" If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. "
Mark Twain

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The Creation of the Peace Symbol

Historically, the idea of peace has been represented by symbols that attempt to transcend differences of culture, such as the white dove, the olive branch, and the broken rifle. The now-familiar line-drawing of a crow's foot in a circle was created specifically for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by British artist Gerald Holtom, but it quickly caught on as a general, international sign for peace. Holtom has stated that it is derived from the semaphore flag signals for what two letters?



The Tsavo Man-Eaters

Lions do not usually hunt humans. For nine months in 1898, however, two lions terrorized construction crews who were building a bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya, repeatedly stalking, attacking, and eating the workers. Some victims were dragged from their tents at night. The workers fled and construction was halted until Lt. Col. John H. Patterson—who was in charge of the bridge project—tracked down the lions and shot them. By Patterson's account, how many people had the lions killed?

Born on a day like today


Jeanne Calment

At the age of 100, Calment was still riding a bicycle around her native Arles, France. She lived on her own until she was 110 and smoked until she was 117. She saw the Eiffel Tower being built and remembered selling colored pencils to Vincent van Gogh as a girl in her family's shop. By the time she died in 1997 at the age of 122, Calment had lived the longest confirmed human life in history—and outlived her entire family. What foods have been cited as contributing to Calment's longevity?

Last updated on Thursday, 21st February 2013

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