" They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience. "
Joseph Conrad

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Victoria Hall Disaster

At the end of a children's variety show in Sunderland, England, organizers announced that certain ticket holders would receive a prize upon exit. Many of the estimated 1,100 children in attendance excitedly rushed toward the staircase, creating a bottleneck at the narrow exit. Those in the front were trapped and crushed, and 183 children between the ages of 3 and 14 died of asphyxiation before adults could disperse the crowd. The inquiry that followed is said to have led to what invention?




Likely derived from the Assyrian storm demon Lilitu, Lilith is a female demon of Jewish mythology. In rabbinic literature, she is acknowledged as either Adam's first wife or the mother of his demonic offspring after he separated from Eve outside of Eden. Talmudic sources describe Lilith as a nocturnal creature with many evil attributes, while Jewish folklore paints her as the incarnation of sensual lust and a vampire-like child-killer. What item is said to protect newborn boys from Lilith?

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In the 1870s, Geronimo led a revolt of 4,000 Apaches who had been forcibly removed by US authorities to a barren reservation in east-central Arizona. After years of turmoil and bloodshed, Geronimo finally surrendered, only to escape again. He was later was arrested and eventually placed on a reservation in Oklahoma. He became a national celebrity when he appeared at the St. Louis World's Fair and in Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural procession. What is the meaning of his name?

Last updated on Wednesday, 16th June 2010

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