Week In Review

Week in Review: July 4, 2021

Pop Quiz Time!

School might be out for many, but we’re testing your knowledge with a series of random quizzes.
What was Al Capone’s nickname?
Or Bugsy Siegel’s real first name?
Did the Titanic have a basketball court?
Find out that and more in our quiz about the doomed ocean liner.
Grace Kelly made her film debut in what?
Do you know the first roles of movie stars?
What’s the capital of Alaska? North Dakota?
In this quiz, you have to name the capitals of all 50 states.
Armadillo or affenpinscher?
How well do you know animals that begin with the letter “A”?
Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
Test your knowledge of Italian Renaissance art.
Which dog inspired a song on the Beatles’s 1968 White Album?
Famous pooches are the subject of this quiz.

“I Still Believe, in Spite of Everything, That People Are Really Good at Heart.”

On July 6, 1942, Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the back office and warehouse of her father’s business. The tale of the 13-year-old and her diary is familiar: for some two years, the Franks and four other Jews lived confined to the “secret annex.” While non-Jewish friends, including Miep Gies, smuggled in food and other supplies, Anne chronicled her daily life. The Gestapo discovered the annex in August 1944, and sent all inhabitants to concentration camps. Only Otto survived, and, in 1947, he published Anne’s diary. Precocious in style and insight, it traces her emotional growth amid adversity.
The Best-Known Holocaust Victim
article / Literature
Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam
The Diary of a Young Girl
article / Literature
Paul Hurschman/AP
Take a Peek at the Anne Frank House
© Takashi Images/Fotolia

Secret Societies

Harmless eccentrics with funny handshakes or masters of hidden knowledge?
You’re not really that secret if you’ve got bumper stickers and a website, but you don’t get to be the biggest “secret” society by being coy about it.
Skull and Bones
Yale has dozens of secret societies, but this is the only one that can claim three former U.S. presidents and Simpsons villain Montgomery Burns.
Orange Order
Dressing in orange and marching through Roman Catholic neighborhoods in the middle of the day doesn’t feel very secret, but this Protestant Unionist society is a fixture in Northern Ireland.
Quite possibly the most notorious secret society, Adam Weishaupt’s Illuminati were suppressed by Bavarian authorities because the group’s members simply could not stop talking about how secret they were.
This religious military order wasn’t remotely secret, but they get a mention here because you can’t really have a good secret society origin story without them.

Oh La La! The Bikini Turns 75

The first bikini, designed by French engineer Louis Réard, made its debut in Paris on July 5, 1946. Predicting the skimpy garment would create a sensation, Réard named it after the Bikini atoll, which had caused a stir after becoming the site of an atomic-weapons test days earlier. “Le bikini” certainly created a scandal, and some countries even banned it. Women had been wearing two-pieces since the 1930s, but none of those swimsuits exposed the navel! The bikini has remained controversial with some embracing its freedom and others claiming it degrades women into sexual objects.
How the Bathing Suit Has Changed Over the Years
article / Visual Arts
Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (reproduction no. LC-DIG-hec-40324)
The Bikini Has Never Gone Out of Style, But We Think These Trends Deserve a Comeback!
List / World History
Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
The Weapons Tests on the Bikini’s Namesake Were Anything But Playful
article / Geography & Travel
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Savings that POP!
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