" I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it. "
Virginia Woolf

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The Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire

The Mont Blanc Tunnel was completed in 1965 and soon became a major trans-Alpine transport route. On March 24, 1999, a truck carrying a cargo of flour and margarine caught fire in the tunnel. The margarine load in the trailer was the equivalent of 6,000 gallons (23,000 L) of oil and caused the fire to burn for 56 hours and reach temperatures of over 1,832°F (1,000°C). The blaze claimed 39 lives. How many people were saved by a man on a motorcycle before he died in the intense fire?




Proteus is an early sea-god of Greek mythology, an old man whose responsibilities include tending to Poseidon's seals. Though he is said to have the gift of prophecy, Proteus goes to go to great lengths to avoid disclosing this knowledge and only does so if trapped. A shape-shifter, he evades capture by changing his appearance. For this reason, the adjective "protean"—meaning "versatile" or "capable of assuming many forms"—is derived from his name. Who captures Proteus in Homer's Odyssey?

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Fatty Arbuckle

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was a portly American silent film comedian. Despite his size, Arbuckle was physically adept and surprisingly agile. His comedies are known for their rollicking, fast-paced nature and chase scenes. Arbuckle was particularly fond of the "pie in the face" gag that has come to signify silent film comedy in general. He is, however, best known for his involvement in what scandal that destroyed his career?

Last updated on Tuesday, 24th March 2009

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