" From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. "
Charles Darwin

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World's Oldest Republic Is Born

San Marino is the world's smallest republic and claims to be Europe's oldest existing state. According to tradition, Marino, a Christian stonecutter from Dalmatia, took refuge on Monte Titano to escape religious persecution. He built a church and, by the mid-5th c, a community had formed there. Because of its relatively inaccessible location and its poverty, San Marino has succeeded, with a few brief interruptions, in maintaining its independence. When did San Marino become a member of the UN?



Paul Klee

Paul Klee was a Swiss painter, graphic artist, art theorist, and violinist. His early introduction to music played a large role in the way he approached his art and its imagery. Klee often varied the media and style in which he worked and produced over 10,000 works before his death. He also taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture with his friend and fellow artist Wassily Kandinsky. During WWI, Klee served in the German army; what was his job?

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Ferdinand Porsche

Porsche was an engineer best known for designing the original Volkswagen Beetle and for his contributions to advanced German tank designs. Entering the automotive industry in 1896, he showed enormous natural aptitude in the field. As a young man, Porsche snuck into local university classes, but he received no formal higher education in engineering. In 1905, Porsche received the Poetting Prize, recognizing him as Austria's most outstanding automotive engineer. How is "Porsche" pronounced?

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