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The Boy Scouts of America Is Founded

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), founded in 1910, is the largest youth organization in the US. Scouts are taught outdoorsmanship through participation in camping, aquatic, and hiking activities. These programs are designed to build character, promote fitness, and encourage good citizenship. Scouts advance in rank by completing projects and showing leadership, and they receive recognition in the form of merit badges and awards. How many of the 12 men to walk on the moon were Scouts?



Zzyzx: English's Last Word

Zzyzx is a settlement in San Bernardino County, California. The name was given to the area in 1944 by American radio evangelist Curtis Howe Springer, who claimed it was the last word in the English language. He established the Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Spa on the plot, which was actually federal land that he had not received permission to use. In 1974, he was arrested for misusing the land, and the government seized the property. How is "Zzyzx" supposedly pronounced?

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Afonso IV of Portugal

Afonso IV, known as "the Brave," was king of Portugal from 1325 until his death in 1357. A soldier and general, he fought several wars against Castile and the Moors and engaged in much political intrigue. Afonso's most important contribution as king was, perhaps, his strengthening of the Portuguese navy, which later became a formidable power in overseas exploration and trade. He is, however, best remembered for ordering whose murder in 1355?

Last updated on Sunday, 8th February 2009

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