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nostrum

Definition: (noun) Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases.
Synonyms:cure-all, panacea, catholicon
Usage:Stay healthy, for science is no closer to a nostrum than alchemy was. Discuss.

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Film Noir

Film noir is a style of film characterized by low-key lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, cynical characters who find themselves entangled in the criminal underworld. This dark genre, which gave rise to the film archetypes of the hardboiled private detective and the femme fatale, was especially popular in Hollywood in the 1940s. Classic examples of film noir include The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Who first coined the term film noir, and what does it mean? More... Discuss

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Egyptian Museum in Sticky Situation over King Tut's Beard

Egyptian antiquities officials are investigating why and how glue was used to reattach the beard of King Tutankhamun's iconic burial mask at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Conflicting reports are circulating about how the beard came to be dislodged, but sources say the famed artifact was hastily repaired so it could be quickly put back on display. According to one source, attempts to remove some the glue with a spatula left scratches on the 3,000-year-old relic. More... Discuss

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Nellie Bly Goes Around the World (1890)

Elizabeth Jane Cochran—better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly—was a pioneering investigative reporter. She feigned insanity in order to be committed to the Women's Lunatic Asylum on New York City's Blackwell's Island and expose the institution's horrific and abusive treatment methods. In 1889, she embarked on a 24,899-mile (40,071-km) journey around the world inspired by the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Her trip, however, was somewhat shorter. How long did it take? More... Discuss

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Virginia Woolf (1882)

A successful innovator in the form of the novel, Woolf was a significant force in 20th-century fiction. As a novelist, her chief concern was to represent the flow of ordinary experience, and she accomplished this by placing greatest emphasis not on plot or characterization but on her characters' consciousness. Her books include Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob's Room, and To the Lighthouse. Woolf struggled with bouts of depression and, fearing the onset of a breakdown, did what in 1941? More... Discuss

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Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

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Festival of the Cow (2015)

The Fiesta de la Vaca takes place in the village of San Pablo de los Montes, in the Spanish province of Toledo, on St. Paul's Day. While the religious procession and mass for the feast of San Pablo are going on, a group of young men form a counter-procession in the opposite direction. One of them plays the role of the cow, La Vaca, while another is dressed as Mother Sow, Madre Cochina. A third is dressed as a shepherd, and there are others ringing cow bells. Every time the group passes the image of the saint, they call out, "Here goes the cow!" More... Discuss

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