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Bartholomew I Becomes Patriarch of Constantinople

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople serves as the Archbishop of Constantinople and as spiritual leader and chief spokesperson for the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The current Patriarch, Bartholomew I, has been particularly active internationally, working to rebuild the Orthodox Churches of the former Eastern Bloc following the fall of Communism as well as continuing reconciliation dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church. His reputation as an environmentalist has earned him what nicknames?



The Tame Silver Fox

Tame silver foxes are the result of about 50 years of Russian experiments to domesticate the silver morph of the red fox. Scientist Dmitri Belyaev began the project to test his theory that the key to domestication is behavior—not size or reproduction—and did so by breeding the least aggressive foxes in each generation. The resulting tame foxes possess a temperament that differs fundamentally from that of their wild forebears. Interestingly, the breeding also resulted in what physical changes?

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Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette was the wife of King Louis XVI of France. Their marriage was designed to ally France with its long-time enemy, Austria. Marie was initially popular, but her devotion to Austrian interests and her reputation for heedless extravagance hastened the public's disillusionment with the monarchy and helped to provoke the French Revolution. She was executed by guillotine in 1793, along with her husband and thousands of others. What was the famous "Affair of the Diamond Necklace"?

Last updated on Monday, 2nd November 2009

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