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wizened

Definition: (adjective) Lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness.
Synonyms:shrunken, withered, shriveled
Usage:The wizened face of the man of law was twisted into a wrinkled smile. Discuss.

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The Good Samaritan Law

Good Samaritan laws protect those who choose to aid people who are injured or ill. The laws are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist strangers in emergency situations due to fear of being prosecuted for injury or wrongful death. The law takes its name from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan, in which a man from Samaria helps someone who has been beaten, robbed, and ignored by other passers-by. What country has gained notoriety for its poor treatment of Good Samaritans? More... Discuss

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Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

The next time you take a flight, you may want to check that the passenger next you is human. Last week, Athena, a humanoid robot, took what was hailed as the first flight by a robot as a paying passenger on a commercial airline. Built by an American robotics company, Athena was accompanied on her flight from Los Angeles to Germany by researchers from the Max Planck Society, who are exploring the potential for robots to do life-threatening jobs, such as cleaning up nuclear waste. The flight served no scientific purpose, but Athena's handlers said buying a seat was cheaper than stowing the robot as cargo. More... Discuss

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George Washington Resigns as Commander-in-Chief (1783)

After demonstrating exemplary leadership as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, George Washington resigned his commission and retired to Mount Vernon, Virginia. By resigning his military post, Washington established the important precedent that civilian-elected officials possess ultimate authority over the armed forces. After a brief retirement, he was elected the country's first president. Why was he given a posthumous military promotion in 1976? More... Discuss

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Helmut Schmidt (1918)

Schmidt is a German Social Democratic statesman who was the chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. His administration was characterized by a tough approach to the worldwide economic recession of the era. He was committed to improving relations with East Germany and the USSR, and he succeeded in cultivating ties with France, encouraging economic cooperation among western European nations, and maintaining close relations with the US. Why was he the subject of a police inquiry in 2008? More... Discuss

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One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

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adj. Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging
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St. Thorlak's Day (2014)

Thorlak Thorhalli (1133-1193) was born in Iceland and, after being educated abroad, returned there to become bishop of Skalholt in 1177 or 1178. He was canonized by the Icelandic parliament five years after his death. His day traditionally marks the climax of Christmas preparations for Icelanders. It is associated with housecleaning, as well as the preparation of special foods. The hangiket, or smoked mutton, for Christmas was usually cooked on this day, and, in the western fjords, the smell of skate hash cooked on St. Thorlak's Day is still considered a harbinger of the holiday season. More... Discuss

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