" I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear. "
George Eliot

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Explorer-I Ceases Transmission

Following the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik I in October 1957, there was a frenzied effort by the US to launch a satellite of its own, beginning the so-called Space Race. Launched in January 1958 as part of the US program for the International Geophysical Year project, Explorer-I was the first Earth satellite of the US. It contributed to the discovery of the Van Allen Belts but stopped transmission of data when its batteries died in 1958. It remained in orbit, however, for how long?



Kilroy Was Here

"Kilroy was here" is an American popular culture expression that is believed to have originated during WWII, when a US shipyard worker began scrawling the phrase on ships he had inspected. US servicemen then took up the saying and began scrawling it all over the world, wherever they were stationed or encamped. The phrase is usually paired with a doodle of a man peeking over a wall, a cartoon that was likely adopted from UK wartime graffiti that was often accompanied by what slogans?

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Elias Ashmole

Ashmole was a celebrated English archaeologist and antiquary who donated most of his collection of artifacts and curiosities, including his library of priceless manuscripts, to the University of Oxford in 1677 to create the Ashmolean Museum. Though most of Ashmole's acquisitions focused on the study of nature, he was also interested in mysticism and was a student of astrology and alchemy. What anagrammatic pseudonym did Ashmole use to publish an anthology of alchemical writings in 1650?

Last updated on Sunday, 23rd May 2010

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