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Definition: (noun) A shifty, deceptive person.
Synonyms:dodger, fox
Usage:I can never trust that slyboots at the office—she is polite to my face, but I always catch her belittling me to our coworkers! Discuss.
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The Assembly Line

The assembly line is a method of manufacturing wherein various mass-produced, identical parts are assembled in a sequential manner to create an end product. The division of labor into simple, individual tasks allows relatively unskilled laborers to serially add pieces together to quickly create a final product that they usually do not get to see. Though 20th-century automaker Henry Ford is often credited with introducing the modern assembly line, crude precursors date all the way back to when? More... Discuss
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Asteroid Strikes More Common than Thought

The odds of an asteroid striking a city on Earth are higher than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013, monitoring systems detected 26 asteroids exploding in Earth's atmosphere with the force of a nuclear weapon. While most of the detonations took place at altitudes too high to cause damage on the ground, the residents of Chelyabinsk, Russia, know all too well the danger posed by these events. Just over a year ago, one such explosion caused injuries to more than 1,000 people there. Experts estimate that an asteroid capable of destroying a city strikes our planet about once every 100 years. More... Discuss
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Woolworth Building Opens in New York City (1913)

The 60-story Woolworth Building is one of the oldest and most famous skyscrapers in New York City. It was constructed in the neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert, who was commissioned by Frank Woolworth to design a new corporate headquarters for his company in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. The project cost $13.5 million, which Woolworth paid in cash. Topping out at 792 ft (241 m), the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world until 1930, when it was overtaken by what building? More... Discuss
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William I of Orange (1533)

William I of Orange was born to the house of Nassau and became prince of Orange in 1544. Though he initially served the Spanish king as a diplomat, Spanish encroachments on the independence of the Netherlands and the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition led him to turn against Spain. He subsequently led the Dutch revolt that instigated the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces of the Netherlands in 1648. How did he earn the epithet "the Silent"? More... Discuss
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Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

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Armenian Martyrs' Day

Armenian Martyrs' Day is a day of remembrance for the one million Armenians who died in the Turkish massacre of 1915-16. On April 24, 1915, Turks arrested Armenian political and intellectual leaders in Istanbul, killing 250 of them. That was the start of deportations, forced marches in the desert, rapes, and imprisonments that killed half the Armenian population in Turkey. Armenian communities throughout the world observe this day. In the United States, many state governors issue proclamations of remembrance; there are also special services in Armenian churches. More... Discuss
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