Dec
31
2009
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What are the Romance languages?

"I Love You" in a hundred languages (image by michelleoshen - CC-BY)The Romance languages sound very romantic (to my ears, at least), but that’s not why they are so named. Instead, their name tells us that these are the languages that arose from the collapse of the Roman empire. As the Roman empire fragmented, variations of the language developed in different areas, and eventually grew into [more...]

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Dec
27
2009
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What is Topeka city profile?

Kansas State Capitol at Night - PDTopeka is the capital of Kansas, was chartered as a city in 1857 and served as a gateway west for pioneers traveling on the Oregon Trail. Topeka is home to the well known Kansas Museum of History where you’ll step back in time and learn all about the land that is Kansas and the American [more...]

Dec
21
2009
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What is Des Moines city profile?

Iowa State Capitol - courtesy jimbowen0306 - CC-BYDes Moines is the capital and largest city in Iowa. It was incorporated in 1851, as Fort Des Moines later shortened to “Des Moines” in 1857 and became the capital the same year. Some Des Moines attractions are the Greek Revival State Capitol with its gilded roof, which is also one of the more popular [more...]

Dec
20
2009
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What is Indianapolis city profile?

Indiana State Capitol - courtesy jglazer75 - CC-BYIndianapolis is the capital and largest city in Indiana.  It is the third largest city in the Midwest, after Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan, and the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona.  Indianapolis was chosen as the site of the new state capital in 1820 and is the only state capital in the [more...]

Dec
19
2009
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What is a brief history of basketball?

Basketball about to Score - courtesy j9sk9s - CC-BYIn 1891, Dr. James Naismith, instructor at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, looked for indoor games to keep his students occupied and at good levels of fitness during the long New England winters.  He wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In [more...]

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Dec
19
2009
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What is Springfield, Illinois city profile?

Illinois State Capitol - courtesy aka Kath - CC-BYSpringfield is the capital of Illinois.  Founded in the late 1810s, its most famous resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until he went to the White House in 1861.  Many tourist attractions are of historic sites connected with Lincoln.  Springfield became the capital of Illinois in 1839.  On February 10, 2007, [more...]

Dec
17
2009
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What is a brief history of tennis?

Australian Open - courtesy * etoile - CC-BYThere is some dispute about the origins of Tennis.  One side believes that the ancient Egyptians played a precursor to tennis.  Their theory claims that the name tennis came from the Egyptian town of Tinnis and the word racquet evolved from the Arabic word for palm of the hand, rahat. That is not much evidence, [more...]

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Dec
16
2009
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What is a brief history of golf?

Future Open winners - courtesy endbradley - CC-BYWhile Roman emperors apparently played a game called paganica, using a bent stick to drive a soft, feather-stuffed ball, golf is generally thought to be of Scottish origin, as the game was mentioned in two 15th century laws prohibiting the playing of the game of “gowf.”  In the first golf games, players would hit pebbles [more...]

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Dec
16
2009
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What is Boise city profile?

Idaho State Capitol - courtesy Boise Metro Chamber - CC-BYBoise (often called the City of Trees), is the capital and largest city in Idaho.  Boise was incorporated as a city in 1864 and later made the territorial capital of Idaho in 1866. Art shows, annual festivals, food and wine events, historic celebrations, theatrical performances, bicycle races and marathons, there is something going on all [more...]

Dec
15
2009
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What is Honolulu city profile?

Hawaii State Capitol - courtesy kanu101 - CC-BYHonolulu is the capital of Hawaii and the only incorporated city in the state.  All other urban regions are administrated at the county level.  In 1845, King Kamehameha III moved the permanent capital of the Hawaii from Lahaina on Maui to Honolulu. He and the kings that followed him changed Honolulu into a modern capital. [more...]

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