The "elephant in the room" is something obvious that can't be overlooked, even if no one is talking about it. The phrase was in use as early as 1935. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Dictionary Of Idioms Gets Everybody On The Same Page

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In his new book, The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis draws on his nearly 30 years of reporting on the Vatican. Viking/Penguin Group hide caption

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'Behind The Scenes' At The Vatican: The Politics Of Picking A New Pope

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With Audubon's Help, Beat-Up Kid Is 'Okay For Now'

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Attendees browse books on offer at the fourth annual Karachi Literature Festival. Muhammad Umair Ali hide caption

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The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio, was one of the first Japanese comics to deal with same-sex relationships. Fantagraphics hide caption

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Exclusive First Read: 'Wave' By Sonali Deraniyagala

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Iambic pentameter, a type of poetic line which Shakespeare often wrote, appears on Twitter as well. A program called Pentametron collects such tweets and turns them into poetry. Source image: AP hide caption

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Pentametron Reveals Unintended Poetry of Twitter Users

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An image from "Detroit Disassembled," an exhibit on display at the National Building Museum. (Andrew Moore, The Aurora, Brush Park neighborhood, 2008) Andrew Moore/National Building Museum hide caption

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