Found floating in warm seas or washed up on the shore, ambergris is a solid, waxy substance formed in the intestines of sperm whales. Possessing a sweet, earthy odor, it has been used throughout history as a food flavoring and a material for jewelry, though its primary commercial use has been as a fixative in perfumes. However, because ambergris is quite rare and expensive, many of today's perfumes use synthetic replacements. What function does ambergris serve within the whale's digestive tract?
Henry David Thoreau
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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's major landmarks, connecting Sydney's central business district with the North Shore commercial and residential areas. Colloquially referred to as the "coat hanger" because of its arch-based design, it is the widest long-span bridge in the world and the highest steel arch bridge, standing as much as 430 ft (131 m) above the harbor. What happened when a member of a right-wing paramilitary group interrupted the bridge's ribbon-cutting ceremony?
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Dinu Lipatti was a Romanian pianist whose career was tragically cut short by his death from Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 33. Despite a relatively short playing career and a relatively small recorded legacy, Lipatti is considered among the finest pianists of the 20th century. He was much admired for his pianistic technique, and he is particularly noted for his interpretations of Mozart, Bach, and Chopin. Lipatti is referenced in what landmark Japanese novel?