" From all accounts, the world has been getting worse and worse ever since it was created. All I can say is that it must have been a remarkably delightful place when it was first opened to the public, for it is very pleasant even now. "
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Serial Killer Doctor Hangs Himself in His Cell

To English doctor Harold Shipman, the fundamental medical principle of "first do no harm" apparently meant little. After practicing medicine for decades, he aroused suspicion in 1998, when it emerged that he was named the sole beneficiary in a deceased patient's will—a will that Shipman turned out to have forged. He was arrested and ultimately convicted of killing 15 patients, but he is suspected of more than 200 murders. The final life he took was his own. How did "Dr. Death" kill his victims?

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The Futurist Manifesto

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 1909 Futurist Manifesto glorified the powerful, new technology of the automobile and spawned futurism—an art and literary movement that sought to replace traditional aesthetic values with the characteristics of the machine age. Futurist artists glorified danger and war. Focused on speeding cars and trains, racing cyclists, and urban crowds, they often depicted several views of an object simultaneously with fragmented planes. What brought about the end of futurism?

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Christoph Graupner

Graupner was a German harpsichordist and composer. After studying law at the University of Leipzig, he joined the Hamburg Opera alongside a young violinist named Handel, then became conductor to the court at Darmstadt. He won the prestigious cantorship at the Church of St. Thomas but was contractually bound to the court, so the cantorship went to another emerging composer—Johann Sebastian Bach. Graupner was a prolific writer and revered in his time. Why did he fall into obscurity?

Last updated on Monday, 13th January 2014

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