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Monks Witness Possible Formation of Moon Crater

Giordano Bruno is a small lunar impact crater that is estimated to have been formed less than 350 million years ago. Some believe that its age can be pinpointed exactly thanks to five English monks who reported that on June 18, 1178, during the annual Taurid meteor shower, they saw "two horns of light" on the shaded part of the moon—a description some say is consistent with the visual phenomena associated with such a crater's formation. How do others interpret the monks' sighting?



Cottingley Fairies

In the early 20th century, cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths created a series of photographs in which they were seen interacting with what appear to be fairies. The images provoked heated debate and even gained the attention of famed Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who championed their authenticity. Though the women initially claimed the fairies were real, they finally admitted otherwise in 1981. Even then, Griffiths insisted that one image was genuine. Which one?

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E. W. Scripps

Scripps began publishing his own newspapers in 1878 and eventually went on to own 34 papers across the US. His Scripps-McRae League of Newspapers was the first major US newspaper chain. In 1907, he consolidated regional Scripps news services into what would become United Press International. In 1922, he transferred his interests to his son, who, with Roy W. Howard, formed the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain. Scripps is credited with bringing what innovations to the newspaper business?

Last updated on Friday, 18th June 2010

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