" If a man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is he keeps his own at the same time. "
Jonathan Swift

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Anna Lindh, Swedish Politician, Stabbed

Lindh was a Swedish Social Democrat and an important proponent of the European Union. She was the Chairman of the Council of the European Union in 2001, and, at the time of her murder, a prime candidate to become the next president of the Social Democrats and prime minister of Sweden. She was attacked just prior to a Swedish referendum on the Euro, at the height of a public campaign she led for the approval of the currency. What was the result of the referendum?



Photographic Mosaic

Simply speaking, a photographic mosaic is a picture made of smaller pictures. Often used to recreate iconic images such as the Mona Lisa, photomosaics are created by replacing rectangular sections of an image with smaller pictures or photographs of an appropriate average color. When viewed from afar, a primary image is visible, but when examined closely, the hundreds or thousands of smaller images acting as pixels are revealed. What was the first photomosaic to use three levels of images?

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Gunpei Yokoi

Yokoi was one of the most important figures in the history of the Nintendo video game company. While employed there, Yokoi designed the Game Boy handheld game console and improved the D-Pad, the cross-shaped multi-directional input device found on most modern control pads. He also helped produce many popular arcade games, including the original Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong. What simple product, developed by Yokoi for his own amusement, sold 1.2 million units and launched his career?

Last updated on Wednesday, 10th September 2008

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