The Zaporozhian Cossack Letter

In the later part of the 17th century, the ruling Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent an edict to the Ukrainian Cossacks on his northern border, demanding that they stop launching raids into his territory. In response, the Zaporozhians sent back what may be the most wonderfully insulting diplomatic message in history.

a sultans letter painting 1880 Ilya Repin

“The Cossacks Write a Letter to the Sultan”, by Ilya Repin

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Dinosaur Central: Jack Horner and the Museum of the Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies, in Bozeman MT, is one of the biggest science museums in the world. Because it is located near some of the most extensive fossil beds in the US, it has a wonderful collection of skeletons, making it “dinosaur central” for research. Much of what we have learned about dinosaurs in recent years has come from the Museum of the Rockies, and most of that has come from just one person who has been based at the museum—Jack Horner.

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Museum of the Rockies

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