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    Week In Review

    Week in Review: November 22, 2020

    Have You Ever Wondered...?

    At Britannica we answer lots of interesting questions, and here are just a few.
    Was Napoleon short?
    English cartoonists of the day often portrayed him as vertically challenged. Were they right?
    What did Cleopatra look like?
    Discover if media depictions of her as the ravishingly seductive proto-femme fatale are accurate.
    Did Marie Antoinette really say “Let them eat cake”?
    We take a closer look at one of the most famous quotes in history.
    What have we left on the Moon?
    Litterbugs aren’t just on Earth.
    Who were the Assassins?
    Outlandish tales about a sect known as the Assassins were a staple of European lore about the Middle Ages. But were they true?
    Why is marijuana illegal in the U.S.?
    The short answer is racism.

    Everybody Loves Dinosaurs

    From the earliest fossil discoveries in the 19th century to the latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, dinosaurs have been a source of fascination for people around the world. Scientific understanding of these creatures—and the events that may have led to their extinction—has advanced dramatically in the space of a generation.
    “Thunder Lizards”?
    article / Science
    ? Lehakok/Dreamstime.com
    Six Awesome Dinosaurs You Should Know
    List / Science
    Encyclop?dia Britannica, Inc./Patrick O'Neill Riley
    What Wiped Out the Dinosaurs?
    video / Science
    NASA; illustration by Don Davis

    Banned Books

    Many book bans were lifted in the U.S. when the First Amendment’s restrictions were reinterpreted in the mid-20th century, but plenty of literary works continue to face challenges for expressing unconventional or unpopular ideas.
    Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928)
    D.H. Lawrence’s novel centers on an unsatisfying marriage, but it’s best known for its explicit descriptions of sex. The book was the subject of a landmark trial that eventually allowed for the use of obscenity in serious artistic, literary, scientific, and political works.
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
    The autobiographical work by Maya Angelou recounts an unsettled and traumatic childhood. It was frequently challenged not only for its depiction of rape and molestation, but also for its alleged reverse racism and promotion of homosexuality.
    The Satanic Verses (1988)
    The fanciful and satiric use of Islam in the epic novel by Salman Rushdie struck many Muslims as blasphemous. It was not only banned in some countries, but was received with violence and death threats.
    What other books have caused controversy?
    Browse our list of novels that have been banned through time.

    Crazy Critters

    The world is filled with thousands of fascinating animals. There are creatures that give birth through their mouths (!). Some have multiple heads, others can sleep for years. We’re spotlighting a few of these curious animals that you might not know.
    This Isn’t What You Think It Is
    article / Science
    Walter Dawn
    A Fish That Can Walk
    article / Science
    ? Stephen Frink/WaterHouse
    A Corpse-Eating Croc and More
    List / Science
    ? Gerry Ellis Nature Photography
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