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azure

Definition: (adjective) A light purplish blue.
Synonyms:cerulean, lazuline, sapphire, sky-blue
Usage:The large silver kite gleamed against the azure expanse of sky. Discuss.

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Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. is a jewelry and silverware company. It was founded in New York City in 1837 and, today, has stores in major cities all over the world. The corporation has an agreement with the Tahera Diamond Corporation to buy or market the entire production of Canada's Jericho Diamond Mine. The Tiffany flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue at 57th Street is a popular tourist attraction, largely as a result of what 1961 movie? More... Discuss

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Peter Minuit Buys Manhattan (1626)

Peter Minuit was the director-general of the Dutch colony of New Netherland who is credited with the purchase of the island of Manhattan in 1626. According to legend, he persuaded the natives—perhaps a Metoac band of Lenape known as the Canarsee, who were actually native to what is now Brooklyn—to "sell" the island for a handful of trade goods worth approximately 60 guilders. In 1846, that price was converted by a New York historian to what US dollar amount? More... Discuss

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Pontormo (1494)

Pontormo was a Florentine painter and one of the creators of mannerism, an artistic style characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective. In fact, his altar for the church of San Michele Visdomini, Florence, is considered by many to be the first mannerist work in recorded history. He was also a talented portraitist. Pontormo was a recluse for much of his life and kept a diary in which he chronicled his obsessions. With which famous Florentine painters did he apprentice? More... Discuss

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Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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n. pl. A caste of priests, philosophers, and cians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East
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Aldersgate Experience

On the evening of May 24, 1738, John Wesley (1703-1791), co-founder of the Methodist Church, visited a house on Aldersgate Street, London, to join a group reading of Martin Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. As they were reading, Wesley underwent a conversion experience—"I felt my heart strangely warmed," he said. From that time until his death in 1791, Wesley considered it his mission in life to tell people about his experience and to invite them to share his beliefs. The anniversary of this event is commemorated by the Methodist Church on the Sunday nearest May 24. More... Discuss

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