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teetotum

Definition: (noun) A top, usually having four lettered sides, that is used to play various games of chance.
Synonyms:spinning top, whirligig, top
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Bobby Hull

Bobby Hull, a retired Canadian ice hockey player, is considered the best left wing in the sport's history. He began skating at the age of 3 and began playing with the National Hockey League's Chicago Black Hawks in the 1957–58 season. Dissatisfied with his NHL salary, Hull responded to overtures from the upstart World Hockey Association's Winnipeg Jets in 1972 by joking that he would sign with them for a million dollar contract; how did the Jets respond? More... Discuss

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The Sinking of PT-109 (1943)

While on patrol in the Pacific during WWII, USS PT-109 was run down by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The much smaller American boat was torn apart by the impact, and two seamen perished. The surviving crew, commanded by future US President John F. Kennedy, swam to safety on a nearby island and survived on coconuts for days before Solomon Islanders scouting the area found them. Kennedy's actions made him a war hero. What did he use to send a message to Allies requesting a rescue? More... Discuss

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Peter O'Toole (1932)

O'Toole, a classical stage actor, debuted in London in 1956 and has since played a variety of Shakespearean roles. Tall and handsome, he catapulted to stardom in 1962 with his portrayal of British Army officer T. E. Lawrence in the desert epic Lawrence of Arabia. He went on to win praise for performances in films ranging from historical drama to high comedy and, though he never won, has been nominated for an Academy Award eight times. Despite this record, he received what award in 2003? More... Discuss

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Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

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Festas Gualterianas

The Festivals of St. Walter take place in Guimarães, the 12th-century capital of Portugal. The celebrations, which date back to 1452, include magnificent processions, fireworks, animal fairs, and displays of food and merchandise. Music, ranging from brass bands to modern jazz, can be heard all over the town. During the Sunday night procession known as the Procissão Gualteriana, the image of Saint Walter is carried from the church through the decorated streets of Guimarães while thousands of spectators gather to watch. More... Discuss

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