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Nintendo Releases Super Mario Brothers

Super Mario Bros., one of the first side-scrolling platform games, introduced video game players to expansive worlds that forever changed the way video games were played, perceived, and designed. The game has sold more than 40 million units and holds the Guinness World Record as the best-selling video game of all time. It helped revitalize the video game industry after its crash in 1983 and made Nintendo one of the world's most recognized video game manufacturers. What is "Minus World"?



Tarring and Feathering

Dating at least to the Crusades, tarring and feathering is a physical punishment that was used to enforce formal justice in feudal Europe and, later, vigilante justice in the American frontier. The practice involves stripping victims to the waist, covering them in hot tar and feathers, and often parading them around in public with the intent of causing enough harm and humiliation to drive them out of town. In 2007, a Belfast man was tarred and feathered for doing what?

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Judith Martin: "Miss Manners"

Martin is an American journalist, novelist, and etiquette authority. Since 1978, she has written an advice column that is distributed three times a week by United Features Syndicate and carried in more than 200 newspapers worldwide. Using the pseudonym Miss Manners, she answers etiquette questions contributed by her readers and clarifies the essential qualities of politeness using what she calls "heavy etiquette theory." What award did President George W. Bush present to Martin in 2005?

Last updated on Sunday, 13th September 2009

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