" Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness. "
Honore de Balzac

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Edict of Worms Declares Martin Luther an Outlaw and Heretic

The Diet of Worms was an assembly opened by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to deal with the question of Martin Luther's recalcitrant behavior. Luther was asked to retract his teachings condemned by the pope, but he refused. Various theologians argued with him for a week, but he would not change his position. On May 25, Luther was formally declared an outlaw in the Edict of Worms, and the lines of the Reformation were thereby hardened. Who hid Luther to protect him from the Edict's enforcers?




An allusion to the appearance of divers clad in shiny wetsuits and wearing large fins on their feet, the term "frogman" was first used to describe scuba divers around 1940. Although scuba users prefer to be called "divers," the word "frogman" is often used, especially by the media, to refer to professional divers, such as soldiers, who carry out amphibious assaults, sabotage operations, and clandestine surveys. What types of tools and weapons can frogmen carry underwater?

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson, known as the "Sage of Concord," was a poet and essayist who established himself as a leading spokesman for transcendentalism. He dominated the American lecture circuit of the 1830s with his winter lecture tours, which included the notable essays "The Over-Soul" and "Self-Reliance." Plato, the sacred books of the East, Swedenborg, and Kant all contributed to the development of his ideas. Who built a cabin next to a pond on land owned by Emerson?

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