" I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred - that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. "
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Clara Barton Establishes the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross (ARC) is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It provides disaster relief, emergency assistance, and education for citizens of the US. It was established by Clara Barton, an American humanitarian, who became involved with the International Red Cross while visiting Europe. The ARC supplies nearly half of the donated blood in the US, a supply that was segregated by race and religion until which president put a stop to the practice?



The Art of Eating Fire

Fire-eaters are entertainers who extinguish flaming objects and transfer flames using their mouths and other body parts. The tradition of fire-eating was embedded in the spiritual performances of Hindu ascetics, and by the late 1880s, these daring acts had become a standard element in sideshow productions. Extinguishing tricks are the traditional hallmark of fire-eating, and performers often use their mouths to snuff out 1, 2, or even 3 flaming torches. What is the “secret” to fire-eating?

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Alexander Pope

Pope, recognized as the greatest English poet of the 18th century, was almost entirely self-taught. He established his poetic reputation with the precocious Pastorals (1709) and An Essay on Criticism (1711). The Rape of the Lock, a mock-heroic epic ridiculing high society, is perhaps his most popular work. A number of passages from Pope's works have passed so deeply into the English language that they have taken on a somewhat proverbial quality. What are a few examples?

Last updated on Wednesday, 21st May 2008

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