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Gilbert Chesterton

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Cubana Flight 455 Bombed

The bombing of Cubana Flight 455 killed all 73 of the aircraft's passengers and remained the most deadly act of airline terrorism in the Western Hemisphere until the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182. Evidence implicated anti-Castro Cuban exiles and members of the Venezuelan secret police as the perpetrators. Four men were arrested in connection with the bombing; two were sentenced to 20-year prison terms, and one was acquitted. What happened to the fourth suspect?



Face Blindness

Prosopagnosia is a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize objects may be relatively intact. Because prosopagnosia is a variegated disorder, with patients exhibiting different types and levels of impairment, face perception is now theorized as utilizing a specialized brain system and involving multiple stages that can be interrupted in many ways. What techniques do prosopagnosia sufferers use to recognize people?

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Louis-Philippe of France

Louis Philippe was the last king to rule France, reigning from 1830 to 1848. During the July Revolution of 1830, he was made lieutenant general of the realm and, with the support of the marquis de Lafayette, was chosen as king. At first, he was much loved and called the "citizen king," but his popularity suffered as his government came to be viewed as increasingly conservative and monarchical. After abdicating, Louis Philippe fled to England. How did he get there?

Last updated on Saturday, 6th October 2007

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