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Your View: What is the greatest human invention?

Published on June 2, 2008 - 67 Comments

After a brief hiatus, we have our latest “your view”. So far many of the topics have been on especially controversial subjects, so today we get one which is less controversial but likely to have the most varied answers.

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What is the greatest human invention?

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Top 10 Great Historic Speeches

Published on June 1, 2008 - 80 Comments

We have already covered famous fictional speeches, so it seems a good time to discuss non-fictional ones. This list includes the greatest speeches in all time and I have also attempted to put them into order from great to greatest - this is not an easy task and I expect there will be some debate on the order - but debate is good! If you think there are other great speeches that are not included here, please feel free to say so in the comments. I may add to the “notable omissions” section. Before reading, please note that I have only included one speech per person.

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Kennedy Inauguration
John F. Kennedy, 1961

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Kennedy was inaugurated on January 20, 1960 and on that day he gave this speech. In the speech he asks all Americans to unite against common enemies of tyranny, poverty, disease, and war. To work toward this end, Kennedy created the Peace Corps in 1961. This speech is only one of the many that Kennedy gave and it shows his great talent for rhetoric.

You can see the second half of this speech here, or you can read it in full here.

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10 Great Cheeses You Should Try

Published on June 1, 2008 - 120 Comments

Cheese is one of the most eaten foods in the world. There are thousands and thousands of varieties, but sadly, because of economies of scale, people can go their entire life without having tried some of the rarer cheeses. This list contains cheeses that you can find without too much searching, and many are probably tucked away in a corner in your local supermarket already. This can be your stepping stone to trying all the cheese of the world, so without further ado, let’s start with number 10.

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Pecorino - Italy

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This cheese was first made roughly 2000 years ago in the countryside surrounding Rome. Most of it was made in the region of Latium in Italy. In 1884, the city council began to prohibit the salting of cheese inside shops, so most of the makers moved to Sardinia. It’s made exclusively from Sardinian sheep. To make it, the cheese is curdled, salted and then pressed into molds, to which it sets. The pressing removes most of the moisture, making it very hard. It’s got a great rich flavour that can enhance any meal where you would have used standard cheese. This cheese is great eaten alone sliced into small cubes, or grated onto pasta. There are a few varieties of this cheese, which differ slightly by region.

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Top 9 Ongoing Cult TV Shows

Published on May 31, 2008 - 167 Comments

Over the past decades, Televisionland has been blessed with shows that have garnered faithful multitudes of fans, and have influenced entire generations with their originality, compelling stories, and intricate universes. The fanatical commitment to these shows may at times be such, that fans are inspired to enthusiastically embrace these fictional worlds and create an entire culture around and beyond the shows themselves. These fans become a cult following of a show, and elevate such a show to cult status.

While there have been undeniable cult shows throughout the years (Star Trek, X-Files, Buffy, just to mention a few), they sometimes overshadow more recent and modern shows that enjoy cult status today. Here are the Top 9 cult shows currently running today.

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Jericho

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Jericho tells the story of a small town after a nuclear attack on major cities in the US. The plot involves political intrigue as seen from the perspective of the sealed-off town of Jericho, and a deep mystery regarding the state of the country in the aftermath of the attacks.

Jericho was cancelled by CBS after its first season run due too low ratings, but thanks to an intense campaign undertaken by the fans of the show, CBS was compelled to produce a second season. Sadly, the second season suffered from poor ratings as well, and it was cancelled yet again two months ago. Despite the intention of the fans to try bringing Jericho back once more, it’s very unlikely that Jericho will be returning to TV except in reruns.

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