" What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it. "
Joseph Conrad

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Marilyn Monroe Marries Joe DiMaggio

Marilyn Monroe married baseball star Joe DiMaggio after a two-year courtship that captivated America. The marriage lasted just 274 days, collapsing amid reports of her infidelity and his violence and jealousy, but the two became close again after Monroe divorced Arthur Miller. When Monroe was found dead in August 1962, it was DiMaggio who claimed her body and arranged her funeral. What did DiMaggio have delivered to Monroe's crypt three times a week for twenty years following her death?



Beehive Tombs

Beehive tombs, or tholoi, are the large, underground ceremonial tombs constructed in Greece during the Late Bronze Age. The tombs, usually built into the side of a hill, have a distinctive beehive shape formed with layers of stone that taper toward the top of the structure. Though many of these tombs have been pillaged, they have still provided archeologists with some of the richest finds from the period. What might the abundance of such tombs at certain sites reveal about who used them?

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Albert Schweitzer

Schweitzer was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. Determined to become a medical missionary, he established a hospital at Lambaréné, Gabon, in 1913. He later expanded this facility to include a leper colony. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 for his "reverence for life" concept of universal ethics, which emphasizes respect for the lives of all beings, and for his medical and humanitarian work. An organist to boot, he interpreted the music of what composer?

Last updated on Wednesday, 14th January 2009

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