" All is fish that comes to the literary net. Goethe puts his joys and sorrows into poems, I turn my adventures into bread and butter. "
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President Gerald Ford Pardons "Tokyo Rose"

During WWII, Allied forces in the South Pacific dubbed a group of English-speaking female radio broadcasters airing Japanese propaganda "Tokyo Rose." After the war, Japanese-American radio host Iva Toguri D'Aquino was identified by the press as Tokyo Rose and was charged with and convicted of treason. In 1974, investigative journalists found that key witnesses had lied during her trial, and she was later pardoned by President Ford. What were some of the stage names she used in her broadcasts?




In Norse mythology, the valkyries are maidens sent by Odin to select worthy warriors slain in battle and escort them to Valhalla. Valkyries, whose name is derived from an Old Norse word meaning "choosers of the slain," are said to have the power to cause the death of warriors they dislike or guard the lives of those they favor. According to various myths, they are either deities or mortals with supernatural powers. It is said that the warriors will fight beside Odin at Ragnarök, which is what?

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Paul Cézanne

Cézanne was a 19th-century French painter whose unique style bridges the major artistic movements of Impressionism and Cubism. His work combines impressionistic, airy painting with a degree of geometric simplification, making shape and form important aspects of the art. Cézanne's explorations of geometric forms and optical phenomena profoundly affected the development of modern art, and he is ranked among the foremost French masters. Who reportedly referred to Cézanne as "the father of us all"?

Last updated on Tuesday, 19th January 2010

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