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2009-07-22 05:26:18

On Tuesday, Lebanon's Jeita Grotto was selected as one of the finalists for the seven natural wonders of the world, facing the Amazon, Mount Vesuvius and others for a spot on the prestigious list. "This is a moment every Lebanese should be proud of," said Nabil Haddad, who heads Jeita's national support committee. "The Jeita Grotto is a medal of honor for Lebanon and has placed Lebanon on the global tourism map again." Jeita, which is located in a river valley near the capital Beirut, is...

2008-07-06 00:00:18

You might have to dig deep to find the answers to some of these questions! 1. Some of the silver found in the Crown Jewels was mined here, off the North Devon coast. Where? 2. This mineral was once mined extensively in the Brendon Hills. What was it? 3. This upland area was once divided up into four so-called "liberties," each owner having the mineral rights. Where? And what was the mineral? 4. These "Freeminers" must work underground for a year and a day to claim their rights....

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2007-11-20 18:00:00

By ARIEL DAVID ROME - Archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled an underground grotto believed to have been revered by ancient Romans as the place where a wolf nursed the city's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus. Decorated with seashells and colored marble, the vaulted sanctuary is buried 52 feet inside the Palatine hill, the palatial center of power in imperial Rome, the archaeologists said at a news conference. In the past two years, experts have been probing the space with...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'