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Teutonic Knights Defeated at Battle of Grunwald

Towards the end of the 14th century, the Teutonic Order, a German military religious order founded during the Third Crusade, sought to expand its influence over Lithuania and Poland. Though its mission was to spread Christianity throughout the world, it invaded the already Christian states and was defeated at the Battle of Grunwald. Afterward, the Order's strength waned, and today it exists only as a clerical organization. What role did the Knights play before becoming a military order?

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Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink that originated in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep's milk with kefir grains, a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids, and sugars. Traditional kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway and knocked by everyone passing through to help keep the milk and kefir grains mixed. Today, kefir is popular due to research into its health benefits. What are these benefits?

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Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest painters in European history and the most important master of the Dutch school. Rembrandt's universal appeal rests upon his art's profound humanity. His masterful handling of light was recognized even when his critics considered his subject matter vulgar and indecorous. A fecund artist, he produced hundreds of paintings, about 300 etchings, and nearly 2,000 drawings. How many self-portraits did Rembrandt produce?

Last updated on Tuesday, 15th July 2008

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