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Jimmy Hoffa Disappears from a Detroit Parking Lot

Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was an influential US labor leader with alleged ties to the Mafia. As a young man, he developed a reputation for standing up for coworkers and clashing with management. In 1964, he was convicted of attempted bribery and spent seven years in jail before President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence in 1971. His unexplained disappearance in 1975 prompted decades of speculation. What are some of the theories surrounding it?



Joss Paper

Also known as ghost money, Joss paper is a type of paper burned during traditional Chinese deity or ancestor worship ceremonies on special holidays. The paper is also sometimes burned at Chinese funerals. Traditionally made from coarse bamboo paper or rice paper, Joss paper is typically cut into individual squares or rectangles that are decorated with a thin piece of square foil or a red ink seal. More contemporary and westernized varieties of Joss paper include Hell Bank Notes, which are what?

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

An Austrian-born bodybuilder, Schwarzenegger won the first of his five Mr. Universe titles in 1967 and went on to become a Hollywood action star. An increasingly active Republican during the 1990s, he was elected governor of California in 2003. Schwarzenegger ran for re-election in 2006 and, despite the numerous criticisms of his first term, defeated Democrat Phil Angelides. Why did Austrian politician Peter Pilz demand that Schwarzenegger be stripped of his Austrian citizenship?

Last updated on Thursday, 30th July 2009

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