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Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón

The Treaty of Ancón ended Peru's involvement in the late 19th-century War of the Pacific, fought between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru. Victorious, Chile annexed the former Peruvian province of Tarapacá and gained substantial mineral-rich territories, leaving Bolivia without access to the sea. The loss of the war remains an emotional issue for many Bolivians who attribute their country's problems to its landlocked condition. What novel technology was employed during the war?



Trout Tickling

Trout tickling is the practice of rubbing the underbelly of a trout in order to put it in a trance-like state that makes it easier to catch by hand. Commonly used in times of economic stress, especially during the 1930s depression era, the technique has been featured in works of literature throughout history—including writings by 3rd century Greek writer Aelian, Shakespeare, and Mark Twain, who described catching catfish in a similar way. In what country is the practice essentially outlawed?

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Béla Lugosi

Lugosi, a Hungarian-born US actor, is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in the Broadway stage production and subsequent film of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. He appeared in the 1931 film version wearing minimal makeup and using his natural, heavily accented voice. Following this memorable performance, Lugosi found himself frequently typecast as a horror film villain. When Lugosi died in 1956, his son and fifth wife decided to bury him wearing what part of his Dracula costume?

Last updated on Monday, 20th October 2008

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