" There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. "
P. G. Wodehouse

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Edgar Allan Poe Publishes "The Raven"

"The Raven," like Poe's other works, conveys the dreamlike and often macabre forces that pervaded the author's sensibility. Poe wrote the poem while his moribund wife was suffering from tuberculosis, and it became an instant sensation when it appeared in the Evening Mirror in 1845. In the poem, the narrator, who is mourning the death of his love, Lenore, is mysteriously visited by a talking raven and asks the bird a series of questions. What is the raven's one-word response to each query?



"Freedom Fries"

"Freedom fries" was a short-lived name used by some in the US for French fries after France resisted condoning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In March, 2003, all references to French fries and French toast on the menus of restaurants run by the House of Representatives were removed. By July 2006, however, the move had been reversed. Politically-motivated renamings were also seen during WWI, when anti-German sentiment led some to refer to sauerkraut as "liberty cabbage," and to hamburgers as what?

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an internationally-known celebrity noted for her highly influential talk show as well as her philanthropy. She began her career as the host of AM Chicago, which was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and expanded to a full hour once it became a success. In the mid-1990s, Winfrey adopted a less tabloid-orientated format and began covering important social issues like child abuse, sexual abuse, drug addiction, and depression. Why did Texas cattlemen sue Oprah in 1996?

Last updated on Monday, 29th January 2007

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