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The Notre-Dame Affair

The Notre-Dame Affair was an anti-Catholic intervention performed by radical members of the Lettrist movement on Easter Sunday, 1950. During a quiet moment in the Easter High Mass, Michel Mourre, disguised as a Dominican monk, climbed to the rostrum and declaimed a blasphemous anti-sermon on the death of God. The proclamation was heard not only by the thousands of faithful present at the mass but also by hundreds of thousands of TV viewers. Who saved Mourre from the angry Christian mob?



Crop Circles

Crop circles, patterns created in fields by the unexplained flattening of crops, have garnered worldwide attention since they began appearing in the English countryside in the late 1970s. Since then, roughly 12,000 crop circles have been found worldwide. Though many incidents have been exposed as hoaxes, both meteorological phenomena and UFOs have been cited as possible sources of the mysterious patterns. How did the men who perpetrated some of the original crop circle hoaxes create the designs?

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J. William Fulbright

Fulbright, a Rhodes scholar, served in the US Department of Justice, taught law, and was president of the University of Arkansas before becoming a member of the US Senate. His Fulbright Act provides grants that enable thousands of Americans to study abroad and allow overseas students to study in the US. It was passed into law in 1946 and earned him international recognition. Fulbright's Senate career was marked by his opposition to the Vietnam War and what other notable cases of dissent?

Last updated on Thursday, 9th April 2009

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