" Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised. "
Leo Tolstoy

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Hartford Circus Fire

The Hartford Circus Fire was one of the worst fire disasters in US history. While thousands of spectators were enjoying an afternoon performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a fire broke out on the southwest sidewall of the tent. The big top, waterproofed with a coating of paraffin and gasoline, quickly collapsed in flames, trapping hundreds beneath it. What song is traditionally used by circuses to discretely alert staff when an emergency arises?




One of the earliest monotheistic religions, Atenism was introduced during the 14th century BCE by Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, later known by his adopted name, Akhenaten. After raising the obscure sun god known as Aten to the status of supreme god, Akhenaten declared the solar deity the only god and forbade the worship of all others. Atenism remained Egypt's state religion for approximately 20 years before falling out of favor. What events may have motivated the adoption of Atenism?

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Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh was "discovered" by the actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband, Irving Thalberg, had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After securing a contract with MGM, Leigh left college, where she had been studying music and psychology, and went on to appear in dozens of films. She is perhaps best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho, which earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. What famous actress is Leigh's daughter?

Last updated on Monday, 6th July 2009

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