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Henry David Thoreau

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Russian Submarine K-141 Kursk Sinks in Barents Sea

While completing naval exercises with dummy torpedoes on August 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk suffered two explosions two minutes and 15 seconds apart. The second explosion registered about a 3.5 on the Richter scale. The blasts destroyed the front hull, and all 118 crew members died. It was initially believed that the entire crew died quickly. However, what evidence later suggested that some survived in another area of the submarine for about four hours after the explosions?



Boston's Big Dig

The tangled roadways of Boston, Massachusetts, laid out before the age of the automobile, became a traffic nightmare after cars arrived. The Central Artery/Tunnel Project, nicknamed the "Big Dig," sought to fix the problem by rerouting the city's chief highway into a tunnel and building additional tunnels and bridges. Though conceived in the 1970s, the Big Dig was not completed until 2007, thanks to skyrocketing costs and constant setbacks. What challenges arose during course of the project?

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James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady

Financier and philanthropist "Diamond Jim" Brady exemplified the American Dream. He started out as a bellboy and messenger before getting a job with the New York Central Railroad and then working his way up through the industry, eventually amassing a fortune selling railroad supplies. With his newfound wealth, he indulged in his two greatest weaknesses: food—one restaurant owner reportedly called him "the best 25 customers I ever had"—and jewels. What was supposedly a typical meal for Brady?

Last updated on Monday, 12th August 2013

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