" A letter is an unannounced visit, and the postman is the intermediary of impolite surprises. Every week we ought to have one hour for receiving letters, and then go and take a bath. "
Friedrich Nietzsche

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13th Amendment to US Constitution is Ratified

The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution completed the process of abolishing slavery, which had begun with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. By December 6, 1865, 27 of the 36 existing states had ratified the 13th Amendment, starting with the state of Illinois. Offenses against this amendment were being prosecuted as late as 1947. Which of the states that initially rejected the 13th Amendment finally ratified it in 1995, 130 years after it was adopted?

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Automatic Writing

Used as a form of channeling by proponents of Spiritualism and the New Age movement, automatic writing is a writing process that is performed without conscious thought or deliberation, at times, while the writer is in a trancelike state. Practitioners often attribute the resulting message to aliens, the deceased, the subconscious, or even God. Skeptics note, however, that there is no evidence to support such claims. Which books have allegedly been written using this technique?

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Kamal Jumblatt

Jumblatt was a Lebanese philosopher, politician, and the traditional leader of the Druze community. He earned multiple degrees at the Sorbonne, wrote prolifically in both Arabic and French, and held ranking positions in government for more than 30 years. In 1949, Jumblatt founded the Druze-backed Progressive Socialist Party. When the Lebanese Civil War began, he was the main opposition leader, and his forces soon controlled nearly 70% of the country. Who was suspected in his 1977 assassination?

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