" Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. "
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Battle of Amiens Ends

The Battle of Amiens was the opening phase of the Allied offensive that ultimately led to the end of WWI. Allied forces had pushed, on average, seven miles into enemy territory by the end of the day, one of the greatest advances of the war. The battle marked the end of trench warfare on the Western Front and the return to the mobile warfare that would prevail until the armistice was signed on November 11. How did German general Erich Ludendorff describe the first day of the battle?



Doughnuts or Donuts?

Spelled doughnut or donut, this sweet, deep-fried treat's origins remain a mystery. Some claim that Dutch settlers brought it to N America; others maintain that a Danish sea captain impaled a fried cake on a wheel spoke to free his hands during a storm and, thus, invented the donut's hole. The 2 most common types are ring-shaped donuts and filled donuts, flattened spheres injected with a sweet filling. What urban legend tells of a US president mistakenly referring to himself as a donut?

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Eiji Yoshikawa

Yoshikawa was a Japanese historical novelist and was among the most famous authors of that genre. Despite the fact that many of his novels are actually revisions of past works, Yoshikawa was awarded the Cultural Order of Merit in 1960 and the Mainichi Art Award two years later. He is credited with renewing Japan's interest in its history. How many pen names did he use before settling on Eiji Yoshikawa?

Last updated on Saturday, 11th August 2007

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