" It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. "
Edgar Allan Poe

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Dennis Tito Becomes World's First Space Tourist

American multimillionaire Dennis Tito gained celebrity status in 2001, when he became the first person to pay for his own ticket to space. A former scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Tito is the founder of Wilshire Associates, a leading provider of investment management, consulting, and technology services. Despite his career change from aerospace engineering to investment management, he never lost interest in space exploration. How much did his ticket aboard the Soyuz TM-32 cost?



Axis Mundi

The axis mundi, or world axis, is a symbolic representation of the point of connection between heaven and earth and offers a means of travel and communication between the two realms. The concept of a central world axis appears in many cultures and takes many forms, both natural and manmade. This connection point can be a high mountain, a plant, an altar, or even a person's home. Which religious disciplines explore the concept of the human form as world axis?

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Ferruccio Lamborghini

Lamborghini was a wealthy Italian tractor manufacturer and an enthusiastic sports car owner. Noticing a problem with the clutch system of his Ferrari 250 GT, he approached Enzo Ferrari to complain. Ferrari's insulting response, that a tractor manufacturer is not qualified to criticize Ferraris, infuriated Lamborghini. He decided to retaliate by creating his own superior sports car, effectively beating Ferrari at his own game. Why did Lamborghini choose the image of a bull for his company's logo?

Last updated on Monday, 28th April 2008

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