" The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity. "
James Fenimore Cooper

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Google, Inc. Founded

Google, the world's leading internet search engine, was created by two Stanford students in the 1990s. It was based on the hypothesis that a search engine that analyzes the relationships between websites will produce better results. Thus, sites with the most links to them from other relevant web pages appear higher on a search results list. Google use is so prevalent that the verb “google” was recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary. What is the "Googleplex?"



The Mediterranean Sea

At 965,000 sq mi (2,499,350 sq km), the Mediterranean Sea is the world's largest inland sea. It is surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is linked to the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar. Known as the “cradle of civilization,” it was a superhighway of transport in ancient times, allowing for trade and cultural exchange between communities in the area. The regions surrounding the sea have typically warm, dry, sunny climates. How many states have a coastline on the Mediterranean?

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Queen Elizabeth I of England

Queen Elizabeth, the last Tudor monarch of England, came to the throne during a turbulent period in English history. Although she has been described as vain, miserly, and fickle, she was nonetheless remarkably successful as queen. During her reign, England pursued a policy of expansionism in commerce and geographical exploration, and arts and literature flourished. The Elizabethan era saw the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the colonization of N America. Which US state is named after Elizabeth?

Last updated on Friday, 7th September 2007

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