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The end of Milo
The mightiest wrestler of ancient Greece was Milo of Croton, champion in six successive Olympiads. Even Milo’s legendary strength was not enough to save him in the end, alas. It is said that he lost his life in a contest with…
In ancient Rome there were at any time two consuls, or chief magistrates. These very important officials were elected annually. The consul Incitatus, who served under the emperor Caligula, was unusual in that he was:
The month January is named for Janus, a Roman god who had two…
Odin’s odd horse
As befits the greatest of the Norse gods, Odin’s horse Sleipnir had an unusual feature. What was it?
John Duns Scotus, a celebrated 13th-century theologian and philosopher, is notable for what accomplishment outside his vocation?
B) Founding the modern nation of Scotland
C) Inspiring the word “dunce”
D) Rowing single-handed to Ireland in a coracle
In a mountainous area of central Ethiopia are to be found eleven Christian churches, known as the “Lalibela churches”. Dating from the 13th century, today they are famed for a remarkable feature of their construction. What is it?
B) Their spires are made of translucent rock crystal
C) They are entirely subterranean
D) They were hewn in place from solid rock
Bach and Handel
J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel were born only 130 km (80 miles) and one month apart, but never met, in part because Handel lived abroad for much of his life. There was, however, an interesting connection between the two men, namely:
B) Both were married to daughters of famous sculptors
C) Both were operated on by the same surgeon
D) Both were plagued by nightmares of drowning
Cotard’s syndrome is a rare disorder associated with manic-depression, schizophrenia and some other brain illnesses. The Cotard’s victim often suffers from a particular delusion, believing that he or she is:
The flying ace
Douglas Bader, a World War II British flying ace, had a remarkable and distinguished military career despite a serious physical handicap. Specifically, Bader:
B) Needed chemical stimulants to remain awake more than a few hours
C) Was almost completely deaf
D) Was prone to epileptic fits that could strike without warning
Many countries have eccentric leaders, but the president of North Korea is probably the strangest of all. Oddly enough, he:
B) Is dead
C) Has never been seen in public, even on television
D) Owns a herd of specially bred pygmy elephants
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