" It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humor. "
Charles Dickens

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Battle of Gallipoli Begins

The Battle of Gallipoli took place on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli during WWI. It was initiated by the Allies in an attempt to open their supply routes to Russia, establish a new war front, and draw Bulgaria and Greece into the war as allies. Ultimately, the Allies hoped to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople, and they fought a fierce and bloody campaign for several months before withdrawing in January of 1916. The meteoric rise of what Turkish politician began with Gallipoli?



Dissociative Amnesia

Dissociative amnesia is a loss of personal memory caused by a severe psychological trauma. Because the amnesia does not result from a physiological trauma, such as brain injury or disease, it is often treated with psychological therapy. While dissociative amnesia is often associated with particular events or periods of time, in its most radical form there is a total abandonment of personal identity and memory. How did dissociative amnesia sufferer Kevin Mura rediscover his identity?

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Nicolaus Copernicus

Copernicus was an astronomer, mathematician, and economist who developed the heliocentric theory of the universe that placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of our solar system and helped launch the scientific revolution. A corollary of Copernicanism is that scientific law need not be congruent with appearance; this contrasts with Aristotle's system, which places greater importance on the derivation of knowledge through the senses. What did Goethe write about Copernicus?

Last updated on Tuesday, 19th February 2008

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