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Jimmy Hoffa Disappears From a Detroit Parking Lot

Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), was an influential US labor leader. As a young man, Hoffa developed a reputation for being a tough street fighter who always stood up for coworkers and often clashed with management. He had ties to the Mafia, and it is rumored that these relationships played a major role in his election as president of the IBT. His unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation. What are some of the theories surrounding it?



The Catacombs of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris are a network of subterranean tunnels and rooms located in Roman-era limestone quarries that were converted into a mass tomb at the end of the 18th century to curb the spread of disease due to improper burials and mass graves. Today, only a small portion of the catacombs, which span more than 186 miles, is open to the public, but many enter them illegally via secret entrances found throughout Paris. What is the name of the special police force that patrols the catacombs?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

This Austrian-born bodybuilder won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did Austrian politician Peter Pilz demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship?

Last updated on Wednesday, 30th July 2008

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