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The German Assembly Adopts the Weimar Constitution

Written immediately after WWI, the Weimar constitution was the document that governed the short-lived Weimar Republic of Germany. According to the document, the nation was to be a federal republic, governed by a president and parliament. This was a strong attempt to establish a liberal democracy in Germany, but it occurred during a time of civil conflict and failed with the ascent of the Nazi Party in 1933. How did Hitler manage to subvert the Weimar constitution after he came to power?



Sea Urchin

The sea urchin, a spiny sea creature related to the starfish, is found in oceans all over the world. Its body wall is a firm, globose shell, made of fused skeletal plates. Five rows of the skeletal plates are pierced by pores for its tube feet; it uses these tube feet, along with its spines, for locomotion. Sea urchin “roe,” which is actually made from the organs that produce the roe, is considered a delicacy in Mediterranean regions and Japan. What drug does sea urchin "roe" contain?

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J.K. Rowling

Rowling, author of the Harry Potter fantasy book series, is the first author to become a billionaire by writing books. She lives in Scotland with her family and is at work completing the Harry Potter saga, which has spawned a movie franchise. She had the idea for her story about a young boy attending a school for wizardry during a delayed train trip. How many Harry Potter books are there in the series?

Last updated on Tuesday, 31st July 2007

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