" The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool. "
Rudyard Kipling

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Brixton Riot

In the early 1980s, south London's Brixton neighborhood was plagued by severe social and economic problems, including high rates of unemployment and crime and poor housing conditions. In 1981, in an effort to reduce street crime, police began stopping and searching anyone they deemed suspicious—a policy that many residents of the predominantly black community found discriminatory and heavy-handed. Eventually, the angry residents rioted. How many people were injured during the clash?



Ice Hotels

Ice hotels are temporary buildings made entirely out of snow and sculpted ice. They are built each year in the coldest regions of the world as a way to attract vacationers, who pay for the privilege of spending a night surrounded by ice in near-freezing temperatures, dining on ice tables, drinking from ice glasses, sitting on ice chairs, and sleeping on ice beds. The world's first ice hotel was built in Sweden in 1990, but it was not originally intended for that purpose. What was it meant for?

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Leo Calvin Rosten

Rosten was an American teacher, screenwriter, and humorist. He is best remembered for his stories about a night-school "prodigy" named Hyman Kaplan, which debuted in The New Yorker in the 1930s and were later published in book form under a pseudonym. His The Joys of Yiddish is a humorous guide to the Yiddish language and Jewish culture. Rosten is quoted as having once said that "any man who hates dogs and babies can't be all bad!" To whom was he referring when he made this remark?

Last updated on Friday, 11th April 2014

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