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First Documented Meeting of Narcotics Anonymous

Modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an organization dedicated to the treatment of drug addiction. Since its first meeting in 1953, NA has spread to more than 100 countries, with tens of thousands of meetings held regularly. Its 12-step program of recovery begins with the member's admission that his or her life has become unmanageable due to powerlessness over addiction. What controversies have arisen over the group's official literature?




Found only in the lowland rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the bonobo is an endangered species of great ape whose name has been variously reported as being a Bantu word for "chimpanzee" or "ancestor" or a misspelling of the name of the town of Bolobo on the Congo River. Sometimes called pygmy chimpanzees, bonobos closely resemble common chimpanzees in appearance and way of life but usually live in larger groups and are said to be less aggressive. How do bonobos settle disputes?

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Samuel Goldwyn

Goldwyn was a Polish-born American film producer. He founded his own film company, which later merged with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). In 1946, he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Goldwyn is said to have had an explosive temper that left him with few close friends. When a former colleague died, Goldwyn allegedly declared, "The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead." Whose passing prompted this statement?

Last updated on Tuesday, 17th August 2010

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