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How well do you know your US city nicknames?

 

Lots of cities in the United States have nicknames, ranging from monikers largely rejected by their populace (New Yorkers…

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Pronunciation: ˈkänfəˌdant
noun
a person with whom one shares a secret...

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Video: is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

 

You probably wouldn't include a tomato in your fruit salad, would you? So, does this then mean that the tomato is a vegetable?…