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Antoine Lavoisier Tried, Convicted, and Guillotined

Lavoisier was a French nobleman known today as the "father of modern chemistry." He stated the first version of the Law of Conservation of Matter, co-discovered and named oxygen, developed the first periodic table of elements, and introduced the metric system. He was also chairman of the board of the Discount Bank. He was beheaded during the Reign of Terror because, as one of the farmers general, one of his duties was to do what?

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Life Savers

Life Savers is an American brand of ring-shaped mints and fruit-flavored hard candy known for its colorful packaging. It was created in 1912 by the father of the poet Hart Crane, Clarence Crane, who was in search of a new summer candy. The pill manufacturer he contracted to press his new line of hard mints found that production improved when the mints were stamped with a hole in the middle. What flavor of the candy exhibits "triboluminescence?"

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Harry S. Truman

Truman was the 33rd president of the US who is remembered for his decision to drop the Atomic Bomb and for his opposition to Communism. A Democrat who largely accepted the New Deal tradition, he presided over victory in WWII and the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. His administration also oversaw the beginning of the Cold War, the 2nd Red Scare, and the desegregation of the armed forces. What American sayings did he popularize?

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