" The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. "
Gustave Flaubert

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Dominican Republic Adopts First Constitution

The Dominican Republic declared its independence from Haiti in a movement led by Juan Duarte and Pedro Santana. It adopted a constitutional form of government, but Santana forced the assembly to include an article in the constitution that gave him dictatorial powers, allowing him to drive out his political opponents, including Duarte. In 1861, Santana restored the Dominican Republic to what country?



The World's Longest Escalators

The longest escalator on earth is a 4-section outdoor escalator at Ocean Park, Hong Kong, with an overall length of 224m (745ft). Hong Kong also boasts the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, a long-distance system of escalators and moving sidewalks with a total length of 800m. The longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere is at the Wheaton station of the Washington Metro subway system and is 155m (508ft) long. How long does it take a commuter to ascend the Wheaton station escalator?

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Suleiman the Magnificent

Sultan Suleiman I was called "the Magnificent" in Europe and "the Lawgiver" in the Islamic world. He reigned from 1520 to 1566, during which time the Ottoman Empire reached its zenith. At the time of his death, Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Damascus, Baghdad, the Balkan provinces stretching to the border of modern Austria, and most of North Africa were under the control of his empire. Who was Damat Ibrahim Pasha, with whom the Sultan dined seven times before executing him?

Last updated on Monday, 6th November 2006

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