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Hollywood Sign Is Dedicated

The iconic Hollywood sign overlooking the community and spelling out its name in 50-foot (15-meter) high white letters originally said "Hollywoodland" and was erected as an advertisement for a real estate firm promoting a new housing development with that name. Though not intended to be permanent, the sign quickly became an internationally recognized landmark, and the last four letters were removed in 1949. What are some of the ways that pranksters have altered the sign over the years?




Tasseography is a fortune-telling method whose practitioners aim to interpret patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments. The practice of tea leaf reading originated independently in Asia, the Middle East, and Ancient Greece. Today, potteries even produce cups specially marked for the reading of tea leaves, including those with zodiac designs, playing cards, and other symbols. In what country was a coffee-reading fortuneteller charged with the crime of practicing magic in 2007?

Born on a day like today


Alberto Ascari

Alberto Ascari was just 7 years old when his racecar driver father was killed in the 1925 French Grand Prix, but that did not deter him from following in his father's footsteps. He went on to become a successful driver and remains one of only two Italian Formula One World Champions in the history of the sport. In 1955, he was thrown from his car during a crash and killed. Both he and his father were 36 when they died. What other eerie similarities exist between his death and that of his father?

Last updated on Tuesday, 13th July 2010

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