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Automaker John DeLorean Arrested in Cocaine Trafficking Sting

After years of designing cars for others, John DeLorean went into business for himself and designed the DeLorean DMC-12, a distinctive stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors that was immortalized in 1985's Back to the Future. Prior to the film's release, however, DeLorean was better known for his arrest for cocaine trafficking than for his cars. At the time, DeLorean's car company was failing, and drug smuggling offered him much-needed cash. How did he manage to beat the rap?



Les Nabis

Les Nabis began as a rebellious group of students at Rodolphe Julian's private art school in Paris in the late 19th century. Taking their name from the Hebrew word for "prophet," these artists rejected the naturalism of the impressionists and developed a style of decorative art—using boldly juxtaposed but muted colors—that paved the way for the 20th-century abstract movement. They also embraced formats like printmaking and coined their own private language. How did they sign letters?

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Carlo Urbani

In February 2003, Urbani, an Italian physician employed by the World Health Organization (WHO), was called to examine a man hospitalized in Hanoi, Vietnam, with what was initially thought to be the flu or pneumonia. Recognizing that it was in fact a new and highly contagious disease, Urbani immediately notified the WHO, prompting a rapid global response that ultimately saved many lives, though sadly not his own. The doctor himself soon succumbed to the disease he had identified. What was it?

Last updated on Saturday, 19th October 2013

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