" I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses. "
Victor Hugo

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Hostess Twinkies Are Invented

The Twinkie was invented by bakery manager James Dewar, who noticed that the shop's shortcake pans were only used during the strawberry season and otherwise sat idle. His thrifty idea to use the pans during the off-season led to the development of the banana-filled Twinkie snack cake. When the outbreak of WWII caused a banana shortage, vanilla filling replaced the original banana. Today, 500 million Twinkies are produced each year. What is the "Twinkie defense," and when was the term first used?



Honor Among Thieves: the Pirate Code

In the second half of the 17th century, buccaneers began operating under a set of rules that eventually became known as Articles of Agreement, or the Pirate's Code. While the rules generally varied from one captain to another, most contained provisions for discipline, specifications for each crewmate's share of treasure, and rules regarding compensation for injury. According to records of the code, what was the punishment for striking another man while in the service of Captain John Phillips?

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James D. Watson

Watson is an American biologist who, with Francis Crick, researched the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) at Cambridge in the 1950s. Their findings earned them and Maurice Wilkins the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Watson later became director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and served as director of the National Center for Human Genome Research, which undertook the Human Genome Project. At the age of 12, Watson appeared on what popular radio show?

Last updated on Sunday, 6th April 2008

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