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netherworld

Definition: (noun) The world of the dead.
Synonyms:Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell
Usage:He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld and awoke the next morning vowing to repent. Discuss.

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Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, preventing them from sending impulses to the muscles. Though the intellect remains intact, the muscles soon atrophy, causing weakness, paralysis, and eventual death. National attention was brought to the disease when Lou Gehrig died of it in 1941. What percentage of ALS cases is hereditary? More... Discuss

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Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope Ends in Ontario (1980)

In 1977, 18-year-old Terry Fox was diagnosed with a malignant bone tumor, and his right leg was amputated above the knee. Three years later, the Canadian began his Marathon of Hope, a coast-to-coast run with the goal of raising $1 for each Canadian citizen—totaling about $24 million—for cancer research. Running roughly the distance of a marathon each day, Fox covered 3,339 mi (5,373 km) before learning that the cancer had spread to his lungs. He died several months later. How much did he raise? More... Discuss

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875)

After working numerous odd jobs, Burroughs tried his hand at writing, publishing his first story under the pen name Normal Bean in 1912. Two years later, he published Tarzan of the Apes, a story about an English boy raised by apes in Africa. Wildly successful, the book was the first in a series of 27 Tarzan titles. Burroughs later moved to Hollywood to supervise the filming of the first of the extremely successful Tarzan films. What city is named after his most famous character? More... Discuss

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A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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Eritrean Start of the Armed Struggle Day

Between 1961 and 1991, the small country of Eritrea in eastern Africa waged a war of independence against Ethiopia. An important holiday that recognizes Eritrean sacrifices during this prolonged campaign is the Start of the Armed Struggle Day, also known as Bahti Meskerem, commemorating the first shot fired in 1961 at Mount Adal. The day's festivities take place in the country and in Eritrean communities throughout the world. Observances typically include a moment of silence in honor of the martyrs, the singing of the Eritrean national anthem, and public statements by dignitaries. More... Discuss

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