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Iran Releases 52 American Hostages

On November 4, 1979, Iranian students calling themselves the "Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line" seized the US embassy in Tehran and took 66 Americans hostage. Tensions between the US and Iran had intensified following the CIA-backed removal of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953, and the students justified the hostage-taking by calling it an act of retaliation. After 444 days, the 52 remaining hostages were released. What was the "Canadian Caper"?



Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a substance secreted by the pharyngeal glands of worker bees. Although it is fed to all young larvae in a colony, only those destined to be queens get to consume it exclusively and in large quantities. This rapid, early feeding triggers the development of reproductive structures unique to queen bees. Royal jelly is found in various beauty products and is also marketed as a dietary supplement that may provide certain health benefits because it contains what substances?

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Ashikaga Yoshimasa

Yoshimasa, eighth shogun of the Japanese Ashikaga shogunate, began his 24-year reign in 1449. Japan's Higashiyama culture, a tradition inspired by the ideals of Zen Buddhism and the concept of beauty in simplicity, flourished during his reign; and much of what is commonly seen today as traditional Japanese culture—the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and ink painting—developed in this period. In 1489, Yoshimasa built what is today one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto. What is it?

Last updated on Wednesday, 20th January 2010

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