It began nearly 30 years ago with an accident while mixing up a batch of polyacetyline and culminated yesterday when the Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to Dr. Alan MacDiarmid, Dr. Hideki Shirakawa, and Dr. Alan Heeger for creating a plastic that does something no other plastic can. What?
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Monday's Question (No. 488)—"Histortainment":
"We are in the entertainment business," says Peter Herschend of Silver Dollar City Inc., "We're not in the business of history." His Branson, Mo., company, known for its self-proclaimed Christian values and its creation of Dollywood, will bring its casual attitude to history to the Southern heritage theme park it's building in Stone Mountain, Ga., birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. Name one of the planned attractions.
"All singing! All dancing! All Scottsboro!"—Evan Cornog
"A mechanical Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation then rips it up."—David Finkle
"Willie Faulkner's Drink 'n' Write Revue ('Sweet Jeezus, Emily, I'm seeing Robot Bears!')."—Chris Kelly
"Rapture, the roller coaster where only sinners need seatbelts."—Josh Kamensky
"A spooky Tennessee Valley Authority exhibit, where you walk through a re-creation of the submerged homes of hundreds of poor people, go on a water slide, and receive a mild electric shock."—Rose White
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