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jocose

Definition: (adjective) Given to joking; merry.
Synonyms:jesting, jocular, joking
Usage:Larry, who was usually so jocose, said he didn't have time for pranks. Discuss.
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The Pomegranate

The pomegranate is a reddish-yellow fruit native to semitropical Asia. Slightly larger than an orange, it has a tough rind, juicy pulp, and many seeds. The fruit is eaten fresh, the juice is a key ingredient in grenadine syrup, and the rind has been used as a medicinal astringent for centuries. The pomegranate has long been a religious and artistic symbol as well, appearing in ancient Asian literature, the Bible, and Greek mythology. Which Greek goddess was tricked into eating pomegranate seeds? More... Discuss
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Artificial Sweeteners May Be Bad for Blood Sugar

The longstanding debate about the advisability of replacing sugar in one's diet with artificial sweeteners just got a little more complicated. Researchers found that the no-calorie sugar substitutes, meant to help keep things like weight and blood sugar levels in check, alter the balance of gut microbes linked to metabolic diseases like diabetes and may lead, or contribute, to elevated blood sugar levels. The research focused on three common artificial sweeteners: saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame. More... Discuss
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Empress Dowager Cixi Ends Hundred Days of Reform in China (1898)

Empress Dowager Cixi was the de facto ruler of China for much of the period between 1861 and 1908. After the death of Emperor Xianfeng, as well as that of his only heir—his son by Cixi—she violated normal succession order and named her adoptive infant nephew Guangxu to the throne. In 1898, during the "hundred days of reform," Guangxu issued a series of radical decrees modernizing China's political and social structure. Cixi opposed the reforms and engineered a coup. What became of Guangxu? More... Discuss
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Stephen King (1947)

King is a popular American author of horror stories and one of the best-selling writers worldwide. His work bears the mark of the 19th-century Gothic tradition, often taking everyday situations and revealing their macabre and horrific potential. He is noted for his cinematic style, and several of his novels and stories have been made into successful movies, including The Shining, Stand by Me, and The Shawshank Redemption. Under what pen names has King published? More... Discuss
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There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.

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Malta Independence Day

This is a nationwide celebration of Malta's independence, achieved on September 21, 1964. Malta was under the control of various political entities from its earliest days. In the early 19th century, the Maltese acknowledged Great Britain's sovereignty. Malta's heroic stand against the Axis in World War II won a declaration that self-government would be restored at the end of the war, and indeed self-government under another constitution was granted in 1947. It was revoked and restored before independence was finally granted. Independence Day is celebrated with parades and festivities throughout the country. More... Discuss
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