" A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy. "
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Cortés Conquers Tenochtitlán

Tenochtitlán was the flourishing capital of the Aztec Empire with an estimated population of between 200,000 and 300,000, a unique system of lake agriculture known as chinampas, and a ceremonial precinct that contained a great pyramid sacred to the Aztec war god Huitzilopochtli. Hernán Cortés was routed from the city in 1520, but returned a year later, took the city after a three-month siege, and razed it. What city did Cortés found on the ruins of Tenochtitlán?



Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie, is perhaps best known for his talking blues song “Alice's Restaurant.” The song's original recording lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, though Arlo has been know to lengthen the song to 45 minutes in concert. Based on an actual incident, the song was a scathing indictment of the Vietnam War draft. Arlo also appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. What movie launched his acting career?

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Vladimir Odoevsky

Odoevsky was a prominent Russian philosopher, writer, music critic, philanthropist, and pedagogue who was recently credited with having predicted "blogging" and the basic principles of the Internet. Written in 1837, his novel, Year 4338, describes a magnetic telegraph that allows the occupants of different houses to communicate. Odoevsky also wrote tales for children and phantasmagoric stories for adults. With which famous Russian poet did he co-edit the journal Sovremennik?

Last updated on Monday, 13th August 2007

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