IF: olympics

At the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in Nazi-controlled Berlin, Germany, Jesse Owens single-handedly crushed Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy. Jesse, an African-American son of sharecroppers, won four gold medals in track and field in Berlin before an astonished crowd. Despite his achievements and the accolades he received, he was not offered an invitation to …

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IF: mythology

In Greek mythology, Liriope, a nymph, was raped by Cephissus, the river god. A mystical seer told Liriope that their son, Narcissus, would live a long life, as long as he never recognized his own beauty. Narcissus discovered his reflection in the waters of a spring and stared at himself for eternity.

IF: the letter a

In the one-year span, between November 1989 and November 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute, murdered seven men by shooting them at point-blank range with a .22 caliber handgun. She claimed that each killing was performed in self-defense. She was captured and brought to trial, subsequently sentenced to death. In her final interview before her execution, …

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