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RMS Titanic Sinks

The Titanic was a massive ocean liner that was thought to be virtually unsinkable. She was on her maiden voyage and carrying more than 2,200 passengers and crew when she struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank early the next morning. More than 1,500 lives were lost in the disaster. In 1985, a team led by Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel located the Titanic's wreck on the ocean floor. The team made a discovery that shed light on how the ship sank; what was it?



Who Might Wear a Fu Manchu?

Over the centuries, as styles of clothing change and evolve, so too do the ways in which men wear their facial hair. In 18th-century Europe, the chinstrap, a narrow line of beard that grows along the chin and jaw, gained popularity, while the handlebar moustache, with its characteristically lengthy ends, is considered stereotypical of the 19th-century American Wild West. What style of facial hair was popularized by the Star Trek science-fiction franchise?

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Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and scientist. His drawings depict subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures and are rendered with scientific precision and consummate artistry. Included among his works are intricate anatomical studies of humans, animals, and plants. The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest minds of all time. Why are most of his journals written in mirror-image cursive?

Last updated on Tuesday, 15th April 2008

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