The Persian Royal Road was an ancient highway built by King Darius I in the 5th Century BCE to facilitate communication throughout his empire. The route, reconstructed using archeological research and historical records, passed through present day Turkey, Iraq, and Iran. The Greek historian Herodotus' praise for the speed of the Persian couriers, who were said to be able to travel the road's 1,677 miles (2,699 kilometers) in seven days, is popularly associated with what US public service?
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The "Bay Bridge," officially known as The James "Sunny Jim" Rolph Bridge, is a toll bridge that links the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco. With 280,000 vehicles crossing it each day, it is one of the busiest bridges in the US. San Francisco residents first recognized the need for a bridge spanning San Francisco Bay during the California Gold Rush. What self-proclaimed "Emperor of these United States" decreed in the early 1870s that the bridge be built?
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Rodin was a French sculptor noted for his renderings of the human form. He spent 37 years working on The Gates of Hell, a monumental sculptural group commissioned by the MusÃ©e des Arts DÃ©coratifs and inspired by Dante's Inferno. The project was never finished, but many of the 186 figures intended for it, including The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss, were later presented as individual works. Who was The Thinker intended to represent?