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Godzilla Opens in Japan

The first Godzilla film opened in Japan more than 50 years ago, and its 20,000-ton star, an enormous lizard, has been smashing up cities and towns ever since. Godzilla spawned several other motion pictures and TV shows, and its widespread popularity inspired Japanese filmmakers to develop a number of other monsters and heroes, such as Mothra and Gamera. Why was the original Japanese version of the film heavily edited before its release in the US?

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Serge Voronoff

Voronoff was a French surgeon notorious for transplanting glandular tissue from monkeys into humans in the 1920s and 30s in an attempt to slow and reverse the aging process. By the early 1930s, thousands of men around the world had been treated with Voronoff's "rejuvenation" technique, but his popularity waned when it became clear that the procedure did not produce the desired results. What notorious experiment conducted by Voronoff inspired the novel Nora, the Monkey Turned Woman?

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Aurangzeb

Aurangzeb ruled as emperor of the Mughal Empire of India from 1658 to 1707. He is commonly considered the last of the great Mughal emperors, as well as one of the most controversial. He was an austere, conservative Muslim who strictly adhered to a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, banning music, dance, and most forms of art. He oppressed non-Muslims and was engaged in near-constant warfare during his reign. His empire was fatally weakened by the revolts of what groups?

Last updated on Tuesday, 3rd November 2009

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