Also known as the Great Exhibition, the Crystal Palace Exhibition was an international exhibition held in Hyde Park, London, in 1851. The first in a series of popular 19th-century World's Fairs, the event was organized as a celebration of modern industrial technology and design and drew six million people. An architecturally adventurous and massive glass building, dubbed the Crystal Palace, was designed to house the show. For what convenience did 827,280 visitors pay George Jennings one penny?
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In 2004, two teams of Japanese researchers traveled to a sperm whale hunting ground 600 miles south of Tokyo, where they attached bait, a camera, and a flash to a 3,000-foot line. After numerous attempts to lure their prey, a 26-foot giant squid attacked and became entangled in the lure, finally breaking free after more than 500 photos were taken over a four-hour period. What did the photosâ€”the first ever taken of a live giant squid in its natural habitatâ€”reveal about the mysterious creature?
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Rumi was a great Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose influence has spread to Persian-speakers in Afghanistan, central Asia, Turkey, and beyond. His Masnavi-ye Manavi is a six-volume poem regarded by many Sufis as second in importance only to the Qur'an and is often called "Qur'an-e Farsee," meaning "The Persian Qur'an." His followers founded the Mevlevi order, whose members use dancing and music as part of their spiritual method and are popularly known by what name?