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Definition: (noun) Obscene language or literature, especially that dealing pruriently or humorously with excrement and excretory functions.
Synonyms:vulgarism, obscenity
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The History of the Sewing Machine

The sewing machine is a device that stitches cloth and other materials. An attempt at mechanical sewing was made in England in 1790 with a machine having a forked, automatic needle that made a single-thread chain, but it was American inventor Elias Howe who made the first successful machine in 1846, using an eye-pointed needle and an intermittent feed. Isaac M. Singer, who is often credited with inventing the machine, patented what improvements to the device? More... Discuss

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Explorer I Ceases Transmission (1958)

Following the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik I in October 1957, there was a frenzied effort by the US to launch a satellite of its own, beginning the so-called Space Race. Launched in January 1958 as part of the US program for the International Geophysical Year project, Explorer-I was the first Earth satellite of the US. It contributed to the discovery of the Van Allen Belts but stopped transmission of data when its batteries died in 1958. It remained in orbit, however, for how long? More... Discuss

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Elias Ashmole (1617)

Ashmole was a celebrated English archaeologist and antiquary who donated most of his collection of artifacts and curiosities to the University of Oxford in 1677 to create the Ashmolean Museum, the first such public institution in England. Though most of Ashmole's acquisitions focused on the study of nature, he was also interested in mysticism and was a student of astrology and alchemy. What anagrammatic pseudonym did Ashmole use to publish an anthology of alchemical writings in 1650? More... Discuss

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Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her [America's] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) Discuss

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Today's Holiday


Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River, which takes place along the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, on Memorial Day Weekend, is the largest celebration of the Beatles' music in North America. Once a three-day affair, the festival has expanded to five days. Festival highlights include shows of complete albums, including a 30-member performance of the White Album. In addition to the live music, the event also offers a film festival, lectures, and vendors selling a variety of merchandise, collectibles, and artwork. More... Discuss