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hope solo

Hope Solo is a professional women’s soccer player. She is the goalie for the American Women’s World Cup soccer team. She had a stellar career at the University of Washington, where she first played the goalkeeper position, and was named to the all Pac-10 team and was named a NCSAA All-American. Following college, Solo has played in both the US ... Read More »

mila kunis

Mila Kunis is an American film and television actress who was born in 1983. She is originally from Ukraine, but moved to America as a seven year old child. Mila began acting at the age of nine. Her breakout roles were on television, as the pretty but vapid Jackie on That 70’s Show and the voice of the daughter Meg ... Read More »

josh hamilton

Josh Hamilton is a professional baseball player. Since 2008, he has played for the American League team the Texas Rangers. He was a very hot prospect as a young player, and was the number one draft pick in 1999. But Hamilton developed substantial problems with illegal drugs and alcohol after a 2001 car accident in which he was injured. After ... Read More »

bastille day

Bastille Day, which is celebrated on the 14th of July, is the national holiday of France. It commemorates an event that many believe launched the French Revolution: an angry mob freeing of the political prisoners held in the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789. The Bastille prison had been a hated symbol of royal oppression in France for centuries, as ... Read More »

fourth of july

The Fourth of July is an American holiday that commemorates that country’s independence from England. The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States of America on which all units of government and many businesses are closed. America celebrates its independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July because that was the day the Declaration of ... Read More »

reese witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, is an American film actress. She was born in New Orleans in 1976 and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Witherspoon’s break-out role was the scheming high school student government candidate Enid Flick in the 1999 film “Election,” which also starred Matthew Broderick. Witherspoon also starred in such hits as “Legally Blond” and “Pleasantville” ... Read More »

jim tressel

Jim Tressel is a well-known and successful college football coach. He was forced to resign from his job as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2011 after allegations of NCAA rules violations in connection with the 2010 football season. Jim Tressel grew up in Ohio where his father was a high school and college football coach. Jim himself ... Read More »

sean kingston

Sean Kingston — the stage name for Kisean Anderson — is a successful Jamaican-American hip-hop singer known for combining reggae, rap, and R&B in his songs. Kingston grew up in Miami, Florida and in Jamaica. His stage name refers to the capital of Jamaica, Kingston. Kingston was originally discovered on the social networking site My Space. His break-out hit, “Beautiful ... Read More »


A trifle is an old English dessert that is composed of layers of cake, cream and fruit. Trifle recipes began appearing in English cookbooks in the 17th century. It is commonly served at the holidays. Allegedly, it was George Washington’s favorite dessert. The cake layers may be made of sponge cake, chiffon cake, ladyfinger cookies, or even meringue. The cake ... Read More »


A buckle is an old-fashioned American fruit dessert that supposedly originated in New England. To make a buckle, cake batter is baked in a single layer and berries are added to the batter. After it is baked, the top layer of the bake has a buckled appearance because it is pocked with berries, hence the name. Because they are not ... Read More »