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gauche

Definition: (adjective) Lacking social polish; tactless.
Synonyms:unpolished, graceless
Usage:Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. Discuss.
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Ben and Jerry's

In 1978, childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield invested $12,000 to launch their ice cream company in a renovated gas station. The Vermont-based company drew national publicity when it filed a lawsuit to protest the blocking of its distribution by a rival ice cream company and went on to become famous for its creative flavor names, like Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, and socially conscious approach. Why are Ben and Jerry's ice creams typically chock-full of chunky add-ins? More... Discuss
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Flood of Syrian Refugees Crossing into Turkey

In just the past few days, well over 100,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey, and many tens of thousands more may soon follow. The recent influx—the largest in such a short period since the start of Syria's civil war more than three years ago—is being driven by Islamic State advances in the heavily Kurdish area of Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab. The surge is straining resources already stretched to the limit by the 1.3 million Syrian refugees that had made their way into Turkey prior to this. More... Discuss
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Planet Neptune Is Discovered (1846)

Neptune is notable for being the first planet to be discovered by way of mathematical prediction rather than standard observation. Galileo observed Neptune twice in the early 1600s, but he mistook the planet for a fixed star and is therefore not credited with its discovery. Centuries later, small changes in Uranus's orbit led astronomers to seek out and discover the eighth and outermost planet of our solar system. Who predicted Neptune's location in the 1840s within 1° of where it was found? More... Discuss
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Augustus Caesar (63 BCE)

Augustus Caesar was the first emperor of Rome. Known as Octavian for the period of his life prior to 27 BCE, he came to power after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He ended years of civil war and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness. Although he preserved the outward form of the Roman Republic, he ruled with extraordinary powers for more than 40 years and filled the Senate with sympathizers who named him "Augustus." What was the significance of this title? More... Discuss
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The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

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Autumnal Equinox

The sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator twice a year: on or about March 21 (Vernal Equinox) and again six months later, on or about September 22 or 23 (Autumnal Equinox). On these two occasions, night and day are of equal length all over the world. In the Northern Hemisphere, September 22 or 23 is the first day of autumn. Autumnal Equinox Day is a national holiday in Japan, observed on either September 23 or 24 to celebrate the arrival of autumn and to honor family ancestors. More... Discuss
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