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Second Boer War Erupts in South Africa

The Boer Wars were fought between the British Empire and Dutch settlers in South Africa, called Boers. The Second Boer War was sparked by the discovery of gold in the Transvaal, a region annexed to Britain but controlled by anti-British statesman Paul Kruger. Tensions rose as the Boer government began limiting the rights of British settlers moving into the region. It has been argued that what method of control now commonly associated with the Nazis was first employed by the British in this war?




Tickling is perhaps one of the most common human behaviors known, and many of history's greatest thinkers have tried to explain it. Charles Darwin, for example, noticed that a person cannot tickle himself, and scientists have observed that ticklish spots are found in the same places as protective reflexes. These observations suggest that ticklishness confers an evolutionary advantage by encouraging individuals to reflexively protect themselves. Are animals ticklish?

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Henry Heinz

Heinz was a pioneer in the American food industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He founded the HJ Heinz Company in 1888, offering "57 varieties" of packaged food products. The company was noted for its fair treatment of workers, and Heinz successfully lobbied the US Congress to introduce laws to improve sanitation and safety within the food preparation industry. Heinz got an early start in the food business—by age nine he was selling his own brand of what?

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