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V-2 Rocket Hits London

Developed by Germany during WWII, the Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V-2) Rocket was the world's first modern ballistic missile and the first artificial object to achieve suborbital spaceflight. Unmanned and internally guided, the V-2 traveled at supersonic speeds that allowed it to reach its target in silence. Approximately 20,000 slave laborers died producing the rockets for Germany, and 7,000 civilians perished during more than 3,000 attacks on allied targets. What does Vergeltungswaffe mean?




An exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes—an amount roughly represented by the number 1 followed by 18 zeros. Though the term is rarely encountered in any practical context, a popular, hotly contested assertion, which often cites as support a project at the UC Berkeley School of Information, is that "all words ever spoken by human beings" can be represented by approximately 5 exabytes of data. What is meant by the related term "exaflood"?

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King Richard I of England

Among the few kings of England remembered by reputation, not number, Richard the Lionheart reigned from 1189 to 1199. He rose to the throne following Henry II's death and set out on the Third Crusade shortly after his coronation. Unable to capture the strongly fortified city of Jerusalem, Richard negotiated a treaty with Saladin that allowed Christian pilgrims access to its holy sites. How much time did Richard spend in England during his entire reign?

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