" Poetry's unnat'ral; no man ever talked poetry 'cept a beadle on boxin' day. "
Charles Dickens

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Outer Space Treaty Signed

The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. It bans the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in outer space, exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes, and forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource, such as the Moon or a planet, on the grounds that they are the common heritage of mankind. When did the treaty enter into force?



The Legend of Fionn mac Cumhaill

According to legend, Ireland's mythical hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill was imbued with universal wisdom after inadvertently eating the Salmon of Knowledge. This boundless knowledge ultimately led Fionn to become leader of the Fianna, the famed heroes of Irish myth. Many geographical features in Ireland are attributed to the legendary giant, including the basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway. What land mass was supposedly formed in the Irish Sea when Fionn flung a chunk of earth at a rival?

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of European classical music, having written an astonishing number of works in almost every musical genre during his short life. He began touring as a child prodigy and went on to a career in Vienna that was fraught with illness and financial difficulties. Underappreciated in his own time, his gifts for clarity, balance, and chromatic harmony have since inspired countless composers. How old was Mozart when he began composing music?

Last updated on Sunday, 27th January 2008

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