" Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations. "
George Bernard Shaw

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"Red Baron" Shot Down by Allied Fire

Manfred von Richthofen, or the "Red Baron," was the WWI German aviator who commanded the 11th Chasing Squadron, known as Richthofen's Flying Circus. He was the most successful flying ace of WWI, shooting down 80 aircraft before being killed in action. In April 1918, he was shot in the chest while pursuing an enemy target over France; he managed to land his plane but died soon after. The Red Baron has since become a symbol of dexterity, daring, and victory. Who fired the shot that killed him?




Smokejumpers are firefighters who parachute into remote areas to combat forest fires. While smokejumpers save many lives, the inherent risks associated with parachuting into a fire lead many to question the value of the profession. Proponents argue that parachute deployment helps firefighters reach remote areas quickly and with more equipment than other means allow, thus enabling them to begin containing fires at their early stages. Which country employs the largest number of smokejumpers?

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Anthony Quinn

Quinn was a Mexican-American painter, writer, and Oscar-winning actor. Quinn boxed in his youth and studied art and architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright. He later turned to acting and achieved international stardom in the 1950s and 60s for his ability to portray ethnically diverse characters, most notably Zorba the Greek. He fathered 12 children and wrote two memoirs, and his paintings have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In what 1952 film did Quinn appear opposite Marlon Brando?

Last updated on Monday, 21st April 2008

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