" It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible. "

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Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5

Chanel No. 5 is the first fragrance from Parisian couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, and the first perfume to heavily rely on synthetic floral aldehydes as a top note. Its name supposedly derives from the fact that multiple perfume samples, labeled No. 1, No. 2, etc., were mixed for Coco's approval, and it was bottle No. 5 that met with her liking. What artist sealed Chanel No. 5's status as a cultural icon when he made 9 silkscreens of the perfume?



Hannah Szenes

During WWII, Hanna Szenes was one of 17 Jews living in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia to help save the Jews of Hungary. She was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually executed. Szenes is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where streets are named after her and her poetry is widely known. One of her songs was used to close versions of what film?

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Soren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher and theologian who is often recognized as the first existentialist philosopher. The dominant theme of his writings is that "truth is subjectivity." In his aesthetic works, he develops an "existential dialectic" in opposition to the Hegelian dialectic, and in his religious writings, he deals with issues such as the nature of faith and the institution of the Christian church. Why did Kierkegaard publish many of his earlier works under pseudonyms?

Last updated on Saturday, 5th May 2007

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