The sacrificial tripod was a type of altar used by the ancient Greeks, the most famous of which belonged to the Oracle of Delphi and was devoted to the god Apollo. Seated on the ornate golden tripod, the priestess of the temple would utter prophesies in a frenzied trance. In Greek mythology, Heracles once attempted to take the tripod from the temple and was stopped by Apollo, to whom the tripod was sacred. According to Homer, tripods were often given as gifts to whom?
Back in the day
The son of a pool hall owner who tried to keep him from playing billiards, Mosconi learned the game by shooting with potatoes when his father hid the balls. A prodigy, he went on to win the world pool title 15 times before 1957. In 1954, he sank 526 consecutive balls in two hours and 10 minutes, and more than 35 witnesses signed an affidavit swearing to the feat. The record has never been broken. Mosconi was later hired to teach what actor how to convincingly play a pool hustler for a 1961 film?
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Despite being a dominant force in the US Democratic Party, Bryan lost three bids for the presidency. However, he helped secure the presidential nomination for Woodrow Wilson, under whom he became secretary of state. Bryan's belief in neutrality led him to resign when it appeared that Wilson would enter the US into World War I. A devout Presbyterian, he later campaigned for Prohibition and, in 1925, died after exhausting himself prosecuting and finally winning what famous legal case?