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Victor “Vic” Morrow by Yan Zhuo

Victor “Vic” Morrow

Actor Victor “Vic” Morrow was born in the Bronx, NY on February 14, 1929. He played the character, Sergeant Chip Saunders on COMBAT, television's longest running WWII drama which ran on ABC from 1962 through 1967. He, along with a bother and sister, were raised in a typical, middle class, Jewish family. Vic's father was an electrical engineer. He dropped out of high school and joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. After completing his hitch, he earned his diploma at night school. He then enrolled under the GI Bill, as a pre-law student at Florida Southern College where he…

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Whisky by Arthur Sigurssen

Whisky maker

The word - 'whisky' - derives from uisge, which is an abbreviation of uisge beatha, the Scots Gaelic for 'Water of Life'. It was first used in the 18th century. Prior to that writers referred to usquebaugh or aqua vitae (the Latin for 'Water of Life').

Tradition has it that the secrets of distilling came to Scotland from Ireland, and were introduced there by St. Patrick in the 400s A.D. He had traveled on the Continent and may possibly have learned about distilling there - although it is not at all certain whether anyone in Europe…

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Why Are Tibetan Books Rectangular in Shape? by Fotopoulou Sophia

Tibetan books are printed by woodblock, and whether they are Buddhist scriptures or books on astronomy and calendaring, they are also rectangular in shape. Compared to books printed by other ethnic groups in China, this is obviously a unique style. Here are three reasons for this:

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William Wallace by Gus Leous

William Wallace

William Wallace (c1270 - 1305)
William Wallace is one of Scotland's greatest national heroes, undisputed leader of the Scottish resistance forces during the first years of the long and ultimately successful struggle to free Scotland from English rule at the end of the 13th Century.

Records of Wallace's life are patchy and often inaccurate. This is partly because early accounts of his heroic deeds are speculative, and partly because he inspired such fear in the minds of English writers at the time, that they demonised him, his achievements, and his motives.

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