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antecedent

Definition: (noun) Anything that precedes something similar in time.
Synonyms:forerunner
Usage:This era is one of heedless consumption, but perhaps you can blame that on its antecedent. Discuss.

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Bicycles

The first bicycle, probably created by the German Baron Karl de Drais de Sauerbrun in the early 1800s, was a form of hobby-horse that was propelled by the rider's feet pushing against the ground. The first treadle-propelled cycle was designed by the Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan around 1839. By the end of the 19th century, bicycles had wire wheels, metal frames, and pneumatic tires. What did 19th-century suffragists and feminists call the bicycle? More... Discuss

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Football Fandom Spiking Outside US

Interest in American football is surging in Russia, China, and elsewhere, according to a recent study by a German sports marketing research firm. In just the last few years, the National Football League has gained tens of millions of new fans in the Russian and Chinese markets, in addition to rising enthusiasm in the UK. The game-changer for adding converts to the "other" football appears to be increased access to subscription packages, which allow fans to watch live games from their homes—even if they're on other continents. More... Discuss

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Director Skips Bail and Flees to France (1978)

The films of renowned director Roman Polanski are marked by dramatic situations presented with irony and a cool lack of sentimentality. Born in Paris and educated in Poland, he moved to Hollywood in 1968 to pursue his filmmaking career. His pregnant wife was murdered by the Manson "family" shortly thereafter. In 1978, he fled to France to avoid sentencing after pleading guilty to statutory rape. A survivor of the Holocaust, he recently received an Academy Award for what World War II film? More... Discuss

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Boris Yeltsin (1931)

Yeltsin became Russia's first democratically elected president in 1991. A populist advocate of radical reform, he embarked on a program of "shock therapy" just days after the dissolution of the USSR, converting the world's largest socialist planned economy into a market-oriented capitalist one. The skyrocketing prices, heavy taxes, and credit crunch that followed produced a protracted depression that devastated Russia. How, then, did Yeltsin manage to win a second term in 1996? More... Discuss

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It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss

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Yaya Matsuri (2015)

The Yaya Matsuri, held in Owase, Japan, during the first week in February, features mikoshi (portable shrines) carried through the streets by groups of young men who meet and deliberately crash into each other. The festival takes its name from their shouts—"Yaya! Yaya!"—as they run into one another. Several special events, including dances, are held during the five-day festival. On the last night, there is a ceremony at the Owase Shrine to determine who will participate in the festival the next year. More... Discuss

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