" After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. "
Edith Wharton

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Bay of Pigs Invasion Begins

The ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion was a US-supported invasion of Cuba by an armed force of approximately 1,500 Cuban exiles attempting to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Trained and armed by the US government, the rebels intended to foment an insurrection in Cuba, but the rebellion never materialized and the Cuban army defeated the invading forces in a matter of days. An internal CIA report investigating the incident later identified what factors as responsible for the failure?



Flood Myths

The story of a great flood sent by a deity to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution appears in many ancient cultural traditions. Though it is best known in the modern Western world through the Biblical story of Noah's ark, other versions, such as stories of Matsya in the Hindu Puranas, Deucalion in Greek mythology, and Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh, are also well known. What do scientists believe accounts for the flood myth's prevalence in so many cultures?

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Isak Dinesen

Better known by her pen name Isak Dinesen, Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke was a 20th-century Danish author who wrote primarily in English. Her autobiographical Out of Africa (1937), an account of life on a Kenyan coffee plantation, was adapted for film in 1985 and won seven Academy Awards. Another adaptation of one of her stories, Babette's Feast, was the first Danish film to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. What disease may have contributed to her death?

Last updated on Saturday, 17th April 2010

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