Daily Archives: March 11, 2014

Adele Blanc-Sec (“comme le vin”)



IN CINEMAS APRIL 22

From visionary director Luc Besson (THE FIFTH ELEMENT) comes an adventure set in the early part of the 20th century. The story follows popular novelist Adele Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin) and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters and other distractions. Legendary cartoonist Jacques Tardi‘s original stories perfectly recreate the intrigue, romance and excitement of one of the most tumultuous periods in history.

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Mix – Éric Serra



 

 

 

 

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50 Common Misquotations: Mental Floss on YouTube (Ep.11)



A weekly show hosted by John Green, where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John looks at 50 common misquotations and misattributions.

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: MOSHOESHOE’S DAY


Moshoeshoe’s Day

Moshoeshoe (c. 1790-1870) was a leader in South Africa who organized a group of tribes to fight the Zulu warlord Shaka. He called his followers the Basotho people, and although they succeeded in fending off the Zulu, they were drawn into war with Europeans who started settling their territory. In 1966, the Basotho nation became the independent kingdom ofLesotho within the British Commonwealth. The Basotho people honor their founder on this day with a wreath-laying ceremony in the capital city of Maseru, along with sporting events and traditional music and dancing. More…Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: RUPERT MURDOCH (1931)


Rupert Murdoch (1931)

Australian-American publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch established News Corporation as a holding company, but it has since developed into a worldwide communications empire. Included among the many assets of Murdoch’s News Corporation are powerful media holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other British papers; and the New York PostTV Guide, and HarperCollins book publishers in the US. What scandal rocked Murdoch’s company in 2011? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS CREATED (1824)


Bureau of Indian Affairs Created (1824)

Though the Bureau of Indian Affairs was given jurisdiction over trade with Native Americans and was responsible for protecting them from exploitation, it had little success safeguarding Native American rights and, instead, evolved primarily into a land-administering agency. It now acts as trustee over Native American funds and lands, promotes development, and provides Native Americans with various social services. How was the Bureau involved in a class-action lawsuit against the US government? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: STILL NO SIGHT OF MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES PLANE


Still No Sight of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

As the days tick by, and searchers fail to turn up any sign of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, it seems less and less likely that this story will have anything other than a tragic ending. Loved ones of the 239 souls on board are clinging to the last vestiges of hope, but they are being told to prepare for the worst. The Boeing 777, which departed Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, vanished without a trace while en route to Beijing. No distress call was issued. It has since come to light that two passengers on the plane were traveling with stolen passports, raising the question of whether the disappearance is terror related. However, until the plane is found, officials can do little more than speculate. More…Discuss

 

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WORD: INDUCTEE


Definition: (noun) Someone who is drafted into military service.
Synonyms: conscriptdraftee
Usage: Before beginning basic training, each inductee was given a haircut and a uniform. Discuss.

 

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