A corset is a garment worn to mold the torso into a certain shape for orthopedic reasons or, more commonly, to shrink the waist and exaggerate the bust for aesthetic reasons. It dates to at least 2000 BCE, when it was worn as an outer garment in Minoan Crete. By the 16th century, it had become a tight inner bodice stiffened with whalebone, wood, or steel. After some 4,000 years of use, corsets largely fell out of fashion in the 1920s. What is the record for smallest corseted waist size?
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Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp and served as a model for others that followed. Built just miles from Munich, Germany, where the Nazi Party was headquartered, it was the site of unimaginable horrors. Dachau's prisoners were used as forced laborers and as test subjects in grotesque medical experiments. Records indicate that at least 32,000 inmates died at Dachau, and countless more were transported to extermination camps. What was the camp used for after American troops liberated it?
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Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are "Mood Indigo," "Solitude," and "Sophisticated Lady." He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name?