" We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe. "
Jerome K. Jerome

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Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what?



Evangelical Counsels

Unlike the Ten Commandments, which Christians see as obligatory ethical guidelines, the evangelical counsels are regarded as voluntary counsels for those who wish to go beyond the minimum stipulated in the biblical commandments. Failure to obey the counsels is therefore not regarded as sinful. Derived from the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels, they are often followed by members of religious orders, such as monks and friars. The three evangelical counsels are chastity, obedience, and what else?

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James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart

Stewart was an American actor recognized for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It's a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. What mysterious Nepalese artifact did Stewart allegedly smuggle out of India?

Last updated on Sunday, 20th May 2012

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