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proclivity

Definition: (noun) A natural propensity or inclination; predisposition.
Synonyms:leaning, propensity
Usage:John has a proclivity for exaggeration, so take everything he says with a grain of salt. Discuss.
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The Lincoln Cent

When the Lincoln one-cent coin made its initial appearance in 1909, it marked a radical departure from the accepted styling of US coins. No regularly circulating US coin had ever featured a portrait of a real person before, but public sentiment stemming from the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth was strong enough to outweigh tradition. Sculptor Victor David Brenner was invited to participate in the formulation of the new design when which president chose him for the commission? More... Discuss
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Deadly Plane Crash in Taiwan

In further tragic airline news, a TransAsia Airways flight crashed while trying to land in bad weather, killing more than 40 of the 54 people on board. The plane had departed Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon, heading for Magong on Penghu Island. Many flights that day had been canceled due to strong winds and rain brought by Typhoon Matmo, but warnings had been lifted prior to the plane's departure, and inclement weather at the time of the crash did not exceed international regulations for landing. More... Discuss
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Mary Queen of Scots Is Deposed (1567)

Mary Stuart was Queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567. She was forced to abdicate the throne after her husband, Lord Darnley, was murdered and she was implicated in the plot. Mary then fled to England, where she faced a murder inquiry and became a prisoner of the English government. After conspiracies to put her on the throne of England were uncovered, she was tried for treason and ultimately beheaded. Some say her executioners asked for her forgiveness. What is she said to have replied? More... Discuss
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Simón Bolívar (1783)

Bolívar was a South American revolutionary leader whose actions earned him the title of "El Libertador." He defeated the Spanish in 1819, was made president of Greater Colombia—which comprised modern Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Ecuador—and helped liberate Peru and Bolivia. He declared himself dictator in hopes of unifying the region but was less successful at ruling countries than at liberating them, and he resigned in 1830, dying shortly thereafter. Why was Bolívar's body exhumed in 2010? More... Discuss
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Tenjin Matsuri

The Tenjin Festival in Japan honors the scholar and statesman Sugawara Michizane (845-903), who was deified as Tenjin after his death. The festival opens at the Temmangu Shrine with the beating of the Moyooshi Daiko, a drum about five feet in diameter. The drum-cart is followed by a masked figure who represents Sarutahiko, the deity who led all the other gods to Japan. Most important is the mikoshi—the decorated shrine in which the soul of Tenjin is believed to reside. In the evening, the parade moves to the river, with numerous boats carrying glowing lanterns. More... Discuss
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