On the border between Nevada and Arizona sits Lake Mead, the biggest man-made reservoir in the United States, created when the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. It is the shimmering oasis that makes urban life possible in the middle of the bleached desert landscape of the Mojave.
France’s gift to extreme sports, parkour, is growing into a worldwide phenomenon. A bastardization of the French phrase “parcours du combattant”— meaning (more or less) a military steeplechase—parkour involves running, vaulting and climbing in a quick and fluid manner through obstacle-filled streetscapes.
Dutch TV employees spent weeks setting up four million dominoes in an exhibtion hall, trying to break the world record for toppling. But when a sparrow flew in and knocked 23,000 of them over, an exterminator shot it with an air gun. The marksman received death threats and bird lovers, noting sparrows are a protected species, led an angst-filled national protest.
What a great read this week! I like the new format. This is my favourite magazine. I look forward to it every week. Today I was able to read it cover to cover because our power was off due to high winds. Great writers. Mary O’Connor, Calabogie, Ont.
Q Justice John Gomery has determined that the Liberals established the sponsorship program, ran it, and used it to funnel public money into their party. He found that the program involved illegal contributions and kickbacks... Not to mention greed and venality.
Nobody expects politicians heading out on the campaign trail to talk about what will happen if they lose. That would make them sound like, well, losers. But with the fall of Paul Martin’s government expected as early as this week, many federal Liberals and Conservatives are just as reluctant to discuss the most likely scenarios in which they win the coming election.By JOHN GEDDES
Hand Phil Nuytten a vintage copy of Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat, circa 1910, and his eyes light up as if it’s Christmas morning. “Boy, I read a lot of this stuff,” he says, thumbing through the yellowed pages of an undersea adventure as imagined almost a century ago.By KEN MACQUEEN
Jeffrey Rosenthal doesn’t want to be known as a math geek. Yes, his parents, grandfather and uncle all taught math, and he got his Ph.D. from Harvard at the age of 24. And yes, he writes thick college textbooks full of weird squiggles and symbols.By KATE FILLION
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