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imbroglio

Definition: (noun) A difficult or intricate situation; an entanglement.
Synonyms:embroilment
Usage:And then there's a general imbroglio, everyone standing up and the kid hollering and the dog barking. Discuss.
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Art Deco

Art deco is a style of design that originated in French luxury goods shortly before World War I and became internationally popular during the 1920s and 30s. Its name derives from the 1925 Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts, where the style reached its apex. Art deco is characterized by long, thin forms, curving surfaces, and geometric patterning. Works executed in the art-deco style range from skyscrapers and ocean liners to toasters. What are some architectural examples of the art-deco style? More... Discuss
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Half of Syrians Now Displaced

With the protracted civil war in Syria well into its fourth year and Islamic State militants sweeping across large swathes of the country, the humanitarian crisis there is becoming ever greater. More than half of Syria's population is now displaced, says the UN. More than three million refugees have fled to neighboring countries, while more than twice that number, some six and a half million, are internally displaced. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has labeled the Syrian crisis the "biggest humanitarian emergency of our era." More... Discuss
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Socialist Revolutionary Shoots Lenin (1918)

Kaplan was a Russian political revolutionary and a member of the Socialist Revolutionaries, a group known for its terrorist tactics. After the Bolshevik party disbanded the long-promised Constituent Assembly, Kaplan sought revenge on leader Vladimir Lenin and shot him three times as he exited a Moscow factory. Kaplan confessed to the shooting and was executed on September 3. Why has it been suggested that Kaplan could not have been responsible for the assassination attempt? More... Discuss
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Warren Buffett (1930)

Known for his financial wisdom and his vast wealth, Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. His early investment successes, particularly in buying undervalued companies whose stocks rose quickly, made him extremely rich and earned him the epithet the "Oracle of Omaha." In 2006, he made the commitment to give away his fortune to charity, with the largest contribution—approximately $31 billion—going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. What is his annual salary from Berkshire Hathaway? More... Discuss
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National Hard Crab Derby

The first Hard Crab Derby was held in 1947. A local newspaper editor dumped a few hard-shell crabs into a circle on Main Street in Crisfield, Maryland; the crab that scurried to an outer circle first was declared the winner. Today the National Hard Crab Derby attracts hundreds of entries. The Governor's Cup Race, in which entries representing the 50 states compete, takes place on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. There is also a boat-docking contest, a crab-picking contest, and a crab-cooking contest. Parades, beauty contests, and a carnival complete the three-day festival. More... Discuss
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