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Friedrich Nietzsche

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Edvard Munch's The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint

There are four painted versions and one lithograph of Edvard Munch's most famous work, The Scream, an expressionist depiction of the existential agony of modern man. In 2004, the version belonging to the Munch Museum was stolen at gunpoint. A different version of the same painting had been stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in 1994 but was fortunately recovered in a sting operation that same year. Was the Munch Museum's version ever recovered?



Carnivorous Plants

Usually found in places with thin or nutrient-poor soil, carnivorous plants derive some or most of their sustenance by attracting, trapping, and digesting insects, small animals, and protozoans. Though there are hundreds of species of carnivorous plants, they all attract and trap prey using any of 5 basic mechanisms: pitfall traps, flypaper traps, snap traps, bladder traps, and lobster-pot traps. Just two species are classified as “active” snap traps; one is the Venus flytrap, what is the other?

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Leni Riefenstahl

Riefenstahl was a German filmmaker whose most famous works are documentary propaganda films for the German Nazi Party. Her Triumph of the Will, a documentary of a huge Nazi rally glorifying Hitler, is widely regarded as one of the most effective pieces of propaganda ever produced. After the war, Riefenstahl was classified as a Nazi sympathizer and blacklisted. Later, she became interested in underwater photography and the Nuba tribe in the Sudan. What did she do on her 100th birthday?

Last updated on Friday, 22nd August 2008

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