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RMS Lusitania Sunk by German U-Boat

The Lusitania was a British ocean liner that was sunk off the Irish coast by a German U-boat during World War I. The ship sank quickly—its submersion took only 18 minutes—and resulted in the loss of nearly 1,200 lives, including approximately 100 children. The question of whether contraband munitions were being transported by the vessel when it was attacked, causing a possible secondary explosion, has been hotly debated since. What did dive teams recently reveal about the ship's cargo?

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Petrosomatoglyphs

Petrosomatoglyphs are naturally-occurring or man-made representations of human or animal body parts that are found incised in rock. Footprints are the most common form of petrosomatoglyph. The ancient images, some of which date back to megalithic times, were once considered important symbols and were used in both religious and secular ceremonies. Throughout history, these imprints have been attributed to numerous figures, including the devil, Jesus, the prophet Mohammed, and what legendary king?

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Eva Perón

Eva Perón was an actress who became a political and cultural icon as the wife of Argentinean president Juan Perón. When Juan entered office in 1946, Eva became his chief adviser, virtually co-governing the country alongside her husband. Commonly known by the affectionate diminutive Evita, she presided over the creation of a charitable foundation that built homes and schools for the poor and gave them access to free healthcare. Why was Evita's corpse hidden for 16 years after her death?

Last updated on Thursday, 7th May 2009

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