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Medal of Honor Authorized by US Congress

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the US. It is presented by the president for "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of…life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy." Members of all branches of the US military are eligible to receive the medal, but each branch has its own special design. The medal, first awarded during the Civil War, was designed by the Philadelphia Mint. How many soldiers have received the medal twice?



Pet Skunks

Though these animals are best known for the foul-smelling fluid they emit as a defense against predators, skunks are occasionally kept as pets. Their scent glands can be removed, and they can be trained to live indoors with humans, but pet skunks remain relatively rare, due in part to restrictive laws and the complexity of their care. In the 20th century, most US states outlawed the keeping of wild animals in an effort to stem the spread of rabies. Which states still allow domestic skunks?

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George Eastman

In the late 1800s, George Eastman invented roll film and founded the Eastman Kodak Company, offering affordable cameras marketed under the motto, "You press the button and we do the rest." His invention made motion pictures possible and allowed early pioneers such as Edison and the Lumière Brothers to develop filmmaking. Later in his career, he donated $100 million to a number of different institutions. How did Eastman come up with the brand name Kodak?

Last updated on Sunday, 12th July 2009

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