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Alcatraz Closes

A rocky island in western California's San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was used as a federal prison from 1933 to 1963, housing the most dangerous criminals in the country. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, attracting almost a million visitors a year by the mid 1990s. Nicknamed "The Rock," it was a symbol of the impregnable fortress prison with maximum security and strict discipline. Thirty-four prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded. Who were they?




Chameleons have laterally flattened bodies and bulging, independently rotating eyes. They are variously ornamented with crests, horns, and spines. They feed chiefly on insects and are unique among lizards in possessing long, sticky tongues with which they capture their prey. Their changes in skin color are under hormonal and nervous control and are not affected by the color of the background but by stimuli such as light, temperature, and emotion. "Chameleon" is derived from what Greek words?

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Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman is a London-born actor known for playing eccentric characters and for his mastery of accents. His first movie role was in the film Remembrance in 1982, and he has since played a variety of characters including Dracula, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols. In 1997, he directed, produced, and wrote what award-winning film based on his life?

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