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"British Bang" on German Archipelago

Heligoland is a small German archipelago located in the North Sea. It consists of two islands: the populated main island of Hauptinsel and the smaller island of Düne. Hauptinsel is commonly divided into three geographic sections, the last of which came into being in 1947, when the Royal Navy detonated 6,800 metric tons of explosives on the island, actually changing its shape. The "British Bang" was the biggest non-nuclear single detonation in history. Why did the British bomb the island?




Sambo is a modern martial art and combat sport that was developed to enhance the military's hand-to-hand combat system in the former Soviet Union. In 1938, it was named the official sport of the USSR. Sambo combines a variety of wrestling styles with east Asian martial arts, boxing, and even fencing, from which it derives its parrying and lunging techniques. What does the combat style's name mean?

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Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia was an Italian noblewoman and daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Her family came to epitomize the ruthless Machiavellian politics and sexual corruption allegedly characteristic of the Renaissance papacy, but rumors of her participation in her family's poison plots and of incestuous relations with her father and brother have not been proved. Nevertheless, Lucrezia is often viewed as a femme fatale, and has been portrayed as such in many works of art. What are a few examples?

Last updated on Friday, 18th April 2008

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