Pompeii was a Roman city near modern Naples, Italy, that was destroyed during the catastrophic 79 ACE volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. As a result of the eruption, the city was buried under many feet of ash for 1,600 years before it was accidentally rediscovered. Its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. During the first excavation in 1860, voids discovered in the ash-layer were found to be spaces left by what?
Hans Christian Andersen
Back in the day
On Feb. 10, 2005, North Korea (NK) announced that it had developed nuclear weapons for its self-defense and simultaneously suspended its participation in multi-nation talks. Months later, talks resulted in NK agreeing to abandon its weapons program in exchange for assistance, but the US and NK disagreed on what that should entail. On Oct. 9, 2006, NK announced that it had successfully conducted its first nuclear test. What evidence detected by US and Japanese authorities corroborated this claim?
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Mark Spitz is a Jewish-American swimmer who set the record for the greatest number of gold medals won in a single Olympics when he collected seven at the 1972 summer games in Munich, Germany. Spitz also set new world records for each of the seven events in which he took the gold. He retired from swimming at the age of 22, but about 20 years later, filmmaker Bud Greenspan offered to pay him one million dollars if he succeeded in qualifying for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Did Spitz get the money?