The Great Wall of China is the world's longest man-made structure, stretching approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km) along China's northern and northwestern borders. Erected to prevent invasions by northern nomads, it is an amalgamation of many walls built in ancient times and connected by later empires. Averaging a height of 25 feet (7.6 m) and a width of 15 to 30 feet (4.6–9.1 m) at its base, the wall is fortified by watchtowers placed at regular intervals. Can the Great Wall be seen from space?
William Makepeace Thackeray
Back in the day
According to baseball lore, a curse was placed on the Boston Red Sox after Babe Ruth, the "Bambino," was sold to the New York Yankees in 1920. Before the sale, the Red Sox had won 5 World Series titles; the Yankees had never even played in a series. Following the sale, the Yankees went on to win 27 World Series titles. The Red Sox, meanwhile, failed to win another series for more than 8 decades, finally breaking the "curse" in 2004. How did some Red Sox fans attempt to "reverse the curse"?
Born on a day like today
Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a respected medieval scholar and university professor. The enduring influence of his works, which recount the fictional history of Middle Earth, has earned him recognition as "the father of modern fantasy literature." Recently, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series was adapted for film, and it soon became the world's highest grossing motion picture trilogy. For whom did Tolkien initially write The Hobbit?