" The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. "
Gilbert Chesterton

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Rutan Voyager Completes First Nonstop Flight around the World without Refueling

Piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, who first conceived of the craft and sketched it on the back of a napkin in 1981, the Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. It took off from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert on December 14, 1986, and landed there nine days later. The aircraft more than doubled the previous record of un-refueled flight set by a US Air Force B-52 in 1962. How much does the Rutan Voyager weigh?



Looted Art

For millennia, artworks have been looted during times of war. By the time Alexander the Great invaded Egypt in 332 BCE, the tombs of almost all the Pharaohs had already been looted, and as recently as the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, thieves looted Baghdad's national museum. Much of the Louvre's collection was amassed through Napoleon's systematic plundering, an example the Nazis followed in WWII, looting an estimated 20% of the art in Europe. What happened to this art after Germany's defeat?

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Joseph Smith, Jr.

Smith was the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 1827, he claimed that an angel directed him to buried golden plates containing God's revelation, which he translated as the Book of Mormon. He led converts to Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and introduced the custom of polygamy. When in 1844 he announced his candidacy for the presidency of the US, he and his brother were thrown in jail, where they were killed by a lynch mob. What happened to the church after his death?

Last updated on Friday, 23rd December 2011

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