" In song and dance man expresses himself as a member of a higher community: he has forgotten how to walk and speak and is on the way toward flying up into the air, dancing. "
Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Bahamas Gain Independence from the British Commonwealth

A haven for pirates such as Blackbeard in the 17th century, the Bahamas became a British Crown Colony in 1717. After the American Revolution, it was settled by many Loyalists who brought with them slaves to labor on cotton plantations. Later, during the prohibition era in the US, the Bahamas became a base for rum-running. It did not become a sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations until 1973. What happened to the native tribe that Columbus first encountered there in 1492?



Criminal Tattoos

Tattoos are used by many criminals to show gang membership and mark their personal history, skills, and convictions. The system of Russian criminal tattoos is perhaps the most elaborate; both the symbols themselves and their locations on the body carry meaning. A crucifix worn on the chest, for example, signifies a "Prince of Thieves," the highest rank among criminals; butterflies signify an escape artist. What do snakes around the shoulders signify?

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Arthur Ashe

Ashe began to attract the attention of tennis fans after being awarded a tennis scholarship to UCLA in 1963. By 1969, he was considered the best American male tennis player. In addition to winning three Grand Slam tournaments, including Wimbledon, he was a key figure in the formation of the Association of Tennis Professionals and worked to expose the injustices of apartheid in South Africa. Why was Ashe arrested in 1985 and 1992?

Last updated on Thursday, 10th July 2008

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