" Conscience is a cudgel which all men pick up in order to thwack their neighbors instead of applying it to their own shoulders. "
Honore de Balzac

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Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter

The first comet observed to be orbiting a planet rather than the Sun, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered by astronomers in March 1993. Sixteen months later, it provided the first direct observation of the collision of two solar system objects not involving the Earth, when fragments of the comet collided with Jupiter's southern hemisphere. The impact resulted in prominent scars that some said were more easily visible than what prominent feature of the planet?



Korean Wines

In Korea, the tradition of brewing alcoholic beverages, known as ju, is a long and proud one. These beverages are generally made from rice, a major Korean crop. The many varieties of ju include liquors and fruit, flower, and medicinal wines. One variety, called ihwaju, or "pear blossom wine," is brewed with rice malt fermented during the pear blossom season, a process that often produces a liquid so thick that it must be consumed in what way?

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Trygve Lie

In 1946, Trygve Lie, a Norwegian politician, became the first UN Secretary General. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, and he incurred the enmity of the USSR by supporting UN action in the Korean War. His critics have argued that he was under the influence of a select few in the UN Secretariat and was, at times, blinded by arrogance and stubbornness. What was the impetus for his resignation?

Last updated on Wednesday, 16th July 2008

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