Friday, August 15, 2014




"Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay." 
--Christopher Hitchens


Did You Know . . .?

There are Brazilian employers who require women seeking education jobs to take virginity tests.



On this day in 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, "An Aquarian Exposition," opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in upstate New York. Promoters expected the music festival, modeled after the famous Monterey Pop Festival, to attract up to 200,000 for the weekend, but nearly a half a million people converged on the concert site. The audience enjoyed non-stop performances by singers like Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, and Joan Baez, as well as the bands Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Grateful Dead; The Jefferson Airplane; Sly and the Family Stone; and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Jimi Hendrix closed the concert with a freeform solo guitar performance of "The Star Spangled Banner." Woodstock became a symbol of the 1960s American counterculture and a milestone in the history of rock music.



inveigle  [in-VAY-guhl]
1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements
2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods
induce, beguile, persuade, wheedle.



(born August 15, 1972)
Ben Affleck is an American actor and writer. He first came to attention for his performances in Dazed and Confused (1993) and the Kevin Smith films Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote and starred in alongside childhood friend Matt Damon.

 He later appeared in films such as Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes, The Sum of All Fears, Daredevil, Hollywoodland, and State of Play. He will star in David Fincher's Gone Girl in late 2014 and will portray Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.

(born August 15, 1968)
Debra Messing is an American actress. She is known for her television roles in Will & Grace, The Starter Wife, and Smash.

(born August 15, 1923)
Rose Marie is an American actress. As a child performer she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. A veteran of vaudeville, Rose Marie's career includes film, records, theater, night clubs and television. Her most famous role was television comedy writer Sally Rogers on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show. 

(born August 15, 1990)
Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress. She appeared in The Burning Plain, Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. Lawrence is also known for playing Raven Darkholme / Mystique in the superhero film X-Men: First Class and its sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Beginning in 2012, she gained international fame for playing the leading heroine, Katniss Everdeen, in the popular The Hunger Games film series,


"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."
--Fernando Pessoa



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