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Tunisia Gains Independence from France

Occupying the eastern portion of the great bulge of North Africa, Tunisia is bounded on the west by Algeria, on the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the southeast by Libya. In 1955, France granted Tunisia complete internal self-government, and full independence was negotiated in 1956. A year later the monarchy was abolished, and Tunisia became a republic. What powerful ancient city was located near modern day Tunis?



Dragonflies: The Devil's Darning Needle

Many cultures consider dragonflies sinister creatures, and a number of the common, vernacular names for the flying insects, such as "devil's needle" and "ear cutter," link them with evil or injury. In truth, dragonflies generally do not attack humans and are valued for their predatory control of harmful insect populations. Dragonflies lay eggs in or near water, and most of the dragonfly's life is spent underwater in larval form. In what country are dragonflies considered a delicacy?

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Charles William Eliot

Eliot was an educator and the president of Harvard from 1869 to 1909. Under his administration, Harvard developed from a small college with attached professional schools into a great modern university. Several notable reforms were introduced during his tenure: the elective system was extended, the curriculum was enriched, written exams became mandatory, and the faculty was enlarged. Eliot opposed football and tried unsuccessfully to abolish the game at Harvard. Why did he object to the sport?

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