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mercurial

Definition: (adjective) Quick and changeable in temperament.
Synonyms:quicksilver, erratic, fickle, volatile
Usage:Her mercurial nature made it difficult to gauge how she would react. Discuss.

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Teddy Bears

The teddy bear is a traditional stuffed toy bear for children. One legend has it that the name originates from an incident involving Theodore Roosevelt, whose attendants found and caught an old injured bear during a hunting trip. "Teddy" refused to kill the animal, however, calling it "unsportsmanlike." "Teddy's Bear" was immediately publicized by political cartoonists, and its stuffed animal form began selling in stores shortly thereafter. Where is the world's first teddy bear museum located? More... Discuss

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Expo 67 Opens to Public in Montreal, Canada (1967)

Commonly known as Expo 67, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition drew more than 50 million visitors. Part of Canada's centennial year celebration, Expo 67 featured 90 pavilions representing the "Man and His World" theme, including a geodesic dome designed by architect Buckminster Fuller and the Habitat 67 housing complex designed by architect Moshe Safdie, which is still occupied. Though considered the 20th century's most successful World's Fair, Expo 67 had a deficit of how much? More... Discuss

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Yves Klein (1928)

Klein, a French painter and performance artist, was a leader of the avant-garde movement called Nouveau Réalisme and greatly influenced the development of Minimalism. In the 1950s, he began to exhibit nonobjective monochrome paintings and from 1957 onward used only a shade of blue now known as International Klein Blue. His 1958 exhibition The Void featured an empty, white-painted gallery. He experimented with several unorthodox methods to create his works. What were his "living brushes"? More... Discuss

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Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose—a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

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Freedom of Entry Ceremony

Inaugurated in 2007, this ceremony honors the Royal Malaysian Navy with a series of traditional rituals that date back to medieval times. It takes place in the Malaysian seaport town of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Along with the public symbolic gestures that confer the navy's right to protect the city, the ceremony also features several entertaining exhibitions and shows intended to attract tourists, including a boat demonstration, helicopter aerial displays, tours of navy ships, and performances by the navy band and silent drill teams. More... Discuss

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