" He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory. "
Francis Bacon

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The Malbone Street Wreck

One of the deadliest train crashes in US history took place during a strike of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, some of whose members operated elevated trains for the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT). To keep service running, the BRT brought in inexperienced motormen to replace the striking workers. That evening, a five-car train derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel after negotiating a curve too quickly, killing 93. How many hours of training had the train's operator received?



The Suda

The Suda is a Greek lexicon-encyclopedia that includes texts from classical Greek works and commentaries. Compiled in the 10th century during the Byzantine Empire, it contains approximately 30,000 entries. Although it is mostly derived from late and corrupt sources, it preserves much information about Greek literature that would otherwise be lost. Instead of using a purely alphabetical system, the lexicon's compiler arranged its entries using what organizational structure?

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Laurence Stephen Lowry

Lowry was an English painter noted for his bleak northern industrial scenes, often featuring primitive figures that he called "matchstick men." He also appears to hold the record for the most honors declined. He twice declined appointment to the Order of the British Empire—as an officer in 1955 and as a commander in 1961—and turned down a knighthood in 1968 and appointments to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1972 and 1976. Which of his controversial works were exhibited after his death?

Last updated on Tuesday, 1st November 2011

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