" Rebukes are easy from our betters,
From men of quality and letters;
But when low dunces will affront,
What man alive can stand the brunt?
Jonathan Swift

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Chinese Leader Deng Xiaoping Restored to Power

As a supporter of Mao Zedong, Deng was named to several important government posts. However, Mao grew to fear Deng's popularity and forced him out of office after launching the 1966 Cultural Revolution. After Mao's death in 1976, Deng reemerged to serve as the de facto ruler of the People's Republic of China until the early 1990s. His reforms turned the world's most populous nation into an economic and political force, but his reputation was tarnished by his handling of what 1989 event?



The Plumed Basilisk

Known in Costa Rica as the "Jesus Christ lizard" for its ability to run short distances across water using both its feet and tail for support, the plumed basilisk is a species of lizard native to Latin America, with a natural habitat that ranges from Mexico to Ecuador. An excellent swimmer, Basiliscus plumifrons can stay under water for up to 30 minutes. Plumed basilisks are omnivorous and eat insects, small mammals and lizards, fruits, and flowers. What predators prey on the lizard?

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Oscar de la Renta

De la Renta is a Dominican-born American fashion designer whose work has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1970s. Originally trained as a painter in Madrid, de la Renta first entered the industry as a sketcher with some of Spain's top fashion houses. Later, he moved to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, de la Renta began his signature ready-to-wear label. For what group did de la Renta design new uniforms in the 1980s?

Last updated on Tuesday, 22nd July 2008

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