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Daylight Saving Time Adopted as Law in the US

Daylight saving time (DST) is the convention of advancing clocks forward one hour near the start of spring so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. DST was first mentioned in a satirical 1784 article by Benjamin Franklin that recommended that shops be opened and closed earlier in the day to save on the cost of lighting. The plan later gained serious momentum and was finally widely adopted during World War I. Which two US states do not observe DST?



The Nepalese Royal Massacre

On June 1, 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal opened fire on family members attending a royal party, killing his father, King Birendra, and 9 others before shooting himself. Dipendra remained in a coma for 3 days before succumbing to his wounds and was proclaimed king during that time. Because constitutional law and tradition prevented officials from accusing Dipendra of mass murder while he was alive, they initially claimed the shooting had been accidental. What was Dipendra's alleged motive?

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Octavio Paz

Paz was a Mexican poet, critic, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote with a revealing depth of insight, elegance, and erudition that place him among the generation's best writers. Influenced by Marxism, surrealism, existentialism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, his poetry uses rich imagery to deal with his most prominent theme: the human ability to overcome existential solitude through love and creativity. Paz was born in Mexico City during what political event?

Last updated on Tuesday, 31st March 2009

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