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George Eliot

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Gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel Murdered

Infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel began his criminal career extorting peddlers in New York City and soon graduated to bootlegging, gambling schemes, and contract killing. In 1937, he was sent to develop rackets on the West Coast, which he did with much success. In 1945, he began building the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Originally budgeted at $1.5 million, the cost was driven to $6 million due to his skimming, angering his mob bosses. Months after the opening, Siegel was killed by whom?




Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is an imaging technique that maps brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by electrical currents in the brain. Unlike electroencephalography, which uses electrodes attached to the head, MEG uses sensors positioned over the head and takes place in a vaultlike machine that eliminates interference from magnetic fields produced by various sources. MEG is sometimes used to pinpoint areas of pathological activity before surgery to treat what conditions?

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Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins, Mister Guitar

Atkins got his first guitar by making a trade with his brother, and it was arguably the best deal he ever made. Although he struggled with shyness and suffered from severe asthma—he had to sleep sitting up and often fell asleep still holding his guitar—he became an accomplished guitarist and went on to release several hit records, develop a signature line of guitars, and help create country music's "Nashville sound." What did "Mr. Guitar," as he came to be known, trade to get that first guitar?

Last updated on Thursday, 20th June 2013

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