" As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook. "
Joseph Conrad

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Collapse of Warsaw Radio Mast

Upon its completion in 1974, the Warsaw radio mast in Poland became the world's tallest structure. Standing 2,120 feet (646 m) tall, the tower was used for long-wave radio broadcasting. In 1991, the mast underwent repairs to exchange guy wires, the cables used to stabilize the tower. However, the mast bent and then snapped at approximately half its height. It was never rebuilt. What became the world's tallest structure upon the Warsaw radio mast's collapse?



Fig Wasps

The life cycle of fig wasps is intimately intertwined with that of the fig trees they inhabit. It begins when a female wasp enters the fruit through a natural opening and deposits her eggs inside, pollinating the inner flowers in the process. Next, non-pollinating wasps deposit their eggs. After maturing inside the fig, male offspring's only jobs are to mate with the females—while still within the fig—and chew a hole through which the females can escape. What happens when the males exit the fig?

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Rawlings was an American author best known for her 1938 novel The Yearling, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. Rawlings worked as a journalist until 1928, when she moved to the rural Florida backwoods and devoted herself to fiction. There, she incorporated the people and land around her into richly atmospheric works that resemble vivid factual reporting and are noted for their magical descriptions of landscape. The Yearling is about a boy who adopts what animal as a pet?

Last updated on Sunday, 8th August 2010

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