" The male of the human race is commonly known (to the female) as Mere Man. The genus has two varieties: good providers and bad providers. "
Ambrose Bierce

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Coordinated Casablanca Bombings Kill 33

In a single night in 2003, 12 suicide bombers detonated explosives over a short span of time at several locations in Casablanca, Morocco, including a Jewish community center, a Spanish restaurant, and the Belgian consulate. The coordinated bombings claimed 33 victims. Two terrorists were caught before they could carry out their missions, and many others were later arrested for their roles in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history. How did nine of them escape prison in 2008?




Bön is the oldest extant spiritual tradition of Tibet. Though its religious supremacy ended in the 8th century, the shamanistic religion has had a lasting influence on the practice of Buddhism in the region. For example, Bön's cult of divine kingship was reformulated in Tibetan Buddhism as the reincarnation of lamas, and its oracular priests have their counterpart in Buddhist soothsayers. Both Bönpos and Buddhists practice circumambulation, but they do so in what fundamentally different way?

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Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Agnesi was an Italian mathematician and philosopher. A child prodigy, she mastered several languages at an early age, and her proud father often held academic gatherings at which she spoke. When she was 9, she delivered a lengthy speech in Latin on the topic of women's right to education. At 20, she withdrew from society to focus on her studies and went on to produce her noted two-volume mathematical treatise Analytical Institutions. What appointment did she later receive from the pope?

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