" One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived. "
Niccolo Machiavelli

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Britannia Bridge Opens

The Britannia Bridge spans the Menai Strait, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the Welsh mainland. Though the bridge as it now stands comprises two concrete decks—one for trains and the other for motor vehicles—it was originally built as a single-tier, wrought-iron, tubular span reserved exclusively for rail traffic. Designed by British civil engineer Robert Stephenson, son of famed locomotive builder George Stephenson, the original bridge stood for 120 years before who set it on fire?



Iambic Pentameter: Shakespeare's Rhythm

Shakespeare's plays are written largely in iambic pentameter, a poetic meter in which each pair of syllables contains an unstressed syllable and a stressed syllable. It creates a rhythm like that of a human heartbeat: lubb-dupp. Strictly speaking, iambic pentameter refers to five iambs in a row, but poets vary their iambic pentameter a great deal. A common departure is the addition of a final unstressed syllable, which Shakespeare uses in one of his most famous lines. Which line is it?

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Charles Goodnight

Goodnight was a cattleman known as the father of the Texas Panhandle. As a young man, he joined the Texas Rangers and became a noted scout and Indian fighter. Eventually, he turned to ranching and cattle driving. In 1866, he and Oliver Loving laid out the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail that extended from Texas through New Mexico and Colorado and into Wyoming. He later cofounded the million-acre JA Ranch in Texas, where he crossed Angus cattle with buffalo to produce what animal?

Last updated on Thursday, 6th March 2014

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