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World's Worst Industrial Disaster Occurs in India

The accidental release of methyl isocyanate gas from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, immediately killed an estimated 3,000 people and ultimately resulted in the deaths of some 15,000 people. Another 500,000 survivors suffer from ailments related to the disaster. Documents that recently came to light during a lawsuit against the company reveal that Carbide had exported "untested, unproven technology" to India. What did a 2004 BBC investigation find at the disaster site?



Potatoes Save the USS O'Bannon

The USS O'Bannon was a US Navy destroyer deployed to the Southwest Pacific during World War II. On patrol on April 5, 1943, the O'Bannon sighted a Japanese submarine on the ocean's surface and fired upon it, but the submarine soon moved too close to be attacked with the main guns. When the Japanese crew came topside, the US sailors pelted them with potatoes. Believing they were being assaulted with grenades, the Japanese panicked and threw their guns overboard. What happened next?

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Jean-Luc Godard

Godard was one of the founders of the French New Wave movement in cinema in the 1960s. The movement rejected the classic narrative style of filmmaking. Instead, Godard used radical stylistic tools, including jump cuts, character asides, and documentary-style techniques, to blur the boundary between fact and fiction. Godard's many works include Breathless; Weekend; and Masculin, féminin. Which of his films was condemned by the Catholic Church for alleged heresy?

Last updated on Thursday, 3rd December 2009

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