"It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way."
[Rollo May]

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Article of the Day

Ignace Tonené

Ignace Tonené (1840 or 1841 – 1916) was the chief of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, an Indigenous nation in Ontario. He was a fur trader and a gold prospector who was a prominent employee of the Hudson's Bay Company. Tonené was elected the deputy chief before being the lead chief and later the life chief of his community. In his role as deputy, he negotiated with the Canadian federal government and the Ontario provincial government, advocating for his community to receive annual financial support from both. His attempts to secure land reserves for his community were thwarted by Ontario premier Oliver Mowat. Tonené's gold prospecting triggered a 1906 staking rush and the creation of the Kerr Addison gold mine. One of his claims over the gold was stolen from him by white Canadian prospectors. He died near Lake Abitibi, Quebec, and was buried close to Mount Kanasuta. In 2016, Tournene Lake in the Timiskaming District of Ontario was renamed as Chief Tonene Lake. (Full article...)

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Mating of Lampides boeticus (Linnaeus, 1767) - Pea Blue.jpg
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On this day: May 30

May 30: Statehood Day in Croatia (1990)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

Knowledge about Earth

Facts and Figures

  • Age of Earth: ~ 4.568 billion years
  • World Population: 7.3 billion (July 2015)
  • Continents: 7 (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia)
  • Mean Radius: 6371.0 km
  • Axial Tilt: 23,44°

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Our Solar System

Our solar system consists of
1 star (Sun) and 8 planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune).

  • 1 AU (astronomical unit) is roughly the distance between Earth and the Sun (about 150 million kilometres).
  • The space probe Voyager 1 was launched by the NASA in 1977 and is meanwhile (autumn 2015) about 133 AU away from Earth.

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Why you should extend your general knowledge:

There are many reasons why one should or wants to extend his knowledge.
First you should consider that "general knowledge" is knowledge which a group of humans - who belong together regional, temporal or otherwise - owns. Thus, it describes a basic understanding of specific categories of knowledge.

As the English philosopher Francis Bacon said before: "Wisdom is Power" [Bacon 1597].