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Oldest Free Public School Opened in the US

The Boston Latin School in Massachusetts, originally a school for boys that had just a handful of students, is now a coeducational institution serving more than 2,000 youngsters. It has the distinction of being the oldest public school in the US and claims many influential Bostonians as alumni, including four Harvard University presidents, four Massachusetts governors, and five signers of the Declaration of Independence. Who are the school's most famous dropouts?



Snake Wine

Originating in Vietnam and found throughout Southeast Asia, snake wine is an alcoholic beverage bottled with a whole venomous snake inside. One variety is made by placing a large snake into a glass jar of rice wine, often with smaller snakes, and allowing it to steep. Consumed after the poisonous venom has been rendered inactive by the alcohol, snake wine is said to have medicinal properties and is billed as a cure for a range of ailments. Why is its import banned in many countries?

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Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison was an influential American singer-songwriter and rock and roll pioneer whose recording career spanned more than four decades. Rarely seen without his trademark black sunglasses, he was known for his smooth tenor vocal performances in songs such as "Only the Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman." His career waned after a series of family tragedies in the 1960s, but he made a comeback in the 1980s, forming a supergroup with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Tom Petty. What was the band called?

Last updated on Saturday, 24th April 2010

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