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jejune

Definition: (adjective) Not interesting; dull.
Synonyms:insipid
Usage:The jejune novel was full of trite phrases and dull banter that went on for pages at a time, but I nevertheless read it from cover to cover. Discuss.
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Mekong Delta

The Mekong River—the longest river in Southeast Asia—flows from southern China through Tibet, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, where it enters the South China Sea. The sediments it carries on the 2,700-mile (4,350-km) journey form the vast, extremely fertile Mekong Delta, which occupies southeast Cambodia and southern Vietnam. One of the greatest rice-growing areas in Asia, the densely populated delta region has been called a "biological treasure trove." What did scientists recently discover there? More... Discuss
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Scots Vote "No" on Independence

On Thursday, Scots took to the polls in record numbers in a referendum to determine the future of their country. The ballots contained just a single yes-no question, "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In the end, 55 percent responded "No," meaning that Scotland will remain a part of the UK for the foreseeable future. Although outright independence was rejected, change is still on its way. In the lead-up to the vote, unionist parties promised Scotland greater autonomy, particularly on the issues of tax, spending, and welfare, should it remain a part of the UK. More... Discuss
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John Lennon Leaves the Beatles (1969)

Tensions were high during the recording sessions for what were to be the Beatles' final albums. John Lennon described working on Let It Be as "hell." Exactly a month after finishing "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"—the last time all four Beatles would be in the studio together—Lennon told his bandmates that he was going solo. To avoid jeopardizing sales of Abbey Road, which was released just days later, Lennon's departure was kept a secret. When was the group's dissolution formalized? More... Discuss
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Sophia Loren (1934)

Sophia Loren is a famous film actress who grew up in poverty near Naples, Italy. With the help of Italian producer Carlo Ponti, whom she later married, she gained international fame, acting in both tragic dramas and boisterous comedies. She won the first Academy Award for a foreign-language performance for her role in the 1961 film Two Women, and she received a special Academy Award in 1991 for her body of work. Why did she serve more than two weeks in prison in 1982? More... Discuss
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It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

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Idaho Spud Day

Spud Day is a celebration of the potato in Shelley, Idaho. The potato has come to be thought of as the crop of Idaho, but the state actually has a number of other important crops: wheat, hay, oats, barley, beans, peas, sugar beets, and fruits. Nonetheless, the spud gets the hurrahs with a festival that began in 1927 and includes a parade, potato-picking and tug-of-war contests, and, of course, potatoes fried, baked, scalloped, mashed, and more. Five thousand free baked potatoes are given to visitors. More... Discuss
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