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Holland Tunnel Opens to Traffic

The Holland Tunnel was designed specifically for automobile traffic and included ventilator systems to reduce carbon monoxide exposure, making it the world's first ventilated tunnel and an engineering marvel of its day. Tunnel construction required workers, nicknamed "sandhogs," to spend large amounts of time under high pressure and to then depressurize upon exiting the tunnel. This process was necessary in order for workers to avoid developing what physiological disorder?



What Is Organic Food?

Proponents of organic food claim that it is more nutritious, safer to eat, and tastier because it contains no synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, medicated feed, or chemicals used in food processing; these claims are disputed by conventional-food growers and processors. Organic foods have gained in popularity as the public has become more health-conscious. Organic products account for what percentage of total food sales in the US?

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Auguste Rodin

Rodin was a French sculptor noted for his renderings of the human form. For 37 years, he worked on the Gates of Hell, a monumental sculptural group inspired by Dante's Inferno and intended for the entrance to the Musée des Arts decoratifs. The project was never finished, but many of the 186 figures intended for it, like The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss, were later presented as works in their own right. Who was Camille Claudel?

Last updated on Sunday, 12th November 2006

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