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ophthalmologist

Definition: (noun) A medical doctor specializing in the treatment of diseases of the eye.
Synonyms:oculist, eye doctor
Usage:The ophthalmologist asked the patient to read letters off of a chart posted across the room. Discuss.

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Hells Angels

The Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle club was formed in Fontana, CA, in 1948; the local chapter remains active, but the club's popularity and membership has since expanded worldwide. The name, taken from the movie Hell's Angels, has come to represent the epitome of 1960s biker counterculture. Members have been known to engage in illegal activities, but the club rejects any criminal responsibility. What unlikely company was recently sued by the club for copyright infringement? More... Discuss

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Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Signed by the US and USSR (1991)

Signed five months before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was a result of negotiations aimed at reducing the nuclear arsenals of the US and the USSR. In 1991, at the conclusion of two sets of talks, US President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to a reduction of the Soviet Union stockpile from 11,000 to 8,000 nuclear weapons and of the US arsenal from 12,000 to 10,000. How many warheads is each country estimated to have today? More... Discuss

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Primo Levi (1919)

Two years after earning a degree in chemistry, Levi, an Italian Jew, was captured by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz. He later recounted the atrocities he witnessed in autobiographical novels including If This Is a Man, which has been described as one of the most important works of the 20th century. His best known work, The Periodic Table, is a collection of 21 meditations, each named for a chemical element. What entertainer has Levi's concentration camp number tattooed on his arm? More... Discuss

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A good heart will, at all times, betray the best head in the world.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss

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n. A tall slender tower attached to a mosque, having one or more projecting balconies from which a muezzin summons the people to prayer
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Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order whose members are known as Jesuits. The Feast of St. Ignatius is celebrated by Jesuits everywhere, but particularly in the Basque region of Spain where he was born. The largest Basque community in North America, located in Boise, Idaho, holds its annual St. Ignatius Loyola Picnic on the last weekend in July—an event often referred to as the Basque Festival. More... Discuss

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