Sculpting ice presents a number of difficulties stemming from the material's variability with regard to purity and air content, as well as its tendency to melt. Ice sculptures feature decoratively in some cuisines, especially in Asia, and numerous competitions are held annually around the world where competitors sculpt realistic as well as abstract forms. What is a popular ice sculpture theme used in weddings?
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Edward VI was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty, the first Protestant ruler of England, and Henry VIII's long-awaited heir. A frail child, Edward is thought by some to have suffered from congenital syphilis. He was very bright and, under his humanist tutors, could speak Latin by age 7 and, later, French and Greek. During his reign, England moved away from Catholicism and toward a form of Protestantism that would later be known as Anglicanism. At what age did Edward die?
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Slocum was a Canadian seaman and adventurer who, in 1888, became the first man to circumnavigate the globe on his own, traveling 46,000 miles in three years. His account of the voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, became a classic of travel literature and brought him worldwide fame. In November 1909, he set sail for the Orinoco River and disappeared; he was declared legally dead 15 years later. What is assumed to have happened to him?