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"Is Paul McCartney Dead?"

If one is to believe the rumors, the real Paul McCartney died at the height of Beatlemania and was secretly replaced by a double. The precise origins of this urban legend are unknown, but it gained traction at around the time that the band was breaking up. This is attributed in part to an article published in an Iowa university student newspaper addressing the rumors and pointing to supposed clues in the band's music and album artwork that alluded to the rocker's death. What are some examples?

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Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken hearts are not just high school hyperbole. Some people really do experience a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscle after emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one or a break-up. Sufferers typically have an onset of congestive heart failure or chest pain, but most people survive the initial acute event, and it has a very low rate of in-hospital mortality. Japanese doctors dubbed the condition takotsubo cardiomyopathy because sufferers' hearts resemble what?

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Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton

Ashton is best known as the founding choreographer of England's Royal Ballet. He was drawn to dance at age 13 after attending a performance by the legendary Anna Pavlova in Peru, where he grew up. While studying dance with LĂ©onide Massine and Marie Rambert, he began staging works. In the 1930s, he joined what would later become the Royal Ballet as its chief choreographer. Ashton is largely responsible for the elegantly reserved style of English classical dance. What are his most famous works?

Last updated on Tuesday, 17th September 2013

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