The Basics: Joseph Stalin [wiki] is stirring proof that if you get into an organization at its very beginning, you can rise to great prominence even if you happen to be an evil, tyrannical murderer whom no one ever liked. Stalin became a Marxist in the late 19th century, and although Lenin mentored him for a long time,
he grew to mistrust him, and other Communists thought he was crazy. But Stalin managed to hang around the circles of power. After Lenin’s death, he muscled Leon Trotsky and others out and took the reins himself. He went on to consolidate his power in the late 1930s by killing everyone who’d ever said or thought anything vaguely negative about him. Unfortunately, he also threw the country into a disastrous famine with his farm collectivization project, and he sent millions to Soviet concentration camps known as gulags. In short, he was pretty horrible.
Dante died in 1321 shortly after finishing Paradise, the last book of the Divine Comedy.
His bones were moved to the northern town of Ravenna in 1509 by monks who feared they might be stolen from his home town.
The face has been modelled from measurements taken of the skull when the crypt was opened in the 1920s.
The measurements are thought to be correct but the
jawbone, which was missing from the crypt, has been engineered to fit
They say money talks, and a new report suggests Canadian currency is indeed chatting, at least electronically, on behalf of shadowy spies.
Canadian coins containing tiny transmitters have mysteriously turned up in the pockets of at least three American contractors who visited Canada, says a branch of the U.S. Department of Defence.
Pizza Patron, a pizza chain restaurants located near the US border with Mexico, just wanted to drum up business by posting a sign that it now accepts the pesos:
Many Pizza Patron customers have pesos “sitting in their sock drawers or in their wallets,” Gamm said. “We’re talking small amounts, where it would be inconvenient to stop and exchange on the way back — maybe 10 or 20 dollars’ worth of pesos.”
But it got more than it bargained for: death threats!
“This is the United States of America, not the United States of Mexico,” one e-mail read. “Quit catering to the damn illegal Mexicans,” demanded another. …