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Oscar Wilde

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Jimmy Hoffa Disappears From a Detroit Parking Lot

Hoffa, President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), was an influential US labor leader. As a young man, Hoffa developed a reputation for being a tough street fighter who always stood up for coworkers against management. He had ties to the Mafia, and it is rumored that these relationships played a major role in his election as President of the IBT. His unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation and rumors; what are some of the theories?




The ukulele is a Hawaiian musical instrument developed from the Portuguese guitar. It has a fretted fingerboard and four strings that are plucked or strummed. A similar instrument is the banjolele, which has a banjo body. The ukulele became popular in the US through a 1915 exposition held in San Francisco, at which the Hawaiian Pavilion featured a guitar and ukulele ensemble. Vaudeville performers took it up, and its popularity spread. "Ukulele" is Hawaiian for what?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

This Austrian-born bodybuilder won the first of his 5 Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected Governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did Austrian politician Peter Pilz demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship?

Last updated on Monday, 30th July 2007

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