Daily Archives: October 25, 2012



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Quotation: Henry Fielding (1707-1754) on Nature

All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GEORGES BIZET (1838) – L’Arlesienne suite No 2: Farandole (March of Three Kings)

Georges Bizet (1838)

A French composer, Bizet became disgusted with the frivolity of French opera and decided to change it. In 1875, his masterpiece,Carmen, premiered. Though its harsh realism repelled many, it eventually won international acclaim and is now one of the most popular operas in history. Sadly, Bizet did not live to see Carmen’s success, dying just months after it premiered. Foul play was initially suspected, but the apparent gunshot wound on his neck was eventually attributed to what? More… Discuss

This day in the Yesteryear: US INVADES GRANADA (1983)

US Invades Granada (1983)

After a left-wing government took control of Grenada in a 1979 bloodless coup, relations between the tiny Caribbean nation and its neighbors became strained. In 1983, the government was overthrown by radicals from within the same movement. Concerned about Grenada’s leanings toward Cuba and the Soviet bloc, the US invaded. World leaders were outraged, and the UN voted 108 to 9 to condemn the invasion. How did US President Ronald Reagan respond when asked whether the lopsided vote concerned him? More… Discuss



Fainting and Fear as “Dead Man” Interrupts His Own Wake

Mourners in Brazil got the shock of their lives when the man they were mourning showed up at his own wake over the weekend. Some fled in fear while others simply fainted at the appearance of 41-year-old car washer Gilberto Araujo. As it turns out, the “undead” man had never been dead in the first place—it was all a case of mistaken identity that began at the mortuary, when a murder victim was incorrectly identified as Araujo and released to his family for burial. More…Discuss




In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a brilliant craftsman whose inventions often went awry. On Crete, he inadvertently helped create the fearsome Minotaur. At the order of King Minos, he built a labyrinth to contain the monster, but Theseus successfully navigated it to kill the beast. While imprisoned by Minos, Daedalus crafted wings of wax and feathers so he and his son Icarus could escape. Sadly, Icarus fell to his death when the sun melted his wings. Why had Daedalus originally fled to Crete? More… Discuss