" How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. "
Alexandre Dumas

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Jackie Robinson Retires

Robinson, a vocal member of the Civil Rights movement, was the first African-American baseball player in the modern major leagues and the first African American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1949, he led the National League in both stolen bases and batting average and was named its most valuable player. In recognition of his accomplishments both on the field and off, Major League Baseball retired Robinson's number in 1972. Which other Dodgers players have received this honor?



The Money Pit of Oak Island

According to newspaper records, in 1795 excavations began at the site of a mysterious depression on Nova Scotia's Oak Island. A layer of flagstones was found buried a few feet below the surface, and layers of logs were uncovered at 10 ft (3 m) intervals. At a depth of about 90 ft (27 m), a large stone bearing an inscription of symbols was recovered; and translations revealed the secret message, “forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried." Whose treasure is believed to be buried there?

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Julio Garavito Armero

Armero, a Columbian astronomer, was a child prodigy in the fields of science and mathematics. As an adult, his studies of celestial mechanics eventually led him to investigate how lunar fluctuations affect weather, floods, polar ice, and the Earth's orbital acceleration. He contributed widely to research on comets and solar eclipses and later lectured on economics and population growth. How did Armero secure his membership in the secret scientific society El Círculo de los Nueve Puntos?

Last updated on Sunday, 6th January 2008

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