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chattel

Definition: (noun) An article of movable personal property.
Synonyms:personalty
Usage:Slaves were treated as chattel by plantation owners, who bought, sold, and even bet them in poker games. Discuss.

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Steve Martin

An Emmy-winning television comedy writer in the late 1960s, Martin began performing stand-up in the early 70s, achieving acclaim as a regular on Saturday Night Live in the late 70s. He recorded several comedy albums, two of them Grammy winners, and starred in TV specials and numerous comedy films. Martin has also found success as a writer of plays and novellas. Which of his novellas was made into a 2005 feature film? More... Discuss

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Nazi Gestapo Is Established (1933)

Taking its name from the contraction of Geheime Staatspolizei—German for "Secret State Police"—the Gestapo was the secret police force of Nazi Germany. Created in 1933 by Hermann Goring, the Gestapo operated without civil restraints or judicial oversight, brutally suppressing partisan activities in occupied territories and arresting thousands of Jews, leftists, and other Nazi "enemies," many of whom were sent to concentration camps. How many Gestapo members were there during World War II? More... Discuss

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I. M. Pei (1917)

Ieoh Ming Pei, better known as I. M. Pei, is a Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect whose buildings can be seen the world over. In his works, structure and environment are carefully integrated with precise geometric design to create crisp, clear, sculptural edifices. He is known for his sensuous use of materials like marble, concrete, and especially glass—which he used in his pioneering all-glass curtain walls. What controversial Parisian structure did Pei design in the 1980s? More... Discuss

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We cannot command nature except by obeying her.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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Vermont Maple Festival

Vermont is the official maple capital of the world, and the maple festival held there each spring is a statewide celebration. Since 1968, the three-day festival in St. Albans has promoted Vermont maple products through educational exhibits, sugaring equipment displays, essay contests, syrup competitions, maple cooking contests, and a parade. In addition to maple syrup, the festival gives visitors an opportunity to sample maple cream, maple candy, and maple sugar on snow. More... Discuss

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