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Definition: (adjective) Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable.
Synonyms:inescapable, unavoidable
Usage:Those war plans rested on a belief in the ineluctable superiority of the offense over the defense. Discuss.
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Tomás de Torquemada

A Dominican prior, Torquemada grew close to Ferdinand II and Isabella I of the newly created kingdom of Spain, becoming their confessor and advisor. He was appointed Inquisitor General in 1483. Remembered for his cruelty, he owes his reputation to the harsh rules of procedure that he devised for the Spanish Inquisition and to the rigor with which he had them enforced. He was largely instrumental in bringing about the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. What limited his power in 1494? More... Discuss
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July One of Hottest Months on Record

The eastern US and central Asia had a significantly cooler-than-average July, but they were the only two regions on Earth that did. For the globe as a whole, it was the fourth-hottest month on record—surpassed only by the Julys of 1998, 2005, and 2010—and the 353rd consecutive month with an above average global temperature. The blistering July temperatures came hot on the heels of both the hottest May and hottest June ever recorded. More... Discuss
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Toxic Gas Erupts from Lake Nyos (1986)

Lake Nyos is a deep lake located in the crater of an inactive volcano in Cameroon. A pocket of magma beneath the lake leaks carbon dioxide (CO2) into the water. In 1986, possibly as the result of a landslide, Lake Nyos suddenly emitted about 1.6 million tons of CO2. Denser than air, the CO2 cloud "hugged" the ground and descended down nearby valleys, suffocating approximately 1,700 people within 16 miles (25 km) of the lake. What methods are being used to prevent future disasters here? More... Discuss
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Joe Strummer (1952)

Strummer—born John Graham Mellor—was the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for The Clash. The band was at the forefront of the 1970s punk rock movement and became known for performing overtly political songs, such as "Rock the Casbah" and "I Fought the Law." After The Clash broke up in 1986, Strummer went on to several other projects, including the Mescaleros. The Clash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, just months after Strummer died. What caused his untimely death? More... Discuss
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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

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Corn Palace Festival

The world's only Corn Palace was built in Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1892. A second and larger Corn Palace was built in 1905 to accommodate the growing crowds, and in 1937 a third was completed. The outside of the Palace is covered with decorations of dock, wild oats, bromegrass, blue grass, rye straw, and wheat tied in bunches. Corn of different colors is used to complete the design. Entertainment at the festival has reflected changing public tastes over the years; standup comedians and TV entertainers in the '50s and '60s have yielded to country and western stars today. More... Discuss
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