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querulous

Definition: (adjective) Given to complaining; peevish.
Synonyms:fretful, whiny
Usage:The teacher's patience was wearing thin, but the querulous student nevertheless continued to whine about how much homework she was assigning. Discuss.
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La Brea Tar Pits

This famous fossil field is located in Los Angeles, California. Once used by local Native Americans as a source of tar for waterproofing, the tar pits are now a protected archeological site, as they contain a vast quantity of fossils from the last ice age. Indeed, more than one million prehistoric specimens have already been exhumed from the pits, among them mammoth, mastodon, and saber-toothed cat fossils, and are on display at the Page Museum there. What is a tar pit, and how does it form? More... Discuss
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Google's New Project: A Steady Spoon

Among Google's latest attempts at innovation is a spoon that allows people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling. The project was begun by a small startup that was acquired by Google earlier this year. Equipped with sensors that detect shaking, the spoon uses algorithms to keep it steady, reducing shaking by an average of 76 percent, according to the results of clinical trials. Doctors say the device has allowed some patients to eat independently who otherwise would have to be fed. More... Discuss
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Scuttling of the French fleet in Toulon (1942)

When Nazi Germany occupied northern and western France in 1940, the coastal city of Toulon fell under Vichy jurisdiction in the so-called unoccupied zone in the south. The center of French naval power since the 19th century, Toulon housed much of the French fleet. When, in 1942, Germany finally occupied all of France and Toulon's capture appeared imminent, the French scuttled much of the fleet rather than allow the vessels to fall into German hands. What was the German mission in Toulon called? More... Discuss
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James Agee (1909)

Agee was an American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and film critic who wrote for several magazines, including Fortune, Time, and The Nation. His first major book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a commentary on the lives of Southern tenant farmers in the 1930s with accompanying photographs by Walker Evans, was a commercial flop at the time of its original publication but has won high praise over the years. Which book earned Agee a posthumous Pulitzer Prize? More... Discuss
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Thanksgiving (U.S.)

The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious and took place on December 4, 1619, but most Americans think of the first "official" Thanksgiving as the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621, a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. Today, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions and traditions, most of which center around the preparation of an elaborate meal featuring turkey and a dozen or so accompanying dishes. The widespread sales that begin in stores the next day mark the start of the Christmas shopping season. More... Discuss
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