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petulant

Definition: (adjective) Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered.
Synonyms:peevish, testy, cranky, fractious
Usage:After their fight, her friend came to make amends, but she was feeling petulant and sulky and ignored him. Discuss.

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Jauhar

Jauhar refers to the ancient Hindu tradition of honorable self-immolation of women. It originally described the voluntary death on a funeral pyre of India's queens and royal women, who would kill themselves to avoid capture when their castles were defeated. Jauhar also refers to the practice of mass suicide carried out in medieval times by besieged women and children, after which men would ride out to the battlefield to face certain death. What is the most famous historical example of Jauhar? More... Discuss

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Cat Returns from the Grave

A cat in Florida is being hailed as a "miracle" and a "zombie" after seemingly coming back from the dead. Bart the cat was hit by a car earlier this month, assumed dead, and buried. Five days later, he dug free of his grave and—despite serious injuries—got himself to a neighbor's yard. Bart's owner then brought him to the Humane Society of Tampa, where he has since received treatment for a broken jaw and extensive facial injuries, including surgery to remove one of his eyes. Bart is expected to make a full recovery in about six weeks. More... Discuss

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Private Slovik Executed for Desertion (1945)

US Army private Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion in 1945. His was the first such execution after the Civil War and the only one of 49 World War II desertion death sentences to be carried out. Slovik was initially separated from his unit during an artillery attack. He rejoined them but deserted after being assigned to the front lines. He later confessed in writing that he would do it again and refused offers to destroy his note and return to battle. How old was Slovik when he died? More... Discuss

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Norman Mailer (1923)

American writer Norman Mailer was catapulted to fame at 25 with the publication of The Naked and the Dead, a partially autobiographical novel based on his World War II service. He pioneered the use of novelistic techniques in nonfiction works, a style known as New Journalism, and won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1969 for The Armies of the Night. He won his second Pulitzer in 1980 with The Executioner's Song, a novel depicting the events surrounding whose execution? More... Discuss

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In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

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Nauru Independence Day (2015)

This island in the Pacific Ocean gained independence from Great Britain on January 31, 1968. It had been governed by Australia. Independence Day is a national holiday in Nauru. More... Discuss

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