" Now, here you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! "
Lewis Carroll

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Feudalism Abolished in France

Less than a month after the storming of the Bastille, the National Assembly held a meeting in which the nobles and clergy, driven partly by fear and partly by an outburst of idealism, relinquished their manorial rights. In the course of a few hours, nobles, clergy, towns, provinces, companies, and cities lost their special privileges. Shortly afterward, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. After what US document did the Assembly model this declaration?



Naga Jolokia

Ominously known as the "ghost chili" or "poison chili," the naga jolokia is the hottest chili pepper in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records in 2007. Originally grown in northeastern India and Bangladesh, the naga jolokia has measured over 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale, a system developed to measure the "hotness" or piquancy of chili peppers. In comparison, jalapeño peppers range from 2,500 to 8,000. Where does pepper spray rank on the Scoville scale?

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley was an English Romantic poet who is widely considered to be among the finest lyric poets in the English language. He studied at Oxford, where his collaboration on the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism led to his expulsion. He married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, now famed as Mary Shelley, after his first wife drowned herself in 1816. Shelley himself drowned on July 8, 1822. Why do some think his death was not accidental?

Last updated on Monday, 4th August 2008

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