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As Lockdowns Lift, a Surge in RV Sales—and Rookie Drivers

July 17, 2020

As states reopened last month, RV sales spiked, placing new drivers on the road, “New York Magazine” reported. This means that a lot of first-time campers will have plenty of questions for getting started. Choosing a campsite and setting up come next. […]

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Examining Taboo Words as SCRABBLE Tournaments Ban Racial Slurs

July 16, 2020

Competitive Scrabble tournaments are working on banning racial and ethnic slurs, “The New York Times” reported. The mission to remove over 200 racial slurs from being permitted in competition began in the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA). Why do we consider some words taboo? […]

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Alaskan Volcano That Changed Post-Caesar Rome Identified

July 1, 2020

Scientists have pinpointed an Alaskan volcano that affected weather in ancient Rome, CNN reported. Extreme weather followed Julius Caesar’s assassination, and until now a volcano was merely suspected. Caesar’s death previously set the stage for unrest. […]

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Glass Panel Cracks on Passenger Suspension Bridge in Tennessee

June 26, 2020

A guest at the Gatlinburg SkyBridge cracked one of the bridge’s glass panels, “USA Today” reported. The guest was attempting a baseball-style slide along the bridge when a metal piece of his clothing caught on the panel and chipped the panel. The 700-foot suspension bridge is a marvel. […]

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Hidden Treasure Chest Reminiscent of Pirates’ Riches Found

June 15, 2020

A chest of gold and gems worth millions, hidden for fun, has been found, NPR reported. Millionaire art dealer Forrest Fenn stowed the chest 10 years ago and published clues to its location, causing treasure seekers to hunt for it. The event harks back to old pirate legends. […]

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Confederate Statue Removed in Virginia Sparks Questions of Legacy

June 9, 2020

Alexandria’s landmark statue of a Confederate soldier was removed ahead of schedule on June 2, “Washingtonian” reported.Recent years of ongoing controversy regarding the Confederacy’s legacy in the United States indicate post-Civil War reconciliation remains a bumpy road. […]

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Misinformation Muddies Social Media Amid Protests, Riots

June 8, 2020

Fake stories about recent protests and riots have kept fact-checkers and reporters busy, NPR reported. Reports of blackouts in Washington, D.C., disastrous images captured from TV shows, and other false reports have flooded social media in the last two weeks. Why do people create misinformation? […]

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