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Pope Formosus (891-896)
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
In 1991, when I was a staff writer for Scientific American , I wrote a letter to Thomas Kuhn, then at MIT. I said I wanted to profile him for Scientific American and “tell readers how you developed your views of the process of science.”
What I like about the year 1453 (year of the movable press) is that there's so much important stuff happening in one year. There's the aforementioned Gutenberg press, which allowed for much easier dissemination of ideas, making the Renaissance happen much quicker (or at all). Then there's the end of the Hundred Year's War which sets up France as a powerful continental state and divides the English, causing the War of the Roses.
Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual.
I am prepared to die, Nelson Mandela
The fine decoration of the Oseberg ship in Norway, which was buried in the year 834, provides clues to what Vikings looked like. Inside the ship were two women and the archaeologists believe the ship has served as a sarcophagus.
"it's difficult to conceive just how world-smashingly large this weapon was."
(2.1) The names on the list were written singly (instead of in pairs). (2.2) The number of names on the list was fixed at six. (2.3) " Copy the above names, omitting the first.
Winston Churchill The extremely witty and much-loved British Prime Minister Winston Churchill tops the list with his verbal spat with Lady Astor. The conservative dame forever admonished Churchill for his cigars and alcohol habits, and Churchill was not one to take the insults lying down.
Buried in the National Library of Medicine's collection of more than 17 million items are some pretty amazing, largely unseen objects from around the world.
In 1955, Chomsky joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he still holds a professorship. Two years later, he published his first major book, Syntactic Structures , which laid the foundation for his highly influential work on linguistics and cognitive psychology, including the concept of "universal grammar". Chomsky has since published more than 100 books.
"and yet, the first wheels don't show up in history until around 3500 BC.
Garuda's origins in Indonesia go back to the time, around the first century A.D., when sailors and traders from Southern India first came to the shores of the fertile islands looking for rice and riches.
The ways people die are often conventional, however, history provides us with a multitude of recorded deaths that are markedly more interesting: Chrysippus of Soli, 207 BC