" There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob. "
Gilbert Chesterton

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John Wilkes Booth Shoots Lincoln

When Booth, an American actor and Confederate sympathizer, learned that President Lincoln planned to attend a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater, he plotted to assassinate the president. Shortly after 10 PM, he entered the presidential box unobserved, shot Lincoln in the head, and vaulted to the stage, breaking his leg in the process. According to witnesses, he then shouted "Sic semper tyrannis," Virginia's state motto. What does this Latin phrase mean?



Calorie Restriction and Life Extension

Calorie restriction (CR), a diet known by many names, is the practice of limiting dietary energy intake with the intention of improving overall health and slowing the aging process. While caloric intake among practitioners is limited, care is taken to ensure that dieters receive adequate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. CR has been shown to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting glucose in human subjects. What are some of the criticisms of this diet?

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Rod Steiger

Steiger was an American actor who appeared in over 100 motion pictures. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Sheriff Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night and was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in On the Waterfront. Steiger ran away from home at age 16 to join the US Navy during WWII; later, his refusal to glorify war led him to turn down the title role in what film?

Last updated on Monday, 14th April 2008

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