" There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves. "
Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Ray Kroc Opens His First McDonald's Franchise

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first restaurant in San Bernardino, California, in 1940 and introduced the "Speedee Service System," establishing the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. Ray Kroc, a mixer salesman, recognized the idea's potential and partnered with the brothers. Kroc opened his first McDonald's franchise in Illinois in 1955 and later bought out the McDonald brothers. The company now has a global presence. What controversies have stemmed from its success?



Lorem Ipsum

Lorem ipsum is the nonsensical Latin text that publishers and graphic designers commonly use to demonstrate typeface or page layout. Because it has no meaning—even in Latin—it does not draw attention away from a page's overall presentation. The traditional version, a scrambled passage derived from Cicero, has been used since the 1960s, and possibly centuries before. Some versions include extra letters that were uncommon in Latin, such as z and k. What did the original text mean?

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Catherine I of Russia

Originally a Baltic peasant named Martha, Catherine was captured by Russian soldiers in 1702. That same year, she became the mistress of Peter I. In 1703, after the birth of their first child, she was received into the Russian Orthodox Church and rechristened Catherine. She married Peter in 1712, and in 1724 he had her crowned tsarina and joint ruler. When Peter died in 1725 without naming a successor, she served two years as empress of Russia until her death. How did she and Peter meet?

Last updated on Sunday, 15th April 2012

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