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The Cedar Fire Spreads in Southern California

The Cedar Fire was the second largest wildfire in the history of California. It was one of 15 fires fanned by Santa Ana Winds that ravaged Southern California during October 2003. The Cedar Fire burned 280,278 acres (1,134 km²), destroyed 2,820 buildings, and killed 14 people. How did the fire start?



Muay Thai

This martial art is practiced in several southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, where it is known as Pradal Serey, and Myanmar, where it is called Lethwei. It is known as "The Science of Eight Limbs," because the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all involved. Traditional Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and was used by the military, while today's "sport" version is practiced in a ring and features gloves like those used in boxing. Who was Nai Khanomtom?

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Johann Strauss II

Strauss was a world-renowned Austrian composer best known for his waltzes, such as The Blue Danube. The son of a composer, he formed an orchestra in 1844 that was immediately successful and rivaled that of his father. After his father's death, Strauss merged the two orchestras and went on to compose more than 400 waltzes, bringing the Viennese waltz to a height of musical artistry and endowing it with new melodic, rhythmic, and orchestral richness. He came to be known by what nickname?

Last updated on Wednesday, 25th October 2006

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