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Bruno Hauptmann Goes on Trial

Bruno Hauptmann was a German immigrant to the US who was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh's son. In recent years, the case against Hauptmann has come under serious scrutiny due to the discovery that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted or doctored and that certain testimony was false. The tragedy inspired an element in what famous Agatha Christie novel?



The History of the Jelly Bean

The jelly bean, a type of confection made primarily of sugar, comes in 8 standard fruit flavors, but, in all, about 50 different flavors are available. The gummy interior of the jelly bean can be traced to "Turkish Delights," a candy with a long history. The jelly bean's harder exterior is essentially the same as that developed for Jordan Almonds, often used as wedding favors. Presumably because of their resemblance to eggs, jelly beans became associated with what holiday in the 1930s?

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Isaac Asimov

Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-born author who achieved great success in the US for his science fiction and popular science books. Along with Heinlein and Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction authors during his lifetime. A rationalist, humanist, and progressive, he wrote or edited more than 500 volumes, taking stands on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear power. Asimov's works cover every major category of the Dewey Decimal System except what?

Last updated on Tuesday, 2nd January 2007

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