" An unhappy gentleman, resolving to wed nothing short of perfection, keeps his heart and hand till both get so old and withered that no tolerable woman will accept them. "
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Battle of Peachtree Creek

In the spring of 1864 during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began preparing his troops for their first major attack on the defenses of Atlanta, Georgia. Just days after taking command of a Confederate army in that area, General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attacked Sherman's troops as they crossed the nearby Peachtree Creek. Considered a grave error by most historians, the attack is estimated to have cost Hood nearly 5,000 men, compared to how many from Sherman's army?




The practice of inhaling common, inexpensive household products such as glue, solvents, hair spray, or gasoline in order to induce a sense of euphoria is a global problem, particularly among teens. Headaches, vomiting, and a characteristic rash around the nose and mouth are associated with short-term inhalant abuse, while weight loss, disorientation, muscle weakness, irritability, depression, and death can result from long-term use. What are some of the ways that "huffing" can lead to death?

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Gregor Mendel

Mendel was an Austrian monk who laid the mathematical foundation for the science of genetics. While working in his monastery's garden in 1854, he began planning the experiments that led him to identify the basic principles of heredity. By crossing different varieties of pea plants, he determined that each parent plant contributes a "factor"—now known as a gene—to its offspring for a particular trait. His findings went unrecognized until the 20th century, when they were rediscovered by whom?

Last updated on Tuesday, 20th July 2010

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