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Bigger is Better Issue Date: 10-11-1998

Cool Spots imageIf bigger is better, then Robert Pershing Wadlow was the best human being to ever walk the face of the Earth. At a height of 8 feet, 11 inches, the Alton, Ill., native is known as the tallest person in history. Wadlow passed away in 1940, but his spirit and stature loom over the Internet at the Alton Museum of History and Art. Bring a stepladder out to www.altonweb.com/history/wadlow and gaze into the eyes of the "Gentle Giant." Find out why he was an inspiration to all those who knew him.

Visit: www.altonweb.com/history/wadlow
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New York's Mysterious Underground Issue Date: 10-11-1998

Cool Spots imageBeneath the bustling streets of New York City lies a world that most folks don't even realize exists. Power lines, cables, subway tunnels and water all make up part of this subterranean mix. At National Geographic's New York Underground, you'll be lowered down into the depths of this urban jungle. Look down the manhole at www.nationalgeographic.com/
features/97/nyunderground
and take a multimedia tour through a maze of secret passages, forgotten pipelines and age-old geology. With audio clips and animation, you'll uncover the many myths and legends here. Did you know that a 125-pound alligator was once pulled from a New York sewer? And don't forget to drop in on Tunnel No. 3--70 stories below daylight. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Visit: www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/nyunderground
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China's Free Markets Issue Date: 09-20-1998

Cool Spots imageThe farmer's markets of China are fascinating places to visit, full of roving vendors, animated customers and all kinds of products and produce to choose from. The China's Free Markets Web site takes you from the farmer's fields to these aisles of hustle and bustle in the city. Get ready to trade and barter at www.saturdaymarket.com/
chinaveg
. With photos and stories, you'll discover how these free markets work, and why shopping and cooking are elaborate and time-consuming rituals in the Chinese culture. From garlic brokers to ointment gurus, you'll meet the many personalities selling their wares. Take a trip into a market basement, where you'll find live fish, swimming eels, crustaceans and mollusks from south China.

Visit: www.saturdaymarket.com/chinaveg
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Live the Russian Experience Issue Date: 09-06-1998

Cool Spots imageFrom the Rurik Dynasty to Glasnost, you'll experience Russian culture and history like never before at PBS' The Face of Russia Web site. This fascinating journey through 10 centuries of art, architecture, music, dance and cinema reveals the events that shaped Russian culture. Take a troika ride out to www.pbs.org/weta/faceofrussia and visit sacred monasteries, magnificent churches, the grand palaces of St. Petersburg and great architectural masterpieces that dot the shoreline of the Baltic Sea. Visitors can view the Cyrillic alphabet and find out about its origins or sit in on the Russian ballet. The Russian timeline will take you to such events as the launching of Sputnik, Napoleon's invasion and the rise of the Bolsheviks. Plus, you'll meet personalities like Ivan the Terrible, Czar Nicholas II and Boris Yeltsin. It's time to meet the Russians on their home turf!

Visit: www.pbs.org/weta/faceofrussia
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See Some Royal Lifestyle Issue Date: 08-23-1998

Cool Spots imageYou would like to go to France, oui? Well, maybe you won't be jumping on a plane anytime soon, but you can jet to a French palace right this minute via a click of your mouse! Just knock on the door at http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage for admission to the grand halls of the Versailles palace, one of the world's most famous historical sites. See what it was like to live like a king in centuries past. The royal art collection will knock your beret off! And you're sure to be surprised to find out which famous people visited the palace in past decades. Don't depart without taking in the full view through fabulous panoramic shots of the palace grounds. Au revoir!

Visit: http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage
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