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Gustave Flaubert

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Morgan Invents Volleyball

William G. Morgan invented volleyball in Holyoke, MA, four years after basketball was invented just ten miles away in Springfield. Morgan, a physical education director, invented "Mintonette" out of a need for an indoor sport that could be enjoyed by older players for whom basketball was too rough. Mintonette rules set no limit on the number of ball contacts for each team before it was returned to the opponents. The game took several of its characteristics from what two sports?



The Hole-y Bagel

A bagel is a yeast-raised, doughnut-shaped roll with a hard crust. The dough, sometimes flavored, is chilled, then dropped briefly into nearly boiling water, and then baked. A 1610 document from Krakow mentions “beygls” given as gifts to women in childbirth, but the document is not clear as to what a “beygl” is. Ashkenazi immigrants brought the bagel to New York City in the 1880s, but it didn't become popular in North America until when?

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Gerhard Richter

Richter is a German artist who has painted in a variety of styles. His photo-paintings explore the tension between reality and its depiction and usually begin with a photographic image, which Richter duplicates on canvas by projecting it, tracing it exactly, and using an identical color palette. He then "blurs" the image, disrupting its photographic reality and rendering it unbelievable. Where did Richter train?

Last updated on Friday, 9th February 2007

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