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Powerful, polished, and pretty. Python is 2017's second-most-popular programming language.
12/05/2017

Les Femmes d'Alger (Version O) is the second-most-expensive painting ever sold at auction, but when you look beyond the paint and canvas, the money almost seems superfluous.

11/19/2017
The Patriots' traded QB Jimmy Garoppolo, a former 2nd rounder, to the 49ers for another 2nd rounder.
11/01/2017

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George Lawrence Price — Second-to-Last Soldier Killed in WWI

11/11/2017

The armistice1 that ended the fighting in World War I was signed by representatives from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, at 5AM on 11/11/1918, in a railroad carriage in Compiègne, France, but the agreement didn't go into effect for another six hours. WWI would end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which was fine for those who like things wrapped up in neat little packages for posterity, but bad for those who were still in the trenches living like rats and getting shot at. 

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10/26/2017

The National Archives today are due to release somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 never-before-seen documents along with the full versions of at least 30,000 other redacted documents that had previously been released all pertaining to the November 22, 1963, assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. As new findings emerge from these documents, I thought it would be a good time to present a few facts about the "second gunman".

10/25/2017

A recent report issued by Arton Capital, a global financial advisory firm, shows that Germany owns the second most powerful passport in the world. You can see for yourself by having a look at the Passport Index.

10/24/2017

Sputnik 1 was successfully launched by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957, becoming the first artificial object to reach Earth orbit. Having been launched during the Cold War era, this tiny, beeping, ball-shaped satellite caused great concern among many paranoid red-scared Americans for whom the event was not so much a great moment of scientific achievement, but rather a disconcerting development in the Soviet-American balance of power, which effectively put the Soviets thoroughly ahead of the U.S. in the so-called “space race”.