" Every man is a builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own...We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. "
Henry David Thoreau

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Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of England

Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, is the elder daughter and successor of George VI. At age 18, she was made a state counsellor, a confidante of the King. During World War II, she trained as a second lieutenant in the women's services. In 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. They were in Kenya when the King died and Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. Her coronation, on June 2, 1953, was the first to be televised. Where did the coronation take place?



Martian Terraforming

Since the concept of terraforming—making a planet's environment suitable for human habitation­—was first proposed, Mars has been one of the primary hypothetical candidates for its application. Although Mars may have had a relatively earthlike environment early in its history, experts disagree on whether present-day Mars can be adapted to support human life. Terraforming Mars would require at least two major changes: building up the atmosphere and heating it. How could such changes be achieved?

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Thomas Hardy

Hardy was an English writer and poet of the naturalist movement. His characters, for the most part, are members of the poorer rural classes and are sympathetically and often humorously portrayed. Their lives are ruled not only by nature, but also by rigid Victorian social conventions, and the physical harshness of the bleak and forbidding Dorset landscape that they occupy echoes that of an indifferent universe. Why did Hardy give up writing novels altogether at the height of his success?

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