" When several villages are united in a single complete community, large enough to be nearly or quite self-sufficing, the state comes into existence, originating in the bare needs of life, and continuing in existence for the sake of a good life. "

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First Drive-In Theater Opens in New Jersey

The drive-in theater was the creation of New Jersey chemical company magnate Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. In 1932, Hollingshead nailed a screen to trees in his backyard and set a projector on the hood of his car. After applying for a patent for his creation, Hollingshead opened the first drive-in the next year. Though it only operated for three years, the concept soon caught on in other states. How many drive-ins are estimated to have existed in the US at the height of their popularity?




These traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs derive their name from the verb pysaty—meaning "to write"—since intricate designs are "written" on the eggshells with a wax resist before they are dipped in various dyes. Though they are now associated with Easter, pysanky were an integral part of spring rituals prior to the advent of Christianity. Among the many superstitions about pysanky that still persist is the belief that as long as eggs are decorated in this way the world will not face what?

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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Among the giants of Russian literature, Pushkin was a poet and writer whose masterpieces include the poem The Bronze Horseman, the drama The Stone Guest, and his verse novel Eugene Onegin. Pushkin is credited not only with developing literary Russian—the highly nuanced language found in almost all Russian literature that followed him—but with substantially augmenting the Russian lexicon. When Pushkin found gaps in the Russian vocabulary, he devised calques, which are what?

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