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BENIN JAIL

Anyone who says that youth is wasted on the young must have missed that page in the manual describing how to go out and grab life by the boleros when the call to adventure comes.

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SIZE MATTERS

Grappling with the discovery of impossibly large skeletons and vastly oversized tools, researchers find themselves debating if giants existed beyond the realm of mythology.

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SHAH JAHAN: KING OF THE WORLD

Shah Jahan ruled the Mongol empire with a ruthless brand of justice and flagrant self-celebration. But his greatest monument would come to be inspired by something other than his delusions of grandeur; it would be inspired by love.

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CITY OF POWER

Located off the coast of Tanzania, Kilwa Kisiwani was once the most important urban center in the Indian Ocean.

With its lofty ambitions, long run of success and an unparalleled allure, Kilwa Kisiwani was truly a city of power.

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THE BANGUI BOTTLENECK

At precisely the same time as the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 3,000 miles away, Eddie Frank’s fledgling Tusker Trail was undergoing a little crisis of its own.

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OTHER ANNAPURNAS

On June 3, 1950, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal summited Annapurna I, the first of the world’s fourteen 8,000 meter peaks to be climbed.

Herzog’s account of the epic climb may have been one-sided, but his feat of reaching the impossible continues to resonate. As Herzog writes, “There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.”

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ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM

An ancient artifact, found among classic millennia-old Greek marble statues from 2,000 years ago, was built to calculate the positions of astronomical objects. Its discovery brought up more questions than it answered.

The Antikythera Mechanism should not have been able to be built for another 14 centuries.

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