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Message 54839 - Posted: 22 May 2012 | 19:49:52 UTC

Fagin

Fagin is a fictional character in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist who has sparked much debate over the years. Allegedly based on an actual criminal, the character teaches boys to steal and is described as villainous, selfish, miserly—and Jewish. He is called "the Jew" more often than "Fagin," despite the fact that Dickens removed over 180 instances of it after befriending a Jewish couple.

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Message 54897 - Posted: 24 May 2012 | 1:29:19 UTC

Galalith

Galalith is a biodegradable, nonflammable plastic material made of the milk protein casein and formaldehyde. Called "milk stone," it was one of the first synthetic materials ever produced. It was used for Art-Deco jewelry, buttons, and pens and replaced ivory in piano keys. Though it could be easily dyed and cut, it could not be molded, and this drawback, along with milk rationing in WWII, led to its commercial demise

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Message 54975 - Posted: 26 May 2012 | 20:12:24 UTC

rebours

À rebours is an 1884 novel by French author Joris-Karl Huysmans. Translated as Against Nature or Against the Grain, the novel follows Jean Des Esseintes, the last member of a noble family. Disgusted with his decadent life in Paris, he retreats to the countryside and immerses himself in art and philosophy, becoming somewhat deranged.

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Message 55107 - Posted: 1 Jun 2012 | 2:40:19 UTC

Abdus Salam

Salam was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who helped develop the electroweak theory explaining the relationship between electromagnetic and weak forces. For this work, he shared a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979. He was the first Pakistani and the first Muslim scientist to be so honored. To support physicists from developing countries, he founded the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in 1964. He died in England and was brought back to Pakistan for burial.

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Message 55134 - Posted: 1 Jun 2012 | 12:19:18 UTC

Morgan le Fay

Morgan le Fay was an enchantress in Arthurian legend whose name first appeared in literature around 1150. A skilled healer and shape-shifter, she ruled Avalon, the island where King Arthur went to be healed after being mortally wounded in battle. Her magic was learned from books and the magician Merlin. In some accounts, she is Arthur's sister and enemy and seduces him to produce a son—Mordred—who later kills Arthur.

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Message 55171 - Posted: 2 Jun 2012 | 11:05:06 UTC

The Xinhai Revolution

Beginning with the 1911 Wuchang Uprising and ending with the abdication of China's last emperor in 1912, the Xinhai Revolution ended China's Qing dynasty and established one of the first Asian republics. The revolution was motivated by frustrations with foreign intervention and a weak and corrupt government, and its leader, Sun Yat-sen, is considered a Chinese hero. The "Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution" is celebrated in mainland China

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