" There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect. "
Nicolo Machiavelli

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Earthquake Destroys Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas is the capital of Venezuela, located in the north of the country, close to the Caribbean Sea. Independence from Spain was declared there in July, 1811, but a year later, the city was destroyed by an earthquake, prompting authorities to portray the disaster as divine punishment for those who rebelled against the Spanish Crown. During the first part of the 20th cent., Caracas became one of Latin America's economic centers due in part to the abundance of what natural resource?



Teddy Bear

The teddy bear is a traditional stuffed toy bear for children. One legend has it that the name originates from an incident involving Theodore Roosevelt, whose attendants found and caught an old injured bear during a hunting trip. "Teddy" refused to kill the animal, however, calling it "unsportsmanlike." "Teddy's Bear" was immediately publicized by political cartoonists, and its stuffed animal form began selling in stores shortly thereafter. Where is the world's first teddy bear museum located?

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William Hague

The Right Honorable William Hague is a British politician. In 1995, Conservative prime minister John Major named him secretary of state for Wales, making him the youngest cabinet member in half a century. After Labour's overwhelming 1997 victory swept the Conservatives from office, Hague won the party leadership as a centrist. Advocating the distancing of England from Europe, he failed to rally popular support for the party in the 1990s. He resigned his leadership post in what year?

Last updated on Monday, 26th March 2007

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