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  • 8 Funny Females of SNL History | Britannica.com
    has become one of the most sought after comedic actresses in Hollywood Molly Shannon is perhaps best remembered for her eccentric characters on SNL including Salley O Malley and Mary Katherine Gallagher who was at the center of the 1999 comedy Superstar After her six seasons on the famous sketch comedy show Shannon continued to add to her filmography with various roles that demonstrated her comic versatility with such efforts as David Wain s absurd deadpan comedy Wet Hot American Summer 2001 the romantic comedy Serendipity 2001 and the outlandish race car spoof featuring former SNL costar Will Farrell Talladega Nights 2006 She has also appeared in a slew of sitcoms including Tina Fey s SNL parody 30 Rock Shannon s career has continued to be strong well into the second decade of the 21st century as she split sides with her eclectic characters though mainly in supporting roles 4 Tina Fey Debby Wong Shutterstock com When mentioning Tina Fey many immediately think of SNL especially because she succeeded in becoming the first female head writer of the sketch comedy show as well as because of her performances as host of the mock news segment Weekend Update which she cohosted first with Jimmy Fallon popularly referred to as the best duo to host the segment and then with Amy Poehler forming another highly praised team of hosts After Fey s nine year span with the show 1997 2006 she made sure to never forget her roots as she returned frequently to satirize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the lead up to the 2008 presidential election She also went on to make an Emmy Award winning parody show of her experiences on SNL called 30 Rock which ended in 2013 Aside from television Fey commented on the angst ridden pressures of high school in the hilarious Mean Girls 2004 which she wrote and acted in and she starred in alongside Amy Poehler Baby Mama 2008 in which she played a businesswoman who hires a surrogate Poehler to have her baby She has also published a memoir Bossypants 2010 in which she covers in essays her experiences with balancing work and motherhood Fey along with Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014 3 Maya Rudolph Known on SNL for her flawless impression of designer Donatella Versace and as cohost of the fake morning show Wake Up Wakefield Maya Rudolph demonstrated her comedic spectrum on the sketch show through employing various accents and her incredible singing which she had previously honed as a touring backup singer for various bands After her seven year span with SNL Rudolph went on to star in a variety of films ranging from the knock out comedy Bridesmaids 2011 which was cowritten by former SNL colleague Kristen Wiig to the acclaimed dramedy Away We Go 2009 in which she starred alongside John Krasinski She has also made appearances in several other comedies such as the SNL spinoff film MacGruber 2010

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  • Sports Authority: Fact or Fiction Quiz | Britannica.com
    The faster you answer the higher your score When you re done try again to beat your best score vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Sports Authority Fact or Fiction vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Sports Authority Fact or Fiction 0 vm state nextLabel Quiz Results Sports Authority Fact or Fiction vm state numberCorrect vm questions length correct vm state score vm maxPoints points Replay Share your score Log in to save your score Sports Recreation Physical Education Fact or Fiction Music Play List History Criminality and Famous Outlaws Pop Culture Scarface Quiz Health Medicine Name That Surgery Are you a Quizmaster Log in to save your score and compete against the community Compare your score Max Score vm maxPoints New Best Score vm state score vm communityAverage number 0 Your Score Community Average High scores Your results vm state responsesVisible Hide Show Answers Questions Correct vm state numberCorrect vm questions length Total Score vm state score vm maxPoints Question Question index 1 Your Answer No response vm state responses index isCorrect Your

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  • Pop Quiz: Fact or Fiction Quiz | Britannica.com
    answer the higher your score When you re done try again to beat your best score vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Pop Quiz Fact or Fiction vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Pop Quiz Fact or Fiction 0 vm state nextLabel Quiz Results Pop Quiz Fact or Fiction vm state numberCorrect vm questions length correct vm state score vm maxPoints points Replay Share your score Log in to save your score Pop Culture Scarface Quiz Sports Recreation A Hole in One Fact or Fiction Geography The Country Quiz Science Space Navigation Fact or Fiction Philosophy Religion Islam Are you a Quizmaster Log in to save your score and compete against the community Compare your score Max Score vm maxPoints New Best Score vm state score vm communityAverage number 0 Your Score Community Average High scores Your results vm state responsesVisible Hide Show Answers Questions Correct vm state numberCorrect vm questions length Total Score vm state score vm maxPoints Question Question index 1 Your Answer No response vm state responses index isCorrect Your Correct

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  • Vegetable Medley Quiz | Britannica.com
    The faster you answer the higher your score When you re done try again to beat your best score vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Vegetable Medley vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Vegetable Medley 0 vm state nextLabel Quiz Results Vegetable Medley vm state numberCorrect vm questions length correct vm state score vm maxPoints points Replay Share your score Log in to save your score Food Citrus Quiz Technology Electronics Gadgets Quiz Health Medicine Doctor Who Geography You Name It Society Amendments to the U S Constitution Are you a Quizmaster Log in to save your score and compete against the community Compare your score Max Score vm maxPoints New Best Score vm state score vm communityAverage number 0 Your Score Community Average High scores Your results vm state responsesVisible Hide Show Answers Questions Correct vm state numberCorrect vm questions length Total Score vm state score vm maxPoints Question Question index 1 Your Answer No response vm state responses index isCorrect Your Correct Answer Back to Top Literature Language Authors of Classic Literature

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  • Citrus Quiz | Britannica.com
    each question The faster you answer the higher your score When you re done try again to beat your best score vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Citrus Quiz vm state secondsLeft fixedLength 2 QUESTION vm state currentQuestion 1 of vm questions length Timer Score vm state score Citrus Quiz 0 vm state nextLabel Quiz Results Citrus Quiz vm state numberCorrect vm questions length correct vm state score vm maxPoints points Replay Share your score Log in to save your score Food Bear Fruit Sports Recreation Cold Weather Games Philosophy Religion Hinduism Pop Culture Leonardo DiCaprio Technology Computers and Technology Are you a Quizmaster Log in to save your score and compete against the community Compare your score Max Score vm maxPoints New Best Score vm state score vm communityAverage number 0 Your Score Community Average High scores Your results vm state responsesVisible Hide Show Answers Questions Correct vm state numberCorrect vm questions length Total Score vm state score vm maxPoints Question Question index 1 Your Answer No response vm state responses index isCorrect Your Correct Answer Back to Top Arts Culture Clowning Around History Infamous Nazis

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  • Animals | Britannica.com
    bushtits of North America Both groups are considered subfamilies of the family Paridae order Passeriformes in some classifications The eight species are small Aepyornis extinct genus of giant flightless birds found as fossils in Pleistocene and post Pleistocene deposits on the island of Madagascar The remains of Aepyornis are abundant The several known species were massively constructed with conical beaks short African penguin Spheniscus demersus species of penguin order Sphenisciformes characterized by a single band of black feathers cutting across the breast and a circle of featherless skin that completely surrounds each eye The species is so named because it inhabits African spiny mouse Acomys any of more than a dozen species of small to medium sized rodents characterized by the harsh inflexible spiny hairs of their upperparts African spiny mice have large eyes and ears and scaly nearly bald tails that are shorter than or about as agnathan Agnatha any member of the group of primitive jawless fishes that includes the lampreys order Petromyzoniformes hagfishes order Myxiniformes and several extinct groups Hagfishes are minor pests of commercial food fisheries of the North Atlantic Akeley Carl E American naturalist and explorer who developed the taxidermic method for mounting museum displays to show animals in their natural surroundings His method of applying skin on a finely molded replica of the body of the animal gave results of unprecedented albatross Diomedeidae any of more than a dozen species of large seabirds that collectively make up the family Diomedeidae order Procellariiformes Because of their tameness on land many albatrosses are known by the common names mollymawk from the Dutch for Albino colour type of horse characterized by pink skin and a pure white coat Unlike some other colour types which develop as the horse matures the Albino is born white and remains white throughout life Albinos conform to riding horse type They are not Allee Warder Clyde zoologist and ecologist noted for his research on social behaviour aggregations and distribution of animals in both aquatic and terrestrial environments Allee became interested in the problems and patterns of the distribution of marine animals during alligator Alligator either of two crocodilians related to the tropical American caimans family Alligatoridae Alligators like other crocodilians are large animals with powerful tails that are used both in defense and in swimming Their eyes ears and nostrils Ambondro genus of extinct shrewlike mammals known from fossils dating from the Middle Jurassic 175 6 million to 161 2 million years ago of Madagascar Ambondro is the oldest known mammal with a complex tribosphenic dentition which is characterized by cusps American Quarter Horse one of the oldest recognized breeds of horses in the United States The breed originated about the 1660s as a cross between native horses of Spanish origin used by the earliest colonists and English horses imported to Virginia from about 1610 By the American Saddlebred horse breed of riding horse possessing several easy riding gaits and great vigour and style It is the prevailing riding horse of horse

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  • Art and Music | Britannica.com
    enduring classic 42nd Street transformed the Abhinavagupta philosopher ascetic and aesthetician as well as an outstanding representative of the recognition pratyabhijna school of Kashmiri Shaivite monism This school conceived of the god Shiva the manifestation of ultimate reality the individual soul Abominable Snowman The British horror film released in 1957 that was one of the first in a long series of movies produced by Hammer Films and starring Peter Cushing English botanist John Rollason played by Cushing is conducting research in the Himalayas when he encounters Abū al Faraj al Iṣbahānī literary scholar who composed an encyclopaedic and fundamental work on Arabic song composers poets and musicians Abū al Faraj was a descendant of Marwān II the last Umayyad caliph of Syria Despite the enmity between this family and the ʿAlids Adam s Rib American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor and released in 1949 that was a vehicle for the powerhouse pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in a classic battle of the sexes The plot involves a husband and wife played by Tracy Adler Guido Austrian musicologist and teacher who was one of the founders of modern musicology Adler s family moved to Vienna in 1864 and four years later he began to study music theory and composition with Anton Bruckner at the Vienna Conservatory Intending Adler Renata Italian born American journalist experimental novelist and film critic best known for her analytic essays and reviews for The New Yorker magazine and for her 1986 book that investigates the news media Adler was educated at Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania Adorno Theodor Wiesengrund German philosopher who also wrote on sociology psychology and musicology Adorno obtained a degree in philosophy from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt in 1924 His early writings which emphasize aesthetic development as important to Adventures of Robin Hood The American romantic adventure film released in 1938 that is considered one of the great cinematic adventures and starred Errol Flynn in what became the defining role of his career The film tells the tale of Robin Hood with Flynn as the legendary bandit Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The American mystery detective film released in 1939 that was the second to feature the popular pairing of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the classic Arthur Conan Doyle characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson respectively It was ostensibly based aesthetics the philosophical study of beauty and taste It is closely related to the philosophy of art which is concerned with the nature of art and the concepts in terms of which individual works of art are interpreted and evaluated To provide more than a general Affleck Thomas American cabinetmaker considered to be outstanding among the Philadelphia craftsmen working in the Chippendale style during the 18th century Affleck is especially noted for the elaborately carved forms produced by his shop Probably trained in England African architecture the architecture of Africa particularly of sub Saharan Africa In North Africa where Islam and Christianity had a significant influence architecture predominates among

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  • Astronomy | Britannica.com
    mathematician and astronomer one of two people who independently discovered the planet Neptune On July 3 1841 Adams had entered in his journal Formed a design in the beginning of this week of investigating as soon as possible after taking Adams Walter American astronomer who is best known for his spectroscopic studies Using the spectroscope he investigated sunspots and the rotation of the Sun the velocities and distances of thousands of stars and planetary atmospheres Born of missionary parents Airy Sir George Biddell English scientist who was astronomer royal from 1835 to 1881 Airy graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1823 He became Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge in 1826 and Plumian professor of astronomy and director of the Cambridge observatory Aitken Robert Grant American astronomer who specialized in the study of double stars of which he discovered more than 3 000 From 1891 to 1895 Aitken was professor of mathematics and astronomy at the University of the Pacific Stockton Calif In 1895 he joined the staff Akiyama Toyohiro Japanese journalist and television reporter the first Japanese citizen and the first journalist to travel into space Akiyama was also the first fare paying civilian passenger nonprofessional astronaut to participate in a spaceflight Akiyama earned Al Saud Sultan ibn Salman the first Saudi Arabian citizen the first Arab the first Muslim and the first member of a royal family to travel into space Educated in the United States Sultan received a degree in mass communications from the University of Denver Colorado and al Ḥanafī ʿAlam al Dīn Egyptian mathematician astronomer and engineer He wrote a treatise on Euclid s postulates built water mills and fortifications on the Orontes River and constructed the second oldest existing Arabic celestial globe Alcor from Arabic Faint One star with apparent magnitude of 4 01 Alcor makes a visual double with the brighter star Mizar in the middle of the handle of the Big Dipper Ursa Major The two are 1 2 light years apart and may be gravitationally bound to each Aldebaran Arabic The Follower reddish giant star in the constellation Taurus Aldebaran is one of the 15 brightest stars with an apparent visual magnitude of 0 85 Its diameter is 44 times that of the Sun It is accompanied by a very faint 13th magnitude Aldrin Buzz American astronaut who was the second man to set foot on the Moon A graduate of the U S Military Academy West Point New York 1951 Aldrin became an air force pilot He flew 66 combat missions in Korea and later served in West Germany In 1963 he Alfonsine Tables the first set of astronomical tables prepared in Christian Europe They enabled calculation of eclipses and the positions of the planets for any given time based on the Ptolemaic theory which assumed that the Earth was at the centre of the universe Algol prototype of a class of variable stars called eclipsing binaries the second brightest star in the northern constellation Perseus Its apparent visual magnitude

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