A cuckoo clock is a wall or shelf clock that announces intervals of time with a sound imitative of a cuckoo's call and often with the simultaneous emergence of a mechanical bird from a small door. An Augsburg nobleman by the name of Philipp Hainhofer penned the first known description of a cuckoo clock in 1629. What region in southwest Germany boasts a strong clockmaking tradition that started in the late 17th century?
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The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. It bans the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in outer space, exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes, and forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource, such as the Moon or a planet, on the grounds that they are the common heritage of mankind. When did the treaty enter into force?
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Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of European classical music, having written an astonishing number of works in almost every musical genre during his short life. He began touring as a child prodigy and went on to a career in Vienna that was fraught with illness and financial difficulties. Underappreciated in his own time, his gifts for clarity, balance, and chromatic harmony have since inspired countless composers. His last 3 string quartets were written for what cellist king?