Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort.|
|Synonyms:||effort, exertion, labor, toil|
She deserved to take a vacation after her long travail
|Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant to the US, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the young son of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. Hauptmann had been found with part of the ransom money, but the case against him has since come under scrutiny. It has been alleged that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted and that false testimony was given at the trial.|
|Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-American author who achieved great success with his science-fiction and popular science books. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction authors of his era. Though best known for his scientific works, Asimov wrote on a diverse range of subjects, including the Bible and Shakespeare, penning more than 400 volumes in all.|
In Switzerland, the day after New Year's Day is known as Berchtoldstag and is celebrated primarily by children. Groups of playmates organize parties that featurenut eating and nut games followed by singing and folk dancing. A popular game is the building of "hocks" composed of four nuts placed close together with a fifth balanced on top. The children begin gathering and stockpiling nuts for Berchtold's Day festivities early in the fall
1842 - In Fairmount, PA, the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.
1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.
1890 - Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.
1893 - The first commemorative postage stamps were issued
1910 - The first junior high school in the United States opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building students were housed who attended grades 9-12.
1965 - "Broadway" Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football.
1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first black woman to head a city of that size and prominence.
A diver counts fish in the aquarium at Bristol Zoo as part of the annual census at Bristol Zoological gardens, Bristol
knit, 9 - 12 mths
'hello' in French: Bonjour
Facts About Your Favorite Hollywood Movies
The character Nemo from 'Finding Nemo' appeared in the movie 'Monster's Inc.', two years before 'Finding Nemo' was released.
Edith Piaf's song "Non, je ne regrette rien" - which is featured heavily in the movie 'Inception', has a duration of 2 minutes and 28 seconds. Inception has a runtime of 2 hours and 28 minutes - a deliberate reference. In fact, the song plays a very significant role in the movie.
'The Dark Knight' was the first Batman movie not to have "Batman" in its title.
At the beginning of the movie 'Fight Club', after the traditional copyright warning, there is a second warning that flashes for a second.
Morgan Freeman's line, "Maybe it's 'cause I'm an Irishman" in the classic 'The Shawshank Redemption' was not written to be a joke. In Stephen King's novella, the character 'Red' is actually Irish.
The funny creature in the movie 'Ice Age' is a 'scrat' which has combined characteristics of a squirrel as well a rat. The voice of the 'scrat' in the movie is that of Chris Wedge, who is also the director of the movie.
'The Schindiler's List' is the most expensive Black and White film made till date. The budget of the movie was around 22 million dollars.
In 'Terminator 2', Arnold Schwarzenegger only spoke about 700 words and for that he was paid $15 Million. So the iconic dialogue "Hasta La Vista Baby" cost around $85,000.
In 'Iron Man' (2008), as Tony Stark is removing his suit you'll notice a workbench in the left-hand side of the frame upon which lies what appears to be a prototype version of Captain America's shield!
Throughout the movie "Silence of the lambs", Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks!
Alfred Hitchcock has made a stunning 39 cameo appearances in his 52 major movies like appearing in photographs, crossing a building etc. This is a scene from 1963 movie 'The Birds'.
The movie 'Titanic' (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship (Titanic) that sank. The movie cost $200 million. The actual costs to construct the ship from 1910 to 1912 were $7.5 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be around $116 million in 1997 (assuming a 3.2 per cent consumer price index annual increase).
Shirley Henderson, the girl who played Moaning Myrtle (the ghost in the bathroom) was actually 37 years old when she played the character in the Harry Potter series.
'Casino Royale' was the first ever Bond Movie to be approved by Chinese censors. Also in one of the car roll scenes 3 "Aston Martin DBS" cars of $3,000,000 were destroyed.