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conceit

Definition: (noun) A favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one's own abilities or worth.
Synonyms:amour-propre, vanity
Usage:She was convinced that she was worthy of marrying royalty, but her vanity and conceit only made her less attractive to the prince. Discuss.

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The Puerto Rican Parrot

The Puerto Rican Parrot is the only remaining native parrot in US territory and one of the 10 most endangered bird species in the world. It has green feathers with black edges, a red forehead, and white ovals around the eyes. It was abundant at the time of Columbus' arrival, but its numbers declined with the clearing of Puerto Rico's virgin forests to make way for agricultural, mainly sugar cane, production. In 1975, the population reached an absolute low of how many individuals? More... Discuss

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The Sport of Geocaching Begins (2000)

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and seek watertight containers filled with trinkets, hoards known as "geocaches" or simply "caches." The improved accuracy of GPS devices allowed the pastime to develop, since the specific locations of the small containers could finally be logged and shared. Geocaches are now hidden in more than 100 countries and on all seven continents. What did the world's first geocache contain? More... Discuss

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Golda Meir (1898)

Meir was Israel's first female prime minister and the third woman in the world to hold such an office, after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka and Indira Gandhi of India. A signer of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, she served in the fledgling nation's parliament and held posts as minister of labor and foreign minister before becoming Israel's fourth prime minister in 1969. During her tenure, she sought to ease tensions in the region through diplomacy. Why did she resign in 1974? More... Discuss

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One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Discuss

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Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet

In the coastal town of Bayou La Bartre, Alabama, the shrimp blessing has been celebrated since 1950. The fleet blessing began simply: a priest went up and down the bayou blessing the boats tied to the docks. Now some 25,000 people come for the blessing ceremony by the priest of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, and a parade of boats decorated with pennants, bunting, and papier-mâché figures. Other events include contests in oyster shucking, shrimp heading, and crab picking; seafood and gumbo dinners; a fiddler-crab race for children; and the crowning of the Fleet Queen. More... Discuss

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