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|44 BC||Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.|
|933||Henry the Fowler routs the raiding Magyars at Merseburg, Germany.|
|1493||Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.|
|1778||In command of two frigates, the Frenchman la Perouse sails east from Botany Bay for the last lap of his voyage around the world.|
|1820||Maine is admitted as the 23rd state.|
|1862||General John Hunt Morgan begins four days of raids near the city of Gallatin, Tenn.|
|1864||The Red River Campaign begins as the Union forces reach Alexandria, La.|
|1892||New York State unveils the new automatic ballot voting machine.|
|1895||Bone Mizell, the famed cowboy of Florida, appears before a judge for altering cattle brands.|
|1903||The British complete the conquest of Nigeria.|
|1904||Three hundred Russians are killed as the Japanese shell Port Arthur in Korea.|
|1909||Italy proposes a European conference on the Balkans.|
|1916||General John Pershing and his 15,000 troops chase Pancho Villa into Mexico.|
|1934||Henry Ford restores the $5-a-day wage.|
|1935||Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda bans four Berlin newspapers.|
|1939||Germany occupies Bohemia and Moravia, Czechoslovakia.|
|1944||Cassino, Italy is destroyed by Allied bombing.|
|1949||Almost four years after the end of World War II, clothes rationing in Great Britain ends.|
|1951||French General de Lattre demands that Paris send him more troops for the fight in Indochina.|
|1955||The U.S. Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile.|
|1956||The first performance of My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, takes place on Broadway.|
|1960||Ten nations meet in Geneva to discuss disarmament.|
|1965||Gamal Abdel Nasser is re-elected Egyptian President.|
|1967||President Lyndon Johnson names Ellsworth Bunker as the new ambassador to Saigon. Bunker replaces Lodge.|
|1968||The U.S. mint halts the practice of buying and selling gold.|
|1991||Four Los Angeles police are charged in the beating of Rodney King.|
He is best known as the co-author (with Danny Sugerman) of No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980), the definitive biography of Jim Morrison of The Doors, which was a key source for Oliver Stone's film about the band. He has written nearly 30 books about music, food and travel, including three volumes on Elvis Presley. He has also written for Rolling Stone (where he was a contributing editor for 20 years), The Village Voice, GQ and numerous other publications. His most recent book as of December 2007 is an oral history of Don Ho. Since the early 1990s he has lived in Thailand.
But first, a history lesson. In 1938, the FDA passed The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits “non-nutritive (inedible) object inside a candy.” Furthermore, the toys in Kinder and other such surprise eggs are also only safe for kids 3 and up, which violates the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s requirement that all candy-encased toys be safe for children of all ages.Choco Treasures should be in major retailers before Easter. Find out more about them at FoodBeast.
But Choco Treasures are different. First off, each of the three different editions of Choco Treasure has its own collection of all ages toys, from the original chocolate eggs to sports balls to even a Spider-man-inspired egg, licensed from Marvel. Second, each egg features a specially-designed capsule that separates the two halves of the chocolate so even a small child can see the there’s something on the inside.
” What we’re trying to do is take kind of the best research and analysis, and get it into a form that’s more appropriate to a mass audience, things like columns and talking points, blog posts, op-eds,” says Phil Kerpen, head of American Commitment.”Translation: The spin machine didn’t do a good enough job before. Now it’s time to really refine the propaganda, make it simple enough for “you people” to understand and spew it through as many tentacles as possible.
People in Liberty suits have rights, too, but not the unrestricted right to solicit customers from a median. While this does implicate the First Amendment, it would be the kind of time, place, and manner restriction that usually passes muster. The situation would be different if a local government tried to completely ban the use of such "moving signs" or (as I prefer to call them) "business mascots," which of course is something that has happened before. See "The McHenry Code," Lowering the Bar (Sept. 6, 2006).
b Coincidentally, that incident (which happened in Illinois) also involved "Lady Liberty," as well as the Verlo Mattress Factory's "Mattress Man," a 4-by-3-foot ambulatory mattress with "comically large hands." McHenry's city council had decided that such "live moving signs" were distracting drivers (which is part of the point of having one) and causing a nuisance because people honk at them. (The council also threw in an alleged "safety risk" to the person in the costume, saying they might get heatstroke.) If I recall correctly, the council later reversed itself on the complete ban, thus giving Liberty some limited freedom.
Dwi Nailul Izzah and Rintya Aprianti Miki won first prize in the country's Science Project Olympiad with their alternative and environmentally-friendly air freshener.
The air freshener is said to have a natural fragrance of herbs and is good for human health because it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals like other freshener products on the market.
The girls collected cow dung from a cattle farm in Lamongan regency of East Java and left it to ferment for three days.
Secondly, they extracted water from the cow dung and mixed it with coconut water.
Then the liquid was distilled to remove any impurities; the end product is a liquid air freshener with a natural aroma of herbs from digested cow food.
In the early 1970s, brothers Bernard and Murray Spain, owners of two Hallmark card shops in Philadelphia, came across the image in a button shop, noticed that it was incredibly popular, and simply appropriated it. They knew that Harvey Ball came up with the design in the 1960s but after adding the the slogan “Have a Happy Day” to the smile, the Brothers Spain were able to copyright the revised mark in 1971, and immediately began producing their own novelty items. By the end of the year they had sold more than 50 million buttons and countless other products, turning a profit while attempting to help return a nation’s optimism during the Vietnam War (or provide soldiers with ironic ornament for their helmets). Despite their acknowledgment of Harvey’s design, the brothers publicly took credit for icon in 1971 when they appeared on the television show “What’s My Line.”That was a long time ago, but when Loufrani's company finally sought a U.S. trademark in 1997, they ran up against Walmart, who was using the symbol already. And what about Ball, the original designer? Find out all about the history of the smiley face at Smithsonian's Design Decoded blog.
In Europe, there is another claimant to the smiley. In 1972 French journalist Franklin Loufrani became the first person to register the mark for commercial use when he started using it to highlight the rare instances of good news in the newspaper France Soir. Subsequently, he trademarked the smile, dubbed simply “Smiley,” in over 100 countries and launched the Smiley Company by selling smiley T-shirt transfers.
A University of B.C.-led psychology study found that infants as young as nine-months-old embrace those who pick on individuals who don’t share their preferences.More
Study lead author Kiley Hamlin said the findings reveal that babies are constantly busy assessing their surroundings, trying to determine who their friends and enemies are. [...]
The youngsters were then shown a puppet show where the character demonstrated the same food preference as the baby. Another puppet demonstrated the opposite preference.
The puppets harmed, helped or acted neutrally towards the puppets with different or similar food preferences.
Results showed that the babies far preferred the puppets who harmed the puppet with the opposite food preferences to their own. One baby even planted a kiss on the puppet she liked. [...]
Hamlin said the findings suggest that babies feel something like schaudenfreude, a German term describing the pleasure experienced when someone you dislike or consider threatening experiences harm.
Persisting in microscopic cracks in the basalt rocks of Earth’s oceanic crust is a complex microbial ecosystem fueled entirely by chemical reactions with rocks and seawater, rather than sunlight or the organic byproducts of light-harvesting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.This ecosystem is completely separated from all other life on earth, living without oxygen. Read about how they do it at Wired Science.
Such modes of life, technically known as chemosynthetic, are not unprecedented, having also been found deep in mine shafts and around seafloor hydrothermal vents. Never before, though, have they been found on so vast a scale. In pure geographical area, these oceanic crust systems may contain the largest ecosystem on Earth.
“We know that Earth’s oceanic crust accounts for 60 percent of Earth’s surface, and on average is four miles thick,” said geomicrobiologist Mark Lever of Denmark’s Aarhuis University, part of a research team that describes the new systems March 14 in Science.
If what the researchers found resembles what’s found elsewhere below Earth’s oceans, continued Lever, “the largest ecosystem on Earth, by volume, is supported by chemosynthesis.”