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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?

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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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