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The Simpsons Debuts

One of the most popular animated TV shows in US history, The Simpsons has earned its spot in pop culture history through its parodies of the "Middle American" lifestyle. The show, created by Matt Groening, is a spin-off of a series of animated shorts originally aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and is currently both the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program. How many episodes of The Simpsons have aired since the show debuted in 1989?

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Chives

Chives grow wild throughout most of the northern hemisphere, forming perennial clumps about 5 in (12 cm) high. Chives consist of an underground bulb, long hollow tubular leaves, and globe-shaped purple flower heads. They are the mildest and smallest member of the onion family and lack the bitterness of raw onions. Their leaves are often used as a garnish for salads or to flavor foods such as fish, potatoes, and soup. What effect does eating chives have on the circulatory system?

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven is universally recognized as one of the greatest composers of the Western European music tradition. Aside from his architectonic innovations and expansion of the classical sonata and symphony, Beethoven brought a new depth and intensity of emotion to music. After losing his hearing, he stopped performing in public, but continued to compose music. Beethoven's reputation as an isolated genius was due, in part, to his quick temper and what other strange habits?

Last updated on Monday, 17th December 2007

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