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USS Constitution Defeats HMS Guerrière

The USS Constitution, better known as "Old Ironsides," is perhaps the most famous vessel in the history of the US Navy. One of the first frigates built for the Navy, the Constitution saw action in several wars and defeated the British frigate HMS Guerrière during the War of 1812. Later condemned as unseaworthy, the ship was saved from dismantling by public sentiment aroused by Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "Old Ironsides." How did the wooden ship get its nickname?



Phantom Eye Syndrome

After the removal of an eye, many patients experience one or more phantom phenomena, including phantom pain, non-painful phantom sensations, or visual hallucinations usually consisting of basic perceptions, such as shapes and colors. Less common than phantom limb pain, which is experienced by 50 to 78 percent of amputees, phantom eye pain develops in only about 30 percent of patients. What factor may cause phantom limb pain to be more common than phantom eye pain?

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Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel

Arguably the most important figure in 20th-century fashion, Chanel founded her first house of couture in 1913. Within five years, her innovative use of jersey fabric and accessories was attracting wealthy patrons. Her nonconformist designs stressed simplicity and comfort and revolutionized the fashion industry. The financial basis of her empire was her Chanel No. 5 perfume, introduced in 1922 and still popular today. What essential women's fashion staple was first popularized by Chanel?

Last updated on Thursday, 19th August 2010

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