Because of the sheer number of games that have been played over time, finding truly unique statistical milestones in baseball is becoming more and more difficult.
Baseball has reached a point that few other professional sports have reached: "There have been so many games and so many pitches thrown that just about every unusual event that is reasonably likely to happen already has," writes Matthew Futterman. "To find anything truly unique, historians have to slice the game so thinly that the most heralded achievements ... are starting to seem a bit picayune."
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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