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iota

Definition: (noun) A very small amount; a bit.
Synonyms:scintilla, shred, smidgeon, whit
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Skunks

These small black-and-white mammals are best known for the foul-smelling oily liquid they expel when threatened. Skunks do not make use of this weapon unless severely provoked and then only after raising their tails in a warning display. Most animals quickly learn to avoid skunks because the odor of skunk spray is so strong. In addition to stinking, the spray causes choking and tearing of the eyes. What do researchers believe is essential to successfully neutralizing the skunk smell? More... Discuss
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More Than 100 Feared Dead in Sri Lanka Landslide

Monsoon rains triggered a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea plantation that engulfed about 150 houses, killing perhaps 100 or more residents. Bad weather hampered rescue efforts, and only 10 people were confirmed dead by the end of the first day of searching. However, hundreds remain missing. Most of the casualties are believed to be adults, as many children were already at school—outside the affected area—by the time the landslide struck. Though this likely saved their lives, it has also probably left a good many of them orphans. More... Discuss
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The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The "Rumble in the Jungle" pitted boxer Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match is remembered for Ali's incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Surrounded by spellbound fans, he used a strategy later dubbed the "rope-a-dope" to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King's first major venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event? More... Discuss
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Charles Atlas (1892)

A scrawny youth, Angelo Siciliano, better known as "Charles Atlas," built up his physique using a system of exercises he developed that worked muscles against each other and in 1922 was dubbed "The World's Most Perfectly Developed Man." Under the Atlas pseudonym, he launched a highly successful mail-order bodybuilding course, advertising his "dynamic tension" system with the now-iconic image of the "97-pound weakling" who loses his girl to a bully at the beach. How does the weakling's story end? More... Discuss
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Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?

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Punkie Night

In the English village of Hinton St. George, Somerset, it is traditional for both children and adults to walk through town carrying "punkies," or lanterns made from carved-out mangel-wurzels, or mangolds (a variety of beet), with candles in them. Although this custom is observed in other English towns, the celebration at Hinton St. George is by far the best established. There is a procession of children carrying punkies through the streets, begging for money, and singing the "punky song." A prize is given out for the best carved punky. More... Discuss
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