the word “filibuster.” And no, it isn’t the name of the #12 horse in the fifth at Churchill Downs; it’s in reference to the recent filibuster of Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul. Essentially, when someone wants to delay or even prevent a vote on a particular piece of legislature, they may take the Senate floor and speak for hours on end about the issue in question, or really about anything they want—whatever it takes to obstruct the process from moving forward. It’s an odd and seemingly dated practice in our government, but since it’s inception in the 1840s, it’s proven an effective, albeit exhausting endeavor. These are the 5 most historical filibusters.