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Lewis Carroll

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Edgar Allan Poe Publishes "The Raven"

Like Poe's other works, "The Raven" conveys the dreamlike and often macabre forces that pervaded the author's sensibility. Poe wrote the poem while his moribund wife was suffering from tuberculosis, and it became an instant sensation when it appeared in the Evening Mirror in 1845. In the poem, the speaker, who is mourning the death of his love, Lenore, is mysteriously visited by a talking raven and asks the bird a series of questions. What is the raven's one-word response to each query?



The World's Largest Flower

Native to the rain forests of Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines, Rafflesia arnoldii is a plant species that produces the largest individual flower on Earth. The rare parasitic plant has no roots, stems, or leaves and consists only of threadlike growths on the vine that hosts it. However, it produces huge, five-petaled flowers that can measure 3 ft (1 m) across and can weigh up to 24 lbs (11 kg). The flowers emit a distinctive scent that is akin to what fetid odor?

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Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey is an internationally-known celebrity noted for her highly influential talk show as well as for her philanthropy. She began her career as the host of AM Chicago, which, following its early success, was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and expanded to a full-hour format. In the mid-1990s, Winfrey adopted a less tabloid-orientated format and began covering important social issues like abuse, addiction, and depression. Why did Texas cattlemen sue Oprah in 1998?

Last updated on Friday, 29th January 2010

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