" A good dinner brings out all the softer side of a man. Under its genial influence the gloomy and morose become jovial and chatty. "
Jerome K. Jerome

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Teenage Heiress Lesley Whittle Kidnapped from Bedroom

Dubbed the "Black Panther," Donald Neilson terrorized the UK in the 1970s. Initially a burglar, he began breaking into sub-post offices and murdering workers. He then kidnapped his youngest victim, 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle, for a ransom of £50,000. Police ineptitude plagued the case, and the ransom money was not delivered by the demanded deadline. Months later, Whittle's emaciated body was found hanging from a wire at the bottom of a drainage shaft. How was Neilson captured?




Many areas of public life are governed by codes of etiquette, which we often follow without having to think about them. However, every culture has its own distinct systems of etiquette, so it can be difficult to know how to behave in a new place, especially when conducting business. In Japan, for example, moments of silence are a normal part of conversation, in contrast with the small talk that is expected in some other cultures. What are some other examples of etiquette throughout the world?

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Hugh Lofting

Lofting was a British-born author and illustrator best known for his classic children's books about Doctor Dolittle—a gentle, eccentric physician who shuns human patients in favor of animals, whereupon he learns to speak the language of animals. A civil engineer-turned-writer, Lofting created the Dolittle character to entertain his children in letters he sent home from the front during WWI. He published his stories after the war and won the prestigious Newbery Medal. What else did he write?

Last updated on Tuesday, 14th January 2014

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