" But men must know, that in this theater of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on. "
Francis Bacon

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ATF Raids Branch Davidian Compound

After investigating charges of child abuse and the illegal stockpiling of weapons at the Texas ranch of the Branch Davidian religious sect, US ATF agents raided the compound. The confrontation turned violent, and 10 people were killed in the firefight. A siege of the compound ended 51 days later, when the complex was engulfed in flames. Seventy-nine people, including 21 children and Davidian leader David Koresh, died in the incident. How did the Davidians receive advance warning of the ATF raid?




Monteverde is a small town in Costa Rica founded by American Quakers whose religious pacifism during the build-up to the Korean war led them to immigrate to this country without an army. One of Costa Rica's most popular tourist destinations, the area of Monteverde, Spanish for "green mountain," boasts lush rain and cloud forests filled with some 250 species of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles; 500 species of birds; and 3,000 species of plants. How much rainfall does Monteverde get annually?

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Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti is the only racecar driver to have won the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, and the international Formula One championship. He retired from Indy-car racing in 1994 with 52 victories but continued his attempts to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports-car endurance race until the age of 60. The Italian-American legend has been called the "Driver of the Century." How many members of the Andretti family have followed in Mario's footsteps and become racecar drivers?

Last updated on Sunday, 28th February 2010

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