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The Sport of Geocaching Begins

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) to hide and seek watertight containers filled with trinkets, hoards known as "geocaches" or simply "caches." The improved accuracy of GPS devices allowed the pastime to develop, since the specific locations of the small containers could finally be logged and shared. Geocaches are now hidden in more than 100 countries and on all seven continents. What did the world's first geocache contain?




Rongorongo is a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island that is believed to be a form of writing or proto-writing, though all attempts to decipher the inscriptions, found on some two dozen objects, have thus far failed. The glyphs feature a variety of stylized human, animal, vegetable, and geometric shapes. If rongorongo is found to be writing, it would be one of only three or four known independent inventions of writing in human history. How old are the inscriptions?

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Golda Meir

Meir was Israel's first female prime minister and the first woman in the world to hold such an office without having familial ties to a previous head of state or government. A signer of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, she served in the fledgling nation's parliament and held posts as minister of labor and foreign minister before becoming Israel's fourth prime minister in 1969. During her tenure, she sought to ease tensions in the region through diplomacy. Why did she resign in 1974?

Last updated on Monday, 3rd May 2010

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