" To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser. "
Robert Louis Stevenson

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Frankenstein Is Published

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a new genre of horror stories and films. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life and, in the process, creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature's human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet?



Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916

In the summer of 1916, thousands flocked to the New Jersey shore to seek relief from the polio epidemic and severe heat wave plaguing the northeastern US. As WWI raged in Europe, the vacationers watched for German U-boats that were reportedly maneuvering off the coast, but they were unaware of a different danger lurking beneath the water's surface—sharks. Between July 1 and July 12, sharks attacked 5 people along the Jersey coast, killing 4. What are some theories about why the attacks occurred?

Born on a day like today


Ismail Raji al-Faruqi

Al-Faruqi was a renowned Palestinian-American scholar, widely recognized as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. He taught in Egypt, Canada, and the US, authoring 25 books and 100 articles on subjects such as Arabism and Muslim identity. His proposals promoting the “Islamization of knowledge” attempt to synthesize the ethics of Islam with various fields of modern thought and had a profound effect on Islamic economics. What prompted the vicious stabbing that killed al-Faruqi?

Last updated on Friday, 1st January 2010

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