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recalcitrant

Definition: (adjective) Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.
Synonyms:refractory
Usage:Neither could he mobilize his army to go forth to war, nor could he punish his recalcitrant subjects. Discuss.
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Consuelo Vanderbilt

Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent and wealthy Vanderbilt family, was seen as the ultimate marital prize of the Victorian age. Though she was in love with another man, Consuelo was pressured by her overbearing mother to marry Charles Spencer-Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. The couple subsequently divorced, and Consuelo went on to marry Jacques Balsan, a record-breaking balloon and hydroplane pilot. How much money did the Duke of Marlborough collect upon marrying Consuelo? More... Discuss
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New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January

Last month, the World Health Organization estimated that 20,000 people could contract Ebola by mid-2015, but revised projections now indicate that this number could be reached as early as November. By January, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infected could rise as high as 1.4 million. New data also indicate that this outbreak is deadlier than previously believed, killing 70 percent of those who contract the illness. More... Discuss
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Devils Tower Named First US National Monument (1906)

Rising 1,267 feet (386 m) above the meandering Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower is a cluster of rock columns in the Black Hills of Wyoming formed by the cooling and crystallization of molten matter. The site, which many Native American Plains tribes consider sacred, was declared the first US National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. A popular rock-climbing site, the monument attracts some 400,000 visitors each year. Why do most climbers abstain from scaling the tower in June? More... Discuss
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Jim Henson (1936)

Henson was an American filmmaker, television producer, and puppeteer who created the puppet group the Muppets. He was the leading force behind their long, creative run in films and in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. Henson crafted the prototype for his signature character, Kermit the Frog, from his mother's green coat and two ping pong ball halves for eyes. What Henson screenplay, discovered in his archives, was recently published as a graphic novel? More... Discuss
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Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

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South Africa Heritage Day

On September 24, 1995, the Republic of South Africa celebrated its first Heritage Day, which was declared a national holiday by the first democratically elected government of South Africa. To help South Africans celebrate their heritage, this day has been set aside to recognize all aspects of South African culture, including creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food, and the land in which they live. The first Heritage Day celebration focused on composer Enoch Sontonga, the creator of a hymn that was adopted as the national anthem. More... Discuss
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