" While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit. "
Lewis Carroll

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Terrorist Bombings in London

On July 7, 2005, four bombs struck the London public transportation system during the morning rush hour, killing 56 people, including four of the perpetrators, and injuring 700. The incident was the deadliest single act of terrorism in the United Kingdom since the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people. A group called "Al Qaeda in Europe" claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombings roughly coincided with what six contextually significant events?



Tight Accommodations: Capsule Hotels

If a bed and a TV are all you need, try a capsule hotel. Developed in Japan in the 1970s, capsule hotels offer accommodations in modular blocks roughly 6.5 x 3.25 x 4 ft (2 x 1 x 1.25 m) in size. Capsules are typically stacked 2 units high, and luggage is usually stored in a separate locker. Used primarily by men, the hotels are frequented for their convenience and low price, often by those who missed a train or want to sleep off a night of drinking. How much do capsules cost for a night's stay?

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Marc Chagall

Chagall was a Belarusian painter often considered a forerunner of the Surrealist movement. He began studying painting in 1906 and soon began assimilating elements of cubism into his expressionistic style. Inspired by Russian folk-life, he was fond of animal and flower symbols and portrayed many Biblical themes reflecting his Jewish heritage. Among his works are two murals designed for the New York City Metropolitan Opera House. What popular musicians have been inspired by Chagall's work?

Last updated on Monday, 7th July 2008

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