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Battle of Zama Begins in Carthage

The Battle of Zama was the decisive battle of the Second Punic War in which the Roman army led by Scipio Africanus Major defeated the Carthaginian force led by the great Hannibal Barca. Soon after this defeat on their home ground, the Carthaginian senate sued for peace, ending the 17-year war. What were the terms of the treaty that ended the war?



Chinese Food, or So You Might Think

In the 19th century, Chinese restaurateurs in America modified their food for Western tastes and opened restaurants in towns where Chinese food was unknown. Today, Westerners exposed only to "American Chinese food" may not know how it differs from authentic Chinese cuisine. One difference involves the use of vegetables: Chinese cuisine relies on leafy greens like bok choy and Gai-lan, while Americanized dishes feature produce like broccoli and carrots. Where did General Tso's chicken originate?

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Jaap Eden

Eden was a famous Dutch athlete at the turn of the 20th century and, as of 2005, the only man to have won world championships in both speed skating and cycling. Many products, such as cigars, chocolates, and an alcoholic beverage, were named after him, and his feats granted him star status in the Netherlands. Who discovered Eden?

Last updated on Thursday, 19th October 2006

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