Althaea officinalis, or the Marsh Mallow, flourishes on riverbanks and in salt marshes. Its velvety leaves, pale pink flowers, and mucilaginous root all have medicinal properties. When the plant flowers, its leaves are collected and used to treat pulmonary and urinary diseases. The root, which is harvested in late autumn, is generally used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and skin conditions. What part of the Marsh Mallow is used to make marshmallow candy treats?
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Lipinski is an American figure skater who, at the age of 14, won the both US and World Championships, becoming the youngest person ever to win either title. At the 1996 US Postal Challenge, she became the first female skater to land a triple loop/triple loop jump combination, which became a signature element in Lipinski's performances. In 1998, she became the youngest person ever to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Why did Lipinski stop skating in 2002?
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Shatner is a Canadian-born actor, writer, and musical performer. Early in his career, he played "Ranger Bill" in the Canadian version of the Howdy Doody Show, but he is most famous for starring as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. Shatner has since written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Kirk. In 2006, Shatner sold his kidney stone to an online casino for how much money?