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Sun Tzu

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Hydrogen Bomb Lost in the Ocean

The Tybee Bomb is a 7,600-lb (3,500-kg) hydrogen bomb containing 400 lb (180 kg) of conventional high explosives and highly enriched uranium. During a simulated combat mission, the B-47 bomber carrying it collided with an F-86 fighter plane and the bomb was jettisoned and lost. It is presumed to be somewhere in Wassaw Sound, off the shores of Georgia's Tybee Island, but recovery efforts have been unsuccessful. Why has the US Air Force elected to leave the bomb at the bottom of the sound?




The ancient belief in lycanthropy, the magical ability of a human to assume the form and characteristics of a wolf, still exists in many parts of the world. In the Middle Ages, the church went so far as to condemn lycanthropy as a form of sorcery and often ruthlessly punished suspected offenders. One of the most widely held superstitions relating to lycanthropy is the belief in the werewolf. According to East Indian lore, touching what substance transforms a person into a shapeshifter?

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H.R. Giger

Giger is a Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer who became popular for providing concept art for the movies Alien and Species and won an Oscar for his work on the former in 1980. His work is often surreal and nightmarish, leading some to classify it as disturbing. His most distinctive stylistic innovation is that of biomechanics, the connection between human forms and machines. For most of his career, Giger has worked predominantly with what type of painting tool?

Last updated on Friday, 5th February 2010

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