You are not the first to choose a path… “Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.” -Durante degli Alighieri, The Divine Comedy (1300-1322) “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Lee Frost, “The Road Not Taken” (1916)  Which path will you choose to follow? The Path of Satan                     The Path of Venus

A Brief History On November 13, 2013, a painting painted by Francis Bacon in 1969 called Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for an incredible $142.4 million, the most ever paid for a painting.  Bacon was an Irish-born British painter who lived from 1909 to 1992.  The painting depicts three poses of his friend and artistic rival Lucian Freud.  Digging Deeper On the same day, an orange, marble-sized, 14.82-carat diamond known simply as “The Orange” was auctioned off by Christie’s in Geneva for $35.5 million, a world record for a diamond of its color, and just a day later, a pink 59.60-carat diamond known as…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On November 12, 1944, the Royal Air Force (RAF) used its heavy bomber, the Avro Lancaster, to drop Tall Boy bombs on the last German battleship, the Tirpitz.   This was the 26th Allied attempt in a series of attacks over a 4-year period to sink her like her sister ship, the Bismarck.  And with 3 direct hits, over she capsized.  The Tall Boys were giant 12,000-pound bombs designed by the British weapons designer Barnes Wallis.  They were so big that only Lancasters could lug them to the target.  No U.S. bomber of World War II times was…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On November 11, 1911, the Midwest region of the United States experienced one of the weirdest weather days in American history when it was hit by the cold wave “The Great Blue Norther.” Many cities went through the process of recording their record high temperature for the date only to record their record low for the date later that same day!  Some of those cities and towns even suffered tornadoes and blizzards. Examples of this bizarre temperature fluctuations include: Kansas City, Missouri which had its record high of 76° Fahrenheit (F) in the late morning and a…

From the Series Lil’ History Chips On November 10, 1793, the government of revolutionary France celebrated the “Festival of Reason” as it rejected traditional religion (mostly Catholicism in France) and inserted a philosophy known as the “Cult of Reason” as the national “religion.”  Nationwide, real women dressed up in white Roman dress and impersonated “Goddesses of Reason.” This new government had renounced all forms of deities for a secular, scientific explanation of the universe and all in it.  Despite having Goddesses of Reason dancing around, the framers of this Cult of Reason were also careful to warn against worshipping science, liberty, truth and reason…

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