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Great Chilean Earthquake: Strongest Ever Recorded

Measuring 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale, the Great Chilean Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. The tsunami it produced sent waves of up to 82 ft (25 m) racing across the Pacific Ocean to Chile, Argentina, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and the Aleutian Islands. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 6,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Why do some believe that religion helped keep the disaster's death toll relatively low?



The Barber Pole

During medieval times, barbers also functioned as doctors and dentists, performing surgeries, bloodlettings, and tooth extractions. The original barber's pole had brass basins at the top and bottom, representing the vessel that held the leeches used in bloodletting procedures and the one that received the blood. The pole itself represents the staff patients gripped to encourage blood flow, while its red and white stripes symbolize bandages. What does the blue stripe on US barber poles represent?

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Laurence Olivier

One of the most revered actors of the 20th century, Olivier took on more than 120 stage roles and starred in nearly 60 films over the course of an award-winning career that spanned more than six decades. A versatile performer, he earned accolades for his portrayals of Shakespearean characters, like Henry V and Hamlet, as well as for his performances in modern dramas. He won four Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globes, and five Emmys and was the first actor to receive what honor?

Last updated on Saturday, 22nd May 2010

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