lying-in

Definition: (noun) Concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child.
Synonyms: childbed, confinement, parturiency, travail, labor.
Usage: After seven hours of lying-in, Carol gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
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Arthur Guinness Signs a 9,000-Year Lease on His Brewery (1759)

Guinness is a celebrated Irish dry stout that originated in the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness. When Guinness acquired his brewery, he famously signed a 9,000-year lease that fixed his annual rent at 45 pounds. From 1799, the brewery produced only its distinctive, dark, creamy Guinness stout, which became known as the national beer of Ireland. In 1955, to help settle trivia disputes in pubs, the company began publishing what book? Discuss
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St. Sylvester’s Day (Madeira)

In many European countries, December 31, in addition to being New Year’s Eve, is also the observance of St. Sylvester’s Day, the feast day of Pope Sylvester (314-335). In Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands off the northwest coast of Africa, one of the world’s most impressive fireworks displays takes place on the evening of this day, which is known as the Great Festival of St. Sylvester. The noise of the fireworks resounds over the Bay of Funchal, the islands’ capital, where oceanliners make a special stop so that passengers can watch the celebrations. Discuss
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Elizabeth Arden (1884)

Born in Canada as Florence Nightingale Graham, Arden moved to New York City in 1907 and under her new name opened a beauty salon. Her business became an international empire based on salons, hundreds of “scientifically formulated” beauty products, and an exclusive imageā€”all packaged in her trademark pink. Arden made makeup acceptable to “respectable” American women, introducing them to eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick tinted to match their outfits. Who was her cosmetics rival? Discuss
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