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Mark Twain

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Bob Marley Succumbs to Cancer at Age 36

Born in a small Jamaican village and raised in the slums of Kingston's Trenchtown, Marley overcame tremendous hardship to become a groundbreaking singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He propelled reggae to worldwide popularity, creating music that reflects his commitment to nonviolence and the Rastafarian religion. In 1975, Marley released "No Woman, No Cry," a song that brought him international success. Marley was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 but refused the recommended medical treatment; why?



Lake Baikal

At 12,160 sq mi (31,494 sq km), Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in Eurasia. It is also the world's deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 5,714 ft (1,742 m). Located in southern Siberia, the clear, oxygen-rich waters are home to a wide range of aquatic plants and creatures, including such unusual species as the world's only freshwater seal, and can sustain animal life more than 5,200 ft (1,600 m) below the surface. What percent of the world's surface freshwater is held in Lake Baikal?

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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Carpeaux was a French sculptor and painter who studied under Francois Rude. After winning the Prix de Rome in 1854, he moved there and studied the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Verrocchio. He obtained a taste for movement and spontaneity, which he joined with the great principles of baroque art. In 1861, he made a bust of Princess Mathilde, which brought him several commissions from Napoleon III. His controversial sculpture, La Danse, is on the facade of what building in Paris?

Last updated on Sunday, 11th May 2008

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