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cantankerous

Definition: (adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
Synonyms:bloody-minded
Usage:I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord. Discuss.
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University of Oxford

Oxford is one of the oldest English-language universities in the world. A leading center of learning throughout the Middle Ages, it has maintained an outstanding reputation, especially in the classics, theology, and political science. John Locke, Adam Smith, Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen Hawking are among the luminaries who have studied at Oxford. What founder of modern chemistry never formally studied at Oxford but was active in its academic community and awarded an honorary degree? More... Discuss
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Headbanging Brain Bleed Danger

Headbanging—the violent shaking of one's head in time with rock music, especially heavy metal—looks violent, but it is generally viewed as fairly harmless. Rarely, however, serious brain injuries can result from the practice, as evidenced by a recent case in which a 50-year-old Motörhead concertgoer developed bleeding on the brain that required surgery to treat. The injury was discovered four weeks after the concert, when the man, complaining of constant headaches, visited a doctor. Violent headbanging has also been linked to strokes and whiplash injuries. More... Discuss
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Medal of Honor Authorized by US Congress (1862)

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the US. It is presented by the president for "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of…life above and beyond the call of duty" while engaged in an action against an enemy. Members of all branches of the US military are eligible to receive the medal, but each branch has its own special design. The Philadelphia Mint designed the medal, which was first awarded during the Civil War. How many soldiers have received the medal twice? More... Discuss
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George Eastman (1854)

In the late 1800s, Eastman invented roll film, devised the Kodak camera, and founded the Eastman Kodak Company. His affordable cameras were an essential part of the development of photography as a popular hobby, and his experiments with Thomas Edison made motion pictures possible. Known for his philanthropy, Eastman donated $100 million to various institutions. In his later years, he suffered from a debilitating spinal disorder and committed suicide in 1932. What were his last words? More... Discuss
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No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.

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Moxie Festival

Moxie, originally a nerve tonic, was invented in 1876 by Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine. In 1884 it became a carbonated beverage whose main ingredient was gentian root. The Moxie Festival in Lisbon, Maine, began as an autograph session for Frank Potter, the author of The Moxie Mystique, in 1982. Within a few years the event had grown to include a pancake breakfast, parade, car show, craft fair, and firemen's muster. Although Moxie is no longer widely available, the drink can still be found in Maine, where it is quite popular. About 10,000 people attend the festival each year. More... Discuss
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