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In History

  • Hyde was an Irish scholar and political leader. He was largely responsible for the revival of Irish language and literature through his founding of the Gaelic League in 1893. After teaching modern Irish for many years, Hyde became the president of Ireland, or Eire, in 1938. Using his Gaelic name, An Craoibhin Aoibhinn, he authored many works, including Literary History of Ireland and Love Songs of Connacht. A polyglot, Hyde was fluent in how many languages? Discuss
  • Before astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to reach outer space, she made a name for herself as a nationally-ranked tennis player. After earning her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, she took part in her first space shuttle mission in 1983, serving on board the Challenger. She later served on the panels that investigated the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. What two women preceded Ride in space?
  • Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded following efforts by Pierre de Coubertin to reinstate the ancient Olympic Games that were first held in Greece in 776 BCE. Today, the IOC constitutes a single legal entity that organizes the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and owns copyrights, trademarks, and other intangible properties associated with the Games, such as the Olympic logos. What is the maximum number of members the IOC can have?

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  • Definition: (noun) The distance around something; the circumference. Synonyms: circumference, perimeter. Usage: It was an enormous tree, its girth twice as great as what a man could embrace. Discuss

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  • Carly Simon is an American musician who emerged as one of the leading artists of the early 1970s singer-songwriter boom. Her 1988 hit "Let the River Run," featured in the movie Working Girl, earned her a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe, yet it is not her most famous song. This distinction goes to "You're So Vain," a sarcastic profile of a self-absorbed lover. A number-one hit, it spawned a huge debate as to who inspired the lyrics. Who are some of the possible candidates? Discuss
  • Born in Manassa, Colorado, Dempsey was an American boxer and world heavyweight champion. Nicknamed the "Manassa Mauler," he emerged from fights on saloon floors to seal his slugging reputation in his first title fight by knocking down the gigantic champion, Jess Willard, seven times in the first three minutes. He successfully defended his title five times before losing to Gene Tunney in an upset. What happened during the rematch, and why did it come to be called the "Long Count" bout?
  • Kinsey was an American biologist noted for his 1948 study Sexual Behavior in the Human Male and its 1953 follow-up, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Based upon thousands of interviews, the Kinsey Reports generated much controversy because they discussed taboo subjects, challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality, and approached sexual variation in a nonjudgmental, value-neutral fashion. Though he is best remembered for this research, Kinsey actually was a teacher of what?

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