" Let us all resolve, first, to attain the grace of silence; second, to deem all fault-finding that does no good a sin, and to resolve, when we are ourselves happy, not to poison the atmosphere for our neighbors by calling upon them to remark every painful and disagreeable feature in their daily life, third, to practice the grace and virtue of praise. "
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Pioneer 10: First Craft to Leave Solar System

Launched in 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and to make up-close observations of Jupiter, capturing images that were later sent back to Earth. It passed the orbit of Neptune in 1983 and became by some definitions the first artificial object to leave our solar system. By February 1998, the probe was over 7.5 billion miles from Earth but lost its title as the most distant man-made object to what craft?



The Peutinger Table

The Tabula Peutingeriana, or Peutinger Table, is the sole surviving copy of an itinerarium, or map, depicting the road network of the ancient Roman Empire. The original map was last revised in the 4th or early 5th century and covered Europe, parts of Asia, and North Africa, including Roman settlements and the roads that connected them. In the 13th century, a monk assembled the 22-ft (6.75-m) long scroll using 11 parchment sections. In the map, why does longitude appear so compressed?

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William Butler Yeats

Considered Ireland's greatest lyric poet and a major figure of 20th-century literature, Yeats was the acknowledged leader of the Irish literary renaissance. His early work centers on Irish mythology and themes and is mystical, slow-paced, and lyrical; his later verse is stronger, more physical and realistic, and features language that is more austere. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923. He proposed to, and was rejected by, his love interest Maud Gonne how many times?

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