Foot binding originated during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in the wealthiest parts of China. By the end of the practice's thousand-year history, it had spread to all classes and was viewed as a status symbol. Young girls' feet were wrapped in tight bandages that restricted growth, causing breakage and deformity. Most often, the men that foot binding was intended to impress would never see the woman's bare feet, as they were concealed within tiny "lotus shoes." When and why did the practice end?
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Gerald Adams is an Irish Republican politician, member of parliament for West Belfast, and president of Sinn FÃ©in, the Irish nationalist movement that, under his leadership, has moved toward becoming a professionally organized political party. In 1984, Adams was seriously wounded when gunmen fired about 20 shots into the car in which he was traveling. Adams claimed the British army had prior knowledge of the attack and allowed it to continue. What terrorist organization was behind the shooting?
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Ehrlich was a German bacteriologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1908. He is noted for his work in hematology, immunology, cellular pathology, and the use of dyes in microscopy. He coined the term "chemotherapy" and is credited with the first empirical observation of the blood-brain barrier. He also made notable contributions to the treatment of syphilis, stimulating research that led to the development of what widely-used drug?