" The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness. "
Charles Darwin

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The Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration was a British government statement promising the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine that would not disturb non-Jews already living there. The British anticipated gaining a mandate over Palestine after WWI and hoped to win over Jewish public opinion for the Allies. They also hoped that pro-British settlers would help protect the approaches to the Suez Canal, a vital link to Britain's South Asian possessions. Who actually wrote the declaration?



Mobile Phone Throwing

Mobile phone throwing is a sport in which participants throw mobile phones and are judged on distance or technique. Started in Finland in 2000, competitive phone throwing has since spread to several other countries, with contests being held as far away as the UK and the US. Many of the events promote the recycling of old phones. In most national events, winners gain an entry to the world championship. How far have top competitors hurled their mobile phones?

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Warren G. Harding

With promises to the war-weary American public of a "return to normalcy" in the wake of WWI, Harding was elected 29th president of the US. However, his administration soon earned a reputation for corruption. As an investigation into what proved to be the Teapot Dome scandal began, he traveled to Alaska, where he was informed of the corruption about to be exposed. While en route home, he became mysteriously ill, allegedly from food poisoning, and suddenly died. What caused his death?

Last updated on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011

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