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Saturn's Largest Moon Is Discovered

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system, after Jupiter's Ganymede. Titan was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, who named his discovery simply Saturni Luna, or "Saturn's moon." The name "Titan" was chosen later by John Herschel. Titan has the distinction of being the only moon in our solar system with what characteristic?



The Amish

The Amish are an orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century and live today primarily in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Amish separate themselves from mainstream society for religious reasons: they do not join the military, they draw no Social Security, and they refuse financial assistance from the government. Though the Amish learn English in school, most speak a German dialect known as Pennsylvania Dutch. What are Hochmut and Demut?

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Arturo Toscanini

Toscanini was one of the world's great conductors. A tempestuous personality, he was nevertheless greatly respected by his performers. His artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. Toscanini was chief conductor and artistic director at La Scala, Milan, and conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before turning to conducting, Toscanini studied what instrument?

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