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contiguous

Definition: (adjective) Having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching.
Synonyms:neighboring, adjacent, conterminous
Usage:The windows of the back rooms overlooked an enormous court, which formed the center of the square made by the buildings which faced the four contiguous streets. Discuss.
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Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut was the fifth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. She rose to power by acting as regent for her stepson, Thutmose III, but soon ordered herself crowned as pharaoh. Thereafter, she was regarded as a king rather than a queen and was often portrayed in pharaonic costume, including a false beard. She attained unprecedented power, and her reign saw the start of construction at Thebes and expanded trade. Why did she almost disappear from Egypt's archaeological and written records? More... Discuss
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Scientific Study Determines Mozzarella Best Cheese for Pizza

Scientists have confirmed what pizza lovers have long known—mozzarella is the best cheese to top a pizza. It beat out cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyère, and Provolone for the top spot. The researchers assessed the cheeses on several measures, including browning and blistering, and concluded that mozzarella's stretchiness and relatively low oiliness allows it to bubble and brown in a way that makes for the most visually and gastronomically appealing pie. For those seeking a gourmet pizza experience, the team recommends combining other cheeses with mozzarella rather than eliminating mozzarella entirely. More... Discuss
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The Great Fire of London Begins (1666)

This massive fire was one of the biggest calamities in London's history. It destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul's Cathedral, and countless other buildings over four days, leaving an estimated 70,000 residents homeless in its wake. Though the death toll is traditionally thought to have been relatively low, recent research suggests it may have been higher, since the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded at the time. What is thought to have started the fire? More... Discuss
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Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii (1838)

Liliuokalani was the last reigning queen of the Hawaiian Islands. She ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt—fostered largely by resident American sugar planters—that led to her dethronement in early 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Liliuokalani wrote many songs, including the popular "Aloha Oe," which means what? More... Discuss
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Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

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Vietnam National Day

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam observes its declaration of independence from France as a national holiday. On this day in 1945, Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) proclaimed the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. To celebrate Vietnam's national holiday, people gather in major cities, including Hanoi, for speeches, parades, fireworks, and other festivities. More... Discuss
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