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CBS Airs First Episode of The Honeymooners

The Honeymooners, a short-lived American sitcom based on sketches by Jackie Gleason, debuted in 1955 and was initially rated the #2 show in the US. The comedy, which starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as a struggling working class couple, aired opposite the popular Perry Como Show and soon dropped 17 spots in the rankings. Though the show was cancelled after just 39 episodes, it has been aired for decades in syndication. What animated TV series did Gleason's show inspire?



Kshatriya: The Warrior Class

Kshatriya is Hindu India's military varna, or caste. In ancient times, it was considered the highest varna, but it was later supplanted by the priestly Brahman class. The legend of the caste's demotion by Vishnu may reflect a historical struggle for power between priests and rulers. According to Hindu texts, Kshatriyas studied the ancient martial arts, which were eventually carried by Buddhist monks to China and Japan. From which of God's body parts were Kshatriyas supposedly created?

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Jimmy Carter

Carter served as US President from 1977 to 1981. His foreign policy met with some success—he mediated the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt and signed an arms treaty with the USSR—but his domestic policy was less effective. His administration was unable to control oil-related inflation or reduce unemployment, factors that weakened his second presidential bid. Since leaving office, Carter has been active in a number of human-rights causes. What prestigious award did he receive in 2002?

Last updated on Wednesday, 1st October 2008

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