" Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple...Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond. "
George Bernard Shaw

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Jim Thorpe's Olympic Medals Posthumously Restored

Jim Thorpe, an American Olympian, was considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports history. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, but was stripped of his awards after reports surfaced that he had played minor league baseball before participating in the 1912 Olympic Games. At the time, strict rules barred professional athletes from Olympic competition. What loophole enabled Thorpe's supporters to have his medals posthumously restored?



Pirate Mary Read

Read, an Englishwoman who was born in the late 17th century, spent much of her life disguised as a man and working in industries generally reserved for men. She was on a ship bound for the West Indies when it was captured by pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. Read joined his crew and became one of the most notorious female pirates of the time. When Rackham's ship was captured and the crew sentenced to death, Read received a stay of execution after she “pled her belly,” a reference to what?

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Takeshi Kitano

Kitano is a famous Japanese actor, comedian, TV host, and film director. His films are generally action-oriented and include a great deal of deadpan acting and dark comedy. Kitano is known almost exclusively by the name "Beat Takeshi" and hosts a weekly television program where a panel of entertainers and politicians discuss current events. In 2004, 34 years after he dropped out to pursue his career in entertainment, Kitano was awarded an honorary engineering degree from what university?

Last updated on Friday, 18th January 2008

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