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George Bernard Shaw

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Second Continental Congress Passes Flag Resolution

The Flag Resolution of 1777 authorized the first official design of the United States national flag. Since that time, the flag has undergone 26 changes, all of which have altered the star portion of the flag to represent the number of states in the Union. Originally, there was no elaborate symbolism attached to the flag's colors. Meanings were assigned later, in 1782, when Charles Thomson gave a report to Congress defining the new Great Seal of the US. What do the colors now represent?



Tiramisu: A "Pick-Me-Up"

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert typically made from sponge finger biscuits, espresso, cheese, eggs, cream, sugar, Marsala wine, cocoa, and rum. Its name literally means "pick-me-up" and is a reference to its two caffeine-containing ingredients, espresso and cocoa. Although tiramisu is one of the most popular desserts served in restaurants, there is some debate about its origin, as there is no documented mention of it before 1983. What are some theories regarding how it was first created?

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Alois Alzheimer

Alzheimer was a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist who first identified what is today called Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disease found most commonly in people over age 65. He first observed the disease in a patient in 1901 and published his findings after a postmortem examination of her brain in 1906. By 1911, the disease was being diagnosed in patients throughout the US. What progress has been made in the treatment of this degenerative disease?

Last updated on Sunday, 14th June 2009

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